The Dutch Canadian Choir of Calgary

Past Concerts and Events


Spring Concert - Saturday May 13th, 2017 at 2:30 pm



Lutheran Church of the Cross, 10620 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary

Carey Gruber, Music Director
Gaylene Hennan, Accompanist

Special Guests: Calgary Multicultural Choir (dir: Nancy Jackson), Kerby Recorder Ensemble (dir: Peter Baljeu)


COME SEE THE BABY - A Christmas Concert - Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 7:30pm



River Park Church - 3818 14a St SW, Calgary
Concert: 7:30 pm, refreshments to follow

Carey Gruber, Music Director
Gaylene Hennan, Accompanist

concert poster in pdf form


Spring Concert - Saturday May 7th, 2016 at 2:30 pm



Rozsa Centre, 2500 University Dr. NW, University of Calgary

Susan Woodward, Music Director
Gaylene Hennan, Accompanist

Special Guests: Suncor Energy Choir


Benefit Concert - Saturday April 23rd, 2016



Annual Christmas Concert - December 12, 2015

At Scarboro United Church, Susan Woodward directed, Gaylene Hennan accompanied and the choir sang a concert of Christmas music including several traditional Dutch favourites. As usual a veritable banquet of Christmas goodies followed.


Spruce Meadows Masters - September 9-14, 2015



As is usual at this prestigious horse jumping event, the choir operated its own pavilion and sold Dutch treats like oliebollen, poffertjes, kroketten, frikandellen and broodjes haring.


European Concert Tour - April 29, 2015 - May 11, 2015

Choir Concert Tour

May 1-3, 2015 Antwerp Music Festival
May 4, 2015 Weert, in the early evening the Remembrance Celebration, afterwards a reception at City Hall
May 5, 2015 Weert, at 2.30 pm the Liberation concert together with the "Bethelchoir" and "Vocus"
May 7, 2015 Maastricht, choir visited the grottos and performed there
May 8, 2015 Raamsdonksveer, evening concert in "De Witte Leeuw" together with "Schipperskoor Recht Zo Gaat Die" and "Sangdoel"
May 9, 2015 Rijswijk, choir sang in the retirement home "De Steenvoorde" together with "Het Sirenen Police Womans choir".


Spring Concert - April 18, 2015

Celebrating the Liberation of the Netherlands, 70th Anniversary Concert

The choir performed a pre-tour concert at Scarboro United Church under the direction of Susan Woodward, with accompanist Gaylene Hennan and a duo of accordionists, The Fischer Meisjes.


Military Museums - February 26th 2015

Performance at the Military Museums related to a public lecture: 70 Years of Liberation of The Netherlands: From Memory to Remembrance. Seventy years ago Canadian troops played a pivotal role in liberating the Netherlands. This special lecture presentation is part of a nation-wide series in which Canadian and Dutch historians take us back to the Canadian military campaign that led to the capitulation in Wageningen.

The featured speakers were Dr. David Bercuson (Moderator), Mark Zuehlke, Canadian Military Historian and Dr. Erwin van Loo, Dutch Historian.

The choir sang both Dutch and Canadian anthems to start the event. After two extremely good and enlightening lectures the choir finished the evening with short set including Distant Land by John Rutter and a couple of traditional Dutch folksongs.



The choir received a great thank-you letter from the Defence Attache at the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands after our performance.



Calgary Carol Festival at Knox United Church - December 1st 2014

A Calgary Tradition! Three nights of carol singing from Calgary's best choirs. November 29, 30 and December 1st. Cost: Non-perishable food donations for the Calgary Food Bank. The Dutch Canadian Choir performed on Monday, December 1st. It was a delightful evening of song from many wonderful choirs.


Mewata Armoury, Calgary - November 1st 2014

This November the Dutch Canadian Choir of Calgary was invited by the Calgary Highlanders to join in the 70th anniversary commemoration ceremony of the Battle of Walcheren Causeway held in the Mewata Armoury. The choir sang both the Dutch and Canadian national anthems.

The event was covered by the Calgary Sun which has given the choir permission to reproduce their article here on the choir's website...


Dutch liberation remembered

Members of the Calgary Highlanders Pipe Band, above, play in front of a giant Canadian flag at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Walcheren Causeway at Mewata Armoury Saturday. The Second World War battle was part of the liberation of the Netherlands. Also in attendance were Members of the Dutch Canadian Choir, below left, and Sgt. Lyndon Moore, below right.



Bow Island Alberta - April 5th 2014

On Saturday, April 05, 2014 the Dutch Canadian Choir of Calgary together with the German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary were invited by Father Fred Monk of St. Michael's Church in Bow Island, Alberta to perform there for a fundraising concert. The proceeds will be shared between The Bow Island & District Health Foundation and the County 40 Mile Food Bank.

Additional musicians joined in the performance - Tim Janz (guitar and flute), Elisa Sereno-Janz (violin), Ann Scott (cello). The venue was sold out and the performance was a great success with standing ovations. Father Fred Monk emailed the choir the same night to say, "What a great day! Everyone was delighted with the concert and many called tonight to say thanks and 'Bring them back next year!'"

The songs we performed were:

Dutch Choir:
Russian Picnic
Sun and Moon
Come by the Hills
In Holland staat een huis

German Choir:
Unser Lied soll hell erklingen
Im Abendrot
Rot sind die Rosen
I Love Paris
Uber den Wolken
Royal Hudson
We Rise Again

Instrumental Trio:
White as the Snow (Tim Janz, composer)

Dutch Choir:
Zilver draden tussen't goud
Distant Land
Shine on Me

Combined Choirs:
't Kleine Café aan de haven
Say it with a Song