The Choir

Larsen Music blows the lid off the traditional choir.

Local singer-songwriter Anne Schaefer is directing The Choir at Larsen Music.

If the first thing that pops into your head after hearing the word choir is an image of old ladies draped in flowing gowns and singing “Hallelujah!”, then what Larsen Music has planned might just blow your mind.

Beginning Jan. 8 (7:30-9:30pm), and for the following nine Tuesday evenings, a new breed of chorister will congregate on Larsen’s School of Music (1833 Cook) to reinvent “The Choir.”

Directed by former Larsen Music director and local singer-songwriter Anne Schaefer, The Choir will be unlike any other vocal ensemble in Victoria, and possibly the world. Schaefer’s vision for the group, which currently has upwards of 25 members, is a modern take on the traditional chorus — singing original arrangements (by Schaefer) of songs by the likes of Radiohead, Bjork and Duran Duran — with simple choreography and musical accompaniment by choir members, some of whom are professional local musicians. She may even contact touring musicians to see if they’d be interested in collaborating.

The Choir is open to everyone, regardless of ability and no audition is required. Males are strongly encouraged to join to balance out the sound. The cost is $125 for 10 weeks, the last of which will be a concert. To register, call 250-389-1988. M

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