In a year when most theaters and choirs have canceled their performances, the Nova Singers have found a way to come together in person, to bring some much-needed peace, love, and joy into our lives this weekend.
Under the direction of their founder, Dr. Laura Lane, the 20-member vocal ensemble will present its first livestream event on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m, on Facebook Live, “Peace, Love, Joy!”
Her last rehearsal with Nova Singers was March 9, before everything shut down. Then in late summer, Lane organized Zoom meetings with Nova Singers about reuniting in person.
“We didn’t want to do it unless every single person felt safe, so we talked about what would make them all feel safe? And that was, outdoors, six feet apart with masks.”
Since Nova can’t give their annual holiday concert, they created the next best thing: a virtual livestream event. They recorded videos at Galesburg’s Lincoln Park in August. Lane says they wore masks made specifically in response to Covid.
“It has a structure that comes out away your face, away from your lips. And in spite of the structure that comes out and in spite of the many layers to protect you and protect everyone around you, the resonance of the singing voice is almost as if you don’t have a mask on.”
Selections include “O Holy Night,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Angels We
Have Heard on High,” “Deck the Hall” and “Winter Carol.” Nova’s “Peace, Love, Joy!” can be accessed Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at no charge, on Facebook and on www.novasingers.com.