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FALLEN ANGELS: Sacred + Profane Works by queer composers

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1775 Haro St
Vancouver, BC

After their 2014 inaugural concert that saw over 100 people turned away and ticket scalpers outside a choral venue, Cor Flammae, Canada’s first queer classical chorus, is back with FALLEN ANGELS: Sacred + Profane Works. A collection of pieces by queer composers explored in venues that delve into the complex relationship between sexuality and spirituality. Presented in partnership with theVancouver Queer Arts Festival, this incendiary concert celebrates the sacred and profane with performances held in a church and a sex club.

Under the direction of 2015 Guest Conductor Stephen Smith, this concert series opens July 17th at one of Vancouver’s favourite choral venues, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, and continues July 18th at Club 8×6, a venue known in the queer community for its sexually charged play parties (naturally, a dance party will follow). These concerts feature works by exclusively queer composers such as Libby Larsen, Francis Poulenc, Ned Rorem, and Gwyneth Walker, as well as contemporary local composers Rodney Sharman, Shane Raman, and Leslie Uyeda. Be in the audience for this unique concert that seeks connections between past and present, sacred and profane.

“There is still a perception of choral art as being very conservative,” explains co-organizer Amelia Pitt-Brooke. “Through the queer narratives of the composers, we anticipate that singers and audiences will see more of themselves in the music, and better understand the composers’ lives and musical intentions, which will add a new layer of connection to the performance.”

Saturday, July 18th, 9pm concert – 11pm dance party (doors 8pm)
Club 8×6 – 1775 Haro St, Vancouver
Tickets $35 (19+) available at

In the second of two concerts, experience choral music where you’ve never heard it before – in a social playspace, and hosted by the fabulous Maria Toilette! How will hearing sacred works in a “profane” space affect your aural experience? After the 8×6 concert, stay for a dance party with all your favourite queeristers and DJSLADE! Admission includes one drink ticket.