CHOR MUSICA CHRISTMAS What:Powell River’s men’s choir performs sacred and secular seasonal music under the direction of Walter Martella When: December 15, 7:30pm Where: James Hall
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hor Musica’s newest member has a message for local men who might be on the edge about joining the men’s choir. Just do it. “I went in once [in June] to check it out, and I thought it would just be talking, but they had me up and singing in about five minutes,” said Paul Miniato, a computer guru-turned digital conflict resolution pioneer. “We go for beers after. It’s a real mix of people from all walks of life.” While he’s never had a proper voice lesson, Paul has casually sung in a few choirs starting in his university days. With Chor Musica, he said, director Walter Martella works with whatever talent walks in the door. And they’re looking for more talent. The choir currently has about 50 members. Ideally, it would have 60 or 80 members, so the men could travel more. Where are those men going to come from? Perhaps from more newbies like Paul. He and his wife Cheryl moved to Powell River in May from Vancouver – retiring to the community they’ve visited regularly for 28 years. With energy to burn,
Paul jumped in to small city life, volunteering to teach English through Immigrant Services, joining a cycling group, and continuing his international development work through Sawa World Vancouver, from here. Joining Chor Musica, he said, is part of his retirement project to express himself musically and develop male friendships – something that can be difficult to do. “I’m not a sports bar or football game guy,” said Paul. “Here, you still get that irreverent men’s energy, that attitude. Maybe men just relax more when they’re with other guys.” Hmmm. Say more? “Sometimes in a mixed group, guys hang back, In my all-boys high school, there was less posturing. .With the men’s choir, they let their hair down There’s a relaxed feeling.” Still undecided? Catch Chor Musica in the choir’s December 15 Christmas concert, where their resonant voices will tackle Panis Angelicus , and if they can conquer it in time, Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, among other pieces.
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