Chamber Singers of Algoma. Spring Awakens


The Chamber Singers of Algoma, now in the 29th year of sharing their collective choral gifts, are performing at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 17th, 2016, at Precious Blood Cathedral, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  A concert titled ‘Folk Songs and Spirituals’ comes at a perfect time, offering music that will lift the audience into springtime; a season that has been slow to awaken.

This exquisite ensemble, under  the masterful direction of Patty Malone Gartshore, continues to elevate choral music, with repertoire and the interpretation of those pieces of music, that often leave the audience breathless.  A person would most certainly leave, after a performance by The Chamber Singers of Algoma,  with an appreciation that they have experienced something in the realm of divine.

It is little wonder that an invitation to sing in The Vatican came to the choir in 2001. The Chamber Singers of Algoma travelled to Rome, Italy, where they performed in  St. Peter’s Basilica , Sistine Chapel, before  an audience, that included Pope John Paul II. An invitation to perform at The Canadian Embassy in Rome was also part of the 2001 trip.  They have  travelled to numerous Choral Festivals, domestic and abroad, including Toronto, Vienna, and The Czech Republic.  In 2013, Chamber Singers of Algoma performed  in Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY.

Of Sunday’s concert, ‘Folk Songs & Spirituals’, Patty Gartshore, director,  tells Saultonline, “The audience can expect an easy listening afternoon. The concert is about an hour long and will feature Irish, Scottish, Canadian & American Folk music, followed by a set of Spirituals.”

Founded in 1985, Chamber Singers of Algoma is comprised of about 40 folks from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.  Practises are every Monday evening, and it is on rare occasion that a member of the choir would miss a practise. The Chamber  Singers strive for perfection, as interpreted, and guided by director, Patty Gartshore. Their sound moves as one, with layers and textures; of tones and harmonies, consonance and dissonance; with notes suspended and held, sitting just underneath each other, inviting  the audience  to hear a story through music, scripted and composed, shared by a choir with ears tuned to listen.

The November,2015 concert, Psalms of Reflection & Beauty, had a very strong attendance, with the sanctuary at St. Luke’s Anglican Cathedral nearly filled to capacity. Their most recent performance with The Sault Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s  Messiah, December, 2015 brought the house to standing ovation.

Consider making  ‘Folk Songs & Spirituals’  concert  part of your spring awakening. Tickets for Sunday’s 3:00 pm performance are still available, and can be purchased at the door. Precious Blood Cathedral, downtown, Queen Street.