Much to Enjoy with TSO’s Rendition of Lerner and Loewe Musical Theatre Classics

A night at Roy Thompson Hall to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra may not sound like a theatre-goer’s ordinary evening plan, but the renowned orchestra’s renditions of classic musical theatre hits from Lerner and Loewe is just as magical as a night at the theatre. Legendary writing duo Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, a lyricist and composer respectively, have left an indelible mark on the musical theatre world with Broadway hits such as My Fair Lady and Brigadoon, as well as Oscar-winning film Gigi. All three of these works and more are on display at Roy Thompson Hall, with guest Canadian soloists and a one hundred-strong choir combining with the TSO for a stunning and altogether memorable concert.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir wows with Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has done it again. Performed a concert splendidly, that is. Their performance on April 18, 2014 at St. Paul's Basilica was nothing short of magnificent, due in equal parts to the choir’s ability, the music selection, and the combination of power and restraint shown by them. They were led by conductors Noel Edison and Caron Daley, with organist Michael Bloss providing the instrumentals.
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Sacred Music for a Sacred Space 2014 Program Notes

Program notes for Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert on April 18, 2014 – Sacred Music for a Sacred Space – at St. Paul’s Basilica. Notes by music reviewer and lecturer Rick Phillips.
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Sacred Music for a Sacred Space – 2014

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space: Conductor Noel Edison and Associate Conductor Caron Daley chat with Rick Phillips about two great choir and organ works: Vierne’s Messe Solennelle and Duruflé’s Requiem.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir delivers a mixed Bach B minor Mass

After hearing the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Artistic Director Noel Edison last Wednesday night, it was a mixed success. It was a nuanced approach, with a special focus upon subtlety and the withholding certain melodic passages that Edison felt needed to whisper rather than call out. At other times, Edison didn't hesitate to push the choir forth and allow it to chime like carillon bells over the streets of Bach's mid-eighteenth-century Leipzig. From the stabbing consonants of its Kyrie, through the stirring syncopation of its Credo, Edison did a fine job of maintaining a singular thread uniting the work.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir performs Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ at Koerner Hall

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s concert of Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” on March 26, 2014 at Koerner Hall was like the Titanic: it took a little bit of time to get her feet moving but once she did, she was unstoppable. The TMC’s performance was also drastically different than the Titanic’s in that the former didn’t hit any icebergs, but rather sailed off into the sunset in a sound that kept ringing long after conductor Noel Edison cued the stop.
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Bach B Minor Mass Program Notes

Program notes for Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert on Mar 26, 2014 – Mass in B Minor – at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. Notes by music reviewer and lecturer Rick Phillips.
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Bach’s B Minor Mass – 2014

Bach B Minor Mass: Conductor Noel Edison and soprano soloist Jennifer Taverner chat with Rick Phillips about Bach’s magnificent B Minor Mass to be performed by the TMC on March 26th at Koerner Hall.
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Duruflé and Vierne: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents a Good Friday concert of magnificent music for chorus and organ

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir returns to the beautiful setting of St. Paul’s Basilica for its annual Good Friday concert, Sacred Music for a Sacred Space. St. Paul’s will be filled with the glorious sound of organ and choir in this concert of works by two renowned 20 th century French organists, Maurice Duruflé and Louis Vierne. Organist Michael Bloss will join the TMC for this performance.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir performs Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass

Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir bring together five noted soloists and the Festival Orchestra to perform Bach’s ‘musical testament,’ his great Mass in B minor, in the beautiful acoustics of Koerner Hall. Noel Edison’s skill at bringing choral and orchestral forces together along with the TMC’s clarity of expression are a great match for Bach’s monumental work.
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