Christmas Reprise XVIII Digital Album

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Paula Kremer, Artistic Director

Performing our traditional Christmas Reprise concert in the beautiful space of Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver holds a special place in my heart. Familiar carols, favourite Christmas compositions, and new holiday works are shared with a wonderful audience for an hour of choral music away from the bustle of the season. Each Reprise ends with the singers surrounding the audience in the aisles to sing Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria. In December of 2020, I felt so disheartened – to not be singing, to not have our usual Reprise due to the pandemic. I missed hearing the choir so I began listening to our archival recordings of past Reprise concerts from 2012 to 2019 and thus began the project of choosing music for this digital album. These are live tracks performed in Holy Rosary with some slight editing to remove sirens, street noise and some coughs. I hope you enjoy this reprise of Christmas Reprises, from our archives to you, with gratitude.

Born in Vancouver and educated at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Paula Kremer has studied choral conducting in courses and workshops at Eton, Westminster Choir College, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. Holding an ARCT in both piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Paula has also studied voice with Phyllis Mailing, Bruce Pullan, Marisa Gaetanne and Laura Pudwell, and piano from Margot Ehling. A full-time faculty member of the School of Music at Vancouver Community College, teaching voice, solfege, and choir, she was also the director of two Vancouver Bach Choir ensembles for young adults from 2009-17, the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande. Paula joined the alto section of our choir in 1994, and has been the Vancouver Cantata Singers’ Artistic Director since 2013.

Christmas Reprise XVIII Digital Album

  1. O Come, O Come, Immanuel – Anonymous antiphon
  2. O magnum mysterium – Tomás Luis de Victoria
  3. Angels we have heard on high – arr. John Rutter
  4. I Wonder as I Wander – arr. Shane Raman**
  5. Gaudete – arr. J. David Moore
  6. Coventry Carol – arr. Sam Dabrusin*
  7. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? – arr. Patty Gartshore
  8. It came upon a midnight clear – arr. Miles Ramsay
  9. The Holly and the Ivy – arr. Parker/Shaw
  10. God rest you merry, gentlemen – arr. Shane Raman**
  11. Un Flambeau! – arr. Derrick Christian*
  12. Spanish Carol (Esta noche nace un Niño) – arr. Andrew Carter
  13. In the Bleak Midwinter – Paul Mealor
  14. Christmas Angel – Corlynn Hanney
  15. Lux nova – Eric Whitacre
  16. O Emmanuel – Eriks Ešenvalds
  17. Maria durch ein‘ Dornwald ging – arr. Stefan Claas
  18. Ave Maria – Franz Biebl

*VCS Member
**VCS Alumni

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Endowment Fund Donors

The Kremer family gave $15,000 in memory of their beloved “Ti-la”

$1000+ Beth & Robert Helsley, Jesse Read & Rapti Dietrich

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