Dear Friends – The Elmer Iseler Singers and conductor Lydia Adams join with people the world over in paying tribute to songwriter Leon Dubinsky, who died in Cape Breton on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023.
Leon Dubinsky is perhaps best known as the writer of the iconic song, ‘We Rise Again’, synonymous with the resilience of the people of Cape Breton Island to face life’s difficulties and loss. ‘We Rise Again’ touches a universal chord in people’s hearts, and has inspired generations of people worldwide to keep moving forward and to stay strong in spite of hardships and challenges. It is an uplifting work that gives people hope for the future. The Elmer Iseler Singers have been honoured to sing ‘We Rise Again’ in every part of Canada where we have toured: East, West and North. Leon’s words and music have brought inspiration, hope and light to many thousands of audience members and singers around the world.
The Elmer Iseler Singers send our deepest condolences to Leon’s family and his many, many friends and colleagues.
Thank you, Leon. We are forever grateful.
The Elmer Iseler Singers, conductor Lydia Adams and pianist Shawn Grenke are joined by choirs from across Canada singing ‘We Rise Again’ to pay tribute to our friend, Leon Dubinsky.
Joining the EIS are:
- Whitehorse Community Choir (Barbara Chamberlin, conductor)
- Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus (Maria Fuller, conductor)
- Wiarton Concert Choir (Marla Spencer, conductor)
- Agincourt Madrigal Singers, Toronto (James Pinhorn, conductor)
- Cape Breton Chorale (Ryan Billington, conductor)