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TWU ushers in holiday season with ‘Christmas at the Chan’

Dec. 3 concert features performances by four TWU choirs

Trinity Western University is ushering in the spirit and meaning of Christmas with an afternoon of music that showcases four of their choirs.

Christmas at the Chan, taking place Dec. 3 at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver, features a variety of choral music with performances by TWU’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Singers and the Masterworks Chorus.

Award-winning conductor Dr. Joel Tranquilla, director of choral activities at TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture, brings together 125 singers with a 40-piece orchestra of professional musicians.

With Rejoice! as a theme, the performance will have several pieces that use and evoke the sound of bells — a sound long associated with Christmastime. According to Tranquilla, bells represent a collective response, yet each bell has a distinctive tone quality.

Concert highlights include: solos by TWU voice instructor and soprano Alison Nystrom; a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria; works by composers Jeff Enns, Timothy Corlis, John Rutter and Jonathan Dove; and traditional carols and an audience singalong.

“Poulenc’s Gloria is a beautiful version of the familiar Latin text used liturgically throughout the year,” said Tranquilla.

“It’s a great example of music that brings together child-like playfulness with a sincere observance of the holiness that we meet at the manger. It’s a major work in the choral-orchestral repertoire that I’ve always been drawn to, so it’s a thrill to present this piece of music to the audience.”

Tickets range from $22.50 to $25 and are available online at

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