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Missa Gaia Photos

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Karen warming up the choir
KSS finished off its subscription season with a heartfelt presentation of Missa Gaia / Earth Mass last night. Scroll down to enjoy some photo memories from the concert. Above and below, Karen warms up the choir before the show.
KSS warming up before the show
Before the music starts, Karen introduces this phenomenal work, which celebrates planet earth an all the creatures on it.
Karen introducing Missa Gaia
And the music begins…
Karen, Denise Pelley and the Karen Schuessler Singers
Guest soloist Paul Grambo rocked the house with the energetic Beatitudes.
Paul Grambo
Other stellar musicians included pianist Steve Holowitz, sax player David Wiffen, Margaret Stowe on guitar, Steve Clark on bass, and organist Ronald Fox. Percussionists Rob Larose and Alfredo Caxaj thrill the crowd in Ubi Caritas, below.
Alfredo Caxaj and Rob Larose
The incomparable Denise Pelley held the audience spellbound with her moving interpretations of Mystery and His Eye is on the Sparrow.
Denise Pelley
Denise Pelley
Denise Pelley
At least one audience member was overheard to say “I don’t want to leave,” after the concert was finished.
Standing ovation
Special guests from Salthaven Rehabilitation and Education Centre, our partner for this concert, were waiting to greet our patrons at the after-concert reception. Below is a barn owl – rare in this part of Canada – and his young handler.
Salthaven barn owl
Brian Salt, founder of Salthaven, introduces another “animal ambassador,” a red-tailed hawk. During the winter he visits schools and service groups, educating people about the amazing work that Salthaven does.
Salthaven red-tailed hawk
Another raptor guest enchants concert-goers, below. Founded 25 years ago, Salthaven rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife, and is currently working on a capital fundraising campaign for a new, $2.5 million clinic that will allow them to admit virtually all the animals that they get calls about each year. They are currently able to admit only about 20% animals that are brought to their attention.

Please visit the Salthaven website – www.salthaven.org – to learn more about the vital work that this organization does. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of patients, and read the many heartwarming stories of animals rescued, treated and released back into their natural habitats.
Salthaven raptor

Bruce Sanguin Lectures at Wesley-Knox

Saturday, May 21st, 2011



On the same weekend as Missa Gaia, Wesley-Knox United Church (our home venue) is offering a lecture series on Ecological Christianity.

Bruce Sanguin, author of Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos, is the speaker. The video at the beginning of this post features a short interview with Sanguin, discussing a performance of Missa Gaia / Earth Mass at Vancouver’s Canadian Memorial Church and Centre for Peace.

For more information, visit www.sanguin2011.com. Plan to attend!

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Salthaven website
The ecological message of Missa Gaia / Earth Mass – that human beings, animals, our planet and Creator are all inextricably interwoven in an interdependent web of relationship – has always been one of the most moving and transformative aspects of the work for performers and audience members alike. KSS is proud to sponsor with Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre for this performance of Missa Gaia, with hopes of raising awareness of the wonderful work that Salthaven does in our region to care for the vulnerable creatures with whom we share our existence.

Salthaven was founded 25 years ago by Brian Salt, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Located in Mount Bridges, Ontario, Salthaven is a sanctuary for hurt and orphaned wildlife. Salt also promotes public education about wildlife and the environment, making dozens of visits to local schools, service clubs, church groups, radio and television stations and scout troops each year. Missa Gaia audience members will be treated to a visit from one of Salt’s “wildlife ambassadors” during the post-concert reception on June 2.

Salthaven is currently working on a capital fundraising campaign for a new, $2.5 million clinic that will allow them to admit virtually all the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife that they get calls for each year. They are currently able to admit only about 20% animals that are brought to their attention.

Please visit the Salthaven website – www.salthaven.org – to learn more about the vital work that this organization does. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of patients, and read the many heartwarming stories of animals rescued, treated and released back into their natural habitats.