SummerVoices choir hosts ‘Magnificat’ evening of music

St. Mary's Church in Oak Bay hosts two concerts featuring Bach's Magnificat

The SummerVoices choral group practices for two performances of Magnificat

The SummerVoices choral group practices for two performances of Magnificat

Classical choirs often take weeks to prepare a concert, but audiences will be thrilled with what a committed group of local singers will achieve in just five days.

The glorious harmonies of two baroque settings of Magnificat, by Bach and Pergolesi, will fill St. Mary’s Church in Oak Bay in two early-evening performances Thursday, June 30.

The text of Magnificat (Song of Mary) has been set to music by composers as far back as the 14th century, and probably even earlier in Gregorian chant.

For these performances, Victoria Philharmonic Choir Music Director Peter Butterfield leads SummerVoices, which brings together more than 50 singers from several local choirs for an intensive and fun few days of rehearsal, including coaching by professional singers and voice teachers Sarah Fryer and Gary Relyea.

The orchestra leader for the performances is Victoria Symphony and Galiano Ensemble violinist Tyson Doknjas.

The concerts (with different soloists) begin at 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

All are welcome and admisison is by donation at the door of St. Mary the Virgin, 1701 Elgin Rd.