Vancouver Chamber Choir

We all have the same sea of ​​humanity – shared hopes, dreams, fears and feelings. I wanted to emphasize this connection by combining music from two sides of the northern hemisphere. The Canadian section tells about the diversity of the country’s rich (musical) culture, its tensions and possibilities. In the middle of the two worlds of the program stands the Canadian-Finnish Matthew Whittall, whose new piece is commissioned by the Vancouver Chamber Choir. The second half includes another premiere, Mikko Nisula’s Les rêveries.

– Kari Turunen


Artistic Director Kari Turunen began leading the Vancouver Chamber Choir – one of Canada’s premier professional choral ensembles – in September 2019, its 49th concert season.

Conductor Emeritus Jon Washburn founded the choir in 1971 and it has become an amazing success story, ranking with the handful of North America’s best professional choruses and noted for its diverse repertoire and performing excellence. The choir has presented concerts at home in Vancouver and on tour across Canada and around the world.

Honoured with the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence by Chorus America, the choir has received numerous awards for its educational programs for singers, conductors and composers as well as its commitment to Canadian music.


Vancouver Chamber Choir, cond. Kari Turunen


Healey Willan (1880–1968): Rise up, my love (1929) – text: Song of Songs 2:10-13
Sherryl Sewepagaham: Nitohtamok Askîy (2019)
Chris Sivak (*1982): Alouette Meets Her Maker (2018/2021)
Jocelyn Morlock (*1969): One black spike (2008)
John Estacio (*1966): Ella Sunlight (2000) – text: Val Brandt (from: Eulogies)
Andrew Balfour (*1967): Vision Chant (2013)
Matthew Whittall (*1975): Snowdrops (2023) text: Louise Glück
Evelin Seppar (*1986): Seesama meri (2019) – text: Jaan Kaplinski
Arvo Pärt (*1935): Which was the Son of… (2000) – text: Luke 3: 23–38
Mikko Nisula (*1974): Les Rêveries (2020) – text: Alphonse de Lamartine
Toivo Kuula (1883–1918): Siell’ on kauan jo kukkineet omenapuut (1908) – text: V. A. Koskenniemi


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