Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nov 28: Elektra Unveils Luci Shaw - Ed Henderson Christmas Piece

Not the first time we've enthused about Elektra. Karen Augusta - played Dolly in TENT MEETING at PT, sang at CHRISTMAS PRESENCE and PASSION - was with the choir, probably still is. But this time we're stoked because their Christmas offerings will include the premiere of a new work by composer Ed Henderson (brother of Chilliwack's Bill - based on the Christmas poetry of Luci Shaw! PT's first Christmas show, back in 1984, included something by Luci, and she's been a fixture ever since.

Elektra Women's Choir
Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director

Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra

November 28, 2009 * 2 pm
New Westminter Christian Reformed Church
8255 13th Ave, Burnaby

November 28, 2009 * 7:30 pm
Ryerson United Church
2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver

with guests
* Zing! Children's Choir, Lisa Reimer, Artistic Director
* Ed Henderson, guitar
* Jodi Proznick, acoustic bass
* Bramwell Tovey, piano
* Stephen Smith, piano & organ

Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra is your invitation into the season as the choir celebrates the approaching holidays with music ranging from ancient carols to brand new commissions from Ed Henderson and Tim Corlis.

The featured work is William Mathias' lyrical setting of Salvator Mundi, a Christmas carol sequence based on seven carols from the 15th - 17th centuries. Mathias was considered one of the greatest of Welsh composers, whose technical sophistication never got in the way of his love of lyrical vocal lines and the sense of text, occasion and emotional spirit of his music. Salvator Mundi calls for "piano 4 hands" and we are honoured to welcome the VSO's Maestro, Bramwell Tovey, to share the piano bench with Elektra's own Stephen Smith.

Artistic Director, Morna Edmundson, has gathered some of Vancouver's top musicians to join in the festivities and share their musical gifts. Elektra is pleased to welcome composer and guitarist, Ed Henderson, Jodi Proznick on acoustic bass, and Zing! Children's Choir directed by Lisa Reimer to Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra.

Expect familiar carols to sing along with, new favourites, seasonal readings and treats for the kids, and of course, the brilliant singing of Elektra to help launch your holiday preparations!

Tickets $26 | $20
Available through Elektra members or through
Ticketmaster 604.280.3311

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