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December 13 2017

December 13 2017

Christmas Reprise Composer Focus: Jean Mouton 

  Jean Mouton (c.1459-1522) was a French composer of the Renaissance, an influential composer and teacher. In northern France he worked in churches with choirboys and eventually as the principal composer for the French court where he often wrote music for state occasions—weddings, coronations, papal elections, births and deaths.   Of Mouton’s music, 9 Magnificat settings, 15 masses, 20 chansons, and over 100 motets survive. […]


November 14 2017

November 14 2017

Handel’s Messiah: Iconic, Influential, and Immeasurable

Messiah was composed in 24 days by George F. Handel in the mid-18th century, an extremely short time to compose a major musical work. Since then, Messiah has had its fair share of influence on Western culture which continues to this day: mention the Hallejuah chorus and most will undoubtedly recognize the melody and text (for an […]


November 6 2017

November 6 2017

Vancouver’s choral scene, 60 years ago. 

It was the late 1950s and the world was changing. In 1957, the Soveit satellite Sputnik was launched and in 1959, Xerox introduces the first commercial photocopier to the market. Locally, in 1957, the Oak Street bridge opened, Elvis came to town (while fans ended the performance with a riot, read more here), and in 1958, Oscar Peterson performed at the Orpheum Theatre. […]