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Polycoro seeks to challenge the way we hear music in 2019-20. Three concerts, each devoted to a different experiential concept, will immerse Winnipeg audiences in a multi-sensorial musical landscape.

Vibrations: Dark opens the season on October 6, 2019. This concert features lush a cappella harmonies by Arvo Part, Thomas Tallis, Hreidar Ingi, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Eric Whitacre, John Rutter and Eriks Esenvalds and will be performed in varying stages of darkness, creating an intimate and vulnerable space to absorb and respond to sound, fostering an experience both personal and communal for those present.

Polycoro’s second concert on November 10, 2019, ties together themes of war, life, and death in a solemn exploration for Remembrance Day. Vibrations: Pulse features polychoral works by Frank Martin, Roxanne Panufnik, Norbert Palej, J.S. Bach, and Josquin de Prez. The Winnipeg Boys’ Choir will join Polycoro for Palej’s haunting “Arise, Cry Out” (in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943), and violinist Elation Pauls will weave a ciaccone from Bach’s Partita for solo violin in an evocative performance of Bach’s chorales. Polycoro revisits the work they performed at their debut concert in 2015; Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir,” an emotive work capturing Martin’s experiences in WWI.

On May 3, 2020, Polycoro will collaborate with France’s Ensemble Non-Pareilhe (ENP) to explore vibrations of the earth and air in a three-concert series on one day. Vibrations: Quake is Polycoro’s first collaboration with ENP. Founded in 2014, ENP is made up of musicians singing with many of Europe’s greatest ensembles - notably the Huelgas Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble Pygmalion, La Fenice, and Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam. They boast an enviable mixture of some of Europe’s finest singers. Like Polycoro, ENP specializes in the performance of early and modern music, and will serve as excellent examples for us as we grow towards becoming an international ensemble. The series of three concerts will feature the epic “Earthquake Mass” by Antoine Brumel, as well as music by John Taverner, Arvo Part, and Winnipeg’s Andrew Balfour. Part of this daylong event will see ENP and Polycoro join forces to perform the “Earthquake Mass” at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Geology. The Mass is a colossal hour-long work for three choirs described by the Independent Press as “one of the most breathtaking outbursts of the Renaissance imagination.”
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