Locally written Cantata premiered

‘In The Beginning’, a creation cantata recently composed by a local man will be performed at a spring concert by Musaic Vocal Ensemble May 24 in the Oliver Alliance Church.

The work  in a traditional style was written by Brian Mapplebeck of Oliver.  The piece, with lyrics from the bible, is a joyful celebration of the beginnings in creation, a suitable piece as the choir honours  musically another spring season. Mr. Mapplebeck sings tenor as a member of Musaic, conducts Vintage Voices, a men’s choir in the Oliver area and plays clarinet in the Penticton Concert Band.


With two years of formal piano training, four years studying music and art, and learning musical theory through reading, he is interested in things that have sound, rhythm and emotion and has the desire to share with other.

When asked why he created “In The Beginning” Mapplebeck stated that he had dabbled in composing over the years and that he was moved to try something substantial and a little more challenging. He has several more musical projects in mind.

Tracy Stuchbery, Music Director and Conductor of Musaic says the choir will be also singing for the first time a choral arrangement of Squamish composer Joanna Schwarz’s song, ‘Mountain,Sea and Sky’, which celebrates the beauty and nature of the Squamish/Howe sound area.

The two numbers along with other selections celebrating spring will form the basis of the choir’s repertiore as they prepare  to participate in Kathaumiwx July 1-5 in Powell River. The choirs are selected to attend this bi-annual international choral festival through an audition process.

Participating choirs this year represent  Canada.US., New Zealand, Uganda,Russia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Taiwan. More than 1200 people will gather to share music culture and friendship. The festival features artists in residence,renowned soloists,orchestras and a distinguished international jury. This is the first time Musaic Vocal Ensedmble has participated in an event of this caliber and the choir is excited.

The Oliver concert will take place in the Alliance Church,Saturday May 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are  $15.00 for Adults,*$5.00 for students  and are available from Sundance Video,6278 Main St. Oliver, or imperial Office Pro 8512 Main St. Osoyoos or at the door.

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