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HERITAGE: SINGING CANADA’S CHORAL SONGS
“Our opening concert on September 22 is our final Canada 150 celebration. Called Heritage, it features great Canadian composers—there are Canadian icons, B.C. icons, the past, the future, even some long-hidden treasures... A fun night of terrific music!” says Jon Washburn, artistic and executive director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
JANE COOP, PIANO
“Music on Main may be better known for presenting new music, but we remain dedicated to great classical music, too. Jane Coop is a towering figure in the classical scene, and having a chance to present a rare Vancouver solo concert with her is a complete thrill!” says David Pay, artistic director of Music on Main.
TAPESTRY INTERNATIONAL: CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S CHOIRS
“Vancouver meets Iceland meets Kyoto meets Los Angeles in May 2018. Elektra’s Tapestry International: Celebration of Women’s Choirs is a collaboration between four outstanding women’s choirs. We bring the world and its music to Vancouver!” says Morna Edmundson, artistic director of Elektra Women’s Choir.
ZAKIR HUSSAIN AND DAVE HOLLAND: CROSSCURRENTS
“Improvisation is essential to both jazz and Indian classical music. The Crosscurrents project, headed by tabla player Zakir Hussain and jazz bassist Dave Holland, will be an unforgettable artistic meeting of the minds with a killer band including New York saxophonist Chris Potter and Bollywood vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. You won’t want to miss it!” says Joyce Hinton, co–managing director of the Chan Centre.
“Monteverdi’s is the first unqualified masterpiece in operatic history, and conductor/star lutenist Stephen Stubbs knows the score as well as anybody on the planet. The score is full of dramatic word painting, narrative urgency, and rich orchestration of exotic instruments as well as exquisite writing for small vocal ensemble—it is one of my favourite works of all time,” says Matthew White, executive and artistic director of Early Music Vancouver.
(Presented by the Vancouver Chamber Choir on September 22 at Dunbar Ryerson United Church)
(Presented by Music on Main on October 1 at the Vancouver Playhouse) (Presented by Elektra Women’s Choir on May 4 at St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, and May 5 at Christ Church Cathedral) (Presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on October 28) (Presented by Early Music Vancouver on October 29 in the Chan Shun Concert Hall) Orfeo