Past Seasons

Past Seasons

  • Choir at St. Anselm's Outreach Angels & Shepherds
    Outreach choir with Edette Gagné before Angels & Shepherds at St. Anselm's Homeless Ministry Benefit - Dec. 2015
     
  • Choir singing Hark the Herald Angels Angels & Shepherds
    Edette Gagné encourages audience participation in Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Dec. 2015
  • Photo of Choir performing with Allegro Latino Misa Criolla
    Sarit Aloni conducts the Ramirez' Misa accompanied by Allegro Latino - April 2014
     
  • Photo of Choir with Artistic Directors, past and present Joyful Light
    Our Christmas 2014 concert featured Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna." Choir portrait with Sarit Aloni, David Millard & Rita Radzikowski
     
  • Photo of Choir & String Ensemble Fauré Requiem
    The Choir, accompanied by a string ensemble with harp, performed the Fauré at St. Helen's in March 2015
     
  • Photo of the Choir at the Vandusen Gardens Festival of Light Outreach Event
    The Choir sings without fee at community celebrations, in hospitals & care homes as well as promoting at least one concert a year for 3rd party fundraisers.
     
  • Photo of David Millard conducting My Heart's in the Highlands My Heart's in the Highlands
    A Scottish-focused season ender conducted by David Millard - June 2013.
     



Over the past 26 years or so the Vivaldi Chamber Choir has mounted an annual season of three or four concerts featuring a broad range of soloists, many from within the choir, together with varied accompanying ensembles and instrumental musicians.

This page shows a selection of events some of which are linked to comments from audiences and performers, to pictures and in many cases, facsimiles of the "Programme" document from our archives.

2015 - 2016 SEASON

Angels & Shepherds: Mary and Her Messengers

From early Baroque composers, through the Romantic Russia Choral tradition, to exquisite settings of carols, we will explore the stories of Mary and her messengers.

As always in these pre-Christmas affairs, we will have hot cider and cookies on tap after the concert - join us for treats and conversation!

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8:00 p.m., St. Mark's Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $22 regular; $18 seniors and students
Selections from this program will also be performed on December 19th at St Anselm's for the benefit of "The Anglican Churches of West Point Grey and Dunbar Neighbourhood Ministry in Aid of the Homeless."

p>A commentary on this concert, pictures & the programme document are all posted in the current Concert Report


Mad About Mozart

This concert presents some of Wolfie's most beautiful anthems and sacred works culminating in a performance of the K.317 Coronation Mass. The choir will be accompanied by organ, or organ and strings and the Mass will benefit from the full panoply of the classical orchestra with the addition of winds, brass and timpani, featuring soloists Diana Diaz, soprano; Karyn Way, alto, William George, tenor; Andrew Greenwood, bass.

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00 p.m., St Helen's Anglican Church, 4405 West 8th Ave., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $22 regular; $18 seniors and students


Classical Cabaret

This concert will be presented in cabaret style with refreshments and cheeses available and is made up of a pot pourri of music down the ages in praise of nature, art and the Holy Spirit. Morten Lauridsen's "Chansons des Rose" and the Bach Motet "Lobet de Herrn" form the pivot points of the first and second half respectively.

Saturday, June 4, 2016, Pre-concert chat at 7:30 with first music at 8:00,
St Helen's Anglican Church Hall, 4405 West 8th Ave., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $22 regular; $18 seniors and students
The same program will be presented in concert format, titled "Beautiful and Bright," on Sunday June 5th at St. Hilda's in Sechelt.


2014 - 2015 SEASON

Joyful Light

This concert of popular carols is anchored by a performance of Morton Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna. The composer writes "(This) is an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels...fashioned on texts from several different Latin sources...each containing a reference to Light." (excerpted from peermusicclassical.com) while the Times of London greeted the premiere thus:

"..a classic of new American choral writing ... in this light-filled continuum of sacred texts, old world structures and new world spirit intertwine in a cunningly written score, at once sensuous and spare"

Sun & snowy forest poster

Lux Aeterna · Morten Lauridsen


WITH

Carols that include staples of the Christmas Season given a special stamp by well known composers and arrangers, such as David Willcocks, Geofrey Webber, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, David Millard as well as Zoltan Kodaly and Boris Ord:
  • Away in a Manger     W.J. Kirkpatrick arr. David Willcocks
  • Cradle Song     arr. John Rutter
  • Masters in This Hall   arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw
  • No Small Wonder   Paul Edwards  
  • Stille Nacht   Franz Gruber
  • Adam Lay Ybounden   Boris Ord  
  • I Saw a Maiden   Basque Carol arr. Edgar Pettman
  • Spanish Carol - Esta Noche   arr. Andrew Carter
  • Veni Emmanuel Adventi Ének   Zoltan Kodaly

AND MUCH MORE!


Fauré Requiem


This concert will feature a chamber performance of Gabriel Fauré's much loved "Requiem." Vaughn Chauvin will be our Baritone soloist while Julie Duerichen, Soprano, will sing the "Pie Jesu."

