Vancouver Chamber Choir singer Jennifer McLaren talks with Young Composers Competition finalist Jenny Li of Richmond, BC and fellow chorister Kathleen Allan about present and past successes of youthful compositions. Hear Jenny's piece performed Friday, May 6 at YOUTH & MUSIC, details below...
YOUTH & MUSIC 2011 - Young Composers Competition
8pm Friday, May 6, 2011
Ryerson United Church, (2195 West 45th Ave at Yew St, Vancouver)
Vancouver Chamber Choir
British Columbia Girls Choir ~ Linda Lee Thomas, piano
Jon Washburn & John William Trotter, conductors
Concluding a busy and exciting 40th anniversary season, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn are pleased to present YOUTH & MUSIC 2011 Young Composers Competition. This is the 10th biennial competition; the goal is to identify and champion the latest generation of creative musicians - university, secondary and even elementary school students!
The programme includes music about youth and childhood, new compositions commissioned from past winners of the competition, and performance of the finalist pieces in this year's competition from which the 2011 winning pieces will be chosen.
A participation award will be given to Langley Fine Arts School for submitting the most compositions. As a special feature in this year's programme, soloists from the choir will perform five selected pieces from the school's submissions.
If you have musical young people among your family and friends, this is the concert for them -- always a pleasure for young and old alike.
Young Composers Competition Finalists:
Elementary (Ages 8 -- 12)
Jane Lange (San Mateo, California) -- Sing a Springtime Song
Jane Lange -- Through the flowing river
Secondary (Ages 13 -- 17)
Dylan Glenn (Pleasant Grove, Utah) -- Who is Sylvia?
Jenny Li (Richmond, BC) - Clouds
College/University (Ages 18 -- 22)
Matthew Emery (Vancouver, BC) -- Peace, my heart
Lyon Hazzard (Southern Pines, North Carolina) -- The Blue Bird
A selection of pieces composed by Langley Fine Arts School students
Premieres of five newly commissioned pieces by young composers, including previous winners of the Young Composers Competition:
Kathleen Allan -- Like Barley Bending
Timothy Corlis -- Sonnez les Cloches!
Stephen Feigenbaum -- The Field Mouse
Rob Teehan -- There will come soft rains
David von Kampen -- The Swing
John Rutter - Five Childhood Lyrics
Jon Washburn - Silver
Jon Washburn - Song, our Sweetest Joy
Tickets to YOUTH & MUSIC are $24.50 - $28, available at Ticketmaster. Rush tickets are always available for $10 at the door one hour before the concert for youth under 26 and students (valid ID required for both). Visit ticketmaster.ca to purchase online or phone 1-855-985-ARTS (2787).
The Vancouver Chamber Choir acknowledges the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, TD Canada Trust, London Drugs and the Vancouver Sun. The five newly commissioned pieces by young composers were made possible through the assistance of the Mirhady Family Foundation and the Denise Mara Foundation.
For more information visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com or phone 604-738-6822.