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Counterpoint counts its blessings

Counterpoint Choir presents its January concerts, Blessings, at Knox Presbyterian Church in Vernon.
Counterpoint members Elizabeth Johnson

In a year of noteworthy anniversaries, 150 for Canada and 125 for Vernon, it is appropriate to celebrate our many blessings.

Counterpoint Choir’s January concert features songs referring to blessings we receive and sometimes fail to acknowledge, said Counterpoint member Devon Muhlert.

“To live in a country of freedom is such a blessing, as are peace, happiness, health and love,” she said.

The choir will enumerate some of those blessings through songs that span different cultures.

Because We Believe is an Italian song made famous by operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli. Spanish song, Cantar Allegria (Sing Joy), will feature two lively trumpets played by Rick Smith and Al Szeliga.

Also included are a Russian Ave Maria and a stately Benedictus. Sun and Moon, from the musical Miss Saigon, and two John Rutter pieces, one with flute accompaniment by Muhlert, will also be performed.

The Natalie Sleeth song, Joy in the Morning, has brass accompaniment, where the trumpeters will be joined by Brian McMahon on trombone. The choir will also perform old favourites such as The Sound of Music and Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, with brass accompaniment.

Counterpoint performs Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3701 32nd Ave., Vernon. Tickets are $12 for adults at the door. Children under 12 are free.

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