For this annual Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert, artistic director Noel Edison has put together a program that brings together sublime choral music from the Renaissance with contemporary works that are evocative and approachable. The experience of the music is complemented by the beautiful surroundings and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica – a feast for the eye and the ear.
New for this year, the Choir will perform the Sacred Music program on two nights: Wednesday, March 23 and Good Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm.
The Choir will perform two of the polyphonic glories of the Renaissance: William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices and Cristóbal de Morales’ Parce mihi, Domine.
The program also includes a number of stunning works by contemporary masters who pair the beauty of the voice with solo instruments and exquisite texts. When the Choir premiered Timothy Corlis’ God So Loved the World for choir and solo cello in 2013, it was met with resounding applause and a standing ovation. This year, the Choir will be premiering a new TMC commission by Canadian composer Leonard Enns for choir and saxophone: I will lift up mine eyes. Works by the popular composers Patrick Hawes and Eric Whitacre will round out the program.
Tickets start at $35 and are available from the TMC Box Office at 416-598-0422, ext 221 or online at www.tmchoir.org.
Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Wednesday March 23 and Good Friday, March 25, 2016
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street
Noel Edison, conductor
Jennifer Min-Young Lee, associate conductor
John Marshman, cello
John Jonhson, saxophone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
Morales: Parce mihi, Domine
Hawes: Quanta Qualia, for choir and alto saxophone
Hawes: Reflexionem, for choir and cello
Hawes: Prayer to a guardian angel, for choir and cello
Corlis: God so loved the world, for choir and cello
Enns: I will life up mine eyes, for choir and alto saxophone
Whitacre: Her sacred spirit soars
Tickets are $35 and $50 ($45 for seniors), with $20 VoxTix available for patrons 30 and under. Tickets will be assigned by section and row number. When patrons order their tickets they will receive the best available seats. Tickets are available by calling the TMC Box Office at 416-598-0422, ext 221 or online at www.tmchoir.org/BoxOffice.
Excerpts from this concert will also be performed by the Choir when it appears with the Elora Festival Singers in their Grand and Intimate concert, March 6th in Guelph, Ontario.
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