News & Announcements
A busy December for the choir!
The Christmas concert was performed this year twice - once in Vancouver at St. Helen's and again on Mayne Island at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church. After an early start to make the ferry on the 10th (only a few hours after wrapping affairs in Point Grey on the 9th) the choir an enjoyable, but snowy & cold, day in the Southern Gulf Islands. After a successful show the group managed a quick tasting session at a newly opened craft brewery on Mayne before ferrying back to Vancouver.
At the Monday regular rehearsal the choir had the chance to read through the Sullivan Te Deum which will be performed at our Spring Concert with full orchestra and on Saturday our singers did double duty again with an outreach performance at the George Pearson Centre - a delightful date that has been in the choir's calendar for several years. In the evening a select group of a dozen singers provided a Christmas-y background for a private party at the Roundhouse, and on Monday the Choir reassembled at Cooper Place for another outreach show for the residents there.
Online ticket sales
We are now able to offer ticket sales online with the attendant convenience of payment by credit or PayPal and the ability to print your ticket at home. This increasingly popular solution has replaced other avenues that we have offered in the past. Of course if tickets remain available they will be on sale at the door. Our ticketing service is managed by brownpapertickets.com
Recent research amongst those involved has signaled that our First 25 Years page does not reveal the full story of the genesis of the choir that honours the name "Vivaldi." The truth is that the group began in 1988-89 as the Vivaldi Community Choir and became a registered society under the BC Societies Act in time for the second season in 1989. As a consequence 2016-17 is really (in spite of what might appear, for the time being elsewhere on this site) our 29th year of operations. Pari passu next season marks our 30th Anniversary - watch for, and join us for some significant celebrations in 2017!
Edette Gagné was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the choir effective June 7th 2015, and the Choir is delighted to welcome Maestra Edette to her second season at Vivaldi. Edette is an extraordinarily accomplished musician, with worldwide experience as conductor, performer, clinician and festival judge. Her conducting experiences have now circumnavigated the globe, with shows conducted across Canada, in Sydney Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Scotland, the Ukraine, Los Angeles and New York City. She is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Coast Symphony Orchestra, the newly appointed Artistic Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, the Stage Director and Conductor for the North Shore Light Opera Society and the Choir Director for Kids Sing Chorus. Edette also volunteers with the Vancouver Womens' Musical Society, where she supports emerging professional musicians in her position as President.
Rehearsals are at St. Helen's Anglican Church at 4405 W 8th Ave (8th Ave & Trimble) in Vancouver. We rehearse on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.
- Friday December 9th, 2016 "Home for Christmas" - Music for the Hearth and Soul, a programme of popular Yuletide songs, traditional and modern carols, and a Wassail or two with guest instrumentalists on clarinet and cello.
- Sunday March 5th, 2017 "Sullivan!" - a matinée tribute to the musical genius of Sir Arthur Sullivan, with and without W.S. Gilbert, that includes set pieces for chorus and soloists from the Savoy Operas, the orchestral overture "Di Ballo" and a performance of his "Festival Te Deum"
- Saturday June 10th 2017 "From Far & Wide, O Canada!" - Music from Far and Wide by Canadian composers and arrangers in celebration of Confederation's 150 years.
The Current Season page has more information on these concerts that make up our 28th season. We also offer several ways to buy individual concert tickets, including online via Brown Paper Tickets. Look for a link at the foot of each concert page. Season passes can also be bought here at a significant saving over the single ticket price, AND they come with reserved seating for all three shows.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia