Category: Music & Theatre

The Singing Christmas Tree 2016


The Singing Christmas Tree 2016 at Broadway Church Vancouver

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Imagine a hundred people stacked up 60 feet tall on one another and not only must they stand motionless for 90 plus minutes but also sing to the vivacious music and dance sequence on the stage below to an audience of a thousand plus people. That was the 49th Annual Singing Christmas Tree of the Broadway Church Vancouver on 10 December 2016.

Two days before the presentation, I hadn’t the slightest clue what a singing Christmas tree was. However, thanks to the benevolence of the Kettle Society and their sponsors providing me with the complimentary tickets, my son Dustin and I had the experience of a lifetime.

The Singing Christmas Tree presentation was not just about coming together and singing carols. There was interactive spiritual exchange between performing artists, musicians, singers and dancers and the audience.

The highlight of the presentation had to be our dearest Canadian, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medallist and Solo Bluegrass artist violinist, Rosemary Siemens’s violin and dance performance. I was thrilled to listen to her mesmerising musical wand beating to the rhythm of her Stradivarius, the one she used to bring wonders to her performances at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and on four different occasions at Carnegie Hall.

The theatrical presentation of The Case of the Christmas Caper in Cache Creek was also commendable. Not only was the play entertaining but also the story and prayer of the marshmallow tree could have given new life to many spiritually lost souls.

Handel’s Messiah


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“Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini Osanna in excelsis.”
On Friday 9 December 2016, through the benevolence of the Kettle Society and their sponsors, my son Dustin and I were blessed to enter the Orpheum to hear the Vancouver Chamber Choir perform Handel’s Messiah The Christmas Masterpiece. It’s a full house.

The choir was 42 members strong and perfectly balanced with 21 men and 21 women, whose voices were more than angelic. The concert program was well documented in English so that I could refer to it and understand what was being sung.

At the end of Part 2 when the Chorus sang Revelation XIX,6; XI,15; XIX,16, everyone stood up to join the Chorus in exaltation to welcome the Messiah with heavenly resounding joy. And the Chorus sang, “Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Hallelujah,” so everyone stood in awe as the holy message sprung from hearts to hearts and resonated on to the epic of the inner dome of the Orpheum.

I was most moved in Part 3 when Bass and Trumpet engaged in dialogue to announce, “The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians XV, 52.

I have always believed that no matter how corrupt a person can be, it is in the power of God that he be changed, and on this snowy night in Vancouver at the Orpheum, the peace, joy, and harmony of the music and angelic voices more than proved this.