Britten at 100 Program Notes

Program notes for Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Nov 20, 2013 concert – Britten at 100 – at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Notes written by music broadcaster Rick Phillips.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and guests make magic of Benjamin Britten cantatas

Here’s a suggestion: If you go to one choral concert other than Messiah this season, make it the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s brilliant tribute to Benjamin Britten on Wednesday evening. Tuesday night’s dress rehearsal at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church revealed not only a compelling, deeply affecting programme, but wonderful performances from the Mendelssohn Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, orchestra, pianists, organist and, last but far from least, soloists tenor Colin Ainsworth and soprano Leslie Bouza. Mendelssohn Choir music director Noel Edison chose two cantatas to showcase the composer’s genius for writing potent music drama for all ages and abilities: The Company of Heaven, created for BBC Radio in 1937, and Saint Nicolas, commissioned for the centennial of Lancing College but premiered at Aldeburgh in 1948.
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Categories: 2013-2014 Season and Media Reviews.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir rings in the holiday season with the help of Ben Heppner, December 11

On Wednesday, December 11 th the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, led by Noel Edison, will ring in the season with its annual holiday tradition, Festival of Carols, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. This year the Choir welcomes special guest, tenor superstar Ben Heppner. Ben will sing some fireside favourites and join with the Choir for O Holy Night and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, among others.
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Britten at 100 – 2013

Britten at 100: Conductor Noel Edison and Music broadcaster Rick Phillips chat about Britten’s dramatic cantatas The Company of Heaven and St. Nicolas.
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Categories: 2013-2014 Season and Podcasts.

TSO’s Carmina Burana a thrilling Halloween Musical Fare

I must give my highest praise to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, surely a national treasure. Every time I see them, I always think - "they've outdone themselves this time." And then the next time I see them, I want to say the same thing.
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Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Carmina Burana raises Roy Thomson Hall roof

John Terauds, Musical Toronto The feature draw was an all-stops-pulled performance of Carl Orff’s modern classic from 1936, Carmina Burana. The Toronto Symphony was joined by 116 members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, three-and-a-half-dozen young voices of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Romanian-born soprano Valentina Farcas, American tenor Nicholas Phan and Canadian baritone James Westman. Music director Peter Oundjian led a nicely modulated, clearly laid-out interpretation that offered a full, rich orchestral sound, remarkable precision from the choristers and a running narrative of viscerally engaging rhythms. The fortissimo passages were taken all-out, threatening to raise the hall’s circular roof a couple of times during the evening. Read the complete review online
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Categories: 2013-2014 Season and Media Reviews.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir adds its voices to the celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary with Nov 20 concert

Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary by bringing together all the musical forces – from adult and youth choirs to orchestra, soloists and speakers – needed to present two of Britten’s rarely-performed cantatas. Both The Company of Heaven and St. Nicolas immerse audiences in vivid and dramatic stories through text and music.
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Categories: 2013-2014 Season and Media Releases.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Crowning Glory Gala commemorates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in words, images and song

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2013 fundraising gala invites guests to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The TMC is delighted that the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be in attendance.
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Caron Daley named as Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Associate Conductor

Nova Scotia-born conductor Caron Daley has been appointed as the Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, effective September 2013. The TMC created the position of Associate Conductor in 2011 to provide talented choral conductors who are early in their career with coaching, training and mentoring, while also adding to the TMC’s artistic team. The Associate Conductor works with the Choir under the guidance of Artistic Director Noel Edison, directing TMC ensembles in rehearsals and select performances. Caron Daley will be the second conductor to hold this two-year position.
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Drama, Artistry, Inspiration: the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 2013/14 season

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, under Artistic Director Noel Edison, has created an exciting 2013/14 season. The season, the TMC’s 120 th season, includes a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a performance of two rarely-performed cantatas, a guest appearance by tenor superstar Ben Heppner at Festival of Carols, and Bach’s Mass in B minor at Koerner Hall. The TMC will also perform four concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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