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VWMS is one of Vancouver's oldest musical societies. Each season, we proudly present Vancouver's finest young classical musicians in our Main Series concerts. Informal coffee receptions follow each concert, where you can meet the artists and network with fellow music lovers.
All concerts and special events are open to the public as well as to our membership, and tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from concerts and private donations go to support the VWMS Scholarship and Bursary program. To view the 2014 winners, visit the recent winners page on our website.
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We are excited to present the concert(s) below as a part of our 2013-14 season. Click here to download the season brochure with a full listing of the 2013-14 concerts.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Unitarian Church at 11 am
Canadian-American tenor Isaiah Bell appears this season as a soloist in concert under Kent Nagano (L’enfance du Christ with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), Yannick Nézét-Séguin (Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with l’Orchestre Métropolitain) and Ivars Taurins (Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony), among others. In opera this season he sings Ernesto (Don Pasquale – Saskatoon Opera), Ferrando (Così fan tutte – Jeunesses Musicales Canada) and Nanki-Poo (The Mikado – Winter Opera St. Louis), and this summer will sing the roles of John and Angel 3 in the American premiere of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, in a performance conducted by the composer at the Tanglewood Festival.
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Scholarship Winner 2013
He is also an active performer of song literature; this season’s Winterreise with Stephen Ralls follows the Canadian premiere of Alec Roth's song cycle Seven Elements (Music and Beyond Festival, 2012) at an event hosted by the cycle’s librettist, A Suitable Boyauthor Vikram Seth. Previously he premiered a song cycle of his own poetry and music,On This Day, as part of Montreal's Journées d’Arts Sacrés du Plateau, and gave a recital of Satie songs in St. John’s, Newfoundland for broadcast on CBC Radio 2 In Concert. In 2009, in addition to winning first place in voice at the National Music Festival, he received the festival’s Jan Simons Song Interpretation Award for his performance of Schumann's Liederkreis, op. 39. Isaiah was also a 2012 laureate of the Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries prize, and the 2011 winner of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Prix lyrique italien.
Isaiah has gained particular recognition singing the works of Britten and Bach. His Madwoman (Britten's Curlew River at City Opera Vancouver) was described as “breathtaking… he sustained an intensity of emotion which never toppled into hysteria” (Review Vancouver), “sung with depth and inspiration” (Opera Canada) and “[sung] fervently with a varied palette and much eloquence” (The Globe and Mail).
Isaiah also works as a composer and librettist of four operas and a number of song cycles.
Jonathan Chan's performance in September 2013.