TWU choirs present Sacred Space

Concert on Saturday, March 19 at Bakerview Church in Abbotsford

The choirs of Trinity Western University perform the concert Sacred Space in Abbotsford on Saturday

The choirs of Trinity Western University perform the concert Sacred Space in Abbotsford on Saturday

On the heels of a successful tour to Ottawa and New York City, the choirs of Trinity Western University (TWU) present the concert Sacred Space on Saturday, March 19 in Abbotsford.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd.

The choirs will perform with the student and community orchestra of TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC). The program was conceived as a meditative and meaningful preparation for Easter.

“The music is diverse and inclusive, as sacred space conjures up different images for different people,” says conductor Joel Tranquilla, director of choral activities at SAMC. “Some pieces evoke the grandeur of a cathedral; others capture the intimacy of prayer and reflection. The evening culminates in a major work with the orchestra, an oratorio narrating the Passion of Christ.”

A conductor noted for his collaboration with Canadian composers, Tranquilla features six of them in this concert.

A highlight for local audiences is the premiere of Sanctuary by Abbotsford’s David Squires, who teaches composition at TWU and is the dean of SAMC. He wrote the piece while on a creative retreat with his wife Colette, basing it on her favourite texts from Psalm 73.

Other titles on the program include Behold the Tabernacle of God and How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings.

The concert also takes place in Surrey on Friday, March 18 at  Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church.

For tickets, visit twu.ca/samc or phone 604-513-2173.