Barbara Chamberlin is loving the wordplay surrounding the Whitehorse Community Choir’s upcoming Christmas show, Christmas Caliente.
“It’s music to warm your soul,” she says deliciously. “To warm your Christmas.”
Perhaps it should be explained here that “Caliente” is Spanish for “hot”.
“Throw away the cold when you walk into the Yukon Arts Centre,” she says, obviously not able to stop herself. “And imagine yourself someplace warm.”
As the conductor of the choir, she looks for themes: “I had all of these Mèxican songs, so I just thought I would go with it.
“It’s nice to have warm stuff.”
Looking around the world to other warm countries, she found Brazilian Christmas Carol, sung in English; Riu Riu, Chiu from Spain; Calypso Gloria from the Caribbean, yet sung in Latin; and Whatcha Gonna Call the Pretty Little Baby, a traditional African-American song from the American South.
There are also two numbers from Mozart’s Requiem that are not part of the theme – Germany not being a “warm country”.
“It’s the piece that killed him,” says Chamberlin. “But it is also an incredible piece.”
They are performing Kyrie with the Senior Suzuki String Orchestra.
“It’s a very fun and exciting program,” says Chamberlin. “And a little different.”
Tickets for the shows, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, at 8 p.m., are available at Arts Underground and the YAC Box Office.
They can also be purchased at www.yukontickets.com.