On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Il Sono Men’s Vocal Ensemble of Calgary, Alberta, gave a benefit concert for the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society. They titled the concert “His Sound: a concert celebrating the male voice”, and a celebration it was.
They covered 400 years of “the manliest music from Giovanni Palestrina to Billy Joel”. There was even a local composer, Georgina Craig, who accompanied her pieces on the flute.
After intermission Anne Stang, one of the local representatives of CHS, gave a brief presentation about hemochromatosis. It was a timely concert because one of the singers was diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis just two weeks before. At the reception after the concert, Anne and the others, Carolyn O’Connor and Amanda Bennett and some of her relatives, answered more questions for individual audience members. Again the comment, “I’ve never heard of this condition” was frequent.
Many thanks to Il Sono for their support.