This Sunday Peter Togni celebrates Canada Day with a special encore presentation of one of our favourite concert broadcasts from this past year – a celebration of Festival 500: Sharing the Voices from St. John’s Newfoundland, one of Canada’s most treasured choral festivals.
Singing in Newfoundland and Labrador has been a way of celebrating, mourning, and telling their community's stories for over 500 years. That community spirit is still at the heart of Festival 500, as St John’s now reaches out beyond its shores to bring in choirs from across Canada and around the world, to celebrate the power of song.
If there is any event that reinforces the idea that choirs are the soul of our communities, Festival 500 is it. The biennial event has become a magnet for choirs from across Canada and around the world. With 23 choirs, 775 participants, conductors, clinicians, workshops and venues spread out across the city the entire community pulses with the sound of singing, it’s a true choral paradise!
One of the highlights for all of us was the Indonesian Youth Cordana Choir, with their incredible precision as singers, and amazing coreography in performance they blew us all away. Check out their performance in this exclusive CBC video.
The power of singing to reinforce our connection to each other’s souls is alive and well!
Choral Concert, the choral paradise edition. Sunday, July 1 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2
More Festival 500 Videos from CBC Music
Ariel Barnes performs Bach's Cello Suites
In Concert for this Sunday on R2
on Jun 27, 2012