Aura Chamber Choir soloists Krista Blackmore

Aura sings Gloria! in the highest

Vernon's Aura Chamber Choir presents a concert based on the liturgical settings of “Gloria” through the ages.

  • Nov. 20, 2011 8:00 a.m.

To herald the upcoming advent/Christmas season, the Aura Chamber Choir is presenting a concert based on the liturgical settings of “Gloria” through the ages.

Two concerts, to take place at Vernon’s All Saints Anglican Church Nov. 26 and 27, will celebrate the text, part of which comes from the gospel of St. Luke, said Aura’s esteemed leader Imant Raminsh.

“It begins with the message of the angels to the shepherds of Bethlehem: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men of goodwill,’” he said. “It has been the aspiration for countless musical settings, and Aura is pleased to present a small sampling of these.”

The earliest setting on the program comes from Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass, written, so the story goes, to save high renaissance polyphonic church music from the cultural scourge of the counter-reformation, said Raminsh.

Subsequent settings are by Bach, from his Cantata 191, Beethoven’s Mass in C Opus 86, Puccini’s youthful Messa di Gloria, written when the composer was 18 years old, Poulenc’s Gloria of 1952, and Raminsh’s own Gloria, commissioned by the West Coast Amateur Musicians Society and performed by various choirs including the  Choeur St-Laurent de Montréal at the Notre Dame Basilica.

The concerts, conducted by Raminsh, and accompanied by Marjorie Close, feature a number of Aura singers as soloists. Saturday’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday’s concert at  2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults and available at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469,, and from choir members. Students and children are free.


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