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September 2021

TOGETHER

September 24, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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TOGETHER includes a program of reflective and expansive Canadian choral works as well as splashes of extra colour from elsewhere, especially Finland. Throughout the evening, we are proud to present two premieres by BC composers Gerda Blok-Wilson and Don Macdonald as well as a collection of traditional choral selections. Our Fall 2021 Season opening concert will be a performance of truly exceptional choral works in the company of friends once again.   IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS SUBJECT TO PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS ON…

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October 2021

PÄRT (Oct. 28 – matinée)

October 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Estonian Arvo Pärt is the most-performed classical composer of the last decade. His idiosyncratic minimalist style is sometimes described as being influenced by medieval music or Gregorian chant, but he ultimately has a very distinct voice of his own. This concert features choral works composed between 1976 and 2003 which invite the listener to enjoy a soundscape of Pärt’s evolving musical style. This music is best experienced live, and we look forward to sharing a memorable evening with our audience.…

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PÄRT (Oct. 29 – evening)

October 29, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Estonian Arvo Pärt is the most-performed classical composer of the last decade. His idiosyncratic minimalist style is sometimes described as being influenced by medieval music or Gregorian chant, but he ultimately has a very distinct voice of his own. This concert features choral works composed between 1976 and 2003 which invite the listener to enjoy a soundscape of Pärt’s evolving musical style. This music is best experienced live, and we look forward to sharing a memorable evening with our audience.…

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November 2021

FIFTY

November 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Pre-sales have now ended and regular seating is now sold out. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door — these are at a reduced price of $25 (taxes included) and are only valid for the rows of folding chairs at the back of the church. Doors open at 6:45pm. We delight in welcoming Jon Washburn, the Founder and Conductor Emeritus of the choir to share the podium with Artistic Director Kari Turunen for our 50th anniversary…

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December 2021

WASSAIL (Dec. 16 – matinée)

December 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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We extend a warm seasonal invitation for listeners to join us at WASSAIL, our 2021 holiday concert featuring English carols both old and new, as well as a performance of Benjamin Britten’s masterwork A Boy was Born. Britten was only a teenager when he wrote A Boy was Born, an ambitious cycle of variations on a simple melody that guides listeners through many styles and characters from breathtaking beauty to explosive joy. The music showcases Britten’s precocious talent, skilled beyond…

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WASSAIL (Dec. 17 – evening)

December 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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We extend a warm seasonal invitation for listeners to join us at WASSAIL, our 2021 holiday concert featuring English carols both old and new, as well as a performance of Benjamin Britten’s masterwork A Boy was Born. Britten was only a teenager when he wrote A Boy was Born, an ambitious cycle of variations on a simple melody that guides listeners through many styles and characters from breathtaking beauty to explosive joy. The music showcases Britten’s precocious talent, skilled beyond…

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February 2022

JUST SOCIETY

February 19, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada
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This concert is a true celebration of youth: we will be joined on stage by the Vancouver Youth Choir, the Argyle Secondary School Chamber Choir and our Focus choir. Another layer of youthful energy will be added by the winning contributions of our Young Composers' Competition. All the musical selections reflect this exuberance and thematically look towards greater justice and equality. This concert is proudly supported by:       IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS SUBJECT TO PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS ON MASKING, AUDIENCE…

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March 2022

DIXIT DOMINUS

March 20, 2022 @ 2:30 pm
Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Canada
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We are thrilled to return to Vancouver's historic Orpheum Theatre for a sparkling performance of Bach and Handel's early choral works. In 1707, Georg Friedrich Händel (later to be known as George Frideric Handel) and Johann Sebastian Bach were precocious 22-year-olds. For Bach, it was a good year: he applied and was hired as the organist of the Blasius Church in Mühlhausen and was able to marry his second cousin Maria Barbara. Part of the application was the performance of…

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April 2022

PATH OF MIRACLES

April 22, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 4S7 Canada
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Joby Talbot is a versatile British composer who was written music for a variety of purposes and in a wide range of styles. His Path of Miracles from 2005 is an exciting choral work that describes the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino de Santiago. The texts are in several languages and the musical style reaches in many directions, balancing somewhere between traditional and novel. This work is a magnificent live experience!   Joby Talbot • Path of Miracles…

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May 2022

NORDIC SOUNDS

May 13, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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We are delighted to be able to return to the traditional form of our annual Conductors' Symposium. Four selected conductors will work with the choir during an intensive week and the results will be on show in a concert for our audience to see and experience. This season, the theme is Nordic music, in keeping with the Nordic Bridges cultural incentive in Canada. Click on the images below to learn more about the invited conductors for 2022: Niels Gade •…

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June 2022

BRIGHT MOON 明月 *NEW DATE*

June 3, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Fraserview Church, 11295 Mellis Drive
Richmond, BC V6X 1L8 Canada
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Vancouver's Asian communities have, for well over a century, helped shape the face of the city. This concert celebrates this essential part of the diversity of our city, the history, cultures and many of the languages. Guest conductor Jennifer Tham (Singapore/Vancouver) will take the podium to lead us on this journey. Jennifer directs the SYC Ensemble Singers, a choir devoted to the work of living composers; and brings the same contemporary sensibility to school and university choirs, and the choirs…

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