The Halifax Camerata Singers kick off its 33rd year with the Remembrance-themed concert To Soothe a Suff’ring Heart on November 9.
The Halifax Camerata Singers kick off its 33rd year with the Remembrance-themed concert To Soothe a Suff’ring Heart on November 9.

In a media release, Halifax Camerata Singers has announced its 2019-2020 season that will include a Remembrance-theme concert, plus performances with Canadian superstar tenor Ben Heppner and Symphony Nova Scotia.

The season will kick off at Saint Andrew’s United Church on November 9 with To Soothe a Suff’ring Heart.

The concert’s title comes from a line from Helen Maria William’s 1823 poem Sonnet to the Moon. It is also the inspiration for the newly commissioned work by Nova Scotia composer Derek Charke which will receive its premiere as part of the concert line-up. Joining the Camerata Singers are a guest-chamber Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia clarinet soloist Eileen Walsh.

Camerata will also join Symphony Nova Scotia for three concerts this season.

In December, they will once again perform as the core choir of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus for two performances of Handel’s Messiah.

They rejoin the Symphony in March for J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Under the baton of Jeff Joudrey, the concert will feature performances from soprano Jane Archibald, mezzo-soprano Vicki St. Pierre, tenor Philippe Gagné, and bass-baritone Joel Allison.

The choir will also perform with Symphony Nova Scotia in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. In this semi-staged production in May, they will be joined by soloists from the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance and the Nova Voce Men’s choir.

Closing out the season in June next year, Camerata Singers will be joined by Juno and Grammy Award-winning Canadian tenor Ben Heppner. In Come Celebrate!, the Companion of the Order of Canada joins the choir for a program of gospel, spirituals, folk music and more. The choir will also take to the road with Heppner following its Halifax concert on June 13, with performances in both Amherst and Lunenburg.

New this season, Camerata has invited members of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir to join the choir in a professional development opportunity for the fall term.

Founded by artistic director Jeff Joudrey in 1986, the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers includes performers from many parts of Nova Scotia and is considered one of Atlantic Canada’s leading chamber choirs. Distinguishing itself by performing a choral repertoire from many periods and styles, with particular attention to Canadian music, the choir has produced five recordings.

Tickets for the Halifax Camerata Singers 2019-2020 season concerts are now on sale. Visit halifaxcamerata.org for more information.