VANCOUVER’S VANGUARD MALE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
ERICK LICHTE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
An international choral summit for men’s voices, an inaugural national choral composition competition, the release of a new CD, and a program that honours the choir’s Scandinavian roots are just a few highlights of the 2016–17 season of Vancouver’s renowned Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.
Now in its third year, the Van/Man Male Choral Summit has expanded to two days and taken on an international flavour. “I am especially proud of the growth of our Van/Man,” says Lichte. “We bring together over 400 male singers from the area and this season, we’re also featuring the world-renowned vocal ensemble Chanticleer.” The festival includes performances by Chor Leoni and their MYVoice youth choir, Chanticleer, Vancouver Men’s Chorus, and Iceland’s Karlakórinn Heimir.
In February, Chor Leoni presents the winners of their inaugural Canadian Choral Composition Competition (C/4). Held in the intimate space of The Annex, C/4 offers an opportunity to hear the winning compositions, listen in as Erick chats with the composers from the stage, enjoy a no-host bar, and mingle with the singers and composers.
BC/Baltica, the choir’s spring program, honours the long tradition of excellent Baltic and Scandinavian male choirs—a tradition that inspired Diane Loomer to found Chor Leoni in 1993. Stunning works by Rautavaara, Nystedt, and Ešenvalds illustrate the growth of male choral music in BC from the seeds of these Baltic masterpieces.
Wandering Heart, the choir’s first recording under the direction of Erick Lichte, features the premiere recording of the title work by Eriks Ešenvalds to the poetry of Leonard Cohen. Works by Morten Lauridsen, Kim André Arnesen, Felix Mendelssohn, and Paul Mealor round out this stunning collection.
“The depth and breadth of Chor Leoni’s offerings reflect our commitment to our audience and our community to bring the transformative power of male choral singing to as many people as we can,” states Artistic Director Erick Lichte. Experience the singing lions for what promises to be a remarkable season!
October 5, 2016
VENUE: Casa Mia
November 11, 2016
VENUES: West Vancouver United Church & St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
December 16-18, 2016
VENUES: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church & West Vancouver United Church
February 17, 2017
VENUES: The Annex
April 7-9, 2017
VENUES: Ryerson United Church & West Vancouver United Church
VAN/MAN MALE CHORAL SUMMIT
VENUE: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
CHANTICLEER IN CONCERT
April 21, 2017
MYVOICE AT THE CHAN
April 22, 2017
CHOR LEONI IDOL
May 28, 2017
VENUE: The Blackbird Public House
June 19 & 26, 2017
VENUE: MainStage at Bard on the Beach