Saturday, December 3, 2016

Food: the Concert

This is the month where there are so many concerts, plays, theatre events. light shows, Christmas acrobatic shows.  I am going to run out of time before I run out of money, getting to all of these events.

Below is the long blurb for one concert I will be attending.  Even reading what they promised will be fun, even if I don't get there.  I am going to try.  Tonia says of the event;
If you are in town and free to come to my concert, feel free to attend.  I have my first solo this year as Mme Brie Cheese in a delightful song about cheese being the peacemakers of the earth.  It is more of a comedic solo than anything else, which is why is suits me so well.
The BarberEllas are also singing two songs during the show, which should be entertaining.
The concert is more on the light and fun side so if you can, come and enjoy an evening of song with us.  We are giving part of our ticket money to four organizations in Calgary who help people obtain food if they can't afford it.  Song and service in the same evening.


Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
1121 – 14 Ave SW, Calgary

One Voice Chorus (OVC), Calgary’s mixed-voice choir for LGBTQ+ singers and their allies is pleased to present a multisensory feast with Food: The Concert.

“Songwriters write about the things that interest them most, so it should come as no surprise that there are so many songs about food!” observes OVC’s Artistic Director, Jane Perry. “Our audience will recognize tunes such as ‘Java Jive’ and ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.’ There will also be traditional carols with new lyrics created as odes to favourite pies. We have a cornucopia of pieces by the zany Eric Lane Barnes, a Seattle composer. ‘The Caffeine Overload Polka’ is sure to be an audience favourite. And then there are the choristers' emerging favourites, like ‘Chili Con Carne’, an Anders Edenroth creation that gives an entire recipe for meat chili set to a Latin beat!”

Joining OVC for this concert will be guest musical ensemble the BarberEllas, a barbershop group for queer gals and pals. They will bring their own unique take on food with laugh-out-loud songs such as "When Banana Skins Are Falling."

On a more serious note, the concert will also feature composer Brian Tate’s “Overflowing”, a song about gratitude, to acknowledge the good fortune it is to have enough to eat. In recognition that not everyone is so fortunate, OVC will use the evening to introduce its audience to local community groups whose focus is providing food to those in need. The concert program will list the names and websites of these groups in the hope that those of us who are able, will help others to share in the holiday banquet.

Audience members will have the chance to partake in some feasting after the concert at a sparkling post-concert reception catered by Janey Bevan of Chef at your Shoulder. The goodies served, inspired by lyrics from the concert program, will include hot stuffed jalapeño peppers, miniature sausage rolls with honey mustard dip, beetroot cured salmon, and chocolate brownie Christmas puddings. It will be a feast for both the eye and the appetite and a wonderful start to the holiday season.

And because every great meal comes paired with great wine, be sure to watch for OVC's 5th Annual Wall of Wine Raffle. Each of the six baskets being raffled features a curated selection of wine, beer, spirits, and other great prizes. Raffle tickets will be available online starting two weeks before the show and will also be sold at the concert. Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10, or ten for $20.

Concert Tickets: $25 regular * $20 student/senior * free for children under 13!
Tickets available online at and from choir members

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