The Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir present their Christmas Concert Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., at the Christian Reformed Church in Duncan.
The concert will feature Karl Jenkins’s Christmas work Stella Natalis with Bryn Badel on trumpet and Marnie Setka-Mooney, soprano.
Other guests will be Michelle Weckessar’s Frances Kelsey Secondary School Choir singing two songs with the orchestra. They will also be joining forces with the Consort Choir and singing in Stella Natalis.
Jenkins, from Wales, is a distinguished living composer of our time, according to Consort publicist Joy Ann Bannerman.
“This is the fourth performance of his music by the Consort. This Christmas choral work of dances and celebration, with the intricate work of the trumpet, soprano, strings, and percussion is a wonderful recipe of seasonal music for musicians and audiences alike. His works have been sung and played all over the world. Consort Conductor Robert Mari discovered this Christmas work last year, programming it with some light Christmas carols the audience can sing along to and Handel’s famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from the Messiah,” she said last week.
Bryn Badel will play the demanding trumpet solos during the Jenkins, she said, encourgaing brass players to come to the show to hear this wonderful musician’s trumpet in challenging music that’s “fun and jazzy with changing meters”. He is a sought after musician and the Cowichan Valley is in for a real treat, she said.
Marnie Setka Mooney, a new resident of Lake Cowichan, is an experienced soprano, choir director, and teacher of young children’s voices, who teaches voice at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Frances Kelsey Choir is an extra-curricular choir meeting twice a week at lunch. Over 40 students are in the group with international students joining in from Sweden, Asia, and Spain. This is Michelle Weckessar’s fourth year conducting the choir at Frances Kelsey, where she volunteers her time to work with this group.
Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for under 18s. Get them at Volume One Book Store in Duncan, from Consort members, and at the door. Adults pay $20; students under 18 get in for $10.