On Saturday, February 25th, Vancouver Cantata Singers continue their 59th season with a concert performance celebrating Italian choral repertoire. The national award-winning choir will present De Profundis: Palestrina to Pizzetti in an evening concert at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Cantata Singers Artistic Director, Paula Kremer, welcomes lovers of choral music to celebrate the music of three Italian giants of choral repertoire; Palestrina, Allegri and Pizzetti. These three composers created music that features rich moving texts carried across centuries and now offers choral music lovers in Vancouver a rare treat. Featured works include Pizzetti’s Requiem and one of the most famous sacred choral works of all time: Allegri’s Miserere. This piece was thought so precious it could only be performed inside the Sistine Chapel on special occasions during the 17th Century.

Tickets prices range from $10 to $30 plus service charges. Tickets are available online at


De Profundis: Palestrina to Pizzetti
Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards Street
Palestrina, Allegri and Pizzetti are three giants of the Italian choral repertoire. Living across a span of four hundred years, each composer found exquisite beauty in glorious sonorities that underscore the rich and moving texts.



Vancouver Cantata Singers was founded in 1957, and has become one of Canada’s preeminent, award-winning choral ensembles. VCS is known for technical virtuosity, fine blend and exceptionally high performance standards encompassing 500 years of choral repertoire. The Singers have been awarded the Canada Council’s top prize in choral singing, the Healey Willan Grand Prize, more than any other choir in the country. VCS also commissions new works from critically acclaimed composers which have led to extremely successful and innovative collaborations with regional and international artists and ensembles.



Paula Kremer, a native of Vancouver, studied music at Vancouver Community College and the University of British Columbia. Since 1997, she has been on faculty at VCC, where she teaches choir, voice and aural skills. She has been conducting the Vancouver Bach Choir’s Sarabande ensemble and the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir since 2009. A seasoned soloist and ensemble singer, Ms. Kremer has sung in this capacity locally and abroad with high-level ensembles, including her 19 years in VCS under James Fankhauser (conducted 1973-2000) and Eric Hannan (2002-2012). Kremer was the VCS’ Guest Conductor for four concerts, which included the acclaimed performance of Brahms’ German Requiem in 2011. She became the Artistic Director of VCS in the summer of 2013.


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