Buds will be “busting out all over” when the Blossom Valley Singers opens another season at its later-than-usual spring concert and tea. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Seasons, features a stunning choral song cycle written by the American composer, Andy Beck. The beauty of nature is portrayed in colourful tone pictures with vivid poetry, hauntingly beautiful melodies and sublime harmonic textures set alongside a well-crafted piano and keyboard accompaniment.
This year’s concert will also celebrate the seasons of life with well-known selections like Try to Remember, Seasons Change and for the young at heart, Slow Dancing in the Snow, a song about the season of youth where “a girl and a guy, the stars in the sky, the moon up above” think they’re in love. A playful, jazzy Spring Fever will recall the yearly winter blues and the yearning for balmy weather, and a breathtaking arrangement of the familiar tune Home on the Range will bring us back to the bygone years of the western frontier.
Blossom Valley Singers, a mixed choir under the direction of Anita Stushnoff, has entertained audiences in the valley for 26 years. Its mandate is to provide a high quality of musical entertainment to patrons in the area. The choir also provides scholarships for local youth who wish to develop their musical abilities through music schools or summer music camps.
Seasons change, and so do venues. This year’s spring concert and tea will be held in the Catholic Church Hall at 2:30 p.m. April 20 and 21. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages under 14, available at Black Bear Books; tickets at the door are $14 for adults and $10 for under 14.
— BLOSSOM VALLEY SINGERS