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Sat. November 22nd 2014 St. Mary's Anglican Church Oak Bay BC Free

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Victoria Philharmonic Choir Launches 10th Anniversary Celebration Season with Music for St. Cecilia's Day: Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Michael Molnar, Julian Greenwood, Raya Fridman, Sarah Fryer

The Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Music Director Peter Butterfield launch thei...
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Sat. November 22nd 2014 + Add to Calendar St. Mary's Anglican Church (All Ages)
5:00pm - 6:30pm  Doors at: 4:30pm Free

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Victoria Philharmonic Choir
Renaissance to 21st century choral from Victoria BC
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Michael Molnar
Julian Greenwood
Raya Fridman
Sarah Fryer

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Victoria Philharmonic Choir
Auditioned, mixed choir conducted by Peter Butterfield, perf...
PO Box 5041 Victoria B Victoria BC
Open / Operational

Event Description

The Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Music Director Peter Butterfield launch their new season with a 500-year-old tradition - a workshop and concert marking the feast day of Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

While the story of this 4th century Roman Christian martyr is a tangled web of religion and legend, and very few historical facts, she has inspired a heavenly host of musical works by great composers, including Henry Purcell, G.F. Handel and Benjamin Britten, whose birthday falls on Cecilia's feast day of November 22.

"It was too great a coincidence to pass up", says conductor Peter Butterfield, who has programmed Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia, set to a poem by W.H. Auden, as a feature of the performance. The choir will also sing choruses from Handel's joyous Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, Samuel Barber's poignant Adagio, and Canadian composer Paul Halley's Freedom Trilogy, which interweaves Gregorian chant with South African hymns, Amazing Grace - and a percussion solo!

Guest musicians include Vancouver organist Michael Molnar, pianist Julian Greenwood, and an orchestral ensemble led by violinist Raya Fridman.

Singers who would like to take part in the St. Cecilia's Day choral workshop, 10 am - 4 pm with Peter Butterfield, guest mezzo-soprano Sarah Fryer, and the VPC, are invited to register at vpchoir.ca. Cost of the workshop is $25 regular, $10 for students. Participants will have the option of singing some of the workshop repertoire in the concert.

All are welcome at the 5pm concert, with entry by donation.

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St. Mary's Anglican Church
1701 Elgin Ave.
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Victoria Philharmonic Choir Launches 10th Anniversary Celebration Season with Music for St. Cecilia's Day: Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Michael Molnar, Julian Greenwood, Raya Fridman, Sarah Fryer @ St. Mary's Anglican Church Nov 22 2014 - Apr 18th @ St. Mary's Anglican Church

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