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Writers wrestle with the word, ‘sublime.’

It’s too rare in our lives, and evades simple definition.

I am grateful for discovering it in goosebumps last night at an extraordinary concert.

To hear the Elektra Women’s Choir of Canada is to feel your spirit soar.

I’m humbled to learn that Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer founded this all-woman choir 25 years ago in Vancouver, and I had not heard them before, despite living in this city twice in the past few decades.

Yet Elektra reaches around the world for Christmas carols from different centuries, cultures, and countries, from Trinidad to Britain and France.

Concerts are sold out year after year.

Swiss composer Ivo Antognini sent a tape of O Magnum Mysterium to Elektra in the hope that its 52 sopranos and altos would sing his Bach-inspired work.

He was rewarded last night with a world premiere.

We were rewarded with the sublime.

 

 

 

 

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