Canzonas for Choir

8pm Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ryerson United Church
(2195 West 45th Ave at Yew St, Vancouver)

Vancouver Chamber Choir
Stephen Smith, piano
Jon Washburn, conductor

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Celebrating their 40th anniversary season, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn are pleased to present the 31st annual National Conductors’ Symposium concert.

will be at 8pm Saturday, February 12 at Ryerson United Church, Vancouver
with the workshop’s five participants as guest conductors
and Stephen Smith, piano.

Each guest conductor receives significant time working with Canada’s premier vocal ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, during five days of intensive masterclasses. Always a season highlight, the NCS concert provides a forum to display newly developed choral techniques, conducting gestures and score interpretation.

Selected and instructed by Jon Washburn, the NCS participants are Sara Brooks (Ottawa, ON), Brandon Dean (Florence, KY), Brett Karlin (Tampa, FL), Cathy Klopoushak (Calgary, AB), and Brian Schmidt (Denton, TX).

There is more to the madrigal than just fa-la-las, as this concert will demonstrate. Led by Jon Washburn and five other conductors from the week-long symposium, the Choir will sing favourite madrigals from England, Italy, Germany and France. And there will be madrigal-like music from more modern composers to add additional variety to the programme. All in all… a delightful cornucopia of choral song.

Thomas Morley – Fire, fire, my heart
Thomas Weelkes – Thule, the period of Cosmography
John Wilbye – Draw on, sweet night
Giovanni Gastoldi – L’Innamorata
Claudio Monteverdi – Laciatemi morire
Luca Marenzio – Sweet singing Amaryllis


Heinrich Schütz – Wohl denen, die ohne Wandel leben
Heinrich Schütz – Meine Seele verlanget nach deinem Heil
Heinrich Schütz – Die Fürsten verfolgen mich ohn Ursach
Clement Janequin – L’alouette
Roland de Lassus – Audite nova!
Josquin des Prez – Mille regretz


Gian Carlo Menotti – Do not caress the lonely Manticore
George Shearing – Who is Sylvia?
John Rutter – When daisies pied
John Greer – Madrigal
Healey Willan – Weep you no more, sad fountains
Harry FreedmanIt was a lover and his lass

Tickets to THE MAGNIFICENT MADRIGAL are $24.50 – $28, available at Ticketmaster. Rush tickets are always available for $10 at the door one hour before the concert for youth under 26 and students (valid ID required for both).
Visit to purchase online or phone 604-280-3311.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir acknowledges the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the Assembly of BC Arts Councils, London Drugs and the Vancouver Sun.

February 12, 2011
8:00 pm

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