An evening with Shakespeare and song

Victoria's premier vocal ensemble, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, will present Shakespeare's Song.

Victoria’s premier vocal ensemble, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, will present Shakespeare’s Song — a choral concert celebrating the works of William Shakespeare.

In celebration of the life of Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago, audience members will experience his poetry set for choir by composers Matthew Harris, Jaakko Mantyjarvi and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Transcribed by Victoria’s Dennis Donnelly, the concert will also feature music by Robert Johnson, who composed music for the original performance of many of Shakespeare’s plays.

Timothy Vernon, artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria, will be the special guest narrator, sharing valuable insights about the music and poetry throughout the performance.

The Vox Humana Chamber Choir is a mixed-voice ensemble that was founded in 2002. Under the direction of Brian Wismath, its core group of 24 singers ranges from advanced students to professional musicians.

As part of its regular concert season from September to June, Vox Humana presents six to eight different programs of diverse repertoire. The choir is also a frequent artistic collaborator with other groups, such as the Victoria Symphony.

Shakespeare’s Song takes place Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at St. John the Divine Church and Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. For more information visit voxhumanachoir.ca.

 

 

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