Vancouver Chamber Choir – Poetry in Music – The Conductors’ Symposium Concert

Event Details

Ryerson United Church

Vancouver Chamber Choir
Jon Washburn, conductor
Stephen Smith, piano
and five conductors from the National Conductors’ Symposium

The choral art is a rich one, offering the double gift of both music and poetry. In this concert the Vancouver Chamber Choir, led by Jon Washburn and five conductors from the 33rd annual National Conductors’ Symposium, performs music based on verse from some of the world’s greatest poets: Goethe, Shakespeare, Auden, Whitman, Eliot, Rossetti, Dickinson and more. Truly a poetic feast in a choral fest!

Robert Schumann- Talismane (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Franz Schubert- Chor der Engel (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Johannes Brahms- Warum (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

John Rutter- Blow, blow, thou winter wind (William Shakespeare)
Steven Sametz- When he shall die (William Shakespeare)
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi- Double, double, toil and trouble (William Shakespeare)

Vincent Persichetti- sam was a man (E.E. Cummings)
Lukas Foss- Cool prayers (Carl Sandburg)
Stephen Chatman- On the beach at night alone (Walt Whitman)

William Hawley- My River runs to thee (Emily Dickinson)
Ralph Vaughan Williams- Rest (Christina Rossetti)
Jon Washburn- Lullaby (Christina Rossetti)
Alice Parker- To Kathleen (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

Benjamin Britten- Rosa Mystica (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
John Paynter- New Hampshire (T.S. Eliot)
Benjamin Britten- Blues (W.H. Auden)
Samuel Barber- The Monk and his Cat (W.H. Auden)

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