Youths make debut with choir
Italy had its three tenors – now Nanaimo’s Malaspina Choir is debuting its own three talented trebles.
The trio of male choristers will sing in the choir’s mid-Island premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at its Bach To Bernstein concert on Saturday (May 10) at 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s United Church.
Noah Berg, 12, Colin Boyd, 13, and Max Goering, 15, will sing the lyrical setting of Psalm 23 in the work’s second movement, accompanied by harpist Josh Layne.
The part they sing is crucial to this demanding and hauntingly beautiful choral work. Bernstein specified that it had to be sung by either a treble or a counter-tenor.
All three boys are students of Patricia Plumley. Boyd and Goering are also five-year veterans of the of the B.C. Boys Choir, which Plumley directs and Berg has four years of vocal experience under his belt.
The three trebles first sang together at a rehearsal last month, where they stunned older audiences with their performance of the complex movement, which interweaves their voices with those of both the men’s and women’s parts.
The boys are looking forward singing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Saturday.
“I thought it would be a great experience,” Goering said.
The senior members of the Malaspina Choir along with new musical director Lionel Tanod are also looking forward to the boys performance.
Tickets for the concert are $20; $15/students; children under 12 free. Tickets are available at the Port Theatre. Please visit www.porttheatre.com.