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When There Is Peace

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November 10 & 11, 2018

*world premiere*

by Zachary Wadsworth, libretto created by Peter Rothstein & Erick Lichte
27th annual Remembrance Day concerts

With a libretto by the creative team that brought you All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir celebrates the 100th anniversary of the World War One Armistice with a world premiere oratorio by Canadian-American Composer Zachary Wadsworth. When There Is Peace traces the ache of the war to end all wars to the moment of incandescent joy when guns fell silent, hope bloomed again, and birdsong was heard once more. Joining the choir for this world premiere event are soprano Arwen Myers, tenor Lawrence Wiliford, and the renowned Borealis String Quartet.

 

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St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Vancouver

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West Vancouver United Church

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Saturday November 10, 2018 
3pm & 8pm | St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver

Sunday, November 11, 2018
3pm | West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Section A $45 | Section B $35 | Section C $30 | D $20 (restricted sight lines) | Students with ID $10 (sections B & C)

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  1. We can’t imagine the amount of preparation required! The results were certainly worth the the time and work.

    —Jim Hylands |
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  2. Your show on November was  excellent in its showing  but it also brought out those deep sentiments and memories which we all hold dear.

    —Hugh Hamilton |
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  3. Fantastically meaningful choice of words.  Evocative sounds and haunting silence.    My Dad died in WW2 – thank you

    —Bill and Kath Conolly |
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  4. It was great!! The Oratorio made me to renew my vow to seek justice and peace. The concert gave time to remember the great sacrifice as well as profound self-examination “what have we learned from the War? 100 years later we are facing bigger conflicts and wars, , . When will we learn? Music helped a lot and choral sound spoke to deep in our hearts. So I hope this music stay in our hearts and keep ringing. And let ” We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought in Flanders Fields” – Monica Michael –  continuously whisper to our ears. Thank you so much for the awesome concert and well planed long term project!!  

    —Masako Ryan |
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  5. I loved the performance but must say that I missed the traditional Remebrance Day concert. 

    —Gillian Berson |
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  6. I enjoyed the musicality, creativity, soloists, and of course, the lions. The readings as always were moving. I missed the Last Post (having been played at everyone of the Chor Leoni Remembrance Day concerts I have attended.)

    —Mary Lou Miles |
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  7. What an excellent way to commemorate Remembrance Day!  Choir, quartet and soloists and percussion were so enjoyable. What a treat to attend the premier performance. 

    —Sandy Holland |
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  8. The concert was not what I expected but once I got my head around that, it was superb.  The libretto was fantastic.

    —Karen |
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  9. Excellent concert! There were many powerful moments, as the music and the words worked together to convey emotions from those who were in the war. Music opens us up to receive an understanding of deep emotions. It was very courageous to commission a new work … and then to succeed so well.

    —Melanie Marchand |
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  10. It was a heart breaking heartwarming profoundly beautiful performance

    —Judith Ann Donaldson |
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  11. The choir and string quartet were wonderful.  It was a complicated piece of music and it was beautifully performed.  I’ve got to say I wasn’t a moved by the score and the way the words fitted into it as I had hoped to be.  I was moved to tears during the epilogue but wasn’t emotionally engaged much of the time.  I was almost distracted by the screens although it was nice to see the words and not have to keep flipping through the program.  I realize that’s a contradiction.  The diction of the choir and soloists is so good, I think we could have done away with the distraction of the written words and then the whole experience might have had more impact. 

    —Deb Berto |
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  12. Very powerful.

    —Barbara Leighs |
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  13. Wonderful program. Wonderful choir!!

    —David Oborne |
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  14. I have longed to attend a live performance of this incredibly beautiful choir ever since my first introduction to them on CBC radio a few years ago. They did not disappoint today with this evocative Oratorio by Zachary Wadsworth.

    —Judi MacLeod |
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  15. I was nervous about what was coming this year… but very impressed. My word at the end was …”Wow” you have yet again taken Chor Leoni to another level. Zachary Wadsworth is gifted and quite brilliant. The Borealis String Quartet were stunning and very accomplished. 

