Emotion unites concert theme

Linking composers throughout the centuries is love – or lack thereof.

Composers over the centuries have written about love, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether the song was written in the 16th century or in the 20th century, the pain of love can still be the same.

The A Cappella Plus chamber choir presents its third annual Valentine’s concert She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not Sunday (Feb. 13), 2:30 p.m., at Brechin United Church.

The choir will sing a Monterverdi madrigal, Io Mi Son Giovinetta, where a young lady flirts with her lover’s feelings. The theme is also reflected in Paul Halley’s, Soldier, Soldier Won’t You Marry Me?, The Lover’s Arithmetic, and The Despairing Lover.

Cole Porter’s Easy to Love and Meredith Wilson’s Till There Was You express the joy of love, whereas Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now shows ambivalence.

Another aspect of love – spiritual love – is addressed in Ellenberger’s Like a Child, and Chatman’s Be Thou My Vision.

Finally there is the end of love, either through parting or death. This theme occurs in the Celtic song, The Parting Glass, and Steven Chatman’s Remember.

Marian Smith will accompany the choir in several numbers.

As a fundraiser, the choir is holding a silent auction.

Tickets are $15; $10/students at Fascinating Rhythm and The Quilted Duck, and at the door. For more information, please call 250-754-1094 or visit www. acappellaplus.ca.

Nanaimo News Bulletin

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