Join the Postmodern Camerata on December 15th and 16th at the Annex on Seymour St., as they celebrate the holiday season with a relaxed, intimate evening of cabaret inspired Christmas classics. Featuring three of PMC’s long standing members, the Heliotrope Trio showcases SSA arrangements for some of these holiday favourites. Come and celebrate the holiday season with one of Vancouver’s most versatile chamber music ensembles and treat yourself to a live musical performance in a state of the art venue!
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Canadian composer Rita Ueda sits down with us to talk about her career as a composer and about her latest work, a cantata entitled ‘Debris’ based on the documentary with the same name by John Bolton. The documentary is about Tofino based park ranger and “inter-tidal” artist Pete Clarkson, and his memorial entitled “Swept Away” which honours the victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Rita’s new work, with libretto by Rod Robertson, receives its world premier on May 27th and 28th at the Vancouver Civic Theatres Annex in Vancouver Canada. We would like to extend a big thank you to the Vancouver Civic Theatres and the SOCAN Foundation for their generous support. www.postmoderncamerata.com/tickets
A two-and-a-half-thousand-year-old love story (based on a story from Virgils Aeneid), allied with 350-year-old music composed by musical genius Henry Purcell and a libretto written by the English poet laureate Nahum Tate and, of course, for these performances only, a lively bunch of contemporary puppets! Dido and Aeneas was one of the very first operas to be written in English, whose first public performance was in 1688 at a private girls school in the (then-) village of Chelsea.
While the six instrumentalists (five strings plus harpsichord) and six voices from the Postmodern Camerata, led by guest musical director Dr Charles Barber (Artistic Director of City Opera Vancouver), present the music in all its baroque splendour, three puppeteers and thirty puppets (the latter ranging in size from six inches to six feet) bring to life the characters in this timeless tale of love gone wrong: a queen desperate for a new chance at joy, a hero washed up on a foreign shore but under direction of the Gods, a sorceress and two evil witches, some very fickle sailors, and a blooded wild beast …