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Naramata choir joins voices with Hexaphone

Singing group Hexaphone will join voices with the Naramata Choir for a special concert on May 3 at the Penticton United Church. - Submitted Photo
Singing group Hexaphone will join voices with the Naramata Choir for a special concert on May 3 at the Penticton United Church.
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The Naramata Community Choir is presenting a joint concert with Hexaphone, a six-member a capella ensemble group from Victoria.

The two groups will join harmonies on Saturday evening at the Penticton United Church.

Hexaphone was formed in 2002 with the goal of performing diverse styles of vocal music, one voice to a part. Hexaphone is Carolyn Howe (soprano), Hannah Mitchell (alto), Arlene Overman (alto), John Doughty (tenor), Nicholas Fairbank (baritone, and Paul Boughen (bass).

Hexaphone has become a highlight of Victoria’s vocal music scene, singing music of many styles and periods, with a particular focus on new Canadian works.

They have appeared at numerous music festivals, and in summer 2012, Hexaphone won the Elmer Iseler Prize for the Best Performance of a Canadian Composition at the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, B.C.

They also placed second in the two classes they entered, competing against choirs from around the world.

Justin Glibbery, artistic director of the Naramata Community Choir has a long history with two members of the group, as they go back to university music days at UVIC.

“Being able to have a musical collaboration with peers from those early days of my music career will be a great treat.  We’ll be honoured to join them on stage to perform a vocal arrangement written by one of the Hexaphone members, Nicholas Fairbank,” said Glibbery.

The Naramata Community Choir will be presenting a wide range of pieces in their portion of the concert, and there will be a few small ensemble numbers.

This is the Naramata Community Choir’s final concert of a very busy 52nd season with six performances.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They are available at the Dragon’s Den, the Penticton United Church office (open to 1 p.m. daily) and the Naramata Store.

Performance is on May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Penticton United Church.

It is general seating with doors open at 6:45 p.m. It is encouraged to get tickets in advance.

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

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