A Westminster Christmas

2016-wreath-1What does the Christmas season mean at Westminster? Busyness! Groups like the Winnipeg Singers, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Pembina Trails School Divisional choirs use our glorious sanctuary throughout the month. Not to mention the various weekly events that happen in the church. My planning happens in July or August, and means I’m living the Christmas season long before most people even think about Thanksgiving.

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Westminster Church Choir presents Gabriel Fauré’s REQUIEM

Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924

Gabriel Fauré
1845-1924

Remembrance Sunday
November 13th, 2016 10:30 AM

Two years ago, Westminster Choir and its soloists presented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. This year the choir performs yet another classic work, Romantic composer Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

This Requiem is a large departure from the work of Mozart, as its music and language no longer dwell on judgment and doomsday, but rather focus on grace, hope, and peace.

The work is just over thirty minutes long, and while not as technically difficult as other pieces in the genre, is musically challenging. Pitfalls concerning phrasing, language and vocal control abound in every movement.

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Vivat Regina!

Hubert_ParryWhen I first came to Westminster in 2009 one of the anthems I discovered with great glee was several pristine copies of C.H.H. Parry’s coronation anthem I Was Glad. While still commercially available, I wouldn’t dream of buying it — only because its use would be limited (how many times a decade do you sing something so decadent, anyway?).

Because of Easter’s early appearance, and a general need for more English choral music with a splash of grand organ, I thought we’d give it a go.

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Tenor Jan Nato returns to Westminster’s Stage August 11 7:00 PM

11059767_1153886527961762_94529482490936647_nCome join tenor, Jan Nato, and pianist, Christopher Kayler for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” a song recital inspired by the heat of the summer and the dreams that come with it.

Westminster United Church will host this evening of great music and beautiful art. This concert will be in support of Artbeat Studio Inc, a fantastic organisation that promotes wellness through creativity. The works of Artbeat artists will adorn the platform of the church and will be available for purchase for those of you who have a wall that needs some love.

August 11, 7:00 PM Tickets: $10
Available at the door, from Jan Nato, Artbeat Studio Inc., Studio Central – Urban Arts Centre, Upbeat Artworks, and Westminster Church.

Call 204.698.2468 for more details.

Learn more about the incredible work of Artbeat Studio at at www.artbeatstudio.ca