It promises to be a lively and special musical event on May 4th when the Vanier College Choir conducted by Philippe Bourque will be joined by the Vanier Chamber Orchestra and the Vanier Percussion Ensemble for an evening of rhythmic vitality in the last concert of the semester.
The Rio Grande
The concert will open with Constant Lambert’s jazzy The Rio Grande for mezzo-soprano (Erica Martin, alumna), percussion and two pianos (Alexander Solopov and Anne-Marie Denoncourt).
Carnaval des animaux
Next comes Saint-Saëns’ well-known Carnaval des animaux performed by the Vanier Chamber Orchestra directed by Sylvie Allaire with Vanier pianists Melissa Biroun and Juliana van Zuiden (alumna), and narrator Glen Ethier of the Vanier Music faculty.
A premiere performance: Domina Petra Mea
The first part will end with the premiere of Glen Ethier’s Domina Petra Mea with the Vanier Choir, the Vanier Percussion Ensemble (Robert Slapcoff, director,) and pianists Alexander Solopov and Anne-Marie Denoncourt.
Carmina Burana written by Carl Orff in 1935-36 will be featured in the second half of the program. This famous work will bring together the choir, pianists Solopov and Denoncourt, the percussion ensemble, and singers Tamara Vickerd (soprano, Vanier faculty), baritone Julien Patenaude and Vanier student Nicolas Saavedra Fusinato (tenor).
Carmina Burana, based on medieval texts from the monastery of Benediktbeuern, is set in 24 movements and opens and closes with rhythmic intensity featuring the Wheel of Fortune.
The concert will take place on May 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm at Église Saint-Laurent, 805, Sainte-Croix Avenue, Montreal (St-Laurent), H4L 3X6. Suggested donation $10.