Aeolian Singers inspired by the current state of world affairs, partner with ISANS

From the Chronicle Herald, 28 August 2017. 

The Aeolian Singers have announced the 2017-18 season under the new artistic leadership of Canadian choral conductor Heather Fraser.

With a focus on what it means to “come from away,” and through folk, contemporary and classical music from the Maritimes, the rest of Canada and beyond, the season explores ideas surrounding home, according to a news release.

Fraser, who was appointed as the choir’s fourth artistic director, is a native Nova Scotian immersed in the contemporary choral music world.

During the 2016-17 season, she undertook a self-directed intensive study period with top choral conductors in the United States and Canada.

She is also artistic director of the award-winning Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs.

Fraser described the Aeolians’ new season as “inspired by the current state of world affairs, and how we as artists need to perpetuate a culture of conversation, openness, welcome and togetherness.”

A new project spearheaded by Fraser is with ISANS. It will include singing workshops and the potential for these newcomers to sing with the choir in the spring.

In For Love is Christmas, the Aeolians will be sharing stories and music celebrating the East Coast’s Celtic roots while exploring what it may mean for those new to the region who are searching for stability and peace. The concerts take place Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace United Church, Dartmouth, and on Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at Knox United Church in Lower Sackville. Stephen Dempster, guitar, and Shimon Walt, cello, will join the concert as guest musicians.

The spring concert on May 26 at First Baptist Church in Halifax is The Road Home: Songs of Wandering and Welcome. Guests and artists new to Nova Scotia will be sharing the stage with the choir.

Visit aeoliansingers.ca to purchase tickets.