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J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Cantatas 1, 3, 6

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Cantatas 1, 3, 6

December 21, 2014 | 3:00pm
The Chan Centre

Bach’s great Christmas Oratorio begins and ends with a clamour of trumpets and a great clatter of kettledrums. Celebrate the holiday season with a collection of North America’s most celebrated period instrumentalists and soloists in this festive performance of three of Bach’s six Christmas Oratorio Cantatas.

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Haydn’s Seven Last Words – Crucifixion of the Earth

Haydn’s Seven Last Words – Crucifixion of the Earth

January 24, 2015 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15
Orpheum Annex

In 1785 Josef Haydn wrote a chamber work based on the Biblical seven last words spoken by Christ on the cross. Traditionally, the words or phrases are spoken, followed by a meditation on those words, then by the music. EMV, in collaboration with Green College at UBC, have invited renowned BC poets Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky to prepare poetry for each of the seven movements that stimulates a dialogue based on the universal human qualities in the text and also in Haydn’s deeply affecting music.

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G.F. Handel’s Theodora

G.F. Handel’s Theodora

February 14, 2015 | 7:30pm
The Chan Centre

Theodora is of one of Handel’s largest-scale oratorios for soloists, choir and orchestra and was his personal favourite. Featuring some of the composer’s most glorious music, this tragic work depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard. It serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of persecution, topics that still resonate with audiences today. This production features 28 members of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, 40 members of the Vancouver Cantata Singers and five international soloists, all under the direction of Alexander Weimann.

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The English Orpheus

The English Orpheus

February 25, 2015 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15
The Fox Cabaret

Charles Daniels is one of the most respected tenors of his generation. He has made over 100 recordings as a soloist including Handel’s Messiah with the Gabrieli Consort for Deutsche Grammophon and more than twenty discs of Purcell’s music, mostly with The King’s Consort. In this intimate recital of English song he is joined by renowned harpsichordist and conductor Alexander Weimann.

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Kristian Bezuidenhout plays Mozart Sonatas

Kristian Bezuidenhout plays Mozart Sonatas

March 8, 2015 | 3:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 2:15
The Chan Centre: Telus Studio Theatre

South African-born, London-based Kristian Bezuidenhout is ranked among the leading keyboard players of his generation. Although he’s best known for his fortepiano interpretations of music by Mozart, his repertory also includes works by Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn. EMV is thrilled to collaborate with the Vancouver Recital Society in bringing this inspiring and captivating young artist to Vancouver.

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Beethoven: The Complete Works for Cello and Keyboard

Beethoven: The Complete Works for Cello and Keyboard

March 13, 2015 | 7:30pm; March 14, 2015 | 3:00pm (lecture-demonstration); March 15, 2015 | 3:00pm
The Vancouver Playhouse

Steven Isserlis has described playing the Beethoven Sonatas as “a journey through a life.” In this endlessly moving and thought-provoking series, the duo traverses through the early, middle, and late periods of the monumental composer’s life.

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La Rêveuse: Songs of an English Cavalier

La Rêveuse: Songs of an English Cavalier

March 27, 2015 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15pm
Orpheum Annex

After being selected to participate in the first Le Jardin des Voix with William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants, tenor Jeffrey Thompson has appeared with virtually all of the biggest names in early music. For his Vancouver debut he will perform a program of music by Henry Lawes accompanied by the Paris-based instrumentalists, La Rêveuse.

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An American Tune

An American Tune

April 14, 2015 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15
The Fox Cabaret

The mid to late 1800′s America witnessed a surge in publications of “popular” music: Civil War songs, slave songs, cowboy songs, minstrel plays and parlor songs, along with hymns and revival tunes. For a time Foster himself made a living composing minstrel shows, but in later life turned back to his earlier “art song” tradition of parlor music.

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Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

May 1, 2015 | 8:00pm
The Chan Centre

Monica Huggett celebrates her 20th season with the Portland Baroque Orchestra with a Northwest tour of Vivaldi’s inimitable Four Seasons (plus additional works by Vivaldi and Matthew Locke). Experience sounds and scenes of nature and country life with the virtuosity and theatricality that Monica and the wonderful Portland Baroque Orchestra deliver.

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J.S. Bachwards – Early music from the future for solo violin

J.S. Bachwards – Early music from the future for solo violin

May 5, 2015 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15
The Fox Cabaret

Renowned baroque violin specialist Marc Destrubé and his former student, genre-breaking fiddler Jaron Freeman-Fox, share the stage, exploring beautiful variation-based compositions for solo violin by Bach, Biber and Baltzar, along with Jaron’s variations and improvisations and electro-acoustic re-imaginings of these.

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