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Voices of Light Review – The Beat Magazine

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Voices of Light review in The Beat
The Beat reviewer Cheryl Cashman was in the audience at Saturday night’s concert, and here’s her review of the concert:

“In the performing arts there is a saying: ‘When prose will no longer suffice we must turn to poetry. When movement will no longer suffice, we must dance. When words will no longer suffice, then we must sing.’

“The Voices of Light that we heard Saturday night from the Karen Scheussler Singers had an urgency of soul that lifted them to the highest reaches of artistic expression.

“As always, the choir’s director spoke to us before each piece, giving us just enough informative guidance to ensure our fullest experience of the song to follow. How Scheussler is able to strike that fine balance between historical, technical and aesthetic information conveyed is extraordinary. She weaves contexts of the oldest and newest music together with a passion and purity of intention that place us in a tapestry of time and timelessness. We are in the here and now, and are as humankind has ever been.

“The 37-strong choir took us through the centuries of spirit-inspired music from Bach and Mendelssohn to contemporaries Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridson and Paul Halley. And, as was the aim of the concert, from darkness to light. And as the consciousness and mandate of the ensemble dictated, through immediate and political darkness also.”

Read the rest of the review, here.

KSS in London Free Press

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Singers give voice to 'points of light'
KSS was featured in an article in the London Free Press today.

“To illuminate a season-opening concert, the Karen Schuessler Singers are revisiting one of their favourites.

“‘The title of the concert itself comes from the last piece on the program – Voices of Light by Paul Halley,’ artistic director Karen Schuessler says of Saturday’s program at Wesley-Knox church. ‘It’s an ecstatic interchange between piano, choir and flute. The last time we performed this piece was at our 10th anniversary concert. The music carries you along, and it builds and builds.’

“UWO Don Wright music faculty professor Fiona Wilkinson guests on flute. She has recorded the Halley work with the Guelph Chamber Choir, directed by her faculty colleague Gerald Neufeld, on its Christmas-themed album Good Cheare.

“‘It does sound like pinpoints of light,’ Wilkinson says of the beautiful, demanding work. ‘It’s so fast, the technique, that it does sound like points of light popping through the upper register.'”

Read the rest of the article, here.

KSS in The London Free Press

Friday, May 28th, 2010

London Free Press River article
KSS was mentioned in a weekend concert preview in today’s London Free Press.

“A leading choir take The River Project to new places on Saturday.

“In one of this weekend’s late-season choral concerts, the Karen Schuessler Singers take inspiration from 2008’s multi-media The River Project, a group of 19 artists who produced works of art about the Thames River within London.”

Read the entire story here.

Review of Love is in the Air from Beat Magazine

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

KSS and After Four
“This is not the first time I have enjoyed a rich and stimulating evening with the Karen Schuessler Singers, nor will it be the last. This evening’s performance however was particularly thematically dear to my heart owing to my great love of Shakespeare’s plays, many of which I have myself directed. In this concert, entitled Love is in the Air!, Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets are performed, brilliantly set to music by jazz master Sir George Shearing. In addition to the choir, Londons’ local jazz quartet After Four sang love songs from several eras incorporating diverse styles of singing. Choral work in Jazz style is my idea of heaven and I was not disappointed.”

Read the rest of the review by Cheryl Cashman, here.

KSS in the London Free Press

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

London Free Press article
Tonight’s KSS concert is featured today in the London Free Press entertainment section. Check out the online story here.

The Freeps attended this week’s Tuesday night rehearsal, so there are also some added features to the online story – a photo gallery and a short rehearsal video.