Canadian Chamber Choir performs in Abbotsford

Vocal ensemble performs at The Reach on Feb. 22, featuring Vancouver Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Ariel Barnes

The Canadian Chamber Choir performs in Abbotsford at a special noon-hour concert on Feb. 22.

The Canadian Chamber Choir performs in Abbotsford at a special noon-hour concert on Feb. 22.

The Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir (CCC), a 20-member vocal ensemble of professional-level singers from across Canada, performs in Abbotsford on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The concert featuring Vancouver Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Ariel Barnes begins at noon at The Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way).

The CCC, which formed 15 years ago, presents not only critically acclaimed concerts of exclusively Canadian compositions, but offers educational workshops for singers and choir conductors of all ages and stages wherever it tours.

The CCC will undertake a week-long tour of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley from Feb. 19 to 26, including a residency at Trinity Western University (TWU), workshops at a number of middle and high schools, and shared concerts with groups such as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Coastal Sound choirs, and the Trinity Western Chamber Choir.

The CCC is led by artistic director Dr. Julia Davids, a renowned choral conductor and music educator who is a music professor at North Park University in Chicago.

She shares responsibility for the artistic direction of the CCC with associate conductor Dr. Joel Tranquilla, director of choral activities at TWU since 2014.

This will be the CCC’s first tour in B.C. since releasing a new recording in late 2015, which earned a 2016 Juno nomination for Outstanding Classical Album: Vocal or Choral.

Entitled A Canadian Mass: Sacred Reflections of Canada, the CCC’s second album is a collection of entirely Canadian-composed sacred works.

It features 19 works from 17 Canadian composers which incorporate the five traditional mass movements interspersed with other sacred-themed works.

Tickets for the Abbotsford concert are $10 for Reach Friends and $15 for guests. Tickets are available online at thereach.ca or by calling 604-864-8087.