Christmas time! A time to embrace and rejoice in the classic music of the past and celebrate the creation of new traditions. For many, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a performance of Handel’s Messiah. This year we are excited to present the Christmas portions of this great work. Come prepared to join in on the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus! Get in the spirit with newer Christmas standards such as Polar Express, O Holy Night, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow! And of course those beloved audience carols, no Christmas is complete without them!
The Spirit of Christmas features members of the Richmond Orchestra sharing beloved Christmas classics and new holiday staples in this 3rd annual fundraising concert in support of the Richmond Food Bank. Admission for this event is by donation at the door with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Richmond Food Bank.
The Richmond Orchestra is proud to present its 10th annual Rising Stars concert featuring the winners of the Richmond Music Festival. In this program, emerging musical stars of the future have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a full orchestra and professional conductor. The talent these young people display on their instruments is only matched by the artistry and passion with which they perform. A truly unique concert you won’t want to miss!
No matter what your faith, creed or background, song is a part of every celebration and occasion and this is no less true for people of the Jewish tradition. In this concert the Richmond Chorus explores the wealth of Jewish music from the writing of Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi in the early 17th century through to more contemporary works. The Chorus is joined by mezzo-soprano Fabiana Katz for a performance of the beautiful, and very accessible In the Beginning by Aaron Copland, a telling of the Genesis story of creation. We also explore music outside the synagogue, with Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, as well as a variety of music from the folksong tradition, ending with Naomi Shemer’s classic Yershalayim Shel Zahav.
The picturesque area of Bohemia comes alive in our spring concert which features music from composers Dvorak and Smetana. Our featured soloist, violinist Nancy DiNovo is back by popular demand and will perform Dvorak’s Violin Concerto, a work full of beautiful melodies inspired by Czech folk songs and dances. Completing the program will be the lively Slavonic Dances by Dvorak as well as Smetana’s most beloved work, The Moldau.
Dee Daniels! Once you attend one of Dee’s concerts and hear her amazing and unique combination of jazz, gospel and blues you will always want more! Beloved local singer Dee Daniels has had a very diverse musical career. She has sung with many of the legends of jazz including Benny Green and Toots Thielemans; sung for the King and Queen of Belgium’s 25th Wedding Anniversary, performed in Twyla Tharp’s musical Come Fly Away. She has performed in Africa, Australia, throughout South and North America and all over Europe. Dee has shared the stage with orchestras across the United States and Canada and now the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus are thrilled to be performing with her in this very special concert. The Chorus will offer a gospel-style set of pieces, while the Orchestra backs Dee up in some of her jazz favourites. This will be an evening not to be missed!
Our Youth Programs
Tix 4 Schools
Tix 4 Schools is one of our many youth outreach programs designed to introduce elementary and high school students to the sights and sounds of a live orchestra and chorus by giving free tickets to schools in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.
ROCA Mentorship Program
The ROCA Mentorship Program is a music scholarship opportunity that aims to encourage secondary and college students that have a strong interest in developing their musical potential and artistry by providing them with an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus.