Thursday, April 20, 2017

Suscepit Israel - (J.S. Bach’s Magnificat) sung by the Stairwell Carollers

Stained Glass window, St. Martin's church, Ottawa

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.

We are an a cappella chorus, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie. The Stairwell Carollers have been ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

Our professional recordings of both Sacred and secular music span all eras. Our CDs and MP3s are available through our website. Your purchase is secure with PayPal.

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A non-profit organization, the Stairwell Carollers chorus also raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

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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

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