The score of the 1922 silent film re-imagined by Juno winner Andrew Downing, performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir
Nosferatu, the classic 1922 silent film, is set to get an auditory makeover this spring as the Vancouver Bach Choir will perform the world-premiere of a new score by Andrew Downing. Audiences will have the unique opportunity to watch the film projected on stage at the Orpheum, while the brand new soundtrack is performed live by the choir and a small ensemble, conducted by Leslie Dala.
Experience Nosferatu in the historic Orpheum theatre projected in newly re-mastered clarity. Canadian composer Andrew Downing’s new score is brought to life by the Vancouver Bach Choir and a band of the best local classical and jazz musicians.After bringing to life the Phantom of the Opera in Vancouver Bach Choir’s 2015/16 season, Mr. Downing returns with a new vision for this seminal work of classic film. Based in Toronto, Mr. Downing’s vibrant scores bridge the genres of jazz and classical and the presentation of live scores for classic films is a particular passion of his.
With some of the most iconic cinematic imagery ever, Nosferatu tells the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, here known as Count Orlof. This influential masterpiece features themes of darkness, shadows and light. It remains relevant to today’s contemporary audiences just as much as those who originally saw it in 1922.
Vancouver choral enthusiasts, film-buffs and horror-movie-enthusiasts alike will be captivated by this special, one-night-only film and choral event.
About the Vancouver Bach Choir: The Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC), celebrating its 88th season, is an award-winning symphonic choir committed to offering vibrant and culturally diverse choral experiences to its audiences.
As one of the largest choral organizations in Canada, the Vancouver Bach Choir explores a wide range of repertoire from the past to the present with passion and commitment. With eight choirs ranging in age from 5 to 80, the VBC continues to pursue choral excellence at all levels and presents numerous concerts each year through the metro Vancouver region.
Over the past eight decades, the choir has performed with numerous world-class musicians. Currently under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala, the VBC continues its mission and tradition to share the beauty of new and traditional choral music with as wide an audience as possible.
Vancouver Bach Choir presents Nosferatu
*a world premiere by Canadian composer Andrew Downing*
Music Director: Leslie Dala
Vancouver Bach Choir
Cameron Wilson | Violin
François Houle | Clarinet
Ingrid Chiang | Bassoon
Brad Turner | Trumpet
Jeremy Berkman | Trombone
Andrew Downing | Bass
Chris Gestrin | Keyboards
David Shively | Cimbalom
Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 7:30pm
*pre-concert talk at 6:45 with UBC professor of Film Studies Dr. Ernest Mathijs*
Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $18
Address: The Orpheum Theatre
601 Smithe St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3
Box Office: Online: vancouverbachchoir.com By phone: 604.822.2697
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