The Chorealis Vocal Ensemble performs its concert Chorealis Sings... at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon March 24.

The Chorealis Vocal Ensemble performs its concert Chorealis Sings... at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon March 24.

Spring awakens with Chorealis

Vernon-based choir, The Chorealis Vocal Ensemble, gives rare public concert at All Saints Anglican Church on March 24.

On March 24, choral music lovers will be treated to a rare concert performed by the Chorealis Vocal Ensemble.

Selections for this concert will include madrigals and sacred music from the 16th century, music by Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Bruckner from the 19th century as well as pop and jazz favourites from the 20th century.

The 12-voice, SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) a cappella group usually only appears at senior residences, Hospice House, or Kelowna’s Cascade of Choirs, so this is a rare chance to hear the group in a public performance, said Chorealis member Frank van Thienen.

Formed in the spring of 2008, the group is based and rehearses year round in Vernon with members hailing from Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Lumby, Kelowna and Vernon.

“Chorealis is comprised of five men and seven women and is unique in that it has no director. Song choices and conducting all come from within the ensemble,” said van Thienen.

The initial goal of Chorealis was to focus on early music, with composers such as Tallis, Byrd, de Victoria and Palestrina. However, the group has succumbed to the charms of newer music and enjoys exploring such diverse composers as Billy Joel, Debussy and local composer Imant Raminsh, said van Thienen, adding, “More recently, some stirring arrangements of folk songs have been added to our growing repertoire.”

The Chorealis Vocal Ensemble performs its concert Chorealis Sings… at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205-27th St., Vernon at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door.

For more information, call 250-545-3731 or visit www.chorealis.ca.