    —Lois Walker |
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  16. World class writing & performing 

    —Lois weninger |
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  17. We didn’t know what to expect.  It was different than your usual Remembrance Day program.  It was very powerful and well done.  It is hard to know if we’d like this type of program all the time  

    —Lois  |
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  18. Absolutely fabulous.  Lovely to hear a new composition performed.

    —Adrienne Arinobu |
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  19. Powerful, beautifully orchestrated, talented musicians and vocalists, in short thoroughly enjoyable.

    —Fran Hodgkins and Alan Tammell |
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  20. Wonderful choir:tympanic dynamic.  Each movement offered a different musical experience mounting fear/discordant/reflective.  

    —Linda  |
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  21. Not the usual Chor Leoni I know and love, but interesting.

    —Laura & Michael |
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  22. Deeply moving – unforgettable.  though missed Contackion when we could all join singing.

    —Meg Clarke |
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  23. I have been a long time supporter and subscriber to Chor Leoni for many years.  This was the first concert to disappoint me.  The poetry texts were great but the modern music did not appeal to me.  It didn’t showcase the choir’s beautiful harmonies.  Perhaps the unison was to ensure the words were heard.  Enunciation very good.  The epilogue was moving and effective and partially redeemed the performance for me.  Thank you.  

    —Tessa wilsont |
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  24. It was excellent.  I found the worlds and music very moving.

    —Johanna Hickey |
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  25. Being at West Van United Church and listening to When there is Peace on this 100th anniversary of WW1 was a powerful and moving experience.  The musicians and the choir gave an outstanding performance.  I wanted to do something special this Remembrance Day and this concert was it!  Thank you!

    —Sally Scott |
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  26. I really enjoyed it! It was moving. The only improvement would be to have an organ piece at the time when slater sat down to play and maybe to have a real lark sing too as there was an organ in the church

    —Ingrid pincott |
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  27. There were parts of this piece which were very moving, I prefer the mix of songs you usually have, with different languages and emotions…  First concert where I was not overly enthused….

    —Burka and Hanneke Corbet |
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  28. Very intense and moving.  The composition by Zachary Wadsworth highlighted the intense and poignant parts of the oratorio so beautifully.  I had tears in my eyes at the end.  Thank you so much for remembering them.

    —Anne Strickland |
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  29. A heavy work which captures all the emotions  of WW 1. Music not memorable, but fitting  given the subject matter.

    —Bob/Carol Tulk |
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  30. I was so very moved by the singing.  It is a touching, passionate and beautifully done concert.  I was so glad to be there with all of you.

    —Jane Wheeler |
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  31. Though I struggled to follow the beginning, eventually I found the oratorio was very beautiful.    The post show conversation helped us put all the pieces together.  Given the complexity of the oratorio, a pre-show context would connect the audience more immediately with the intention and make more sense of the multiple author references in the program.  The role of the birds and “song” and men singing songs was very powerful!

    —Jean Scribner |
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  32. The music was wonderful, the percussion brought a remarkable ‘background” and therefore there was the sensation of feeling closer to the “story”….. I must say that i felt there were times when the text did not resonate within the  music. I did find Ms Myers had a lovely voice however the soprano  addition for me was a distraction. I understand that she was singing lyrics by women poets, but for me there was not the level of emotion or suffering that women dealt with during this wartime…I have attended many Chor Leoni events, the best by far was “All is Calm…”  and so perhaps the Remembrance concerts will all have a difficult time to stand up against that tremendous happening in 2014 and 2015.  i would not encourage anyone to NOT attend, but i would not get on the phone and call everyone i know as i did once i had seen All is Calm (i attended 3 times)  and still want to see it again….

    —Jo |
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  33. Never heard anything like it before. A bold, fresh approach to a choral concert. 

    —Samuel Cervantes |
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  34. Very moving performance. I especially enjoyed the insights of other guests and the composer during the talkback.

