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From the podium Uncle Jon’s Surefire Prescription for Choral Health and Happiness 1) Take in at least one fabulous choral event each month. 2) Bring a dear friend with you. 3) Design your own terrific subscription season. 4) Buy your tickets in advance at a great discount. 5) Be prepared for momentary ecstasies and general well-being. 6) Applaud vigorously. 7) Repeat on a regular basis. Adapted from a beloved recipe handed down over countless generations in the Washburn family...

Jon Washburn Artistic and Executive Director



Singing Canada’s Choral Songs 8pm Friday, September 22, 2017 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Canada’s choral music has always been one of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s specialties. In this concert, we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and conductor Jon Washburn’s 50th year in Vancouver with a great panorama of Canadian repertoire. Music of Willan, Somers, Beckwith, Raminsh, Chatman, Emery, Allan, Archer and a few special surprises from Canada’s past and future.

THE MASTERS Great Choral Music

8pm Friday, October 13, 2017 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Vancouver Chamber Choir alumna Kathleen Allan leads a programme of music from some of the greatest choral masters - Palestrina, Gabrieli, Bach, Brahms, Britten and Poulenc. Also, Jon Washburn combines the Choir’s professional singers with advanced choral students from six Metro Vancouver university music departments in the annual FOCUS! event – guaranteed choral excitement!



The Latest in Choral Music

3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, November 4, 2017 Christ Church Cathedral The Vancouver Chamber Choir joins forces with musica intima and Elektra Women’s Choir in presenting a gala choral concert as part of ISCM World New Music Days 2017 - an event being presented one time only in Vancouver by the International Society for Contemporary Music. Featured will be new and recent choral works by composers from all around the globe, including Sweden, Slovenia, China, Hungary, Estonia, Egypt/Austria, USA and Canada. Also, a performance of R. Murray Schafer’s delightful creation myth The Star Princess and the Waterlilies.


European Carols & Readings 8pm Friday, December 1, 2017 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Chilly December days herald the warmth and intimacy of Christmas choirs singing the Nativity story. You are invited – join conductor Jon Washburn, organist Bryn Nixon and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for an evening of beloved favourites and new discoveries, all in the welcoming ambience of Dunbar Ryerson United Church. Music of Praetorius, Bach, Berlioz, Rubbra, Sibelius, Joubert, Tavener, Quinn, Mendelssohn and traditional carols galore.


A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Bach and More for Christmas 8pm Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Orpheum with John William Trotter, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Vancouver Youth Choir, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra The great Baroque composers knew how to write music that virtually dances with joy. Make it a party – meet the Vancouver Chamber Choir family of choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Orpheum for a concert which celebrates the Christmas season like no other. Our guest conductor is John William Trotter, the Choir’s former Associate Conductor, who will lead the various forces in music of Bach, Vivaldi and carols for all to sing.


Choral Explorations I with Timothy Shantz 8pm Friday, January 26, 2018 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Our guest conductor for this concert is Timothy Shantz from Calgary, where he is the music director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices, as well as chorus master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He will lead the Vancouver Chamber Choir and pianist Stephen Smith in a programme from favourite composers old and new in our familiar performance home at Dunbar Ryerson United Church in Kerrisdale. Music of Ešenvalds, Sisask, Debussy, O’Regan, Palestrina, Brahms, Ryan, Elgar, Monteverdi and Jonathan Dove.



The Annual Conductors’ Concert 8pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018 Dunbar Ryerson United Church Our Conductors’ Concert is always one of the most fascinating events of the choral season. As the culmination of our 38th annual National Conductors’ Symposium, Jon Washburn, five invited conductors from around the world and pianist Stephen Smith will focus on three distinct musical genres — famous prayers, indigenous songs and story ballads. Come and enjoy the unusual repertoire and the varied interpretations of the six conductors. Music by Mozart, Bruckner, Duruflé, Foss, Enkhbayar, Healey, Adams, Crossin, Bartók, Daunais, Washburn and more.

MOODS AND MODES Emotion in Music

8pm Friday, March 9, 2018 Dunbar Ryerson United Church 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, playfulness, sorrow and humour. Music of Bennet, Antognini, two Bachs, Dvoˇrák, Beckwith, Berring, Alfvén, Bernstein, Dowland, Josquin and Bražinskas. 6

RACHMANINOV VESPERS and Lauridsen Lux aeterna

8pm Friday, March 30, 2018 | The Orpheum with Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver Youth Choir, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, Jon Washburn, conductor Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s music for the Orthodox All-Night Vigil - often known in the West as the Vespers - is known as his finest unaccompanied choral work, one of the landmarks of the entire choral repertoire. The Vancouver Chamber Choir combines with the Vancouver Cantata Singers to create a suitable Slavic sonority. As a companion piece, the Pacifica Singers join us for a 21st-century masterpiece and Vancouver Chamber Choir favourite – Morten Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna for choirs and orchestra, an intimate work of quiet serenity centred around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance and goodness. And as a little bonus, Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Messe basse in Jon Washburn’s orchestral version, featuring the vibrant young singers of the Vancouver Youth Choir.


Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg 8pm Friday, April 20, 2018

Dunbar Ryerson United Church Michael Zaugg is the guest conductor for this last concert of the 2017-2018 subscription season. Originally from Switzerland, he is now the conductor and music director of Alberta’s Pro Coro Canada. Michael is a long-time friend and collaborator with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, whom he has hosted many times in Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. His programme will have many new and intriguing choral works by Rautavaara, Rheinberger, Söderqvist, Whitacre, Archer, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, Kuula, Knudson and Joby Talbot. 7

Our Guest Conductors Kathleen Allan The Masters October 13, 2017 John William Trotter A Baroque Christmas December 16, 2017 Timothy Shantz Rivers of Light January 26, 2018 Michael Zaugg Light Transforming April 20, 2018

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Vancouver Chamber Choir 2017 - 2018 Concert Season  

Join us in 2017 for our 47th concert season - exquisite repertoire, guest conductors and choral excellence. Learn more at www.vancouverchamb...

Vancouver Chamber Choir 2017 - 2018 Concert Season  

Join us in 2017 for our 47th concert season - exquisite repertoire, guest conductors and choral excellence. Learn more at www.vancouverchamb...