November 23 | 7:30 pm & November 24 | 3:00 pm, 2019
On November 23 and 24, 2019 experience Elektra Women’s Choir’s beloved concert evoking the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season at Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Morna Edmundson, Canada’s celebrated Elektra welcomes special guests, Vetta Chamber Players, Joan Blackman, Artistic Director and violinist, Rebecca Wenham, cellist, and the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, Marisa Gaetanne, Music Director.
A wealth of beloved carols from across Europe take centre stage as Elektra brings you Still, Still, Still (Austria), I Saw Three Ships (England), Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (France), Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (Germany), Deck the Hall (Wales), Carol of the Bells (Ukraine) and the quirky and fun Spanish carol, Los Peces en el Rìo in an arrangement by Toronto’s Hilario Duran. Opening the concert is the timeless chant melody Veni, Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) in a stunning arrangement by Sweden’s Ulrika Emanuelsson. Audiences will also hear original works such as Mark Sirett’s Little Tree, a setting of E. E. Cummings’ poem, a dramatic new setting of O Magnum Mysterium by Argentinean composer Santiago Veros, a lyrical setting with cello of the same text by Switzerland’s Ivo Antognini, and Stephen Smith’s bird-song-inspired Shakespeare setting So Hallowed is That Time. Closing the evening is Susan Edwards’ new arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Vetta Chamber Players bring excerpts from Glière’s Eight Duets Op. 30 for violin and cello and the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus will perform Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen from Germany, and Nutcracker in Three Minutes, a fun spin on Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas piece.
Check out Morna’s Listener’s Guide here: Chez Nous 2019 -Listener’s Guide
November 23, 2019 • 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
November 24, 2019 • 3:00 pm
Good Shepherd Church, 2250 150th Street, Surrey, BC
Adult: $40 | Seniors (65 +): $35 | Students with valid ID: $18
Ticket prices include GST and all service charges.
“It’s a Christmas tradition. I take friends to this concert as a Christmas gift to them. We all had a wonderful time. It started the Christmas season for us.”