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The Masters: Great Choral Music

October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

The Masters

Vancouver Chamber Choir alumna Kathleen Allan leads a programme of music from some of the greatest choral masters – Palestrina, Gabrieli, Bach, Brahms, Britten and Poulenc. Also, Jon Washburn combines the Choir’s professional singers with advanced choral students from Metro Vancouver university music departments in the annual Focus! event – guaranteed choral excitement!

Kathleen Allan

Read more about Kathleen Allan

A native of St. John’s, NL, conductor, composer and soprano Kathleen Allan is rapidly becoming internationally respected for her compelling performances and engaging compositions. She is the Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music and was recently appointed Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional baroque choral ensemble. In 2015, she made her Asian debut conducting Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. She is the recipient of the 2016 Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize in Choral Conducting which accompanied her appointment as Conducting Apprentice of the National Youth Choir of Canada. She is the associate conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir, and has held conducting positions with St. Michael’s Choir School, the Yale Glee Club, the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, and in 2013, was the Conducting Fellow of the Canadian Chamber Choir. She is the founding co-artistic director of Arkora, a chamber music collective dedicated to interdisciplinary performance.

Her compositions have been commissioned, performed and recorded by ensembles throughout North America, Europe, and in Argentina where her work was featured at the World Symposium on Choral Music in 2011. Her In Paradisum is the closing track on the Canadian Chamber Choir’s JUNO-nominated recording, Sacred Reflections of Canada.

Also in high demand as a soprano soloist and professional choral singer, she has appeared as a soloist with the National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada and Berkshire Choral Festival Choir, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir. In addition to freelancing regularly in Canada and the United States, she has sung as a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Vienna-based Arnold Schoenberg Chor under conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Skylark Vocal Ensemble in Atlanta, and the Yale Schola Cantorum. A passionate interpreter of new music, she has premiered over two dozen works for the voice. She holds a degree in composition from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in conducting from Yale University.

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Felix Mendelssohn
J.S. Bach
Johannes Brahms
Andrea Gabrieli
G.P. da Palestrina
Clara Schumann
Fanny Hensel
Francis Poulenc
Benjamin Britten
Alice Parker
Eric Whitacre

Psalm 22 (“Mein Gott, warum”), Op. 78 No. 3
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74 No. 1
Deus, Deus meus, respice in me
Veni, veni dilecte mi
Schöne Fremde
Chansons françaises
Selections from A.M.D.G.
Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal

For this performance we are pleased to welcome, as our guests, the students who have participated in this year’s Focus! professional development program. Student participants in this educational program have been offered a brief but intensive introduction to the world of professional choral singing.

These 15 young singers have been selected by their respective choral directors to attend rehearsals of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and work one on one with the professional singers. Focus! provides students who are undertaking vocal training an opportunity to increase their singing skills and musical understanding through intensive study, rehearsal and performance with professional musicians.

We thank the students for their enthusiastic participation, and their directors for support of the program:

Capilano University
(Lars Kaario)

Kaylene Chan
Arthur-David Hall
Charmaine Iormetti
Ernest Yung

Douglas College
(Eric Hannan)

Nicole Eves

Trinity Western University
(Joel Tranquilla)

Victor Clements
Brendan Dixon
Kathy Haddadkar
Colin Jamieson
Yentl Liang
Audrey Loeffler
Trésor Otshudi

Vancouver Academy of Music
(Kathleen Allan)

Ellie Hogan
Ty Koch
Lyndon Ladeur

Focus Choir 2017



October 13, 2017
8:00 pm
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Dunbar Ryerson United Church
2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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