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Singing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem while Europe and possibly the world is at war isn’t a political statement, it won’t enlighten anyone about the causes of the war and the music proposes no solutions. But the humanity of voices raised to Heaven in sorrow and hope, in grief and consolation, must matter somehow.

Inner child takes Kat Higgins to Nashville’s heights

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Singer songwriter Kat Higgins has finally discovered her Vancouver voice, and it only took relocating to Nashville a decade ago to find it.

Embracing the gift of life through music

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VANCOUVER -- Living with cerebral palsy and blindness, restricted to a wheelchair, 35-year-old Melanie Krishna does not fit anyone’s preconceived image of a singer-songwriter. But the St. Joseph’s, Langley, B.C., parishioner is not only a member of a community choir and an enthusiastic singer of hymns at Mass, she has also produced her own CD — one filled with joyous, life-affirming songs that she wrote herself.

Rock legend seeks the transcendent

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Legendary Canadian musician Myles Goodwyn has spent 2021 purely in his element: he’s pouring his energy into writing and recording the songs that will make up his next album, Long Pants, which is expected to be released in July or August.

Pandemic halts theatric run, so Opera Atelier turns production into film

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Resurrecting The Resurrection has not been easy. Over 80 singers, dancers, musicians, set designers and more have been through quarantine, donned masks, practised at a distance to remount an Opera Atelier production that was stopped dead in its tracks just before Easter 2020.

Picker priest explains bluegrass appeal

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ROME -- Rome’s baroque churches, street-side shrines to the Virgin Mary and regular cycle of papal liturgies conjure fitting sentiments for a priest living and teaching theology in the Eternal City.

Musical flips script, adds nuances of history

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WASHINGTON -- Danny Schur, a Ukrainian Catholic from Winnipeg, thought he knew all about the 1919 general strike that brought life in his native city to a standstill.

Choir won’t be silenced

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Although choir services have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the students and staff at St. Michael’s Choir School, the music has not been silenced.

ShareMusic event celebrates ShareLife agencies

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The talents of Toronto-area Catholic musicians are being harnessed to celebrate the works of ShareLife agencies and their efforts to support those in need.

'Modest resurgence' seen in the use of chant at Mass

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WASHINGTON -- When Catholics return to their churches as coronavirus-induced lockdowns ease up, they're not likely to be confronted with a bunch of unfamiliar words in Latin printed in some medieval-era typeface with notes in the shape of squares rather than ovals.

Good news still flows with group’s live-stream

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In the early 1980s, Canadian music icon Anne Murray released her classic country song, “A Little Good News,” in response to suffering she witnessed in society. 

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