One Last Song

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November 11, 2017

25th annual Remembrance Day concerts

Chor Leoni continues its beloved tradition of Remembrance Day concerts with a program of powerful music paired with thoughtful readings focused on the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge and its mythic place in Canadian history. Musical highlights include Lizzy Hoyt’s Vimy Ridge  and In Flanders Fields by Michael Betteridge. As always the concert closes with The Last Post and the singing of Rupert Lang’s Kontakion.

Saturday November 11, 2017 | 1:30pm
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Saturday November 11, 2017 | 8pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver

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Saturday November 11, 2017 | 1:30pm
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Saturday November 11, 2017 | 8pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver

Section A $40 | Section B $35 | Section C $30 | Section D $25 | Students $10
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Note: Section D seats at West Vancouver United Church are in the side chapel. In St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church they are in the side transepts and have reduced sight lines.

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  1. Powerful, emotional and unforgettable.
    I am still feeling the awe and sadness from this stirring performance.

    —Paul Avery |
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  2. How you keep it fresh every year and still manage to touch our hearts – all that dedication is so appreciated. You make it so easy to support you and am I ever grateful for you in our community. Thank you.

    —Lesley McGibbon |
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  3. A very moving concert and so important to remember all those who gave their lives for Canada. thanks you all so much.

    —Anne Strickland |
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  4. As always, a fabulous uplifting concert. Thank you.
    Tessa

    —Tessa wilson |
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  5. Your Remembrance Day concert continues to be most uplifting and beautiful.
    So much thought and creativity goes into the program . Thank you .

    —Susan Engelbert |
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  6. we thought it couldn’t get any better as we have been coming for 25 years. but you know, it did! it was perfect and very moving
    thank you

    —burke and hanneke corbet |
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  7. Your singing was balanced, nuanced and truly beautiful. I liked the readings as well.

    —Mary Hamm |
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  8. Another incredible concert by the Lions! The resonance and emotion in each song was breathtaking.

    —JS |
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  9. I always love the Chor Leoni Remembrance Day concert, as I did this year. I particularly enjoyed the guitar accompaniment. Although I do like the poetry readings, I would prefer more pieces by the choir and fewer readings.
    Thank you to all the wonderful singers and to their Director.

    —Carol J Gibson |
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  10. Beautiful and powerful singing, as usual. I’m a bit surprised you don’t sing O Canada since we also celebrate Canada’s contribution to fighting for and keeping peace, and I would love to have heard Hallelujah (Cohen) again. All in all, lovely. Lyrics were much appreciated.

    —Audrey Travis |
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  11. Absolutely breathtaking.
    Well done

    —Judith Parkes |
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  12. Thank you Chor Leoni for another wonderful Remembrance Day concert; such a beautiful unified tone with such an amazing range of dynamics. A powerfully emotional performance.

    —Joyce Jackson |
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  13. A powerful, emotive performance. Left me choked up and pondering. But, for me, the difficult balance wasn’t quite right. What was missing was a piece highlighting the futility of all those WWI (and other) deaths, and the little we’ve learned from that history. In future, you might think about including something like Eric Bogle / The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s “The Green Fields of France.”

    —Stephen Antle |
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  14. We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, as we have everyone that we have attended for some years.-That is the reason we keep attending!. I particularly enjoyed today’s concert Because of the way the voices blended. I guess that is one of the reasons that we enjoy the concerts so much. I was sorry to learn that Dick had passed away – he went to join Diane.

    Jim Hylands |
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  15. Very moving concert. It was my husband’s first attendance at a Chor Leoni concert and he was very impressed. His Father was in the Royal Navy and passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 97. He was involved in almost all the aspects of WWII and actually picked up the Orders for D-Day. His ship was the HMS Argonaut. I would think that most attendees had some relative involved in one of the wars.

    —Isabelle Procter |
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  16. You guys really nailed it this time. The most beautiful concert in years. Thank you very much for making my Remembrance Day so meaningful.

    Karen

    —Karen O'Connor Coulter |
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  17. The voices as always and the conducting were superb but had hoped for some happier War Time Music.

    —Patricia |
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  18. It wouldn’t be the same Remembrance Day without the Lions’ concert. What a treat, as always – powerful musically and emotionally.

    —Brigid Coult |
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  19. an amazing performance – the church was an intimate setting and the selection of music and poems very moving.

