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The Right Place re you looking for some


moments of beauty in your life? ... you’ve come to the

right place. Something intimate, magical, exciting, radiant? ... the right place. Lively, invigorating, sumptuous, wonderful? ... this is it. Each year as we prepare the

descriptions of the new season’s concerts, we try to find words that will evoke the feelings that you will experience when you hear the music. An impossible task - for the basic goal of the composers and singers is precisely to express that for which words are inadequate. Wasn’t it a wordsmith - German poet Heinrich Heine - who said “When words fail, music begins”? Luminous, scintillating, magnificent? ... yes, and so much more. All you have to do is to be there when it happens. So, give yourself a special gift ... put yourself in the right place to receive something indescribable ... reserve your place in the Orpheum or Chan, Ryerson or Shaughnessy Heights. And bring a friend or family member so you can talk about it afterwards (… if you can find the words!).

Jon Washburn Artistic Director

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From Byrd to Bard The Glorious English Tradition Ryerson United Church Vancouver Chamber Choir / Jon Washburn, Conductor Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir explore the magnificent choral music of England, ranging from the rich polyphony of Elizabethan master William Byrd to the jaunty Shakespeare settings of present day composer John Rutter. William Byrd Edward Elgar Benjamin Britten Michael Tippett Frederick Delius Gerald Finzi John Rutter

Mass for Five Voices Two Partsongs Deus in adjutorium meum Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time To be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water Three Short Elegies Two Shakespeare Settings

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Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 The Early Baroque Masterpiece Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Vancouver Chamber Choir / Jolle Greenleaf, Soprano Catherine Webster, Soprano / Laura Pudwell, Mezzo-Soprano Charles Daniels, Tenor / Zachary Wilder, Tenor / Ross Hauck, Tenor Douglas Williams, Bass-Baritone / Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone Pacific MusicWorks / Stephen Stubbs, Conductor Early Music Vancouver and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are collaborating in this spectacular performance of Monteverdi’s great masterpiece - the monumental Vespers of 1610. The Choir joins in with eight outstanding vocal soloists and an orchestra of Baroque instrumentalists from Pacific MusicWorks under the direction of guest conductor Stephen Stubbs. Claudio Monteverdi

Vespers of 1610

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New Wave The Latest in Choral Music Ryerson United Church Vancouver Chamber Choir / The Focus! Choir Jon Washburn, Conductor The 21st century has proved to be a new renaissance for choral composition. There are dozens of outstanding living composers both young and old - and we will bring you a scintillating selection of recent pieces by composers from Argentina, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA and Canada. Ivo Antognini Eric Whitacre William Hawley Rob Teehan Tarik O'Regan Saúl Cosentino Fredrik Sixten Pärt Uusberg Ola Gjeilo Paul Mealor Daniel Knaggs Dale Warland

Canticum novum Lux nova Four Reveries O nata lux Love Reckons by Itself Alone Tango Barroco Behold the Lamb of God Õhtul The Spheres Upon a bank with roses set about Trois chansons Benedicamus Domino

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Christmas in the Orpheum Renaissance, Baroque & Carols Orpheum Theatre Vancouver Chamber Choir / Pacifica Singers / Vancouver Youth Choir Vivian Chen, Harp / Brass Ensemble / Jon Washburn, Conductor Nothing says Christmas more than choirs, and this concert brings you the city’s finest, singing the glorious voice-and-brass music of Gabrieli and Pinkham, intimate Christmas moods of Derek Healey with harp, and a grand carol sing-along of traditional favourites, as the audience joins in with the choirs and brass ensemble. Venite! Venite! Giovanni Gabrieli Giovanni Gabrieli Giovanni Gabrieli Heinrich Schütz Daniel Pinkham Derek Healey Sir David Willcocks

Hodie Christus natus est O magnum mysterium Angelus ad pastores ait Deutsches Magnificat Christmas Cantata A Posey for the Christ Child Five Carols

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A Dylan Thomas Christmas A Child‘s Christmas in Wales Shaughnessy Heights United Church Russell Roberts, Narrator / Vancouver Chamber Choir Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant and Jon Washburn, Conductors

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Finding the True Meaning Shaughnessy Heights United Church Pippa Johnstone, Joel Garner and Amitai Marmorstein, Actors Daniel Reynolds, Piano / Jodi Proznick, Bass Vancouver Chamber Choir / Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant and Jon Washburn, Conductors

Choose the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s signature performance of A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) with our favourite Welshman - Russell Roberts - narrating. Or, a lively concert performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas with actors, jazz duo and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Jon Washburn Vince Guaraldi, et al.

Music for A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Friday only) Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas (Saturday only)

Each concert starts with English, German and international songs of the season conducted by Carrie Tennant, including a special appearance of her accomplished Vancouver Youth Choir. Ralph Vaughan Williams Gustav Holst Felix Mendelssohn Johannes Weyrauch Erhard Mauersberger Jakob Heinrich Lützel Colin Britt Ola Gjeilo

Wassail Song Lullay my liking Weihnachten Maria durch ein Dornwald ging Weihnacht Machet die Tore weit There is no rose A spotless rose

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The Maestro’s Art The National Conductors’ Symposium Concert Ryerson United Church Five Symposium Conductors / Vancouver Chamber Choir Stephen Smith, Piano / Jon Washburn, Conductor This year the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s remarkable National Conductors’ Symposium concert focuses on the music of the Masters - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. Five talented conductors from around the world lead the outstanding professional choir along with master conductor and teacher Jon Washburn and pianist Stephen Smith. Join us for an exciting evening of music-making and special insight into the art and craft of choral conducting. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ludwig van Beethoven Franz Schubert Robert Schumann Johannes Brahms Richard Wagner

