Three choirs and a quintet
L’Alliance chorale Manitoba to hold Dec. 11 Christmas concert
Anyone visiting l’église Précieux-Sang for the first time, may feel a bit overawed as they set foot in the St. Boniface-based church.
Designed by legendary local architect Étienne Gaboury, the church — which is located at 200 Kenny St., — will be the venue of an upcoming Christmas concert held by l’Alliance chorale Manitoba.
The choral event will be held on Sun., Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. and will showcase the talents of three choirs — la chorale des Intrépides, les Blés au vent, and la chorale de l’école Taché — and a quintet — le quintet de cuivres des Forces armées.
Recognizable for its spiralling roof design, and notable for the high ratio of wood used in its construction — as well as any other number of other reasons — key organizer Aline Campagne is hoping the combination of the four different concert groups will provide a musical treat for the concert audience.
“The acoustics are really interesting, as there’s a lot of wood inside,” said Campagne, an Alliance chorale Manitoba board member, who is also one of the choir directors of the event, along with Bruce Waldie. “The architect, Étienne Gaboury, passed away recently, and the church is one his better-known projects.”
“The outside of the church is impressive enough, and inside there’s a whole different feel to it. There’s a warmth to the wood, it feels like an enclosure, and there’s a different feel compared to other churches. The lighting isn’t intense, and there’s a charm to it, a warmth,” she added.
Now, with annual in-person events returning as pandemic-era restrictions have loosened, Campagne said she hopes many community members will come out and enjoy the seasonal, sing-along event at a time of year when folks are in good spirits and feeling happy.
“It’s a very pleasant kind of Christmas event, and people will be singing and playing joyful songs. We’ll have a traditional mix of traditional francophone songs and a Christmas repertoire. We’ll be embracing the tradition around Christmas,” Campagne said.
“I’m a baby boomer and I grew up with these songs, and now we’re returning to these traditions — with a modern twist.”
Founded in 1981, by l’Alliance chorale Manitoba is promotes choral singing and supports its member choirs. It offers refresher courses for choir members and creates events aimed at sharing the love of singing together and promoting the benefits of belonging to a choir, a news release states.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults; youth aged 17 and younger can get in free.
Email Campagne at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at email@example.com or call him at 204-697-7111.