Review of “Get Happy: A Salute to Canada”

Glenda Korella has done it again. The effervescent director of the Peninsula Singers has stitched together an action-packed, upbeat and altogether inspiring selection of music for Get Happy featuring A Salute to Canada. The spring concert series of the 55-voice show chorus’s will run April 25, 26 and 27 at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

It’s the kind of feel-good show you expect from Korella, a mother of three, and grandmother of nine, who once conducted a 200-voice glee club in Calgary. Luckily for the Peninsula Singers, she moved to Dean Park several years ago, where she teaches piano and voice when she’s not directing the chorus The choir’s president, Lynda Spence, says Korella’s “joie de vivre, musicianship and boundless creativity spurs the choir on to greater professional heights every year.”

If you are attending for the first time, be warned. This is a choir that delights in surprising its audience with plenty of humour, lots of props and vocal and musical ensembles drawn from the chorus.

During the second half of the show you might encounter native chanting and a voyageur or two, not to mention Nelson Eddie and Jeanette MacDonald from the movie Rose Marie. You’ll also meet the Homemade Jam band complete with fiddle, banjo, guitar and washtub bass…