100-strong Concert for Peace

Two of Kingston’s popular musical forces, Orchestra Kingston and the Kingston Choral Society join together in a 100-strong Concert for Peace, at The Spire, Sunday 13 November 2022, 2:30pm.

In this, their sixth collaboration, the 100 performers have decided to focus, appropriately this year, on global peace.

Ian Juby, artistic director of the Kingston Choral Society and his musical colleague, John Palmer music director of Orchestra Kingston, sat down together recently to discuss their Concert for Peace.

Earning remarkable reviews for their “almost psychedelic” musical colour and performance energy together (-Lucy DeCoutere, Kingston Whig-Standard), the choir and orchestra have chosen to present a deeply moving program, including:

Mussorgsky, “Great Gate of Kiev”;
John Williams, Hymn, “Saving Private Ryan”; Theme, “Schindler’s List”;
Jake Runestad, “Flower into Kindness”;
Mark Sirett, “Things That Never Die”;
John Palmer, “Lament”
Mozart, Lacrimosa, from The “Requiem”;
Brahms, “Geistliches Lied”, “Eternal Father”;
Sibelius, “Finlandia”; and,
Bach, “Dona Nobis Pacem”.

“Every time John and I bring the orchestra and choir together,” Ian Juby comments, “it’s a unique thrill.” John Palmer agrees, adding, “A huge group like this gives the performers energy. And the audience can feel that energy.” Palmer and Juby invite the Kingston community to “come out and experience this big sound as we experience it.”

Note that in their previous five outings together, Orchestra Kingston and the Kingston Choral Society consistently sold out every one of over 800 seats in The Performance Hall at The Spire, 82 Sydenham Street, downtown Kingston.

Tickets: $20/$25/$40 at Novel Idea, Arden Music, online at orchestrakingston.ca, kingstonchoralsociety.ca, from performers, and at the door.

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