Since our founding in 1993, Bravo! Vancouver has become one of the most successful arts organizations in Southwest Washington. Our Mission is: Bravo! Vancouver is a music organization committed to the Performance, Presentation, Appreciation and Advancement of the Arts in our Community. Bravo! Vancouver is a 501(c)3 nonprofit concert arts organization which currently focuses on 4 areas of music production and performance. These include: 1) our annual Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series; 2) the annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival; 3) regional and international concert tours and international arts partnerships; and 4) CD recordings & local and regional arts partnerships and projects. Over the past 18 seasons, the Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series has presented more than 100 concerts to over 40,000 audience members. The series currently consists of sacred, classical, jazz and chamber music concerts performed from December through June. The concert series includes various concert ensembles including the Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Bravo! Chamber Choir, Pacific Jazz Orchestra, regional guest soloists, and nationally acclaimed guest artists.
The Bravo! Vancouver Chorale has grown to become a 60-member ensemble (click here for member list) and has established itself as one of the premiere civic choral groups in the Pacific Northwest. We have performed most of the major choral works of the 18th through 20th centuries, including Johannes Brahms' German Requiem, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, the Requiems of Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé and Guiseppe Verdi, Joseph Haydn's Te Deum and Creation, Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives, and Felix Mendelssohn's St. Paul Oratorio to name just a few. The Chorale prides itself on its ability to perform diverse repertoire, and is equally at home performing jazz and popular music, as well as songs from Broadway musicals, American folk and patriotic songs, Spirituals and more. The Chorale has performed American sacred jazz classics, including Dave Brubeck's To Hope: A Celebration; and Duke Ellington's masterpiece for choir and jazz orchestra, The Sacred Concert. The Chorale has toured nationally and internationally.
In 2009, the Bravo! Chorale toured throughout Croatia with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, performing both American and Croatian folk, patriotic and contemporary repertoire. In October 2008, we produced a 5-city Pacific Northwest concert tour with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra from Dubrovnik Croatia, with concerts in Portland, Vancouver, Olympia, Edmonds and Seattle. In July 2001 the Chorale engaged in its first national tour to Washington D.C. and New York City. Performances included concerts at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Concert Hall and in Washington D.C. The New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra from the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts collaborated with the Chorale on the tour.
In 2007 Bravo! released its second CD recording, called Hear My Prayer: The American Spiritual, a collection of classic Negro Spirituals and spirituals by contemporary American composers, including the Sacred Cantata, composed by Artistic Director Michael Kissinger. The Chorale's first compact disc recording is George Frideric Handel's Messiah: An Oratorio, recorded live in concert.
The Washington Chamber Orchestra includes professional freelance musicians from Vancouver, & Portland, Oregon. Members of our orchestra (click here for member list) have performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and others. Many currently perform with professional orchestras including the Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, etc. Members of the Pacific Jazz Orchestra include many of the top jazz musicians living in the Pacific Northwest. They have performed with major jazz artists including Wynton Marsallis, Diane Schuur, the Temptations, and others. Bravo! also produces the annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, which features internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning jazz, blues and pop artists, Northwest wines, fine artists and crafters and local restaurants. The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is recognized as the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington. It is "...the largest festival of its kind in the Northwest..." (ABC TV affiliate KATU Channel 2, Portland, OR) and "...one of the most important jazz festivals on the west coast..." (NW Jazz Profile Magazine).
In 2010, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival and National Geographic put Vancouver "on the map." The Festival is prominently featured on a new National Geographic GeoTourism Map of Washington and Oregon. An estimated 12-15,000 people attend the annual jazz festival each year, and visitors attend from 19 states and Canada. Our 2011 Festival featured: Arturo Sandoval, Coco Montoya, Stanley Jordan, Diane Schuur, Al Jarreau, Bill Frisell, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Spyro Gyra. Each year the Festival also features 40-50 visual artists, 200 wines, local restaurants and numerous commercial exhibitors. In 14 years, the Festival has presented such internationally-acclaimed jazz artists including: Allen Toussaint, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, BeauSoleil, Blind Boys of Alabama, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Diddley, Booker T. Jones, Bobby Shew, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, Eddie Palmieri, Ed Shaughnessy, Ernie Watts, Four Freshmen, James Cotton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joey DeFrancesco, John Hammond, John Pizzarelli, Jose Feliciano, Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, Melissa Manchester, Nicholas Payton, Poncho Sanchez, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ramsey Lewis, Regina Carter, Rita Coolidge, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Jordan, Take 6, The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, The 5th Dimension, The Rippingtons, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Temptations, The Yellowjackets, WAR and others; as well as more than 100 local and regional jazz bands.
Over the years, Bravo! Vancouver has collaborated with numerous arts partners for musical projects, including: Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera, Seattle Jazz Singers, Sno-King Chorale, Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra, Washington State Ballet and Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre among others. Bravo! Vancouver is currently developing a "sister city" jazz festival in partnership with the City of Dubrovnik, Croatia to create a new Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival. The Festival is scheduled for May 23-26, 2012. Visit the Dubrovnik Festival website at www.dubrovnikwinejazz.com for more information.
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2011-12 Bravo! Vancouver Chorale Members
Barbara Kashuba • Sarah Kim
Ann Blaker • Terese Dayton
Kevin Gorby Sr.
Dave Kirchner • Rick Knapp
Gerry Alkema • Kelly Bechtell
• Designates Chorale Section Leaders
Washington Chamber Orchestra 2011-12 Roster
(musicians vary according to concert repertoire)
Violin Brian Bennett, Concertmaster
Kristin Yoshimura Gyrid Hyde-Towle, Principal 2nd
Viola Bette Boyer, Principal
Cello Elizabeth Byrd, Principal
Dagny Rask Regan
Cheri Ann Richards