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December 2018

Handel’s Messiah: Jon Washburn Conducts

December 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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In this 48th season of the Choir, Jon Washburn will conduct his 48th performance of Messiah, Vancouver's perennial Christmas favourite. It features the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and a stellar roster of Canadian vocal soloists — soprano Nathalie Paulin, countertenor Daniel Cabena, tenor Isaiah Bell and bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus. G.F. Handel • Messiah   Corporate support generously provided by:

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A Joyful Christmas: Presenting Nicol Matt from Germany

December 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Pacific Spirit (formerly Dunbar Ryerson) United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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December's other Christmas concert will introduce Artistic Director candidate Nicol Matt from Germany. He will be leading a wonderful and diverse Christmas repertoire including Francis Poulenc's Hodie Christus natus est, Benjamin Britten's A Hymn to the Virgin, Ola Gjeilo's Spotless Rose, Ivo Antognini's Laudate Dominum and other seasonal songs and carols by Reger, Rachmaninoff, Busto, Ramírez, Sixten, Chilcott, Berring, Sandström and more. German conductor Nicol Matt is the founder and conductor of the Chamber Choir of Europe and was the…

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January 2019

Love & Mercy: Presenting Erick Lichte from Portland/Vancouver

January 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6M 1E8 Canada
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The final audition concert presents Erick Lichte, whom Vancouverites know as the Artistic Director of Chor Leoni Men's Choir. His mostly contemporary and international repertoire will include John Tavener's Village Wedding, David Lang's manifesto, Eric Whitacre's A Boy and a Girl and more music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Zachary Wadsworth, Roberto Caamaño, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Eleanor Daley, Jennifer Higdon, Steven Sametz, Felix Mendelssohn and George Gershwin. As a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created…

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February 2019

Masterpiece: Famous Choruses of Great Composers

February 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6M 1E8 Canada
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This concert culminates our 39th annual National Conductors' Symposium. Jon Washburn and five Symposium conductors will concentrate on music by Bach, Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Willan, Wagner, Raminsh, Britten and Orff with music drawn from famous Passions, Oratorios, Masses, Requiems and Operas. Pianist Stephen Smith and the Choir's many fine soloists get ample opportunity to shine, too! J.S. Bach • Herr, unser Herrscher (from St. John Passion) Claudio Monteverdi • Lauda Jerusalem, Dominum (from Vespers) G.F. Handel •…

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March 2019

Music Sea to Sea: The Farewell Tour (Vancouver performance)

March 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6M 1E8 Canada
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The Farewell Tour, which will be toured across Canada, will feature our all-time Top Ten List (by number of performances over the last 48 years) including Bach's Lobet den Herrn, Debussy's Trois chansons, Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia and more music by Zoltán Kodály, Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Foster and Loreena McKennitt. This concert will mark the 92 domestic and foreign tours with the Vancouver Chamber Choir which Jon Washburn has led during the last half century. J.S.…

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April 2019

Music for a Very Good Friday: Bach/O’Regan/Vaughan Williams

April 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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Jon Washburn draws all his soloists, choirs, alumni and orchestra together for a wonderful evening of music to celebrate the passage of his 48 years as leader of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. The music is resplendent — J.S. Bach's marvellous Missa brevis in g minor, Tarik O'Regan's mystic and evocative Solitude Trilogy and a celebratory massed performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' glorious Five Mystical Songs. J.S. Bach • Missa brevis in g minor, BWV 235 Tarik O'Regan • Solitude Trilogy…

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May 2019

Youth & Music 2019: Music’s Future

May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6M 1E8 Canada
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This biennial event — co-sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre BC Region — highlights the finalists and winners of our 14th Young Composers' Competition, while Jon Washburn's Vancouver Chamber Choir and Carrie Tennant's Vancouver Youth Choir celebrate the wonderful combination of Youth & Music with music by Tavener, Rutter, Sandström and Washburn. There will be four newly-commissioned pieces from young professionals we've discovered. If you love music and you believe in young people, this concert will warm your heart. Jan…

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