Stories of our Family Christmas
Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
The Saint André Children's Choir
Studio ‘B’ Saxophone Quartet
Hot “wassail” will be served to toast the season!
Admission is free.
Food Bank donations would be very much appreciated!
EKOSingers is excited to present its annual Spring concert, Keep on Swingin'!, directed by Paula Roberts, with Charlie Austin on piano.
This year's performances will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 pm.
Both performances will be held at the ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Avenue NW.
EKOSingers is excited to present Caroling! Caroling! directed by Paula Roberts, with Charlie Austin on piano.
This year's holiday show features "jazzy" carols, Irving Berlin classics, Handel's "soulful" Hallelujah and more!
EKOSingers will be joined this year by special guests: Edmonton Vocal Minority and the Studio 'B' Saxophone Quartet.
Master of ceremonies, Mr. Fuller Mirth, a renowned “merriness expert” from the North Pole, will host the afternoon and present a “very merry” toast to the season. Hot "Wassail" will be served!
Join us on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Edmonton City Hall (#1 Sir Winston Churchill Square). Admission is FREE, but Food Bank donations will be gratefully accepted!
-- a word from EKOSingers’ conductor, Paula Roberts
Welcome September! A new season. New music. New singers. New friends. I have been told more than once that EKOSingers is Edmonton's best kept secret. That is such a wonderful compliment but we'd rather not be a secret! We have vowed this year to find ways to let Edmonton get to know us better. ……so read on!
At one point, we called ourselves the “un-choir”, because that term seemed to describe us better than any of the standard choir descriptors. We are not strictly a pop choir, a jazz choir, a show choir, a classical choir, or even simply a choir! We look and sound different than any choir in town. We present most of our concerts on a theatre stage, so the visual component is important, and we love to perform. Whether we do an entertaining pop tune with a bit of choreography, or a powerful spiritual, we are serious about presenting every style as professionally as possible, and we like to have some serious fun doing it!
Thanks to our pianist, Charlie Austin, and various musicians from the Edmonton jazz community, our band is as much a part of our sound as our singers, and I have to say that this is a highlight for everyone. When you sing with great players, they lift you to places you didn’t know you could go! And it doesn’t bother us that some people come to our concerts because they want to hear the band!
So I am busy putting the final repertoire together for this season. Pouring over the brand new choral releases is exciting (at least for me…!) and has me singing Christmas music in July! We have our plans for a trip to Victoria over the March spring break underway, and have arranged for our usual trek out to Battle Lake for our April retreat.
It’s time to sing!
EKOSingers - the “un-choir” - check us out!
EKOSingers is celebrating the pulse that is there in every song we sing. The BEAT. EKOSingers is renowned for the diversity of its musical selections. They will bring their usual exploration of pop, jazz and spiritual melodies and harmonies, but be ready to “Feel That Beat”!
This May 28th Paula Roberts, director, Charlie Austin, band leader and the EKOSingers bring you the concert that is going to make you feel the beat. With arrangements of pop tunes from the B-52’s to the Pentatonix the beat is there. EKOSingers invokes Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond and Sting (yup) to find exciting ways to help you feel that beat. EKOSingers will wrap it all up with a reggae tribute!
Sunday, May 28, 2017
1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 – 84 Avenue
Cost: $20 - General Admission
Tickets: At the door or online!
It's been a few years since the last EKOSingers cabaret, and we're ready to put on another great show for you! Join us Saturday night, March 11 at the Old Timers Cabin. Featuring members of EKOSingers in small ensembles, accompanied by a hot band, led by our very own Charlie Austin.
This is a show you won't want to miss! Tickets ($30) are limited, and available only in advance through EKOS members (or contact email@example.com). No tickets at the door. Seating is assigned, so get your tickets soon for the best spots (although they're all good).
Updates via the Facebook event page.
Here's the details:
A few photos from Cabaret 2011 to get you in the mood!
Well that sounds like a headline from the Storybook News! EKOSingers will have all the details at their May 29th shows at The ATB Arts Barns! It involves blending an arrangement of the song about that farmer as sung by Ella Fitzgerald with a rendition of Green Eggs and Ham from the musical Seussical. It’s fast and fun. Good luck singing along when EKOSingers hit high gear and lists all the ways they will NOT eat Green Eggs and Ham.
Paula Roberts, Director of EKOSingers, has a unique and clever knack for song selection. This show will have the standards you expect like “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” to the unexpected – A Bobby McFerrin medley. EKOSingers are flexible vocally and stylistically as they stretch into the rhythms of McFerrin and then groove to spirituals like “Run Mary Run”. Paula went to music town and brought home a trunk full of entertainment that will appeal to audiences that appreciate musicianship and creativity. Stand by for accompanist and band leader Charlie Austin in a show that will take you to the Soul of the City.
See details at www.ekosingers.com
Two shows: Sunday May 29, 1:30pm & 7:30pm
Location: Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns 10330 – 84 Avenue
Join us "uptown" (in Old Strathcona!) for a Sunday of soulful tunes: Bobby McFerrin's "Freedom is a Voice" and "The Garden," "Spiritual" by Sweet Honey in the Rock, well loved jazz standards including "You Can't Take That Away from Me" and "All the Things You Are" together with a few crazy show tunes like "The Madhatter" and "Green Eggs and Ham." As usual we'll have Charlie Austin on keys heading up a nice jazz combo of Edmonton's finest. Directed by Paula Roberts, this urban musical "happening" is one not to be missed.
We all know that expression about not seeing the forest. As a choral vocalist it’s easy to fall prey to that problem. We focus on notes, tuning to other voices, enunciation and all the myriad of processes that are going on while we perform and we sometimes miss the “forest” – the message that the composer wants to convey.
I type the lyrics to our songs as a method of memorizing them. As I read over the lyrics of “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor – seeing them on the plain page as poetry – I realized what a beautiful work this is. In six emotional verses he pleads for the children caught in war. They are afraid; they long for the familiar; they know no politics and they only want peace. Violence against children is evil.
Bestor wrote the piece in response to the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Having lived in the country as an expatriate he was familiar with the beauty of the place, the warmth of friends and the simmering enmity between ethnic groups. He writes in his blog that as he watched the conflict unfold ” Suddenly my friends were pitted against each other…Meanwhile, all I could do was stay glued to the TV back in the US and sink deeper in a sense of hopelessness.” As an artist he found an expression of the feelings nearing despair – the song entitled “Prayer of the Children”.
The song was not widely performed at first. Now has been sun at memorials for the Columbine shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 and the Sandy Hook CT school shootings it has gained a deserved recognition for its expression of the plight of children experiencing violence they do not comprehend.
Sadly - this song remains relevant twenty-five years later as we watch the displacement of millions of refugees from Syria and in many other countries. Masses of people seeking a peaceful place with their children in tow could be singing with us “Crying who will help me / To feel the love again in my own land / But if unknown roads lead away from home/ Give me loving arms, away from harm.”
The song ends with hope. Perhaps the hope that children can muster in their innocence needs to be the inspiration for the adults of the world in response to the prayer of the children - “When darkness clears I know you’re near bringing peace again”.
EKOSingers will be performing “Prayer of the Children” with the Mill Creek Colliery Band at their Pops and Classics event Sunday March 6, 2016, 3:00 pm. Robertson Wesley United Church, 10209 – 103 St., Edmonton, Alberta.
Tickets are available from EKOSingers, at the door, or in advance through Tix on the Square (Charge by phone 780-420-1757 or online.) Tickets for all concerts are $20 (students/seniors $15). Children 12 and under are free. Special discounts are available for groups (for special rates, please call 780-431-2437).
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