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2017-2018 SEASON



Featuring Durufle's Requiem

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 PM
West End Christian Reformed Church
10015 149 Street

Jordan Van Biert Conductor

with guests
Chronos Vocal Ensemble
& chamber orchestra
Aaron Au 
Sara Staples Mezzo-soprano

Maurice Durufle's stunning Requiem, completed shortly after WWII in memory of the composer's father, will be paired with contemporary music performed by both Vocal Alchemy and guests Chronos Vocal Ensemble, a cappella and with piano accompaniment. The program will also feature a guest chamber orchestra, organist Jeremy Spurgeon, and the world premiere of Laura Hawley's Meadowlarks.

These Are Our Songs

Canadian Folk Music

Saturday, February 24, 7:00 PM
West End Christian Reformed Church

10015 149 Street

Jordan Van Biert Conductor

with guests
Jessica Heine singer-songwriter
Ante Meridiem the daytime choir
Kim Cousineau piano
Thom Bennett drums
Travis Switzer bass
John Calverley violin

In the vein of the choir's "These Are Our Songs" concerts of the past, we pair arrangements of traditional folk songs and folk-inspired material with original songs by Canadian singer-songwriters of today and of past generations. Guest Jessica Heine will perform original material as well as covers of Gordon Lightfoot and Rita McNeil together with the choir, and we are joined by a fantastic local rhythm section.

Traditional folk songs will include material from many of Canada's regions, inspired by English, French and Aboriginal heritages, in great original compositions and arrangements by Larry Nickel, Mark Sirett, Ron Smail, Trent Worthington and more.

Also featured is Ante Meridiem, the "daytime choir" founded by Vocal Alchemy in 2012, as well as conductor Rebecca Parsons, Vocal Alchemy's 2017-18 Choral Assistant.



Featuring John Rutter's Gloria

Sunday, November 26, 3:00 PM
McDougall United Church

10086 MacDonald Drive

Jordan Van Biert Conductor

with guests
Bok Brass 
Jeremy Spurgeon 

Vocal Alchemy kicks off its 16th Season with a performance featuring John Rutter's Gloria for choir, brass and organ. This will be a big, brassy and festive Vocal Alchemy Christmas, with just enough intimate a cappella music as well, and as always, a chance to sing carols with the choir.

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