Grand Philharmonic Choir Concert

11 July, Wednesday, 19:00

A Present for the Choral Music lovers! First time performing in Saint Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Choir from Canada with an unforgettable programme “Music to Make the Spirit Soar”

For the first time, one of the most finest and famous mixed-voice adult choir from the Kitchener City (Canada, Ontario), the Grand Philharmonic Choir, is coming to Saint Petersburg and will perform on Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 7pm at Jaani Kirik Concert Hall (ulitsa Dekabristov 54, Saint Petersburg).

The Grand Philharmonic Choir traces its roots back to the 19th century, when Kitchener was named Berlin. A defining feature of local life was the singing festival (sängerfest) that attracted thousands of people; this has formed a lasting foundation of appreciation for choral music.

A love for music, the thirst for innovations, sincerity, and friendship – these are the values of the members of the Grand Philharmonic Choir cherished since the very foundation of the choir. Numerous concerts in their own country and abroad, performances at the most famous festivals, concert halls, churches and open-air stages, cooperation with the most famous choirs and orchestras, many awards and prizes are the results of long and intense work, which the choir can be proud of.

The masterful choir presents its concerts under maestro Mark Vuorinen (born in 1975), who energises everyone with his expressive motions and strong energy. This young and ambitious conductor and artistic director, is the Assistant Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College, where he teaches courses in conducting and conducts the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir. He is also Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, a symphonic chorus whose repertoire includes the great masterpieces for chorus and orchestra. Mark studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University, Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and the University of Toronto. 

He has given first performances and Canadian premieres of works by many composers, including John Burge, Timothy Corlis, Robinson McLellan, and Tawnie Olsen. Other recent concert highlights include performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Credo and Richard Einhorn’s moving soundtrack, Voices of Light as an accompaniment to the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Mark is the 2016 Laureate of the Ontario Arts Council's Leslie Bell Prize in Choral Conducting.

He pays particular attention not only to fostering the excellence, but also to developing a rich repertoire of the choir. So today the choir’s programmes is a rich blend of traditional masterworks as well as new works by Canadian and international composers.

During the concert, choristers will invite you to travel along the wide world of music. The programme will include compositions of the most famous Canadian composers, classical pearls – melodies by Mendelssohn and Brahms, music by the famous Russian composers Rachmaninoff and Ippolitov. The highlight of the concert will be performance of Baltic composers’ music.

The programme will consist of the pieces of the following composers: J. MacMillan, H. Willan, E. Daley, S. Chatman, F. Mendelssohn, J. Brahms, S. Rachmaninov, A. Martinaitis, R. Maimets, E. Esenvalds, R, Toi, L. Dubinsky, P. Halley. etc.

Join this concert of incredible music. You´ll be glad you did!

Duration — 1 hour
Free entrance

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