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CANCELLED – A Baroque Christmas

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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One event on 12 December 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on 13 December 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 13 December 2020 at 4:00 pm

EMSI is very sorry to cancel the live performance of A Baroque Christmas due to the latest public health restrictions, but the show must go on and the concert will be recorded. We hope to have the video ready for you in time for Christmas, so you can enjoy seasonal music with Jan van der Hooft and friends from the comfort of your home.

Ticket holders will be contacted, but please direct inquiries to the VCM Box Office at boxoffice@vcm.bc.ca if needed.


EMSI presents a varied Christmas programme featuring baroque music from Austria, France, Germany, Italy – and Canada! In addition to works by Biber, Campra, Telemann, and the featured work, the charming Cantata Pastorella by Benedikt Aufschnaiter (1665-1742), the concert includes the seventeenth-century “Huron Carol” sung in the original Huron/Wendat.


Jan van der Hooft  tenor
Paul Luchkow  baroque violin
Elyssa Lefurgy-Smith  baroque violin
Christina Mahler  baroque ‘cello
Michael Jarvis  harpsichord


Canadian lyric tenor Jan van der Hooft has been described as “a rare breed, comfortable with high tessitura, and showing an exciting lyricism in the sound.”* Despite being cut short due to the pandemic, the 2019-20 season included several notable performances. Jan made his west coast debut with both Pacific Opera Victoria (Il Trittico and Missing) and Vancouver Opera (Flight of the Hummingbird), as well as other Vancouver Island groups including the Victoria Civic Orchestra (Messiah) and the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. This spring Jan was also scheduled to be on tour until May with Hummingbird, and to appear with the Victoria Philharmonic (Creation), The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir (Petite Messe Solennelle) and Bach on the Rock, on Saltspring Island. Between 2017 and 2019, Jan was a resident artist with the Calgary Young Artist program where his performance credits included a company debut as Tybalt in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and The Nephew, in the world premier of Veronika Krauses’ Ghost Opera. Over the summer, Jan and his fiancé Anna Shill, were part of Opera Nuova’s ‘Coast to Coast Concert series’ which was broadcast back in June. He and Anna live, work and teach in Victoria.

Only 42 tickets are available for each of the four one-hour performances of A Baroque Christmas, and can be purchased by calling the Victoria Conservatory of Music Box Office at 250-386-5311, or online:


Tickets are $38, or $35 for EMSI members including box office fees. EMSI members can use their discount code for online purchases. Please contact info@earlymusicsocietyoftheislands.ca if you haven’t yet received your member code.

Requests for accessible seating should be directed to the VCM Box Office staff at boxoffice@vcm.bc.ca or 250-386-5311 prior to purchasing your tickets please, to be sure that an appropriate space will be available.

Please enter the Hall through 900 Johnson Street, and arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the performance. Face coverings must be worn for entry to the building and in common areas at all times. Masks may be removed at your discretion once in the concert hall, as long as physical distancing is maintained.


December 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC V8V 3P4 Canada
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250 386-5311