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Dec
22
Sun
2019
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols @ St. James' Anglican Church
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas.  For many of us also, it is something experienced from afar as it is broadcast on TV or radio.  If you cannot be in King’s College Chapel this year, your next best option is St James’ Church.  The MOTET choir presents the legendary A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of biblical readings and music at St James’ Anglican Church.  St James’ is perfect for this traditional Christmas service, as the building is not only visually inspiring, but also acoustically supports the voices of congregation, choir, and organ.  Plan to bring your family and friends to this evening to celebrate this most wonderful time of year.  This is a free event, though donations will be gratefully accepted to defray expenses.  As space is limited, please click on the button below to reserve your seat.

https://www.sjmusic.ca/events/a-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols/2019-12-22

Feb
21
Fri
2020
Motet 10th Anniversary Concert @ St. Augustine's Catholic Church
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

MOTET is marking the 10th anniversary of their first concert by presenting a programme for the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. On this day, they will celebrate the role of St Peter and his successors as the “Vicar of Christ” to the Church on earth. Their concert features music drawn from the First Vespers and Mass liturgies of the feast, including works by English polyphonic master William Byrd, French perfectionist Maurice Duruflé, and their respective contemporaries. There will be two organ solos: Messiaen’s “Apparition de l’église éternelle” performed by MOTET’s director, David Poon, and Mulet’s “Tu es Petra”, played by Michael Molnar.

MOTET is a Vancouver-based chamber ensemble comprised of young musicians passionate about bringing sacred choral music to audiences throughout the region. MOTET draws music from the vast treasury of the Catholic tradition into reverently beautiful concerts and liturgies.

Feb
22
Sat
2020
RCCO Organ Crawl @ Knox United Church
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Schedule: 10:00am, Knox United Church; 11:30am, St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church; 12:30pm lunch break, 2:00pm, Central Presbyterian Church.

RCCO members free of charge, non-members $10 (or $5 per church)

If you would like to attend but require transportation, or can offer a car ride, please email Angelique Po at angelique_po@hotmail.com.

Motet 10th Anniversary Concert @ St Mary's Catholic Church
Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

MOTET is marking the 10th anniversary of their first concert by presenting a programme for the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. On this day, they will celebrate the role of St Peter and his successors as the “Vicar of Christ” to the Church on earth. Their concert features music drawn from the First Vespers and Mass liturgies of the feast, including works by English polyphonic master William Byrd, French perfectionist Maurice Duruflé, and their respective contemporaries. There will be two organ solos: Messiaen’s “Apparition de l’église éternelle” performed by MOTET’s director, David Poon, and Mulet’s “Tu es Petra”, played by Michael Molnar.

MOTET is a Vancouver-based chamber ensemble comprised of young musicians passionate about bringing sacred choral music to audiences throughout the region. MOTET draws music from the vast treasury of the Catholic tradition into reverently beautiful concerts and liturgies.

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Organ Duets and Solos with Denis Bédard and Rachel Alflatt @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Holy Rosary Cathedral’s organist and music director Denis Bédard, and guest organist Rachel Alflatt, performing duets and solos by Walther, Boehm, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, Hesse, Brahms, Pierné, and Bédard.  Performance visible on a giant screen

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Denis Bédard has been organist and music director at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver since 2001. He has given recitals across Canada, in the United States, in France and in Brazil and pursues an international career as a composer. His compositions include chamber music, orchestral and vocal music and many organ works. He has received commissions from Radio-Canada, the CBC, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the RCCO, the RSCM, Monaco Cathedral, and various professional ensembles and musicians in North America and Europe. His works are performed throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Asia, South Africa, Australia and South America, and many have been recorded on CD. His music, essentially tonal and melodic, is characterized by a concern for formal clarity and immediate communication with as vast a public as possible.

Rachel Alflatt has given concerts throughout the province of Quebec, as well as in Ontario, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.  She has also performed with the West Coast Symphony, the New Westminster Symphony, the Vancouver Philharmonic, and the Okanagan Symphony, and has recorded for the CBC’s French network, Radio-Canada FM. She is organist and music director at Queen’s Avenue United Church and is active an an organ teacher.

Programme:

Adolf Friedrich Hesse: Fantasia in C minor  (duet)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy : Fugue in D major  (duet)

Johann Gottfried Walther: Partita on “Meinem Jesum lass’ ich nicht”  (solo)

Georg Boehm: Chorale Prelude “Vater unser im Himmelreich”  (solo)

Johann Pachelbel: Prelude in D minor  (solo)

Johannes Brahms: “O Gott du frommer Gott”, “O Welt, ich muss dich lassen” from Eleven Chorale Preludes Op. 122  (solo)

Gabriel Pierné: Prelude in G minor, Op. 29 No. 1 from “Trois Pièces”  (solo)

Denis Bédard: Suite in D minor, Andantino  (solo)

Denis Bédard: Trilogie  (duet)

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Laudate Singers : Timeless Treasures @ St. James' Anglican Church
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Twenty-five years ago, Artistic Director Lars Kaario founded the Laudate Singers a chamber choir of professional musicians who seek to enrich the cultural fabric in Vancouver.  Over the years, the choral ensemble has recorded seven critically-acclaimed CDs : Christmas Journey, Songs of Heaven and Earth, A Baroque Christmas, Celtic Journey, Voices, Sax & Syn, Voice of the Tango, and Mystics & Lovers.  For this concert the choir presents an eclectic programme with musical gems from the Renaissance to the present day.

