Langley performers take their talents on the road

Opus One Women’s Choir, a Langley and Surrey based choir with more than 20 members, will be heading to Powell River in July to perform at the International Choral Kathaumixw.

Held every two years, upwards of 1,200 people from around the world attend the event and in addition to the seven host choirs there will be nearly twenty choirs attending from numerous points on the globe.

Kathaumixw is a five day choir celebration with eighteen concerts and various competitions. It is focused on both performance and social aspects of choir with plenty of time for meeting those from other attending groups. 

Brenda Wilson, artistic director of Opus One noted the choir is very excited to be taking part in the international event. 

In order to ensure the members of Opus One receive the best departure possible, they are hosting a send off concert entitled Music, Lead the Way! June 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church at 21713 50 Ave.

The dress rehearsal prior to the concert is June 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and the festival choir rehearsal is June 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. both at R.E. Mountain Secondary behind the Langley Events Centre at 7755 – 202A St.

Magician crosses river

Another Langley performer taking the show on the road is Dale Hopkins, a family-oriented magician.

Hopkins is the winner of the 2013 Showmanship Award from the Fraser Valley Magic Circle and will be performing his act at the Magic Festival in Port Coquitlam on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Second Story Theatre at 2550 Shaughnessy St.

Hopkins is also a founding member of the Fraser Valley Magic circle and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He will bring family fun, wonder and mystery to the audience Monday night.

Having performed in venues of all sizes and for all ages, Hopkins has taken his show to the Banff Springs Hotel, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and Canuck Place Children’ Hospital to name just a few locations.

For tickets for Hopkins’ and other magical performances during the June 21 to 27 Magic Festival visit www.themagicefstival.com. 

Local singers in top 3

Langley country singer, Karen Lee Batten, is in the top three of the BC Country Music Association’s (BCCMA) Provincial Spotlight Performance contest along with fellow Langley-based country performing sisters Robyn & Ryleigh. 

The three top acts had videos of their performances posted to the BCCMA’s Facebook page for fan voting which closed at 10 p.m. Tuesday. 

The winner (with the most votes – which was not yet available at press time) will move on to represent B.C. in the national contest with a shot at performing at the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association awards.

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