Voices at the Atrium



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Free admission



Hard Rubber New Music presents


Spacious sounds spanning several centuries selected for a sweet social space

Featuring new commissioned work by Jordan Nobles and Dean Thiessen, and guest artist, Paul Plimley on solo piano


Dory Hayley | Camille Hesketh soprano
Melanie Adams | Martina Govednik alto
Ian Bannerman | Taka Shimojima tenor
Stephen Duncan | Steve Maddock bass
Nina Horvath keyboard

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Atrium (111 West Hastings at Abbott)

5:00 - 6:00 pm – Performance

2:00 - 4:00 pm – Open Rehearsal


The Woodward’s Atrium, one of Vancouver’s most important indoor public spaces created in Vancouver in the last decade will reverberate with the sounds of some of Vancouver’s top vocalists.

Music will be composed and performed to complement and incorporate the acoustics of this large reverberant space. The program will include the premiere of commissioned works by Jordan Nobles and Dean Thiessen as well as vocal works from the 16th and 17th century.

Known for creating music filled with an “unearthly beauty” (Mondomagazine) that makes listeners want to “close (their) eyes and transcend into a cloud of music” (Discorder Magazine), Jordan Nobles has emerged as one of Canada’s finest composers. His piece Immersion won ‘Classical Composition of the Year’ at the 2017 Juno Awards.

A recent graduate of the Jazz Composition degree at Capilano University, Dean Thiessen is a pianist, arranger, and up and coming composer in Vancouver’s music scene. Drawing from Romantic and 20th Century composers such as Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Gunther Schuller, Dean strives to delicately and thoroughly construct all his works.

Eight of Vancouver’s top classical vocalists will fill the Atrium with vibrant music immersing those attending in sounds only possible in such a cavernous space. An open rehearsal will be held in the Atrium before the performance for those interested in seeing how the music is prepared and rehearsed within a large public space and within a short time frame.


The Hard Rubber New Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services and the Province of British Columbia through Community Gaming Grants.