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Confederation Centre Youth Chorus to perform Voices of Spring at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown on April 13

Confederation Centre of the Arts presents Voices of Spring at Trinity United Church on April 13, featuring the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus, pictured here at Trinity being conducted by musical director Don Fraser during a 2012 performance.

Are you curious about the songs that the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus plans to sing in New York City during their concert later this month?

Wonder no more. Prince Edward Islanders can get a sneak peek of the program Sunday during Voices of Spring, the choir’s annual show at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown at 3 p.m.

“The spring concert is the core repertoire of the choir — what we really work on from September through to April. So it really defines the choir, not only locally, but internationally,”says musical director Don Fraser, during a telephone interview. “It’s also the music we perform on tour.”

The program includes folksongs and classics such as Laudamus Te (Antonio Vivaldi), Alleluia! Sing Praise (J.S. Bach), Where’er you Walk (G.F. Handel) as well as traditional Celtic and Canadian folk songs.

“Each year the concert is like a tapestry of music that unfolds. The first half is more traditional and the second half has some of the more contemporary music in it,” says Fraser, who is also pumped about the upcoming tour.

“We have great group of young people in the choir this year. We have some superb new members as well as a great longstanding core in the group. So the quality, in terms of how the music has gone, is really superb.”

After Sunday’s concert, chorus members and their chaperones will begin making preparations for their departure to the Big Apple on April 25. They will return May 1.

“We overnight (in Maine) and get to New York the next day. We’re staying in New Jersey and singing at St. Jean Baptiste church in New York City. It’s a bus tour, so it’s always an adventure,” says Fraser.

Watching young people grow into performers each year is also an adventure.

“It’s exciting to watch the young ones come into their own. At first, when they come in it seems like there’s a lot of music to learn. But it doesn’t take too much time. All of a sudden you see their personalities blossom.

“It’s that blossoming that is the most gratifying to see. I feel like a proud parent,” says Fraser adding that the 55 chorus members have been rehearsing since September.

“We meet in two sessions for a total of three hours, each week.”

Besides plenty of practice, what’s the secret of the group’s success?

Having supportive volunteers as well as great pianist.

“Sara White, a music teacher at Southern Kings Consolidated School, is a well-respected Island musician. She’s also a terrific accompanist.”

Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.

If you are going

- What: Voices of Spring.

- When and where: Sunday, 3 p.m., Trinity United Church, Charlottetown.

- Tickets: They are available at the Confederation Centre of the Arts box office or by calling 566-1267.

Organizations: Trinity United Church, Confederation Centre Youth Chorus, Big Apple St. Jean Baptiste church Southern Kings Consolidated School The Guardian

Geographic location: Charlottetown, New York City, Prince Edward Islanders Maine New Jersey Iceland Spring.

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