Port Alberni’s Urbanstreet Choir dreaming out loud with new concert

Show will take place Saturday, June 8 at Alberni Valley United Church
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Urbanstreet Choir practices at Alberni Valley United Church. (ELENA RARDON / Echoofthemountain)

The Urbanstreet Choir in Port Alberni is getting ready to host the choral concert of your dreams.

The choir’s spring concert “Dreaming - Outloud” will take place on Saturday, June 8 at the Alberni Valley United Church. The music in the show all shares one common theme, says director Janet Schlackl.

“It’s an encouragement for people to know they can dream, and make their dreams come true,” said Schlackl. “We want to remind people that they do have a voice and we encourage them to follow their dreams.”

The music includes a “real mixture” of genres, said Schlackl, from African-American folk music to protest songs and all the way to Aerosmith. Some of it will be “very familiar” to audiences, while some of it is “fairly new in the charts,” in terms of choral music.

Sandy Bouleau will once again provide accompaniment on the piano and there will be “a little bit” of percussion throughout the concert provided by choir members—including one song with “body” percussion.

“We’re hoping people will come out and support the choir,” said Schlackl. “This is the last show of the concert season. [The choir has] worked really hard and it’s really good music.”

“They work hard all year and want to share that with the community,” added Bouleau.

Urbanstreet Choir currently has 32 members, and the choir is accepting registrations for the fall. The group is a “diverse” one, said Schlackl, with some veteran singers and some people who have never sung in a choir before.

Tickets for the upcoming show are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 12. They can be purchased at Walk the Coast, at the door or from choir members.

“The concert is important to us because we try to keep our fees really low,” said Schlackl. “The money we raise through the concert helps us purchase music and keeps us going.”

The show will take place at the Alberni Valley United Church (3747 Church Street). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.



Elena Rardon

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