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A Baroque Christmas – Concert # 4 -Cancelled

December 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

EMSI is very sorry to cancel the live performance of A Baroque Christmas due to the latest public health restrictions, but the show must go on, so the concert will be recorded. We hope to have the video ready for you in time for Christmas, so you can enjoy seasonal music with Jan van der Hooft and friends from the comfort of your home. Tickets will be refunded, but please do consider making an equivalent donation to EMSI if you are able, to help us bring you more virtual Early Music concerts for the remainder of this season. Your generosity and ongoing support is greatly appreciated!


All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

Advanced ticket sales only: online or by phone: 250-386-5311

Doors at 3:45pm- 900 Johnson Street

EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.

Jan van der Hooft, tenor

Paul Luchkow, baroque violin

Elyssa Lefurgy-Smith, baroque violin

Christina Mahler, baroque ‘cello

Michael Jarvis, harpsichord

Canadian lyric tenor Jan van der Hooft has been described as “a rare breed, comfortable with high tessitura, and showing an exciting lyricism in the sound.”* Despite being cut short due to the pandemic, the 2019-20 season included several notable performances.

Jan made his west coast debut with both Pacific Opera Victoria (Il Trittico and Missing) and Vancouver Opera (Flight of the Hummingbird), as well as other Vancouver Island groups including the Victoria Civic Orchestra (Messiah) and the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. This spring Jan was also scheduled to be on tour until May with Hummingbird, and to appear with the Victoria Philharmonic (Creation), The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir (Petite Messe Solennelle) and Bach on the Rock, on Saltspring Island. Between 2017 and 2019, Jan was a resident artist with the Calgary Young Artist program where his performance credits included a company debut as Tybalt in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and The Nephew, in the world premier of Veronika Krauses’ Ghost Opera.

Over the summer, Jan and his fiancé Anna Shill, were part of Opera Nuova’s ‘Coast to Coast Concert series’ which was broadcast back in June. He and Anna live, work and teach in Victoria.

*Quote Source: Jenna Simeonov


  • Entrance for Concert 900 Johnson Street will be open 15 minutes prior to performance time.
  • Face masks must be worn upon entering building, in all common areas and in hall until seated.
  • Main Floor Seating Only – with Social Distance Seating.
  • Please arrange Accessible Seating prior to ticket purchase through boxoffice@vcm.bc.ca.
  • Intermission & Concession not offered at this time.


December 13
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria,British ColumbiaV8V 3N4CA
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