2016-17 Season


Music Inspired by the Power, Beauty and Protection of the Sea

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00pm

The Orpheum Annex



Canada is a maritime nation, with the longest coastline in the world bordering three oceans. Each day that we are alive, we literally live and breathe the ocean. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do. If you are presently alive on the planet Earth, your life is inextricably intertwined with the ocean.Erato is proud to partner with Living Oceans Society on this program of music inspired by the Sea. Living Oceans is a B.C. non-profit society working to ensure Healthy Oceans, Healthy Communities. Founded in the tiny fishing village of Sointula off Vancouver Islands northeast coast, Living Oceans seeks solutions that enable us to use the oceans without using them up. The group has worked annually since 2008 to remove plastic marine debris from North Island beaches and this year, co-ordinated the removal of an estimated 40 tonnes of debris collected by groups all along the West Coast of Vancouver Island.As this is our Season-Opening concert, we decided to make it extra special. There will be Pre-show presentations by Living Oceans Society and a discussion with Composer Glenn Sutherland and Poet Susan Hughson about their new work being premiered. There will also be a silent auction in the lobby. And of course drinks and snacks at the bar!Pre-Show events begin at 7:00pm. Concert starts at 8:00pm.

Repertoire: Dominic Argento – To Be Sung Upon the Water (selections) Keith Bissell – Overheard on a Salt Marsh Edward Elgar – Sea Pictures (selections) Gabriel Faure – L’horizon chimerique Clifford Ford – Halifax, 6 December 1917 Leila Lustig – I shall miss the sea Edward MacDowell – The Sea Marga Richter – Serenade Plus world premieres: Glenn Sutherland & Sue Hughson – Small Wave William George – Running Into the Sea

Performers: Dorothea Hayley, soprano Melanie Adams, mezzo-soprano Will George, tenor Vaughn Chauvin, baritone Jeff Pelletier, flute Julie Begg, clarinet Stanton Jack, guitar Stefan Hintersteininger, cello Michael Park, piano Nina Horvath, piano Carolyn Shiau, piano


Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The Orpheum Annex


Erato is proud to serve as Ensemble-In-Residence for Vancouver Pro Musica’s Sonic Boom Festival

We will be premiering works composed specially for us from B.C. composers, both established and emerging.

Performers: Dorothea Hayley, soprano Melanie Adams, mezzo-soprano Will George, tenor Peter Alexander, baritone Jeff Pelletier, flutes Julie Begg, clarinets Stefan Hintersteininger, cello Michael Park, piano



Music for the End of Time

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:00pm

St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church


Repertoire: Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time Messiaen: La Mort du Nombre Cadman: Violin Sonata & more!

Performers: Dorothea Hayley, soprano; Will George, tenor Julie Begg, clarinet Larisa Lebeda, violin Laine Longton, cello Michael Park, piano Nina Horvath, piano 



A 10th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 8:00pm

The Orpheum Annex



Michael Park:
Something About Knitting (World Premiere)
William George:
Canadiana Suite (excerpts)
Love & Other Absurdities
Adam Hill:
Stefan Hintersteininger:
In Paris With You
Raglan Road
Christopher Kovarik:
Love & Other Absurdities
Catherine Laub:
Bacchus on his Ass
Sonnet to Orpheus III
Arctic Rhodedendrons
Bruce Sled:
Seven Songs and Ayres

Performers: Dorothea Hayley, Catherine Laub – sopranos; Melanie Adams – mezzo-soprano; Will George – tenor; Vaughn Chauvin – baritone; Michael Parks, Rita Attrot – piano; Jeff Pelletier – flute; Julie Begg – clarinet; Julia Nolan – sax; Alexandra Sia – cello; Larisa Lebeda – violin; Lauris Davis – oboe; Stanton Jack – guitar

(HOMEGROWN violin tree image: cc: William Murphy)