A new choral director for Trinity Western University is making his debut with an evening of harmony and light.
This weekend, Joel Tranquilla leads the first in a set of choral concerts called SHINE that explores the theme of light.
Showcasing 15 of what he calls the â€œbrightest singersâ€ at TWU, the hour-long performance on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Langley Mennonite Fellowship Church â€“ and then the following Saturday, Nov. 1 in Delta â€“ will feature sacred music in English, German, Icelandic, and Afrikaans.
â€œIâ€™m excited about the opportunity to do such a wide range of music from different time periods and in different languages,â€ Tranquilla said.
â€œAnd chamber music is very intimate. It has a completely different feel than some our larger scale choral performances,â€ added the award-winning conductor and Langley resident who joined TWUâ€™s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) in August.
Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with $10 general admission (students pay what they can).
The evenings, sponsored by Long & McQuade, will feature a Bach cantata based on the familiar chorale tune Nun danket alle Gott (Now Thank We All Our God), which will be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble.
Also on the program are works by James MacMillan, Moses Hogan, and SAMCâ€™s own David Squires, as well as a set of pieces each based on Psalm 42 by Handel, Palestrina, and Marty Nystrom.
Edward Norman will accompany on organ and piano.
For more details, people can visit the universityâ€™s website at www.twu.ca/samc or phone 604-513-2173.