The Valley Festival Singers present a Remembrance concert on Nov. 11 and 12 in Abbotsford.
The concert, titled In Remembrance, takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Bakerview Church (2285 Clearbrook Rd.) and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Calvin Presbyterian Church (33911 Hazelwood Ave.).
All of the music for this concert has been written or arranged by Canadians. Many of the texts – notably, In Flanders Fields, Tabula rasa, and several sections of the Requiem – have also been written by Canadians.
B.C. composers are particularly well-represented: Wendy Bross Stuart, Tim Corlis, Rupert Lang, Diane Loomer, Don Macdonald, Larry Nickel, and Jon Washburn.
The well-known poem In Flanders Fields has been set to music many times, and the Valley Festival Singers have chosen two versions to interject among three pieces taken from the liturgical Christian tradition.
Allister MacGillivray’s Song for Peace and Don Macdonald’s “Tabula rasa” are particularly personal in their use of imagery related to home and family relationships.
Jon Washburn’s “Dona nobis pacem” employs a well-known melody that serves as a background for the word “peace” to be spoken in nearly 40 different languages.
The second half of the program features an unaccompanied Requiem by Toronto composer Eleanor Daley.
Valley Festival Singers are conducted by Dr. Joel Tranquilla, director of choral activities at Trinity Western University, where he coaches six choirs and teaches courses within the School of Arts, Media and Culture.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students (free for kids 10 and under) and can be purchased at House of James, online at eventbrite.ca or at the door.