Saidat Rocks “Reason To Sing” Presentation

The Amabile Girls and Women have been hearing from a series of women, who have graciously shared their words and stories, in “A Reason To Sing” speaker series, as a prelude to “A Song For Our Sisters” benefit concert this weekend.

This past Tuesday night, anti-bullying Rap artist Saidat rocked the room.

 Saidat

Here’s what Saidat wrote on her Facebook wall: I had such a pleasure to speak with young girls who are changing lives.”A Song For Our Sisters” A benefit concert for BECAUSE I AM A GIRL & Brescia Girls Lead. This moving evening of music presented by girls, about girls, for girls will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at the Grand Theatre, London Ontario. Curtain time is 7:00 pm. We have 2 tickets to give away for a mom and a daughter that would love to go to the event.

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Is Music The Key To Success?

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. Joanne Lipman is a co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of the book “Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations.” She asked! She put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements.

Read the entire article by clicking here.

Music Education

Her conclusion?

Consider the qualities these high achievers say music has sharpened: collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.

Chris

A Song For Our Sisters

Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is excited to present “A Song for our Sisters,” a benefit concert to create positive change for girls in London and around the World. This moving evening of music, presented by girls, about girls, for girls will take place on Sunday November 3, 2013 at The Grand Theatre, London. Curtain time is 7:00 pm.

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The evening’s all-female line-up includes the four female Amabile choirs, with a special appearance by Liona Boyd, the “First Lady of Classical Guitar”, accompanied by Michael Savona. The evening will be hosted by three-time Olympic Gold-medalist, speaker and author Marnie McBean.

Concert proceeds from “A Song for our Sisters” will support Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative, educating women in the poorest regions of the world, and Brescia Girls LEAD camp bursary program, providing leadership mentoring to girls from London and Southwestern Ontario.

At rehearsals leading up to the concert, the choirs are adding an unusual element to their music training. Amabile Singers will be “inspired” by four speakers, all unique and amazing women. The speakers range from an impoverished 19 year old Nepali girl to a philanthropic London lawyer. Each will share her own personal “girl” story as part of a program called “A Reason to Sing”.

Both Marnie McBean and Liona Boyd will attend a special pre-concert reception. Marnie will be autographing and selling her book “The Power of More” with a percentage of the profits benefiting Because I am a Girl. Liona’s long-awaited CD (her newest – just released on September 17th)  “The Return… To Canada with Love” will also be available.

Tickets for the evening are $50, with a limited number of Reception Access Seats available for $75. Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre at www.GrandTheatre.com or by calling (519) 672-8800.

Amabile shows their true Amabile colours

Amabile Boys & Men knocked it out of the park, at the recent “Colours of Music” in Barrie.

We couldn’t be prouder of our 60 Amabile ambassadors who continue to put London, Ontario on the map in Canada.

While it was a long day, the boys showed their expertise, character, ‘gentle’-menliness, and artistic excellence at every step of the way. We had effusive compliments all day from school staffs to the caterers, about their excellent deportment and excellence in singing. There is NO doubt in my mind that these boys/young men who can show this level of commitment to hard work and excellence in the arts will become our country’s leaders.

Highlights included meeting renowned Canadian composer, Andrew Ager, who was touched by our performance of the song commissioned for its world premiere last evening. He marvelled to the sold-out house how our choir had interpreted and performed the ‘lament’ he had written as he envisioned it. (Everyone else will hear it in concert on Nov 10, 2013).

In 24 years of Amabile history, I have never heard such an early performance level from our guys over 3 full concerts. The boys drew on their strong character, intelligence and inner selves to ensure they had last night’s audience on its feet for the Hallelujah Chorus encore. We sold out all of the CDs we took after last night’s concert and could have sold another 25 — that is the proof of the pudding.

And, sincere thanks to our guys’ families — you have raised wonderful sons and you would have been so proud of each and every one of them.

Excerpt from a Facebook post by  Carol Beynon, Artistic Director Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs.