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Rhythm of the Rain: a concert by Guelph Youth Singers

Location: Ontario, Canada
Choir type: Children's and Youth Choirs
Voicing: Children
Under the direction of Linda Beaupré, the award-winning choirs of Guelph Youth Singers, based in Guelph, Ontario, present a seasonal concert with a watery theme....rivers, rain, ships, canoes, fishermen, Noah’s ark… Canadian composers represented will include R. Murray Schafer, Eleanor Daley, Stephen Hatfield, David Ouchterlony, Connie Kaldor, Willi Zwozdesky, James Gordon, Meghan Quinlan and Sheldon Rose. Special guests include pianist Ken Gee and members of the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Guelph Youth Singers has been recognized with top awards for choral groups from the Guelph Kiwanis Association, and has won further awards at both the Provincial and National levels of the National Festival Association.  The programme will be held at Harcourt Memorial United Church (Dean Avenue, Guelph, Ontario) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. The full programme is listed below.
 
May 23, 2009    Rhythm of the Rain: Programme
 
Linda Beaupré conductor
Ken Gee piano
with guests
Senior String Players from the Suzuki String School of Guelph:
William Annab, Lane Carter, Catherine Clarke & Adam Monod violins
Lauren Taylor viola and Grayson Carter cello
Ellie Hogan & Tara Jamieson guitars
Mary Margaret Annab, and Sharon, Heather and Sarah Buisman percussion
*indicates Canadian composer/arranger
 
All Choirs
My Paddle's Keen and Bright      Traditional Canadian      Soloist:  Larissa Abrams-Ogg
Miniwanka                    *R. Murray Schafer     Soloists:  Elise Abrams-Ogg and Allison McDonald
Toia Mai Te Waka Ne                Maori Traditional
(The audience is requested to hold applause until the end of this set.)
 
Choirs II & III
Waters Ripple and Flow             Slovak Folk song, arr. Cristi Cary Miller
 
Choir I
The Boat Song                          Anonymous
My Little White Boat                   Thomas Dunhill
Rhythm of the Rain                    Jerry Estes
 
Boys’ Choir
Any Boy to Any Ship                 Arthur Baynon
 
Choir III
Dance to Your Daddie               American folk, arr. M. Neaum
Gentle Nature                            *Eleanor Daley
Tum Balalayka                           Yiddish folk, arr. Marjan Helms
 
Choir I
Hurricane, Go Away                  Jay Althouse
 
INTERMISSION
 
Choir II            
Ships                                        Alec Rowley
Reflections of a Lad at Sea         Don Besig
        The Captain's Mate
        Thoughts of Home
        The Ghost Ship
 
Chamber Choir             
Peter on de Sea, Sea, Sea         *David Ouchterlony
Frobisher Bay                           *James Gordon
Wood River                               *Connie Kaldor, arr. *Willie Zwozdesky        Soloist:  Dana Smart
Thando Re Thando                     Indian folk, arr. *Meghan Quinlan   Soloists:  Bryton Parfect & Emma Devai
 
Choir III
My Labrador Rug                       *Sheldon Rose
Labour of Love                          Celtic melody, arr. *Stephen Hatfield
Praise His Holy Name                Spiritual, arr. Keith Hampton
 
All Choirs
Old Man Noah                           Sea Shantey, arr. Arthur Hardwicke
Singin' in the Rain                      Nacio Herb Brown, arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
The Gospel Ship                        Spirituals, arr. Kirby Shaw
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