The Award-Winning 11th Unisong massed choral concerts on Canada Day by 400 choristers in 14 Canadian choirs from all Canada's provinces



    Unisong Patron
    Her Excellency the Right Honourable
    Michaelle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.,
    Governor General of Canada

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Announcing the 11th Award-Winning Unisong
Festival by 400 choristers representing 14 choirs from Canada's provinces
conducted en masse by Toronto's Dr. Doreen Rao (biography below) at 10 am on
Canada Day (July 1st) in Southam Hall in the National Arts Centre (free
admission!). Relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the NAC for this one hour
exhilarating concert on your way to the noon show on Parliament Hill.
    Over the 11 years since Lois & Don Harper created Unisong to foster
understanding and patriotism, Unisong has brought 161 Canadian choirs with
some 7500 choristers, conductors and chaperones to Canada's capital.
    "The Choirs are strong representatives of their cities, regions and
provinces. After five days rehearsing, eating, sightseeing and performing
together, they return home as musical ambassadors of a united Canada. Unisong
demonstrates vividly that Canada works best when Canadians work together!"
says co-founder Don Harper.

    A singular honour was bestowed on the Unisong Choral Festival by the
Association of Canadian Choral Conductors (ACCC) at their Bi-Annual Meeting in
Winnipeg in 2004. In a year of important choral events across Canada, Unisong
was named by this discerning group as recipient of their National Choral Award
as the Outstanding Canadian Choral Event! "Naturally, we were very pleased and
proud to accept the award, but we are well aware that it would not have been
possible without our dedicated friends and volunteers that have supported our
dream of creating this patriotic choral festival." said co-founder Lois
Harper.

    
    FREE Concert Schedule
    ---------------------

    Friday, June 29  - All choirs perform their own repertoire under their
    ---------------    own conductor.

    8:00 pm  Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive at Cunningham
             Marshview Middle School Choir (Sackville, NB)
             Carbonear Collegiate Choristers (NL)
             First Baptist Girls' Choir, (Truro, NS)

    8:00 pm  St. John's Anglican Church, Elgin at Somerset
             Nova Voce Youth Choir (Comox Valley, BC)
             Peterborough Children's Chorus (ON)
             Creighton School Chorus (Creighton, SK)

    8:00 pm  St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 971 Woodroffe Avenue
             Fraser Valley Adventist Academy Choir (Aldergrove, BC) - Not in
             July 1 massed concerts
             Swing Soleil (Esterhazy, SK)
             Abha Voices (Winnipeg, MB)

    8:00 pm  Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Boulevard
             Festival Singers of Halifax (NS)
             Calgary Children's Choir (AB)
             McGill Conservatory Youth Choir/La Chorale des jeunes de McGill
             (Montreal, QC)

    Saturday, June 30 - 12 noon, Lobby Stage, National Arts Centre, all
    Unisong choirs sing selections from their own repertoire with their own
    conductor

    SUNDAY, JULY 1    FREE UNISONG CONCERT, SOUTHAM HALL, NATIONAL ARTS
    10:00 - 11:00 am  CENTRE, ALL UNISONG CHOIRS, CONDUCTED EN MASSE BY
                      DR. DOREEN RAO (BIOGRAPHY BELOW) AND KATHY ARMSTRONG.

     11th ANNIVERSARY UNISONG 2007 - MASSED MUSIC FOR CHOIRS ABOVE, PLUS

                     Quattro Ensemble (Charlottetown, PE)
                   Ottawa Regional Youth Choir (Host Choir)
                     Ottawa Children's Choir (Host Choir)

    Ghana Alleluia                        arr. Kathy Armstrong(*)
    Song for Canada/Un Chant Canadien     Paul Halley(*)
    J'entends le moulin                   arr. Donald Patriquin(*)
    Let Wildness Sing                     Imant Raminsh(*)
    We Rise Again                         Leon Dubinsky,arr. Lydia Adams(*)
    Songs from Gahu(xx)                   arr. Kathy Armstrong(*)
    Freedom Trilogy                       Paul Halley(*)
    Hymn to Freedom                       Oscar Peterson(*),arr. Seppo Hovi
    United in Song/Tous unis en chanson   Paul Halley(*)
    O Canada                              C.Lavallée(*),arr.Godfrey Ridout(*)
    (xx)Conducted by Kathy Armstrong and  (*) Canadian composer/arranger
        Accompanied by Baobab Young
        Performers

    2:30 & 7:30 pm    The Unisong Massed Choir also sings with the National
                      Arts Centre Orchestra in the NAC at 2:30pm (on Canada
                      Day) after the noon show on Parliament Hill. Or if
                      you're planning to attend the evening show on
                      Parliament Hill, why not stop at the NAC at 7:30pm,
                      when there is a repeat of the afternoon 1 hr show.
    

    DR. DOREEN RAO, Guest Conductor, is a distinguished conductor and scholar
whose work in music performance and music education is recognized throughout
the world. Drawing on her performance experience, teaching expertise and
research efforts, Dr. Rao's Choral Music Experience model of music performance
serves as the theoretical foundation of her influential publications. In
addition to her conducting and lecturing appearances around the world, her
commitment to bridging practice and research continues in a wide variety of
scholarly and professional performance contexts including conducting
appearances with major symphony orchestras and choirs, advisory work for theUS
National Endowment of the Arts and the Canada Council, and regular speaking
and conducting engagements. In 1999, Prof. Rao was awarded the distinguished
Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting at the Faculty of Music, University of
Toronto. She conducts the U of T MacMillan Singers and teaches graduate and
undergraduate courses in Music Education.

    Unisong Sponsors are the National Arts Centre, the Ottawa Citizen, the
Arts Bureau for the Continents Festivals Inc, Dominion-Chalmers United Church
and Scotiabank Group.
    Unisong acknowledges financial support of the Government of Canada
through Celebrate Canada, a part of the Department of Canadian Heritage and
the City of Ottawa.




For further information:

For further information: Don Harper, (613) 234-3360, Fax: (613)
236-2636, Cell: (613) 762-0865, don@abc.ca

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