This will be a sea­son of sounds like no other

The Georgia Straight - - FALL ARTS PREVIEW -

(At var­i­ous venues from Jan­uary 18 to 22) It’s im­pos­si­ble to pick favourites when it comes to this re­mark­ably well cu­rated sur­vey of all things new, but it will be hard to go wrong when the VSO and the Pa­cific Baroque Orches­tra play New Mu­sic for Old In­stru­ments at Christ Church Cathe­dral on Jan­uary 19. The Draw: Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach’s Bran­den­burg Con­certo No. 5, and Bramwell Tovey’s as-yet-un­ti­tled fan­ta­sia on the same. Tar­get Au­di­ence: His­tor­i­cally in­formed mod­ernists.

RIVERS OF LIGHT: CHORAL EX­PLO­RATIONS

(At Dun­bar Ry­er­son United Church on Jan­uary 26) The Van­cou­ver Cham­ber Choir of­fers a crash course in choral mu­sic old and new. The Draw: A pro­gram that spans ev­ery­thing from Re­nais­sance mas­ter Gio­vanni Pier­luigi da Palest­rina to his 21st-cen­tury coun­ter­part, Ēriks Ešen­valds. Tar­get Au­di­ence: The chorally cu­ri­ous.

(At the Or­pheum on Fe­bru­ary 17) Yes, there’s the an­nual Mes­siah at the Or­pheum on De­cem­ber 9, but we’re more ex­cited about get­ting to hear Gus­tav Mahler’s Sym­phony No. 9 in D Ma­jor early in the fol­low­ing year. The Draw: One of the great­est—if not the great­est—choral sym­phonies ever writ­ten. Tar­get Au­di­ence: Emo­tional old souls.

VAN­COU­VER BACH CHOIR > ALEXAN­DER VARTY

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