Our 2014–2015 Season

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A Special Thanksgiving Service

10:00am Sunday, October 12, 2014
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 W. 33rd Ave., one block west of Granville, Vancouver

The Amabilis Singers join the Sanctuary Choir at Shaughnessy Heights United Church for a very special music-filled Thanksgiving service. Music will include Philip Stopford‘s For the Beauty of the Earth, Haydn‘s The Heavens are Telling and Singt dem Herren, Dan Forrest‘s O God Beyond All Praising as well as traditional Thanksgiving hymns.

Childminding is provided.

 

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O Nata Lux

2:00pm Saturday, December 13, 2014
New Westminster Christian Reformed Church
8255 13th Ave., between 1st St. & Newcombe, Burnaby

7:30pm Sunday, December 14, 2014
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 W. 33rd Ave., one block west of Granville, Vancouver

Ingrid Verseveldt, piano
Roy Campbell, organ

Amabilis Singers and pianist Ingrid Verseveldt share the stage with Shaughnessy Heights Sanctuary Choir and organist Roy Campbell for two joyful, magical Christmas concerts this season: an afternoon Saturday performance in Burnaby and one on Sunday evening in Vancouver. Each choir will perform on its own and then combine to create an exuberant group of 90 voices strong!

Come, be moved by the achingly sparse In the Bleak Midwinter by Abbie Bettinis, the unusual yet arresting writing of Carl Rütti, the tender sentiments of Bob Chilcott‘s Shepherd’s Carol, the energy of Arthur Honegger‘s Laudate Dominum and the luscious beauty of Guy ForbesO Nata Lux.

Join us for beautiful music, favourite carols and boisterous sing-alongs as we share together the spirit that is Christmas.

Adults/Seniors: $20 | Children under 11: free
Tickets: Available from all choir members, at the door, or by calling 604.503.2074.

 

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The Elements

8:00pm Saturday, April 18, 2015
New Westminster Christian Reformed Church
8255 13th Ave., between 1st St. & Newcombe, Burnaby

Earth, Water, Air and Fire are the four classical elements which we intend to explore through music…and what a journey we have in store for you!

Earth: embodied in works such as Lydia Adams‘ haunting Mi’kmaq Honour Song and Alan Raines choral re-working of Richard Strauss‘ most exquisite song, Morgen
Water: portrayed in Eric Whitacre‘s striking Water Night and Mack Wilberg‘s Deep River
Air: depicted by Rihards Dubra‘s ethereal Stetit Angelus and Donald Patriquin‘s J’entends le moulin
Fire: represented by Patrick Wedd‘s Veni Creator and Stephen Paulus‘ stirring Hymn to the Eternal Flame

Not just a musical guide to the elements, this concert promises to fundamentally deepen your appreciation of the substances that make up our world.

Adults/Seniors: $20 | Children under 11: free
Tickets: Available from all choir members, at the door, or by calling 604.503.2074.

 

Our Exciting Trip to Italy!

Day 1 – THURSDAY JULY 30 – depart VANCOUVER

Day 2 – FRIDAY JULY 31 – arrival ROME

  • We meet our locally hired motorcoach and local Tour Manager Group dinner

Day 3 – SATURDAY AUGUST 1 – ROME

  • Half-day guided tour of Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel), St. Peter’s Square and Basilica – Free afternoon for our own touring
  • Evening rehearsal!

Day 4 – SUNDAY AUGUST 2 – ROME

  • Optional Sunday mass attendance
  • Walking tour of Ancient Rome including the Colosseum, the Imperial and Roman Forums, Piazza Venezia’s Victor Emmanuel Monument and Circus Maximus
  • Evening CONCERT at the Pantheon

Day 5 – MONDAY AUGUST 3 – SIENA

  • Walking tour that will feature the unique Piazza del Campo
  • Evening CONCERT at the Church of Santa Maria in Portico

Day 6 – TUESDAY AUGUST 4 – to MONTECATINI TERME (via MONTALCINO)

  • Depart for Montalcino
  • Lunch at Taverna del Grappolo Blu
  • Tour and group wine-tasting at Poggio Antico Brunello Winery in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany
  • Continue to the nearby Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, a beautiful Romanesque monastery
  • Possible short performance in the monastery
  • Continue to Montecatini Terme
  • Remainder of the evening to explore Montecatini Terme onfoot at leisure

Day 7 – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5 – FLORENCE

  • Travel to Florence, a strikingly beautiful city set amid hills covered in olive groves, vineyards and cypresses
  • 3 hour guided walking tour past such famous sights as the Duomo and Baptistry, the Galleria degli Uffize, the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Evening CONCERT in Terme Tettuccio

Day 8 – THURSDAY AUGUST 6 – FLORENCE

  • Free day in Florence

Day 9 – FRIDAY AUGUST 7 – to RAVENNA

  • Morning departure for Ravenna, stopping in historical Bologna enroute
  • Guided city tour of Ravenna focusing on the superb mosaics from the Byzantine period ….view Ravenna’s two most important sights, Basilica di San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  • Evening CONCERTat Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore

Day 10 – SATURDAY AUGUST 8 – to ORVIETO

  • Depart for Orvieto
  • Enroute, stop in Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany and famous for Piero della Francesca’s frescoes
  • Arrive in Orvieto, known as the “city in the clouds” and perched on a 300m plateau upon arrival, take the funicular up into Orvieto to spend a leisurely midday
  • Evening CONCERT at the 13th century Duomo di Orvieto

Day 11 – SUNDAY AUGUST 9 – ORVIETO

  • Guided walking tour of Orvieto including The Church of San Giovenale, which features authentic 13th century frescoes inside, and the Etruscan Ruins
  • Final farewell group dinner

Day 12 – MONDAY AUGUST 10 – HOME to CANADA for some…

  • Depart Orvieto for Rome Fiumicino Airport (approx. 1 ½ hour travel time)
  • Some Amabilians will travel home to Vancouver on this day.
  • Others have planned to stay for a few days on their own, to see more of Italy and recuperate from our tour (and singing in 110 degree Fahrenheit!)

 

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As you can well imagine, we are madly and enthusiastically fundraising for this Italy tour. Would you consider joining our passionate and growing donor list? We are grateful for each and every dollar donated, and thank you in advance for supporting our dream of travelling abroad as a choir next summer.

WHAT DOES A TOUR COST?                                                  

  • Flight, accommodation and bus transportation per person — c.$3700 per person
  • Women’s outfits suitable for summer heat and travel — c.$150 per person
  • Men’s concert shirts — c. $40 per person
  • Polo shirts for casual singing appearances — c. $25 per person
  •  Fees for conductor and pianist
  • Meals

DONOR CATEGORIES

  • Heavenly Fir [over $4000]
  • Miraculous Fir [over $1000]
  • Nobel Fir [$750-1000]
  • Grand Fir [$500-749]
  • Pacific Silver – Amabilis Fir [$250-499]
  • Rocky Mountain Fir [$100-249]
  • Fraser Fir [under $99]

Amabilis is a registered non-profit charitable organization and able to issue tax receipts.

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