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Nov
30
Fri
2018
Sacred Music for Advent at Holy Rosary Cathedral @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Performed by the Cathedral’s own musicians: organist Denis Bédard and the Cathedral Choir, assistant organist Catherine Walsh and the Holy Rosary Women’s Choir, the Contemporary Choir with director Chito Lacsina, and the Spanish Mass Choir with director Alejandro Frias.

Jan
26
Sat
2019
Michael Dirk accompanies Laurel and Hardy movie at the Orpheum @ The Orpheum
Jan 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Vancouver RCCO vice president and Saint John Shaughnessy organist Michael Dirk will accompany the Laurel and Hardy silent movie ‘The Second Hundred Years’ on the Orpheum organ, as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary day of music.  https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/event/100th-anniversary-day-of-music/

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Jan
28
Mon
2019
The French Symphonic Organ, concert 3: Darryl Nixon, organist @ St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Symphonies 6 & 5, Op. 42, by Charles-Marie Widor

Darryl writes: “6 before 5 because that is the order I will play them in and also the order in which they were composed.”

Feb
8
Fri
2019
Earth, Wind, Fire and Life @ St. James Anglican Church
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

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Enjoy a full spectacle of organ music, video visuals, and stimulating narration featuring commentary by CBC’s Bob McDonald – science guru, host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, and author of several books – topped off with exquisite music played by Jenny Vincent on the organ. Audiences will be enraptured by this fascinating, breathtaking, and entertaining programme, wrapped up with spectacular visuals on large screens. This is an event not to be missed.
The first performance on Vancouver Island last year sold out and received ecstatic praise from concert-goers. Bob McDonald, host of Quirks & Quarks  brings science to over 500,000 devoted CBC listeners weekly. He also is CBC’s science correspondent for The National and hosts Heads Up, a series for children. McDonald’s most recent book is Canadian Space Walkers : Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure.
Jenny Vincent is organist at Knox United Church in Parksville.  She has played an eclectic mix of instruments over her career, ranging from the iconic Hammond B-3 jazz organ to a Casavant Frères 3000+ pipe organ. Jenny has performed throughout Canada and the United States.  “Jenny Vincent is a gifted organist with skill and dedication, who brings music to sparkling life”  ( David Drinkell, Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton ).  It is Jenny’s passion to make the organ a valued and accepted musical instrument in our mainstream society.

Fanfare for the Common Man                       Aaron Copland

(1900-1990)

         Arranged by Richard Lloyd

EARTH

 

Genesis of a Planet

 

 

Sabre Dance                                            Aram Khachaturian

         (1903-1978)

     Arranged by Friedemann Winklhofer

 

 

The Earth is Alive!

 

Aquarium                                                   Camille Saint-Saens

                                                                                 (1835-1921)    

                                           Transcribed by Ekaterina Melnikova

 

 

WIND

Making It Blow

 

The Ride of the Valkyries                             Richard Wagner

         (1813-1883)

                                                               Transcribed by Edwin Lemare

 

 

Our Protective Blanket

 

Deuxieme Arabesque                                   Claude Debussy

         (1862-1918)

                                                                 Transcribed by Leon Roques

 

 

 

FIRE

Ever Changing, Always the Same

.

Rondo in G                                                     Richard Ellsasser

                                                                                           (1926 – 1972)

                                                               Attributed to John Bull

 

Fire and Life

 

Magic Fire Music                                           Richard Wagner

                                                                                 (1813-1883)

                             Transcribed by Stokowski/James H Rogers

 

 

 

LIFE

Origins

 

Dance of the Water Spirits                     Hans-Andre Stamm    

(b.1958)

 

Life Elsewhere?

Maroondah Merzbau                                              Stephen Ingham

 

    

Transcriptions

Most of the music selections in this program are transcriptions of original works that have been scored for a different instrument or instruments. Usually transcriptions stay close to the original music but often become more of an arrangement with certain aspects of the piece changed to suit the composer and new instrumental needs.

