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Vox Humana Choir: The Long Road

On May 18, 2019, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, Victoria’s premier choir, will present The Long Road, featuring a cappella repertoire by Canadian composers, written in the last 40 years. The concert will feature “One Black Spike” by Jocelyn Morlock, a work that explores the theme of immigrant labour used to develop the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from 1914-1945.

The last concert in Vox Humana’s 2018-2019 season, The Long Road, will feature two commissioned works: “Fire and Ice” and “Canadian Triptych”. “Fire and Ice” by BC composer David Archer is one of the first settings of poetry by Robert Frost since the poet’s work entered the public domain in 2019. David Archer says of the text, “Astronomer Harold Shapley claimed to have inspired “Fire and Ice” when Robert Frost asked him how the world will actually end. By the exploding sun or by freezing in deep space, came the reply.”

“Canadian Triptych”, a three-movement work by BC composer Liova Bueno, includes poetry by Canadian poets Margaret Avison, Lorna Crozier and Jan Zwicky. The work speaks to “Who we are and how we see the world is shaped by our living environments. The history of Canadian literature is full of the exploration of urban/rural contrasts, with poets reflecting, yearning, celebrating, remembering or projecting change, and sharing tales of transformation.”

The choir will present the world premiere performance of “Carpe Diem” by Victoria composer Nicholas alongside works by other BC composers Kathleen Allan, Kristopher Fulton, Rodney Sharman, Chris Sivak, and Tobin Stokes, as well as works by Ontario composers, Leonard Enns and Jeff Enns (no relation).

The choir is proud to give the BC premiere performance of Jeff Enns’ “I Lost My Talk” commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2018. With permission from her family, Jeff Enns set the poem “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe, a Mi'kmaw elder and poet,who speaks about her experience attending a Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and being forced to give up her native language.

Additional information, interviews and photographs can be obtained by contacting Artistic Director, Brian Wismath (info@voxhumanachoir.ca).

Performances:

May 18th, 2019– 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
St. Andrew’s Catholic Cathedral (740 View Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1J8)

Tickets: $20, Free (25 and under) Duration: About 1.5 hours

Visit www.voxhumanachoir.ca for more information.

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