Early Music Vancouver’s Bach Cantata Project presents Festive Cantatas for Christmas at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on Sunday (December 22) at 3 p.m.
Marc Destrubé directs this holiday celebration, which features sopranos Shannon Mercer and Catherine Webster, alto Meg Bragle, tenor Aaron Sheehan, and baritone Sumner Thompson.
This year’s program includes Bach’s Himmelskönig, sei willkommen [Cantata BWV 182], Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! [Cantata BWV 132], and Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern [Cantata BWV 1], as well as Johann Kahnau’s Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.
The 20th celebration of Winter Harp takes place at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street) on Saturday (December 21) at 7:30 p.m.
In this Christmas celebration, musicians wearing medieval attire share music, songs, and stories about the winter holidays. The program ranges from well-known carols to Celtic, medieval, and world music.
The show also takes on the look of a luminous pre-Raphaelite painting, with golden Celtic and classical harps, drums, tambourines, temple bells, flutes, ancient and rare instruments, and a backdrop of dozens of candles aglow.
The show features 67 horses along with 48 human performers who perform some amazing acrobatic feats.
Odysseo, which celebrates the relationship between humans and horses, was initially going to run for five weeks in Vancouver. But the additional performances mean it will remain under the White Big Top until January 12, 2014.
A South African grocery store was the setting for a touching tribute to Nelson Mandela. On December 7, a Johannesburg location of Woolworths was treated to a flash mob of singers from the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The Grammy Award-winning choir, who last performed in Vancouver in 2012, posed as grocery store employees and customers before breaking out into an a cappella version of Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a song written by musician Johnny Clegg in 1987 as a call for Mandela’s freedom during his incarceration.
The “impromptu” performance left many customers in the busy grocery store in tears and deeply touched.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers presents A Christmas Reprise on Saturday (December 21) at 2 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral (646 Richards Street).
The 11th-annual holiday concert evokes a warm festive feeling with traditional and contemporary Christmas repertoire. This year’s program will end with Franz Biehl’s arrangement of Ave Maria.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers perform under the direction of Paula Kremer.
Tickets to A Christmas Reprise are $18 and can be purchased online in advance, by phone at 604-730-8856, and at the door if available.
Preview performances are scheduled for December 23 and 26 at 8 p.m., and regular performances are December 28, January 1 to 4, 7 to 11, 14 to 18 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on December 29, January 5 and 12.
Uncle Vanya is set in the countryside during late 19th century Russia. Vanya, who manages an estate, and his friend Astrov are smitten with the beautiful Yelena, who is Vanya’s new sister-in-law. Meanwhile, Vanya’s neice Sonya is in love with Astrov, but the young doctor is blind to her affection.
Mount Pleasant will get a new beacon for the festive season thanks to a public art installation.
The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, Liveable Laneways Society, and the Lee Building will flip on the light switch of a large-scale representation of a tree, created by the Liveable Laneways Society, architect and artist Jasminka Miletic-Prelovac, and her colleague Robert Sutherland.
The tree, mounted on the western exterior side of the historic Lee Building, is made from white chloroplast attached to chicken wire and decorated with lights donated by BL Innovative Lighting.
The former Buschlen Mowatt Gallery at 1445 West Georgia Street will be used as a showroom next year to commemorate Canadian war vets in Afghanistan.
Foster Eastman, founder of Axis Hair Salon, told the Straight that he will rent the space for another seven months as he gets ready to launch a new exhibit there in April.
"We’re going to create a mural with 162 panels to represent every soldier that’s died," he said.
It will be launched shortly after Canada officially withdraws its troops from Afghanistan.
If you're walking down Granville Street, you might notice some new art adorning the City of Vancouver's electrical boxes.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design students have debuted 11 new public art pieces between West Cordova and Drake streets.
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association paid the $20,000 cost of the WRAP project.