The Singing World: Tapestry International 2009

7:30 PM February 28th, 2009 at Ryerson United Church

This was the second concert in our 3-concert Tapestry International festival. From the concert program: “Tapestry – a rich combination of colours and designs woven together in a harmonious whole” is the perfect description of what all of us are about to hear and enjoy over these next few days. Elektra has a long history of bringing together women’s choirs to sing and learn from each other.

We are excited this year to be raising the bar, making this a truly international event. We welcome Brilliant Harmony from Japan with their dynamic conductor, Ko Matsushita, Western Washington University, University Choir Women under the inspiring direction of Timothy Fitzpatrick, the award-winning Balkan Babes from Victoria, BC, and of course our own Elektra Women’s Choir as hosts. Along with these guest choirs we are pleased to include for this special event 11 high-school aged singers, participants in our young singer mentorship program called Mira.”

The repertoire listed here with links and details is Elektra’s solo program plus “Here’s to Song” which was performed at the end of each of the three festival concerts by all singers. The other choirs’ solo repertoire was: The Balkan Babes: Pastevecke Helokanie traditional Dilmano Dilbero traditional Bulgaria, arr. Filip Kutev Obesi Venac traditional Serbian, collected by Dennis Boxell More Moma Bega Lele traditional Bulgarian Trgnala e Malka Mome traditional Bulgarian Done Mari traditional Bulgarian, arr. Filip Kutev More ti si Ceznja traditional Dalmatian Batonebo traditional Georgian Ajde Jano traditional Serbian Sto e Ludo traditional Macedonian Brilliant Harmony: Rorando Coeli Jan Campanus Vodnansky Audi Coelum Ko Matsushita Funa Oroshi Uta Ko Matsushita Koura no Komoriuta Ko Matsushita Essassa Ko Matsushita The Typewriter Leroy Anderson, arr. Ko Matsushita Western Washington University, University Choir Women(program title: “Music in Motion”): Take a Step traditional Sephardic, arr. Stephen Hatfield Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten J. S. Bach Set me as a Seal Ren%uFFFD Clausen Water of Tyne English folksong, arr. Michael Neaum Diu diu dang a Taiwanese folksong, arr. Chien Shan-Hue J’entends le Moulin Canadian folksong, arr. Donald Patriquin


Brilliant Harmony (Japan) Women's Choir
Brilliant Harmony (Japan)
Women’s Choir
Stephen Smith Piano
Stephen Smith
The Balkan Babes Women's Choir
The Balkan Babes
Women’s Choir
Western Washington University, University Choir Women Women's Choir
Western Washington University, University Choir Women
Women’s Choir

Performance Pieces:

  1. Reel à Bouche Canadian Work Traditional French Canadian Malcolm Dalglish (arr) 
  2. Early Spring Canadian Work Traditional Newfoundland Kathleen Allan (arr) 
  3. Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s Canadian Work Otto P. Kelland Diane Loomer (arr) 
  4. Log Driver’s Waltz, The Canadian Work Wade Hemsworth Ron Smail (arr) 
  5. Here’s to Song Canadian Work Allister MacGillivray Diane Loomer (arr) 
  6. Wood River Canadian Work Connie Kaldor Willi Zwozdesky (arr) 

Canadian Work Legend Canadian Work