Early Music Vancouver Recreates Joyful Music Traditions of 17th Century Germany in ‘Praetorius Christmas Vespers’

Early Music Vancouver Recreates Joyful Music Traditions of 17th Century Germany in ‘Praetorius Christmas Vespers’
Photo credit: Jan Gates

Photo credit: Jan Gates

Early Music Vancouver, in partnership with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Guild of Seattle,and Early Music Society of the Islands, presents Festive Cantatas: Praetorius Christmas Vespers at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

The unique program recreates a joyful Christmas Vespers service as it might have been heard in 17th-century Germany, with internationally-renowned conductor David Fallis directing an ensemble of more than 50 performers, including some of North America’s most accomplished musicians specializing in early 17th-century music.

“This Christmas Vespers celebration will be our second set of Vespers shared this season, and it is worth comparing it with the magnificent 1610 setting by Monteverdi that we presented in October,” says Matthew White, Artistic Director of EMV. “While Monteverdi’s writing demands the participation of solely professional performers, Michael Praetorius was a German Lutheran and believed that there was value in allowing amateur musicians as well as the congregation to participate in church music-making. The musical result of this belief is a warm, inclusive, and varied event that finely balances the participation of professionals, amateurs, and the audience. It involves every layer of the musical community, and is an inspiring way to celebrate the Christmas season.”

Festive Cantatas reconstructs a possible vespers service for Christmas as it might have sounded in a large north German church in the early 17th century. The selections include beloved works from throughout Praetorius’ compositional career and will feature opportunities for the audience to join the performers in a selection of favourite and familiar early Christmas carols.

This concert will travel to five Pacific Northwest cities through the month of December under the music direction of David Fallis. The Toronto-based conductor is an internationally-esteemed artist, who currently serves as Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort and Music Director for Opera Atelier. The long list of organizations he has worked for includes the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, Cleveland Opera, Tafelmusik, and the Elmer Iseler Singers. A respected academic, he has also served as the Historical Music Producer for both ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Borgias’ television series.

Event Details: 

When: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC – 6265 Crescent Road

Pre-Concert Talk: Hosted by Michael White at 2:15 pm

Show Times: 3:00 pm

Tickets: Are from $17.50 and can be purchased online or via phone at 604-822-2697

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Photo credit: Jan Gates

Photo credit: Jan Gates

The Early Music Vancouver Giveaway!

Early Music Vancouver is generously gifting one of our readers a pair of tickets to see the Praetorius Christmas Vespers on December 20. Enter for your chance to win below.

Open to residents of British Columbia (must be able to pick up tickets at the event)  – Enter by December 13, 2015

Prize (1 winner) – All entries will be verified

      • 2 tickets to Praetorius Christmas Vespers on December 20

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