Today, Early Music Vancouver announces the programme for its 2015 Summer Festival and 2015/2016 Main Season. It is one of our most ambitious and varied to date. Events range from a Medieval miracle play performed by Dialogos Ensemble, to the Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, to Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in concert at the Chan Centre, to a multimedia experience conceived and performed by Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at the Vancouver Playhouse, to the first Vancouver appearance of Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe.
This year, our subscriptions offer a new, flexible, and extremely simple way to plan your concert going. Rather than subscribing to events at a single venue or in one series, subscribers are invited to pick any four concerts from our offerings and only pay the cost of three.
We look forward to welcoming you back this year, and to sharing the incomparable experience of hearing history’s greatest works performed by the world’s most accomplished specialists in period performance practice.
Matthew White, Artistic Director
On December 21, 2014 at 3pm, Early Music Vancouver sold out the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts for its performance of J.S Bach’s Christmas Oratorio ( Cantatas 1, 3, 6 and Orchestral Suite in D Major).
After more than two decades in an executive role, Sarah Ballantyne stepped down from her position as Early Music Vancouver’s Managing Director on October 1, 2014. Sarah’s commitment, forward vision, and administrative leadership over the last 24 years have been an essential part of Early Music Vancouver’s emergence as one of North America’s pre-eminent early music presenters. In addition, her interactions with artists, managers, funders, volunteers and audience members have placed EMV as a recognized member of local and international communities of musicians, scholars and enthusiasts. Her departure allows her to take a well-earned rest and to focus on her family and children.
Born in Montreal, Sarah completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance at McGill University before moving to Vancouver in 1989. Sarah joined the staff of Early Music Vancouver in 1990 and over the years developed a complementary relationship with EMV Artistic Director Emeritus José Verstappen which is a paragon in the arts community both for its longevity and its effectiveness. In addition to her major contributions to EMV’s growth and achievements, Sarah maintains strong ties to the local and international jazz and wider arts community.
Sarah’s experience, passion and deep knowledge of the art and science of performing arts management has played an integral role in making Early Music Vancouver the largest presenter of early music in Canada, and one of the most active and innovative organizations in its field in North America. We thank her for her many years of generous service to the music. She will be greatly missed by EMV’s board, staff, musicians, and audience members.
Our extravaganza presentation of Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo (August 7, 2014 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts) got fantastic reviews! Classical Voice North America called it “a brilliant demonstration of absolute genius,” while the Georgia Straight writes that “Il Trionfo held my attention from start to finish.”
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