Jubilate Vocal Ensemble | 2018-2019 Concert Season
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2018-2019 Concert Season

2018-2019 Concert Season

The Jubilate Vocal Ensemble is pleased to present our 2018-2019 concert season! Subscribe to all three concerts for a 20% discount!

 

Please note that our concerts will now begin at 7:30 PM rather than 8:00 PM. Don’t show up late and miss half an hour of the magic!

 

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Winter Light VI

November 24, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace
1825 W 16th Ave., Vancouver

 

Jubilate’s Winter Light has become a much-loved annual tradition in the Vancouver choral scene, and this will be our 6th year producing the event. This year’s Winter Light will focus more on the Christmas season than we have done in the past, featuring past-Jubilate Director and local composer Dr. Larry Nickel’s A Cappella Christmas Cantata. This 35-minute, 15-movement work shares a compelling rendition of the Christmas Story as told through scripture and poems by George Herbert and William Blake. We will also feature Bob Chilcott’s Wenceslas, which tells the story of Good King Wenceslas and the Feast of Stephen in a vivid musical narrative with solos for baritone and mezzo soprano. We round out the concert with four pieces about December and Winter, including Craig Courtney’s Cold December Flies Away, which features accompaniment by piano, flute, oboe and percussion, and Stephen Main’s Darkest Midnight in December, a stunning piece and Jubilate audience favourite.

 

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The World Around Us

March 2, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace
1825 W 16th Ave., Vancouver

 

Jubilate’s second concert of the season is a celebration of the natural world. Specific sections of the concert will focus on spring, the stars, rivers and water, flowers, and nature. We will open the concert with a series of works about the coming of Spring, including Mark Hayes’ Come Away, which is a joyous ode to rebirth after winter, and Daniel Elder’s Fresh and Fearless, which uses Sara Teasdale’s poem May Night to represent the liveliness of spring even when sunlight is absent. In the section on stars and moon, we will sing Bright Morning Stars by Shawn Kirchner, an artful arrangement of a folk melody, and The Stars Stand Up in the Air by Eric William Barnum, a masterful expression of deep sadness for a lost love.

We will also feature young American composer Jake Runestad’s Peace of the Wild Things, based on Wendell Berry’s famous poem of the same name. We will share Mo Li Hua arranged by Bob Chilcott, a collection of five well-known traditional Chinese songs that depict the simplicity and beauty found in everyday life. We close with a collection of songs about water, including Mark Hayes’ arrangement of the much-loved spiritual Wade in the Water and Shawn Kirchner’s Sweet Rivers, a soaring gospel work featuring women’s and men’s trios rising dramatically above the choir.

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The Great Poets

May 25, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace
1825 W 16th Ave., Vancouver

 

Jubilate’s third and final concert of the season will focus on choral renditions of works written by history’s greatest poets, including Shakespeare, Tennyson, Shelley, Yeats, Byron and others. We will open with several settings of biblical psalms set to music by composers Craig Courtney, Peter Anglea, and Will Todd. We will conclude the first half with Sam Pottle’s unique and charming take on Lewis Carroll’s humorous Jabberwocky from Through the Looking Glass. This piece includes innovative use of small percussion instruments to enhance the fun and drama.

The second half of the program features Alexander L’Estrange’s Love’s Philosophy, which includes three pieces written with the text of famous love poems including Bryon’s She Walks in Beauty, Tennyson’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, and Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy. Accompanied by guitar, piano, and string quartet, we will also perform two works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, The Rose (Rosetti) and The Lake Isle (Yeats). The centerpiece and conclusion of the concert will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, the text for which comes from the first Act of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

 

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