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Be spellbound by the awe-inspiring power of Vancouver Chamber Choir

by on February 23, 2012

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is one of Canada’s national treasures, and on Thursday March 1st at 7:30pm Fredericton audiences will find out why. Impressing audiences with the depth and range of their repertoire and interpretive skills, their concerts might encompass a range of music from chant to folksong, traditional to avant-garde, a cappella to orchestra, to jazz trio. The choir’s conductor, John Washburn, is noted for devising innovative and fascinating programs, and unearthing hidden choral treasures. A leading advocate of Canadian music and composers, the choir has commissioned and premiered more than 170 new choral works in the last 30 years.

In 1994, they performed in Korea and Japan, where they were awarded gold medals and the overall Grand Prize in the 11th Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Competition. During the summer of 1997, the choir completed a highly successful tour of Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. And in March 1999, they were featured guests at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, where they performed to an audience of 6,000 of their peers.

During the 2002-2003 concert season, the choir performed in Latin America’s prestigious Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, and in the 2002 Taipei International Choral Festival. In 2004, the choir received an invitation to participate in the Tokyo International Performing Arts Festival.

The master musicians of the Vancouver Chamber Choir create a world of beauty and meaning just for their audiences. They bring a whole range of vocal expression, from the majesty of choir and orchestra to the multi-hued palette of unaccompanied voices, from the masterpieces of the greatest composers to the excitement of the latest premiere, from song to motet to oratorio and even opera.

“Jon Washburn’s choir remains at the forefront of Canadian vocal ensembles.” – The Toronto Star

Patrons are also invited to join conductor Jon Washburn after the show on March 1st for the next installment of our In Conversation Series post-show talks at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Hosted by journalist and St. Thomas University professor Christine McLean, this forum gives fans the opportunity to talk with Washburn about his extensive travels as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician, and master teacher, and about his experience as the Conductor and Artistic Director of Canada’s outstanding professional vocal ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Tickets for the post-show talk, available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office in limited number, are complimentary and include a free glass of wine.

Tickets for Vancouver Chamber Choir are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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