A message from Lars

Welcome to Laudate Singers Society – the home of Laudate Singers and Paragon Singers. The theme of this season is Baroque & Beyond because our first and last concerts feature seminal Baroque masterworks with a fiery Spanish program in the middle of the year. 

We ended last season with a tour of Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague with guest organist Angelique Po. The venues were stunning, the weather was perfect, everyone performed beautifully; it was an experience that will be cherished by everyone for years to come. I certainly will. 

We begin our season on a spooky note with our Halloween themed gala fundraiser, CHARMS & SPELLS on Sat., Oct. 14th at the Seymour Golf & Country Club, North Vancouver. Enjoy an evening of dining, music featuring members of both choirs and special guests, and fabulous silent auction items. Costumes are welcome! Plus, you get a partial tax receipt with your entrance ticket. Deadline to book your place is October 9th.

Laudate Singers and Paragon Singers will join forces to perform HANDEL’S MESSIAH with Baroque Orchestra and brilliant soloists on Saturday afternoon at 3pm, December 16th in the wonderful acoustics of West Vancouver United Church. 

Laudate Singers perform solo at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Victoria Park Cenotaph in North Vancouver and the FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERTS in North and West Vancouver on December 3rd. 

On Sunday, March 3rd at 3 pm, Laudate Singers will present PASSION: ROMANCERO GITANO with renowned classical guitarist Stanton Jack at West Vancouver United Church, West Vancouver. This will feature Castelnuevo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano for choir and guitar.

On Sat., May 4th at 8 pm, Paragon Singers, Laudate Singers, and Baroque Orchestra will present a rare double feature of Handel’s DIXIT DOMINUS and J.S. Bach’s CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN at West Vancouver United Church. Both Handel and Bach wrote these masterpieces when they were only 22 years old – both outstanding achievements with many more to follow. 

You may notice that our season banner features the stirring and dynamic painting “Tossed By the Wind” by late 19th/early 20th century BC painter, Emily Carr. This was Carr’s interpretation of a European landscape and she gave landscape painting a uniquely Canadian perspective. This season, our choral society will bookend a program of Latin-themed music and commissions with Baroque masterpieces. Like Emily Carr, the old world meets the new and yes, the music is also full of excitement! 

Please join us at one or all of our concerts. Looking forward to singing for you – Baroque & Beyond! 

Lars Kaario
Artistic Director

Handel’s Dixit Dominus & J.S. Bach’s Christ Lag in Todesbanden

Laudate Singers & Paragon Singers, Baroque Orchestra & Soloists

Conductor Lars Kaario

Sat., May 4, 2024 – 8 pm
West Vancouver United Church – 2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Click here to download or view the concert programme.

Adult: $45 | Senior: $40 | Under 35: $15 | Livestream: $25

Please contact us if you are unable to attend in-person due to illness and we will convert your ticket to a livestream ticket.

Laudate Singers Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver through the Arts & Culture Grants Program of the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission, the District of West Vancouver through their community grant programs, the Province of BC, and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

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