Members of Corazón in concert in 2019. Photo: Louis Bockner

Members of Corazón in concert in 2019. Photo: Louis Bockner

Allison Girvan’s youth choirs Corazón and Lalin to sing in-the-round concerts Feb. 22 and 23

Touchstones performances are entitled 45/360: forty-five singers, three hundred and sixty degrees

Submitted by the Corazón Vocal Ensemble

45/360: forty-five singers, three hundred and sixty degrees.

That’s Allison Girvan’s title for a series of short concerts by her Corazón Vocal Ensemble, a youth choir of 45 singers age 15 to 25, at at the Touchstones Gallery on Sunday, Feb. 23.

The group will perform five back-to-back half-hour concerts.

And on Saturday, Feb. 22, the Lalin Ensemble, a group of 20 senior singers from Corazon, will perform four half-hour concerts.

“I think these are my favourite concerts in our season,” Girvan says. “The connection between performer and audience is palpable – there is a magic that’s woven in which all are complicit.”

Much of that magic comes from the extraordinary acoustics in the gallery, and from the choir’s unique configuration in the room.

The singers encircle the inside of the gallery with the audience in the middle, not seated (although chairs are available for those who need them) but wandering the circle, enveloped in the music.

“This year, Lalin’s repertoire is tailor-made for the acoustics in the gallery and features Eric Whitacre’s stunning, Lux Aurumque,” says Girvan.

“Corazón’s offering will maximize the effect of the larger numbers of that group in the gallery space.”

Lalin will perform at 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Corazon’s performances will be at at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, and 3 on Sunday.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and in person only at Touchstones, 502 Vernon St. There will be no phone reservations or online sales. A maximum of 40 tickets will be sold per show. These shows usually sell out.