Photo by Jan Gates.
Photo by Jan Gates.
Early Music Vancouver and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra herald in the holidays with the joyous baroque celebration, Festive Cantatas: J.S. Bach Magnificat (Dec 18) at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Here are five reasons why you should go:

1. The Orchestra

Photo by Jan Gates.

Juno award-winning Music Director Alexander Weimann leads the Pacific Baroque Orchestra as they bring a fresh and exciting approach to classical music. All of the musicians are experts in what is known as “historical performance practice”.

2. Internationally Renowned Soloists

Jesse Blumberg is one of the featured soloists. Photo by Arielle Doneson.

The solos and choral parts will be taken on by the voices of five internationally acclaimed guest soloists: Molly Quinn, Danielle Sampson, Meg Bragle, Aaron Sheenhan, and Jesse Blumberg.

3. An Embodiment of the Holiday Spirit

Photo by Jan Gates.

Bach’s Magnificat includes trumpets and timpani in several movements, making it an uplifting and celebratory concert that audiences of all ages can enjoy together this holiday season.

4. Early Music for Modern Ears

Dr. Kris Kwapis is another of the featured soloists. Photo by Frances Gaul.

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra uses original 18th century instruments or copies of original instruments. This approach allows modern audiences to hear the music played in a style that the composers would still recognize today.

5. The Nativity Story Told Through Music

Aaron Sheehan is one of the featured soloists. Photo by Kevin Day.

Early Music Vancouver’s presentation will include four rarely heard carol inserts that help to illuminate the Nativity story. These inserts harken back to the German custom of giving a dramatic representation of the Nativity story at Christmas Vespers. Their subject matter is the announcement to the shepherds, the angel’s song of praise and cradle song at the manger.