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Concert hits all the right notes for Building Hope

Orillia Vocal Ensemble's Christmas concert raised $5,750 for campaign
2018-12-17 Building Hope donation Orillia Vocal Ensemble
Orillia Vocal Ensemble president Fred Larsen presents a symbolic cheque to Linda Goodall of the Lighthouse Shelter. Supplied photo


Saturday night, the Orillia Vocal Ensemble (director Roy Menagh, accompanist Mary Jo Wilson) raised $5,750 for the Lighthouse Shelter’s Building Hope campaign in a concert at St. Paul’s Centre.

Guest artists were the A Little Wind Music brass ensemble led by Rita Arendz, violinist Sean Ford and soprano Laura Aylan-Parker. Some notable choral pieces of music performed were Song for a Winter’s Night by Gordon Lightfoot, Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Mozart and Ecce Novum by Norwegian composer Ola Gjello. Brass pieces included Christmas Day by Gustav Holtz, Huron Indian Carol by Jean de Brebeuf and Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen (Lo, how a rose e’er blooming) by Brahms.

The concert was superbly MC’d by Jack Latimer of the Building Hope campaign.

The Orillia Vocal Ensemble is known as the “pay-it-forward” choir and has raised in excess of $120,000 for various Orillia charities over the past few years. Find out more here.



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