DaCapo Chamber Choir set to perform tribute to Shakespeare
Concerts taking place this weekend in Kitchener, Waterloo
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and the DaCapo Chamber Choir is honouring the occasion with a set of musical tributes to the Bard.
"Our concert will feature a fairly wide range of settings," Leonard Enns, the choir's artistic direction, told CBC News in an interview.
Enns said Shakespeare's work "touches on so many of our experiences as humans," which is why he is so dearly remembered four centuries after his passing.
"There's the witches scene from MacBeth: double, double, toil and trouble, which is just a crazy setting. On the other hand, we have a set of pieces by the jazz pianist George Shearing that goes in much more of a popular jazz direction."
I think it's a real party pack.- Leonard Enns, DaCapo Chamber Choir
The 24-voice choir is also doing a selection of pieces from a set by Harry Freedman called Songs from Shakespeare, which were written for production at the Stratford Festival in the 1970s.
"And [it's] clearly not exhaustive by any means," Enns said. "I mean, you could do a day of Shakespeare settings. I'm sure that much exists."
The all-Shakespeare concert features special guest David Archer along with Catherine Robertson, Greg Prior and Colin Fox. There will also be a number of influences from around the world that will go into the sets, according to the artistic director.
"We have Canadian here, we have American, we have Finnish, we have British and we have the premier of David Archer's piece," Enns noted.
"I think it's a real party pack."
You can catch the performances Saturday at 8 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist church in Kitchener and Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church in Waterloo. Tickets range from $5 to $25 and you can buy them on the choir's website.