Ensemble Laude in Christmas spirit

All-women's choir presents Illuminations: Songs Toward the Light on Dec. 19

Ensemble Laude presents its annual Christmas show in Victoria next week filled with “light and joy.”

Illuminations: Songs Toward the Light is performed Dec. 19 at First Church of Christ, Scientist. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Laude’s trademark haunting medieval melodies combine with works from modern composers to inspire and elevate the soul.

Contemporary Canadian pieces such as Sarah Quartel’s Snow Angel, Sheldon Rose’s Stars, and the Wyrd Sisters’ Warrior draw listeners’ hearts close to home, while a fierce tribute to Australian Aborigine freedom fighter Pemulway and Lauridsen’s classic favourite O Magnum Mysterium let the spirit roam.

Ageless pieces including the Italian Adoramus Te and traditional Irish Jerusalem evoke a contemplative mood that transcends place and time.

Now in its eighteenth year, Ensemble Laude is well-known for its excellence in a cappella performance and medieval repertoire.

Director Elizabeth MacIsaac has led choral ensembles for more than 25 years, in both Canada and France. MacIsaac also enjoys an international career as a vocalist specializing in early music and new commissions of contemporary music.

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