    —Karen Davidson |
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  35. Stunning – haunting and beautiful and so well choreographed … very emotional – still with me the hours later 

    —Lynn Eyton  |
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  36. Enthralling. The duration was just right. The emotional landscape evoked by the musical episodes was captivating, haunting, visceral — poignant beyond words. You truly honoured our heroes with your sensitive score and performance. I felt a unique and profound affinity with this historical time thanks to your brilliance.

    —Dr. Stephen Bath |
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  37. Absolutely wonderful. Very moving, my wife had tears in her eyes.

    —Alan Jones |
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  38. It was not what I expected. The tone of the concert was very sombre with a lot of emphasis on the horror of war. Peace is a time of joy forgiveness and moving forward. Yes a time for remembering too.  I expected to be treated to the full power of this choir and the sadness and joy it can emote. Instead it was a intricate weaving of opera, string quartet and choir. A hard thing to do, illustrating the exceptional talent of this young composer.  Yes it was a remembrance ode, and I can say beautifully constructed, conducted and delivered. We were lucky to be part of something so wonderfully crafted.  But let me hear the choir, the sound of the choir singing not lamenting the lost songs. 

    —David Rea |
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  39. Fabulous performance.  Probably the most moving & memorable Rememberance Day events I haveever attended.

    —Pierre Soucy |
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  40. Beautifully performed with great sentiment BUT l found the phrasing of the lyrics did not flow very poetically and at times it sounded very”atonal”.  I have been to many Remebrance services and this wasn’t my favourite.    

    —Marguerite  |
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  41. The piece and the performance were stunning. Zachary’s use of the instruments and soloists made a for a truly compelling piece of art. 

    —Luke McAndless-Davis |
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  42. All of the Chor Leoni performances are wonderful events, but tonight was extraordinary!  The depth reached by this young composer composer, and of course the comprehension, interpretation, and sheer talent of Erick and all these guys was simply stunning and very moving!  Thank you!!

    —Darlene Howard |
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  43. wonderful, excellent and moving                            wonderful, excellent performance and very moving    

    —Marilyn Thorsteinsson |
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  44. Very good show — took a little while to get engaged in the production, but once there, I found it to be riveting and evocative.

    —Doug Burns |
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  45. Tremendous. The music and singing was moving. 

    —Brian Fearncombe  |
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  46. Fabulous, extremely moving, a touching and beautiful tribute to those who risked and lost their lives for us, this country, and democracy.

    —Margaret Sarkissian |
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  47. Show was great!!

    —S.Currie |
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  48. The show was very heart rendering and was quite a powerful piece of music.

    —Elaine Renforth |
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  49. I had been told this show would be a departure from previous ones. And it was. The format, the poetry, the integration of story through song-all of it. But, as always, the men never disappoint. I was moved, transported, immersed in an hour of exquisite artistry. I was deeply affected and carried the feeling throughout the weekend. Thank you to the men of Chor Leoni. Once again you have raised the bar.

    —Stephanie Carlson |
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  50. I thought it was an excellent production, very different in format and emotionally challenging. 

    —Liz Aubert |
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  51. My first Chor Leoni event and I was proud we have such a professional group in Vancouver. The 100th anniversary is important to remember – my wife’s grand uncle did not return – and the reminder of the sacrifice that was taken from a generation by the irrationality of their fathers a wake up call for our children and our responsibilities.  Congratulations and thanks.  David and Isabel

    —david nanton |
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  52. I loved the work.  Dianne would be so proud!    A beautifully balanced program, thanks. 

    —marnie Carter |
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  53. Chor Leoni never fails to amaze us. This entire production was stunningly poignant, made more powerful and enjoyable by the addition of soloists, a string quartet and percussionists. Remembrance Day in Vancouver wouldn’t be the same without Chor Leoni’s superb contribution to acknowledging those who gave their lives in too many wars and to all of us who keep praying for world peace.     

    —Charles Budd and Doris Freadrich |
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  54. As always it was an excellent way for me to commemorate Remembrance Day. Thank you. 

    —Nola Frost  |
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  55. Brought tears to my eyes.

    —Sydney Spraggs |
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  56. I absolutely loved it – we must remember the ones who gave their everything.  ps: how do you manage to stand so long without moving or fidgeting? Just curious.

