A concert in Lantzville will feature a well-loved choir director, musician and educator who has performed many times in this area.
Brian Tate was the director of the Island Soul Choir until last year and he’s performed in the Jazz and Cheesecake event at Morningstar Farm, and at Knox United Church in Parksville, among others events.
On June 17 he will commemorate his 60th birthday with the concert at St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church in Lantzville, the third in a series called How Can I Keep Singing. He has performed the show in Victoria and Vancouver to rave reviews. The show, presented by Island Soul Choir, begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 each, on sale at www.islandsoulchoir.com/briantate and at the door.
The idea of the show is based around a concert of songs that has had special meaning to Tate throughout his life and career, as well as new material he has always wanted to perform.
The two musical styles that have had the greatest influence on Tate are classical and jazz, and since they are rarely heard together, he decided to combine them 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. He is collaborating with pianist Michael Creber, a long-time colleague. Tate currently directs City Soul Choir with 100 singers in Vancouver.
St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church is located at 7113 Lantzville Rd. in Lantzville. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church in recognition of their generous support of community groups and events.