Join us in a new venue – the beautiful St. Anne’s Anglican Church – for a concert of contemplative music.
This annual TMC Good Friday concert has become a cherished moment of calm and reflection for many. Come and discover the visual and acoustic splendour of St. Anne’s — the “Group of Seven” church. Enjoy a program that brings together two rich choral traditions: the French subtlety of Messiaen, Poulenc and Martin; and the mystical traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia, with music by Kodaly, Rachmaninoff, Penderecki and Schnittke.
The program will also feature Healey Willan‘s An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts, composed for the TMC in 1921.
O sacrum convivium – Olivier Messiaen
Salve Regina – Francis Poulenc
Mass for double choir – Frank Martin
Jesus and the Traders – Zoltán Kodály
Cherubic Hymn – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Song of Cherubim – Krzysztof Penderecki
Complete this work which I began – Alfred Schnittke
An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts – Healey Willan
Concert program is subject to change without notice.
David Fallis, conductor
Ezra Burke, associate conductor
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
In 1923 William Rae, architect, and J.E.H. MacDonald assembled a team of Canadian artists to decorate the Church. The team included two other members of the Group of Seven, Fred Varley and Franklin Carmichael. The result was their only religious art, and that is what inspired the provincial and federal governments to designate
St. Anne’s a Provincial and National Historic Site.
“I particularly enjoyed David Fallis’ interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria sung in Russian. One didn’t have to be religious to be swept away by the spiritually inspiring music sung by an outstanding choir.”
Review of 2018 Sacred Music concert
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