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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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.
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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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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir welcomes three international conductors to conclude 2019/20 season

The three final concerts in the TMC’s 2019/20 season present an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience great choral music in interesting programs, and to see the work of three internationally-acclaimed conductors.
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Ancaster-based countertenor, composer and organist Zachary Windus awarded the TMC’s 2019 Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition

The fifth annual TMC Choral Composition Competition asked emerging composers to submit a sacred or secular a cappella work for the Christmas season. Submissions were reviewed by the three-member jury of TMC interim conductor David Fallis, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra conductor Simon Rivard, and TMC associate conductor Ezra Burke. The winner of the competition receives the $1000 Debbie Fleming Prize for Choral Composition and their work is performed by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in concert. The 2019 winner is In Bethlehem upon that morn by Zachary Windus. 
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces new Executive Director

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) Board Chair Erin Finlay announced today that respected arts administrator Anna Kajtar has been named as Executive Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; she assumes the position from Cynthia Hawkins who recently retired from the Choir after 15 years.  
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces 2019/20 season

The TMC’s  2019/20 concert season includes five great choral music programs under the direction of Interim Conductor David Fallis and three acclaimed guest conductors from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. The season opens with a celebration of the Choir’s 125-year history and continues with concerts that meld classics with newer works, and feature the different sized groups within the choir – from the chamber-sized 20-member professional core, to the 70-member Mendelssohn Singers, and the rich sound of the 120+ full TMC.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates 125 years of contributions to the Toronto and Canadian choral scene

2019 marks TMC’s 125th anniversary. Founded in 1894, the Choir has performed in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, as Toronto went from a city of 200,000 to the Greater Toronto Area of over 6 million. Over its 125-year history the TMC is proud to have played a role in the development of Canadian classical choral music, particularly in Toronto.  Discover some of Toronto’s choral music history through the TMC’s history.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir commissions new work from composer Andrew Balfour to help celebrate TMC’s 125th anniversary

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, under Interim Conductor David Fallis, has commissioned a new work from acclaimed Cree composer Andrew Balfour, to be premiered at the TMC’s 125th anniversary gala on October 20, 2019. The 10-minute work, titled Mamachimowin (The act of singing praises), will be a partial setting of Psalm 67 translated into Cree. It will be scored for SSATTB , violas, cellos and double basses. Of Cree descent, Winnipeg-based composer Andrew Balfour is an innovative composer, conductor, singer and sound designer with a large body of choral, instrumental, electro-acoustic and orchestral works.
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