Remembrance and Hope- November 9th & 10th, 2019

This fall AURA Chamber Choir will be presenting the concert “In Remembrance” to honour those who sacrificed their lives in the hope that we could live in a free country. 

The first half of the program consists of war poems set to music by modern composers as well as famous hymns sung in the trenches. These include works such as Holst’s 8 part a cappella I vow to thee my Country and Eleanor Daley’s For the Fallen with solo trumpet. 

The second half of the program celebrates the “Joy of Remembering”.  These musical arrangements include Imant Raminsh’s setting of the war poem A Shining Peace, Robert Shaw’s All Creatures of Our God and King, and Lauridson’s On this Shining Night.

Highlights of the program include two Ukrainian songs:  Plyve Cacha is a haunting Ukrainian folk song sung by the men.  This piece has now become an anthem song in Ukraine honouring those who died in Maidan in 2014.  The women then answer this piece with an uplifting song of Hope: Nadija, music written by Larysa Kuzmenko and words by famous Ukrainian poet Lesia Ukrainka.   Hope is described both on a personal level and as the hope for an independent and free nation.  AURA will also be performing His Voice as the Sound an incredible American folk song, with recorder, organ and Harp, as well as Biebl’s 8 part Ave Maria.

It’s a program sure to please all with its intense beauty and classics such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Healey Willan’s Gloria Deo Per Immensa Saecula, and Mozart’s Italian Placido E Il Mar.  Along with these classics will come new settings such as In Remembrance by Eleanor Daley and Abide with Me, a stunning new arrangement by Greg Jasperse.  

If you go to one Remembrance Day Program this year, AURA invites you to come to this one.

Those attending will leave with a feeling of hope for a bright future, and a thankful heart to those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. Under direction from AURA’s new musical director Tami Harker, In Remembrance will be presented Saturday November 9th at 7:30pm, and Sunday November 10th at 2:00pm, at All Saints Anglican Church (3205 27th Street, Vernon).  Tickets are $18.00, students free; available from choir members, at the Bean Scene, or at the door. 

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Bach Mass in B-Minor a resounding success

AURA’s 40th anniversary concert, our third performance of the Bach Mass in B-Minor, was an outstanding success!

Performed in both Vernon and Kamloops, the concerts were very well attended by appreciative audiences and much enjoyed by all the performers.

Thanks to Vivace Choral, our professional orchestra and especially our soloists for making this a performance long to be remembered.

For me, one of the “highlight” moments was Lynne McMurtry’s wonderful aria Qui sedes ad dextram Patris accompanied by the beautiful oboe of Jean Landa. There is no sound more exquisite than Lynne’s rich and powerful contralto voice combined with the haunting sound of the oboe.

We give great thanks especially to Imant Raminsh, our retired Music Director, not only for choosing this wonderful work to celebrate his 4o years with AURA but also for all the programming selections he has made. The choir and our community have been richly enhanced by these choices, not least of all, the many pieces of his own composition that we have performed.

Finally we warmly welcome our new Music Director, Tami Harker. Please see her biography on this web site. We look forward to announcing her program for our Fall concerts which will take place on November 9th & 10th at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon.

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AURA’s 40th Anniversary concert this weekend

This Saturday April 27 at 2:30 pm, AURA will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary with the performance of Bach’s Mass in B-minor including Vivace Chorale from Kamloops, professional orchestra and soloists. Our conductor (performing in his last program as AURA’s music director) will be the internationally recognized Imant Raminsh, C.M.

This music is powerful, inspiring and among the world’s most awe inspiring creations. Composed by J. S. Bach, what more needs to be said except not to miss this concert if at all possible. This will be only the third time that the Mass in B-minor has been performed in the Okanagan Valley (all performed by AURA).

Please see the post below for information about our soloists for this performance.

Tickets are still available from choir members and the Bean Scene coffee house or at the door.

Trinity United Church (3300Alexis Park Drive) is the venue for the Saturday afternoon 2:30pm Vernon concert with our Kamloops performance at Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Road at 7:00 pm, Sunday April 28, 2019 conducted by Cvetozar Vutev.

For more information, please send us a message from the “contact us” button at the top of this page or call 250-542-8118.

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Meet our Soloists

Exactly one month (Saturday April 27, 2:30 pm) from today, AURA will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary with the performance of Bach’s Mass in B-minor including Vivace Chorale from Kamloops, professional orchestra and soloists. Our conductor will be the internationally recognized Imant Raminsh, C.M.

Tickets are now available from choir members and the Bean Scene coffee house or at the door.

Trinity United Church (3300Alexis Park Drive) is the venue for the afternoon Vernon concert with our Kamloops performance at Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Road at 7:00 pm, Sunday April 28, 2019 conducted by Cvetozar Vutev.

For more information, please send us a message from the “contact us” button at the top of this page or call 250-542-8118.

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Imant Raminsh- Order of Canada

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.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4801874/coldstream-composer-order-of-canada/

Please see the link below for more information on the Okanagan appointments to the Order of Canada.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/245460/2-locals-named-to-Orderhttps://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/245460/2-locals-named-to-Order

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The Fall Concert

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.

 

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Moving Between Light & Darkness

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!

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AURA is looking for Tenor and Bass singers

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.

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Christopher Dlouhy in Concert

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

Morawetz Scherzo

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.

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A Choral Music Program to Delight

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.

 

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