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Event Archive - PREMIERE Sir John Tavener & Peter Berring: Vancouver Chamber Choir, Borealis String Quartet, Lafayette String Quartet, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra

Sat. October 10th 2009 The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (All Ages)
8:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 7:00pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations
Come and be part of two world premiere performances. These new works are the first of our six major 40th anniversary commissions for choir and orchestra. Funded by the outstanding Arts Partners in Creative Development program, all six will be heard during the next two years.

Sir John Tavener of Britain is one of the world’s finest and most famous composers. After many years of focusing on sacred music in the Orthodox tradition, he has recently turned to more secular concerns. His Miroir des Poémes for choir, two string quartets and bass is based on the beautiful French poetry of Jean Biés.

Peter Berring is a prominent Canadian composer from British Columbia. A long-time collaborator with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, he also has Icelandic roots. This is the source of his new work, Hervor, Maiden King. Described as a “choral-opera”, this Tolkein-like story is based on an old Norse saga. The heroine, Hervor, determined to follow in the footsteps of her father Angantyr, a Viking warrior King slain in battle. She visits his grave on the Danish Island of Samsey to claim Tyrfling, his flaming sword. The amazing father-daughter dialogue which ensues makes for riveting listening.

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Vancouver Chamber Choir

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is Canada's outstanding professional vocal ensemble. Based on the Pacific Coast in British Columbia, conductor Jon Washburn and his twenty singers are noted for their diverse repertoire and performing excellence. The ACDA Choral Journal has declared the VCC to be "as fine a vocal chamber group as any in the world today."... more info

Borealis String Quartet

The Borealis String Quartet has established itself as an ensemble praised for its dynamic performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Featured in numerous CBC broadcasts, the Borealis String Quartet has performed to critical acclaim and sold out concert halls across Canada. In Ottawa, their National Arts Centre debut was fe... more info

Lafayette String Quartet (Chamber Music)

Since their initial season in Detroit in 1984, the Lafayette Quartet has played to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences throughout Europe and North America. Early in their career, they garnered major competition prizes (e.g., the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition), and embarked on extensive study with chamber ... more info
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