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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Elektra Women's Choir present Romance: Schumann, Brahms, & Fauré

Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director
An Afternoon Salon With Elektra Women's Choir and Guests

with guest artists

Martha Guth, soprano
Heidi Krutzen, harp
Ben Kinsman & Oliver de Clercq, French horn
Stephen Smith, piano

Sunday, June 6  3:00 pm
Ryerson United Church
2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver BC

$26 | $20 Ticketmaster.ca 604.280.3311 or from the choir office 604.739.1255

Elektra Women's Choir is planning a unique concert to close their season on June 6. Romance: Schumann, Brahms, & Fauré, is a glittering exploration of the music of the Romantic Era, presented in the format of an afternoon salon, complete with a roster of talented guest artists whose solo performances will enrich an already abundant program. Artistic Director, Morna Edmundson, has opened a treasure chest of repertoire that includes harp, French horn, and piano accompaniment to showcase Elektra's lustrous sound.

Elektra is particularly pleased to partner with the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) for Romance. The performance is part of VISI's SONGFIRE Festival of Song, a new collaboration with a constellation of Vancouver arts organizations that highlights song in all of its forms.  VISI faculty member and soprano, Martha Guth, will be featured as soloist for Romance, alongside harpist Heidi Krutzen, Ben Kinsman and Oliver de Clercq on French horn, and pianist, Stephen Smith.

The central work of the concert is Brahm's Four Songs for Women's Chorus, two horns and harp Op. 17. Lyrical, subdued and full of warm nostalgia, the vocal lines are masterfully set amongst the rich sonority of their accompaniment. Members of MIRA, Elektra's mentorship program for high school-aged singers, will join the choir for the Brahms as well as in some works by Fauré.

Romance offers an early summer afternoon's entertainment, and an invitation into a musical age when fantasy, imagination, and a quest for adventure in far away lands played an important role. Come and be borne away into the golden reveries of Romance: Schumann, Brahms, & Fauré.

Tickets to Romance are available through Ticketmaster (604.280.3311) or through the Elektra office (604.739.1255.)

Elektra gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Government of British Columbia, CBC, Borden Ladner Gervais, Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, Hamber Foundation, and Wolrige Foundation. Elektra also thanks its many generous individual donors and volunteers - their support makes us sing.

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