Mass Appeal – Free concert series performed for the public, by the public!

Many people showed up for the kick off to this very unique concert series

Many showed up on Thursday at Union Station for the kick off to this very unique concert series. /DOUG KRETCHMER

Mass Appeal is a four part series of concerts presented by the Winnipeg Arts Council over the next two weeks performed at various venues. Each concert will feature a different instrument.

The first concert featured the instrument most people are born with – the voice. The many voices participating were part of the choir.

The interesting thing about this concert series is that everyone is welcome to perform. Each concert is two hours with the first hour and a half dedicated to rehearsals under the guidance of a Music Director. The last half hour is when the stars shine in their performance.

Part one of the series was at Union Station where many folks showed up to participate as either performers or audience members.

Whether a member of the choir or a member of the audience everyone was a participant in Mass Appeal.

Whether a member of the choir or a member of the audience everyone was a participant in Mass Appeal. /DOUG KRETCHMER

Choir was the theme and the acoustics in the train station were quite amazing as six selections were performed.

The show started off with Immortal Bach. The Weakerthans One Great City was next, followed by Stan Rogers’ Barrett’s Privateers. The Beatles Blackbird flew nicely throughout the domed building. The evening ended off on a very happy note with Happy penned by Pharrell Williams.

The domed ceiling made for some very interesting acoustics at the train station

The domed ceiling made for some very interesting acoustics at Union Station. /DOUG KRETCHMER

Some of the participants in the concert. (l-r) Maureen, 99-year old Mabel, Mabel's daughter Sandra and yours truly.

Some of the participants in the concert. (l-r) Maureen, 99-year old Mabel, Mabel’s daughter Sandra and yours truly.

Next week horns is the theme (Thu. Sept. 8 at the Cube 6-8 p.m.). Fiddles 10 a.m. – 12 noon Sept. 10 at St. Norbert Farmers Market. The last concert in the series will be at Oodena Circle at the Forks Sept. 15 6 – 8 p.m. where the theme will be ukuleles.

For more info and to find out how to participate check out the website at massappealwinnipeg.ca

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Doug's artistic endeavours include photography, video art, drawing, poetry and acting. He also has a background in alternative radio in Vancouver where he produced and programmed a radio show from 1997 to 2001. He is involved in Winnipeg's art scene as an active member of Ace Art, Art From the Heart, Platform Gallery and as a producer member of Videopool, where he served as a board member from 2003 to 2009. He is enjoying writing for the CNC, sharing stories and giving a voice to people who might not otherwise be heard.