The Brandon-Westman choral ensemble Polyphony (above) will be joined by the Winnipeg group Antiphony for a high-powered, exciting concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Central United Church in Brandon.
October is proving to be a wonderful month to celebrate choral singing in Brandon.
The Winnipeg group Antiphony will join Brandon-Westman choral ensemble Polyphony. (SUBMITTED)
Two fabulous events are taking place next week: On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the dynamic Western Manitoba Youth Choir 2013 will be in action at Central United Church; then on Saturday, Oct. 26, two exciting adult ensembles will finish off the week sharing this same beautiful venue.
Polyphony of Brandon is a choir of young adults, presently 25 members, who hail from Brandon and the surrounding area. The group has some extraordinary young musicians, including some students from Brandon University’s prestigious music program and some local Westman educators.
Michelle Chyzyk of Virden works with the ensemble on a weekly basis and loves collaborating with these talented singers. The group includes five of her Virden Collegiate graduates who are very special to her and who wanted to continue singing after graduation, as well as an amazing host of other singers she has gradually added to this collection.
Polyphony is a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoyed the Westman Youth Choir variety of music to continue it post high school. This year’s edition of the choir has 10 members who are returning for their third year and some new talented enthusiastic faces.
In particular, Chyzyk says the alto section is outstanding and a real strength of the group.
Tenor Trevor Poole of Moosomin says he enjoys the fun and relaxed atmosphere at rehearsal and finds the choir a great stress release from his busy schedule. This year he brought along his roommate Erin, who happens to be a talented soprano.
The members of the group are at many different stages in their lives, balancing many different aspects — from school to work, family to community musicals. Soprano Lindsey Raupers is taking a short break from the group, expecting her first child this month.
The most exciting component of this choral concert will be the collaboration with guest artists Antiphony from Winnipeg, a self-directed vocal ensemble that performs a vast array of musical genres.
Antiphony was formed in 2008 and the singers in the group are all in their mid- to late 20s. The group has just celebrated the release of their first CD, "Convergence" and will be selling it at this Brandon concert.
Audiences coming to the program can expect a large variety in both styles of music and visual presentation.
Polyphony has been working on two dynamic Haitian folk songs, an Italian madrigal "Il Biancoe Dolce Cigno" by Arcadelt, a stunning eight-part a cappella arrangement of "All Creatures of Our God and King," a lilting Mumford and Sons piece and a rousing Hebrew folk tune that features Greg Monias on the clarinet, to name a few.
Antiphony will stretch the boundaries of choral singing with challenging and adventuresome repertoire to showcase their talents.
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. The concert takes place Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Central United Church.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 17, 2013