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The Aeolian Singers are excited about their 2020/2021 season. Please stay in touch and check this website and our social media channels regularly for updates.
Three top Canadian composers -
Three brilliant new compositions
The Aeolian Singers are celebrating our 45th season doing what we love most: championing the voices of Canadian women in music. Our ambitious VERITAS program will be split across three different concerts held on November 14, 29, and December 13. Each concert will feature a unique world premiere by one of three Canadian female composers commissioned by the choir. To make this event even more special, every performance will also include a collaborative demonstration led by its corresponding composer, giving audience members the chance to develop a deeper connection to this creative choral experience. In addition to each world premiere, the choir will also perform past program favourites and festive seasonal selections.
Our composers will also be hosting a virtual composer workshop for arts community professionals, emerging composers and interested students on November 15.
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VERITAS 1: With composer
Frances FarrellSaturday, November 14 | 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Atlantic Standard TimeAST
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World Premiere: A Rose By Any Other Name
Choral demonstration: “Channeling Your Inner Composer: Circle Singing”
Inside each and everyone of us is a composer with a host of musical ideas waiting to be expressed. Circle singing is an approach to communal singing that invites folks to create musical lines in the moment. This fun, fluid, and highly adaptive approach to music-making is an opportunity to flex your composer muscles in a safe and playful environment.
VERITAS 2: With composer
Marie‑Claire SaindonSunday, November 29 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Atlantic Standard TimeAST
World Premiere: Flat Earth
Choral Demonstration: “Beyond the French-Canadian Canon: Tradition and Innovation”
When we say "French-Canadian choral piece", what first comes to mind? If you thought of traditional loggers/fishermen songs or Christmas carols, you're not the only one. But did you know that there is also a strong practice of modern French-Canadian choral music? Come explore what are some of those sonorities!
VERITAS 3: With composer
Carmen BradenSunday, December 13 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Atlantic Standard TimeAST
World Premiere: Aviva Swims
Choral Demonstration: “Setting text”
How composers go about setting text, poetry, prose, etc. to music for choirs and voices. Starting with selection or creation choices, text "analysis" from a musical perspective, compositional tools for bringing out the text in interesting and effective ways.
with Frances Farrell, Marie‑Claire Saindon and Carmen BradenSunday, November 15 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Atlantic Standard TimeAST
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Open to professional arts workers, emerging composers and interested students.
Expedition: In Search of a Choral Composition
Choral conductors are always on the hunt for repertoire. They spend countless hours searching for pieces in anticipation of the choral journeys they will forge with choristers and audience members alike. What factors do conductors consider when programming repertoire for a concert? A choral season? While every composer must follow their inner GPS, an understanding of what appeals to choral conductors may act as an additional artistic compass of sorts, guiding composers in their explorations with choral composition.
Reconciling Composing with Business: Understanding Product, Networking, Artistic Integrity and Community Through Personal Experience
Finding a clear career path in your field can be difficult for graduating music composition students. The contrasting attitudes between business and art may feel irreconcilable, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Composer Marie‑Claire Saindon shows what a practical union of business and creation can look like by sharing her own journey from high school to post-graduation.
The Composer Comes to the Rehearsal — Agh!!
Reflections on how rehearsal time can be best spent when the composer is in the room with the choir. From both sides - how can a composer prepare? How can the choir prepare - beyond just learning the notes? And how to spend the very-short rehearsal time itself most productively and enjoyably?
COVID-19 We are delighted to be performing VERITAS in front of a live, in-person audience. We will be observing strict COVID-19 public health measures so we can provide a safe environment for all audience members and performers.
Our 45th Season CelebrationStay tuned for our events to celebrate our 45th season.
Dartmouth Community ConcertFriday, April 30, 2021
We will be performing for the Dartmouth Community Concert Association.