Valley Arts Concert to feature Polycoro

The Valley Arts Concert featuring Polycoro Chamber Choir takes place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church at 117 2nd St. NW, Altona.

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Southern Manitoba Concerts will present the Valley Arts Concert featuring Polycoro Chamber Choir, Dec. 2 in Altona.
Manitoba’s newest professional chamber choir, Polycoro Chamber Choir has enthralled audiences with its cutting edge programs and daring artistry since first bursting onto Winnipeg’s choral scene in May 2015.
With their diverse concerts praised as a “combustion of creativity” the elite ensemble comprised of 15 adventuresome singers led by founding artistic director/conductor John Wiens perform exciting a cappella works by notable composers including Penderecki, Martin, Gorecki, Rheinberger, Lassus, and Willan, as well as Canadian composers Oleksa Lozowchuk and Norbert Palej. Polycoro also wowed capacity crowds during last year’s multi-sensory performance of Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” in collaboration with internationally acclaimed filmmaker/projection designer Deco Dawson, following guest appearances at the 2018 Winnipeg New Music Festival and Cluster New Music Festival.
The group is led by John Wiens.
Wiens is a dynamic and versatile conductor with a wide-ranging repertoire hailed as “A new force in our world.” Equally at home in chamber or orchestral settings, he is widely recognized for his eloquent interpretations and persuasive musicality.
Born into a musical family in small – town Manitoba, Wiens aspired to be a musician from an early age. He studied violin and piano, and sang in the All Saints Men and Boys choir in Winnipeg. He holds degrees in Violin, Voice, and Conducting, studying with Robert Ingari, Christopher Jackson, and Andrew Megill.
Wiens’ conducting career has ranged from Belgium (University Chorus for L’Université Catholique de Louvain) to Morocco (Ensemble Voca Me) to Montreal (St. Matthias Anglican Church in Westmount, Early music chamber choir Ensemble Bellechose) and more recently John has appeared with Camerata Nova and Polycoro.
Polycoro presented their debut concert Musica Reservata in May 2015, featuring Waters of Rest, a work for thirteen voices by Canadian composer Oleksa Lozowchuk, and the Frank Martin mass for eight voices. This concert led immediately to touring and guest appearance requests at the Winnipeg Symphony’s New Music FestivaI and the University of Brandon. Polycoro recently finished their second season with a concert dedicated to the story of immigration called Worlds Apart which featured music by Penderecki, Gorecki, and debuted a new cycle by Norbert Palej.
The Valley Arts Concert featuring Polycoro Chamber Choir takes place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church at 117 2nd St. NW, Altona.

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