Classical song: Concert events for a West Coast Christmas

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The Vancouver Cantata Singers' A Christmas Reprise is a popular choral tradition. For 1206 xmas music [PNG Merlin Archive]


The Vancouver Cantata Singers' A Christmas Reprise is a popular choral tradition. For 1206 xmas music [PNG Merlin Archive]

The Vancouver Cantata Singers’ A Christmas Reprise is a well-liked choral custom. For 1206 yule song [PNG Merlin Archive]

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The are living song soundtrack for the vacation season resounds in high quality occasions in all places Metro Vancouver, and the one factor is which to make a choice.

It will not be probably the most superb time of the 12 months regarding the climate, but it surely’s definitely the busiest so far as song occasions are involved.

The are living song soundtrack for the vacation season resounds in high quality occasions in all places the city, and the one factor is which to make a choice.

The systems for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s A Conventional Christmas (Dec. 12 to 22, more than a few venues, tickets at data at vancouversymphony.ca) cross long ago, at first impressed via Sir Ernest MacMillan’s Christmas Field live shows with the Toronto Orchestra.

The native control known a just right factor once they noticed it and requisitioned the speculation, which morphed into the systems on be offering these days.

The recipe hasn’t modified: take a number of shortish orchestral works with seasonal resonances, upload singers and carols, combine with observation and patter (from the inimitable Christopher Gaze) and serve as much as beguiled audiences in 13 performances in all places Metro Vancouver.


The VSO’s A Conventional Christmas presentations will also be heard in all places Metro Vancouver.

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Forces come with participants of the VSO, the UBC Opera Ensemble, EnChoir (this 12 months below new director Morna Edmundson), with the VSO’s Assistant Conductor William Rowson at the podium (As with all vacation ceremonial dinner, let’s gloss over all of the fussy arrangements and back-breaking paintings concerned: it’s the outcome that counts and the presentations are probably the most cornerstones of a Vancouver vacation season.)

There’s one exchange in 2018: VSO president Kelly Tweeddale explains that the presentations get started out in suburban venues, then finally end up downtown at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church (Burrard and Nelson).

There are nonetheless  a couple of choral occasions to pattern. The majority of musica intima’s A Christmas Tale presentations are nonetheless to return and in more than one places. Tickets and data at musicaintima.org

This weekend there’s a advantageous singers and brass tournament that includes Edette Gagné’s Vivaldi Chamber Choir and the splendiferous A Contact of Brass ensemble in (principally) baroque song. (Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., St. Helen’s Anglican Church,4405 West eighth; Dec. 9, three p.m., Highland United Church, North Vancouver, 3255 Edgemont Blvd. Tickets and data vivaldichoir.org.

The sensible girls of Elektra were given their Introduction-themed display out of the best way so early they may be able to really feel boastful about all of it; however singers being singers, this additionally permits them to be thinking about different musical actions. The lads of Chor Leoni want a couple of weeks to get well between giant Remembrance Day presentations and their Christmas particular (Dec. 14, 16, 17, Eight p.m., St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St, with an extra five p.m. display on Dec. 17; Dec. 15, three p.m., West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave. Tickets and data at chorleoni.org)

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s giant seasonal mission used to be The Messiah, however the ensemble has one additional present for the vacations,  when creative director candidate Nicol Matt from Germany’s in command of A Glad Christmas (Dec. 14, Eight p.m., Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 West 45th Ave. Tickets and data at vancouverchamberchoir.com.)

The VSO isn’t the one group with Christmas traditions: the Vancouver Cantata Singers has loved ordinary luck with its A Christmas Reprise systems (Dec. 22, 2 p.m., Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards St. Tickets and data: vancouvercantatasingers.com)

Tickets invariably cross tremendous rapid for this tournament which provides calm in the middle of vacation chaos, however this 12 months there’s an alternative choice: the VCS additionally sings the similar program in New Westminster on the Queens Road Church (529 Queens Road) Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. — now not slightly the similar setting, however the similar beautiful program.

Subsequent week we’ll have a look at song for the season that isn’t particularly about you-know-what.

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