Choirs set for Circle of Friends show

The end of the school year always ends on a musical note whenever the District 57 Tapestry Singers are around.

The area's premier school-based choir will perform their grand finale concert on June 1 with a pair of performances entitled Circle Of Friends.

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Song selections during the shows will range from traditional to contemporary. Familiar melodies on the slate include The Garton Mother's Lullaby, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, By the Rivers of Babylon, A Thousand Years, and Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive. Lesser-known songs such as Windy Nights, Ban Ban, Caliban, Banjo Pickin' Girl and Circle Of Friends will also be given the spotlight.

The District 57 Tapestry Singers are comprised of a junior and a senior choir. The program is led by founder and artistic director Carolyn Duerksen and backed by accompanist Maureen Nielsen on piano.

During Circle Of Friends, both choirs will take their turns entertaining the audience and demonstrating their musical growth. They will be aided by special guests Barb Parker, Curtis Abriel, Jose Delgado-Guevara, Flora Camuzet and Rob Hannigan.

Several selections feature choreography by senior choir singer Ellie Prendergast and are complemented by the talents of local dancer/educator Kristen Helfrich.

The Junior Tapestry Singers range from Grades 4-7 and are formed by 24 students from School District 57. The Senior Tapestry Singers, 26 of them, are in Grades 8-12.

As a program, the juniors are celebrating their sixth season, while the seniors are in their 12th.

During the past dozen years, the Senior Tapestry Singers have collaborated four times with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. Both the junior and senior choral groups were recognized for their excellence at the recent Prince George Music Festival, where they were recommended to the provincial level of competition. The Senior Tapestry Singers also received a provincial recommendation at the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival.

Circle Of Friends will be performed June 1 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael's Anglican Church located downtown at 1505 Fifth Avenue.

Tickets for Circle of Friends are $15 and available at Studio 2880 (2880 15th Avenue). Kids aged five and under can watch and listen for free.

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