Mar
28
Sat
2020
Masterclass with Alexander Weimann, postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 @ West Vancouver United Church
Mar 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

RCCO Vancouver Centre has arranged a masterclass with Pacific Baroque Orchestra’s Alexander Weimann, who is an accomplished organist and harpsichordist living and working in Vancouver. He has a highly regarded career as both a soloist and conductor across North America. Here in Vancouver, he is well-known as being the conductor and artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. You can read more about him on his website:https://alexanderweimann.com/.
Auditors $10 (free for members of RCCO Vancouver Centre)
Apr
18
Sat
2020
Two Across: Harp and Organ Concert, postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 @ Kamloops United Church
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This unique combination of instruments features solo and duo compositions for organ and harp by composers such as Buxtehude, Bach, Boellmann and Bedard.

Special feature will be a premier performance of a new work for organ and harp by Canadian composer Denis Bedard.

Gail Ovington, organ and Naomi Cloutier, harp and piano

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Apr
24
Fri
2020
The Virtuoso Organist and Queen of Transcriptions, cancelled due to COVID-19 @ St. James' Anglican Church
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Internationally-renowned Spanish musician Loreto Aramendi, organist of the basilica of San Sebastián, town of yacht racing and children’s drum festivals, brings to Vancouver the music of her favourite composers. One of them is Sergey Rakhmaninov ; how will he sound in Spanish?  Loreto will also play pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Charles Arnould Tournemire. Of course, Spanish music, Baroque and contemporary, will not be forgotten either.

Loreto Aramendi is an organ virtuoso who has given recitals around the world. Her extraordinary skill and musicianship have been highly praised, and her CDs have been met with rave reviews. This is a concert not be missed !

Playing and interpretation of a very high standard
thanks to the performer’s stunning technique’ 
 – David Baker

‘A fine example of absolute musicianship, sound
technique and utter command over the instrument’
  – Sydney Organ Journal

‘Thrilled by her genius …
She has a unique gift that is very rare.’ – JAV Records

https://www.sjmusic.ca/events/the-virtuoso-organist-and-queen-of-transcriptions/2020-04-24

ARTIST BIO

Loreto Aramendi began her musical studies at the Conservatory of San Sebastian, where she obtained advanced degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ, and chamber music. She studied organ at the Conservatoire National Regional de Bayonne, winning a Gold Medal and First Prize. Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon (CNSMD), she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard, J. Von Oortmersen and Liesbeth Schlumberger, obtaining her National Diploma of Advanced Studies with specialisation in the organ.

She was awarded scholarships from the local government of Guipuzkoa for two years, as well as from the Lartundo Foundation, and furthered her studies over a period of five years at the National Regional Superior Conservatoire in Paris with Noelle Spieth, receiving the First Prize upon finalising her Advanced Degree in the harpsichord and her General Music Studies Diploma.

Loreto has given recitals at in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Belgium, UK, and USA, and she has collaborated with the Basque Symphony Orchestra for many years, with which she has recorded two discs. In 2015 she released a double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro, and in 2017 she released another double CD recorded on The Cavaillé-Coll of the Saint Ouen of Rouen Abbey. Loreto is currently a professor at the F. Escudero Conservatoire in San Sebastian, Spain, and main organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro.

ABOUT THE ORGAN
In 1938 Casavant Frères of St Hyacinthe, Québec, was awarded the contract for a new 3-manual organ of 1760 pipes.  The organ itself was located in the north transept of the church, formerly the choir gallery, which was lowered to make room for the instrument, with a façade designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott — the same architect who designed St James’ Church building.  Over the years some minor changes were made to meet the musical demands of a living church, including a new Choir division with three ranks in the west gallery in 1948, and a new organ console in 2003.  With the addition of the Choir division, the organ now has 33 ranks, and just under 2000 pipes.  The main organ is located high on the north gallery of the church – an excellent location, as grand sound of this fine Casavant Frères organ is marvellously enhanced by the church’s outstanding acoustics.
May
5
Tue
2020
Tuesday Morning with Jeremy Berkman, cancelled due to COVID-19 @ Central Presbyterian Church
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Principal Trombonist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Jeremy Berkman entertains and delights with a fun concert of music for trombone and organ. touchofbrass.net/jeremy-berkman

Free parking under the church for this concert