University of Guelph Choirs & Guelph Chamber Orchestra Present:
...WHERE THE HEART IS
Marta McCarthy, Conductor
Betty Maher, Accompanist
Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Karla Oxley, Soprano
Matthew Oxley, Baritone
Camilla Cook, Saprano
Saturday, November 9, 2019
7:00 p.m. pre-concert talk (free with concert ticket)
St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph
Tickets: TICKETS AVAILABLE EVENTBRITE Or at the door.
$10 students/$15 seniors/$20 adults
(Free for children 12 and under)
The concert is entitled "... where the heart is" because all of the music relates to the theme of HOME. The first half features a piece called Dona nobis pacem (which means "Grant us peace" in Latin, but the words are mostly in English) by Ralph Vaughan Williams. 100 years ago, millions of people returned from WWI to a land they no longer recognized, or that - due to their physical and emotional scars - no longer recognized them. Dona nobis pacem probes the realities of war, while beseeching the heavens for an end to armed conflict. The singers, accompanied by string orchestra and a powerful battery of percussion, tell the story of a soldier who finally recognizes that his "enemy" is human like himself, and of a father and son buried in the same grave. The music alternates between the dissonance of war-time atrocities and the glory of a planet at peace. The second half of the concert presents other perspectives on Home, including the first generation Canadian (Immigrant Son by Estanilau Gubiotti), the psalmist (How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place by Imant Raminsh), the slave (Deep River), the bereaved (Sing You Home by the Ennis Sisters, arr. Leslee Heys) and even the Annapolis Valley farmer (Watchin' the apples grow by Stan Rogers, arr. Ron Smail). By turns passionate, haunting, or hilarious, this is music to make you smile and to make you ponder. We hope you will join us on the journey home...