When Brian Tate decided to commemorate his 60th birthday with a concert, little did he realize it would evolve into a concert series. Performances of How Can I Keep From Singing? were held in Victoria and Vancouver in May with rave reviews, and his newest one will be held in Lantzville on June 17.
Brian was drawn to the idea of doing a concert of songs that he loves and that have had special meaning for him throughout his life and career. Not content to just do songs that he has performed many times before, Brian has challenged himself by adding in new material that he has always wanted to perform.
The two musical styles that have had the greatest influence on Brian are classical and jazz, and since they are rarely heard together, he thought combining them would make for an eclectic and unusual program. The classical set will feature songs by Faure, Vaughan-Williams, Barber, Mahler and a set of spirituals. The jazz set will feature songs by Stephen Sondheim and a tribute to the legendary Bill Evans-Tony Bennett sessions.
The joy in creating this concert has been two-fold: in selecting and exploring the music, and in collaborating and rehearsing with pianist Michael Creber, Brian’s brilliant and versatile long-time colleague. It has proven to be a joyous and rewarding journey for them both.
An award-winning composer, as well as an accomplished and versatile musician, choir director, vocalist and educator, Brian Tate attributes the success of his multi-faceted career to a love of working with people and a passion for the arts. He directs City Soul Choir with 100 singers in Vancouver, and teaches at Studio 58, Langara College’s professional theatre school. Brian is also a learning leader with The Next Institute, using music, theatre and drawing as tools for organizational training. He brings spontaneity, humour and originality into all his presentations, and participants experience growth not only in their work but in all areas of their lives. Until last May, Brian was the director of Island Soul Choir, a Vancouver Island-based group of over 130 unauditioned singers.
Treat yourself to this outstanding performance! Brian’s sensitive and passionate vocal presentation of the repertoire, combined with Michael’s compelling accompaniment, makes How Can I Keep From Singing? truly unforgettable.
Island Soul Choir presents How Can I Keep From Singing? with Brian Tate and Michael Creber on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30pm at St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church, 7113 Lantzville Rd, Lantzville. Tickets are $15 each, on sale at islandsoulchoir.com/briantate/ and at the door. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church in recognition of their generous support of community groups and events. FMI: contact Penny at 250-802-3345.
Island Soul Choir President