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Fretwork – The Cries of London

Fretwork – The Cries of London

Friday October 21, 2016 | 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk 6:45pm)
Christ Church Cathedral

London’s famed Viol Consort, are heard in a selection of the Cries of London, in which music for viol consort is overlaid – sometimes comically, sometimes poignantly – with the raucous voices of 16th-century London’s street-vendors, mendicants, tradesmen and river-taxis.

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Breathtaking – A Voice and a Cornetto Entwined

Breathtaking – A Voice and a Cornetto Entwined

Friday November 4, 2016 | 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk 6:45pm)
Christ Church Cathedral

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the cornetto was fabled for its astonishing ability to imitate the human voice. This imitation encompassed not only its clear and bright sound, but also its agility, and expressive range, which could make it sound almost as though the player were speaking through his instrument.

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Tibia ex Tempore – Medieval Flute Meditations

Tibia ex Tempore – Medieval Flute Meditations

Wednesday November 16, 2016 | 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk 6:45pm)
Christ Church Cathedral

The transverse flute was a highly-treasured instrument in the Middle Ages. Of all medieval instruments the flute, a cylindrical wooden tube with six finger holes, is the most similar to the human voice. Through its intensive tone and sensitivity to slight modulations in breath pressure, it plays the role of mediator between man and nature, and in late antiquity it represents communication with the hereafter.

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Toque of the Town: A Theatrical Celebration of French Gastronomy

Toque of the Town: A Theatrical Celebration of French Gastronomy

Friday November 25, 2016 | 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk 6:45pm)
Christ Church Cathedral

Toque of the Town is a theatrical celebration and tantalizing tribute to the history of French gastronomy. Boasting an on-stage chef, two singers, an instrumental ensemble, and a wonderfully convivial tasting menu at the end of the performance served up by the performers, this is a unique event to suit all lovers of food, wine, theatre and music.

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Le Mozart Noir – Symphonies by Chevalier Saint-Georges, Mozart & Haydn

Le Mozart Noir – Symphonies by Chevalier Saint-Georges, Mozart & Haydn

Saturday February 4, 2017 | 8:00pm (Pre-concert documentary screening 6:30pm - featuring Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra)
Vancouver Playhouse

One of the greatest composers of the early classical period was Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier Saint-Georges. Known as “Le Mozart Noir”, he was one of the earliest musicians of the European classical tradition to have African ancestry. Incredibly, this son of a slave overcame adversities of class, race, and prejudice to become a major musical star all over Europe inspired both Mozart and Haydn. Today, he is almost entirely forgotten.

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Soprano Karina Gauvin with Les Boreades – Works of Henry Purcell

Soprano Karina Gauvin with Les Boreades – Works of Henry Purcell

Friday April 21, 2017 | 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk 6:45pm)
Christ Church Cathedral

Canada’s very own superstar soprano, Karina Gauvin, has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. The Globe and Mail calls her “one of the dream sopranos of our time.” A regular collaborator with conductors as diverse as Dutoit, Nagano, Nezet Seguin, Bichkov, Norrington, Hogwood, Rilling, Labadie, Rousset, Curtis, and Haim, Karina is one of the most respected sopranos of her generation and a national treasure.

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