2022-23 Season

Festival of Carols 2022 Program Notes
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Festival of Carols 2022 Program Notes

The program notes are written by Rena Roussin, Musicologist-in-Residence.   Welcome – for many of you, welcome back – to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Festival of Carols! A beloved holiday tradition in Toronto, the Festival of Carols offers a chance to hear, sing, and reflect on Christmas carols. This year’s program features a combination of well-known...

Elijah Program Notes
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Elijah Program Notes

The program notes are written by Rena Roussin, Musicologist-in-Residence. A resounding success at both its 1846 premiere in Birmingham, England, and at its revised London premiere in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah has remained a beloved staple of English-language choral repertoire ever since. Having experienced earlier success with his 1836 oratorio Paulus, which depicted the life...

Pilgrim’s Way Program Notes
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Pilgrim’s Way Program Notes

The program notes are written by Rena Roussin, Musicologist-in-Residence. [Content warning: The fourth paragraph of these program notes discusses homophobic violence and death by suicide]   Welcome to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2022-2023 Season! Tonight’s concert reflects on pilgrimages and journeys and quests of numerous natures. While one might be tempted to associate the term ‘pilgrim’...

Shireen Abu Khader and Jamie Hillman
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Announcing new members to our artistic team for 2022-2023

Shireen Abu Khader, Composer in residence Shireen Abu Khader is a Palestinian Jordanian Canadian artist, composer and educator. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Toronto, a Master’s in Choral Music from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory. In 2002,...