One of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists and chamber music partners of this generation is now calling Ladner home.
After travelling the world with various ensembles, Alexander Weimann now focuses on his activities as conductor of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, music director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and regular guest conductor of ensembles, including the Montreal Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He also teaches at the University of British Columbia.
Weimann moved from Montreal to South Delta with his family four years ago. He said they fell in love with the community.
“With work commitments here in Vancouver and in Seattle, we were looking to put down roots closer to the West Coast,” he said. “It was also a chance for us to be closer to some family here. Friends suggested we look at Ladner and we fell in love. It is a wonderful community to raise our family in.
“We are trying to get as active as we can in the community as well as in the local music community. Two of our children attend Port Guichon (Elementary) and we have one at Delta Secondary, so there are lots of music performances at the schools.”
This Sunday at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC Weimann will lead the PBO, Vancouver Cantata Singers and four internationally renowned soloists (Sumner Thompson, Ross Hauck, Vicki St. Pierre and Danielle Sampson)in a spectacular large-scale performance of two Handel masterpieces: Coronation Anthems and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.
“It’s going to be an amazing afternoon of music. I’m very excited and honoured to be a part of this,” he said. “Chan Centre is a beautiful venue.”
A multiple Juno and Grammy nominee, Weimann can be heard on some 100 CDs. Recent highlights include an Opus and Juno Award-winning CD of Handel oratorio arias with soprano Karina Gauvin, a recording of Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Les Voix Baroques/Arion Baroque Orchestra and a Juno-nominated recording of Handel’s Orlando with the PBO.
Sunday’s concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 and available at earlymusic.bc.ca or by calling 604-822-2697.