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The Georgia Straight - - Arts Insiders -

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

“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

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