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Benefit concert celebrates spring season at St. David’s

Concert is Saturday night, May 25
Danièle Walker and Rosemary Gahr rehearse with Kevin Zakresky. Photo submitted

The sweet scent of this month’s flowering lilac will resonate with attendees at St. David’s Anglican Church Lilac Benefit Concert, May 25, when they hear soprano Rosemary Gahr sing ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring’.

Gahr and mezzo-soprano Danièle Walker, both parishioners of St. David’s, will present a variety of solo selections as well as two duets.

They will be accompanied on the piano by choral and orchestral conductor Kevin Zakresky whose Doctoral degree was achieved at Yale University in 2012. Additionally, Rev. Simbarashe Basvi, rector of St. David’s, and his wife Mebbo, will sing selections in their Shona language. They will be accompanied by parish music director Allen Desnoyers, on guitar.

Gahr swings from visions of lilacs to songs from The Sound of Music – The Hills are Alive and Edelweiss, plus four more selections that promise to delight.

Walker has chosen the ‘romantic’ from her collection of French-inspired Ici-Bas (Max D’Ollone), and Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta Voix, among three other favourites that fit her theme. Duets are entitled You’re Just in Love and Sisters.

The concert MC will be the rector’s warden Anthony Hanna.

Tickets are $25 for the 7 p.m. show. Children under 15 are free. Light refreshments will be served in the church hall.