Join the 75 voices of World Village Gospel Choir as they celebrate Earth Day with a concert entitled “Turn the World Around”. The concert is Saturday April 25th at 2 p.m. at historic Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. in downtown Winnipeg.
Fresh from a performance of a new world-rhythm inspired version of O Canada for Mayor Brian Bowman’s inaugural speech to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, World Village Gospel Choir’s dynamic musical choices, tight harmonies and global music reach have captivated and inspired Winipeg audiences since the Choir’s inception in September 2012.
Here’s a video of the Choir singing at Mayor Bowman’s Inaugural speech.
In their brief history, the Choir has backed up Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame group Heart at the MTS Centre, been featured in a Vision TV documentary entitled Gospel to Go, performed live on a national APTN broadcast for Aboriginal Day Live, and sang at Winnipeg’s multicultural touchstone Folklorama at the invitation of ACOMI, African Communities of Manitoba Inc.
The Earth-themed repertoire for this performance includes three African songs in Swahili, Zulu and Xhosa, gospel tunes from Kirk Franklin and Keith Hampton, an Aboriginal gathering song by noted West Coast Salish composer Russell Wallace, songs by Harry Belafonte and K’naan arranged by WVGC Co-Director Neil Weisensel, and a rocking new song by Neil Young entitled Who’s Gonna Stand Up (and Save the Earth?).
Here’s a video of the Choir’s performance of Freedom Trilogy, which combines Gregorian Chant, African songs and the hymn Amazing Grace in a stunning tour-de-force for choir, band, and the mighty pipe organ at Knox United Church.
The Choir has several outstanding soloists, led by sacred singer Rachel Landrecht (also a WVGC Co-Director) that include jazz singer Lianne Fournier, fan favourite Aidan Ritchie, choir regulars Margaret Kampff and Scott Komus, plus soulful percussionist Henry Zacharias. Add to that a top-notch band of some of the best Winnipeg musicians including bassist John Ervine, drummer Anthony Giancola and Zimbabwean keyboardist Shammah Pirhi and you have a recipe for an outstanding musical afternoon.
The show will kick off with a performance by the newly formed World Village Consort. Featuring WVGC Co-Director Rachel Landrecht, this group features her divinely inspired and powerfully delivered original music, which has been performed for the likes of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Justin Trudeau, and author Wayne Dyer.
Tickets to Turn the World Around are $15 and are available at the door 45 minutes before showtime. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 204-284-3684 or visit www.worldvillagemusic.ca.