We pay our respects to our namesake with Vivaldi's Laudate Dominum and Laetatus Sum. We pay tribute to Johann Sebastian with his Motet - Komm, Jesu, Komm. We also step outside the sacred realm for a moment and sing Orlando di Lasso's Echo song "O la, o che bon eccho!"

The Choir welcomes Organist, David Millard and a string ensemble

Matthew Nakagawa (violin), Tony Lee (violin and viola), Tony Kastelic (viola) and Clara Shandler (cello)

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 p.m., St Helen's Anglican Church, 4405 West 8th Ave., Vancouver
A commentary on this concert, pictures & the programme document are all posted in the current Concert Report


A World of Music

Come with us and travel a world of music written over the last century and a half. We visit seventeen countries and offer a choral work filled with local style & colour from each.

Each work offers a recognizable musical soundscape
in a vocal or instrumental setting, such as:
  • Dov Carmel   Piyutim
  • Astor Piazzolla   Jacinto Chiclana
  • C.A. Pinto Fonseca   Muie Rendera
  • Eric Whitacre   With a Lily in Your Hand
  • Gioachino Rossini   I Gondolieri

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m., St Mark's Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver


2013 - 2014 SEASON

This Shining Night conducted by Risa Takahashi

This concert takes its name from a poem by James Agee that Morten Lauridsen used for one of his most gracious and warm hearted settings. Though the program features this short work and is elaborated with various traditional and 20th century pieces on ideas of Christmas, Winter & the Night, it will be anchored by a performance of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Messe de Minuit pour Noël"

David Millard will accompany the Charpentier on the Baroque Chamber Organ voiced by Roland

  • Hark, I hear the Harps Eternal   Traditional arr. Alice Parker  
  • Still, Still, Still   Matthew Culloton  
  • Homeward Bound   Jay Althouse  
  • Sure on this Shining Night   Morten Lauridsen  
  • Messe de Minuit pour Noël   Marc-Antoine Charpentier  
  • Alleluia   Randall Thompson  
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel!   Ralph Morton  
  • Hail the Blest Morn *   arr. Earle Peach  
  • Child of our Time *  David Millard  
  • Somerset Wassail *   Traditional arr. David Millard  
  • Ceremonies for Christmas *   David Millard  
  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day   David Willcocks
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas   Martin Lane arr. Peter Dent  

*Conducted by David Millard
Program order not necessarily as shown


We are delighted Ms. Takahashi will bring her "Kids Sing" choir to join our group here and there - and they'll treat us to a couple of pieces of their own. Bahareh Poreslami and Sawyer Craig are our soprano soloists and Hyunah Cho and Michelle Gao will add their violins to the texture of the evening. To round out matters in a traditional way David Millard conducts a short set of Vivaldi Choir Christmas Favourites

After the concert, join us for cookies, hot cider, and a chat.

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Trinity-St. Mark's, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

A commentary on this concert, pictures & the programme document are all posted in the current Concert Report


Inspiración - Latin Roots from Two Hemispheres conducted by Sarit Aloni

The program highlight will be 'La Misa Criolla', an inspirational Argentinian folk-Mass by Ariel Ramirez, featuring Fabiana Katz, mezzo soprano, as soloist and accompanied by the amazing Allegro Latino playing traditional South American instruments.

Also the choir will be singing Faure's 'Cantique de Jean Racine' and 'Madrigal', Stanford's 'Beati Quorum Via', 'Diaphenia' and 'The Bluebird', Saint-Saens', 'Les Fleurs et les Arbres' and 'Calme des Nuits.' The Latin American theme of the feature work is supported by the Ramirez 'Alfonsia y el Mar', 'Mata del Anima Sola' by Antonio Estevez, the whole affair being topped off by Kinley Lange's 'Esto les Digo.'

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m., St Mark's Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

More about Sarit Aloni here


Celtic Circle - Guest Conductor: David Millard

Celtic Circle Image

The 2013-2014 Season marks the "Silver Jubilee" year of the Vivaldi Chamber Choir. In that time many pieces have become choir and audience favourites. We are delighted to honour David Millard's 14 years as Artistic Director with this concert selected from the choir's Celtic repertoire. The concert will feature accompaniments and solo presentations by Elisa Thorn on celtic harp and Greg Schnider on uilleann pipes and whistle.

The program includes Ralph Vaughn Williams arrangement of the Scottish folk song "Ca' the Yowes" and Johnathan Quick's take on "Loch Lomond" from our last celtic outing, as well as some of David Millard's arrangements of music from all around the Celtic Circle. The choir will also present Percy Snowdon's "Five Northumbrian Folk Songs" and a choral fantasia by Ty Kroll based on Gustav Holst's Suite for Military Band where two very well known folk tunes, one Scots and one English, are set against each other in a rhytmically engaging fashion.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:00 p.m., St Mark's Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students





2012 - 2013 SEASON

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing: Voyces of Christemas

This concert explores the nature and relevance of angelic beings in the traditional Christmas story. Readings examine the role of angels as messengers and intermediaries between the celestial and terrestrial.

