The VSO website described tonight's offering as follows:
Maestro Bramwell Tovey presents a performance of Fauré’s luminous and profoundly beautiful Requiem. Stravinsky’s deeply moving Symphony of Psalms and Haydn’s rich and aristocratic Military Symphony set the stage for Fauré’s choral masterpiece.
Conductor / PerformersBramwell Tovey conductorNathalie Paulin soprano*David John Pike baritone*Phoenix Chamber Choir *UBC University Singers *Graeme Langager chorus director
RepertoireStravinskySymphony of Psalms*HaydnSymphony No. 100 in G Major, MilitaryFauréRequiem*
Just before the choral masterpiece the Maestro gave a few touching words about the loss of innocent lives in Paris and other parts of the world earlier in the week. He also encouraged concert goers to give a few moments of silence after the choral requiem.
I apologize for the quality of the photos which were taken with my cell phone. I was fumbling and inadvertently had the flash on. I wasn't quick enough to adjust things before all the final bows were finished.