Fre O is a traditional Haitian song arranged by Sten Källman.
“O brother, you tell us your sickness will not be healed. We are playing the drums and singing and weeping. You are sick – I will tell the others.”
Fireweed Children’s Chorus learned We Will Sing during in-person rehearsals this past fall, but decided to dip our toes into the world of “Virtual Choir” for the performance. “We will sing, we will sing of joy and sorrow, of the past and of tomorrow, we will sing, sing”
Fire is an energetic, rhythmic piece incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, and other colourful effects to depict the energy, mystery, and drive of fire in all its varied forms. It was a challenge to perform as it required the coordination of both singing and body percussion. The piece really came to life with the addition of Yellowknife Taiko drummer Nancy Mullick.
The Women Gather is a powerful battle cry for those trying to find reason in senseless acts of violence. In singing this song together for ‘Hindsight’ we were also reminded of the events and injustices of the past year that brought people together in protest.
For some Fireweed singers this performance is their first time singing on the NACC stage, trust us when we tell you that there are excited smiles under those masks. We are happy to share Denise Gagne’s “Do you Care?” accompanied by some photos of our families enjoying the wonders of our natural world.
Aurora Chorealis, “I have had singing” by Zachary J. Moore – rehearsing happily together again
Aurora Chorealis, Virtual Choir, Homebound: The Viral Mashup
Music by: Simon & Garfunkel; Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros; Michael Bublé, Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies; and Greg Holden and Drew Pearson
Arr. by: Dan Wiebe
Lyrics by: Arlene Cliffe-Phillips
Video editing by: Keith Robertson
Audio editing by: Margo Nightingale
This was going to be the closer in our April 2020 season finale concert “Journeys Home”, a now ironic concert title. New words for new times. We are all safe and relatively sane. We have much to be grateful for.
Aurora Chorealis, Virtual Choir, “North” by Ryan O’Neal (arr. G. Chung)
Video production by Keith Robertson (using Adobe Premier)
Audio production by Margo Nightingale (using Aimersoft Video Converter and Audacity)
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About Aurora Chorealis: We are part of the Yellowknife Choral Society. Our membership is open to anyone aged 14+ who can carry a tune. We meet once a week Sept-April and normally do at least 3 performances a year. This season was a little different.
White Winter Hymnal, Fleet Fox/Pentatonix, performed by Aurora Chorealis
The Yellowknife Choral Society presents Carols and Choirs, featuring the Aurora Chorealis and Ursa Miners choirs. Presented Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Centre ice Plaza, Yellowknife.
Messiah: And the GloryNorth
Aurora Chorealis, orchestra and stage builders, Dec 2014
‘Back to Africa’ Medley
A medley of clips from our ‘Back to Africa’ concert April 2013
- Somagwaza – a traditional South African chant
- Umoja – Music by Glenn Edward Burleigh, from his Nguzo Saba Suite, Op. 41. Words from Psalm 133:1
- Wana Baraka – a traditional Kenyan song arranged by Shawn Kirchner
- Baba Yetu – Music by Christopher Tin, Swahili adaptation of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ by Chris Kiagiri. Soloist: Jean Escalante
Recorded by Travis Mercredi of Outland Sound Design