(Vancouver, B.C.) – We all know that the ‘real’ New Year starts September 1. It’s when the school year starts, people head back to work from summer vacation and the season begins to change to fall.
September is also the beginning of Early Music Vancouver’s (EMV) new concert season, just weeks after its exciting summer Bach Festival. This September, EMV opens its 2022-23 Concert Season on Friday, September 24, 2022, and will present concerts through to May 26, 2023, at various venues in Vancouver (downtown and west side), North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
EMV’s 53rd season will transport you to different musical worlds with artists from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Peru, the UK and USA. Renowned pianist Angela Hewitt plays Bach, Brahms and Scarlatti; countertenor Reginald Mobley returns to Vancouver to perform with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra; Ensemble Constantinople performs with En Chordais from Greece in a programme of newly discovered treasures from Byzantine manuscripts, and the BBC’s ‘New Generation Artists,’ Consone Quartet from London, will enthrall you with their concert of string quartets by Mozart, Haydn and Fanny Mendelssohn.
Ensemble Cappella Mariana from the Czech Republic along with Constantinople and narrator Bill Richardson will transport you to the 17th century Levant while the Breathtaking Collective with soprano Hana Blazikova and cornettist Bruce Dickey will lead you on an aural journey that ranges from 1600 to the present day – exploring ways in which the cornetto and human voice can interact and musically entwine.
Ensemble Castor with the recent Juno Award winning soprano Hélène Brunet will delight you Vivaldi’s other seasons and in November, EMV marks the 350th anniversary of the death of German composer Heinrich Schütz with a concert entitled From War to Peace: Heinrich Schütz and His Time. Vancouver favourites Chor Leoni with their off-shoot ensemble The Leonids join EMV for a celebration of Franz Schubert in May.
Festive Cantatas: J.S. Bach Magnificat and the cantata Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (May our mouth be full of laughter) bring joy to the holiday season with two performances in December featuring an all-star ensemble including the Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann joined by sopranos Hélène Brunet and Arwen Myers, Kristina Szabo alto, tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier and Sumner Thompson bass.
“Through these diverse musical explorations, the richness of our shared human experience will be revealed and celebrated,” says EMV’s Artistic and Executive Director, renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc.
The lineup for the 2022-23 Concert Season includes 15 concerts in 16 performances offered either singly, or by series subscription. Subscriptions provide purchasers with discounts up to 30 per cent off the single ticket price. Details on pricing for both single tickets and subscription packages can be found on EMV’s website. Single tickets and subscriptions go on sale right after the Bach Festival on August 8.
The Cathedral Series
Artists: Ensemble Castor (Austria) directed by Petra Samhaber-Eckhardt; Mireille Lebel mezzo-soprano; Rodolfo Richter violin / Programme: Antonio Vivaldi / Date/Location: Friday, Sept.30, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Accademia de’ Dissonanti (Canada/Europe), directed by Elinor Frey, cello / Programme: Works by Boccherini, J.C. Bach, Sirmen & Mozart / Date/Location: Friday, October 14, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. /Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Diabolus in Musica (France), directed by Nicolas Sansarlat /Programme: Medieval polyphony /Date/Location: Friday, October 28, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artist: Thomas Dunford, lute / Programme: Music for lute by Bach, Dowland, Dalza & Kapsberger / Date/Location: Friday, November 25, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Reginald Mobley countertenor, Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann / Programme: Works by Bach, Handel, Purcell and Duke Ellington /Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Consone Quartet (London) / Programme: Works by Mozart, Haydn, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Fanny Mendelssohn /Date/Location: Friday, February 17, 2023 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: The Breathtaking Collective with Hana Blazikova soprano, Bruce Dickey cornetto / Programme: Works by F. Cavalli, G. Carissimi, E. Satie & I. Moody / Date/Location: Friday, March 3, 2023 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: La Rêveuse directed by Florence Bolton and Benjamin Perrot / Programme: Works by F. Couperin, J. P. Rameau, H. Purcell, M. Ravel, C. Saint Saens and B. Britten / Date/Location: Friday, April 21, 2023 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Arwen Myers soprano, Danielle Sampson soprano, Nicholas Burns alto, Lawrence Williford tenor, Sumner Thompson baritone, Musica Intima, Cappella Borealis, Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme, Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann / Programme: Works by Schütz, Gabrieli, Widmann and Sophie-Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel / Date/Location: Saturday, November 5, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. / St-Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Artists: Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann, Hélène Brunet and Arwen Myers, sopranos, Krisztina Szabó alto, Jacques-Olivier Chartier tenor, Sumner Thompson bass / Programme: Works by J.S. Bach / Dates/Locations: Two performances – Saturday, December 17/ 7:30 p.m. / Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver and Sunday, December 18, 2022 / 3 p.m. / The Chan Centre
Artist: Angela Hewitt piano / Programme: Works by Bach, Brahms & Scarlatti / Date/Location: Sunday, March 12, 2023 / 3 p.m. / The Chan Centre, UBC
Artists: The Leonids & Chor Leoni directed by Erick Lichte, Alexander Weimann fortepiano / Programme: Works by Franz Schubert / Date/Location: Friday, May 5, 2023 / 7:30 p.m. / St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church
The Passport Series
Artists: En Chordais (Greece) & Ensemble Constantinople directed by Kiya Tabassian / Programme: Works from recently discovered Byzantine manuscripts / Date/Location: Saturday, September 24, 2022 / 7:30 p.m./ Blue Shore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, Capilano University
Artists: Ensemble Cappella Mariana (Czech Republic), Ensemble Constantinople, and Bill Richardson, narrator / Programme: Works by Harant, Murad, Misri, Seyfullah, Mo’men, de l’Estocart and Giray Han / Date/Location: Thursday, December 1, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. / Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Ensemble Constantinople, Federico Tarrazona charango, Jonatan Alvarado voice & guitar / Programme: Works from The Trujillo Codex and the Codice Luz y Norte / Date/Location: Friday, May 26, 2023 / 7:30 p.m./ Christ Church Cathedral
This concert season, allow Early Music Vancouver to transport you out of your everyday to different times and lands through the shared experience of enjoying some profoundly beautiful music.
Nancy Wong | 604.732-1610 | [email protected]
About Early Music Vancouver (EMV):
Early Music Vancouver’s concerts offer a platform for cross-cultural dialogue and exploration of diverse perspectives and relationships with the past. Under the leadership of Artistic/Executive Director, and internationally acclaimed soprano, Suzie LeBlanc, C.M., EMV presents a packed performance calendar with 40+ live performances and digital concerts a year featuring some of the most renowned artists in the early music genre drawn from all parts of the globe.
In addition, Early Music Vancouver presents an annual summer Bach Festival (including an artist-in-residence component), produces Notations (a series of informative behind-the-scenes podcasts) and presents online courses. EMV also offers a Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme with UBC, plus a BC Scholarship Programme for professional-track music students or active professional musicians seeking to develop skills in early music performance.
Early Music Vancouver (EMV) has been a much-loved, and vital contributor to Vancouver’s cultural scene for more than 50 years. Live performances take place at venues such as Christ Church Cathedral, The Chan Centre, St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and The Kay Meek Centre (West Vancouver). www.earlymusic.bc.ca