DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Audiences can enjoy a "rare treat" this week, according to Uxbridge Chamber Choir director Tom Baker.
On Friday, May 13, the Chamber Choir will be performing the 'All-Night Vigil', often called 'The Vespers' by Russian composer Sergei Rachmanioff at St. Paul's Anglican Church.
“It's rare because it is a work that doesn't get performed often," explained Mr. Baker. "One reason that it is sung so seldom is its difficulty. In some sections, the choir, normally split into four parts, is divided into five, six or eight parts. And, in one movement, into 11 parts."
The performance gets underway at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $20, or $15 for students and free for those under 12. Advance purchases can be made at Blue Heron Books or Presents, Presents, Presents in downtown Uxbridge. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Despite the title, choir president Ian Newton adds that, “there's no need to worry, the concert doesn't go on all night. In fact, it's a fairly compact concert, because our director decided that the work is so intense, it wouldn't make sense to add other works."
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