The World Around Us 

Jubilate Vocal Ensemble in Concert, Featuring guest choir, Frontline Voices


Sat, March 2nd, 2019


Canadian Memorial United Church
Burrard @ W. 15th, Vancouver.

Jubilate's second concert of the season is a celebration of the natural world. Specific sections of the concert will focus on spring, the stars, rivers and water, flowers, and nature. We will open the concert with a series of works about the coming of Spring, including Mark Hayes’ Come Away, which is a joyous ode to rebirth after winter, and Daniel Elder’s Fresh and Fearless, which uses Sara Teasdale’s poem May Night to represent the liveliness of spring even when sunlight is absent. In the section on stars and moon, we will sing Bright Morning Stars by Shawn Kirchner, an artful arrangement of a folk melody, and The Stars Stand Up in the Air by Eric William Barnum, a masterful expression of deep sadness for a lost love.

We will also feature young American composer Jake Runestad’s Peace of the Wild Things, based on Wendell Berry’s famous poem of the same name. We will share Mo Li Hua arranged by Bob Chilcott, a collection of five well-known traditional Chinese songs that depict the simplicity and beauty found in everyday life. We close with a collection of songs about water, including Mark Hayes’ arrangement of the much-loved spiritual Wade in the Water and Shawn Kirchner’s Sweet Rivers, a soaring gospel work featuring women’s and men’s trios rising dramatically above the choir.

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