Orpheus Choir marks milestone

The Vancouver Orpheus Men
The Vancouver Orpheus Men's Choir will perform a 20th anniversary concert Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church
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One of the Lower Mainland’s most popular – and longest running – men’s choral groups will be celebrate a milestone next week in South Surrey.

The Vancouver Orpheus Men’s Choir will perform a 20th anniversary concert Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church (1657 140 St.).

The 45-member strong choir, which last performed in Surrey in May at the B.C. Choral Federation’s Chorfest 2012, will honor its past during the show.

The Orpheus Choir began in 1992 as a traditional Welsh male choir, but has evolved in the years since. That transformation will be on full display Oct. 27.

“We’ll perform everything from classic Welsh songs to choral to folk songs, plus songs from shows, even jazz and some a cappella, too,” says choir member Robert Forbes.

“It’s pretty broad… it’s an anniversary, a grand concert, so it’s kind of a ‘best of.’”

The choir, which is directed by Liana Savard, will also honour its past with a handful of special guests, including past directors.

Among those expected to participate are founding director Morna Edmunson, now the artistic director of the Elektra Women’s Choir, and Alison Nixon, who directed the choir from 1999-2005.

Forbes notes the choir’s repertoire now includes many songs written and arranged by B.C. and Canadian composers – a trend that will be showcased during the anniversary event.

Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors and students) and can be purchased from Mareth’s Hair Studio (15239 16 Ave.) and Tapestry Music (1335 Johnston Rd.).

Visit www.vancouverorpheus.org or call 604-515-5686.

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