The Vancouver Cantata Singers have had a long, rewarding connection with German music over the years, including a 1999 recording of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger’s choral pieces by the German music publisher Carus-Verlag, and a major tour of the country at around the same time. So it’s fitting, as part of its 60th-anniversary season, that the smashing ensemble should stage an all-German a cappella choral program, chock full of masterworks by the likes of Rheinberger, Johannes Brahms, and Anton Bruckner, all performed under the baton of Paula Kremer. As a bonus, it’s upping its vocal ante by inviting all past singing members of VCS to join in on Rheinberger’s transcendent Abendlied. Get ready for a gut concert.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers present Cantus Missae: Rheinberger and the Romantics at Holy Rosary Cathedral on Saturday (February 24).
Artful clowns you don’t have to be scared of.