Chor Leoni announces new 2023-24 season of choir power

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      Vancouver’s Juno-nominated, 70-strong choir Chor Leoni have announced the lineup for their next season. 

      Kicking off with the 32nd annual Remembrance Day observation in November, the group is set to embark on a season that covers everything from sea shanties to contemporary choral commissions. 

      “We’re thrilled to share a season filled with treasured favourites, exciting collaborations, and brand new landmark choral works,” artistic director Erick Lichte says in a statement. “In entertaining and stirring ways, this season hopes to give voice to the fulness of the human experience.” 

      There are nine world premieres sprinkled throughout the season, which spans seven performances from November to June, all at Chor Leoni’s home base of St Andrews’-Wesley United in downtown Vancouver. 

      “Our hope is to bring beauty, joy, laughter, thoughtfulness, and peace to the heart of our extraordinary city,” Lichte adds. “Chor Leoni is staunchly from and for its community and we hope this season can create a deeper and fuller connection in it.”

      Single tickets will be available to purchase from September 28, with multi-concert ticket sales available now. 35 and under pricing is available for every show, and student rush tickets are $10 on the door.

      Check out the full programme below or find more information on Chor Leoni’s website



      What is the cost of war, and how do we find peace? Explore the big questions as part of Chor Leoni’s annual remembrance day concert, combining folk, pop, and modern choral works with piano, cello, and organ accompaniment. 

      When: November 10, 7:30pm and November 11, 2pm and 5pm

      Admission: From $20

      Christmas with Chor Leoni

      Piano, harp, and violin are set to accompany the lion-hearted choir as they present new and familiar songs for the festive season.

      When: December 15, 7:30pm; December 16, 11am, 2pm and 5pm; December 18, 5pm and 8pm

      Admission: From $20

      The Return Voyage / La Nef and Chor Leoni sing Sea Shanties

      Chor Leoni reunites with Montreal’s La Nef ensemble to sing songs of the sea and swell. Given sea shanties’ unlikely resurgence on social media recently, this promises to be a rip-roaring good time.

      When: February 16 at 7:30pm and February 17 at 2pm and 5pm

      Admission: From $20

      Harmonia: The Leonids & Chor Leoni

      Who needs accompaniment when you’re this good at a capella? The Leonids, the professional nine-voice chamber ensemble, come to the stage alongside Chor Leoni and the singers of the Emerging Choral Artist Program to span a millennium of voice-only music. 

      When: April 11, 7:30pm

      Admission: From $20

      The Big Roar

      Chor Leoni’s yearly singing festival debuts a new name this year, but keeps the same heart and bite to celebrate Vancouver’s thriving choral singing community. Featuring Chor Leoni, emerging singers, the Leonids, and the MYVoice youth choir.

      When: April 13, 5pm

      Admission: From $20

      Earth & Aether / The Archeology of Soul and Sky

      This double world premiere examines the legacies we’ve left on earth, and the radio waves we’ve sent into space. Harpist Vivian Chen and saxophonist Julia Nolan join for a space- and time-travelling performance.

      When: May 10, 7:30pm and May 11, 4pm

      Admission: From $20

      C/4: Canadian Choral Composition Competition

      Shouldn’t an acronym with four Cs be either 4C or C3? Anyway: Canadian composers Laura Hawley, Robyn Jacob, and Chris Sivak debut three new pieces in an interactive session designed to illuminate what goes into making new choral songs.

      When: June 14, 7:30pm

      Admission: From $30