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September 2019

Beginnings

September 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Beginnings

The first concert is focused on beginnings, the most concrete being the relationship of the new Artistic Director with the choir and its audience. Kari Turunen chose choral works that celebrate the commencement of something new, even if the stories do not end all that well... The Wright brothers taking flight, a new emperor being crowned, the first Canadian satellite, Icarus flying too close to the sun, as well as spring emerging from the cold sky. And there is love,…

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October 2019

Focus on Classics

October 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Focus on Classics

With the Focus Choir of University and College Singers Chloe Meyers & Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, violins Alexander Weimann & Natalie Mackie, continuo Monteverdi and Schütz must have been soulmates. Monteverdi grew up in the rolling landscapes of Catholic Tuscany, while Schütz was in Protestant central Germany, but their musical forms and ideals are uncannily similar. Their gift for setting texts to music and enhancing the words made everything sound natural. Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and Brahms were also masters of breathing life into…

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November 2019

Strange Beasts

November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Koerner Recital Hall (at Vancouver Academy of Music), 1270 Chestnut St.
Vancouver, BC V6J 4R9 Canada
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Strange Beasts

Birds, the animals that sing, have throughout history captured the imagination of composers. But what other beasts have inspired composers? This concert, with a blend of the old and new, presents beasts regular and strange in a range of styles. In this bizarre bestiary, no holds are barred. Also included is the premiere of a new arrangement commissioned from American composer Paul John Rudoi.   Adriano Banchieri • Contrapunto bestiale alla mente Orlando Gibbons • The Silver Swan Philippe Bodin…

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December 2019

Christmas Oratorio

December 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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Christmas Oratorio

Owen McCausland, Evangelist Pacific Baroque Orchestra Three festive cantatas from Bach's Christmas Oratorio (I, III and VI) with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra on period instruments — what could be a better way to open the festive season? With soloists predominantly from within the choir and the softer tone of the period instruments, this aims to be a leaner and lighter reading of this great classic. Johann Sebastian Bach • Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248

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A Rose in the Middle of Winter

December 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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A Rose in the Middle of Winter

This Christmas journey through time and space incorporates reflections of musical traditions mainly from Northern Europe. It is a mixture of voices, of styles and languages — a polyphony of musical voices. The music ranges from deep calm to joyous dance and from philosophical depth to childlike naiveté, much like the message of this season itself.   Otto Olsson • Guds Son är född Leontovych/Wilhousky • Carol of the Bells Ēriks Ešenvalds • Northern Lights Oliver Tarny • The Waiting…

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January 2020

Byrds and Bees

January 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Byrds and Bees

With Jon Washburn, conductor Our Founder and Conductor Emeritus presents choral favourites, but with a slightly misleading concert title. There is music by Byrd and "three Bs" — Brahms, Britten, Bernstein — but there is nothing naughty going on! There is sacred music, plus delightful music about nature. And we'll present the world premiere of a commission from Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.   William Byrd • Ave verum corpus Johannes Brahms • Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No.…

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February 2020

The Source

February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Koerner Recital Hall (at Vancouver Academy of Music), 1270 Chestnut St.
Vancouver, BC V6J 4R9 Canada
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The Source

With Stephen Smith, piano Kari Turunen & Jon Washburn, conductors Six Symposium Conductors Kari Turunen and Jon Washburn join forces to lead the 40th annual Conductors' Symposium in Vancouver. This concert culminates the week-long event as they and six Symposium conductors from around the world lead the choir in a delicious concoction of famous madrigals and motets, folksongs and spirituals, prayers and partsongs. Pianist Stephen Smith and the choir's many fine soloists get ample opportunity to shine, too!   Vaclovas…

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March 2020

A Wilderness of Sea

March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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A Wilderness of Sea

With the Elmer Iseler Singers Two of Canada's premier ensembles take the stage together — an event not to be missed! The broad theme is the sea and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present two new works on that theme, with both choirs joining forces in a magical work that has all too long gone unnoted: Toivo Kuula's Meren virsi (The Hymn of the Sea).   Alex Freeman • A Wilderness of Sea Toivo Kuula • Meren virsi Charles van…

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April 2020

St. John Passion

April 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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St. John Passion

Zach Finkelstein, Evangelist Pacific Baroque Orchestra The longevity and success of Bach's passions are based on their deep grasp of humanity. The range of emotions and the psychological acuity of Bach make the story arresting time after time. The St. John Passion is the more dramatic and concise of the two Bach passions, which are an important part of the cultural inheritance of mankind. While Bach's works are easy to find in recordings, the intensity of this music needs to…

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May 2020

This Delicate Universe

May 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada
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This Delicate Universe

With the Vancouver Youth Choir We're pleased to present the Canadian premiere of Seattle-based Eric Banks' This Delicate Universe. The work is akin to a choral symphony in scope. Its five movements for double choir, set to the poems of Constantine Cavafy, feature Arabic and Western scales, full sonorities, intriguing melodies and texts both in Greek and English to create a rich tapestry reflecting Cavafy's world. In the first half of the concert we're joined by our Associate Choir, the…

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