Our two soloists for the Wednesday night’s collaborative production of Fauré’s Requiem include soprano Hannah Pagenkopf and baritone Nicholas Allen.
We not only share the stage with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus on Wednesday, but also with one of the renowned organists in the city: Dr. Neil Cockburn! Neil will join us on Fauré's Requiem, both works by Dove, and the Te Deum in C by Benjamin Britten. And because we are performing in the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Neil will play the magnificent 6,008-pipe Carthy organ built by Casavant Frères.
In addition to two works by Benjamin Britten, our collaborative concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus will feature two works by British composer Jonathan Dove: Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars, and Bless the Lord, O My Soul.
Two of the works on our collaborative program with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus were composed by the great British composer Benjamin Britten.
We are pleased to collaborate for this concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. The Chorus, led by Chorus Master Timothy Shantz, is a group of over 150 voluntary singers who perform diverse repertoire including oratorio, opera, light classics, contemporary music, and pops. The Chorus is featured in approximately eight concerts with the Orchestra each season.
Established in 1963, the Chorus works with the Orchestra to achieve excellence in the performance of choral music and to promote the enjoyment and development of choral singing in the Calgary community. Chorus members come from all walks of life and include physicians, students, lawyers and stay-at-home parents who dedicate more than 19,000 hours annually to rehearsals and performances. The Chorus is proud to perform for local charities during the Christmas season and often takes part in community education and outreach activities with the Orchestra throughout the year.
The Chorus has participated in choral festivals across Canada, been featured in live recordings, and performed for Queen Elizabeth II in a special presentation conducted by the late Mario Bernardi, CPO Music Director Emeritus.
The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus is an auditioned ensemble that rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:45 pm. Auditions take place June 18, 20 & 23, 2018. For information, contact Bernie Constantin, manager of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus.
DID YOU KNOW... The Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and Luminous Voices have a lot of shared history. In addition to being led by Timothy Shantz, two of this season's section principals of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus are also founding choristers with Luminous Voices.