September 2015 marks the start of the 4th season of Michael as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Pro Coro Canada. The 2015-2016 concert season is also the 35th anniversary of the Edmonton-based professional choir.
2015-2016 will see many exciting performances by the 26 singers under Michael Zaugg, including collaborations with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Luminous Voices and Good Women Dance Society.
M. Zaugg is also working with young Canadian composer. There are several events over the coming season, which feature new works including a forum for young composer and conductors.
As a special partnership, Pro Coro has invited acclaimed composer Paul Mealor as composer-in-residence. His ‘The Farthest Shore’ was presented at the Winspear Centre in the frame of Alberta Culture Days. This year’s edition was sold-out (over 1600 seats), as were the 2013 and 2014 edition of this concert. Read the Review here.
Highly anticipated is Michael’s return in March and June to Switzerland to work with Cantori Contenti in Zug; the chamber choir where Michael started out as a young tenor.
A very special and prestigious invitation was extend to Michael Zaugg by Choral Canada. Michael will be guest-conducting the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2016. The choir, made up of 40 singers from across the nation, will rehearse and perform across Alberta. Their final concert will be at the bi-annual conference PODIUM in Edmonton.
Critics are saying:
Zaugg led a spirited performance of Laudibus in Sanctis by the Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš. Boldly and rhythmically chordal, it was something that a top-notch chamber choir could really sink its teeth into. Zaugg went straight to the heart of this rich and powerful piece.
The performances themselves were stunning: ... the best choral singing I have heard in this classical music season.
This was by far the strongest and most assertive performance of the concert; Pro Coro’s singers demonstrated a strong sense of solidarity and confidence in their ensemble which was communicated quite magnificently through the music itself.