(Press release from the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus)
What happens when women from all walks of life get together? They sing. Nurses, teachers, sales personnel, lay ministers and others blend their voices under the direction of Robert Dueck in the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus. No matter what profession they come from, when they sing it is with one voice.
“I love the professionalism in the chorus. The music choices are most enjoyable. I find learning new songs challenging when they are first introduced, however, I prefer the numbers from musicals. I have experienced many of these and have always enjoyed them no matter how many times I’ve heard and sung them. The chorus atmosphere is very friendly and helpful. I have enjoyed coming to WOLC right from the beginning,” says chorus member Joan Ford.
Excitement is in the air at rehearsals and the chorus will soon be performing for audiences. As part of their commitment to the community, WOLC visit senior’s residences and treat the residents to many selections from their repertoire. They understand the joy music brings to those who may not be able to attend a performance so give freely of their time and talents. Sweet Serenade, this spring’s performance will feature a variety that embraces love songs, musical favourites, concert pieces, opera and for fun, jazzy numbers—something for every taste. Though the members enjoy singing all of these, they do have favourites as will the audience.
“What I enjoy most about the chorus is the fact that it’s a wonderful group of women singing music that fills the soul. Robert chooses challenging numbers, but there is great reward in finally hearing the pieces come together. My main challenge is finding the time in a busy work schedule to practice enough. My preference of music is the Horizon Set and the Jazz Set. The harmonies in the Horizon set are beautiful and call to my soul. The Jazz set is just a lot of fun. I am new to the chorus this season. All the ladies have been very welcoming. I appreciated the first rehearsals where Robert asked us to mingle with others in the group. This allowed me to meet more of the chorus,” says Ruth Chmara
Experience the wonderful songs and sounds of WOLC at the annual spring concert. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25th, a Sweet Serenade – a Dessert Musicale will be performed at 7PM in St. Paul’s Anglican Church – Kanata, 20 Young Road. Tickets ($15) are available at Gaia Java Coffee Shop at 1300 Main Street, Stittsville, Kanata Barber Shop at 2 Beaverbrook Road, Kanata, Robin’s Nest, 98 Mills St. Almonte, through choir members and at the door.