Chilliwack Symphony & Chorus presents Messiah
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presents Messiah this December.
One of the special challenges in performing Messiah year after year is to keep the work sounding fresh, as if one had just discovered it. It is a joy for many listeners to hear a more detailed, articulate style and quicker tempos based on Baroque dance rhythms and speech patterns.
Today, such an interpretation is much more common among both period and modern orchestras, and it is no longer surprising. Instead, a listener can focus on the drama of the work and how a particular performance presents it.
Paula DeWit, Music Director and Conductor. says, “I personally have found it satisfying to return to the work each year not so much to perform different versions of it or to consciously try to do something different, but rather to discover more details and greater depth in the music. For me, that is what makes it perpetually new. A work such as Messiah is inexhaustible.”
- December 8, 2017 – Messiah in the Valley: First Avenue Christian Assembly, Chilliwack: joined by the Chilliwack Children’s Choir.
- December 9, 2017- Messiah in the Valley: St Joseph’s Church, Langley
- December 10, 2017- Messiah in the Valley: Saints Joachim and Ann, Aldergrove
Songs, Strings and Steps presents Christmas Sweets
Songs Strings and Steps is an annual Christmas tradition in Abbotsford. Produced by Calvin Dyck, this year’s concert features a variety of local and professional artists in unique combinations. Christmas Sweets will involve a number of suites; suites of carols and the famous Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky.
The first half of the show will feature the entire 2nd Act of the Nutcracker performed by a full orchestra and the renowned dancers from Fraser Valley Academy of Dance directed by John Carney. The plan is to place the orchestra on the floor and give the entire stage at Gateway Church to the dancers.
In addition, the team is working on a plan to create a 60 x 30 foot screen to project backdrops.
The second half of the show will feature the enchanting Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir directed by Betty-Ann Vroom, the epic tenor Michael Berg singing “Mary did you Know?” and the talented Abbotsford Youth Orchestra along with professionals playing some new arrangements of the familiar carols as well as a choreographed version of “Jingle Bells” by Barrage. In addition, the audience will be invited to sing classic carols with the orchestra, and there will be a re-telling of the real Christmas story.
Creative artist Janet Weston will be helping to decorate the stage, and Songs Strings and Steps is hiring professional sound and lighting techs to present the show. There will be costumes, and surprises for the audience; and of course some unique Christmas sweets to taste.
There will be three shows; December 15 and 16 at Gateway Church. You are encouraged to car pool. Tickets are $25 and $12 and can be purchased at House of James, King’s Music, or online at Event Brite.
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir brings Good Tidings
The spirit and joy of the Christmas season will come alive once again as Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir brings its signature powerhouse sound and endless on-stage energy to sold out audiences with “Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas. ” Joining Good Noise for this three – concert series is Canadian jazz singer, Maureen Washington. With nine albums to her credit, Washington’s vocal diversity will lend itself superbly to the mix of gospel, soul and jazz stylings of well-known Christmas favourites. CBC’s John Hernandez says of Washington, “There’s no shortage of passion and emotion at a Maureen Washington Show.” With her dynamic voice and presence, along with the 90 voices of the choir and the Good Noise Gospel Band, these concerts are sure to bring the spirit of the season to downtown Vancouver.
“Each year I’m excited to plan and continue our Christmas tradition , ”, says Good Noise Artistic Director, Gail Suderman. “When I was growing up, Christmas was a huge affair – from Christmas services and concerts (attending as well as singing and playing), to lights and decorations and much anticipated family traditions on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Amongst all of that, there was always the music. It was front and centre.” And for these Good Noise concerts, it will be the music that is front and centre – from Soul Christmas classics such as Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and the Christmas music of the Staple Singers, to the traditional Christmas gospel songs “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” both featuring guest artist Maureen Washington, along with contemporary Christmas arrangements by the gospel greats: Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton , and Richard Smallwood. Audiences from young to old will find their own personal favourites.
The Christmas lights of downtown Vancouver along with the beauty of the historic Christ Church Cathedral will set a most festive stage for gospel music lovers this Christmas Season. As with all Good Noise concerts, there will be a standing invitation to sing, dance or clap along to the music. Concert-goers will delight in this well-loved concert tradition as they join with Good Noise in bringing “Good Tidings” to all.
The Vancouver Singing Christmas Tree at Broadway Church
One of Canada’s longest standing Christmas performances celebrates its golden anniversary in style this year. The Vancouver Singing Christmas Tree from Broadway Church is very pleased to present the 50th Anniversary of its annual festive presentation.
