The two choirs will perform at St Michael and the Angels Anglican Church at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir formed in 1992 for “men of all ages who love to sing”, melds the dynamic and tonal possibilities of the blend of male voices, under the expert eye of artistic director Liana Savard, with an eclectic, but highly accessible repertoire that covers everything from sacred and folk songs and Canadiana, to popular contemporary ballads and old-time rock n’ roll. The Orpheus men are all amateur yet deliver a professional engaging performance from memory. Each performance guarantees an emotional ride through familiar, new, rousing, humorous and classic repertoire.
A strong component of the Orpheus repertoire is a collection of Canadian and B.C. composed and arranged songs. This includes the arranged for Orpheus version of “Fisherman’s Son” and “Four Strong Winds”, “Fogarty’s Cove”, “Royal Hudson”, BC Native song “Klee Wyck” among others. Other genres include “Danny Boy”, “ol’ Man River”, “Va Pensiero” “Battle hymn of the Republic”, “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” and the Welsh Hymn “Gwahoddiad,” which is sung in Welsh.
Orpheus annually tours B.C. to enrich smaller communities with choral entertainment. Major tours have included the Maritimes, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the US Pacific Northwest, all to rave reviews. The choir’s September 2015 highlight was tour of Wales hosted by many of the Welsh Male Choirs we hosted in Vancouver over the years.
This season is the 25th anniversary as a choir. The Orpheus men are celebrating this with a five concert tour of BC’s North and Northwest Coast this May with stops in Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, Burns Lake and Prince George.
While in Prince George the Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir will be hosted by the very talented Nove Voce. This accomplished women’s choir were named best overall choir at the 2016 Provincial festival. The Orpheus lads look forward to an exciting concert with Nove Voce at St Michael and the Angels Anglican Church on Friday June 1 at 7:00 pm.
Orpheus is a member of the BC Choral Federation.
Tickets are available at Books and Co.