Chor Leoni unveils 2018-19 season, launching with ode to First World War Armistice world premiere

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      The world premiere of a commissioned oratorio by new composer-in-residence Zachary Wadsworth is one of the highlights on the recently announced Chor Leoni 2018-19 roster.

      Even before the season kicks off, the choir is making news: this summer it becomes the first Canadian choir invited to appear at the Singapore and Bali International Choral Festivals. The all-male ensemble will showcase the repertoire it will be taking there at Chor Leoni 25 on April 28 in the afternoon at West Vancouver United Church and in the evening at Vancouver’s St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.

      The official season kicks off with three performances over November 10 and 11, with Where There Is Peace, when Chor Leoni celebrates the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice with the world premiere of a concert-length oratorio by Canadian-American composer Wadsworth. Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford, soprano Arwen Myers, and the Borealis String Quartet will join the choir for the event.

      Wadsworth is set to also as the choir’s first composer-in-iesidence, creating additional works for Chor Leoni’s holiday program (Christmas With Chor Leoni, December 14 to 17) as well as this season’s VanMan Male Choral Summit.

      The holiday concert will also mark the release of a new Christmas CD, Star of Wonder.

      In the new year, the group will perform pop and jazz standards with Jodi Proznick and her band in a show called PopCapella, March 1 to 3 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      And the fifth annual VanMan Male Choral Summit will launch April 12, 2019 with a concert by "ensembles with deep connections to artistic director Erick Lichte", including Cantus Vocal Ensemble. 

      C/4: Canadian Choral Composition Competition returns for a third year to the Orpheum Annex to showcase the finalists in Chor Leoni’s Canada-wide quest for new compositions for male choir, May 10, 2019.