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Chor Leoni

Christmas with Chor Leoni

Chor Leoni – Erick Lichte, conductor | Cameron Wilson, violin | Tina Chang & Karen Lee-Morlang, piano | Keith Sinclair, guitar

No one does Christmas like Chor Leoni, with an essential mix of holiday music to touch both the heart and the funny bone. Six brand new arrangements meet your holiday favourites, all wrapped up in the bow of guest fiddler, Cam Wilson. The spectacularly restored St. Andrew’s-Wesley United is the perfect venue to host this magical highlight of the holiday season where the soaring voices of Chor Leoni promise to fill you with comfort and joy.

Section A $50 | Section B $35 | Section C $30 | Section D $20
Ticketing by Bard on the Beach.
A service charge of $3.68 will be added per ticket.

  • December 17 | 8PM
  • December 18 | 2PM & 5PM & 8PM
  • December 20 | 4:30PM & 8PM
  • St. Andrew’s-Wesley United

Christmas with Chor Leoni

Come in from the cold and set hearts aglow with a joyful collection of candlelit carols and boisterous holiday favourites. This essential Yuletide program is the perfect recipe for your holiday season and a wonderful fit for you and yours.

Ticketing by Bard on the Beach.

Join us opening night for a post-concert Talk Back hosted by former CBC broadcaster Rick Cluff.

Artists

  • Shawn Kirchner

    "One of my favorite aspects of “Brightest and Best” is the rich text by Reginald Heber. He is constantly offering up vivid images in quick alliterative succession. My favorite phrases are from the third verse: “Shall we not yield him, in costly devotion, odors of Edom and off’rings divine: gems of the mountains and pearls of the ocean, myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine?” Such a string of images is a delight for the tongue to tell and the ear to hear."

  • Eric Whitacre

    "A piece of music that would teach the audience how to breathe without them realizing they were being taught how to breathe."

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  • Marques L.A. Garrett

    "This arrangement slowly unfolds with each verse from unison to eventual three parts. To use as many verses as possible, the fourth through sixth verses use telescoping offset by two beats with the melody in the accompaniment."

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  • Naomi LaViolette

    "My arrangement of Noel captures a blend of Celtic, tribal, medieval and contemporary styles. The 3/4 rhythm sways, the voices make the sounds of tom-tom drums, and the melody is intensified by its setting in the Mixolydian mode."

  • Libby Larsen

    "This arrangement of Deck the Halls is meant as a festive musical decoration of the entire performance space."

  • Ken Cormier

    "The song is a well-kept secret from the era of the Great American Christmas Songbook, and the setting for the voices of Chor Leoni is based on a recording featuring a collaboration of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters."

  • Keith Sinclair

    "This is a beautiful winter/change of seasons song, and my job as the arranger is to ensure you feel that beauty as 60+ men sing a simple folk song originally written for just one voice and guitar."

  • Linda Kachelmeier

    "I hope the audience goes home humming my tune in their head! Find a way to sing it around a table with loved ones, since that was how it was conceived – to celebrate the everyday moments to the fullest."

  • Tina Chang

    Tina Chang is currently on the music staff at Vancouver Opera, University of British Columbia, and Vancouver Academy of Music. Active on Vancouver’s music scene, Tina has worked with a wide range of organizations, including City Opera Vancouver, Sound the Alarm, re:Naissance Opera, Health Arts Society, and Astrolabe Music Theatre.

  • Karen Lee-Morlang

    An award-winning performer, educator and producer, pianist Karen Lee-Morlang has been lauded as “funny, brainy and creative.” Karen has championed “art music for the masses” with dedicated passion, co-producing recital and lecture series for organizations throughout the area. Karen is the Artistic Director of Health Arts Society BC.

  • Cameron Wilson

    Violinist Cameron Wilson has been a fixture on the Vancouver music scene for the past three decades. He is recognized as one of the most versatile violinists, able to play a wide variety of different musical genres. He currently performs with Joe Trio as well as the gypsy jazz quartet, Van Django, The Wahs, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Mariachi del Soul, and the Marc Atkinson Quartet.

Concert Program

  • Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

    arr. Dan Forrest

  • Ding Dong Merrily on High

    arr. Howard Helvey

  • World Premiere

    God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

    arr. Marques L.A. Garrett

  • Brightest and Best

    arr. Shawn Kirchner

  • World Premiere

    Noel

    Naomi LaViolette

  • World Premiere

    It's Almost Time

    David Wilcox, arr. Keith Sinclair

  • Lux Aurumque

    Eric Whitacre

  • Deck the Halls

    arr. Libby Larsen

  • Winter Wonderland

    arr. Ed Waesche

  • World Premiere

    Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter

    Arr. Ken Cormier

  • We Toast the Days

    Linda Kachelmeier

  • World Premiere

    Auld Lang Syne

    arr. Erick Lichte

  • Silent Night

    arr. Erick Lichte

Featured Video

A fantastic musical offering, covering the spectrum of genres from classic Latin church music to rousing folk nowells and animated wassail songs, all conveyed with artistry of the very highest calibre.

Philip D. Loewen, Audience Member