The programme is rounded out with traditional Christmas songs and carols to maintain a festive atmosphere.

Friday, December 14th , 2012 8.00 pm, Trinity-St. Mark's, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

Concert Report



The King Shall Rejoice - Restoration of Music and the Monarchy in 17th Century England

With the Restoration in 1660, English music experienced a watershed. Charles’ exile in France gave him a taste for the French style, and consequently the court composers like Blow and Purcell introduced stringed instruments in choral anthems and odes. A featured work is Purcell’s Cecilian Ode Welcome to All the Pleasures.

The choir is joined by:

Michelle Gao, Matthew Nakagawa, Megan Van Cleave & Yun Jung - violin

Tony Kastelic - viola, Clara Shandler - violoncello, Pat Unruh - viola da gamba

with Douglas Hensley - theorbo

Saturday, April 6, 2013 8.00 pm, Trinity-St. Mark's, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

Concert Report



Shakespeare's Songbook

Music was an integral element of the Elizabethan stage. Music framed the dramas, accompanied dance scenes, and, of course, was sung. Not only did Shakespeare write his own song lyrics (often intended to be sung to well known tunes) but he imported popular songs into his plays as well. Since Shakespeare's day many composers have been attracted to his lyrics and set them. In addition, they have set his sonnets and non-lyrical portions of his plays. This programmme explores a variety of treatments of the Bard's oeuvre, running the gamut from period settings to recent compositions.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 7.30 pm, Trinity-St. Mark's, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

The programme will be repeated at St. Hilda's by the Sea in Sechelt on Sunday June 9th
See poster image for ticket details & availability


2011 - 2012 SEASON

In Search of St. Nicholas

Join us for a celebration in song of the Byzantine Bishop and those who followed in his footsteps, with a healthy helping of Christmas Armenian music and music associated with gift-giving. Choir joined by treble soprano, Matthew Leighton, and accompanied by traditional instruments.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, 8 p.m., Trinity-St. Mark's, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

This program is to be presented on Mayne Island on December 4th


East and West


Concert features J. S. Bach's "Jesu meine Freude" and Tchaikovsky's set of Nine Sacred Pieces

Friday, March 9th, 7:30 p.m., 2012, St. Philip's Anglican, 3737 W. 27th Ave., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students











My Heart’s in the Highlands

Music with a Celtic flare: classical works by Irish and Scottish composers along with folk song arrangements and Celtic instrumental music.

Saturday, May 26th, 7:30 p,m, Trinity-St. Mark's, 1805 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets at the door: $20 regular; $15 seniors and students

This program is to be presented in Sechelt on June 17th






In Concert with David Millard

In a presentation of the Rotary Club of Sechelt in support of the Rotary International Polio Plus for polio eradication. David Millard gives a short recital on the newly installed Casavant organ he inaugurated earlier this year. The choir's program will include Lauridsen's "Chanson des Roses" and some of the "St Nicholas" pieces they are preparing for their Christmas concert

Saturday, October 15th, 2:00 p.m. St Hilda's Anglican Church, 5838 Barnacle St, Sechelt Tickets $15 at Visitors Centre in Sechelt, Gaia's Fair Trade in Gibsons & Harbour Insurance in Pender Harbour


In Search of St. Nicholas

In the dark, a robed figure reaches up and drops a parcel through a window. The three purses of money in it give the three sisters in the house each a dowry and save them from a life of poverty - or worse. Thus runs the best-known story of Nicholas, the fourth century bishop of Myra who is thereby established as a protector of children and giver of gifts. Whether he is called Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, or Santa, the Byzantine bishop still plies his trade today.

Join the choir for music and readings in celebration of the original St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, whose deeds paved the way for the many legendary Christmas gift-givers who have followed in his footsteps as well as some special arrangements by David Millard of popular Christmas favourites. The choir will be presenting a capella and accompanied pieces by:

  • Gallus
  • Guerrero
  • Zielenski
  • Weelkes
  • Peter Warlock
  • William Matthias
We welcome Matthew Lazin-Ryder of CBC's "On The Coast" as our Reader and Elisabeth Jahren as our guest accompanist.

Sunday, December 4th, 3:30 p.m. St. Mary Magdalene Church
Tickets at the door $15 or in advance at the "Trading Post"

Concert Report



My Heart's in the Highlands

Our final programme for this 2011-2012 season takes audiences to the lands of the Celts - with traditional songs arranged by Artistic Director, David Millard as well as interspersings of music from Irish and Scottish composers of the 16th - 19th centuries. Celtic harp (played by Elisa Thorn) and traditional Irish uilleann pipes (played by Greg Schnider) complete the offering of songs that drift from melodies more obscure to the blended refrains of the familiar. We offer this treat from the Highlands, where the heart lies.

Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m. St. Hilda's By the Sea Anglican Church, Sechelt
Tickets $15 at the door, or in advance at St. Hilda's church office (604-885-5019, Mon to Fri, 10am-2pm), the Sechelt Visitors' Information Centre and Gibsons' Gaia Fair Trade Gifts

Concert Report


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