Crowe returns with an evening of good tidings
Allison Crowe. Photo by Billie Woods
Expect plenty of holiday cheer, laced with overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, jazz and more Dec. 5 when Allison Crowe, together with the Campbell River Childrens Choir and Director Barbara Prowse, bring Tidings, a night of musical warmth and fun to aid Campbell River’s Hospice Society and Food Bank.
This holiday concert also brings aid to a pair of essential non-profit groups: the Campbell River Hospice Society and CR Food Bank. The mission of the Hospice Society is “to provide compassionate support and companionship to individuals facing death, their families and friends and to those grieving a loss due to death.” The group’s motto: “Support when you need it most.”
The Campbell River Food Bank fills another great need in the community. For more than two decades it has provided sustenance for people year-round. Though the holiday season brings joy, it can mean extra stresses for many. Donations of non-perishable foods is greatly appreciated and any food donations will be collected at the concert.
Tidings stirs together traditional Christmas carols and holiday favourites with an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul. Leading off this night of festive fun will be the voices of the Campbell River Children’s Choir. Over the years, the choir has performed in venues across Canada, the United States, Cuba and England. Some of the choir’s singers have gone on to pursue careers as performers or, even, to have choirs of their own.
The Chamber Choir is a group of dedicated young people who attend extra rehearsals and challenge their skills with more difficult music. They will perform with, and under the guidance of, Director Barbara Prowse. Since joining in last year’s Tidings concert, the troupe has sung at the Pacific Rim Children’s’ Choir Festival in Hawaii and with Su Hart of the Afro Celtic Band Baka Beyond.
A brief intermission follows the choral performance, then, Allison Crowe continues on the piano, with a few guitar songs, as well, for good measure.
Doors open at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 228 South Dogwood. Advance tickets are $20 general/$15 students and seniors. At the door they are $22 and $17, respectively. Tickets are available at IRIS (in Campbell River and Courtenay), The Music Plant, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, and Ron Nicolaye c/o 250-923-6972; and online at http://www.allisoncrowe.com/shoptickets.html