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Love Songs & Madrigals

April 22, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
St. Elizabeth's Church
10030 3 St
Sidney, BC V8L 3B3
adults $18 at the door ($15 in advance), students with card $5 (at the door only), children 12 and under free

WHAT:  A concert of choral music with piano duet and soloists featuring love songs by      Johannes Brahms.

WHO:  Via Choralis chamber choir, with duo pianists Erin Zipper and Sandra Fletcher, Anna Shill (soprano) and Tasha Farivar (mezzo-soprano), all conducted by Nicholas Fairbank.

WHEN:  Sunday, 22 April 2018, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  St. Elizabeth’s Church, 10030 3rd St., Sidney BC


TICKETS: adults $18 at the door ($15 in advance), students with card $5 (at the door only), children 12 and under free. Advance tickets from Tanner’s Books (Sidney), from choir members and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

DETAILS: With duo pianists Erin Zipper and Sandra Fletcher, and two solo vocalists, Via Choralis performs selections from Johannes Brahms’ ever-popular Liebeslieder Walzer along with selections from the Renaissance to the present day on the theme of Love. Written in Ländler style, the Liebeslieder (lovesong) Walzes were perhaps influenced by Brahms’ frustrated love for Clara Schumann, wife of the composer Robert Schumann. They are sometimes cheerful, sometimes wistful, but always tuneful.  The accompaniment by two players at one piano adds further interest. Also on the programme will be madrigals and part-songs by Arcadelt, Farmer, Finzi, Lassus, Sullivan, Fairbank and others.


Via Choralis, located on the Saanich Peninsula, and now in its 16th season, is a mixed-voice community chamber choir with a passion for singing, and which strives to enrich lives and cultivate community through choral music. From September to April each year we rehearse and perform a broad repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary, including major works with orchestra.


Guest pianist Erin Zipper is a recent transplant to the Victoria area, coming most recently from Madison, Wisconsin, where she has worked for many years as a freelance accompanist, music director, and piano/conductor for companies including Children’s Theater of Madison, Opera for the Young, Madison Theatre Guild, Edgewood College, Forward Theatre, and Four Seasons Theatre. She continues to work as a collaborator and composer for Madison’s Theatre LILA. Erin has worked extensively with university music and theatre students, in addition to choral ensembles of many sizes and levels, and she teaches private piano to students of all ages. Sandra Fletcher has 40 years of international experience teaching and performing. She has performed with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Thai Navy Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and with many professional musicians in Thailand and Canada. Sandra is currently Interim Associate Organist at Christ Church Cathedral. In addition to this post, she serves as accompanist for Via Choralis, conducts the Farmhouse Ringers (English Handbells), and directs the James Bay Children’s Chorus. With her vast experience, Sandra performs a versatile solo and collaborative repertoire on both piano and organ.


In addition to his role as Artistic Director of Via Choralis, Nicholas Fairbank is Chorus Master of the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus, and Director of Music at First Unitarian Church. He divides his time between conducting, teaching, playing keyboard instruments, and composing. He is on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, runs his own private teaching studio, and is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

For further details:

CONTACT: Nicholas Fairbank, or 250-514-2669



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