The Peninsula Singers in their annual and traditional creative group image. In December, the local choral ensemble will present Christmas Joy!, December 1 to 3 at the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo illustration)

The Peninsula Singers in their annual and traditional creative group image. In December, the local choral ensemble will present Christmas Joy!, December 1 to 3 at the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo illustration)

Celebrate Christmas Joy! with the Peninsula Singers

SIDNEY — What is “Joy”? Why, a festival of the season’s best songs, delivered by Vancouver Island’s favourite show chorus and special guests.

It’s that season again, when the Peninsula Singers, led by dynamic Artistic Director Lena Palermo, take to the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre stage for their annual, three-show Christmas extravaganza on Dec. 1, 2 and 3.

“Christmas Joy!” is all about the bounty of Christmas songs — traditional and new — delivered by this dynamic chorus of 55 singers. From medleys of old favourites to recent hits, the Singers will deliver a magical evening of seasonal cheer just for you.

Palermo has also added choreography to many of the songs and a couple of cheeky send-ups of Christmas tunes, such as a salute titled “Merry Christmas, Mozart” and P.D.Q. Bach (aka Peter Schickle)’s “Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John.”

The customary Spotlight on a Young Artist will feature two recent graduates of the Canadian College of Performing Arts — tenor Derry Doshust and soprano Julie Mombourquette.

Santa will make a guest appearance and the whole show will be hosted by our suave Mr. Master of Ceremonies, Jim Kingham. Janet Yonge will accompany on the piano, Terry Erskine on percussion and Jennifer Bennett on double bass.

Proceeds go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program where their donations amount to nearly $35,000 over the past few years.

Tickets are available now through the Mary Winspear box office at: 250-656-0275 or online at marywinspear.ca.

For more, visit peninsulasingers.ca.

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