Erick Lichte. Christmas With Chor Leoni
i. Name: Erick Lichte
ii. I am a: Conductor and Artistic Director.
iii. The name, date, and location of our upcoming concert is: Christmas with Chor Leoni
Erick Lichte. Photo By Dan Conrad
iv. In describing the concert in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:
This annual event gathers the community to celebrate the season with moments ranging from the sublime to silly, the sacred to the irreverent. The sound of Chor Leoni, Canada most popular choir, is an essential part of the holidays.
v. The inspiration for this concert comes from:
The desire to gather our community together through song to share in light and warmth during our darkest and coldest days.
vi. 1 or 2 pieces from the concert I can say a few words about are:
We have two amazing world premieres on this concert by two BC residents. “Cold Moon” by Nicholas Ryan Kelly, who also wrote the original text for the piece, is written for anyone who has struggled to find joy in the season. It does so with great gentleness, beauty and empathy. “A Fantasy of Carols” by Chor Leoni’s Composer in Residence weaves together 5 familiar carols in a dreamlike way and will feature Cam Wilson on violin and Vivian Chen on harp..
vii. One thing I learned about myself in creating this 2022 concert is:
How these concerts exist in service of our audience and community. For many who come, we are helping create their holiday. We take this responsibility seriously.
viii. Some highlights of my career from over the last few years have been:
In 2019 I won a Drama Desk Award for the Off-Broadway production of ‘All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914’, a show for which I was musical director and composer.
ix. After this show, I’m looking forward to:
Spending Christmas with my wife and parents.
Header Photo: Susan Wilkinson