Grammy-award winning conductor Stephen Stubbs leads nine soloists, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and an ensemble of acclaimed musicians specializing in 17th century music in a presentation of Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. This is a work of magnitude and scope that few groups could mount by themselves, and represents a massive collaboration between Early Music Vancouver, Pacific MusicWorks and Vancouver Chamber Choir.
2. As one of the great pillars of the Western secular canon, “The Vespers” is a pivotal work marking the transition between Baroque and Renaissance styles.
3. The concert is led by Grammy award winning conductor Stephen Stubbs, one of the world’s most respected lutenists, music directors and Baroque opera specialists.
4. The performance features an ensemble of North American musicians specializing in 17th century repertoire, among them cornetto player Bruce Dickey who is credited for leading the resurgence of the Baroque wind instrument over the past four decades.
5. Audiences will have the opportunity to witness a cast of nine outstanding Canadian and international vocalists that includes Jolle Greenleaf, Catherine Webster, Laura Pudwell, Charles Daniels, Zachary Wilder, Ross Hauck,Reginald L. Mobley, Douglas Williams, and Charles Robert Stephens.
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia on October 23. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.