AURA announces “The Promise of Living”

Tickets are now available for AURA’s spring concert to be presented Saturday March 25th at 7:30pm and Sunday March 26 at 2:00pm in All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon.

“The Promise of Living” begins with excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with the rich harmonies of this monument of Russian sacred music.

We continue with the third movement of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (Psalm 150) and end the first half with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew.

The second half will include a selection of spirituals from Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time, and two selections from Aaron Copland’s The Tender LandStomp Your Foot and our title piece, The Promise of Living.

Tickets (Adults $18; Students free) are available from choir members, Bean Scene Coffee House and at the door.

For further information call 250-542-8118

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LAUDATE SINGERS perform in Vernon

AURA Chamber Choir is pleased to announce that Laudate Singers from Vancouver will be performing at All Saints Anglican Church 3205 27th Street in Vernon on Sunday afternoon October 2, 2016 at 1:30pm.

AURA is hosting this concert as part of Laudate’s fall tour through British Columbia.

Laudate Singers were formed in 1995 by Lars Kaario, conductor, Capilano University choral and conducting instructor and tenor soloist( Lars was the tenor soloist for AURA in our 10th anniversary performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass) . This fine ensemble has toured extensively throughout BC as well as typically performing four full concert programs each year in the Vancouver area. They have recorded seven outstanding CD’s.

Laudate’s program in Vernon will feature music and composers of the British Isles including William Byrd and Ralph Vaughan Williams among many others.

Having heard this very fine choir many times, I cannot overstate your enjoyment in attending this upcoming program in Vernon at All Saints Anglican Church on October 2 at 1:30pm.

Tickets are available at Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at the door. For more information, call 250-542-8118.

 

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We’re looking for a few good men!

Our founding director, internationally recognized composer Imant Raminsh, has put out a call for auditions to enhance our Bass section.

If you are an experienced singer and would like the opportunity to sing classical repertoire with welcoming amateur singers in Vernon, British Columbia under the direction of the amazing Imant Raminsh, please visit the “Contact Us” page to send us an indication of your interest. (The web site at aurachamberchoir.com outlines our up-coming programs as well as a complete listing of our repertoire).

We welcome enquiries for other voice parts as well.

 

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AURA announces upcoming programs

At AURA’s recent Annual General Meeting, the program for our upcoming 38th season was announced by Music Director Imant Raminsh.

Based on the theme “Psalms”, the program will feature excerpts from Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Orff’s Catulli Carmina as well as Tippett’s Child of our Time.

The concerts will be performed at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon on March 25th & 26th, 2017. Further details will be available on this web site in February 2017.

AURA has also announced that its 40th anniversary program will take place in the spring of 2019 once again featuring Bach’s monumental B-minor Mass with full orchestra.

AURA performed this powerful work for its 10th and 25th anniversary celebrations and looks forward once again to this awe inspiring experience to celebrate our 40th year under the direction of our founding conductor, Imant Raminsh.

 

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Don’t miss “Evening” presented by AURA Chamber Choir

AURA Chamber Choir presents it’s Spring 2016 concert on March 12 & 13 at All Saints Anglican Church.

Our program will feature Johannes Brahms masterpiece, A German Requiem.

This powerful work features professional soloists, soprano Mia Harris and baritone Mark Wells. The choir will be accompanied this season by our very fine long time pianist Marjorie Close and guest organist Jim Leonard. Jim is well known in his role accompanying Melina Moore’s programs and as All Saints accompanist each Sunday for their jazz service. If you heard Jim’s  classical concert last fall on the All Saints organ, you will know that you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to hear Jim and Marjorie working together to present our Brahms Requiem.

Tickets are now available at The Bean Scene coffee house downtown, from choir members and at the door. For further information, see the poster below, visit our website at aurachamberchoir.com or call 250-542-8118.

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Looking for a little help from our friends

If you love classical music, are perhaps a former AURA singer or just like to help in your community, we have an opportunity for you to consider.

Many years ago a former AURA member, Janet Armstrong, started “Friends of AURA”. This is a small group of people who assist the choir with the setup of our famous after concert receptions. It is not a difficult or time consuming task.  A Food Safe Certificate would be an asset but not essential.

The food is provided already plated and punch supplies simply have to be mixed. It’s an easy job to do with one or two of your friends or neighbours. Then you can listen to the concert if you wish with your complimentary ticket. Cleanup help is provided by choir members at the end of the reception.

If you would like to volunteer for this small task and enjoy a free concert in thanks for your kindness, please click on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page to provide us with your contact information. We will then be in touch.

 

 

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Join us in March 2016 for a performance of Brahms- A German Requiem

AURA’s next concert will feature a performance of the Brahms German Requiem.

Our conductor Imant Raminsh says this about the program:

In this upcoming AURA season, I invite you to explore and experience with me Johannes Brahms’ wonderful German Requiem.  Besides being one of the great monuments of the choral repertoire, it is also an intensely personal, intimate and comforting work, written partly as a response to the death of Brahms’ mother. It is not easy to find suitable companion music for this commanding work, but I feel I have been successful by choosing a number of smaller works on the theme of nature and evening by some of Brahms’ contemporaries:  Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, and Alfven.”

Our soloists for this program will be Mia Harris and Mark Wells.

The concert will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205 27th Street, Vernon, BC on Saturday evening March 12th, 2016 at 7:30pm and Sunday March 13th, 2016 at 2:00pm.

Watch this space during February 2016 for information on Ticket availability.

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