Occurs on Sunday May 24 2020

Approximate running time: 2 hours


The Port Theatre
125 Front St
Nanaimo BC V9R 6Z4

Performance Notes

× Change is inevitable, no matter how much we as humans do our best to resist it. The sooner we accept it, no matter why it’s happening, the faster we can create our new sense of reality and come out the other side stronger and wiser. The rainbow is a perfect symbol of change — after rain comes sunshine, after storms come calm, after sadness comes joy, after pain comes peace, and after loss comes love.

The repertoire that conductor Karla Mundy has selected for Island Soul Choir’s concert this May speaks to changes in all its facets: how confusing and bewildering they are, that we have the strength to get through them, that we can release our fears as we deal with them, that everything will work out in the end, that we can create our new reality by the words we speak and the actions we take, that love will truly save the day. All of this through a collection of pop, rock, gospel, spiritual and world-music tunes will make for a truly entertaining and uplifting afternoon.

Island Soul Choir is pleased to welcome Just in Time Choirs’ Vocal Minority as their guest for this concert. Vocal Minority is an auditioned mixed-voice choir based in the Comox Valley. They are a close-knit group of 16 singers that combine a wealth of musical talent to share with their audiences. They sing a repertoire of contemporary music, including songs from genres such as jazz, rock, pop, folk, funk, Latin, soul and gospel. Vocal Minority is renowned for their energetic, engaging, and musically rich performances. They also make a hard team to beat at name-that-tune! The ensemble rehearses weekly, led by Wendy Nixon Stothert, who directs six choirs and organizes choral events in the Comox Valley.

NanGo Grannies are again partnering with Island Soul Choir on concert day, selling homemade crafts and baked goods in the theatre lobby before the concert and during intermission; if there are any baked goods remaining, they will also be sold by the plate at the end of the concert. Proceeds raised will be used to support The Stephen Lewis Foundation to help grandmothers in 15 sub-Saharan Africa countries raise their grandchildren who have been orphaned by AIDS.

Island Soul Choir is a community choir in its purest sense. The choir welcomes members from all over Vancouver Island, from Victoria to Port Hardy to Bamfield, as well as Gabriola, Salt Spring and Quadra Islands. Members don’t need to have any prior choir experience; they may not even know how to read music — they just need to want to sing. The choir’s repertoire includes gospel, spirituals, world music, blues, pop, soul, R&B… basically any type of music that touches, moves or inspires the soul. With 140 members and many of them experienced singers, there’s definitely safety in numbers for newcomers to find their singing voice.

Given that Ms. Mundy lives in Vancouver, Island Soul Choir rehearsals are scheduled only five times per session, about a month apart, unlike traditional choirs that rehearse weekly. Now completing its thirteenth year, the choir continues to be hugely popular in spite of (or maybe more due to) this unorthodox rehearsal format.

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