Early Music Vancouver (“EMV”), in collaboration with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (“PBO”) and the Vancouver Cantata Singers (“VCS”), presents Handel Coronation Anthems on April 14th at the Chan Centre.
Esteemed conductor and organist Alexander Weimann leads the PBO, VCS, and four internationally renowned soloists in a spectacular large-scale performance of two Handel masterpieces: Coronation Anthems and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.
Handel Coronation Anthems
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd)
Tickets: Available online now from $18
Since their successful debut, Handel’s Coronation Anthems have remained at the heart of the favoured English Baroque repertoire. Handel’s setting of Zadok the Priest, the first of the four anthems, has been included at every British coronation since 1727. The long instrumental opening of this work remains one of music history’s greatest examples of how to build anticipation and tension.
EMV’s programme will also include a performance of Handel’s festive Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. This earlier work was written in 1713 and honours both Queen Anne’s birthday and the celebration of the Treaty of Utrecht that finally ended the War of Spanish succession in 1712. Scored for three solo voices, choir, and orchestra, it begins with one of Handel’s most beloved and famous solos Eternal Source of Light Divine, featuring the trumpet and the alto voice. Millions of people all over the world heard this piece during the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.
This highly anticipated concert will showcase four internationally recognized vocal soloists: Sumner Thompson (bass-baritone), Ross Hauck (tenor), Vicki St. Pierre (mezzo soprano), and Danielle Sampson (soprano), paired with the glorious voices of the Vancouver Cantata Singers.
The all-star vocalists will be accompanied by Vancouver’s own Juno-nominated PBO led by acclaimed music director and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann. Formed in 1990, the PBO is universally recognized as one of Canada’s best orchestras playing on period instruments.
In addition to sharing Handel’s magnificent works, EMV looks forward to announcing its captivating 2019–20 season at the beginning of the concert at the Chan Centre.
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