It’s not often that a group such as Elektra gets to pair a birthday party with a concert. But when the occasion is the 50th birthday of your beloved pianist who also happens to be a brilliant composer and arranger of choral music, you seize the chance! Dr. Stephen Smith, Elektra’s pianist of 15 years, is the featured artist in our upcoming concerts on March 5 and March 6, as Elektra and guest ensemble the Vancouver Men’s Chorus… Read More
We’re excited to announce the participants in Elektra’s annual workshop for young singers: members of the BC Girls Choir and their new Zephyra Women’s Choir with director Fiona Blackburn, the Eric Hamber Secondary Women’s Choir with director Les Nerling, the Killarney Intermediate Girls Choir with director Lisa Reimer, Roots ‘N’ Wings Women’s Choir with director Dawn Pemberton and the UBC Women’s Choir with director Nathan Cook. It’s a full house and a new, evening format!
The public is … Read More
High School Choral Teachers – Here’s how to involve your students in Elektra’s upcoming programs:
1) Mira Mentorship Program – Mira is an auditioned program focused on excellence. For nearly a decade, we’ve given 12 accomplished high school singers the chance to rehearse and perform with Elektra in our spring concert. From singing alongside the Elektra singers, working with Morna or international guest conductors, professional instrumentalists, premiering compositions, we’re proud to have provided unique and challenging opportunities to over 100 … Read More
Elektra has released its 13th CD, a Christmas recording entitled Still. It features sacred and secular Christmas music by Elektra and guest artists Lorna McGhee (flute), David Owen (oboe), and the Borealis String Quartet. The disc weaves together familiar carols in outstanding arrangements, including Still, Still, Still, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Deck the Hall, and Noël Nouvelet with contemporary compositions by Canadian, American, British, Swiss, and Norwegian composers. The latter is the world premiere recording … Read More
For eight decades, classical music aficionados have been coming to hear outstanding classical music at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. The church is looking to the future – embarking on improvements that will serve Elektra and other choirs, chamber music and more in new and revitalized spaces. “It’s a dream come true to be invited to be part of this conversation with Ryerson, to be asked what physical attributes a renovated Ryerson can have that will allow community-based … Read More
On Saturday, May 23rd, Elektra is delighted to be part of the North Okanagan Community Concert Series, taking place in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre! Our Okanagan friends are warmly invited to see us perform in this lovely space. For more information and tickets please go to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre website. We look forward to seeing you there!
List of repertoire for our Vernon appearance is as follows:
Ne po pogrebu Bochonochek Kataetsja … Read More
“It is with great expectation that Cantus travels to Canada to be a part of the festival! It is always exciting to meet new womens’ choirs, especially those who have high standards in their music performance. We are all looking forward to cooperating with other choral singers during our days spent in Vancouver. During this period we hope to develop good relationships with the other choirs and to explore new sound universes.”… Read More
In the words of some of the choristers of Canzona Women’s Ensemble, here are what they have to say in anticipation of their upcoming visit to Vancouver to participate in the 3rd Tapestry International Festival of Women’s Choirs:
“Having never been in Vancouver, and barely to Canada, I am excited to see a city that everyone tells me is fabulous. And to sing with 120 amazing women means it will be an exquisite experience. Can’t wait to see the … Read More
Elektra is excited to host all three choirs coming for the 3rd Tapestry International Festival of Womens’ Choirs, who will be joining us at the end of April for 4 days, culminating in two concerts on May 1st (Choral Threads) and May 2nd (Gala Concert). One of our guest choirs, Cantus, is from Norway, and will be wrapping up their tour of North America by appearing at the Festival. Read more about their travels across the continent here!… Read More
Percussionist Beverley Johnston has forged a groundbreaking artistic path, elevating the marimba to a new level and leaving a legacy of exciting new repertoire. Direct from Toronto for one performance only, she’s Elektra’s special guest artist for the Impulse concert on Saturday, March 14th. Come experience the artist that the Halifax’s Chronicle-Herald described as “…a whiz bang player with the soul of a poet… one of the most original and creative artists of our day.” Learn more about Beverley at… Read More