This November the Victoria Choral Society, under the direction of Brian Wismath, will perform This Thirsty Land by Leonard Enns and No. 2 Mass in G major by Franz Schubert in collaboration with Oak Bay High School Choir, bringing together over 200 singers! The program features an orchestra of musicians from the Victoria Symphony and three outstanding soloists: Abby Schuliger (soprano), Casey Edmunds (tenor), and Nathan McDonald (bass).
8 pm Saturday, Nov 9, 2019
University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium
Tickets $35 (regular) and $10 (students and unwaged) are available at UVic Ticket Centre in person (University Centre), by phone (250-721-8480) and online at tickets.uvic.ca.
For more information, go to victoriachoralsociety.ca.
A modern tribute to our fragile planet
The performance opens with the BC premiere of Enns’s This Thirsty Land, a stirring five-movement tribute to our fragile planet. “From early recorded texts to the very present, water has remained a profound focus of our attention, and the realities of climate change make it an ever more crucial object of our concern: water as life source, as life sustaining, but also life threatening through both regionally dependent over-abundance or lack of access.” ~ Leonard Enns
A journey back in time
After intermission, the programme journeys back in time to Schubert’s second mass, which was composed in less than a week in 1815. The most popular of his three shorter masses, its charming song-like melodic writing, especially in the Kyrie and the Credo, forms a magical counterpoint to the more prominent solo instrumental parts in the Gloria and the Sanctus. More than 200 years later, Schubert’s striking and beautiful Mass in G still captivates audiences worldwide.
We hope you will join us for this wonderful concert of classical and contemporary music!
Victoria Choral Society
The Victoria Choral Society, directed by Brian Wismath, is an auditioned, mixed-voice symphonic chorus. It is dedicated to presenting the finest choral music from baroque to contemporary. Founded in 1934, the Victoria Choral Society has played a leading role in Victoria’s cultural life, and has performed with every Victoria Symphony conductor since the symphony’s inception. Recent performances with the Symphony include Wagner’s Lohengrin (Third Act), Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Each year, the Victoria Choral Society also produces its own concerts with orchestra and soloists, recently performing Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang.
Oak Bay High School Choir
Oak Bay High School houses 11 excellent choirs under the direction of Tina Horwood and Steven Price. Two of the ensembles are excited to participate in this performance with the Victoria Choral Society. “Bella Voce” is a dynamic ensemble from grades 9 through 12, and Oak Bay High’s “Chamber Choir” is an auditioned group of grade 11 and 12 students. Both welcome the learning experience of being exposed to a wide array of choral literature designed to build their singing and musical abilities. A number of the members of this choir also participate in other aspects of the performing arts at Oak Bay, such as band, drama, dance, and musical theatre. Oak Bay Choir would like to thank Brian Wismath and the Victoria Choral Society for providing this wonderful opportunity for our singers.