It’s going to be a “Grand Night for Singing” with The Capital City Minstrels this May. Celebrating song and music from around the world, the choir will perform at venues in Delhi and at the Lawrence School Sanawar and Kasauli Christ Church on May 14, 17, 18, 20 and 21.
The Capital City Minstrels (CCM) return with their summer concerts in “It’s a Grand Night for Singing”. The Delhi choir will perform a series of concerts in the city with a diverse repertoire from across the world. Along with entertaining audiences, CCM also attempts to increase awareness of choral singing and will be performing at the Lawrence School Sanawar for the students and faculty, and also at Christ Church in Kasauli.
May 14 at 8 PM – Free Church, Aurobindo Marg (Free Entry) May 17 at 7 PM – Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Janpath (Free Entry) May 18 at 7:30 PM – Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg (Ticket details on our Facebook page)
May 20 – The Lawrence School, Sanawar
May 21 – Christ Church, Kasauli
Reflecting the international and multicultural composition of the choir, the carefully curated repertoire features songs from around the world and various genres. The audience will get to hear the joyful exuberance of songs like John Levitt’s Festival Sanctus and Pharrell’s Happy; Frank Ticheli’s haunting Earth Song, the brilliantly composed and playful Barso Re by A.R. Rehman; the light-as-air Dirait On by Morton Lauridsen; folk songs from Nepal and Korea; the Richard Rodgers’ composition, echoed in the concert title “A Grand Night for Singing”; and more.
With Alex Heetland as the group’s new conductor this season, his aim of showcasing more choral arrangements of music from the subcontinent will be reflected in CCM’s renditions of A.R. Rehman’s Barso Re and Virgil Sequeira’s arrangement of Ramailo Nepali Tihar, a medley of Nepali festive songs.
About the Conductor
Alex Heetland holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota, USA, where he was assistant conductor for University Singers, Men’s Choir, and Campus Singers Maroon, and
chorus master for the University Opera Theatre productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Susannah, and Lady in the Dark. Alex has a Bachelors of Arts in Music and Theatre from Concordia University, Saint Paul in Minnesota, and has returned to Concordia often as assistant conductor and accompanist for choirs and music director for mainstage productions by the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has worked with schools, churches, and theatres as a conductor, pianist, and music director. Most recently, Alex was the music director at Edina Morningside Community Church in Edina, MN. He also conducted shows from the keyboard at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Chanhassen, MN, including Marry Poppins and Sister Act. Currently, Alex is teaching Western classical choir, solo voice, and drama at Pathways World School, Aravali.
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