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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 (formerly Dunbar Ryerson) United Church, 2195 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 (formerly Dunbar Ryerson) United Church, 2195 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 (formerly Dunbar Ryerson) United Church, 2195 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
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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