April 6, 2011, 6:15pm at Jack Poole Plaza
Over the past eight decades, since its founding in 1930, the Vancouver Bach Choir has become an internationally celebrated symphonic choir. To date, it has won top prizes in numerous international choral competitions including the European Broadcasting Union sponsored “Let the Peoples Sing” when the choir was heard by a radio audience of 11 million listeners. Through many prestigious engagements the choir has also performed with such world-renowned conductors as Bruno Walter, Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Simon Rattle. Highlights include the Canadian premiere of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand in Toronto with Sir Andrew Davis and The Damnation of Faust in Birmingham, England, with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony and chorus.
The choir’s first cross-Canada broadcast was given in 1934. It continues to be broadcast on CBC radio and give concerts with other organizations such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Through its own series of concerts presented at the Orpheum each season, the choir has become known for presenting Canadian and British Columbian premieres of many important choral works, such as Mahler’s Symphony Number 8. Berlioz’ Messe Solenelle, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Requiem and Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio as well as a broad spectrum of music from the symphonic choral repertoire. In 1997 the choir gave the world premiere of the oratorio Job by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at the opening of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.
The Vancouver Bach Choir has made several successful films for television including Whalesong, the Gemini Award-winning film of the choir’s Expo 86 concert, which was shown around the world. The choir has also toured nationally and internationally and sung from Warsaw to Tokyo and from London and Oxford to Toronto and Calgary. Leslie Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir.
To learn more about the Vancouver Bach Choir, visit their website: www.VancouverBachChoir.com