TMC offers a powerful interpretation of one of the pinnacles of choral music – Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates Artistic Director Noel Edison’s 20th anniversary season with the Choir with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s great oratorio, Elijah at Koerner Hall on November 5th. The 135-voice TMC and Festival Orchestra will be joined by four critically-acclaimed soloists. American bass-baritone David Pittsinger, praised for his roles in opera and as Emile de Becque in South Pacific, will make his debut performance of Elijah.
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Fireworks! Mendelssohn’s Elijah Takes Off on Guy Fawkes Day

David Perlman, The Wholenote: What are the odds that there would be three separate perform­ances of Felix Mendelssohn’s final completed oratorio, Elijah, all taking place this coming November 5? It’s not as though there’s some particularly significant Mendelssohnian anniversary in the offing: he was born in 1809 and died in 1847, at age 38, 14 months after Elijah premiered, in English, at the Birmingham Town Hall, as part of the Birmingham Festival. But by one of those odd twists of planning and timing (and without any discussion among themselves), Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Pax Christi Chorale and Chorus Niagara have all scheduled the work, same day and time, as a major part of their respective 2016/17 seasons.
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David Pittsinger on singing Elijah

"To be a vulnerable and honest storyteller is what every artist ultimately strives for and this piece abounds with opportunities for just that. It resides in an ecclesiastical lexicon with Bach’s Matthew Passion, and Handel’s Messiah, but uses Mendelssohn’s own Romantic style to great emotional effect."
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Elijah Program Notes

Noel Edison speaks on why he chose Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah to celebrate his 20th season with the Choir: "How could I not choose a work by Felix Mendelssohn, the namesake of the Choir? And Elijah is one of my all-time favourite orchestral-choral works. Orchestral works are in the Choir’s DNA and this work is chock-full of big chorus effects. I love the drama and the way the story plays out -- it’s religious opera bursting with the hellfire and brimstone of the Old Testament. And it’s tuneful and fulfilling, full of one beautiful piece after another. Enjoy!"
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TMC presents the Elora Festival Singers in concert

The TMC launches its 2016/17 season by presenting the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers in concert on October 16. In this season, celebrating Noel Edison’s 20th with the Choir, the TMC is proud to give audiences an opportunity to experience Noel’s internationally-acclaimed chamber choir, the Elora Festival Singers (the other half of his artistic life), in Toronto. The EFS will perform a cappella works by the Italian Renaissance master Palestrina and contemporary composers Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and Jocelyn Morlock.
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TMC part of ground-breaking choral audience research by Chorus America

Chorus America has just released the results of its ground-breaking two-year long study into choral music audiences and the impact of choral concerts. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was one of the 23 participating choirs in this extensive research project. The Intrinsic Impact Audience Project is the first-ever systematic study of choral music audiences. The results shed light on what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music performances. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, Chorus America is making the study and the surveying tools used available to the field to help all choruses create meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities. Read the summary or download the full report at Chorus America. Chorus America is an advocacy, research and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. It is based in Washington, DC and has members from across North America.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates Artistic Director Noel Edison’s 20th season

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) presents a season of inspiring choral music for 2016/17 – from an intimate a cappella performance to a grand oratorio with full orchestra. In November the Choir celebrates Noel Edison’s 20th season with one of his favourite works, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, at Koerner Hall. Noel Edison has been widely recognized and appreciated by choristers, critics and patrons for his skillful interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. His vision for the TMC is to create performances that connect audiences emotionally with some of the greatest traditional and contemporary choral repertoire.
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