Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Ian Juby, Conductor
The Urban Dictionary defines a "palooza" as "an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there's no tomorrow." A CHORAL-palooza, by extension, is an all-day party of choral music with a ton of choirs participating. On October 26, 2014 local choirs performed for about twenty minutes each, then joined in a mass choral performance at 3:10 p.m. featuring 400-500 singers singing Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom." But despite the trendy title for this extravaganza, the Kingston Choral Society continued its tradition of excellence in vocal music, singing for the first time in the magnificent setting of the newly opened Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
The Kingston Choral Society performed three works:
'O Magnum Mysterium" a motet by Jacob Gallus, first published in 1586;
Felix Mendelssohn's "He, Watching over Israel" from Elijah;
Ola Gjeilo's "The Ground" an anthem from the last movement of Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass.