Looking back and looking forward

The inaugural concert program from March 14th, 1997. Click to open an abridged PDF version.

The inaugural concert program from March 14th, 1997. Click to open an abridged PDF version.

On March 14th, 1997, the UBC School of Music presented the Chan Centre's inaugural concert, with performances by UBC Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, and UBC Choral Union.

With its its bold architecture and state-of-the-art acoustics, the Chan Centre for Performing Arts is now recognized one of North America’s premier musical venues — thanks to the generosity of the Chan family and the vision of renowned local architect, the late Bing Thom, to whom the concert is dedicated.

In the twenty years since it opened, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has inspired generations of talented young musicians to achieve their professional goals as musicians. Many dozens of UBC Music students have parlayed their experiences at the Chan into successful national and international careers.

A Song of Joys celebrates these historic milestones — and the formative role the Chan Centre has played for so many young musicians — with two major works: Mozart’s reverential Requiem from the past and Stephen Chatman’s exciting Song of Joys from the present. (For tickets, click here.)


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