(Posted 2:30 p.m., Jan. 27)
siblings to perform at Carnagie Hall with Calgary choir
By Fred Sherwin
Peter Players alumni Kate and Mike Heney will
soon be performing at Carnagie Hall with the
Calgary choral group Revv52. File photos.
amazing what life can throw at you sometimes. In September,
Kate and Mike Heney were mourning the sudden passing of
their father Michael who was a popular teacher and football
coach at St. Peter High School.
their father passed away, the two siblings, who both live
in Alberta now, raced back to Orléans to be with
their mother for the funeral.
week, it was their mother who got on a plane, flying out
west to watch them perform with the Calgary choral group
first joined the group in 2012 after moving to Calgary
to pursue a Masters Degree at the University of Calgary.
moved to Fort McMurray in 2014 where he worked as a large
engine mechanic before relocating to Calgary last January
after seeing his sister perform in Revv52s Wall
of Sound production.
soon as I saw the show, I said, I should be living here
and be part of the choir so I ended up moving,
pretty much on a whim a month and a half later,
and Kate first started performing at St. Peter High School
as members of the St. Peter Players musical theatre company.
first appeared in the 2004 production of Les Misérables.
She was also in Into the Woods in 2005 and
The Pirates of Penzance before graduating
followed in his sisters footsteps, making his first
appearance with the St. Peter Players in Beauty
and the Beast in 2009. He then played the man-eating
plant in Little Shop of Horrors in 2010.
is a 50+ member choir that has been around in one incarnation
of another since 1952. They started out as the Calgary
choirs penchant for tackling songs that dont
necessarily fall under what choral groups traditionally
perform, is what originally attracted Kate to the group.
lot of our repertoire has never been arranged for a choir
before, she says. I remember the first year
I was in it we did a version of David Bowies Space
Oddity and you would never expect a choir to do that.
It was really cool."
choir just finished three nights of performances in Calgary
during which they performed contemporary pieces by legendary
American singer songwriters like Paul Simon, Billy Joel,
and Carole King.
program was put together by American music producer Deke
Sharon who has arranged for the choir to perform at the
world famous Carnegie Hall on March 20 along with 11 other
Heney says the group is understandably excited about bringing
their western do-wop take on such pop classics as Billy
Joels The Longest Time, Paul Simons
Me and Julio (Down by the Schoolyard), and
Burt Bacharachs Ill Never Fall in Love
Again to the Big Apple.
dont know how well people in New York know Calgary,
but we sure hope they come to this performance,
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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