Our guest conductor for this concert is Timothy Shantz from Calgary, where he is the music director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices, as well as Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He will lead the Vancouver Chamber Choir and pianist Stephen Smith in a programme from favourite composers old and new in our familiar performance home at Dunbar Ryerson United Church in Kerrisdale. Music of Ešenvalds, Sisask, Debussy, O’Regan, Brahms, Ryan, Monteverdi and Jonathan Dove.
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As Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus Master, Spirtus Chamber Choir Artistic Director, and Luminous Voices Founder and Artistic Director, Timothy Shantz continues to garner critical praise for his work as conductor. He has explored the vast history of the vocal ensemble genre from early music to contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces. Under his direction, Spiritus Chamber Choir earned the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council in 2013 and toured internationally earning second prize at the Fleischmann International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland as well as second prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. Shantz has collaborated with conductors Christoph Koenig, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, James MacMillan, Nicholas McGegan, Roberto Minczuk, John Morris Russell, Yoav Talmi, Jean-Marie Zeitouni and more.
Shantz has several recordings to his name including Zachary Wadsworth’s The Far West released in May 2016, Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, released in Spring 2015 by Luminous Voices and named Outstanding Choral Recording from Choral Canada in May 2016, and James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words (Spring 2014) with Spiritus Chamber Choir. Shantz holds a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a dissertation analyzing the unaccompanied choral work Sun-Dogs by composer James MacMillan.
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Prelude to Stardust
Rivers of Light
Had I Not Seen the Sun
Excerpts from Starry Sky Cycle
O schöne Nacht!, Op. 92 No. 1
Warum?, Op. 92 No. 4
Sfogava con le stelle
Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
…sempiternam (from Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation)