The spirit of community delight will come alive on Sunday evening, March 24, at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown.
Two hours of music and more will be presented in one of the Island’s finest performance spaces — the glorious warmth and acoustical clarity of the historic Harris church. The title, “It’s Still a Wonderful World”, is a positive response to the too-easy sense of “everything’s going wrong these days”. This, by contrast, is a celebration of the rich diversity of common humanity, expressed through the Island’s wealth of artistic talent. The show runs 7:30-9:30 p.m. (storm date: March 29). For information, contact 902-892-1691, 902-628-6778 or stpaulschurch.ca.
Featuring a variety of styles. the performers include the international students of the School of Performing Arts and the Newcomers Association network. But there’s also plenty of home-grown Island entertainment in store.
Examples of the evening’s theme include the Beatles song “Across the Universe”, performed in a duet by SoPA students, and “What’s Up?” (“the world was made up of this brotherhood of man”) by a UPEI voice major. Chinese culture is represented by the Belle Ame youth band and the Love Island choir. The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors will drum and dance through new tellings of colourful First-Nation legends handed down through the generations. There’ll be a song in Swahili, as well as performances on guitar, french horn and piano. There will also be dancing with everything from Sri Lankan traditional to home-grown line-dancing.
Tying it all together will be several sets by Phase II and Friends, the popular rock ’n’ roll band and winners of the Music P.E.I. award as Community Contributor of the Year.
The mater of ceremonies will be Gerard Murphy. There will also be home-made treats at intermission. Admission is by what-you-will donation.
This is partly a fundraiser for St. Paul’s Outreach & Social Justice projects, but the main purpose is to share an evening of fun entertainment and fellowship as part of the year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of St. Paul’s Parish.