Toronto theatres offer three unique versions of Handel’s Messiah

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail. Davis’s Messiah will be one of three quite different versions of the perennial favourite presented in Toronto next week, a bit shy of the 20 or so in the New York metropolitan area that the unfortunate junior critic for the New York Times is routinely assigned to review every season, but quite a bouquet nonetheless. The three Messiahs show the extreme versatility and adaptability of this amazing work, which has been pushed and pulled into innumerable, sometimes unrecognizable shapes over its two-and-a-half-century existence, but which manages to escape whole and healthy every time.
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New Ears Encounter the German Romantics

[T]he entire evening reminded me of the incredible power of live music. Even the slower pieces were performed with such passion that even though they were about the loss of love etc I couldn’t help but be a bit giddy with excitement. I had never heard love songs performed like this before.
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A fine sampling of German Romanticism

Michael Johnson, concertonet. This program by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was doubly unusual in that it presented a number of short choral works that rarely get the “big choir” treatment, plus the evening’s guest soloist was a pianist, in this case André Laplante, whose deeply thoughtful performance of six pieces helped fullfil the evening’s title German Romantics.
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Festival of Carols 2015 Program Notes

Noel Edison, now in his 19th season as TMC Artistic Director and Conductor, instigated the annual TMC Festival of Carols in the early years of his tenure. His goal has not wavered – to present a festive evening of celebration containing a wide variety of seasonal music from around the world, old and new, original compositions as well as arrangements.
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Festival of Carols Dec 9

Noel Edison has put together a program that spans four centuries and patrons will experience this music coming from different parts of the Church, including the balconies. Repertoire stretches from the late Renaissance O Magnum Mysterium by Thomas Luis de Victoria, and Canada’s oldest Christmas carol, The Huron Carol, to the African American spiritual Keep your lamps, and Roger Miller’s Old Toy Trains.
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German Romantics Program Notes

TMC Artistic Director and Conductor Noel Edison has long loved the music of the German Romantics, believing that the heart is reached through the mind. He says, “Granted that some of this music was meant for the parlour rather than the concert hall, but it is all very melodic, well-constructed and was never denigrated by performance circumstances or location.” He believes that this rich, German Romantic choral repertoire should be performed by more of today’s choral ensembles.
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German Romantics Nov 25

TMC artistic director Noel Edison has put together an enchanting program of choral lieder and solo piano from the Romantic period. The concert, German Romantics, takes place in the beautiful space and acoustics of Koerner Hall on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will be joined by Canadian pianist André Laplante, regarded as one of the great romantic virtuosos.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to webcast four concerts in 2015/16 season

The TMC is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generous support of some long-time TMC donors, the Choir will webcast four concerts in the 2015/16 season (an increase from three during 2014/15): German Romantics with pianist André Laplante, November 25, 2015 from Koerner Hall; Festival of Carols with the Canadian Staff Band, December 9, 2015 from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church; TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert featuring five conductors, January 30, 2016 from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church; and Haydn’s Creation with orchestra and soloists, April 27, 2016 from Koerner Hall.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launches new Choral Composition Competition for emerging composers

The TMC is calling for choral composition submissions to its new Choral Composition Competition, an annual competition launched in August 2015. This competition focuses on works by emerging unpublished Canadian composers. Composers will be asked to submit an unpublished work for SATB or double choir, either a cappella or accompanied by piano or organ that is not more than 5 minutes in length. The deadline for submissions is November 13, 2015.
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Brass Band Tradition at Christmas

One of the joys of Christmas is its predictability. Every year, we associate the Christmas season with familiar images, tastes, activities, objects and sounds. Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge, Handel’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, roast turkey and cranberry sauce, mistletoe and eggnog…….. brass instruments and choral voices. They all provide a joyous, festive and warm mood to which we enjoy returning year after year.
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