Thursday December 19, 2019 at 7:30PM - Christ Church Cathedral


Bruce Dickey,  cornetto and director

Arwen Myers,  Danielle Sampson, sopranos

Vicki St. Pierre, Nicholas Burns, altos 

Colin BalzerRoss Hauck, tenors

Sumner Thompson, baritone

Martin Auclair, bass

With the participation of the Cathedral Choristers led by Donald Hunt


Giovanni Gabrieli, who died in 1612, was without a doubt the greatest composer of the Venetian High Renaissance. We celebrate the holidays this year with music by this Venetian master, his uncle Andrea, and their contemporaries. This is music that would have echoed from the mosaic-covered vaults of Saint Mark’s Basilica as well as other Venetian churches. The program consists of motets for from two to fifteen voices, as well as dazzling sonatas and canzonas for cornetti, trombones and strings – festive music worthy of the season but also of the pomp and brilliance of the Venetian State.

"The plangent eloquence and dare-devil bravura of Bruce Dickey's cornetto playing would charm the skin off a snake" -- BBC Music Magazine


Hodie Christus natus est
Christmas in Gabrieli’s Venice, ca. 1615

Canzon 5 duodecimi toni a 8 (1597)


Hodie Christus natus est a 7 (Giovanni Bassano)
Quem vidistis pastores a 8 (Andrea Gabrieli)

Canzon V a 7

Hodie nobis de caelo a 2 (Alessandro Grandi)

O Jesu mi dulcissime a 8

Canzon 8 duodecimi toni a 10 (1597)

Hodie Christus natus est a 8
Gloria in altissimus Deo a 7 (Gio. Battista Fergusio)


Canzon 9 duodecimi toni a 10 (1597)

Hodie Christus natus est a 10 (1597)
Angelus ad pastores a 8 (Bassano)

Natività di Christo, per canto solo da cantarsi nel Chitarone (Biagio Marini)

Jesu dulcissime a 6 (Ms. Kassel)
Salvator noster a 15

Canzon VI a 7

In ecclesiis a 14


All works composed by Giovanni Gabrieli and published in Venice in 1615 unless otherwise indicated.


Tickets for the Pacific Baroque Series concerts at the Cathedral can be purchased:


Online Here


By calling the Ticket Rocket Box Office:​ 1.855.842.7575 

In person:

  • At the Ticket Rocket Box Office (1050 Meares Street) 

  • Or at the Cathedral Office (930 Burdett Avenue)

  • And at the following outlets:

    • Ivy’s Bookshop: 2188 Oak Bay Ave

    • Munro’s Books: 1108 Government St

This concert is generously supported by Pat & Meredith Cashion


Parking Information

The Cathedral is located on Quadra Street at Rockland Avenue. 

Street parking is available on Quadra Street, Burdett Avenue, and Rockland Avenue, as well as at the south entrance to the Cathedral off Burdett.

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