Bruce KotowichBruce Kotowich will direct the Windsor Classic Chorale through a program rich in Canadian content during its 40th anniversary concert, Sunday in Assumption Hall.

Canadian compositions to highlight chorale anniversary concert

A musical setting of a poem by the late UWindsor professor Eugene McNamara is at the centre of a concert Sunday, May 7, by the Windsor Classic Chorale.

Matins was commissioned by the chorale and premiered in 2000. The piece pairs text by Dr. McNamara, who died in September 2016, with a composition by John Burge.

The “Mostly Canadian” concert program will feature familiar Canadian folk songs, choral works by major Canadian composers, and an assortment of pieces significant to the history of the ensemble. It celebrates Canada 150 as well as the 40th anniversary of the chorale’s founding.

Artistic director Bruce Kotowich, a professor in the School of Creative Arts, hopes that new arrangements of Black Fly Song, Log Driver’s Waltz, and more will bring back fond memories and create feelings of pride in Canada’s musical heritage.

Dr. Kotowich will share conducting duties during Sunday’s concert with the chorale’s founding director, music professor emeritus Richard Householder.

The concert is set for 3 p.m. in Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall. Tickets are $20, with a student rate of $10, available at the door. Find more information on the Windsor Classic Chorale website.