Annual Soup Concert offers Cross Border Shopping Jan. 25

The Elora Fes­tival Singers are presenting their annual Soup Concert on Jan. 25 to help beat the winter blahs.

The troupe first began the concerts to offer something different and less formal than regular evening concerts. En­joying a light lunch prior to the concert brought a social ele­ment to them. And, because the lunch always consisted of soup, the term Soup Concert was coined.

There was a talk about the music prior to the perfor­mance, and those performances were impromptu and never rehearsed.

Times have not changed too much, but now there are re­hearsals. There is also a learn­ing aspect to the afternoon. On Jan. 25, Cross Border Shop­ping will offer the works of Cana­dian and American composers, with two composers Eleanor Daley and Peter Tiefenbach present to talk about their compositions, their writing pro­cess, and the messages they are imparting through their music.

A prolific composer, Daley has over 80 published choral com­positions and is commis­sioned extensively throughout North America.

Tiefenbach has enjoyed a career as a perform­er, composer and broadcaster, and has written numerous commissions includ­ing many for the Elora Festival Singers.

Howard Dyck, the former host of the CBC radio shows Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and reci­pient of the Order of Can­ada, will also be on hand to discuss the American compos­ers whose works will be performed, including Morten Lauridson and Eric Whitacre.

“The selections we will be performing are from some of the finest Canadian and Am­eri­can choral romantic composers of the 21st century,” said artistic director of the Elora Festival and Singers Noel Edison. “I have actually record­ed music by all of these com­posers at one time or another. This concert is sure to fill you up, both body and soul.” 

Cross Border Shopping is at St. John’s Church, the corner of Smith and Henderson Streets in Elora. Lunch starts at 1:30pm and sells out very quickly. The concert begins at 3pm.

Tickets are $35, or $25 for the concert only, and can be purchased at the Elora Festival office, 33 Henderson Street in Elora, by phone at 519-846-0331, or toll free 1-888-747-7550, at www.elorafestival.­com.