Elektra Women's Choir has just announced its 30th anniversary season, and it includes a gala concert featuring soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian.
The choir joins voices with the Canadian star as part of a special International Women's Day concert on March 8 next year. On the program at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is Abbie Betinis’s From Behind the Caravan and the Canadian premiere of ethereal Armenian hymns arranged by Serouj Kradjian for Bayrakdarian, cello (Rebecca Wenham), and women’s voices.
Elsewhere on the season is the choral group's annual Chez Nous: Christmas With Elektra concert, this time featuring celebrated pianist Jane Coop on November 26 at Ryerson United Church and November 27 at the Good Shepherd Church.
And on April 6, 2017, the group presents Evening with Elektra: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser at the Terminal City Club.
Elektra will wrap up its season on May 13, 2017, with a program called Shining Light: Celebrating Women Composers at Ryerson United Church. It features a preconcert talk with artistic director Morna Edmundson and includes music by living Canadian and American female composers, such as Alice Parker, Eleanor Daley, Ramona Luengen, Abbie Betinis, Joan Szymko, Leslie Uyeda, Joanne Metcalf, Sarah Quartel, Jocelyn Hagen, Joni Mitchell, and more. The concert also launches a three-year collaboration between Elektra and emerging and established women composers, including the premiere of a new work by Vancouver-based Kathleen Allan.
Ticket and schedule information is here.