Nanaimo choir expresses love for Valentine’s Day concert

A Cappella Plus features songs from different eras, languages in performance

Love in many languages from different countries and times, love expressed softly, sadly and exuberantly is what makes A Cappella Plus’s Valentine’s concert so enjoyable and varied.

The choir performs Love, Longing and Dreams Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m., at Brechin United Church.

Love has been a theme for poetry and songs for as long as there have been poets and singers. Three madrigals in the program are written by poets, two of them Irish – Yeats and Thomas Moore – and the third Thomas Morley, an Englishman.

Many of the songs are popular ballads sung by different singers throughout the years, such as Dream a Little Dream of Me, composed in the 1930s and sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and later The Mamas and the Papas.

The Way You Look Tonight – also composed in the ’30s – was another favourite sung by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé, to name a few.

To change the pace and language, the choir will sing two South American pieces, in Spanish and Portuguese.

Joining A Cappella Plus is guest choir Panache!, a six-voice women’s choir from Nanaimo. The women will sing their own set as well.

After the concert, a reception will offer Valentine’s goodies, plus a silent auction to raise money for the choir.

Tickets $15; $10/students from Fascinating Rhythm and the Quilted Duck, or at the door.

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Nanaimo News Bulletin