Warmth and Joy

 

A large audience filled the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium last Thursday for the concert
by Casa Diva and left feeling warmed and happy. There was much to savour as the notes
faded and the applause finally ended.

There was the festive Christmas music, comfortably familiar and creatively new at the
same time. The lovely voices of Casa Diva alternately beckoned us with their gentleness
and claimed the stage with their strength and drama.

The program opened with I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, one voice entering after
another until they were one harmonic entity—Casa Diva.

No sooner had they melded into one, than they came apart to show us what the whole
consisted of—the bell-like clarity of Virginia singing I’ll Be Home for Christmas, the
power and intensity of Joni in I Wonder As I Wander, the elegant sheen of Megan’s
Dreaming of a White Christmas.

We left happy because they entertained. Like the opera professionals they are, they
created a beautiful stage setting and communicated with eyes, faces, and movement as
well as voices. We laughed with their witty dedication of the closing song to their
siblings.

We left warmed because they opened themselves to us and drew us in. The Singalong
brought the entire room together. Joni used the Amy Grant song to show us the deep
meaning of her spiritual heritage. Megan transformed herself from an operatic mezzo to a
crooning jazz singer with that stunning rendition of The Christmas Song.

Casa Diva closed by wishing us all a Merry Christmas, as do I to all of you. May you find
joy, connection and meaning in the coming days.

John Wiebe
The Valley Concert Society