Classical musicians embrace public exhibitionism in search of new fans

Trish Crawford, Toronto Star

On a recent spring evening, commuters on their way home were stopped in their tracks by the sound of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir singing in Brookfield Place’s Galleria.

Under the direction of conductor Noel Edison, 70 voices soared to the glass roof of the atrium as they serenaded the rush hour crowd of Bay Street office workers.

They were hearing music by popular American choral composer Eric Whitacre and Canada’s Healey Willan, classical musicians in the repertoire of the choir, which usually performs in traditional concert halls such as Roy Thomson, Koerner and Yorkminster Baptist Church.

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