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A most moving concert. I have been coming for years. Again just a wonderful concert. So well organized, ticket buying very easy. Just a wonderful experience.
Kathleen Janice Kelsberg
First of all, thank-you so much for travelling to Nanaimo to perform. I
have long been a fan of Choir Leoni but cannot always attend concerts
on the mainland. Your Nanaimo concert was wonderful. I was
particularly moved by the song,"Tell My Father" and the young man who
sang the solo. It was a wonderful afternoon of music. I admire the
wonderful singing which I think is the best in the world, but I also
admire the youth programs which show that this wonderful tradition of
choral singing will be encouraged and continued in the future. Thanks
I have listened to you forever....but to see you in person was more than a treat. Thank you ever so much for a wonderful evening. Hugs to Diane Loomer.
Wonderful performance! We enjoyed every minute. Always like the entrance of the choir-and the ending part. Keep up the good work.
A wonderful experience. Very difficult music to sing, flawlessly executed. Soloists were excellent, particularly, the fellow who sang "Try to Remember". This is a world-class Choir. This was in contrast to a silly performance earlier in the year at the "Bard" All the best and "Thanks"! Terry Fidgeon
Dr Terence Fidgeon
Thank you for a wonderfully uplifting performance. The range and control of your singers is sublime, and Carrie conducted very well under, what looked like, difficult circumstances. (Perhaps a 'double' concert is too ambitious?) Was most moved by "Pensive .." which we had never heard before. Best wishes to Diane for a full recovery and happy retirement.
Trevor W Jackson
Even standing in the long line to enter St. Andrews felt like the right build-up to your Concert last saturday afternoon...there was a heightened anticipation while chatting with strangers and friends alike. I really liked your 4PM Concert start time. This was my first Rememberance edition although I have experienced Chor Leoni concerts since your first trips to Salt Spring Island and have been entertained by you at the Chorfest Banquet in Victoria years ago, so I knew to expect perfection! I was very moved by your presentation, your readings, your beautiful music, it was absolutely superb: Congratulations! Thank you for including so many young singers providing them and choral music with a great future for years to come. Thank you for your special efforts and personal sacrifices to make the trip to Nanaimo with such a short turnaround time. Diane's presence was in evidence throughout your unique Program Selections and Presentation, though of course she was missed in person. Please share my best wishes with Diane and tell her how I felt her pride in her Lions as always singing from the heart in such good hands with her talented assistant Carrie Tenant. I am already looking forward to be there next year. Please do come again and present your full program in 2013!
Sublime. The program had depth and poignancy as we expect from this annual event. It has become an integral part of my observance of Remembrance Day. Special moments: Hearing the incomparable Steve M again (is he back in town?); the young soloists in "Tell My Father"; the rendering of the Whitman poem; the Kontakion as ever; the brass soloists. Thank you Diane, thank you Lions - you bless us abundantly time after time.
We were moved by the performance, as we are every year. Beautifully done, the combination of readings with known and new music was a good balance and the voices and singing was excellent. We also particularly enjoyed the playing of the trumpet and the horn. Well done!
I was, as always, moved to tears. There is no sound as thrilling as a large mail choir singing softly. Question: Have you ever done that Australian song, And the band played Waltzing Matilda? It would be a great addition to one of the Remembrance Day concerts.
ed: Hi Judith! Yes, we've both recorded Eric Bogle's And the Band Played Waltzin' Matilda. It's on our Songs of War and Peace CD and we included it again in a Remembrance Day program a few years ago. Someone has posted a lovely YouTube clip here! It's one of our favourites.
I heard Chor Leoni in West Van United and again was thrilled with the concert. The program featured much more "harmonious" music than I remember from the past 2 years. Although I prefer harmony to dissonance, when it is sung as well as this choir does, I always learn something, and yes, I am even moved by some of the music. This concert was easy to love and the sound was magnificent! For me the concert always takes all the sadness of the brokenness of the world and slowly transforms it into a calm center that invokes peace. Thank you.
After driving in pouring rain from S. Surrey, arriving early, we appreciated being able to sit in the foyer and catch our breaths (80+ yrs.!).We have been attending several years and it has become a time to reflect, remember and honour the death of our son David, who died at age 49, 8 yrs. ago Nov. 20th. The program was beautifully executed, the environs perfectly comforting and we were blessed to have been able to be present.Diane Loomer is a Master Craftsperson and will, herself, be remembered forever.I spent time this morning reading the entire printed program, front to back, and re-lived the evening.Thank you, so very much. Marjorie and Charles Grierson
M & C Grierson
my 2nd time at one of your concerts; thoroughly enjoyed it, but was disappointed that you had to share with the Malaspina Choir; would have enjoyed the 2 hrs of your singing.thanks again, hope you return for a full concert soon.
Margaret De Hart
The concert was very much up to expectations, but that wasn't a surprise. Chor Leoni is delightfully consistent in the quality of its performances, unlike a couple of other very good local choirs I could name. If anything, the blend was better than usual. And that's saying a lot -- Chor Leoni's blend is as good as it comes. I was disappointed that there was no performance at Christ Church Cathedral this time. (I admit to a strong bias there.) But I was pleased to see the support for St. John's Shaugnessy and what it has to offer, and that room does have a lovely and very warm acoustic. It does lovely things for the basses without leaving the tenors out in the cold.
We were there, as we have been year in year out for the West Van United Chor Leoni Remembrance Day performances. It was outstanding as is your custom. This year we introduced two new enthusiasts for Chor Leoni - grand children Marcus (10) and Charlotte (8). They, too, were impressed by Intonations of Immortality. Just a thought. As West Van United and Christ Church Cathedral both have organs, how about a piece which soars to a conclusion with an "organic" assist. No reflection intended on pianist Ken Cormier or the other outstanding instrumentalists who contribute so effectively to Chor Leoni's success.
Burke & Hanneke Corbet
It was WONDERFUL!! Chor Leoni made Remembrance Day very special for us. We appreciated you asking for no clapping until the end; and especially appreciated you each taking time from your families and friends to bring your music to us. We hope Diane recovered. We missed her presence; but she has taught you well. Please come to sing to us again. We'll be there.
Daphne & Ron Stabler
The concert was delightful and moving. Most enjoyable were the pieces that were sung with the choir members encircling the audience, and, of course the wonderful harmonies of the choir on all the pieces of music. I was sorry that we got the "shortened" version of the concert as I was under the impression when I bought the tickets that we would be seeing the concert in it's entirety.
The show was wonderful, as always. However, the new venue not as good as the church down town. Was there a reason you changed? We came late & had to sit on the sides & did not feel included - the backs of the choir were to us when they sang in the audience. In the other church, it was set up differently.
A wonderful, uplifting concert.
Bob & Carol Tulk
A perfect concert for Remembrance Day by your choir. 20 years ago I read an ad in the Vancouver Sun asking if people would like to go to a concert by a new choir in Vancouver and I replied to the ad and have been a great fan ever since.The format for the concert is to remember those who died and this style of concert works well. I sing in the Vancouver Orpheus Choir and we perform a remembrance program every other year but do a mix of serious songs about the war and the fun songs which came out of the war. Remembrance day should also be about peace so perhaps some more variety in your concert would be a change. Will be back next year and at your other concerts.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon. If it had not been for my grandson, Matthew Alvernaz, I would not have experienced such beautiful music!! Intonations of Immortality was an introduction to your choir & I hope to attend many more concerts in the future. It truly was an unforgettable experience. Thank you also for the mentoring programs you incorporate into your concerts. Matthew was in 7th heaven when he was accepted into PROMYS. The best to all of you.
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