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Spectrum Singers offering variety at Christmas concert

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Some of the 34 members of The Spectrum Singers practise for their upcoming Christmas concert.
Imagine an evening beginning with the thunderous opening chords of J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor played on a full scale pipe organ, and ending with Kirby Shaw's rendition of Takin' a Chance on Love - that's what Director Kim Kleineberg and the Spectrum Singers have in store for you.
This year's program is not your typical Christmas program. Kleineberg is "stretching the spectrum" by cleverly combining classical and jazz, and bringing in several skilled instrumentalists to round out the sound. These include Elizabeth Wocks on piano, Sandra Fletcher on pipe organ, Alex Buck, Grade 10 high school prodigy playing jazz piano, his father Stephen Buck on saxophone, Loni Burma on drums and Darko Cuk on bass.
The classical selections include three Mozart pieces and a renaissance period madrigal. The jazz pieces cover a range from Jazz Gloria by Natalie Sleeth with guitar and percussion, It Was a Lover and his Lass, (Swingle Singers arrangement), and several jazz arrangements of carols including It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Of note, too, is a rousing performance of I Sing Out.
The Spectrum Singers ensemble, established in 2010, continues to grow and stands at 34 members.
Kleineberg, who teaches music at Mt. Boucherie Secondary School, can select from the best high school graduates who wish to maintain their voices by joining an adult choir.
Members represent occupations from lifeguards to retired teachers and ages, and range in age from late teens to singers in their 70s, all joining together to make a joyful sound.
It is well known Kleineberg uses colour to inspire the singers to produce the right sound.
"Lacrimosa I see as navy blue or forest green, whereas our final song, Takin a Chance on Love, is a bright Valentine red," said Kleineberg.
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at St. Michael's Cathedral, 608 Sutherland Ave.
General seating tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and tickets can be purchased from any choir member, from Mosaic Books downtown and at the door.

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