St. Michael's Presents Ensemble Laude

South Vancouver Island

Sun. May 30th, 2010 2:00pm

Journey back to the Medieval for a feast of beautiful music with the well-loved Victoria women's vocal ensemble, directed by Elizabeth MacIsaac, in a program of music of the middle ages and beyond.

Victoria's acclaimed Ensemble Laude, under the direction of Elizabeth MacIsaac, performed to an appreciative and sold out house 2 years ago at St. Michael's Presents. We're delighted to welcome them back with their new program Illuminata, bringing music of the middle ages to the 21 century. This is a choral concert that features medieval instruments, soloists, small ensembles and the full choir singing chants, rollicking cantigas, love songs, and old texts in new settings. Variety and beauty!

Conductor Elizabeth MacIsaac enjoys a reputation in Canada and abroad as a vocalist of great expressive range. Although primarily known as an early music specialist, she performs other repertoire to acclaim, and tours to premiere and promote contemporary works in Canada, Asia, and Europe. Ms. MacIsaac lived, taught and performed in Europe from 1990 to 1996, when she was choral director and music teacher at several International schools in Paris, including Marymount and l'Ecole Montessori Bilingue. Since relocating to Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Elizabeth MacIsaac has continued her active career as a performer, founding many early music initiatives with great success.

In 1998, Ms. MacIsaac formed Ensemble Laude, the first medieval choir in Western Canada and co-founded, with lutenist Douglas Hensley, the Continuum Consort. Creating innovative musical projects each year, both groups frequently perform to raise funds for charitable organizations. Ms. MacIsaac is teacher and conductor on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Brentwood College. With her dynamic personality, she is in great demand as workshop facilitator and adjudicator.

Tickets available by calling (250) 748-8383 or at:

Best Western Theatre Festival Inn
* 250-246-4181
* 9573 Chemainus Rd., Chemainus, BC

And if you're from out of town, don't forget to check on the Special Package price for a room and a ticket to St. Michael's Presents. And Best Western will let you pay for your tickets by Visa or Mastercard.

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Cost: $15 advance/$20 door Category: Music
Location: St. Michael's Church, 2858 Mill Street, Chemainus, BC More Info: 250-748-8383
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