Tapestry International Festival of Women's Choirs 2012

7:30 PM May 4th, 2012 at Ryerson United Church

Every three years, Elektra hosts a four-day gathering of women’s choirs in Vancouver. We collaborate as a massed choir on music from around the world, hear and learn from each other, celebrate the distinct voices of our ensembles, and share the experience in public concerts.

Our second Tapestry International took place in May 2012 with guest ensembles the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus (Grand Rapids, MI; Lori Tennenhouse, conductor), Mirinesse Women’s Choir (Seattle, WA; Beth Ann Bonnecroy and Rebecca Rottsolk, co-conductors), and Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble (San Francisco, CA; Jude Navari, conductor).

The repertoire below is only Elektra’s solo set in the Gala Concert and the five massed choir selections. For details on what the other choirs programmed in the Choral Threads concert and Gala Concert, please download the program pdf.

In addition to the choirs and accompaniment of piano and organ, our guests were the Vancouver-based quintet A Touch of Brass, who performed the world premiere of “Songs of Envious Time” by Bramwell Tovey.


A Touch of Brass Brass Quintet
A Touch of Brass
Brass Quintet
Elektra  Elektra Women's Choir
Elektra Women’s Choir
Grand Rapids Women's Chorus Women's Choir
Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus
Women’s Choir
Mirinesse Women's Choir Women's Choir
Mirinesse Women’s Choir
Women’s Choir
Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble Women's Choir
Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Women’s Choir

Performance Pieces:

  1. If My Love Leaves Me Canadian Work Traditional Irish Stephen Smith (arr) 
  2. Lauda Sion Gyorgy Orban
  3. Joy Canadian Work Kathleen Allan
  4. Laudate Pueri Dominum Johann Michael Haydn
  5. Peace of Wild Things, The Joan Szymko
  6. Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down Traditional Spiritual Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory (arr) 
  7. Songs of Envious Time Canadian Work Bramwell Tovey
  8. Veni Creator Spiritus Xabier Sarasola
  9. Ya Faraoule Canadian Work Traditional Lebanese Stephen Hatfield (arr) 

Canadian Work Legend Canadian Work