Northsong’s performance was difficult, and brilliant

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The choral group Northsong performed its annual winter concert at the Barton United Church on Friday.  On Sunday they performed at the Newport United Church.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph
The choral group Northsong performed its annual winter concert at the Barton United Church on Friday. On Sunday they performed at the Newport United Church. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle December 9, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

BARTON — The singers of Northsong received a standing ovation for their performance at the Barton United Church on Friday.

Led by Anne Hamilton, and accompanied by Vivian Spates on the piano, the choir performed music with origins as far back as the sixteenth century, with more modern pieces as well.

Before launching into the Kyrie movement of the Messe di Gloria, by Giacomo Puccini, Ms. Hamilton gave a bit of back story about the liturgical music written by Mr. Puccini, who is best known for his operas.

The Mass was performed when he wrote it in the nineteenth century, but he didn’t want to be associated with liturgical music, so it wasn’t published until the 1950s, long after his death in 1924.

The operatic quality of the composition is obvious, Ms. Hamilton explained to spectators before turning towards her singers… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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