2019-20 Season

Three Major Toronto Arts Groups Combine In Historic Virtual Choral-Orchestral Video
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Three Major Toronto Arts Groups Combine In Historic Virtual Choral-Orchestral Video

Michael Vincent, Ludwig van Toronto. There is nothing quite like the hope found in the continued resilience shown by artists coming together during a crisis. The TSO has joined the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, to perform Gabriel Fauré’s moving Cantique de Jean Racine, under the baton of conductor Simon Rivard.

TMC, TSYO and TSO collaborate on a virtual choral-orchestral work – Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine
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TMC, TSYO and TSO collaborate on a virtual choral-orchestral work – Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine

Concert cancellations due to Covid-19 and the desire to keep sharing music has led to performances all around the world by virtual choirs and by virtual orchestras. The TSO’s RBC Resident Conductor Simon Rivard thought, why not choir and orchestra together? 

Building on the long-standing collaboration between the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Simon set out to bring together (virtually) musicians from these three groups to share Gabriel Fauré’s lush and well-loved Cantique de Jean Racine.

Review of Great Poets in Music online program
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Review of Great Poets in Music online program

Ken Stephen, Large Stage Live. On Saturday, May 30, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was scheduled to round out its season with a concert devoted to great poets in music -- a concert which I had fully planned to attend.

With a little bit of luck and a great deal of ingenuity, planning, effort, and coordination, the Choir has managed instead to present an online virtual concert built around the same theme.  It originally aired at the same time that the live concert was scheduled to take place, and is now available online.

To pull this effort together, the Choir has brought together audio recorded performances from five other choirs, tossed in a previous video performance and a new social-distancing recording of their own, and tied the entire evening together with readings of great poetry and theatre by renowned Canadian actors Tom McCamus and Lucy Peacock and commentary by the choir's interim conductor, David Fallis.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra New Recording of MASSENET: THAIS on Chandos Label
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Toronto Symphony Orchestra New Recording of MASSENET: THAIS on Chandos Label

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In the absence of being able to perform live in its concert hall, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is especially pleased to announce the release of a new recording of Massenet's emotionally riveting opera Thaïs on the prestigious Chandos label.

Massenet: Thaïs is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, and for purchase on iTunes. Conducted by TSO Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis, and featuring a cast of renowned Canadian and international singers, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Massenet: Thaïs was recorded live by Soundmirror, Inc. at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto in November 2019.

Program for Great Poets in Music online
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Program for Great Poets in Music online

Great Poets in Music online program presented on May 30, 2020. Stratford actors Tom McCamus and Lucy Peacock join TMC Interim Conductor David Fallis to read poetry and listen to choral settings of some of the works. Here is a full list of the texts read and the music listened to.

TMC presents Great Poets in Music online on May 30th
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TMC presents Great Poets in Music online on May 30th

TMC presents Great Poets in Music online on May 30th
Stratford actors Tom McCamus and Lucy Peacock join TMC Interim Conductor David Fallis for a celebration of great poetry set to music. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2019/20 concert-– Great Poets in Music – scheduled for May 30th was cancelled due to Covid-19 but the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has found a way to create an online program, in the spirit of this planned concert, that brings together the spoken word and the sung word – and can be enjoyed by everyone safely from their homes. 

TMC cancels March 21 Singsation Saturday and April 8 & 10 concerts
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TMC cancels March 21 Singsation Saturday and April 8 & 10 concerts

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is cancelling our Singsation Saturday workshop on March 21 and our Sacred Music concerts on April 8 and 10.

We have taken this decision in the interest of the physical and mental wellbeing of our choristers, patrons and workshop participants, and in support of Toronto, Ontario and Canada’s efforts to slow the impact of COVID-19 through physical distancing.

TMC presents its popular Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concerts at St Anne’s Anglican Church on April 8 and 10
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TMC presents its popular Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concerts at St Anne’s Anglican Church on April 8 and 10

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents its popular Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concerts at St Anne’s Anglican Church on April 8 and 10. The Choir welcomes guest conductor Simon Rivard, TSO Resident Conductor, who takes over from Gregory Batsleer who was originally scheduled to conduct this concert.

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