UPCOMING: Pro Coro Canada is the resident faculty at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativiy. Together with program director Michael Zaugg, they create the lab-choir for the newly established CHORAL ART program. 10 emerging composers and conductors will come for 3 weeks to work with the ensemble, Michael Zaugg and guest faculty Lone Larsen (SE) and Ugis Praulins (LV).

Michael Zaugg will direct Pro Coro Canada in 8 subscription concerts, the annual performance of the Little Match Girl Passion and the newly-introduced New Year Eve’s concert. The performances will feature works by Pärt, Swayne, Gabrieli, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Tormis, Brahms, Barber, Mendelssohn, Lang, Talbot, and Esenvalds. Canadian composers include Stuart Beatch, Jocelyn Morlock, Kris Fulton, Kathleen Allan, François Hugues-Leclair, Elizabeth Knudson and Cy Giacomin. Exciting is the appointment of Grammy-nominated Latvian Ugis Praulins as composer-in-residence of Pro Coro Canada. 

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Michael Zaugg will conduct the Vancouver Chamber Choir in their season-end concert, April 2018, titled ‘Light Transforming’. The performance will showcase many new and intriguing choral works by Rautavaara, Rheinberger, Söderqvist, Whitacre, Archer, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, Kuula, Knudson and Joby Talbot.

In other news: Michael Zaugg has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by King’s College, University of Aberdeen. This honour is bestowed on Maestro Zaugg for his ‘significant contribution to the community of choral music on a local and international level’.

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