TMC welcomes David Fallis as
Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Acclaimed Toronto conductor David Fallis was named in June 2018 as Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. David will provide artistic direction for these seasons, conduct most TMC concerts, and prepare the Choir for their performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During this time the TMC will be conducting an international search for a new Artistic Director.
Executive Director Cynthia Hawkins welcomed David, saying “David brings to the TMC a life-long passion for choral music, incredible conducting experience, and a wide-ranging knowledge of choral repertoire and creative programming. The Choir enjoyed working with him for our 2018 Sacred Music concert and are looking forward to delving into this season’s great music with him.”
Read David’s impressive biography below and his statement about the upcoming TMC season.
David Fallis Biography
David Fallis is a Canadian conductor and music director renowned for his work in many genres of music.
As Music Director of Toronto’s Opera Atelier he has led critically acclaimed productions of major operatic works by Mozart, Monteverdi, Lully, Purcell, Rameau, Gluck, Handel, Weber and Charpentier. He has conducted at the Royal Opera House in Versailles, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Singapore Festival, Festival Vancouver, Houston Grand Opera, the Seoul Arts Centre, Cleveland Opera, Wolftrap Theater, Utah Opera, and in major opera houses in Japan.
As Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, he has toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe, and has led the ensemble in their numerous recordings. He has led them in critically acclaimed performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, all three Monteverdi operas in concert, the Praetorius Christmas Vespers, and The Play of Daniel. The 2017/18 season marked David’s 28th and final season as Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort.
For the prestigious Luminato Festival in Toronto, he conducted Murray Schafer’s music-theatre epic Apocalypsis at the Sony Centre in 2015. David was the Music Director for the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade, also at the Luminato Festival. He has conducted world premieres by many other leading Canadian composers, including James Rolfe, Christopher Butterfield, Christos Hatzis and Andrew Ager.
He also directs Soundstreams Choir 21, a vocal ensemble specializing in contemporary choral music, which has performed for Soundstreams Canada, for the Toronto International Film Festival during the inaugural film series at the Bell Lightbox, for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their “New Creations Festivals”, for the Art of Time Ensemble, and for Continuum Contemporary Music.
On the symphonic stage, David has conducted Orchestra London, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony New Brunswick.
David was the historical music producer for two acclaimed TV series The Tudors and The Borgias. He lives in Toronto with his wife Alison Mackay.
David talks about the TMC 2018/19 Season
“What a thrill and honour it is for me to lead the fabled Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in its 2018/19 season.
Following our work with the Toronto Symphony on Britten’s profound War Requiem, we offer our annual joyous celebration of holiday spirit with the Canadian Staff Band and the Toronto Youth Choir. In the new year, we start off with a free concert highlighting great choral composers from Canada and the United States, from well-known masters like Healey Willan and Samuel Barber, to Andrew Balfour, the prominent Winnipeg composer of Cree descent.
Then what could be more fitting in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 125th year than a program of pure celebration, featuring Handel’s beloved Coronation Anthems and Haydn’s deeply-felt Mass in the time of war, both with full orchestra.
Finally, for our a capella finale Sacred Music for a Sacred Space we focus on 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, Rachmaninov, Penderecki and Schnittke. And we close with Willan’s masterpiece An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts, itself so indebted to Orthodox richness.
The season has been designed to offer selections of the greatest choral music from across the ages to the 21st century. I look forward to sharing it with you.”
David Fallis conducts the Mendelssohn Singers in Healey Willan’s Behold, the Tabernacle of God, from the loft of St. Paul’s Basilica during the TMC’s March 28, 2018 Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert.