The Gettin’ Higher Choir is an amazing, energetic phenomenon. Hundreds of people who love to sing and who seek community, are drawn toward the choir like bees toward nectar. The joy and enthusiasm that is generated when they sing is absolutely magnificent. Shivon and Denis, both consummate facilitators, have created a marvelous template for community choir.
Come and enjoy an evening of Indian music and dance organized by the India Canada Cultural Association. The performances will showcase local talent and provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Indian Subcontinent.
Lucinda Williams is considered by many to be one of America’s greatest living songwriters. She is a three time Grammy winner and best known for her 1998 release Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. Her song Get Right With God from her 2001 album Essence (Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal) further consolidated her credibility as a singer, not just a songwriter.
Formed in 2002, Elliott Brood (the name, a bastardized homage to the fem fatal character in the 1984 Baseball film The Natural) united teenage pals Sasso and Laforet over their grown-up love for Neil Young, The Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Across five subsequent albums, sharing vocals and trading instruments – each of the band-members seems to play everything – Elliott Brood have become one of the premier acts in Canadian roots music. Work and Love is out October 21st, 2014 on Paper Bag Records.
A collaboration with the EMSI, Early Music Vancouver and the Seattle Early Music Guild Featuring some of Handel’s most glorious music, Theodora depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard. It serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of persecution. Performed by 28 instrumentalists, 40 singers, and five international soloists.
Transplanted as a young musician from staid northern Germany to Italy, Handel’s genius took wing, inspired by a wealth of virtuosic singers, including castrati, around him. Long largely ignored, these amazing works have recently been given new life with the discovery of their expressive power, technical demands and thrills for audiences. In other words, a perfect vehicle for showing off the talents of the young singers being trained at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
King George I asked for music to be performed on a barge, Handel provided the music, heard on many barges since. Moved into the concert hall in the form of an orchestral suite, the collection of pieces, mostly in French style, show off Handel’s sensitivity to orchestral colour and ability to create grand and entertaining effect with relatively limited forces. The program is completed by a charming oboe concerto, and a duo cantata featuring two internationally-renowned locally-based soloists.
Handel’s exquisite ode celebrates St. Cecilia, patron saint of music, through stunning arias for soprano and for tenor, along with rousing choruses with trumpets and drums, all set to text by John Dryden, reflect the theme of the universal harmony that pervades all of creation.
A special event to conclude “The Justly Celebrated Mr. Handel”, this Choral Evensong Service will feature sacred music by Handel and some of his English contemporaries. Free to public: voluntary offerings accepted.
Since releasing Post Tropical earlier this year, McMorrow has toured relentlessly across the globe, playing to sold-out crowds in Europe, the UK, the U.S, Australia and Canada. The Guardian has called his live show “unstoppable” and Consequence of Sound stated, “I’ve seldom seen a singer command a room with such a subtle whisper.”