DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Threshold of Night”

I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert titled “Threshold of Night.” The choir is debuting their new slogan — “giving ideas voice.”

The choir was joined by Lottie Enns-Braun on organ and Allen Harrington on saxophone, both from Winnipeg.

Here are the choir pieces (I’ll indicate organ with * and saxophone with +):

  • Michael McGlynn — O Ignis Spiritus+
  • James Rolfe — Shadows
  • Patrick Murray — The Echo
  • Tarik O’Regan — Threshold of Night
  • Sven David Sandstrom — Ah Sunflower
  • Paul Mealor — Ubi Caritas
  • Leonard Enns — I will lift up mine eyes+
  • Jonathan Dove — Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars*

Here are the organ/saxophone pieces:

  • Michael McGlynn — “From nowhere to nowhere” (#3 from Visions)
  • Michael McGlynn — “Dorchadas” [Darkness] (#2 from Visions)
  • Augusta Read Thomas — “Angel Tears” and “Earth Prayers”

You might think organ and saxophone is an odd combination, but it works quite well — Enns-Braun and Harrington have been playing together for 10 years.

My favourites of the choir pieces were “Threshold of Night” and “Ubi Caritas.” My favourite of the organ/saxophone pieces was “Dorchadas.”

“Shadows” was a world premiere, and the composer was in attendance.

DaCapo is, as always, directed by Leonard Enns.

I previous reviewed DaCapo’s concert “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind.”

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