Ancora Women’s Ensemble performs Heart Songs at All Saints Anglican Church Feb. 12.

Ancora Women’s Ensemble performs Heart Songs at All Saints Anglican Church Feb. 12.

Choir sings from the heart

Ancora Women's Ensemble serenades audiences just in time for Valentine’s Day.

  • Feb. 3, 2016 4:00 p.m.

A local all-female choir is about to serenade audiences just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The provincial award winning Ancora Women’s Ensemble, presents Heart Songs Feb. 12 at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon.

The 15-voice adult choir, with members from Vernon and the Shuswap, has been singing together for four years under the artistic direction of Terry Logan, an accomplished teacher and choral director from Armstrong.

Ancora will deliver an eclectic repertoire of music, which Logan says is sure to please the most discerning listener.

“We will be performing Canadian works for women’s choir and contemporary classical pieces, a Broadway show tune, a modern musical setting of a seventh century biblical text, and also premiering a harmonically adventurous  piece written specifically for Ancora by nationally acclaimed composer Jean Ethridge, who resides in Salmon Arm,” said Logan.

Accompanied by Jim Johnston, a well known pianist from Salmon Arm, Ancora is welcoming two guest artists: Elizabeth Johnson, a Vernon resident and retired physician, who will perform on Celtic harp, and Diane Jewell,  a local First Nation drummer.

The latter will perform Ancora’s interpretation of the song Warrior, composed by Kim Baryluk of the Wyrd  Sisters.

“It is inspired by issues facing women in Canada, in particular indigenous women,” said Logan. “It is a message from women to women about strength and solidarity.”

Ancora takes the stage at All Saints Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are  $15, available at Courtview Dental in Vernon, from choir members, by calling 250-546-9921, or at the door. Those under 12  will be admitted free of charge.