The Chan Centre and Early Music Vancouver Announce Exciting 2019/20 Line-ups

Sydney – January 22, 2017: A scene from Huff, showing at the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival). At the Chan Centre October 30, 2019

Concert venues and arts organizations in the city are now unveiling their 2019/20 season programs. It promises to be another fabulous year for music, theatre, dance, and fine arts in the city.

Mark your calendars for the following performances:

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

A gorgeous concert venue, the Chan Centre prides itself on programming that showcases cultural/global diversity, talent, and inspirational narratives.

The season opens with Rosanne Cash (September 28, 2019), the roots music icon, who will be drawing from her latest album, She Remembers Everything.

Image of Rosanne Cash by Michael Lavine

Next is Mari Boine (October 5, 2019) who brings to life Sámi language in addition to Norwegian folksong in a performance that is empowered and speaks to the multiple strands of Boine’s heritage and musical interests (e.g. jazz, rock).

Audience members are in for a treat with a performance by Dakhabrakha (October 19, 2019), an Eastern European quartet who bring together a host of cultural musical traditions, such as Ukrainian, African, and Indian.

Image of DakhaBrakha by Olga Zakrevska

Flamenco fans will enjoy Flamenco Legends: The Paco de Lucía Project, a performance in honour of the late Paco de Lua, who was the group’s bandleader. Expect an exploration of the evolution and reinvention of the flamenco genre in this lively tribute concert.

Orquesta Okokán (November 16, 2019) celebrates mambo and 1940s/50s big bands with a thirteen-piece ensemble. Cuban and New York Latin music figure strongly in the performance.

The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. still ring true today and will be spotlighted in We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. (February 29, 2020). Daniel Sneed, a composer and pianist among many other things, honours King and his speeches in a multi-genre concert.

In Dianne Reeves: Beleza Brazil (March 8, 2010), the jazz singer will explore Brazilian popular songs, accompanied by Romero Lubambo (guitar), John Beasley (piano), Itaiguara Brandão (bass), and Rafael Barata (drums). Expect a spell-binding performance.

La Santa Cecilia (April 4, 2020) is a quartet from LA that explores both their American and Mexican cultures. Their music is influenced by a wealth of genres, including bolero, jazz, and cumbia.

Image of La Santa Cecilia by Humberto Howard

Finally, the 2019/20 season will wrap up with Kalabanté: Afrique en Cirque (April 18, 2010) with an African-meets-European circus performance.

Also released is info on the Chan Centre’s Beyond Words series. This year’s highlights include Huff (October 30, 2019) a one-man performance about Indigeneity, racism, and colonialism, as well as Ridge (March 26, 2020) featuring Brendan MacLeod interrogating his knowledge about the Battle at Vimy Ridge.

Subscription packages are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale at noon on June 18, 2019. Further information can be found on-line.

Early Music Vancouver (EMV)

Image of Schubert Romantic Lied’s presentation of the Amarcord Ensemble by Rolf Arnold.

Fifty years of music programming is no small feat. Early Music Vancouver (EMV) marks half a century of performances in the city with the release of its 2019/20 season details featuring acclaimed international artists, masterworks, as well as collaborations with various musical partners, such as the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and Vancouver Cantata Singers. Concert venues are Christ Church Cathedral, the Vancouver Playhouse, and the Chan Centre.

mage of Le Concert Spirituel: Baroque Orchestral Suites’presentation of Victoria Baroque Players by Jan Gates.

Programs highlights are:

Le Concert Spirituel: Baroque Orchestral Suites (Septeber 28, 2019) with Jeanne Lamon with Victoria Baroque performing a selection of Orchestral Suites and Concerti Grossi.

Handel’s Messiah with PBO (November 30, 2019)

Beowulf: The Epic in Performance, a one man voice/harp performance by Benjamin Bagby (January 11, 2019)

EMV 50th Anniversary Gala (April 5, 2020) featuring excerpts from Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, as well as performances by the Vancouver Cantata Singers and the Vancouver Bach Choir

Schubert’s Romantic Lied with Amacord Ensemble (April 17, 2020)

Vancouver Bach Festival

The ever-popular Vancouver Bach Festival also returns for the fourth time this summer, running from July 30 to August 9, 2019, with 15 classical concerts. Events include Montreal’s Les Boréades performing Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos for two nights (July 30 and 31, 2019), as well as them performing Bach’s Cantatas (BWV 12, 39, 161) (August 2, 2019). Also not-to-be-missed is Fauré’s Requiem with the Vancouver Bach Choir (August 1, 2019) and Bach’s Clavierübung III – the Organ Mass featuring Alexander Weimann (August 6, 2019). The festival ends with Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia with PBO and eight vocal soloists (August 9, 2019).

Further information and subscription/ticket info can be found on-line.

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