The BC Kiev Tour Committee
In September, 2012, Lower Mainland residents will have a unique opportunity to hear the internationally acclaimed Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in major venues from Chilliwack to Vancouver.
The 90 artists – 45 musicians and 45 singers – directed by Dr. Wes Janzen, on leave from Trinity Western University, will perform in at least six centres. Large crowds are expected at each concert.
Sacred classical masterpieces:
Ukrainian Folk [in costume] | Slavic Sacred A Cappella
Virtuoso Instrumental | Beautiful Saviour | Amazing Grace | When I Survey
Rachmaninoff | Tchaikovsky | Bortniansky | Handel | Barber
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
All evening concerts begin at 7pm:
SEPT 12 – Chilliwack Alliance
SEPT 13 – Abbotsford – Central Heights
SEPT 13 – Langley – TWU, 11 am Chapel
SEPT 14 – Abbotsford – Central Heights
SEPT 15 – Langley – Christian Life Assembly
SEPT 16 – Willingdon Russian Service, 1:15 pm
SEPT 16 – Surrey – Peace Portal Alliance
SEPT 17 – Richmond – Bethany Baptist
SEPT 18 – Kelowna – Evangel Church
SEPT 19 – Calgary – First Baptist Church
SEPT 20 – Edmonton – Beulah Alliance
Local contact: Dr. Paulus, one of the organizers, tel: 604.278.1434
Dr. Wes Janzen, on leave from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, is directing these 90 artists – 45 instrumentalists and 45 singers from Kiev.
It all began in 1992 when an Episcopal priest in Kiev, Ukraine, grateful for freedom after the collapse of the oppressive Communist regime, invited Roger McMurrin, a distinguished American conductor and composer, together with his wife, Diane, to come to Kiev to present a concert featuring the long-forbidden Handel’s Messiah.
The Ukrainian audiences and also the musicians were overwhelmed by the message and splendour of Handel’s masterpiece. Thus Music Mission Kiev was born.
From these unusual beginnings, Music Mission Kiev flourished and very quickly, a world-class orchestra and chorus was formed. The KSOC has toured on 3 continents and in many countries. Significantly, the KSOC has performed to great applause in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
Music Mission Kiev now also encompasses personal care and material assistance of more than 350 widows and widowers every week in the city of Kiev, as well as orphans and other people in need.
It all began in 1992 when an Episcopal priest in Kiev, Ukraine, grateful for freedom after the collapse of the oppressive Communist regime, invited Roger McMurrin, a distinguished American conductor, and his wife, Diane, to come to Kiev to present a concert featuring the long-forbidden Handel’s Messiah. The Ukrainian audiences and the musicians were overwhelmed by the message and splendour of Handel’s masterpiece. Thus a new church, Church of the Holy Trinity, and a new Christian mission, Music Mission Kiev,were born. More recently, St Paul’s Church has been planted and it, too, continues to grow.
From these unusual beginnings a major ministry has developed and flourished. Very quickly, a world-class orchestra was formed and an outstanding professional chorus was created. Importantly, many of these outstanding professional singers and musicians have become believers.
God has blessed Music Mission Kiev; it has grown rapidly in scope and impact. With its expanding repertoire of sacred classical music, the KSOC has impacted not only Kiev and Ukraine but also other lands. The KSOC has toured on three continents and in many countries. Its concerts, CDs, and DVDs have blessed and inspired countless thousands, if not millions, around the world. Significantly, the KSOC has performed to great applause in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
The Lord has enlarged KSOC’s arena of ministry. The KSOC currently brings the Gospel to former countries of the Soviet Union including Muslim countries generally closed to the Gospel. Music Mission Kiev now encompasses personal care and material assistance to widows, widowers, orphans, and other needy people in Kiev. MMK’s expanding ministry also includes Bible distribution, Bible studies, programs for children, training in evangelism, and a service by Christian widows to home-bound widows.
In July, 2012, the KSOC will share the Gospel at an international evangelistic festival in Tallin, Estonia at the invitation of Agape (Campus Crusade Europe). Estonia, formerly part of the USSR, is the European country that is the least reached with the Gospel message.
We are confident that tens of thousands of people will be greatly blessed by the beautiful music and the vibrant testimonies at the KSOC concerts during the BC tour from September 10 to 19. We also know that this tour requires substantial financial support. We are deeply grateful to all donors. We also thank the host churches for providing venues and dinners, and the partners in ministry who provide billeting in their homes. You will be richly blessed in your interactions with these dear Ukrainians and God will bless you for your generosity and faithfulness.