Bob Chilcott

Five Days that Changed the World

and other works

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Harcourt Memorial United Church

In an environment where we are surrounded by reminders of how easily humanity becomes polarized and disconnected, we open our season with a concert celebrating the Human Spirit at it’s best. At the centre of our program is Bob Chilcott’s Five Days that Changed the World; an extended work celebrating historical events that have been a positive force in the world:

  1. The Invention of the Printing Press
  2. Abolition of Slavery in England
  3. The First Powered Flight
  4. The Discovery of Penicillin
  5. The First Human in Space

Our program will also feature music by Eric Whitacre, Gerald Finzi, Maurice Duruflé, Joan Szymko, as well as by Canadians Laura Hawley, Benjamin Bolden, Sarah Quartel, and Andrew Balfour. We are delighted to be joined by the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute Chamber Choir under the direction of Lane Osborne and percussionist Richard Moore as our special guests, and of course, to feature our own Alison MacNeill on the piano.

Five Days that Changed the World – Day 1: The Invention of Printing from Guelph Chamber Choir on Vimeo.

Five Days that Changed the World – Day 2: The Abolition of Slavery from Guelph Chamber Choir on Vimeo.

Five Days that Changed the World – Day 3: The First Powered Flight from Guelph Chamber Choir on Vimeo.

Five Days that Changed the World – Day 4: The Discovery of Penicillin from Guelph Chamber Choir on Vimeo.

Five Days that Changed the World – Day 5: The First Man in Space from Guelph Chamber Choir on Vimeo.

Charlene Pauls, Conductor

with special guests:

GCVI Chamber Choir
Lane Osborne, Conductor

The GCVI Chamber Choir welcomes dedicated singers from grades 9-12 with varying levels of choral experience who are motivated to learn challenging repertoire from diverse genres, countries and cultural traditions. The choir has been humbled by their successes in Musicfest Canada’s regional competitions across the province, and subsequently their six consecutive invitations to Musicfest Nationals. On the international stage, the choir has enjoyed receptive audiences in England at the Harrogate International Youth Festival of the Arts, where where they will be returning in April 2020 to be featured performers at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Canadian Choral Series. In addition to their annual participation in local and international festivals, the choir has garnered widespread recognition for their work from David Crosby (of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) and for their multiple appearances on the 40th Anniversary Tour for international best selling rock band, Foreigner.

Richard Moore, Percussion

Canadian born drummer, percussionist, and cimbalist Dr. Richard Moore studied timpani, percussion, and historic percussion (baroque timpani) under Dr. Peter Sadlo at the Hochschule for Musik in Munich, Germany. While in Germany, he also studied cimbalom under Birgit Stolzenburg at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium. He holds a Doctorate in Music from York University, and he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto under Dr. Russell Hartenberger and Robin Engelman from the percussion ensemble, NEXUS.

Dr. Moore has performed on many sessions for film, television, and jingle work. His live credits include performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Lincoln Center in New York City.

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