    —Lani |
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  20. A wonderful combination of a cappella and accompanied songs. The readings and poetry were moving and well chosen to suit the mood and the occasion. As always, the concert audience was respectful right up until the choir finished, at which point they loudly showed their appreciation.

    —Jean M Hurst |
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  21. Loved the concert . Thank you! I was looking forward to hearing Prayer of the Children as advertised and very disappointed that it was not on he program.

    —Lee Wolff |
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  22. The performance was most impressive, with a varied program of music and poetry The enunciated was superb, and the length of the performance ideal. Thank you so much for a truly memorable afternoon.

    —Barbara Van Gruen |
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  23. A beautiful performance and a great tribute to our men and women who fought in the wars and lost their lives. I loved the poems and the music was superb. My first Remembrance Day concert and I will be back.

    —Joyce Bayly |
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  24. A vocal wonder

    —Cathy Sutton |
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  25. I attended the Saturday afternoon performance in West Van. I found it a very moving and wonderful presentation by all.
    Thank you to all the Chor Leoni men and their leader
    Erich Licte for a very thoughtful Remembrance Day Memorial.

    —Joan Stewart |
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  26. Your choir gets better and better each time I hear you. Keep up the good work.
    Just attended the Remembrance Day concert at WVUnited Church yesterday and it was a very moving experience. Thank you.

    —Marlene Lougheed |
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  27. An effective and moving development of ideas and emotions to mark the anniversary. Everyone Sang was a perfect choice to end, apart from The Kontakion that we all look forward to singing with the choir.
    It is amazing that you can come up with fresh ideas every year.

    —Anne Clemens |
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  28. Thank you for a thoughtful Remembrance concert. My husband and I attended One Last Song yesterday and enjoyed the whole programme. Lovely to hear the Dylan Thomas poem set to music and Vimy Ridge was beautifully performed.
    The best thing is the Programme with all the words – so meaningful when you know what is being sung.
    And so we wiped a tear or two and shared how we had experienced the occasion on our way home. I Googled Beati Mortui right away and listened to King’s College sing it again.
    May the poppies continue to blow in Flanders and keep our memories alive.

    —Barbara Atkinson |
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  29. The readings were perfectly chosen to enhance the music and we’re ver beautifully read.

    —Karen O'Connor Coulter |
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  30. A truly meaningful way to remember those who gave their lives for us. Thank you!

    —Valerie Williams |
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  31. We loved hearing the choir singing in the round – it is such a unique experience to be surrounded by sound. Would it be possible to have more of that?

    —Jean oland |
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  32. First time at your event and I totally enjoyed it. The choir was amazing and I especially enjoyed the various poems introduced throughout the program. I will be attending next year, for sure. Thank you again.

    —Beryl Greene |
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  33. I was hoping, especially from the title “One Last Song”, that HALLELUJIAH was once again on the program. Last year it brought everyone, including the choir members, to tears. I think it should be permanently added to the program in future.
    I also feel that the singing of ‘”O Canada” by all should either begin or end the program.

    —Jo-Ann Shapiro |
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  34. A thoroughly enjoyable and moving program. Really appreciate the sound of the voices in the round at the beginning. I attended the afternoon program in West Vancouver. A great location for those of us in Sea to Sky area.

    —Trevor Harris |
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  35. I have attended your Remembrance Day concert @ West Van. United Church for several years and, although I have always enjoyed it, I think this was THE BEST!!! I was pleased with the selection of music; most of the lyrics were in English or French which I could understand without having to be distracted by reading the translation in the programme. The piano and guitar accompaniments added to the performance beautifully. Thank you

    —Jacy Johnston |
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  36. We went to the Remembrance Day event in West Vancouver and I knew I’d enjoy it because I’ve been to a couple of summer shows and thoroughly enjoyed them. My husband heard you for the first time and I was hoping he’d like the choir, I had thought he would. Before the first ‘song’ was finished, when you all came in along the wall, etc., he did a ‘thumbs up’ to me and I was so pleased.

    It was a beautiful concert and very respectful and I felt honoured to be there. Thank you so much.

    —Sandra and Tom Albright |
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  37. A very beautiful and moving concert.

    —Shirley C. |
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  38. I thought it was a fabulous concert. One of the better ones that I have heard.

    —Bev Watson |
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