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A Baroque Christmas: Bach and More

December 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

A Baroque Christmas

The great Baroque composers knew how to write music that virtually dances with joy. Make it a party – meet the Vancouver Chamber Choir family of choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Orpheum for a concert which celebrates the Christmas season like no other. Our guest conductor is John William Trotter, the Choir’s former Associate Conductor, who will lead the various forces in music of Bach, Vivaldi and carols for all to sing.

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Canadian-born conductor John William Trotter interacts with musicians and audiences to celebrate the gift of music and its powerful place in human identity. He has conducted more than a dozen professional choirs and orchestras on three continents, and studies and teaches widely in the areas of music, leadership, and the role of the arts in society. He is widely active as a guest conductor, composer/arranger, educator, and speaker. Based in Chicago, he serves as Associate Professor of Music at the Wheaton College Conservatory and Principal Music Director of the professional ensemble Chicago a cappella.

Trotter’s performances of concert music have attracted special attention for their freshness, and authenticity. Performances with Chicago a cappella and the Vancouver Chamber Choir have been broadcast throughout North America on NPR and CBC. His various ensembles have been honoured with invitations to perform live at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association, Chorus America, and the National Association for Music Education. He recently led the Wheaton College Concert Choir on tour throughout South Korea, conducting twenty performances including several broadcasts.

Following undergraduate training at the University of British Columbia, Trotter earned the Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Michigan (the top-ranked conducting program in North America) and undertook further advanced studies with Eric Ericson, Helmuth Rilling, Andrew Parrott, and Jon Washburn. He now trains young conductors and serves as a resource to mid-careers professionals through conference presentations and intensive workshops.

Trotter is well known for his ability to connect with audiences and for his interest in building bridges between the professional music world, music training institutions, and the wider community. An experienced improviser, he is an advocate for the recovery of this musical skill among amateurs and professionals alike. His performances have featured interdisciplinary collaborations with actors, dancers, painters, and even audiences themselves. (www.johnwilliamtrotter.com)

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J.S. Bach
J.S. Bach
J.S. Bach
Antonio Vivaldi
John William Trotter
John William Trotter
John William Trotter
David Willcocks

Ehre, sei dir, Gott (from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (from BWV 248)
Magnificat, RV 610/611
O come, o come Emmanuel
Wexford Carol
What Child is this?
Here we come a-wassailing
Get down to Bethlehem
O come all ye faithful



December 16, 2017
8:00 pm
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The Orpheum Theatre
601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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