Vancouver Bach Festival Brings Back Bach

The Vancouver Bach Festival, presented by Early Music Vancouver (EMV) returns to Christ Church Cathedral and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, July 30 – August 9, 2019. 

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) is regarded as one of the greatest composers in Western musical history. His legacy includes some of the most beautiful and well-crafted music ever written. Almost three centuries after Bach’s passing, his vast catalogue of works is still revered, studied, and reinterpreted by music lovers across the globe.

Ensemble Les Boréades de Montréal
photo: Hugo B Lefort

Celebrating EMV’s 50th anniversary, this year’s festival features performances by many the most gifted artists from across Europe and North America. For their second annual ensemble-in-residence program, EMV welcomes Montreal’s internationally acclaimed Ensemble Les Boréades, members of the ensemble perform in multiple concerts throughout the festival.

“For our 50th anniversary we have spared no expense in order to bring our audiences a truly world-class offering of some of the finest artists working in period performance today,” says Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director of EMV. “I think the personal, aesthetic, and intellectual connections one can make during a festival are the happy result of a ‘total immersion’ — multiple events in a shorter window of time provide a perspective and engagement that is otherwise near impossible to achieve. By offering concerts from a wide range of exciting composers like Strozzi, Shostakovich, Purcell, Faure, Poulenc, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and of course, Bach, the opportunities to explore links and parallels are limitless.”

The 14-concert festival commences with Ensemble Les Boréades, bringing a spectacular two-night performance of J.S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos at The Chan Centre. The Vancouver Bach Choir also partners with the festival for the first time to perform a programme featuring Faure’s beloved Requiem with a professional core of twenty of the region’s best professional singers, accompanied by award-winning organist Christina Hutten. This year’s Vancouver Bach Festival also collaborates with Vancouver Chopin Society, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO), and Pacific MusicWorks.

Vancouver Bach Choir
Photo: Sophie Song

Further highlights include the return of audience favourite soprano Amanda Forsythe with Pacific MusicWorks, in a performance of Handel’s early cantatas, as well as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc and Dorothee Mields’ dramatic interpretations of female composer Barbara Strozzi’s 17th century musings on love and loss. The festival’s popular weekday afternoon concert series also returns, offering diverse and delightful selections of acclaimed musicians and performers.

The festival will come to a conclusion with the presentation of Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia at the Chan Centre, featuring six internationally renowned vocal soloists and the PBO led by Alexander Weimann.

To complement the musical lineup, EMV will compliment the festival with an array of thought-provoking film screenings and expert talks, which audiences can enjoy with wine and refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere. 

For tickets and a more details and a complete schedule of all Vancouver Bach Festival events, visit: earlymusic.bc.ca 

Good Noise Choir & Guests deliver good noise

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

This past weekend, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir closed their season with concerts at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral.  Jazz Meets Gospel brought together two genres, along with special guest collaborations with multi-instumentalist Daniel Lapp and the award-winning ViBE Senior Choir from Holy Cross Regional High School.

ViBE Senior Choir from Holy Cross Regional High School.

Before a full house, the 80+ members of the Good Noise choir, joined by Artistic Director Gail Suderman on piano, Elliot Polsky on drums, Ingrid Stitt on Saxaphones, Laurence Mollerup on bass and Michael Kalanj on Hammond B3 organ,  delivered a set filled with beautiful voices performing some well known gospel tunes with a jazz arrangement.  Then the youth from the sensational ViBE Senior Choir took the stage in equal numbers for a trio of songs fitting the theme. Guest star Daniel Lapp brought a set of popular standards to the cathedral’s stage before everyone joined together, closing the show with more rousing songs.

with Daniel Lapp on Trumpet

The audience was on their feet as the Choirs and Lapp encouraged participation on When The Saints Go Marching In.

A thrilling two hour set like this is the perfect end to the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir’s season, the choir in residence at Christ Church.  Even though this season is just wrapping, the Good Noise is preparing for next season by holding auditions to join the choir in the next weeks.  Following the auditions, the choir will release their 2019 season information in early July.

For more information on Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, auditions and events visit goodnoisevgc.com

Good News! Good Noise Choir: Jazz Meets Gospel

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir (Good Noise) brings their 2017-2018 season to a close with a cross-genre concert: Jazz Meets Gospel.  On June 2 at 3pm & 8pm, Good Noise, the choir-in-residence at Christ Church Cathedral,  will bring audiences to their feet, as the high-octane ensemble explores the intersection of the two music genres.  For this season finale, Good Noise are joined by multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer Daniel Lapp and the voices of the award winning Holy Cross High School’s ViBE Senior Choir.

Daniel Lapp

“At Good Noise concerts, we aim to explore music’s multidimensionality. For this upcoming finale, we were inspired by jazz and gospel music’s shared roots in improvisation — and crafted a program to traverse the past century of spontaneous music-making,” says Gail Suderman, Artistic Director, Good Noise. “From swing-influenced gospel arrangements to soaring spirituals, from Latin jazz to Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music, this will be an in-depth adventure into two influential genres inextricably connected to socio-cultural histories.”

Jazz Meets Gospel’s program includes the high-energy song Revelation by the Yellowjackets, as well as more soulful notes of Walk With Me Lord and When the Saints Go Marching In (both in new arrangements by Suderman). Also on the program is the 60’s civil rights anthem I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free, performed by Good Noise soloist Syllona Kanu in tribute to Nina Simone.

Holy Cross ViBE Senior Choir

Good Noise, Lapp and ViBE will be backed by a superb band consisting of Michael Kalanj on Hammond B3,  bass player Laurence Mollerup, Elliot Polsky (drums), Ingrid Stitt (alto and soprano saxophones), and on piano and vocals Artistic Director Gail Suderman.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir’s Jazz Meets Gospel fills Christ Church Cathedral with sounds on June 2, 2018 at both 3pm and 8pm, for details visit goodnoisevgc.com.  Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com