Malaspina Choir presents



Choral Celebration: Vivaldi to Whitacre


November 2019 posterMalaspina Choir and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Lionel Tanod

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Venue: St. Andrew's United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam St., Nanaimo


Malaspina Choir begins the celebration of its 50 th season with a concert featuring four centuries of choral music, the earliest composed in the 18 th century, Antonio Vivaldi's Magnificat, and the most recent, Chilcott’s Bird of Dawning (2013).

As well as time, the music spans genres: sacred pieces from Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rossini; tango/jazz (Piazzolla); anti-war (Jenkins) and celebration of the Saviour’s birth (Chilcott); lullaby (Whitacre) and drinking songs (Hatfield).  Two of the sacred works (the Vivaldi and Mozart) were written to be sung at Vespers, the only service where the Church allowed concert music. 

Several works in the program were composed to meet the requests of specific groups. Thus much of Vivaldi’s music was composed for performance by the female students at the Pièta convent, Hatfield wrote God-Bless Wassail for the Amabile Boys’ Choir and Jenkin’s Benedictus comes from a longer work requested by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium, dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis

The mix of music in this performance highlights the versatility of the Malaspina Choir and includes favourites from our repertoire as well as ones new to the choir.  We’ve invited our frequent collaborator, the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, to be part of the performance. We’re featuring choir members as soloists as well as organist Jenny Vincent and cellist Bredan Millbank. This is an exciting start to the celebration of the choir’s half-century of bringing the best in the choral repertoire to Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.  Come join us for this very special occasion!


Tickets are available from the Port Theatre Box Office website or call 250-754-8550.

Adult – $20, Under 25 (Youth) – $10, under 12 free.

Also available from members and at the door.

A. Vivaldi
choir, orchestra
Laudate Dominum
W.A Mozart
soprano solo, choir/organ
Ave Maria
F. Mendelssohn
tenor solo/choir /organ
K. Jenkins
cello/piano/ choir
Cum Sancto Spiritu
G. Rossini
From Petite Messe Solennelle
The Snow
E. Elgar
choir/violin duo/piano
E. Whitacre
choir /piano
Fuge y Mysterio
A. Piazzolla
arr. J. Washburn, choir /piano
The Bird of Dawning
Bob Chilcott
a cappella choir
God Bless Wassail
Stephen Hatfield


November 8, 2019