Yellowknife Tour

The coolest airport sculpture greeted us on our arrival.

Timothy Shantz, Spiritus Artistic Director, coaching Carson Moore (soloist) on nuances for "Frobisher Bay".

Our first rehearsal at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Yellowknife

Soprano and alto sections rehearsing "Blades"—the challenging third movement of Carmen Braden's "The Ice Seasons". 

Aurora Chorealis, the Yellowknife Choral Society, joins Spiritus in a joint rehearsal at the Calvary Community Church.

Margo Nightingale, Artistic Director for Aurora Chorealis

Carmen Braden introduces "The Ice Seasons" before its Yellowknife premier, explaining how each of the six movements represent the six different states of water and ice, as the six-member string ensemble look on. 

Aurora Chorealis joins Spiritus as they envelope the audience in a glorious performance of Northern Lights by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, replete with chimes and tuned water goblets to provide atmosphere.

Spiritus performs a short program as they squeeze their way on stage in the Snow Castle surrounded by onlookers. This definitely qualifies as the top three of the most unusual venues the choir has ever performed in.

Just one of the many larger-than-life sculptures surrounding the Snow Castle courtyard.

Just one of the many larger-than-life sculptures surrounding the Snow Castle courtyard.

One cannot possibly leave the Snow Castle without a selfie with the indefatigable Snow King,

One cannot possibly leave the Snow Castle without a selfie with the indefatigable Snow King,

Spiritus joined by composer Carmen Braden and members of the string ensemble, pose for a group shot at the famous Snow Palace.

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Spiritus gets a luminous photo op with the northern lights providing an incomparable backdrop. Photo by Bill Braden.

 

Spiritus 2017 Banff Choral Rehearsal Workshop

Deer forage in the snow right outside the Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Centre for the Arts as Spiritus is about to dive into their 2017 Banff Workshop/Rehearsal.

Artistic Director, Timothy Shantz welcomes Spiritus to the workshop.

Spiritus warms up for a grueling day of rehearsal, polishing pieces for their upcoming recordings and learning new music for their upcoming concert, Ice and Fire where they will be premiering a new work by composer Carmen Braden.

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The choir takes a short walk toward the Vistas Dining Hall for lunch break

The choir takes a short walk toward the Vistas Dining Hall for lunch break

The spectacular view right outside the Vistas Dining Hall

The workshop resumes with the learning of soon-to-be-premiered work, The Ice Seasons by Carmen Braden

Composer Carmen Braden sits in on rehearsal for the premier of her magnum opus The Ice Seasons

Carmen takes careful notes as she hears her composition come to life during first reading

Back to the Rolston Recital Hall for the second half of the workshop.

Even the simple walk back to rehearsal offers breathtaking eye candy  

Composer, Carmen Braden discusses executional nuances with Spiritus Artistic Director, Timothy Shantz

No Banff workshop would be complete without the requisite group shot to mark yet another important milestone in Spiritus Chamber Choir's journey toward choral excellence.

Photography by Bob Serrano