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Monday, February 24, 2014

Halifax Camerata Singers' "Saints and Legends"

Singing the praises of the praise-worthy

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Jeff Joudrey leads a heavenly chorus
  • Nick Rudnicki
  • Jeff Joudrey leads a heavenly chorus

Choral music is not my thing. While this may be an odd way to begin a review of a choral music concert, I don’t think you need to be a choral music connoisseur to sing the praises of Halifax Camerata.

This mixed choir, led by Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey, has been recognized as one of the finest in Canada. It’s a choir that displays musical virtuosity, and exposes Nova Scotian audiences to new and well-known choral pieces.

Their most recent program celebrated “Saints and Legends” with both secular and sacred music. Not every piece touched my heart or my tin ear, but when one did, it was like being serenaded by a chorus of angels. My favourite was U2’s hauntingly beautiful "MLK" with soloist Tristan Cleveland-Thompson, but a close second was “The Ground” which soared to heaven with the help of Blue Engine String Quartet.

And though I started this review by saying choral music isn’t my cup of tea, I will be the first to tell you, Halifax Camerata serves up a delectable brew.

Saints and Legends will be repeated in Lunenburg at Saint John’s Anglican Church on Sunday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m., presented by Musique Royale. Tickets are $20 general seating, and you can reserve by calling (902) 634-9994 or emailing You can also purchase tickets at Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg, or at the door. Tickets at the door are $10 for students.


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