Join us for a cappella singing at its finest!
Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 pm.
“Veni Emmanuel” – Stairwell Carollers return to Carleton Place on December 9th!
Residents of Carleton Place, you are in for a treat this Xmas. On December 9th you will be playing host to some of the finest choral musicians in the Ottawa Valley.
In celebration of their 41st season, Pierre Massie and his award-winning Ottawa choir The Stairwell Carollers invite you to come and hear their concert of Christmas carols, old and new, at St James Anglican Church.
Pierre has prepared a special program this season: “As we enter our 41st year of singing, I felt it would be nice to return to a more traditional repertoire, bringing back tried and true arrangements of some of our most familiar carols.”
The choir will be singing audience favourites like our concert opener “Veni, veni Emmanuel”, “Carol of the Bells”, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, “Stille Nacht”, “Quelle est cette odeur agréable”, along with a few modern gems like “O nata lux” by Morten Lauridsen.
In addition, the concert will feature three new songs by current choir members: Pierre’s fresh arrangement of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, my own setting of the medieval song “In natali Domini” and our rollicking concert finale, “Sans Day Carol”, by bass Terry Brynaert.
Terry’s piece has become a choir favourite and he has told me: “I am over the moon excited, as this will be the first piece of mine ever to be sung in public, and I have dedicated it to Pierre and everyone who has ever sung with the Stairwell Carollers, past and present.”
Come hear a cappella singing at its finest: The Stairwell Carollers Xmas concert, “Veni Emmanuel,” at St. James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place, 2:30pm.
Tickets $15 at the door or in advance at the church office, Mon-Fri. 9am-1pm. Tel. 613-257-3178, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, if you’re looking for that perfect Xmas gift, the choir’s CDs will be on sale too. You’ll be giving twice, as proceeds from concerts and CD sales have allowed the Carollers to present donations to local charities and music scholarships to local high school students totalling over $140,000.
Hope to see you there on December 9th!
And if you can’t make it to St. James, you can still hear the Stairwell Carollers on one of these dates:
• December 7: St Mark the Evangelist Anglican Church, 1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa, 7:30pm.
• December 15: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St, Ottawa, 7:30pm.
• December 19: St Columba Anglican Church, 24 Sandridge Road, Ottawa, 7:30pm.
David Rain has been receiving his musical cues from the back of Pierre Massie’s head for 26 years. For more information, please visit www.stairwellcarollers.com.