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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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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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Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War

November 9, 2014 | 3:00pm | Pre-concert chat with Stephen Stubbs at 2:15
Orpheum Annex

Claudio Monteverdi’s Eighth and last book of Madrigals includes his most revolutionary and stirring music. In these works, Love and War become indivisible metaphors that Monteverdi evokes with the most exciting musical devices of the period. Book 8 represents the pinnacle of 17th-century musical expression and still has the power to move listeners today.

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Quatuor Mosaiques

Quatuor Mosaiques

November 2, 2014 | 3:00pm
The Vancouver Playhouse

The four extraordinary players of the Quatuor Mosaïques return to Vancouver with a thrilling recital of music by Haydn, Mozart, and Schumann. Join us and experience the richness and vitality of this splendid repertoire.

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Dowland in Dublin

Dowland in Dublin

October 3, 2014 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with Sylvain Bergeron at 7:15
Orpheum Annex

Working closely with internationally renowned American tenor Michael Slattery, Montreal’s La Nef lend some of John Dowland’s music a simple Celtic flavor and breathe life into the possibility that one of the greatest English composers was actually an Irishman.

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Culture Days: The Path to Performance

Culture Days: The Path to Performance

September 26, 2014 | Open rehearsal 4:30 - 5:30pm | Discussion 5:30 - 6:30pm
Hodson Manor, 1254 West 7th Avenue

Join EMV’s Artistic Director Matthew White and PBO’s Artistic Director Alexander Weimann for an open rehearsal by PBO’s musicians, followed by an interactive discussion of plans for future regional collaborations. Admission to this Culture Days event is free.

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Vanitas Vanitatum

Vanitas Vanitatum

August 9, 2014 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15
Roy Barnett Recital Hall

“Farewell laughter, farewell singing, farewell delights of the world!” wrote Luigi Rossi. In the 17th century, Roman composers were surrounded by the remains of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known, so it’s no surprise that their texts explore the passing of Time and the ephemeral nature of physical beauty and pleasure. These rich and intense musical settings are passionate, dramatic arguments for the value of enjoying life’s fleeting pleasures. Music by Carissimi, Rossi, Marazzoli, and more.

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G.F. Handel: “Il Trionfo del Tempo” (1707)

G.F. Handel: “Il Trionfo del Tempo” (1707)

August 7, 2014 | 7:30pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 6:45 in the Royal Bank Cinema
The Chan Centre

After last summer’s groundbreaking performance of Israel in Egypt and the critical acclaim lavished on 2012′s Orlando, we’ve selected another extraordinary work from Handel’s oeuvre for our 2014 Festival centrepiece. Touring to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival before coming to Vancouver – a first for EMV – this production will reach greater heights of artistic expression than ever before. Beauty and Pleasure abound in Handel’s first oratorio, the source of his ongoing genius.

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Matin, Midi, Soir: Early Haydn Symphonies

Matin, Midi, Soir: Early Haydn Symphonies

August 3, 2014 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15
Roy Barnett Recital Hall

Our Festival this year includes the first instance of an exciting new initiative. We’ve created a Mentorship Orchestra Project, in which students of exceptional ability receive free tuition and housing, and one-on-one coaching from some of the most prominent instrumentalists in their field. 

The culmination: after five days of intensive work on Haydn’s early symphonies – “Le Matin,” “Le Midi,” and “Le Soir” – these up-and-coming artists will perform with the faculty and other renowned professional artists in this extraordinary Festival concert.

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