Acclaimed Canadian choir will perform at Merrill

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PORTLAND — The Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canada’s foremost vocal ensemble for more than 40 years, will perform Sunday, March 4, at Merrill Auditorium.

The choir is internationally renowned for the depth and range of its repertoire, interpretive skills and performing excellence.

The 20 singers perform frequently with distinguished artists and ensembles such as Chanticleer, Moscow Chamber Choirs, Paco Pena, Canadian Brass and the Turtle Island String Quartet.

The choir, led by conductor John Washburn, performs a wide range of music from chant to folksong, traditional to contemporary and a cappella to jazz.

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The 3 p.m. program at Merrill features works by Thomas Weelkes, Andrea Gabrieli, Johan Sebastian Bach, Robert Ingari and Electo Silva.

Ovations Offstage will offer a  preconcert lecture, “Considering Choral Arts,” at 2 p.m. with Choral Arts Society Music Director Bob Russell. The discussion will focus on the expressive values inherent in Renaissance music and music of the modern era. The USM Chamber Singers will join Russell.

For concert tickets, $38, call PortTix at 842-0800, visit the Merrill Auditorium box office window or log on to www.portlandovations.org.

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