Jubilate Vocal Ensemble is excited to announce our 2019-20 concert season.
Welcome to our 2019-2020 concert season — my fourth as Music Director. Once again, you will hear a wonderful variety of musical styles with extra focus on Canadian repertoire. But in contrast to previous years, you will notice from the moment we walk on stage our more compact size, perhaps befitting our “Vocal Ensemble” designation. We’ve also decided to relocate our concerts to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver because a smaller venue for a smaller choir makes sense. We hope you will enjoy our leaner (but not meaner) sound!
The first half of our first concert – Winter Light VII – will feature secular music based on a winter theme, with sacred Christmas carols in the second half. On the program will be some of our favourite composers: Mack Wilberg, Ola Gjeilo and John Rutter, along with Canadians Stephen Hatfield and former Jubilate director Larry Nickel. Owing to the popularity of this program, we will also be presenting Winter Light VII at Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church in Abbotsford (Sunday evening, December 1). Come and hear us in Vancouver or The Valley, or both!
Our March concert, World Travellers, will feature music from many countries as well as from various regions of Canada. JVE’s language skills will be put to the test as we bring our internationally acclaimed repertoire to life, highlighted by the western Canadian premiere of To the Peak of the Mountain composed by Jubilate soprano Katerina Gimon, whose prolific output is quickly reaching the most distant concert halls. Repertoire from Malaysia, China and India appears all too rarely in our programs, but not this one.
Nothing about our final concert of the year (May 30) will put you to sleep. Good Night will feature such appealing favourites as Moon River and Catch a Falling Star, as well as Ola Gjeilo’s gripping companion compositions Dark Night of the Soul and Luminous Night of the Soul. Another highlight will be our presentation of The New Moon, a recent work by Okanagan composer Nicholas Ryan Kelly.
I hope that you will enjoy all of our concerts this season as much as we will enjoy preparing and presenting them. We greatly appreciate your enthusiastic support of, and participation in, our musical adventures!
About the Author
Eldon McBride is the conductor of Jubilate Vocal Ensemble.