The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites Torontonians to take a musical break during their work-day. Members of the Choir, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison, will perform 20-minute a cappella performances in two interesting downtown spaces: Brookfield Place and the Toronto Reference Library.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Good Friday 2015 concert of spiritual, meditative music begins with music by the popular Englishman Sir John Tavener (1944 –2013). He was trained traditionally at the Royal Academy of Music, and as his life and career developed, Tavener’s character and music became more spiritual and contemplative, eventually leading him to turn to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977. Song for Athene was written in 1993 as a tribute to a young family friend of Tavener’s named Athene who died in a cycling accident. Athene’s love of acting and of the music of the Orthodox Church led the composer to combine words from Shakespeare’s Hamlet with words from the Orthodox funeral service. The work became part of popular culture after it was performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.
Experience Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Spem in alium, works by John Tavener and Faure’s Requiem
In Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Good Friday concert.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir returns to the beautiful space and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica for its annual Good Friday concert. Artistic Director Noel Edison has matched the space and the music to create a meditative journey. This concert provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Renaissance motet Spem in alium, widely considered to be the greatest piece of English early music.
Luminato Festival today announced: 1,000 performers bring R. Murray Schafer’s epic oratorio Apocalypsis to life at Luminato Festival in June 2015. Choristers of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will form two of the choirs in this ambitious and dramatic work.