Christmas with the Bach Choir in Vancouver

Bach Choir

November 18, 2922, Vancouver, BC:  There are three opportunities to join the Vancouver Bach Choir for traditional seasonal choral music this December. First, the whole Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs returns to the Orpheum on December 4 for their annual Christmas with the Bach Choir. Back for the first time since 2019, this family friendly concert features all eight children’s and adult choirs, with 400 singers ages 5 to 85, joined by the Touch of Brass quintet and organist Michael Dirk, filling the Orpheum with the sounds of the season. Led by both Children’s Choir Music Director, Marisa Gaetanne and Adult Choir Music Director, Leslie Dala, the concert features traditional and contemporary holiday music including the beloved audience sing-along-carols throughout the concert.

On December 10, the Vancouver Bach Choir is joined by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra at the Orpheum for Handel’s Messiah. Since The Messiah premiered in 1742, it has become an annual tradition and celebration of the pinnacle of choral music. The annual tradition of The Messiah returns to the Orpheum this year for the first time since 2019. The choir and orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala are joined by a stellar cast of Canadian soloists: Melody Courage, Marion Newman, Asitha Tennekoon and Clarence Frazer, for a holiday tradition beloved by new and returning audiences.

New this season, the Vancouver Bach Choir performs a Christmas with the Bach Choir runout at the ACT Centre in Maple Ridge on December 11. The concert will feature soloists from the choir’s new professional core, as well as the Touch of Brass quintet and organist Michael Dirk. The Vancouver Bach Choir is delighted to be performing for the first time in Maple Ridge. Audiences can expect a variety of seasonal favourites, including excerpts from The Messiah, new and traditional carols, including sing-along audience favourites.

The Vancouver Bach Choir’s Executive Director, Gillian Hunter-Gibbs says “Christmas with the Bach Choir and the Messiah at the Orpheum are Vancouver cultural staples which we hope if they aren’t already, will become your family’s kick-off to the Christmas season. We are delighted to be back to our full seasonal offerings after three long years of modified Christmas concerts. We are also very much looking forward to bringing the VBC’s magic of the season to audiences in Maple Ridge for the first time this year.”

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About the Vancouver Bach Choir:

The Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC), celebrating its 92nd 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 85, 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.

The Vancouver Bach children’s program, under the direction of Music Director, Marisa Gaetanne is one of the oldest and most established music outreach programs in the lower mainland. Since 1984, the Vancouver Bach children’s program has developed a unique, multi-tiered program that currently provides incredible choral training for over 350 singers from kindergarten to young adulthood. Auditioned from across the lower mainland, our young singers experience the joy of making music in the company of other like-minded young musicians.

Listing Information:

Vancouver Bach Choir presents

Christmas with the Bach Choir

December 4th, 2022, 2:00pm


Ticket Prices: $20-$70

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Handel’s Messiah

December 10th, 2022, 7:30pm


Ticket Prices: $20-$70

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Christmas with the Bach Choir: Maple Ridge

December 11th, 2022, 3:00pm

ACT Arts Centre

Ticket Prices: $29-$49

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