Get into the Christmas season with a concert

RougeMusic in Rossland will be welcoming the Christmas season with a concert by Nelson vocalist Allison Girvan and guitarist Paul Lansberg.

Vocalist Allison Girvan will be coming to perform at the Rouge Gallery Dec. 10

Vocalist Allison Girvan will be coming to perform at the Rouge Gallery Dec. 10

RougeMusic at the Rouge Gallery in Rossland will be welcoming the Christmas season with a concert featuring Nelson vocalist Allison Girvan and guitarist Paul Lansberg.

Highlighting her passion for language, Girvan will sing in Latin, Hebrew, Spanish, German, French, Huron and English, with a selection ranging from the ancient Basque Carol “Gabriel’s Message” to Joni Mitchell’s winter-themed “The River.” Girvan will include favourites like “Chestnuts Roast- ing on an Open Fire” and “Silent Night”.

Girvan’s music career has seen experience as a professional singer, arranger, director, clinician and adjudicator.

She has been a featured soloist on recordings and in performance with ensembles including musica intima, Elektra Women’s Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and as a vocalist for studio sessions for radio, T.V. and feature  film.

Girvan has worked extensively with Canadian Celtic tenor, John McDermott on recordings, international tours and the PBS specials, “A Time to Remember” and “Sharing Christmas”.

Her debut solo cd, “Resonance”, combining her love of world music and her love of languages, was released in 2007.

Girvan now lives in Nelson, B.C. where she continues to record for television and feature film scores, and directs the Nelson Youth Choir Program, including corazón : a 60-voice teen ensemble who have gained a reputation for their world music repertoire and focus on social justice and were named Nelson’s official cultural ambassadors in 2009.

She will be joined by contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Paul Lansberg.

Originally from Bronx, New York, Lansberg taught for eight years at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and then founded Selkirk Colleges’ “Contempo- rary Music and Technology Program”.

Lansberg currently performs with the Paul Landsberg Quartet, Desafinado, and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra.

He has been featured in many festivals throughout Canada and the US, and his third CD, “Search And Rescue” is due out this spring and features Darcy Hepner, Mike Richmond and Danny Gottlieb.