A WHOLEHEARTED CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S REPERTOIRE
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MORNA EDMUNDSON
The 50 voices of Elektra Women’s Choir have graced the Vancouver cultural scene with compelling performances of outstanding repertoire and memorable listening experiences for 30 years. Under Artistic Director Morna Edmundson, Elektra is recognized internationally for its artistic excellence and is one of just 24 choirs performing by invitation at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona in July 2017.
Elektra rings in the holiday season in style with Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra. Guest artist and leading Canadian concert pianist, Jane Coop, brings her “spirited, musically sophisticated” artistry to this family friendly program. Expect beloved Christmas melodies, new seasonal compositions, and a heart full of joy. For Elektra’s midseason concert, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Elektra join forces in the pristine Chan Centre acoustics for a compelling 30th anniversary celebration on International Women’s Day. The program includes the Canadian premiere of hauntingly beautiful new arrangements of Armenian hymns by Serouj Kradjian written for Bayrakdarian, cello (played by Rebecca Wenham), and women’s voices. Bayrakdarian’s spellbinding voice has been heard on stages around the world in repertoire as diverse as baroque opera and contemporary music, including on the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Elektra’s story over the years is inextricably linked with sharing great choral music through live concerts and recordings. Join us in May for Shining Light: A Celebration of Women Composers, including the premiere of a new work by Kathleen Allan.
CHEZ NOUS: CHRISTMAS WITH ELEKTRA
November 26 & 27, 2016
VENUE: Ryerson United Church & Good Shepherd Church
TIME: Sat 7:30pm; Sun 3:00pm
30th ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT
March 8, 2017
VENUE: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
EVENING WITH ELEKTRA: A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FUNDRAISER
April 6, 2017
VENUE: Terminal City Club
SHINING LIGHT: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN COMPOSERS
May 13, 2017
VENUE: Ryerson United Church
“I am so impressed with what you have achieved at Elektra–what a jewel in Canada’s musical crown.” –MAESTRO BRAMWELL TOVEY