The Vancouver Peace Choir continues its tradition of activism through music by adding its voice to the anti-gay bullying message with their upcoming concert Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey from Darkness to Light.
“To me, the Vancouver Peace Choir is the ideal form of activism because music is universal,” says Artistic Director Dan Kocurek. “Our aim was to be involved where the bullying is happening. It is important for youth to see adults in their community standing in support.”
The program of contemporary choral music will explore the emotions of dark and light alongside videos from the It Gets Better Project and will feature the Eric Hamber Secondary School Chamber Choir, the Black Dog String Quartet and Meryn Cadell, a spoken word performer from the queer community.
Along with works from Pawel Lukaszewski, Gyorgy Orban and Mozart, Metamorphosis will also include “Silent Dawn” by former Vancouver Peace Choir director and Juno-nominated composer Tim Corlis, Eric Whitacre’s “Alleluia” and Mackelmore’s “Same Love”.
“This concert is about something that starts in negativity and blooms into something poignant, like the message of It Gets Better,” adds Christine Eggert, longstanding choir member and pianist.
The Vancouver Peace Choir was formed in 2009 with a group of singers interested in exploring social messages through the performance of challenging contemporary choral music. Past concerts have explored peacemaking, intercultural dialogue, collaboration with First Nations performers, environmental issues and expressions of freedom, and feature the work of Vancouver and Canadian composers.
Saturday, November 23 @ 7:30pm – Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Avenue, Vancouver
Sunday, November 24 @ 3pm – Grace Memorial United Church, 806 East 16th Avenue Vancouver
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, free for 18 and under, and can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.