The Georgia Straight
Chor Leoni announces six shows in 2022-23 season
CThe singers of Chor Leoni are eager to return to the stage… – artistic director Erick Lichte
hor Leoni, Vancouver’s muchloved men’s choir, has announced its 2022/23 season, which will feature new commissions and more than 15 world premieres. The season opens on November 10 and 11 with We Sang Our Songs, the 67-voice choir’s 31st annual Remembrance Day concerts. The program of music and readings will feature diverse perspectives on war and injustice.
Up next, December 16, 17, and 19, is the hugely popular Christmas With Chor Leoni, which will see the choir accompanied by guest fiddler Cameron Wilson and harpist Vivian Chen.
Chor Leoni’s first concert of 2023, taking place March 3 and 4, is PopCappella III, wherein the choir offers its take on various pop classics, accompanied by a stellar band of local musicians.
For The Turning, on May 11, superstar ensemble the Leonids—performing independently as well as alongside Chor Leoni and its Emerging Choral Artist Program—will deliver a program about the ways music can change our hearts and minds—and the world.
The VanMan Choral Summit Concert, on May 13, will see Chor Leoni, the Leonids, the MYVoice youth choirs, emerging choral artists, and VanMan Festival Singers each perform their own sets and then come together to form Canada’s largest male choir, with more than 300 voices.
The 2022-23 season concludes on June 2 with C/4: Canadian Choral Composition Competition, an interactive evening of music and discussion led by Chor Leoni artistic director Erick Lichte, which will see the choir joined by Canadian composers Robyn Jacob, Chris Sivak, and Laura Hawley.
“This season explores themes of connection, hope, and the transformative power of music,” Lichte said in a news release. “The singers of Chor Leoni are eager to return to the stage and create a space where all audiences can experience the magic and joy of choral singing as a community.”
All shows take place at St. Andrew’sWesley United Church, except the VanMan Choral Summit Concert, which happens at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
For more info visit www.chorleoni.org.g