Christmas Around the World

MORRISBURG – In November of 2016, Tilted Steeple Productions of Morrisburg brought the West Island Youth Symphony from Montreal to Morrisburg for one concert at St. James Anglican Church.

The result was pure Christmas magic. The Church was packed for the performance of these extraordinary young musicians, who were joined by Morrisburg’s own, soprano Margaret Whiselle.

Due to enormous popular demand the West Island Youth Symphony is now returning for another concert on Sunday, December 10, at St. James Anglican Church at 3 p.m.

And to make this a particularly wonderful experience for the whole family, joining the Symphony in this Morrisburg concert will be the renowned Kingston Youth Choir.

“Like last year, this concert entitled Christmas Around the World, will feature the Orchestra playing such holiday favourites as Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’,” said Isabelle Delage of Tilted Steeple Productions. “In a happy twist this year the Orchestra will be joined by the Kingston Youth Choir, and like last year the concert will conclude with a Christmas audience sing along.”

The concert will also help special causes in the South Dundas community. “Both organizations are donating their performance and their conductors’ fees,” Delage said. “And with contributions from two major sponsors, Brister Insurance and Horner & Pietersma essentially covering the cost of conveying the two groups from Morrisburg and Kingston, we hope to have a very healthy sum to donate to our dual causes, the Community Food Share and local refugee sponsorship efforts.”

The West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra has been in existence since 1985. It is made up of the Orchestra and the String Orchestra and features talented and exceptional young artists, ages 9 to 25, who work with professional musicians and conductors.

“David Martin who became the Symphony’s artistic director in the fall of 2016, is also a composer and arranger,” said Delage. “He has a number of Christmas arrangements for the orchestra and choir which he is hoping to present.”

Delage contacted the Kingston Youth Choir director Emily McPherson, who was very enthusiastic about the combined concert, and the joint performance came together.

The Youth Choir is only in its second year, but has already built up an exciting resumé performing with a number of professional ensembles and adult choirs. The young people sing in the traditional choral vein, but toss in a fun dose of pop and jazz. Judy Jacques, who attended last year’s concert said the entire performance was “top notch. It was an extremely professional show. As soon as I found out the date for this year’s event, I rearranged our family Christmas party to accommodate the date.”

Tickets for Christmas Around the World, coming to St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. are $25, $15 for students. Last year’s concert sold out.

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