 

Feb
9
Sat
2019
Organist Angelique Po and oboist Fleur Sweetman in Concert @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Programme (order may change)

J.S. Bach, Fantasia in G major (Pièce d’orgue), BWV 572
G.F. Handel, Sonata in C Major, HWV 365*
Dieterich Buxtehude, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Georg Böhm, Auf meinen lieben Gott
Johann Ludwig Krebs, Fantasia in F minor*
Hendrik Andriessen, Sonata da Chiesa
Ernst Friedrich Richter, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern*
Camille Saint-Saëns, Prelude from Op. 99 no. 3

*with oboist Fleur Sweetman

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Organic Voices: Laudate Singers with organist Edward Norman @ Queens Avenue United Church
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Solo works by Stamm and Kiefer (see below for more info) and other works with the choir including a new commission by Marco Del Rio (Fire and Snow), Britten’s Te Deum in C and Jubilate Dei, and Gabriel Jackson’s Missa Sanctae Margaretae.

Toccata giocosa (2008)……………………………………………………………………Hans-André Stamm

Hans-André Stamm was born in Germany in 1958. At the age of seven he began piano and pipe-organ studies; at eleven years-old he began touring Europe as an organ virtuoso and made his first recording at the age of 13.  He is renowned for his Bach interpretations and subsequent recordings, and has established a reputation for attractive organ compositions. As the title suggests, this is an eminently cheerful piece, utilizing a traditional organ ‘toccata’ technique in which a ‘perpetuo mobile’ motif is countered by broad, melodic themes.

Jazz prelude on “Die ganze Welt hast du uns überlassen” (2003)…………Hans-Martin Kiefer (melody: Rudolf Siemoneit)

A group of contemporary German composers has been active in exploring jazz idioms for the pipe organ. Apart from the role of the fabled Hammond organ in jazz, gospel and pop, this has not been a traditional idiom for the pipe organ, least of all in a liturgical context! The editors of their recently-published collections – Uwe-Karsten Gross and Gunther Martin Göttsche – state that this music  “…is intended to bear witness to the wealth of colours which can be expressed in jazz”.  This particular composition by Hans-Martin Kiefer – based on a contemporary hymn (or chorus) by Rudolf Siemoneit – is set in a ‘blues’ style. The text translates “You have left to us the whole world”, a text reflecting on Creation and our responsibility towards it.

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Organic Voices: Laudate Singers with organist Edward Norman @ West Vancouver United Church
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Solo works by Stamm and Kiefer (see below for more info) and other works with the choir including a new commission by Marco Del Rio (Fire and Snow), Britten’s Te Deum in C and Jubilate Dei, and Gabriel Jackson’s Missa Sanctae Margaretae.
Partita on “Awake, my heart, with gladness”………………………………………Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Born and raised in Belgium, Peeters began his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Mechelen. In 1923 he became an organ teacher at the Institute; simultaneously acquiring the position of chief organist at the Cathedral in Mechelen, which he held for most of his life.  As an organist and pedagogue, Peeters enjoyed great renown, giving concerts and liturgical masterclasses all over the world. He was a prodigious composer, most of his music being written for the organ, choir or both. Shortly before his death, he was honoured by King Baudouin, bestowing the title of ‘Baron Peeters’.  Flor Peeters made a special study of Renaissance music, particularly the school of Flemish polyphony. These styles were absorbed into his own music, along with twentieth-century techniques. These influences can be heard in this work, which was published in 1950. It consists of a series of variations on a chorale (or hymn) – in this case carrying a celebratory Easter text – leading up to a toccata-style climax, and a final triumphant statement of the chorale itself.

Jazz prelude on “Die ganze Welt hast du uns überlassen” (2003)…………Hans-Martin Kiefer (melody: Rudolf Siemoneit)
A group of contemporary German composers has been active in exploring jazz idioms for the pipe organ. Apart from the role of the fabled Hammond organ in jazz, gospel and pop, this has not been a traditional idiom for the pipe organ, least of all in a liturgical context! The editors of their recently-published collections – Uwe-Karsten Gross and Gunther Martin Göttsche – state that this music  “…is intended to bear witness to the wealth of colours which can be expressed in jazz”.  This particular composition by Hans-Martin Kiefer – based on a contemporary hymn (or chorus) by Rudolf Siemoneit – is set in a ‘blues’ style. The text translates “You have left to us the whole world”, a text reflecting on Creation and our responsibility towards it.

