When East meets with West

Vancouver Oratorio Society joins hand with Vancouver Bach Choir presenting: Poulenc’s Gloria & Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”


Venue: Chan Centre for the Performance Arts6265, Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver
Time: 7:30pm, Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tickets – $25 General Admission
Buy tickets at www.chancentre.com, or email voschorus@gmail.com or call 604-200-0867


Vancouver Oratorio Society (VOS) and Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC), with 4 distinguished soloists and orchestra, will join conductors Kenneth Hsieh and Kemuel Wong, in presenting Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” on Sat. May 23, 2015 at the Chan Centre of Performing Arts.

Being founded in 1991, VOS looks forward to its 25th anniversary in 2016. The society, with over 80 members, is committed to performing world’s favorite symphonic choral repertoires to its audience.

The Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs is an organization which includes the award-winning adult symphonic choir and children’s program. As one of the largest choral organizations in Canada, the VBC has over 100 members, under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala.

This joint concert is directed by two outstanding conductors. Kemuel Wong, currently the Associate Conductor of Vancouver Oratorio Society, is also the Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

Guest conductor Maestro Kenneth Hsieh is the Music Director of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in addition to his many international conducting engagements. A charming, passionate and compelling presence on the podium, Award Winning Conductor Mr. Hsieh has gained widespread attention for his vibrant performances, making him one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the international stage today.

In this special collaboration, the two choirs will be presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, final movement “Ode to Joy” which is universally acclaimed as Beethoven’s greatest work. It sets the first example of using voices in a symphony. The words, being sung in the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus, were taken from the “Ode to Joy”, a poem written by Schiller in 1785. Today, it stands as one of the most played symphonies in the world.

Another master work, Poulenc’s Gloria, is scored for soprano solo, large orchestra and chorus. This gorgeous soul-affirming work, written in Poulenc’s late life, has adopted the clarity and simplicity of Stravinsky’s late Neo-Classical style. The words from the Mass are set to music of an unmistakable freshness and vivacity. His sense of humor and love of life shine through his music, capturing a mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance.

The concert will also be featuring An-lun Huang’s Psalm 100, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Mendelssohn’s For He shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee from Elijah.

Guest soloists include:

  • Anne-Marie MacIntosh – Soprano
  • Laurelle Jade Froese – Mezzo-soprano
  • Sunny Shams – Tenor
  • Zachary Read – Baritone