Passio Program Notes

The shining beacon of Pärt’s tintinnabuli technique, and one of his most important works is “Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem” or The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John – his St. John Passion or known more simply as Passio. It was finished in 1982, shortly after Pärt and his family were allowed out of Soviet-controlled Estonia and emigrated to the West. Passio is a setting of the story of the crucifixion of Christ from chapters 18 and 19 of the biblical gospel of St. John.
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TMChoir to perform Arvo Pärt’s Passio March 10 & 11

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will perform contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s stunning 1982 setting of the St. John Passion on March 10 and 11. The concerts will take place in the Church of the Holy Trinity, a serene oasis in the bustle of downtown Toronto, and a wonderful setting for this evocative and meditative work. Artistic Director Noel Edison will place the choir, instrumental chamber ensemble, and soloists around the space to immerse the audience in the hypnotic flow of music and silence the builds over the 70-minute work.
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Categories: 2014-2015 Season and Media Releases.

Concert Patrons Provide Valuable Feedback – Winter 2015

Concert Patrons Provide Valuable Feedback by Anne Longmore, Director of Marketing In December, we reported on the first set of results from our Chorus America Intrinsic Impact Survey. Now that we are one quarter of the way through the data-collection for this eight-concert research project, we are working hard to compile and evaluate our results and to encourage all concert patrons to respond. If you attended our Mozart concert in October or Festival of Carols in December, you received a request via a program insert and a follow-up e-mail to complete an online survey. In fact, every patron who attends one of our four subscription concerts this season will be invited to visit an online survey and answer a series of questions – from why they attended the concert and which educational materials they accessed, to their personal feelings about the musical works and the artistic performances. We are pleased to have received 352 completed surveys to date. The patrons who responded provided us with valuable feedback on what is important to them in a concert experience and what questions the concerts raised for them. While all of the feedback we have received has been interesting, these questions, in particular, have provided lots of food for thought for us. We have received questions, for example, about how concert programming decisions are made, about artistic interpretation, and about the experience of singing in the choir – from the amount of rehearsal time needed to how the singers feel about the music. We are now considering different ways that we can share answers to these questions with patrons, so look for some answers coming your way later this year. The feedback we receive on the many facets of the concert experience will help us understand how well our concerts are meeting our audience members’ expectations and fulfilling the TMC’s mission. Survey responses are one of the ways we give voice to our patrons in our planning discussions. This research is not only a great opportunity for us to hear, in a structured way, from many of our patrons, but also an opportunity to compare the responses we receive to those of other major choirs across North America. Our research is part of the two-year 21-choir Chorus America Intrinsic Impact project that runs until 2016. We thank each of our patrons who have taken the time to complete a post-concert survey. We value your opinion on
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces five conductors selected to participate in the 2015 Choral Conductors’ Symposium

Five conductors from across North America have been selected to participate in the TMC’s fifth annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium (Jan 27-31, 2015), led by conductor and artistic director Noel Edison. Conductors will work with Noel and with the Elora Festival Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on a variety of choral music for chamber and large-scale ensembles, including works by composers from Gabrieli, Bach, and Mozart to Rutter, Chilcott and Whitacre. The Symposium concludes with a free community concert at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Saturday, January 31, at 3 pm (doors open at 2:15 pm). The concert will also be webcast live.
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The New Ears Project

To learn how “new ears” experience the TMC’s concerts, we launched The New Ears Review Project in November 2014. At each TMC concert, a brand new audience member will review the concert and tell us about their experience. We will post the reviews here, link via social media, and share them with our community.
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The New Ears Project: New Ears Listen to the Festival of Carols

New Ears Review of Festival of Carols 2014: There were three firsts for us: this was our first visit to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, the first time we heard the Salvation Army's Canadian Staff Band, and the first time we were privileged to hear the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. All three were well worth the drive or subway trip, half way across the city, on one of Toronto's colder nights. We launched our New Ears reviews in November 2014, with the Mighty Rhino's review of Mozart and Haydn. In December, Naomi Craig, a Toronto-based author and researcher gave us her impressions of this year's Festival of Carols.
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