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Bach’s Magnificat and more
The Victoria Choral Society presents Bach’s Magnificat and more

The Victoria Choral Society, under the direction of Brian Wismath, M.Mus, will present Bach’s ‘Magnificat’, Arvo Pärt’s ‘Adam’s Lament’, and Knut Nystedt’s ‘Immortal Bach’ with guest choir Vox Humana at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium.

The program will feature Bach’s magnificent ‘Magnificat’, and will be performed by over 140 singers, featuring soloists Emma Hannan (Soprano), Kristen Birley (Soprano), Ciara Gallagher (Mezzo), Benjamin Butterfield (Tenor), and Nathan McDonald (Bass). ‘Adam’s Lament’ will be performed by Vox Humana. Both choirs will perform ‘Immortal Bach’. The choirs will be accompanied by an orchestra of musicians from the Victoria Symphony.

About the Victoria Choral Society

The Victoria Choral Society, directed by Brian Wismath, is an auditioned, mixed-voice symphonic chorus, dedicated to presenting the finest choral music — from baroque to contemporary.

Founded in 1934, the Victoria Choral Society has played a leading role in Victoria’s cultural life, and has performed with every Victoria Symphony conductor since the symphony’s inception.

Recent performances with the Symphony include Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, Britten’s ‘War Requiem’, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony’, and Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’. Each year, the Victoria Choral Society produces its own concerts with orchestra and soloists, most recently Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’, ‘Songs of Destiny: Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang’ and ‘Hear My Prayer, Brahms’ Schicksalslied’ and the world premiere of ‘Nocturno’ by Liova Bueno, Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Passing of the Year’, Knut Nystedt’s Immortal Bach’, Rheinberger’s ‘Mass in C Major’, Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, and Handel’s ‘Joshua’.