    —Wilma Laninga |
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  57. Musically exciting, inspiring and thought provoking

    —Chris Salton |
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  58. I thought that it really caught the mood of the times.

    —Joanne |
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  59. A moving tribute to our heroes, beautifully presented.

    —marjorie |
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  60. Very well performed and very moving!

    —Graham Good |
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  61. Stunning performance, beautiful work, masterfully conceived. Very effective use of resources to paint a poignant landscape of musical tribute. I love the idea of having the texts displayed in order to stop all the program rustling. Would have been nice to have more light on the soprano soloist who was rather in the dark. The readings were very well done and added to the power of the piece. Bravo!

    —Wim Vermeulen  |
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  62. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed the after concert.

    —Jude Coffin |
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  63. Amazing!

    —Christiane Brunelle  |
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  64. The music and chorals were excellent, matching the wording and the memory of the war, very moving as well.

    —Christine Nicolas |
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  65. November 11th concert was spellbinding. I was so sorry when it was all over. Everything about it was perfect. And the horror of war certainly came across with the singing, the words, the musicianship. Wonderful!

    Alix Brown |
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  66. Lovely as always!

    —Kim |
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  67. Very moving. Wonderful use of excerpts from poems and letters.

    —John Robinson  |
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  68. I was very impressed with what Zachary Wadsworth had obviously researched in order to make the words/the poetry of this composition work. 

    —Caroline Wickham |
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  69. This was a fascinating “sound piece” which gave expression to the words of poets, the haunting noises of the battlefield, the terror of the infantryman, the astounding moment of armistice and the serenity of peace.  Chor Leoni gave it birth, but this is a legacy project which will, no doubt, be performed by many others in the decades to come.

    —Lorraine Bennett |
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  70. It was very moving, especially on the occasion of the one hundred anniversary of the armistice that ended world war one.

    —Denis Sjerve |
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  71. We were very appreciative of the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy this Remembrance Day presentation – artfully crafted and professionally presented.   

    —Bill Sexsmith |
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  72. Great vocals but way too somber for me. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy the concert. Almost no sense of melody but I guess that was war. I love Chor Leoni but this left me cold and somewhat bored….Sorry. 

    —David Wilson |
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  73. While I participated in the concert last year, the music this year was great. I realized there were choir and piano last year, but we had choir and bands this year. I personally love the tone of piano, but bands created more heavy sounds, which strongly impressed the tragedy of war. I appreciated to be here. Thanks for offering student price.

    —Osamu |
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  74. Over the years, Chor Leoni has expanded to soar into a horizon of a musical caliber, that has indeed come to match the depth of its hearts. Its core; that binds all as one. Singers and listeners into the one community we are.

    —Javney Mohr |
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  75. It was very wonderful . Very, very special . I attended it with my 8 yr old granddaughter. She loved seeing & watching the string quartet as she is studying the violin. Thank you.

    —Susan Engelbert |
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  76. A valuable and intense contribution to the oratorio repertoire, both in its composition and its performance. Yours was an especially well-balanced melding quartet, percussion, and choir.

    —Lance |
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  77. It was a very moving experience and an excellent work by such a young composer

    —Ralph  Carder |
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  78. The show was very moving; hard to listen to at times   Still processing the music and the emotions evoked.  Thank you for this gift.

    —Jane Srivastava |
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  79. I was delighted to be in the front row at St. Andrew’s-Wesley so I could have a good view of the choir and soloists.  The oratorio was both intimate and expansive, memorable and forward reaching all at the same time.  I particularly enjoyed the tall-back afterwards.  Putting small details and hearing voices helps to make the libretto come alive.  I had the honour of speaking with Arwen Myers after the concert.  I was able to express to her my delight in the frisson in her duets with Lawrence Wiliford.  I shared with her my thoughts that the duet was not a duel between the soloists as often happens, but a dance, following the flight of the birds on the way to hope.  Arwen and I also spoke about the difference of the way Americans and Canadians celebrate November 11th.  In her short time in Vancouver she was impressed at the depth of the ceremony and remembrance in Canada that she sees lacking in the U.S.  As always, thank you.

