Listening and active learning at Festival de la Voix

Quartom sings classics and pop in Pointe-Claire March 21. Photo: Courtesy Festival de la Voix

With its signature combination of workshops and varied choral music performances, the seventh edition of the Festival de la Voix kicks off Saturday March 21 and is on until April 5 with shows that will appeal to music lovers of all ages.

Continuing its focus on “the beauty of the human voice in the West Island,” the program, presented by Vox Aeterna, is designed to interest the public as well as students at elementary and secondary schools in Pointe-Claire, Dorval, Lachine and Châteauguay.

This year lineup features seven concerts, four workshops, and two school concerts. The mix includes the uplifting pop sounds of Patsy Gallant, music from West Africa, Brazil and Latin America, choirs, the Canadian Armed Forces 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Band, gospel, Angela Galuppo’s jazzy trio and Vivaldi.

The festival closes April 5 with what looks like a highlight – a much-anticipated gathering of vocal groups in a show called Choralissimo! It features the Chœur de Chambre du Québec, Cantiamo, the F.A.C.E. men’s choir, and Spectrum Vocal Ensemble. It’s on at 5pm at the Valois United Church, 70 Belmont in Pointe-Claire. For those who want to hone their skills, four workshops will be held at St. Columba-by-the-Lake Church in Pointe Claire.

On March 21 at 9:30am, Floydd Ricketts leads Singing the Spiritual where he will teach phrasing and bending notes with songs that emerged from Black slavery in the U.S. Participants will be invited to sing at the Global Vision Concert March 22 at Beaurepaire United Church, 3pm. Workshop costs $30; workshop plus concert $45.

Other workshops March 21, 1:30pm, award-winning conductor Roseline Blaine teaches the basics of sight-reading, in English and French. $30.

March 28, 9am, circus artist Krin Haglund teaches how to overcome inhibitions and feel comfortable on stage. $30. April 4, 1pm, Conductor Philippe Bourque offers a workshop for experienced choral singers, with on-line files sent in advance.

The concerts begin March 21, 8 pm with the male vocal quartet Quartom and a program of classics and pop, at St. Columba-by-the Lake Church. March 22, 3pm, Global Visions presents vocalist Lavanya and the Dharani Project band with East Indian music and contemporary pop. Then, Floydd Ricketts conducts his vocal group Ensemble Noir, Beaurepaire United Church.

March 27, 7:30pm, vocalist Angela Galuppo and her trio play jazz and pop, followed by a program of Vivaldi’s sacred pieces, with Juno award winning Ensemble Caprice and Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Hudson.

March 28, 2pm, Golden Voices presents pop star Patsy Gallant and the 48th Tactical Helicopter Squadron Band with music from the 1940s to today at Jean XXIII High School, Dorval.

March 29, 3pm, Baroque music, with organist Philip Crozier, soprano Kerry-Anne Kutz, the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Ste. Anne Singers at Saints-Anges Parish, 1400 St. Joseph Blvd., Lachine.

April 3, 8pm, soprano Aline Kutan, tenor Luc Ménard, baritone Claude Roy and three ensembles are featured at Église de la Présentation at 664 de la Présentation, Dorval. T

ickets for matinée and evening shows are either free or $30. Passports to four concerts are $90. Seniors and students $75. Info: 514-758-3641 or

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