For immediate release
October 19, 2016
Momentum Choir kicks off its 10th Season collaborating with Classic Rock Legend Foreigner
Momentum Choir in concert November 11, 12 and 13
Momentum Choir has a reason to celebrate. Not only is 2016 an important milestone, their tenth performance season, but they’ve also scored an opportunity to back up one of classic rock’s greatest bands, Foreigner.
With record-breaking chart standings and millions of albums sold, the collaboration was an opportunity they just couldn’t refuse. The opportunity came about with an unexpected phone call.
Executive and Artistic Director Mendelt Hoekstra recalls the quiet evening at home musing over the current event line up when the phone rang. “At first I thought someone was pulling my leg” recalls Hoekstra. The caller informed him they represented the band Foreigner and they were looking for a chorus in Niagara to work with for their upcoming show at Casino Niagara.
“Would we like the opportunity to sing on stage with Foreigner in the Avalon Ballroom? Absolutely!” Momentum has done collaborations before, but this is by the most famous artist they’ve worked with. When asked about what it meant to the choir, Hoekstra was enthused.
“We’re obviously thrilled, not just because of the collaboration, but because of how hard our members have worked for the past ten years. Each of our musicians are challenged by a disability every day of their life. An opportunity like this not only gives them validation, it also allows them to grow as a professional performer.”
With rehearsals in full swing, it was easy to add the Foreigner shows to their current performance line-up. “This is a dream come true for Momentum. We’re ready, we’re excited and we want to show the world how the power of song and performance can break down barriers for people with disabilities.”
While Momentum’s participation will be limited to 12 choir members for the accompaniment, largely due to logistical reasons, those performing have been practicing the hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” for weeks now. “They can’t wait to get on-stage and show them what they’re capable of. Many people have told me that our performances are inspiring, something to behold. It’s a glorious thing.”
Foreigner takes the stage at the Avalon Theatre at the Fallsview Casino on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. For those of you unable to make the Casino performance, Momentum Choir will follow up both performances with a performance of their own on Sunday, November 13 at Bethany Church in St. Catharines. Information and ticket information is available online at momentumchoir.ca/events/fall-gala/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org