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When over 100 talented people celebrate by singing together, the result is breathtaking. Pair that with guest singers, talented musicians, professional soloists and an acoustically resplendent and sumptuous new concert hall, and we promise you will be awed!

Chorus Niagara is proud to begin its inaugural Season of Celebration in the long-awaited, world-class Partridge Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The Niagara Region’s premier 100-voice symphonic chorus begins its 53rd season; 27 amazing years under the Artistic Direction of eminent choral conductor Robert Cooper.

The words spoken by Cooper at the 2010 demolition ceremony still ring true today, reflecting arts groups’ excitement for the new performance venue.

“Music, theatre, dance, cinema, the visual arts will now have a haven of excellence where they can merge, intersect, interact and create new worlds of creative discovery and diversity,” Cooper said. “I know I speak for all the arts community when I say we’re thrilled at the prospect of what lies ahead. We’re excited by the potential for exploration and deeply appreciative to all levels of government for bringing us to this very magical moment.”

Chorus Niagara’s anticipated and

explorative 2015-16 season is BIG, BOLD and LAVISH. Imagine 230 performers on stage at once.

To kick things off right, Chorus Niagara has invited the award winning McMaster University Choir, local treasure Niagara Symphony Orchestra plus four amazing soloists, including the sought after and internationally-renowned lyric baritone, Niagara-born Brett Polegato, to join forces for their season debut performance on November 7.

With a collaborative spirit, Chorus Niagara has also partnered with 5 more choral groups for a momentous gathering on November 15. NIAGARA SINGS! will be a choral collective of 300+ voices to help celebrate the opening of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and acoustically test and tune each venue.

Six choirs (Chorus Niagara, Choralis Camerata, Queenston Ladies Choir, Robert Wood Singers, Sing Niagara, WomEnchant) will move through five spaces (Partridge Hall, Cairns Recital Hall, Robertson Theatre, Film Venue and Algoma Lobby) for short performances throughout the day. At the end of the day, there will be a grand finale massed choir event in Partridge Hall.

As part of the public OPEN HOUSE, patrons are invited to free guided


tours from venue to venue to enjoy multiple performances as well as get a glimpse of backstage and more.

Chorus Niagara continues its season in December and gets into the spirit of the holidays along with 3 of Canada’s most debonair baritones, BRAVURA. In March, BACH MASS IN B MINOR will be performed unlike you’ve ever experienced it before. This multi-media performance showcases the inspiring Canadian premiere of Bastian Clevé’s “The Sound of Eternity”, 27 short dialogue-free films created to mirror the 27-part musical structure of Bach’s Magnum Opus. A feast for the ears and the eyes!

The season kicked off and will also end with a BANG!

On May 7th, experience the driving rhythm of one of the most popular and energetic 20th Century works: Carl Orff’s thrilling CARMINA BURANA. Special guests Canadian percussion ensemble TorQ, renowned for their vitality and unadulterated fun, join us on the big stage.

The seats are comfy, the acoustics are pristine and the performances will amaze you.

It’s time to celebrate!

- Diana McAdorey


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