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July 2018

Schafer/85: A Birthday Spectacular

July 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada
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Schafer 85

Celebrate the innovative music of Canada's preeminent composer, R. Murray Schafer, in recognition of his 85th birthday. Jon Washburn leads the singers and soloists of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra in three major works. The evening will also feature filmed interviews with the honoured composer and his long-time musical colleague, Jon Washburn. The Star Princess and the Waterlilies A Schaferian creation myth on the celestial origin of waterlilies for women's voices, alto solo, narrator and percussion.…

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Music & Beyond: Ottawa, ON

July 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8 Canada
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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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Westben: Campbellford, ON

July 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
The Barn at Westben, 6698 County Road 30
Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Canada
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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 afternoon's journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity,…

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Elora Festival: Elora, ON

July 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Gambrel Barn, 7454 Wellington Road No. 21
Elora, ON N0B 1S0 Canada
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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 afternoon's journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity,…

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Stratford Summer Music: Stratford, ON

July 16, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
Tom Patterson Island, Tom Patterson Island
Stratford, ON Canada
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We're honoured to participate in the opening-night celebrations of the 2018 Stratford Summer Music Festival and look forward to sharing more information with you when it becomes available. In the meantime, please visit the festival's website.   We are grateful to the Canada Canada Council for the Arts for its generous support of this concert tour.

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September 2018

The Heart’s Reflection: Presenting Kari Turunen from Finland

September 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Our opening concert will introduce Artistic Director candidate Kari Turunen from Finland. His repertoire is rich in music from Northern Europe and North America. Featured are Jaakko Mäntyjärvi's evocative Canticum calamitatis maritimae about the sinking of the Estonia, and Canadian/Finnish composer Matthew Whittall's E.E. Cummings setting love is a place. Other works in this eclectic programme are by Josquin, Lassus, Schütz, Finzi, Kreek, Chatman, Elder, Rautavaara, Runestad and Makaroff. Kari Turunen is the artistic director of the male chorus Akademiska…

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October 2018

We are Singers/We are Song: Joy in Singing

October 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Jon Washburn combines the Choir's professional singers with advanced choral students from Vancouver's university music departments in the annual FOCUS! event. Special guest choirs include the Capilano University Singers conducted by Lars Kaario and the Trinity Western University Chamber Choir conducted by Joel Tranquilla. Choral excitement will be guaranteed with music by Lotti, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Monteverdi, Fauré, Rutter and more! Antonio Lotti • Crucifixus Ludwig van Beethoven • Opferlied, Op.121b Dietrich Buxtehude • Missa brevis Claudio Monteverdi • Lasciatemi…

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November 2018

For Love is Strong: Presenting Kathleen Allan from Vancouver

November 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4 Canada
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Our audiences are fully aware of Kathleen Allan's multiple talents as conductor-singer-composer and her long association with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. This concert — her official audition — will feature a performance of the famous Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the most renowned Swiss composer of the 20th century. Between those Mass movements, though, Ms. Allan will introduce a great variety of music — both secular and sacred — by Arcadelt, Lassus, O'Regan, Lang, Sharman, Shaw, Braden, Hawley,…

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Musica in casa: Debi Wong and Christina Hutten

November 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Casa Johnston, West Point Grey
Vancouver, BC Canada
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December 2018

Handel’s Messiah: Jon Washburn Conducts

December 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
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 United Church, 2205 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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Bishop’s Dinner 2019

January 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Bishop’s Restaurant, 2183 W 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 Canada
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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, Poulenc 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! Stephen Smith, piano Meet our 2019 conductors:   J.S. Bach • Herr, unser Herrscher (from St. John Passion) Claudio Monteverdi •…

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Music Sea to Sea: The Farewell Tour

February 22, 2019 - March 11, 2019

The Vancouver Chamber Choir will be honouring Jon Washburn's contribution to the Canadian choral landscape on this coast-to-coast tour in February/March 2019. We will visit the Prairies, Central Canada and Atlantic Canada. Scroll down for more information on performances in a city near you! Proudly supported by:       Travel assistance generously provided by:   EDMONTON, AB: Friday, February 22, 2019 7:30pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209 123 St. NW) Presented by the Richard Eaton Singers CALGARY, AB: Sunday, February…

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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

Musica in casa: Albertina Chan and Dolores Scott

April 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Casa Dolan, Kerrisdale
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Music for a Very Good Friday: Bach/O’Regan/Vaughan Williams

April 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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, a premiere performance of Jon Washburn's Two Canadian Folksongs and a celebratory massed performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' glorious Five Mystical Songs. Featuring the Vancouver Chamber Choir and…

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May 2019

Pacifica Singers: Nature Sings

May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
West Point Grey United Church, 4595 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6R 2A4 Canada
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Fiona Blackburn, Director Cassie Luftspring, Assistant Director of Pacifica Singers Eric Hominick, Collaborative Pianist Join Pacifica Singers and guest ensemble Zephyra Women's Choir for an evening of music inspired by nature, including beautiful settings of poetry that evoke evening and night by composers Brahms, Barber, Rheinberger and young Estonian composer, Pärt Uusberg. Pacifica Singers explore music that celebrates rivers, meadows, trees and even mosquitoes! A set of pieces that evoke evenings and nights will include: Brahms' O Schöne Nacht and…

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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 Uusberg, Rutter, Sixten and Washburn. There will be 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. Pärt Uusberg…

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Divertimento 2019

May 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
La Piazza Dario, 3075 Slocan St.
Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4 Canada
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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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