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A Night of Jazz by Belle Voci singers

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It's going to be an enchanting program of jazz with Belle Voci at St. Thomas Anglican Church June 7-8.
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It's going to be an enchanting program of jazz but this time with Belle Voci at St. Thomas Anglican Church on June 7-8.

A Night of Jazz will actually feature two performances by the a cappella singers in the historic venue.

"It's a chance to enjoy a special evening of your favourite jazz standards," says artistic director Paula DeWit.

This performance will see the 14 vocalists stepping out of their usual repertoire to celebrate the wonderful and diverse world of jazz for the first time.

Usually they tackle a varied program of vocal music, and some sacred numbers but never the "rich thick harmonies of jazz."

It took a while for the singers to get used to the sometimes atonal and thick nature of the jazz arrangements.

"Jazz is not written the same as other music. It will sound goofy unless you know how to read the jazz rhythms."

Audiences will hear modern gems like the Finnish tunes of Gota, Kristallen Den Fina, and Butterfly, or a classic like Black Bird by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

There's My Romance words and Gershwin's Our Love is Here to Stay.

It wouldn't be Belle Voci without at least a few gospel spirituals, so they'll hear People Get Ready, Hold Me Rock Me, and Down to the River to Pray.

Chilliwack's premiere a cappella ensemble has been entertaining audiences since spring of 2009.

A Night of Jazz, Saturday June 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

and Sunday June 8, 2014 at 3 p.m. Tickets:

General $20/ Students $16/Family $55

Tickets at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre or by calling 604-391-SHOW

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