AURA offers heart felt congratulations on the appointment of our founding conductor Imant Raminsh as a member of the Order of Canada.
Imant is recognized Internationally for his compositions and has recently retired as principal second violin with the Okanagan Symphony and continues as a violin and theory teacher with the Vernon Community Music School. He is a founder of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Nova Children’s Chorus, founder of the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan and AURA Chamber Choir.
And it is in that role as AURA’s music Director that so many North Okanagan people have come to have amazing musical experiences with him. Imant’s programming choices over these 40 years have given AURA singers the opportunity to perform a wide range of programs including many of the masterpieces: The Mozart Requiem and Grand Mass in C-minor, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Brahm’s German Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the St. John and St. Mathew Passions are among my personal favourites.
In recalling Imant’s forty years with AURA, we cannot forget the challenge and the beauty of the many Raminsh works we have been privileged to perform especially Ave Verum Corpus, Gloria, and a highlite of my musical life, singing his Magnificat and Missa Brevis under his direction in Carnegie Hall.
But surely the best of the best will be our upcoming third performance of Bach’s Mass in B-minor. It is monumental, inspiring and awesome in its capacity to bring light to the world.
Thank you Imant for these forty years of outstanding music.
Please see the link below for news coverage of the announcement.
Please see the link below for more information on the Okanagan appointments to the Order of Canada.
Thank you to the large audience that came to hear our fall program, “Moving Between Light & Darkness”. The concert was a delight to perform for you and the music was beautiful! Many commented on the experience of hearing Palestrina’s Videntes Stellum surrounded by the choir. The Harker String Quartet was also a highlight in Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs.
The next project is of course the 40th Anniversary presentation of Bach’s monumental Mass in B-minor with professional orchestra. Mark your calendar for our Vernon concert on Saturday afternoon April 27, 2019 (2:30pm) at Trinity United Church or in Kamloops on Sunday evening April 28, 2019 (7:00pm) at Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle.
AURA Chamber Choir presents “Moving Between Light & Darkness” at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205 27th Street, Vernon, BC this coming weekend.
Concerts will take place on Saturday November 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday November 18 at 2.00pm.
Our new Music Director and Conductor, Tami Harker, will lead the choir in a wonderful selection of pieces featuring Schubert’s Mass in G.
The concert will begin with Palestrina’s Videntes Stellam recalling the Magi finding Jesus and Mary and offering him their gifts. The audience will be “surrounded” by sound as this double chorus is performed from the side aisles at All Saints.
The program includes two pieces by Norwegian born composer Ola Gjeillo; The Rose based on a poem of the same name by Christina Rossetti and Ave Generosa with the text of poet Hildegard von Bingen.
The concert continues with a short piece by Brahms, Waldesnacht (Wondrous Cool Thou Woodland); Oh How Beautiful, This Finely Woven Earth by Greg Jasperse; Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs accompanied by string quartet and three sixteenth century French folk songs.
Our retiring conductor, Imant Raminsh may even delight you with Put, Vejini , one of his Latvian folk songs (the unofficial national anthem of Latvia).
Tickets (Adults $18; Students free) are available at the door and from choir members. Please visit our web site at www.aurachamberchoir.com for further details or call Wayne or Marjorie at 250-542-8118.
We hope you will join us for this evening or afternoon program of choral music to delight!
AURA’s fall season is under way!
We have just finished our first workshop under the direction of our new conductor, Tami Harker. We have had a wonderful day in preparation of a beautiful fall program to be presented November 17th and 18th at All Saints Anglican Church.
Tami has chosen the Schubert Mass in G as the foundation of the program. Rounding out the concert will be two pieces by Norwegian born composer Ola Gjeilo that are sure to make you say “Ahhhh”. Also included will be Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre. The poetry was written by Whitacre’s now wife, Hila Plitman. Oh How Beautiful, This Finely Woven Earth was written by Greg Jasperse in response to the 911 attacks in New York. There might even be a Latvian folk song arranged by our retiring conductor Imant Raminsh.
If this program excites you and you are a tenor or bass choral singer, we would welcome you to contact us using the “Contact Us” button to arrange an audition to sing this program with AURA.
Not Just Another Recital
A Performance of ARCT piano repertoire by Christopher Dlouhy.
TONIGHT Friday evening (May 11th) at 7pm at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, BC.
Admission is by donation.
Our youngest AURA bass, Christopher Dlouhy, will be playing his Piano ARCT exam in another month. In final preparation, he is offering a recital of the performance of his entire repertoire (6 pieces).
J.S.Bach Partita #1: Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue
Beethoven Sonata #12 in Ab+ Op 26
Chopin Etude op.10 #3
Rachmaninoff Prelude in g- op.23 #5
Glinka (transcription by Balakirew) The Lark
The recital will be approximately 50 minutes in length.
Chris is the piano student of AURA accompanist Marjorie Close.
He has been accepted into the music program at the University of Victoria in September.
This is the weekend to enjoy a rare opportunity in the Okanagan Valley. Our internationally acclaimed director, Imant Raminsh, will lead AURA in a program of his compositions. His memorable melodies and lush harmonies will delight you!
The concerts take place this Saturday evening April 21st at 7:30pm or Sunday afternoon April 22nd at 2:00pm at Peace Lutheran church, 1204 30th Avenue, Vernon.
Tickets are available from choir members, at the door or by calling Wayne or Marjorie at 250-542-8118.
For program information, please see our website at aurachamberchoir.com.
AURA CHAMBER CHOIR presents “The Peace of Wild Things” – Saturday April 21st at 7:30 and Sunday April 22nd at 2pm at PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1204 – 30th Avenue, Vernon, BC.
Admission is $18 for Adults and Seniors – students are free.
Tickets are available from Choir Members and at the door.
This concert is conducted by Imant Raminsh and will feature a full program of Imant’s music (with accompaniments by oboe, string quartet & piano).
This may be the last time AURA will have the opportunity to take part in a program of this kind under Imant’s direction as he will retire from AURA after the Spring 2019 performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass.
Our program will include Imant’s Missa Brevis, our title piece The Peace of Wild Things, a Doukhobor Lullaby, Bye, Bye, Baby, the famous unofficial Latvian National anthem, Put Vejini and among other pieces, you won’t want to miss the haunting cello accompaniment to In The Night we Shall Go In.
Our soprano soloist is Salmon Arm’s Andrea Roberts.
We invite you to join us for this concert of music by Imant Raminsh – to sit back and enjoy the beautiful melodies and rich harmonies .
Please feel free to call Wayne or Marge at 250-542-8118 for tickets.