…and they’re off! The Amabile Young Men and Treble Concert Choir sang “Oh Canada” and boarded the bus for the first leg of their journey to Paris, Switzerland, Italy & Austria.First stop is Paris for a little sightseeing, then Basel Switzerland to rehearse and perform at St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche was rebuilt at the time of the Council of Basle (15th C.). Then through William Tell country to Lucerne for another concert at St Peter’s (circa 1178 AD). Next stop is Lecco, Italy near Lake Como (50kn north of Milan). The Treble Concert Choir and Young men will be singing in the Sanctuary Nostra Signora Della Vittoria! From the Piazza Cemenati, they guys will be cheering for Canada as the parade of gongolas down the river Adda will carry the national flags of all the participating nations. After the closing ceremonies the men of Amabile will head off to Bergamo and then on to Verona and Venice. From there, they make their way to Salzburg, Austria – home of Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart and the setting for many parts of the movie “Sound Of Music”. They will also make a stop in Berchtesgaden, Germany at the Kehlsteinhaus (nicknamed “Eagle’s Nest” by a French diplomat), which was built as a present for Hitler’s 50th birthday in 1939. The journey ends back in Venice before the long flight home.
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Congratulations to all of our winners this season!
At each of our concerts Amabile choirs hold 50/50 draws. …And the winners are:
Christmas concerts 50/50 draws:
Amabile Festival 50/50 draws:
Ana Luisa Trejos
Spring concert 50/50 draws:
Congratulation to all!!
The Amabile Treble Concert Choir and Young Men prepared for their concert tour of Europe (France, Switzerland, Austria & Italy) gather beside the biggest.Amabile.logo.ever! Special thanks to Mike & Amy Cronin and Father Morrison for their hospitality. After the retreat at the Cronin’s Father Morrison hosted the guys at Sacred Heart, Wingham and St. Josephs, Listowel. Safe travels guys!
Here’s how Amabile has fun:
I’m sure that there were some in attendance at the Association of Canadian Choral Communities “Podium” conference in Halifax, that might have assumed they were at the Amabile Awards!
At the conference Amabile Youth Singers co-founder the late-John Barron was honoured as the winner of the 2014 ACCC Distinguished Service Award. It had been presented to John at his home in Toronto just a month before he lost his long-time battle with cancer.
Among the performers at Podium was Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, including long-time member Mathew Emery. Matt was received the Diane Loomer Award as the winner of the 2014 Competition for Choral Writing. Matthew’s composition, “The Lover’s Chant”, will be published by Cypress Music and was premiered at the conference by the 2014 National Youth Choir/Chœur National des Jeunes, conducted by Hilary Apfelstadt.
Emery, who is back home after receiving his Bachelors of Music from UBC, and will be singing as a member of Primus next season. It was announced at Podium that Matt will also be Amabile’s first-ever “Composer-In-Residence” next season. More information on that will be forthcoming soon!
Also at Podium, Amabile Youth Singers Assistant Conductor Liska Jetchick received the Iwan Edwards Award. Lisa was selected from all of the participants in the Podium Masterclasses with the National Youth choir. It is named for the celebrated Canadian conductor. Over a forty year span he has founded and conducted has founded and directed the 110-voice St. Lawrence choir, along with several other notable choirs.
Amabile Alumna Dr. Julia Davids, who was our guest conductor for this years Amabile Festival, was presented with Outstanding Choral Publication for her publication, “Vocal Technique: A Guide for Conductors, Teachers and Singers,” published by Waveland Press in 2012.
Congratulations to all of the Podium winners!!