Your Weekend Flight Plan

May 5th and 6th 2001

Celebrate songbirds from dusk to dawn.

Saturday May 5, 8:00 pm – the SongBird Oratorio
At the Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese Gardens

Sunday May 6th, 6:00 am – the Dawn Chorus at listening sites around the city (see map for details)

Sunday May 6th, 8:00 am – the Dawn Chorus celebration Convene at the At the Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese Gardens for Songbird friendly coffee, snacks and entertainment.

Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese Gardens 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC Located between Pender and Keefer (entrance off Pender through the ornamental gates)

Read on for details

The SongBird Oratorio
Saturday May 5, 2001
8:00 pm

Let the classical Chinese garden setting of this unique staged performance transport you to a musical world where songbirds and humans encounter one another in unexpected ways.

The SongBIrd Oratorio is a site–specific musical performance with text and Stage Direction by Nelson Gray, Music Direction by DB Boyko, vocal compositions by Veda Hille, DB Boyko, Mark Parlett, Celso Machado and Takeo Yamashiro, and Art Direction by Andreas Kahre.

This one night only performance, staged in the Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Garden, features actor Peter Grier and the remarkable pyrotechnics of vocalists Christine Duncan, DB Boyko, and Monica Lee.

Tickets are $15.00 for this one time only special performance.
To reserve tickets call 604–662–3207.
Seating in this outdoor classical garden is extremely limited.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Dress warmly and––if skies are grey––bring an umbrella.

The SongBird Oratorio is presented by Savage Media and the Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Garden with the assistance of SongBird, The Vancouver Foundation, the Canada Council, the Hamber Foundation and The Western Front.

The Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese garden is at 578 Carrall Street located between Pender and Keefer streets. (Entrance is off Pender street, through the ornamental gates).

For more information on Savage Media and the origins of the Oratorio contact Nelson Gray, or visit Savage Media

Dawn Chorus & Celebration
Sunday May 6th 2001

At a listening site near you, join those worldwide who wake up on the first Sunday in May with an ear for birdsong in the city.

6:00 am
Meet at one of eight listening posts in the lower mainland to hear the early morning songs of the birds in your neighbourhood. Birders will be on hand to expound on bird life and habitat and assist in identifying the birds, who are also invited to attend.

8:00 am
Gather at the Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese Garden for the community bird count and entertainment including "The Language of the Birds", a newly created section from Savage Media's The SongBird Oratorio. Shade–grown coffee will be served courtesy of Saltspring Roasting Company.

There are eight 6 a.m. official listening sites throughout the Lower Mainland:

1. Everett Crowley Park – At the parking lot on Kerr Rd. S. of 63rd Ave. & N. of Marine Drive – for more info: Donna Tilley @ 718–6575
2. Queen Elizabeth Park – In front of the Bloedel Conservatory
3. Richmond Nature Park – Nature House – Enter off Westminster Hwy just W. of #5 Rd. – for more info: Hugh Griffith @ 273–7015
4. Stanley Park at the Pavilion parking lot – for more info phone: Emily Gonzales @ 257–8544
5. Strathcona Community Garden – (Prior & Hawkes in Vancouver) At the pond.
6. Trout Lake – Parking Lot adjacent to the Community Centre for more info: Scott Thomson @ 257–6955
7. Jericho Park – Main parking lot at the end of Point Gray Road, by the Yacht Club
8. Ladner Harbour Park – McNeeley’s Way, off River Road. Meet in the parking lot

Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese Garden — 578 Carrall Street. (Entrance is off Pender street, through the ornamental gates).

For information on the listening sites contact the above. For a copy of the map and site listings pick up an April Edition of Common Ground Magazine or the Spring Roundhouse Community Centre brochure.

The 2001 Dawn Chorus is presented by SongBird and the Dr. Sun Yat–Sen Classical Chinese Garden with the assistance of Partners in Flight (BC and Yukon Chapter), Strathcona Community Garden, Champlain Heights Community Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre, The Stanley Park Ecology Society, Richmond Nature Park, BC Wetlands Society, Cottonwood Community Garden, Vancouver Natural History Society, Savage Media, BC Hydro, VanCity, , Common Ground, Salt Spring Roasting Company, Wild Birds Unlimited, Capers, Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology and the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Many thanks to all our partners, funders and volunteers.

For a free cuppa java please note:
Saltspring Roasting Company will doing coffee tastings at:
Capers West Van Saturday May 5 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Capers Kitsilano Sunday May 6 from 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Capers Robson Monday May 7 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
This is shade grown songbird friendly coffee!

For more information on SongBird's Dawn Chorus, contact project SongBird director Beth Carruthers.

For additional information on Savage Media and the SongBird Oratorio contact Nelson Gray or visit Savage Media.

Media Inquires should be directed to Katherine Dodds of Good Company Communications Inc. 604-689-1927