Unexpected Harmonies: A New Ears Review of the Choral Conductors’ Symposium Community Concert

This programme is a showcase of five emerging conductors who will conduct a variety of short pieces by different composers. Edison tells us that conducting is a lonely profession – it’s just you and the music, and you have to have the musical vision, the discipline and the people skills to bring the sheet music to life. This program has been sculpted around musical challenges for these conductors.
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The New Ears Project

To learn how “new ears” experience the TMC’s concerts, we launched The New Ears Review Project in November 2014. At each TMC concert, a brand new audience member will review the concert and tell us about their experience. We will post the reviews here, link via social media, and share them with our community.
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The New Ears Project: New Ears Listen to the Festival of Carols

New Ears Review of Festival of Carols 2014: There were three firsts for us: this was our first visit to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, the first time we heard the Salvation Army's Canadian Staff Band, and the first time we were privileged to hear the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. All three were well worth the drive or subway trip, half way across the city, on one of Toronto's colder nights. We launched our New Ears reviews in November 2014, with the Mighty Rhino's review of Mozart and Haydn. In December, Naomi Craig, a Toronto-based author and researcher gave us her impressions of this year's Festival of Carols.
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Two takes on the enduring Messiah

Robert Harris of the Globe and Mail reviews the two Messiahs presented in Toronto this year: the Toronto Symphony with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Tafelmusik orchestra and chorus.
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Messiah vs Messiah: TSO Beats Tafelmusik this Year

Michael Vincent for the Toronto Star. Led by Welsh conductor Grant Llewellyn, the TSO presented an impressive and balanced performance, backed by an on-point orchestra and a full-throated Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Read the full review online.
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The TMC celebrates 120 years

Michael Johnson, Concertonet.com: The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir proudly turns 120 this year, making it the oldest continuing musical organization in Toronto if not the country. Its Artistic Director since 1997, the 7th in its history, is Noel Edison.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choirs kicks off 120th season with Haydn, Mozart

Christina Strynatka, The Examiner: 4 stars. Well, that was quite some start to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's 120th season! After a much too long wait, the 129-strong choir started its 2014/2015 season on October 15 at the wonderfully acoustic Koerner Hall, an intimate stage space where there's not one bad seat and everything sounds just as lovely no matter where you are. It was a bit of a simple program, with Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Mozart's "Requiem" on the playlist, with four soloists: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir soprano Lesley Bouza, and guests mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, tenor Charles Davidson and bass-baritone Sean Watson.
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Young singers flock to 120-year-old choir

Trish Crawford, The Toronto Star: The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir formed 120 years ago to celebrate the opening of Massey Hall is not the choir Toronto has today. "They would have sung folk songs, simple songs," says artistic director Noel Edison. "Those were the formative days."
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir set to embark on new 2014/2015 season

Christina Strynatka, The Examiner: The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, celebrating 120 years, will be unveiling the start of their new 2014/2015 season on October 15 at Koerner Hall by performing Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Mozart's "Requiem". They'll also be livestreaming the concert for anyone who can't make it out.
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