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Organist Edward Norman and Oboist Roger Cole in Concert @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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A delightful evening of works by Handel, Bach, Marcello, Bedard, Rheinberger, Franck, Rachmaninoff and Sokola, performed by the VSO’s Principal Oboist and one of Vancouver’s most eminent organists.  This performance will be projected on a giant screen at the front of the church.

Edward Norman has given many concerts in Canada, the US, the UK, Poland and Germany.  He has performed in the Vancouver International Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC and in Tokyo with the YNSO.  Most recently he has performed with the VSO, the Vancouver Bach Choir and was organist and adjudicator at the International Kathaumixw Festival in Powell River. Last summer he appeared in recital at the National Museum of Wales, in Cardiff. Over the years he has been heard frequently on CBC radio as a recitalist and accompanist.

Roger Cole was appointed Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony by Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1976.  At age 22 he was the youngest principal player of the VSO.  Today he is the oldest principal player. From 1976-2008 he was also the principal oboist of the CBC Radio Orchestra.  He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times.  From 1998-2012 he was the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

Programme:

Organ
Allegro (from Concerto Grosso in g minor Op.6 H 324
(arranged for organ by Vernon Butcher))………George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Three chorale preludes:

Oboe and organ
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 654)

Organ
Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV 646)

Oboe and organ
Nun komm’ der heiden Heiland (BWV 659)

Organ
Prelude and fugue in C (BWV 547)

Oboe and organ
Concerto in d minor (S.Z799)……………Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
Andante – Adagio – Allegro

Organ
Gibraltar March (2018)……………………Denis Bedard

Oboe and organ
Rhapsodie Op.147…………………………Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Organ
Chorale no 1 in E…………………………..César Franck (1822-1890)

Oboe and organ
Vocalise………………………………………..Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Organ
Toccata (from Quattro Pezzi)…………..Milos Sokola (1913-1976)

May
7
Tue
2019
Tuesday morning with Michael Murray, Organist @ Central Presbyterian Church
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Holy music for the organ from the 16th to 20th centuries

 

Programme (approx. 1 hr in length):
“Te Deum” Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Ciacona BuxWV 160 Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Iste Confessor Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Iste Confessor Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Master Tallis’s Testament Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
A Solis Ortus Cardine Jakob Praetorius (1586-1651)
Neuvaine (1998) André Cormier (b. 1969)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Biography:
Michael Murray has been working and playing the organ for most of his life. Having studied at Douglas College and Western Washington University he left the West Coast to live for a few years in Toronto. It was there he obtained his ARCT. After this time he returned to Vancouver and is active as a professional musician. In 1992, he founded the award winning vocal ensemble musica intima. Currently Michael is Director of Music at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Director of the Abendmusik Chamber Choir and Organ Instructor at the UBC School of Music.

May
11
Sat
2019
Organist Christina Hutten and trumpeter Silas Friesen in Concert @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Programme:
Handel – Eternal Source of Light Divine
A Tour of the Liturgical Year in Beloved Chorales Set by Bach and His Students
Bach/Vivaldi Concerto in D Major

Organist and harpsichordist Christina Hutten has presented recitals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including performances in concert series hosted by the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the Hooglandsekerk in Leiden, Early Music Vancouver, the Universities of British Columbia and Calgary, and others. She performs regularly with Pacific Baroque Orchestra and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Okanagan Symphony, the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona State University Chamber Orchestra. Christina is also an enthusiastic teacher. She coaches and helps to coordinate the early music ensembles at the University of British Columbia and has given masterclasses and workshops at institutions including Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Funded by a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she pursued historical keyboard studies in Europe with Francesco Cera, François Espinasse, and Bernard Winsemius. She participated in the Britten-Pears Programme, led by Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin, for which she was awarded the Loewen Prize. Christina obtained a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Kimberly Marshall and an Advanced Certificate in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Charlotte Nediger. She is now a doctoral candidate in musicology at UBC.

Silas Friesen is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer from a musical family of eight. Active in both classical and jazz idioms, he has performed, among others, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Vancouver Brass Project, Music on Main, Tommy Banks, and his own ensembles (Silas Friesen Group, HUTCH, Thunderbird Brass). Silas was the top graduate from the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan and is completing a Master of Music at UBC with Larry Knopp.