The Vancouver Bach Choir launches its 92nd season at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church on November 12, with the Western Canadian premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider Mass for people in danger and the world premiere of Frank Horvat Memories of self-isolation.
These two contemporary works examine the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, both in nature and the environment, as well as the emotional toll of self-isolation suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic of the past two years.
Memories of self-isolation is a sequel to Horvat’s precedent Music for self-isolation, a set of 31 short solo and duo works he composed in just six weeks in early 2020 as the pandemic took hold. For this work, he connected with an online community of musicians, writing pieces for their various instruments which they then performed online. For the new piece, the Vancouver Bach Choir collected texts from the community through a public call, and Horvat worked with the lyrics of seven talented poets to set their poignant words to music.
The second piece, Mass for people in danger by American composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, will have its Western Canadian premiere. The piece takes the traditional musical modes of the Catholic Mass and applies them to concern for non-human life – animals, plants and the environment. There is a call to a higher power – for mercy, forgiveness and intervention.
This concert goes beyond a traditional choral concert, blending beautiful music with a call for listeners to reflect on our modern world and take action for positive change.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.vancouverbachchoir.com.
Article sponsored by the Vancouver Bach Choir.