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November 21, 2005

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A Worldly Village: Seasonal Stories and Songs, Nov. 26

SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison’s Choral Society and Elliott Chorale will present It Takes a Whole Village: Seasonal Stories in Word and Song at the United Church in Sackville on Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Donations will be graciously accepted at the door for the Sackville Food Bank.

The program will have a multi-cultural focus, based on a West African saying, "It takes a whole village to raise child." The opening procession will emphasize the idea of working together; the piece by American woman composer, Joan Szymko, has four unique rhythms assigned to four vocal groups. The individual groups create an intense energy and movement by working together to produce a joyful spirit of ‘a whole village.’ Percussionists will be led by Matthew Lane and soloist will be Brad Woodward.

The Elliott Chorale will also be performing a work by a female composer, A Feast for Christmas by Emma Lou Diemer. The four movements are based on texts by Shakespeare, Scott, and Blake. The music is filled with lively rhythms and intriguing harmonies, providing abundant audience appeal. The new student choral group at Mount Allison, The Women’s Choir, is pleased to sing a French carol, D’oj viens-tu gergpre, arranged by Howard Cable and accompanied by flutist, Melanie Reeks. They will also sing an arrangement of an Hispanic folk song, A La Ru, accompanied on piano by Andrea Dickinson.

The Choral Society’s major work is entitled, Joy to All the World. This work is a wonderful medley of international carols, ending with the audience joining the singers in Joy to the World. Students from foreign lands will be contributing to the evenings multi-cultural focus by sharing seasonal stories from their countries of origin. The choral groups at Mount Allison are under the direction of Gayle h Martin and the accompanist is Andrea Dickinson. All are welcome to attend.


For further information please contact the music department at Mount Allison University, tel: 364-2374 (



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