PAULA KREMER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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VANCOUVER CANTATA SINGERS was founded in 1957, and has become one of Canada’s preeminent, award-winning choral ensembles. The Vancouver Cantata Singers has become known for technical virtuosity, fine blend and exceptionally high performance standards encompassing 500 years of choral repertoire. VCS has been awarded the Canada Council’s top prize in choral singing, the Healey Willan Grand Prize, more than any other choir in the country. Led by Paula Kremer since 2013, VCS also commissions new works from critically acclaimed composers which have led to extremely successful and innovative collaborations with regional and international artists and ensembles. For more information about our organization, visit vancouvercantatasingers.com
LIGHT OF HUMANIT Y Saturday October 22, 2022 | 7:30 pm Christ Church Cathedral Light of Humanity Love transcends divisiveness; Light illuminates our lives. Underneath the stars, suffering and strife. Together in song, Hearts unite. The Vancouver Cantata Singers commence their 22/23 season FORTITUDE: STRENGTH in SONG with an exploration of light, love, healing and humanity. Join us for an evening of music by Pärt, Britten and Canadian composers Hussein Janmohamed, Larry Nickel, Shireen Abu Khader, Russell Wallace, Tracy Wong and the premiere of composer-inresidence Craig Galbraith’s Lux Humanitas (Light of Humanity).
C HRIS TMA S REP R I S E X I X Saturday December 17, 2022 Holy Rosary Cathedral (Vancouver) 2pm Queens Avenue United Church (New Westminister) 7:30pm Our 19th Christmas Reprise brings traditional carols and contemporary Christmas compositions for unaccompanied choir to the resonant spaces of Holy Rosary Cathedral and Queens Avenue United Church. Join us and let the beauty of a cappella singing calm your spirit and transport your soul as the Vancouver Cantata Singers present works including Herbet Howells’ A Spotless Rose, Judith Weir’s My Guardian Angel, and settings of Ave Maria by R. Nathaniel Dett and Franz Biebl.
SONGBIRD Saturday February 25, 2023 | 7:30 pm ANNEX Theatre Continuing the theme of song, its power of expression and window to the soul, Songbird is an evening of music inspired by the imagery of birds and their song: Love, loss, singing and subsequent silence as night falls over the passing of time. Featuring Brahms’ Fünf Gesänge Op. 104 and a new commissioned arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird by Sam Dabrusin, the Vancouver Cantata Singers invite you to join them for an enchanting evening at the ANNEX celebrating songbirds and other animals amidst the forest trees and dreams of Spring.
T HE PEACE AB LE K I N G D OM Saturday April 29, 2023 | 7:30 pm Pacific Spirit United Church (Formerly Ryerson United Church) Ye Shall Have A Song Randall Thompson’s extended composition The Peaceable Kingdom, inspired by the Edward Hicks’ painting of the same name, explores themes of good, evil, and peace. Canadian composer Iman Habibi’s Colour of Freedom, reacting to the 2009 “Green Movement” in Iran which saw the death and imprisonment of dozens of Iranian protestors, is a stirring work culmi-nating in a ‘magnificent light’ featuring guest soloist Amir Haghighi. Paired with Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden and Roxanna Panufnik’s St Aidan’s Prayer, the Vancouver Cantata Singers end their season FORTITUDE: Strength in Song with a thought-provoking concert advocating for peace on our planet through spirituality, humanity, and song.
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