April 27, 2012

Carmina Burana at the Surrey Arts Centre

In just over a week's time, the Surrey Children's Choir, Surrey Chamber Choir, Surrey Youth Chorus and Surrey Adult Community Chorus will mount the main stage at the Surrey Arts Centre to present their 20th anniversary season Spring Concert.

The choirs have been working on Carl Orff's masterpiece since November and are incredibly excited to stage it.  The first half of the show also promises to be an exciting one, rounded out by Paul Halley's "Untravelled Worlds" and "Freedom Trilogy", and with performances of pieces from the Dominican Republic, Poland and commissioned piece "Say the Names" by Vancouver composer David MacIntyre.

Tickets available at Tapestry Music in White Rock, or at the Surrey Arts Centre box office.

April 02, 2012

Out to Lunch at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

As part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's "Out to Lunch" Concert Series, the Surrey Chamber Choir and Youth Chorus will perform "Ave Verum Corpus",  a Good Friday concert, at the gallery this week, Friday, April 6th at 12:00pm, joined by director Stephen Horning and Erik Homonick on piano.

The concert features a mix of both sacred music, some specific to Easter, and secular pieces, a variety that promises something for every audience member.

Works include the piece made famous by Joel Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "Down to the River to Pray", as well as lesser known original spirituals, "City Called Heaven" and "Hold Me, Rock Me".  

The choir's female voices will perform pieces from Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" and Randall Thompson's "The Place of the Blest", while the mixed voice youth choir will perform sacred works by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley and Stephanie Martin, as well as secular piece "I Dreamed of Rain" arranged by local composer and conductor, Larry Nickel, and pieces by international composers.  

The chamber choir will perform "Music For a While" by 17th century composer Henry Purcell, among other pieces, and are also delighted to present the west coast premiere of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki's "Benedictus".

The concert will conclude with chorister favourite, "Freedom Trilogy", a piece by Paul Halley that takes musical phrases from gregorian chant, traditional American spiritual "Amazing Grace" and South African folk songs, to create an exciting, dynamic choral medley.

The choirs sincerely hope you will join them for this lunch hour of beautiful music.

Surrey Youth Chorus
Surrey Chamber Choir

Tickets are included in admission to the gallery exhibits.  
$17.50 Adults | $12.50 Seniors and Students | $6.25 Children (5-12)