The Stairwell Carollers perform Suscepit Israel from J.S. Bach’s Magnificat. This arrangement is for the sopranos and altos alone.
Our director, Pierre Massie, normally gives the singers cues while he sings with the choir in the tenor section. This was a natural result of our beginnings as a small caroling group at Ottawa University during the 70's. Pierre always loved singing and in fact got a minor in music as part of his music studies at Ottawa U. He gathered a group of friends together (including me) to sing Christmas carols to fellow students in residence.
In a break from his usual style, he chose to direct this soprano/alto piece in a more traditional manner. A joy to sing this one, and fun to see our directors face for a change as we perform.
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Audio: Tom Barnes.
Recorded live in concert at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.
Videographer: Richard Auger.
Editing: Pierre Massie
Photos: Holly Massie