This week we honour and remember the sacrifices that our military men and women make to ensure the protection of what Canadians hold most dear.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Benjamin Britten’s epic and highly emotional War Requiem (Nov 10) as a lead up to Remembrance Day. This concert commemorates the 100-year anniversary since the beginning of the First World War. The War Requiem, which premiered in Coventry (UK) Cathedral on May 30, 1962 melds the traditional Latin Requiem texts with moving poetry by Wilfred Owen—a poet who was killed a week before the end of the First World War. VSO Music Director Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra, three world-renowned soloists and three choirs to pay tribute to those who fought in war, and to those who selflessly fight today.
Lest we forget. Vancouver Remembrance Day ceremonies (Nov 11) begin at 8:30am with the lighting of Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza. At 10am veterans, military marching units and bands will be led to Victory Square (West Hastings & Cambie) where the cenotaph ceremony starts at 10:30am. A moment of silence takes place at 11am.
Chor Leoni presents A Great Service (Nov 11), its 22nd annual Remembrance Day concerts with special guest Christopher Gaze. This concert places Robert Service’s harrowing stories of war alongside musical selections by Gustav Holst, Vaughan Williams, Paul Mealor, and Rupert Lang.