The Canadian Chamber Choir/Chɶur de chambre du Canada (CCC) returns to the lower mainland for a workshop and concert tour taking place February 18th to 26th
, which will include performances in Abbotsford, Surrey, Squamish, and Vancouver. On Saturday February 25th
the CCC joins choral forces with three choirs from the Coastal Sound Music Academy for a special joint concert entitled “A Choral Celebration from Coast to Coast”.
The CCC began as an unlikely dream nurtured by alumni of the 1999 National Youth Choir, and became a phenomenon that grew out of passion and determination. A decade and a half later, the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir has matured into an artistic force whose mandate to bring new and existing Canadian choral music to every corner of Canada has allowed singers, conductors, audiences, and composers to come together in celebration of the depth of this country’s choral heritage. Under the artistic direction of renowned conductor and music educator Julia Davids, the CCC has pursued artistic excellence in every performance while always remaining true to its core mission: building community through choral singing.
The joint concert with Coastal Sound will include repertoire from the CCC’s Juno Award-nominated album “Sacred Reflections of Canada – A Canadian Mass”, such as Tabula Rasa by Don Macdonald and Gloria! by Tobin Stokes – both of whom call BC home. Bruce Sled’s La-ba-lin-da and Tim Corlis’ Loveliest of Trees will round out the repertoire by BC composers, and will be interspersed in the program among other works such as Vision Chant by Andrew Balfour, Lavinia Kell Parker’s Songs Are Thoughts, and Silence by Nancy Telfer.
The CCC offers some of Canada’s finest choral singers a professional choral environment in which to nurture their gifts, and the singers in turn give of their talents to the communities in which they perform. Each CCC tour features workshops for local singers and conductors of all ages and stages, as well as performances of diverse music by Canadian composers both established and emerging. Through these interactions, the CCC has inspired, nurtured, and mentored thousands of choral enthusiasts while working tirelessly to champion the vast wealth of choral music created in Canada. The power of this unique vision has allowed the CCC to truly become Canada’s coast-to-coast chamber choir.
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Link to casual “choir on a bridge” photo:
Link to photo of Artistic Team (L to R: Jeff Enns, composer-in-residence; Julia Davids, artistic director; Joel Tranquilla, associate conductor)