Orchestra Kingston, Kingston Choral Society to present peace concert

A previous concert by Orchestra Kingston and the Kingston Choral Society at The Spire. Photo via Orchestra Kingston.

Next month, Orchestra Kingston and the Kingston Choral Society will join together for their sixth collaboration — a 100-strong Concert for Peace.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, 100 performers will take to the stage at The Spire. The choir and orchestra have chosen to present a deeply moving program, according to a media release. The program will include:

  • Mussorgsky, “Great Gate of Kiev”;
  • John Williams, Hymn,“Saving Private Ryan”; Theme, “Schindler’s List”;
  • Jake Runestad, “Flower into Kindness”;
  • Mark Sirett, “Things That Never Die”;
  • John Palmer, “Lament
  • Mozart, Lacrimosa, from The “Requiem”;
  • Brahms, “Geistliches Lied”, “Eternal Father”;
  • Sibelius, “Finlandia”; and,
  • Bach, “Dona Nobis Pacem”.

According to the release, the Kingston Choral Society continues to occupy a special place in the Kingston music scene. Artistic Director Ian Juby has led the choir for the past 20 years, and has recently moved the scope of the repertoire beyond the choral masterworks and extended classics which have been the group’s mainstay. Recent programs showcased works by living composers from Canada and around the world. KCS is a proud member of the Kingston Symphony Association.

Orchestra Kingston, conducted by music director John Palmer, continues to present concerts featuring a wide range of musical genres, Canadian composers, community ensembles, and professional soloists. According to the release, the orchestra provides an opportunity for experienced, amateur musicians in the Kingston area to play orchestral repertoire under the baton of a professional music director.

“Every time John and I bring the orchestra and choir together, it’s a unique thrill,” Juby expressed.

Palmer agreed, adding, “A huge group like this gives the performers energy. And the audience can feel that energy.”

In their previous five productions together, Orchestra Kingston and the Kingston Choral Society consistently sold out every one of the over 800 seats in The Performance Hall at The Spire, located at 82 Sydenham Street.

Palmer and Juby invite the Kingston community to “come out and experience this big sound as we experience it.”

Tickets for the concert are available at Novel Idea, Arden Music, online at orchestrakingston.ca, or kingstonchoralsociety.ca, from performers, and at the door. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2022.

One thought on “Orchestra Kingston, Kingston Choral Society to present peace concert

  • We’re so lucky here in Greater Kingston to have over 100 talented performers get together for a Peace Concert this November 13.

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