For the twelfth consecutive year, The Rimbey Community Chorus, directed by Annette Boorman, will share its wonderful gift of music through a medley of joyous songs.
The concert, Christmas Alleluia will be presented to the community on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rimbey United Church.
Boorman explained the origins of the chorus.
“Since 1988 our family has attended a week-long choral music camp at Naramata, B.C. I had always enjoyed singing, but found the choral experience to be exhilarating. To take a sound that begins within you, share it with other singers, and hear it come back as something wonderful and thrilling is transformative. The chorus members synchronize their breath and harmonize their hearts in a cooperative effort.”
“I wanted more people to feel that sense of wonder and achievement, so I thought Rimbey should have a community chorus. The idea grew from there.”
Boorman said working with the chorus has more than met her expectations.
“The chorus members bring a wide range of musical experience and training. I am delighted with how, working together, we achieve great music and I think we also have a lot of fun. It is not a closed group and new members are always welcome,” she added.
The chorus, comprised of more than 40 local singers, all drawn together by their love of music, has been practicing regularly since October under the direction of Boorman. Their selection of Christmas music promises to provide a truly uplifting evening.
Over the years many talented musicians have accompanied their chorus. This year’s pianists, Grace Bennik and Charlotte Bonella, will be joined by Connie Jensen on drums.
The chorus has entertained the community for almost three decades with a variety of musical evenings. Some of the singers have been part of the group since its onset, and new voices have been added each year.
While each member is committed to giving his or her personal best to the chorus, credit is given to the director for her dedication, talent and unwavering commitment to bringing all the voices together in pleasing harmonies.
“We all like to sing, but without Annette’s expertise there wouldn’t be a chorus,” said Donna Pecharsky.
“Annette brings out the best in us,” agreed Florence Stemo.
Both ladies enjoy being part of the chorus, and the opportunity to share their love of singing.
“It is a wonderful way to remember the true meaning of Christmas with the community,” said Pecharsky.
There is no charge for admission to Christmas Alleluia, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
All donations will go to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a charity whose funds are matched by the government.
Not only does The Foodgrains Bank provide food in emergency situations around the world, it develops projects for sustainable farming in struggling nations.