Chor Leoni is preparing for the debut performance of its new professional ensemble; A Sound Like This: Chor Leoni & The Leonids, May 12 & 13 at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United. Bringing together nine acclaimed male singers from across North America, The Leonids’ inaugural performance marks a new chapter in Chor Leoni’s history and coincides with Chor Leoni’s VanMan Choral Summit, which gathers more than 300 singers of all ages for a week of collaboration and celebration, leading to the VanMan Summit Concert (May 14 at the Chan Centre).
“For 30 years, Chor Leoni has boldly championed its art form through innovative concerts, collaborations, and commissions, all while creating musical experiences that hope to uplift its audience and community,” says Erick Lichte, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni. “As we look to further our vision in new ways, we considered the impact our very own project-based, professional ensemble could have inside the mission of Chor Leoni. In this spirit, Chor Leoni is thrilled to present The Leonids, a professional TTBB chamber vocal ensemble composed of world class singers and aptly named after the spectacular once-a-year meteor shower.”
Lichte adds: “The Leonids will serve as mentors to Chor Leoni, the VanMan Festival singers, our Emerging Choral Artist Program, and to the participants of the MYVoice Youth Program. We hope this group will be inspirational leaders for the choral art form and an aspirational force in the arts, infusing energy and engagement for both singers and audience members here in Western Canada.”
Selected by Lichte, The Leonids include some of the finest singers from North America’s most acclaimed ensembles: Chanticleer, Conspirare, Cantus, Anúna, Roomful of Teeth, Seraphic Fire, and New York Polyphony, among others. In addition, each of the nine singers maintain active solo careers, specializing in oratorio, new and early music, and art song. For their inaugural performance, The Leonids include:
- Eric Alatorre, Bass
- Enrico Lagasca, Bass-Bariton
- Jonathan Woody, Bass-baritone
- Sam Kreidenweis, Baritone
- Dann Coakwell, Tenor
- Andrew Fuchs, Tenor
- Jacob Perry, Tenor
- Steven Soph, Tenor
- Steven Caldicott Wilson, Tenor
A Sound Like This will feature both solo sets from Chor Leoni and The Leonids, and collaborative performances with both groups. The program’s diverse repertoire includes works spanning the entire breadth of choral singing, from re-envisioned madrigals; sacred tangos; atmospheric Latvian & Estonian masterpieces; and uplifting pop & jazz numbers.
“This program offers Vancouverites the rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest large male choirs coupled with one of the world’s most distinguished small ensembles,” says Lichte. “In a blockbuster concert that spans works from David Lang to Mr. Rogers, there really won’t be another opportunity for audiences to hear a sound like this.”
The Leonids will also participate as guest artists at the VanMan Choral Summit. The two-day festival represents the pinnacle of Chor Leoni’s commitment to education and community by welcoming choirs and audiences from throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond to gather and celebrate the transformative power of choral singing. The festival culminates with the VanMan Choral Summit Concert, presented by BlueShore Financial, on May 14 at 7:30pm at the Chan Centre.
For more information and tickets for A Sound Like This: Chor Leoni & The Leonids, and bios for The Leonids, and the VanMan Choral Summit visit chorleoni.org/event/a-sound-like-this/