In our final concert of the season, we present some of our favourite choral works by Vancouver composers, most of which were commissioned by Vancouver Cantata Singers over the years. Peter Hannan’s Happiness Index makes a welcome return, as do works by veteran and fledgling Vancouver composers.
Voices of Vancouver | Choral Music by Vancouver Composers
Saturday May 3rd, 2014 8pm
Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, 2nd floor | $30/$25 ($10 student rush seats at the door)
Vancouver Cantata Singers’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce Paula Kremer as VCS’ new Artistic Director.
The Board is excited to have Ms. Kremer bring her extraordinary ability to lead the choir in the next chapter of its history. As VCS continues to realize its mission of bringing the highest standards of music making to an ever-growing live and online audience, Ms. Kremer’s unique creativity, visionary instincts and musical integrity will bring remarkable inspiration to all of the choir’s endeavours.
Kremer, a native of Vancouver, studied music at Vancouver Community College and the University of British Columbia. Since 1997, she has been on faculty at VCC, where she teaches choir, voice and aural skills. She has been conducting the Vancouver Bach Choir’s Sarabande ensemble and the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir since 2009.
A seasoned soloist and ensemble singer, Ms. Kremer has sung in this capacity locally and abroad with high-level ensembles, including her 19 years in VCS under James Fankhauser (conducted 1973-2000) and Eric Hannan (2002-2012). Last season, Kremer was the VCS’ Guest Conductor for four concerts, which included the acclaimed performance of Brahms’ German Requiem.
“These are very interesting times for choral music,” says Kremer. “Of course there are challenges in bringing in new and broader audiences to hear our work. We have enjoyed exploring different venues and we are regularly discovering wonderful music from the past and present that enriches our art. The Vancouver Cantata Singers has a dual tradition of quality and exploration, which makes our way forward both clear, and clearly exciting.”