A Victoria-based choir is bringing their classic popular music to Knox United Church this weekend. Starlight Pops Choir is known for singing popular music that audiences love to hear, like music from Josh Groban, Toto, Elvis Presley, James Bond and more.
Founder and director of the 70-member choir, Sue Doman, said her inspiration for the choir was long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler. He brought popular, entertaining music to the orchestral music scene and was the catalyst for the bringing the pops movement into symphonies in the ‘70s, garnering a wide audience when previously orchestral music was thought to be for the elite, Doman said.
“So I wanted to do that with choral music and it’s working out really well,” she said.
Beside the poplar music, the choir also sings some light, classical music, and often times audience members can be spotted singing along.
“That’s perfectly okay with me,” she laughed, adding, “we have a lot of fun.”
Doman has been singing professionally for years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in voice performance and has released three solo CDs.
One of the choir’s tenors will also be performing a feature Cat Stevens solo at the concert and a quartet of women in the choir called the Starlets will perform. The choir’s four-piece combo will also be featured.
Although this is the first time the choir will perform at Knox United Church, Doman said when visiting her friends at the church she was delighted and impressed with the beautiful performing venue.
The concert is Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Members of the Knox congregation can see their music director for a two for one discount.
Tickets are available at the door and only cash will be accepted. Knox United Church is located at 345 Pym Street in Parksville.