Amelia DaigleSoprano Amelia Daigle is one of the featured performers of a musical adaptation of the diary of Anne Frank, Nov. 11.

Poignant choral elegy to mark Remembrance Day

The Windsor Classic Chorale has a tradition of presenting a concert every November to honour the lives lost during the Second World War so that we might live in freedom today. This year, the choir will present James Whitbourn’s chamber piece inspired by Anne Frank, Annelies, on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The chorale has many UWindsor connections. Many of its members are alumni, and its music director is Bruce Kotowich of the School of Creative Arts. The featured artists for this performance include collaborative pianist Monique Simone, soprano Amelia Daigle (BMus 2012), violinist Dawn Hrycak-Popovic (BSW 2002), clarinetist Trevor Pittman, and cellist Karen McClellan.

Annelies is the first adaptation of the diary of Anne Frank into a large-scale choral work. It brings to life the diary written by Annelies Marie Frank between 1942 and 1944 when she and her family hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. From the windows, Anne looked up to the beauty of the sky, and downwards to the brutality meted out by the Nazis. The contrasting sights inspired some of the most profound and memorable thoughts in an extraordinary diary, read by millions of people throughout the world.

The world premiere of Annelies took place in April 2005 at Cadogan Hall, London. Dr. Kotowich notes Saturday’s performance will mark the premiere of the piece in this region.

The Windsor Classic Chorale was founded in 1977 by music professor emeritus Richard Householder.

The concert location is the Salvation Army South-Windsor Citadel at 1201 Grand Marais Rd. West.

Tickets are $25 general admission, with a student rate of $15. Purchase at the door or find them online, along with more details.