Newman Sound Men’s Choir – World Premier of New Choral Work Written for Choir and Gongs


Newman Sound Men’s Choir

May 30th, 2018

Off the Beaten Track: World premier of new choral work written for choir and gongs

You’ve never seen a gong show like this one!

On Saturday June 9th, Newman Sound Men’s Choir will premier a type of music never written before in Canada. “Your Voice in the Windchimes” was commissioned by the choir and written by Dan Morphy, of the Torq Percussion Quartet.

The piece features the voices of Newman Sound accompanied by the largest set of gongs in Atlantic Canada played by percussionist Rob Power. “It is a thrill and honour to premiere such a fantastic new work,” said Power, who is the Principal Percussionist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor at Memorial University. “Composer Dan Morphy has knocked it out of the park, combining the the brilliance of tuned gongs (3 octaves!) with the richness of men’s voices. It’s a fascinating combination, and definitely a first in Canadian music!”

From the South African song “Tshotsholoza” to the Stan Rogers classic “Barrett’s Privateers” in Off the Beaten Track audiences will hear rhythms from around the world combined with men’s voices. “I am thankful for the vision of Jennifer Hart in her ongoing efforts to program new and exciting music for the talented men of Newman Sound,” said Power. “It’s a powerful combination,” said Jennifer Hart, the choir’s Artistic Director. “This is an amazing opportunity for the audience to hear world music sung by a world class choir.”

Newman Sound will be joined by The Holy Heart Low Notes, conducted by Robert Colbourne.

About the concert:

Off the Beaten Track Newman Sound Men’s Choir Featuring: Rob Power, percussion and The Holy Heart Low Notes, Robert Colbourne, conductor

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

7:30pm Cochrane Street United Church

Tickets: $25 / $20 (student and senior) + box office surcharge

Available at the Holy Heart Theatre Box Office, 55 Bonaventure Avenue

Phone: 579-4424