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A Canadian Christmas with Oratorio Choir in both Swift Current, Shaunavon

Written by  Lesley Oakman
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Oratorio's Christmas concert fom 2016. Oratorio's Christmas concert fom 2016.

What makes a Canadian Christmas? To the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, music and more music.


Canadian music and Christmas music, that is. Both will be featured in the choir's upcoming concert, “A Canadian Christmas.”
The continuing celebration of Canada's 150th birthday inspired choir director Marcia McLean to select Canadian music in addition to the more traditional Christmas music to be heard at the choir's annual Christmas concert. The concert will feature traditional Canadian folksongs, as well as songs by popular contemporary composers including Stan Rogers and Allister MacGillivray.
The Canadian content continues through the concert, with both new and traditional Christmas compositions and arrangements. The choir is especially pleased that the concert will premiere two arrangements by Saskatchewan conductor and educator Stewart Wilkinson. “In the Bleak Mid-winter” is dedicated to the Swift Current Oratorio Choir.
The second arrangement, “O Magnum Mysterium”, is dedicated to Prairie Spirit. The Prairie Spirit Chamber Singers, originally formed as an offshoot of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and having recently performed their own concert, will also be performing as special guests of the Oratorio Choir.
The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is currently in its 45th season of making and celebrating beautiful music. It is a community choir, drawing singers from all over Southwest Saskatchewan. It is currently directed by Marcia McLean, and accompanied by Amy Wiens.
There will be two performances of “A Canadian Christmas”. Saturday Dec. 9 will find the Oratorio Choir in Shaunavon, at Centre Street United Church at 7 p.m.
The Swift Current performance will be on Monday December 11 at Zion Mennonite Church, also at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are available for $15 at andersboda in Shaunavon and at Pharmasave in Swift Current. Admission at the door is $20. The audience is invited to join the choir for a reception following the concert.

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