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British Invasion!

on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 15:07

As summertime settles in and we enjoy the longer, sunny days, the preparations for another season of singing are upon us!  On the heels of "Do You Hear the People Sing?", our 2013 season-end production, the Artistic Team at ARCS has set their collective mind to selecting more fun, ecclectic and enjoyable music to keep everyone singing through 2014.  Jolly good too -- because the 2013-14 season is just around the corner!

Perhaps we were inspired by the birth of Prince George (congrats to Prince William and Kate!), but maybe it was time we set our sights on music from another continent.  Then again, it could be simply because there is so much great music to explore from across the pond.  In any event, we're excited to celebrate the music of the British Isles (and the British Invasion) as we stiffen our upper lips and salute the music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Britain.  And yes, that includes the Beatles!  It's a royal musical feast that you won't want to miss!

Now with five programs for adults of all ages and stages, ARCS welcomes new men and women to get in on the action.  Registration for our programs is now open and in most cases, there's no audition!  Whether you're a seasoned performer who's as comfortable on the stage as bangers are with mash, or you're brand new to the wonderful world of choral music -- we've got something for everyone.  Our non-performing program, Something Lite, is especially appropriate for snow birds, students, young parents and busy professionals who just want a casual singing experience amongst friends.

Do You Hear the People Sing?

on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 11:57

Do You Hear the People Sing?
The ARCS Family of Choirs was proud to present "Do You Hear the People Sing?" in three performances at the EPCOR CENTRE'S Martha Cohen Theatre on June 1st and 2nd, 2013.  150 voices converged for this spectacular season finale to ARCS' 11th year of awakening, nurturing and sharing the magic of voices in harmony!

From our earliest recollections, we all have a "musical scrapbook" filled with songs we've sung - in school, on a roadtrip, in church or at a hockey game.  "Do You Hear the People Sing?" explored the repertoire that we all share and sing when we get together...the music of the people!

Since 2002, ARCS has been delighting audiences with their unique brand of choral music.  Now with five programs dedicated to the adult singer, ARCS moves proudly into its second decade with this season finale featuring performances by three of its family members:  Up2Something, She's Up2Something and Something Different.  Costumes, staging and choreography are standard ingredients in every ARCS production and will complement the wide variety of repertoire shared.  We've been bringing audiences to their feet since we began - and we the tradition continued with our most recent production!

Our special thanks and most heartfelt congratulations to the many, many singers, volunteers, audience members and family and friends who made "Do You Hear the People Sing?" such a great success.  Bravo!


Let Music Live!

on Sun, 04/21/2013 - 11:28

What a night!  The ARCS Family of Choirs hosted an evening that will not soon be forgotten on Saturday, April 20th at Knox United Church.  She's Up2Something and Up2Something played host to seven guest choirs -- from barbershop to yodlers -- all sewn together by the remarkably gifted Heebee-jeebees who served as emcees and entertainers extraordinaire.

A sold-out house was treated to an onslaught of talent that was filled with amazing music, incredible variety and exceptional quality.  Our thanks to our guest choirs -- the Westwinds Choral Ensemble, Calgary Men's Chorus, Bow Valley Chorus, Big Rock Singers, Yodler Club Heimattreu, Second Chants, and the Stampede City Chorus -- for joining us in the 5th edition of the Biennial Calgary Sings! event.  Our fine city enjoys a wealth of opportunity for adults to sing in harmony!

The culmination of the evening was a spine-tingling performance by the Mass Choir of 375 voices of Joseph Martin's "The Awakening".  For anyone who was there - singing this remarkable piece, or listening in the audience -- this was breathtaking.  The proclamation "Let Music Live!" was a fitting conclusion to an evening that will live on in our memories for a very long time.

A portion of proceeds from the 2013 Calgary Sings! event will be donated to the Calgary Health Trust in support of the Music Therapy Program at Carewest facilities.  To all who made Calgary Sings! possible, our deepest thanks and appreciation for making music with us, for allowing us the opportunity to sing, and to supporting us in our passion.

Until 2015!