Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jan 29: Songs Of The People | VCC | John Trotter debut!

Here's a note from John Trotter. Concert details follow his letter.

Dear Friends and Colleagues;

I am now in the thick of rehearsals for - and only eight days away from - my upcoming concert with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Pacifica Singers. The concert is at 8 pm Friday, January 29, in the superb acoustics of Ryerson United Church at 45th and Yew. Many thanks to all of you who have already purchased tickets for yourselves and/or organized groups. At yesterday's production meeting I learned that the concert is selling well, which is a great encouragement.

For those of you who haven't had a chance to make your arrangements yet, or who are still considering whom you would like to invite, please find concert and ticket info below. Unfortunately, my email won’t correctly format all the cool graphics the choir has put together to help publicize this concert, so I can’t send you those. You can, however, always link to the Vancouver Chamber Choir website:

Ticket and concert info:

Dear friends;

On Friday, January 29, I will be conducting my first full-length program with a professional ensemble here in Vancouver: the Vancouver Chamber Choir. It would make me very happy to see you there! I recently returned from a very successful three-week concert tour to Taiwan and Japan with the choir, ( so this will be something of a homecoming.

For this particular concert, there are two ways you can enjoy the music and save money at the same time:

1) If you are the enterprising type and can round up a group of 10 or more people to come, Karen in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Office (604) 738-6822 can give unbeatable rates on all three classes (adult, senior, and student) of tickets. Karen can explain how to do this if you have any further questions, but I think I recall it works most smoothly if the person who contacts her knows how many people to expect and takes care of payment for the group. I think this method also lets you avoid the Ticketmaster fees, which is a great advantage. Groups have to be confirmed by the Tuesday before the concert, at the absolute latest.

2) If 10 people is too ambitious, on this particular concert you can still get something of a discount on adult tickets (seniors/students are already somewhat discounted) by using a special ticketmaster page that has been set up for my ‘friends and family’ (yes, that includes you!) Click here to check it out:

I’ll include some info about the concert below, and would be happy to provide anything further that you might want. Of course, you can feel free to invite others you may know to come too! For example, Marie and I have bought a few tickets ourselves to use as “thank you” Christmas gifts for folks; this way, we know we’ll get to see those people again, and can look forward to sharing something special with them.

SONGS OF THE PEOPLE European Traditions
8 pm Friday, January 29
Ryerson United Church
2195 W. 45th Ave (at Yew St.)

Vancouver Chamber Choir
Pacifica Singers
John William Trotter, conductor

The Olympic season leads us to reflect on the diverse peoples of the world and their many rich musical cultures. Our new Assistant Conductor John William Trotter draws on the folk heritage of the European continent, Scandinavia and the British Isles for this concert of Songs of the People. Several great composers - the Hungarian Kod├íly, Frenchman Poulenc, German Brahms, Englishman Vaughan Williams and Wilhelm Stenhammar (a Swede setting Danish words) - provide their insight and perspective on the folk traditions of their respective regions. Also a few Italian madrigals and bonus folksongs, just to round out John’s first full concert with the Choir.

After the concert, join John William Trotter and founding Music Director Jon Washburn for a short post-concert reception. Join the conversation about what it is like to serve as Assistant Conductor of Canada’s Outstanding Professional Choir!

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