TMC brings together choral music, contemporary dance and imagery in an exploration of grief for an online concert on Good Friday

The repertoire for the concert is music for Holy Week (in the Christian tradition) by Schubert, Bach and Brahms. These choral works will be complemented by contemporary dance and imagery that explore the burden of grief and human loss – experienced by so many during this year of Covid-19.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir names winner of 2020 Choral Composition Competition

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Choral Composition Competition is in its sixth year. Each year, the Choir receives entries from emerging composers from across Canada. For 2020, the competition was for an a capella work for the Christmas season. The winner is Alastair Boyd from Toronto, Ontario for his piece A Hymn on the Nativity.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir honours and remembers Canada’s Indigenous Veterans in a Remembrance Day concert

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s next online concert, to stream on Remembrance Day, will reflect on and honour the experience of Indigenous Veterans. The TMC, under conductor Simon Rivard, is joined by composer and guest curator Andrew Balfour, and Elder Dr. Duke Redbird for a program that brings together choral music, poetry and dance. The centre piece of the program is Andrew Balfour’s Notinikew. Movements of the work will be sung by Andrew’s Winnipeg-based Camerata Nova and by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
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TMC Safety Procedures for Kannamma Recording Sessions

After careful consideration, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir decided to record its professional core of singers in the creation of Kannamma-a concert of Thanksgiving. Recordings were done in early September. The TMC developed an extensive safety protocol for recordings that followed City of Toronto guidelines regarding performers being a minimum of two metres/6 feet apart.
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Kannamma – TMC’s digital concert of Thanksgiving on Oct 10

From Bach to the Beatles, from visual arts to dance to drumming to singing – TMC’s concert of thanksgiving brings together an amazing group of artists in a program of choral music and more that evocatively expresses gratitude. Kannamma-a Concert of Thanksgiving will be livestreamed on Saturday, October 10 at 8 pm EDT
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TMC announces appointment of Simon Rivard as Associate Conductor

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is thrilled to announce the appointment of Simon Rivard as Associate Conductor. Simon Rivard has been serving as RBC Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2018. He comes to the position of TMC Associate Conductor having worked closely with the Choir: in preparing the TMC for their performances with the TSO; jointly conducting the TMC’s Festival of Carols concerts this past December which featured the TSYO as guest artists; and directing the TMC-TSYO-TSO collaboration in May to create the virtual performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine. 
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TMC shares Andrew Balfour’s Mamachimowin

The TMC has released a video of its premiere of Andrew Balfour's Mamachimowin, commissioned by the TMC for its 125th anniversary gala concert in October 2019.
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Categories: 2019-2020 Season and Media Releases.

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.
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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. 
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