    —Helen Williams |
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  80. I found the music very discordant and hard to listen to.  The men are such wonderful singers and were the only part I truly enjoyed.

    —Charmian Moul |
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  81. Creative, but I would have liked to have heard more of the choir and less of the soloists.  

    —Lucy Scott |
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  82. Excellent performance. The music was moving and very illustrative of the period of war portrayed. I especially appreciated how the spoken journal excerpts were woven in, and the response to In Flanders Fields in the Armistice.

    —Audrey |
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  83. That was magnificent – congratulations to Zack for an amazing concept to create the scenes of war which we hope never to have repeated.  It was pure genius – of course the voices of the choir, but the passion expressed through the string quartet and the attention demanded from the percussion to the sentiments in the poetry was riveting.  Unfortunately, I experienced the last performance, otherwise I would have attended again!!  Congratulations to you all – that was very hard work and obviously emotionally draining for you all – it was well worth all of the effort you put in.  A Stellar performance all around.

    —MARGARET RANKIN |
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  84. Very moving

    —J . McLeod |
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  85. Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply emotional!

    —Colleen Tracy Torrison |
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  86. the 3 of us were totally moved by the concert – how it was put together – the music – the words – the memories of our relatives that it engendered….thank you for once again making Remembrance Day memorable

    —Heather |
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  87. What an incredible way to experience the true meaning of Remembrance Day

    —Tini Lattey |
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  88. This year’s show was great – I am amazed at the incredible talent of this young composer – and how it translated into a glorious production. Looking forward to more from him. One suggestion – please have ushers at all entrances during performances, especially when being recorded. Interruption from north entrance should have been caught before it disturbed performers, audiences – and the recording.

    —Julie Ourom |
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  89. What did I think of the show? My friend, and yours, Monika Forberger says it best: This is a seminal moment for Chor Leoni. I absolutely loved it. The poetic choices were superb as were the excerpts from the soldiers letters. While I often find modern classical music jarring or at odds with itself, Zachary Wadsworth’s music carried the text as mightily as the sea carries the ships that sail upon it. What I didn’t like, and this is an opinion shared by a few others, is the introduction of the female voice. Surely, within the ranks of Chor Leoni there is a lyric tenor, or possibly a potential counter-tenor who could have sung those portions and equally so, why “import” an outside tenor when the Chor has a more than adequate supply all of its own. If you will, the Chor is like a regiment; one for all and all for one. Anyone outside it is a distraction from its genesis. I confess that each and every time I attend a Chor Leoni concert I am close to being rendered to tears by the sheer beauty of its sound.

    —Frederick Morley |
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  90. I thought the show was incredibly moving and captured the spirit of the tragedy war brings to the world.

    —Brad Gamble |
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  91. It was as wonderful as all Chor Leoni concerts are. This special performance remembering the Armistice, was high on my calendar to attend. The percussionists and the string quartet were exceptional. Truthfully, I will tell you though, I prefer “pure” Chor Leoni, i.e., no guest performers. I liked having the words displayed on the screen so I was not distracted by looking at my programme.

    —Jacy Johnston |
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  92. The absolute best of your Remembrance Day performances. Whereas many Remembrance Day performances, including some of your own in years past, are ceremonies, this was “art,” poetry and music combined. It portrayed all of the emotions of WWI, not just the horror and death. As many have mentioned, it was a departure, and thank goodness you have such a high calibre of voices that you can afford to take risks. Music is for sharing, so thank you for sharing the stage with other great musicians…loved the string quartet. Was it a joyous coincidence that this work appeared on the 100th anniversary of the armistice?
    5 stars*****

    —Dean Hollett |
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  93. It was brilliant! All the elements – choir, soloists, quartet, percussion, readings and surtitles – contributed to the overall emotional effect. I especially liked the idea of song and soldiers singing to convey the narrative arc of the war; the harmony at the end was deeply moving. The performance was also thought- provoking: what was the legacy of all that sacrifice? The whole experience has stayed with me. Kudos to the composer and everyone involved.

    —Anne Clemens |
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