Women’s choral ensemble announces concerts for 2018–19
Sirens is a women’s choral ensemble from Charlottetown, under the artistic direction of Kelsea McLean.
The ensemble begins its 2018-19 season with a concert that reflects on the fragility of our planet and the responsibility we have to one another in “a part of me and you.” This concert will be presented in collaboration with the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors, known for their multimedia theatrical work Mi’kmaq Legends. The performance will take place on November 17 at 7:30 pm at Steel Recital Hall at UPEI.
Sirens will be joined by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors in the PEI premiere of Sorrow Song for Whales, a work by Canadian composer Jeff Enns, with lyrics by PEI’s poet laureate Deirdre Kessler. Kessler based her lyrics on a Mi’kmaq legend as told by Elder Matilda Knockwood Snache.
The concert will feature the world premiere of “Thee,” a new work by Island composer E.K.R. Hammell, based on a text by L.M. Montgomery. “Thee” explores heartbreak and the value of shared personal experiences. Another piece, “How the Blossoms are Falling,” is a Canadian composition with text by Joy Kogawa, a Japanese-Canadian woman who was imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during World War Two. The lyrics speak of forgiveness, moving forward, and the natural evolution of life.
Sirens will celebrate the Christmas season with “O Star” on December 8 in Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown and on December 9 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Vernon Bridge. They will be joined in this multi-faceted contemplation of Mother Mary by Sirens’ umbrella girls’ choir Harmonia, as well as the St. Andrew’s Senior Choir during the Vernon Bridge performance.
On April 14, Sirens will enter the “The World of Mahler 3” with the PEI Symphony Orchestra at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Sirens and Harmonia join community choral singers in this extravaganza.
Harmonia Girls’ Choir strikes out on its own on May 11 with “A Letter from a Girl to the World” at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown.
Rounding out the season, Sirens will present “Sea Songs” on May 18 at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown, along with the Aeolian Singers from Halifax, NS.
Tickets for concerts can be purchased at sirenschoir.com or at the door.