On Saturday April 27th at 7:00 pm, the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus will take you on a musical journey with stops in Australia, the British Isles, Canada and the United States plus a Czech-Slovak contribution. The venue will be St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 20 Young Road in Kanata.
They are also excited to have as their guests, the Ottawa Police Chorus who will entertain you with some of their favourite songs. The men and women of the Police Chorus, directed by Geoffrey Linklater, sing in four-part harmony and have sung at many venues all over the city of Ottawa.
For this concert the Ladies Chorus will present the sad tale of “The Housekeeper’s Tragedy”, the beautiful Irish ballad “Carrick Fergus” and the rollicking “Black Fly” song about Northern Ontario, among many others. Add to that the pleasure of hearing the men and women in blue performing in full uniform, and you have the makings of a musical tonic to welcome Spring.
The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus is an auditioned choir that was founded in 2012 by conductor Robert Dueck of Stittsville. Its members come from Stittsville, Richmond, Munster, Kanata, Nepean, Woodlawn, Carleton Place, Carp and Fitzroy Harbour. The ladies travel in to practice once and often twice a week to attend two-hour rehearsals to perfect the music they are preparing for a concert. The Chorus has grown in both size and musical skills under Robert’s direction to an average of forty voices singing in four-part harmony and with a reputation of pleasing audiences immensely both with its choice of music, its discipline and sensitive interpretations, and the enjoyment the singers have in presenting their concerts. Its accompanist is well-known jazz pianist Peter Brown who will play Oscar Peterson’s “Laurentide Waltz” as a piano solo as part of the concert.
The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus also offers its music to residents of retirement homes as part of its community service and has performed as invited guests with the Manotick Brass in Manotick and with the Lanark Offbeats in Carleton Place. The Chorus makes donations to local food banks and contributed to the Knox Presbyterian Church elevator fund in Manotick.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can also be purchased online through the website at www.westottawaladieschorus.ca. Children under 12 are free. Local ticket outlets are Brown’s Independent Grocers, Kanata Barbershop, Kanata Cleaners, and the Scottish & Irish Store on Robertson Road.