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.