Kannamma – a concert of Thanksgiving

From Bach to the Beatles, from visual arts to dance to drumming to singing

TMC’s concert of thanksgiving brings together an amazing group of artists in a program of choral music and more that evocatively expresses gratitude.

Enjoy songs of thanks, gratitude and love, spanning several centuries, multiple genres and disciplines that cross cultures. This hopeful feast for the senses ranges from European classical to jazz to pop to South Indian Carnatic music, to refreshing original compositions, complemented by visual arts and dance performance.

This concert was generously supported by Marilyn Isaac Stewart. 


Cantata BWV 29, VIII. “Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren”, by Johann Sebastian Bach

What Does Gratitude Inspire? to the tune of J.S. Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” (arr. Suba Sankaran)

Kyrie based on the Adagio of the “Moonlight Sonata”, by Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. G. B. Bierey)

Because, by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Gracias a la vida, by Violeta Parra

Purvi Tillana, by T. S. Bhagavatar

Kannamma, by Suba Sankaran

Dona nobis pacem, by Dylan Bell

Cantata BWV 29, II. “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir”, by Johann Sebastian Bach


Simon Rivardconductor

Suba Sankaran, guest curator & vocal soloist

Matthew Larkin, organ

Gergely Szokolay, piano

Jennylynd James, visual artist

Dylan Bell, guitar

Trichy Sankaran, South Indian classical percussion (mrdangam)

Supriya Nayak, Odissi dancer

Members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

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Members from the TMC’s professional core were recorded live for this performance. Learn more about our safety procedures for the recording sessions.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
8:00 pm EDT

Streamed on Livestream

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“This fully-virtual concert has a beautiful arc that takes us on a journey that reminds us that – first and foremost – though we are apart, we find our voices and our identities through the coming together of community and the nexus of artistic minds and creativity. With all of this in mind, we give thanks by way of our Thanksgiving concert.”

Comments by Guest Curator Suba Sankaran

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