More holiday-themed concerts in Vancouver

EMV 2017-18 Monteverdi. Jan Gates photo.

More holiday concerts! We have choral music, jazz, 17th-century sacred music and chamber music from Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew traditions.

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Chor Leoni Concerts (Dec. 14, 16 & 17 at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St.)—Works include “Silent Night,” the 200-year-old carol with lyrics penned by Joseph Mohr. Mohr is the distant relative of one of the choir’s baritones, Rev. Greg Mohr. Also on the program are “Snowflakes,” a commission by Chor Leoni’s composer-in-residence Zachary Wadsworth; a Hebrew work that welcomes in the new year; and “I Saw Eternity” by choral composer Paul Mealor. As well, the choir will perform a selection of pieces from their new holiday CD, Star of Wonder. (Tickets: $20 to $45, w $10 admission for students in sections B and C, at

Chor Leoni.

Jazz Vespers (Dec. 16, 23 & 24 at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church)—The Dec. 16 Jazz Vespers concert is a singalong with the theme “Olde Tyme Family Christmas” and features vocalist Marcus Mosely “and friends.” It’s from 4-5 p.m. The Dec. 23 concert (also from 4-5 p.m.) features jazz from Gabriel Hasselbach. On Dec. 24, Vancouver vocal trio of Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato and Kate Hammett-Vaughan (“The Three Queens”) perform classic carols, holiday favorites, carols from around the world, and some original songs. It’s from 3-4 p.m. All concerts are by donation. For more info visit

Yalda (Dec. 22 at 8 p.m., BlueShore Financial Centre for Performing Arts, Capilano University 
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver)—The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra presents its first ever Winter Solstice Concert. “Yalda” is the Persian name for the longest night of the year, and the celebrations that come with it. The VICO will mark the occasion with an evening of chamber music for voices and strings. Small ensembles and soloists will perform repertoire from a range of world music traditions: Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and more. (Tickets: $35/25 seniors & students at

Festive Cantatas: A Monteverdi Christmas Vespers (Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC)—With violins, cornetti, sackbuts, theorbos, keyboards and voices, Early Music Vancouver celebrates the music of Claudio Monteverdi. The concert draws from Christmas Vespers from the Church of San Marco in 17th-century Venice and works from Monteverdi’s 1641 collection of sacred music. (Tickets: starting at $20.50 at

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