One of Canada’s premier singing ensembles and Canada’s first gay chorus, the Vancouver Men’s Chorus has been delighting audiences locally and abroad for more than 25 years.
At the core of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus’ (VMC) achievements stands its contribution to the creation of new repertoire for men’s and mixed voices. Custom-made arrangements, notably by Conductor and Artistic Director Willi Zwozdesky and Chorus Accompanist Stephen Smith, and other Canadian arrangers are a hallmark of VMC programming. As a result of this and the Chorus’ wide-ranging concertizing, VMC arrangements are now heard in concert halls around the world. Original commissions have included Vancouver composers Michael Conway Baker, Ramona Luengen, Anita Perry, Rupert Lang, Stephen Smith, and Willi Zwozdesky, and Toronto composer Eleanor Daley. In 2000, the Chorus was also among the original commissioning choruses of Alan Shorter’s setting of the children’s story Oliver Button is a Sissy.
Through the years the Chorus has performed with such notables as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Heather Bishop and Ferron and collaborated with groups such as the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Chor Leoni and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
The Chorus is a member of the Vancouver Cultural Alliance, the British Columbia Choral Federation and of GALA Choruses, an association of over one hundred men’s, women’s, and mixed choruses from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, dedicated to providing leadership and inspiration to the gay and lesbian movement through excellence in the choral arts.
Vancouver Men’s Chorus
Composed of gay men and their friends, the chorus promotes community spirit and a positive image of the gay community.
Visit http://www.vancouvermenschorus.ca for more information on the Chorus and its upcoming concerts.