At the Orpheum
Christmas with Chor Leoni: Angels Dance
In what will be the collaborative holiday event of the season, Vancouver’s renowned Chor Leoni Men’s Choir is joined by the outstanding artists of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company to bring Christmas with Chor Leoni: Angels Dance to life on the Orpheum stage. Traditional holiday music from the Southwest, Appalachia, Europe, and Canada will be featured in this seasonal feast for the senses.
Two folk-inspired works form the centrepiece of the program. Composer Conrad Susa draws on the culture of the American Southwest for his sunny Carols & Lullabies. Malcolm Dalglish references Appalachian shape-note singing in the hauntingly beautiful Star in the East, which is accompanied by harp.
The wide-ranging program also includes Franz Biebl’s radiant Ave Maria and Randall Thompson’s evocative setting of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, a new work by Vancouver icon Ed Henderson, and a Bluegrass Jingle Bells. Chor Leoni is joined by collaborative pianist Tina Chang, harpist Vivian Chen, guitarist Ed Henderson, and percussionist Katie Rife in this holiday extravaganza.
The Arts Umbrella Dance Company will join Chor Leoni for three extended selections. Susa’s Carol's and Lullabies will be choreographed by Lesley Telford. Star in the East will feature choreography by Livona Ellis, and Brandon Lee Alley will choreograph Chor Leoni Composer-in-Residence Zachary Wadsworth’s brand new Two Counting Carols.
Based on the bestselling book celebrating the natural world, the performances will be a treat for the eyes and ears. With large-screen projection of the book’s illustrations, an actor reading each...MAY 6-7