Thursday, March 15, 2012

Regina coeli - Gregor Aichinger - The Stairwell Carollers, Ottawa

Beloved Blue Spruce, photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved




Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Regina coeli" by Gregor Aichinger (c. 1565-1628) a German composer of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

Buy our CDs! This version of "Regina coeli" will be available on our first sacred CD, "Cantate Domino", to be released October 2012.

Visit our blog  or our website  often for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes.
Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 18th, 2011.
Videographer: Zoe Hart.
Editing: Pierre Massie


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

UPDATE -- proposed CD cover change -- Cantate Domino, spring 2012

Some sage advice from Denyse made us think twice about our first choice for the cover for our upcoming sacred CD. We realized that a stained glass window may be more reflective (no pun intended) of the subject matter. Comments?

Track list for "Cantate Domino" 
(400th anniversary of death of Hans Leo Hassler)  
-- to be recorded Spring 2012

1) Exultate justi in Domino - viadana
2) Misere-Lotti
3) Alleluja – Purcell
4) Ave Maria - da vittoria
5) Regina Coeli - Aichinger
6) Adoramus te - Palestrina
7) Deo Gratias - Byrd
8) Missa Secunda - Hassler
9) Vexilla regis - Irribaren
10) Alleluia - Palestrina
11) Crucifixus - lotti
12) Jubilate Deo - Lassus
13) Jesu dulci - Vittoria
14) O vos omnes - Vittoria
15) Pater Noster – Handl
16) Missa Brevis - Lotti
17) Gloria in Excelsis Deo - Goudimel
18) Ave Maria - anonymous
19) O Jesu Christe - Berchem
20) Cantate Domino – Hassler

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Welcome back to old friends! - and a brand new Stairweller!

The Stairwell Carollers singing in a stairwell, 1996
I am thrilled to announce that three favourite ex-Stairwellers  have returned to our waiting choral arms -- with us just in time to record our Sacred CD in May!
Pete and Keith in a pub on a choir trip to Quebec

Welcome back, José, Youssef and Keith -- all ex-Stairwellers  who have decided to come back to us and enjoy singing with the Stairwell Carolers once again! Everyone in the group is so thrilled to see them in the rehearsal circle again.

Keith has been with us for many years, and when he took a short sabbatical, we missed his resonant Bass voice and hilarious British sense of humor. He comes from a long history of performing Gilbert and Sullivan with Ottawa's Savoy Society.

In recent years, he took the excess grapes from my mothers grapevine and transformed them into beautiful wine. I have nine bottles he made from this years crop -- a soft Rosé with a kick. In fact, Keith wrote the wine-making instructions found in our 30th Anniversary Cookbook, EATWELL. His hand-crafted dandelion, rhubarb and grape wines  bring added enjoyment to all choir get-togethers.

José and Diane, both Alto 1
José will be singing first alto with me (yay!) and I am totally jealous of her posh choir binder.

We were all very disappointed to say goodbye to José back in 2005, but her young family and a brand new job meant she had a lot on her plate.

José kept up with us, doing a fantastic job emceeing at our major concerts. in 2007,  Joel Haslam and José made an outstanding team, as emcees  for our 30th anniversary concert.

Youssef and René, Bass

Youssef's smooth baritone was with us for a number of years, but unfortunately, in 2010, he needed to take a break for work related reasons.

 He kept up singing with other choirs in the meantime and is now able to return to our midst.







In our Bass section, John joins us
John, brand new Bass
with his wonderful Bass voice, deep and melodious.

Welcome, John!

 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Cantate Domino" by Hans Leo Hassler

Photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved



Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Cantate Domino" by Hans Leo Hassler (1564 -- 1612), a German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

Buy our CDs!!! This version of "Cantate Domino" will be available on new CD "Cantate Domino" to be released October 2012.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 18th, 2011.
Videographer: Zoe Hart.
Editing: Pierre Massie

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Youtube find -- an incredible voice -- watch this and be amazed!

Northern Jay, Timmins Jan 2012, Photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved

Denyse would like to share this beautiful voice with you all -- and I agree. Watch -- you won't be sorry!



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