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November 2017

Pacifica Singers: Shakespeare & Co.

November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
West Point Grey United Church, 4595 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6R 2A4 Canada
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Shakespeare

What was the music that Shakespeare may have heard in his own time? Pacifica Singers bring you a potpourri of madrigals and songs from the turn of the 17th century, plus the bard's own writings that have been set to music by 20th-century composers. Vaughan Williams, Rutter, and even the jazz pianist, George Shearing, all set famous passages from Shakespeare's plays. Join Pacifica Singers and their new director, Fiona Blackburn, for an evening of eclectic choral works - old and…

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Musica in casa 1

November 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Casa Johnston, West Point Grey
Vancouver, BC Canada

  Please note that tickets can only be purchased by calling the choir office at (604) 738-6822. The address of the venue will be communicated at the time of purchase.  

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December 2017

Rejoice! European Carols & Readings

December 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Rejoice

Chilly December days herald the warmth and intimacy of Christmas choirs singing the Nativity story. You are invited - join conductor Jon Washburn, organist Bryn Nixon, reader Fiona Blackburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for an evening of beloved favourites and new discoveries, all in the welcoming ambience of Dunbar Ryerson United Church. Music of Praetorius, Bach, Berlioz, Rubbra, Joubert, Tavener, Quinn, Mendelssohn and traditional carols galore. Michael Praetorius J.S. Bach (arr.) Andreas Hammerschmidt Johann Walther Peter Cornelius Hector Berlioz…

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A Baroque Christmas: Bach and More

December 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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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. Canadian-born conductor John William Trotter interacts with…

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January 2018

Rivers of Light: Choral Explorations I with Timothy Shantz

January 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Rivers of Light

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, Palestrina, Brahms, Ryan, Elgar, Monteverdi and Jonathan Dove.…

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February 2018

Maestro! The Annual Conductors’ Concert

February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Maestro

Our Conductors’ Concert is one of the most fascinating events of the choral season. As the culmination of our 38th annual National Conductors’ Symposium, Jon Washburn, five invited conductors from around the world and pianist Stephen Smith will focus on three distinct musical genres — famous prayers, indigenous songs and story ballads. Come and enjoy the unusual repertoire and the varied interpretations of the six conductors. Music by Mozart, Bruckner, Duruflé, Foss, Enkhbayar, Healey, Adams, Crossin, Bartók, Daunais, Washburn and…

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March 2018

Moods and Modes: Emotion in Music

March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Moods and Modes

Choral programmes are often organized by similarities of the composers included or the texts being sung or chronologically by the eras they represent. But for this concert we’re experimenting with affective elements of music, grouping pieces together by the emotions they evoke. Of course, all music affects us emotionally, even those by composers who try expressly to not be expressive. Our Moods and Modes concert is more playful in concept, taking us on an evening’s journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity,…

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Rachmaninov Vespers and Lauridsen Lux aeterna

March 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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Rachmaninov Vespers Lauridsen Lux Aeterna

Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s music for the Orthodox All-Night Vigil - often known in the West as the Vespers - is known as his finest unaccompanied choral work, one of the landmarks of the entire choral repertoire. The Vancouver Chamber Choir combines with the Vancouver Cantata Singers to create a suitable Slavic sonority. As a companion piece, the Pacifica Singers join us for a 21st-century masterpiece and Vancouver Chamber Choir favourite - Morten Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna for choirs and orchestra,…

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April 2018

Light Transforming: Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Light Transforming

Michael Zaugg is the guest conductor for this last concert of the 2017-2018 subscription season. Originally from Switzerland, he is now the conductor and music director of Alberta’s Pro Coro Canada. Michael is a long-time friend and collaborator with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, whom he has hosted many times in Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. His programme will have many new and intriguing choral works by Rautavaara, Rheinberger, Söderqvist, Whitacre, Archer, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, Kuula, Knudson and Joby Talbot. Swiss native Michael…

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