Hearts of Harmony chorus members range in age from their 30s to their 80s — friendship and a love of song is their bond. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer’s Heart of Harmony chorus is Singin’ the Dream

Popular tunes will be performed at Nov. 17 fundraising show

The lure of the song is strong.

Women are driving to Red Deer weekly from as far as Forestberg, Sundre, Carstairs, Stettler and Innisfail to practise singing together as part of the 36-member Hearts of Harmony a-cappella, four-part chorus.

Choral director Sheryl Brook has seen almost a physical transformation happen as some group members, who might arrive in a low mood for a Monday night rehearsal in Deer Park, leave on a high.

An endorphin rush comes with raising your voice in song, said Brook, who’s read that singers’ heart beats can even recalibrate to beat as one when they sing side by side.

The Hearts of Harmony are set to share their musical gift with the community at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Memorial Centre. They will perform Singin’ the Dream, a show of popular favourites — from Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to the Arrogant Worms’ Last Saskatchewan Pirate — with some Christmas carols thrown in.

The theme is dreaming — “the dreams we have when we’re asleep, where things are bigger and bolder and odder than in real life, as well as the dreams and plans we have for our future,” said Brook, who’s led the group for 11 years.

Other tunes include Disney’s A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Amy Grant’s I Need a Silent Night, Gordon Lightfoot’s wistful ballad Song for a Winter’s Night, and comedy numbers, like Wintertime in Red Deer.

The show will also feature three quartets from the chorus, and a mixed quintet, including two male guest barbershop singers.

Brooks said the performance is a fundraiser to assist group members in travelling to Surrey, B.C., for a regional competition in April. As part of the Sweet Adelines International group of choruses, musical education is always important, she explained.

“We bring in top-level barbershop vocal coaches to help us prepare, and this year, we’re excited to present a competition package of First World War songs, which will also be featured in the Nov. 17 show.”

Tickets are available at the door or through the Black Knight Ticket Centre.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson hosts 7th annual Toy Run

Bikers jumped on their motorcycles this weekend to help make Christmas better… Continue reading

Innisfail RCMP locate drugs during traffic stop

A Rocky Mountain House man is facing charges after Innisfail RCMP located… Continue reading

Expert says acquittal of Alberta parents in boy’s death unlikely to set precedent

CALGARY — A law professor says the acquittal of an Alberta couple… Continue reading

Take Back the Night rally marches through downtown Red Deer

Dozens marched through the city’s downtown chanting, “Red Deer unite, take back… Continue reading

Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 dead

HOUSTON — Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Tuesday Bower Place Community Association Seniors Card and Coffee party at 1:30… Continue reading

Missing hiker found safe after spending night on North Vancouver mountain

VANCOUVER — Rescue crews have found a missing female hiker safe after… Continue reading

Trudeau was only one in dark makeup at 2001 party but nobody took offence: attendee

VANCOUVER — A man who attended an “Arabian Nights” gala held by… Continue reading

McKenna defends Canada’s climate credibility amid Trudeau controversy

OTTAWA — Liberal cabinet minister Catherine McKenna says Canada still has credibility… Continue reading

Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette trying to “be smart” with head injury

NEW YORK — Blue Jays rookie shortstop Bo Bichette says he’s feeling… Continue reading

Climate activists step up protests in Britain and France

PARIS — Environmental activists in Britain and France stepped up campaigns Saturday… Continue reading

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A hiker has been found dead in Banff… Continue reading

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May are continuing on the campaign… Continue reading

Most Read