The 12 associates of Quarantones Male Refrain alongside with musical director Denise Marquette and accompanist Kelly Thomas return to the phase for two matinee performances of Brothers Sing On, on Feb. 24 at the Comox United Church and on Feb. 25 at Campbell River’s St. Peter Anglican Church.
Marquette has arranged an engaging plan of songs from a extensive range of genres and eras.
“From madrigals to ingesting tracks, spirituals, ballads and pop tracks, the Quarantones’ repertoire is positive to delight our viewers,” Marquette mentioned. “The tracks highlight the wealthy, resonant sound of the male chorus and showcase the variety, vary and skill of this ensemble. Love and longing, hope, fellowship, and entertaining are central themes of the concert.”
The Quarantones beseech Sherry to “come out tonight,” lament that they “really ought to go” in Goodnight, Sweetheart, examine tempestuous adore to the climate in Springtime in Alberta and get stood up by Madeleine. The title track Brothers Sing On! and Vive L’amour are rousing anthems of male choruses. The madrigal Sing We and Chant It offers a glimpse of 16th century Renaissance England as the viewers is encouraged to delight in the content pleasures of daily life though they can for “not prolonged youth lasteth and outdated age hasteth.”
The Quarantones will also channel their internal James Bond, investigate counterpoint, a melody functioning from a second melody – believe mash up – in Play for Me a Very simple Melody and gleefully dump on Ontario, proclaiming that “your scummy lakes and city of Toronto do not do a damn factor for me” in Stan Rogers’ Observing the Apples Improve.
The Quarantones will also sing the conventional South African Siyalabolo in the Swazi language, the beloved spirituals He Never ever Failed Me Still and Glow on Me and Rest, a modern-day composition by the young black composer Remel Derrick. “I am thrilled to element these music that honour my heritage and emphasize February as Black History Month” Marquette explained. “Beyond their melodic splendor, these powerful parts instill hope, market comprehending and offer you consolation.”
Bob Udell and Kevin Marquette conceived the Quarantones, at first an informal, yard barbershop quartet as a way to continue on singing safely via COVID. They expanded to 8 voices early on and then put in the months in isolation learning music remotely. As restriction eased, the Quarantones cajoled Marquette into leading them and Thomas into accompanying them in their debut live performance, Sea Shanties at the Anderton Gardens.
As Bob Udell points out, “Over the previous two a long time, we have included much more singers, expanded our repertoire and presented a series of properly-gained concerts. Past summer season, we reprised our sea shanties with two rollicking concert events in Comox and Campbell River. We will do so once again in June, so look at for them!”
Tickets are $25 and are readily available at the Blue Heron in Comox, at the Laughing Oyster in Courtenay, at the Music Plant in Campbell River and at the door. The doors open up at 2 with the performances commencing at 2:30.