It has morphed significantly since its inauguration, both in style of presentation and in physical structure. Choir members in those early years remember well the wooden structure decorated with freshly cut evergreen boughs, singing at the tops of their lungs wary of spiders crawling around them. The current metal scaffolding structure that holds the 110 person choir is now covered with artificial boughs filled with multicoloured lights that typically bring an audible gasp from the audiences every year.
Supported by an orchestra, vocal ensembles, dancers and acrobats, the presentation involves a sizeable group of over 250 people to serve the close to 20,000 guests that attend each year. This year’s 90 minute family-friendly presentation will have a distinctly unique flair to the presentation, as it remembers 50 years of music and drama, creating a feeling of a sort of ‘family reunion meets greatest hits’. It promises to deliver the perfect blend of entertainment, inspiration, fun and festive nostalgia that is rooted in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Hope of the world.
Don’t miss out on one of the greatest Christmas traditions of our nation by getting your free tickets online at www.singingchristmastree.ca starting November 12.
Dates are Dec 8,15 @ 7:30pm, Dec 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 3:00pm and 7:00pm for a total of ten performances.
Vancouver Chamber Choir
The great Baroque composers knew how to write music that literally dances with joy. This holiday season join the Vancouver Chamber Choir family of choirs, orchestra and soloists in the Orpheum on Saturday, December 16 for a concert which celebrates Christmas like no other. Guest conductor John William Trotter will lead the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Vancouver Youth Choir and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra in the music of Bach and Vivaldi, plus carols for all to sing.
Trotter, the Choir’s former Associate Conductor, said the music is “brilliant. hope-filled. celebratory and contemplative. The program really tells a story and we’re putting a lot of effort into curating a meaningful experience for the audience, especially at the end when they can participate. We’ll have several choirs, plus hundreds of audience members weaving a choral tapestry together.”
The music is especially suited for the Christmas season. “Baroque music is dance music,” said Trotter. “The joy of Christmas is so well expressed by the music of Bach; from the Christmas Oratorio, plus the entire Wachet auf (Sleepers, awake!). The Vivaldi Magnificat expresses the deep significance of the Christmas story by illuminating the song of Mary (“My soul rejoices in the Lord…”) through gorgeous choruses and solos. In the final set, the music will spill off the stage into the audience first with the choirs; then all together.”
Tickets to A Baroque Christmas are available now through ticketmaster.ca or by calling toll free 1-855-985-2787. Prices range from $21-$55, with $15 student rush tickets at the door. Visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com for more.
Wagner Hills Farm annual Christmas banquet
Wagner Hills Farm invites you to their annual Christmas banquet buffet this year at Newlands golf and country club located at 21025 48 Ave in Langley.
This will be a unique opportunity to support and learn about a ministry positioned on the recovery and healing side of the addiction crisis.
Wagner Hills Farm has both men’s and women’s campuses providing places of healing, growth and transformation for residents through their one-year live in program. Come hear testimonies from past and current residents, reports from staff and an update from the CEO about the exciting future of the farm.
You will be shown how you can be involved with this ministry on several levels and enjoy an evening of great food, fellowship, education and generosity. The ticket cost for this ample buffet banquet is $30 per person and can be booked at www.wagnerhills.com or the office at 604-856-9432
Early Music Vancouver
Early Music Vancouver will present Handel’s yuletide masterpiece, Messiah, on November 30. Celebrate the holiday tradition at White Rock Baptist Church
Experience Handel’s most popular work the way the composer would have, almost 300 years ago. The Pacific Baroque Orchestra will perform on instruments like the ones Handel himself would have played, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers will make up the powerful chorus. Four internationally-acclaimed Baroque vocal specialists round out this extraordinary ensemble to bring Handel’s beloved Christmas work to life.
The Messiah cemented Handel’s place in history as not only one of the greatest composers ever but as a devout Christian. When writing the famous Hallelujah chorus, he said he could see “all Heaven before me, and the great God himself.”
Tickets can be bought at the door, online at www.earlymusic.bc.ca or by calling the box office at 604 822 2697. Those 35 years-old and under can purchase tickets for 50% off. Children 7-17 can come free to the event with a full-paying adult, and these tickets must be arranged by calling the box office in advance. Seating is general admission so come early! Doors open at 6:30 pm with a pre-concert discussion with the artists at 6:45PM. Concert begins at 7:30 pm.