Hostias et preces tibi; Kyrie eleison; Dixit Dominus Opferlied; Elegischer Gesang; Agnus Dei Hymne an den Unendlichen; Gott im Ungewitter; Chor der Engel Der Sänger; Der Traum; Der König von Thule Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich; Verlorene Jugend; Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen Beglückt darf nun dich; Wach’ auf!; Treulich geführt

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The Source of Song Gregory’s Gift of Chant Ryerson United Church Vancouver Chamber Choir Kevin Zakresky and Jon Washburn, Conductors Gregorian chant is still a seminal force in choral music, even a thousand years after Saint Gregory the Great lent it his name. Jon Washburn and Kevin Zakresky conduct the Vancouver Chamber Choir in an a cappella programme that traces choral repertoire back to the Gregorian chant on which it is based. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Ivo Antognini Arvo Pärt Maurice Duruflé Franz Liszt Jonathan Harvey Edwin Fissinger

Missa aeterna Christi munera Jesu dulcis memoria Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens Pater noster Come, Holy Ghost Lux aeterna

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Choral Tapestry Our Heritage of Song Shaughnessy Heights United Church Vancouver Chamber Choir / Jon Washburn, Conductor The outstanding repertoire of North American choral music is based substantially on the models of musical immigrants from Europe. Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir illuminate many of these ties in this varied and invigorating concert of music from two continents. Healey Willan Artus Aux-Cousteaux David Squires Steven Sametz Ola Gjeilo Samuel Barber Carl Orff Florent Schmitt Jon Washburn

Behold, the tabernacle of God Missa grata sum harmonia Deep Peace The Heroine Triumphant Northern Lights Agnus Dei Four Choruses from Catulli Carmina En bonnes voix Rise! Shine!

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The Love that Moves the Universe Bach, Handel & Schafer Orpheum Theatre Vancouver Chamber Choir and Orchestra / Pacifica Singers Jon Washburn, Conductor One of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s most acclaimed performances was the 2010 premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s radiant choral/orchestral work The Love that Moves the Universe, based on the final lines of Dante’s Paradiso. In answer to popular demand, we repeat that magical experience, and extend it by singing the equally luminous Jesu, meine Freude by Bach and Laudate pueri Dominum by Handel. Johann Sebastian Bach George Frideric Handel R. Murray Schafer

Jesu, meine Freude Laudate pueri Dominum The Love that Moves the Universe

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The Chamber Choir and the Iseler Singers Two Great Choirs Ryerson United Church Vancouver Chamber Choir / Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams and Jon Washburn, Conductors Every few years Vancouver’s and Toronto’s famous professional choirs join forces in one city or the other - this time, it’s in Vancouver. You are guaranteed a sumptuous sonic experience as the ensembles sing together and individually. Two great choirs... an evening of wonderful music... don’t miss it! Eric Whitacre David Childs Hussein Janmohamed Michael McGlynn Antonín Dvorˇák Imant Raminsh Benjamin Britten Leonard Bernstein

Alleluia Salve Regina Nur: Reflections on Light Irish Suite Songs of Nature In a Pine Forest Flower Songs Three Songs from Candide

Our Associate Choirs The growing Vancouver Chamber Choir family... The Vancouver Chamber Choir circle has been growing in recent years with the inclusion of the Pacifica Singers and the Vancouver Youth Choir as our Associate Choirs. The Pacifica Singers are a select ensemble conducted by Kevin Zakresky which sings with the Vancouver Chamber Choir each season (Christmas in the Orpheum, The Love that Moves the Universe) and also presents independent concerts in the fall and spring. The Vancouver Youth Choir is a newer group formed by conductor Carrie Tennant for young singers 14-23 years of age. They will be singing at Christmas in the Orpheum, A Dylan Thomas Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as their own concerts throughout the year. We'll be giving you more information about both ensembles and their activities throughout the season. Be sure to give us your email address so we can keep you up to date! Write to us at

CELEBRATE OUR 45TH ANNIVERSARY WITH US! oin us in commemorating 45 years! This milestone is not just about us – it’s about all of you, too. For four-and-a-half decades you’ve helped us to fulfil our mandate, vision and mission by attending concerts and fundraising events, participating in our awardwinning array of educational outreach activities and generously donating your time and money. The Vancouver Chamber Choir exists in order to facilitate music-making of the highest caliber and commitment, which wouldn’t be possible without your steadfast support.


Recognizing this commitment is not only a wonderful time for reflection, but also an exciting opportunity for renewal. Before looking ahead, let’s recall some of our accomplishments: In 44 seasons, Founding Artistic Director Jon Washburn has led the professional choir in over 3,000 performances, including more than 700 performances on the road in 86 tours across Canada, North America and the world. Our discography includes 32 separate recordings, two of which have garnered prestigious JUNO Award nominations. We’ve commissioned and premiered nearly 300 new choral works, the majority of which were by Canadian composers. And we’ve encouraged tens of thousands of singers, composers and conductors of all ages and backgrounds through our educational outreach activities. Vancouver Chamber Choir in the 1970s

LOOKING AHEAD... nsuring our continued contribution to the long-term betterment of the choral art requires dedication, perseverance and an army of enthusiasts who are as passionate about choral music as we are. Here are a few ways in which you can make a difference:

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Together we can make sure choral music will contribute significantly to our community for another 45 years!

Thank you.

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Venue Locations All evening concerts start at 8pm with the exception of Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Ryerson United Church and Shaughnessy Heights United Church offer general admission seating only. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Road (at East Mall, UBC) Orpheum Theatre 601 Smithe Street (at Seymour) Ryerson United Church 2205 West 45th Avenue (at Yew) Shaughnessy Heights United Church 1550 West 33rd Avenue (at Granville)

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