Drama, Artistry, Inspiration: the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 2013/14 season

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, under Artistic Director Noel Edison, has created an exciting 2013/14 season. The season, the TMC’s 120th season, includes a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a performance of two rarely-performed cantatas, a guest appearance by tenor superstar Ben Heppner at Festival of Carols, and Bach’s Mass in B minor at Koerner Hall. The TMC will also perform four concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Subscription packages for three or more concerts are now on sale. Single tickets to TMC-produced concerts will go on sale September 3. New for this season, regular tickets start at $35. VoxTix for patrons 30 and under will continue to be available for $25.

TMC 2013/14 Concert season

Britten at 100

November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Noel Edison, conductor

Britten: The Company of Heaven
Britten: St. Nicolas

Colin Ainsworth, tenor
Lesley Bouza, soprano
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James Bourne and Michel Ross, piano
Michael Bloss, organ
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Festival Orchestra

Noel Edison has brought together outstanding musical forces to bring two of Britten’s dramatic cantatas to life. This concert marks the TMC debut for acclaimed Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth and reunites soprano Lesley Bouza and pianists James Bourne and Michel Ross who received great praise for their performance of Carmina Burana with the TMC last fall.

There is vivid storytelling in Britten’s cantatas: The Company of Heaven  tells the story of the angels and their tumultuous battle with Satan; while   St. Nicolas  recounts legendary episodes from the life of the 4 th  century Bishop of Myra, including his rescue of three pickled boys!

Festival of Carols with special guest Ben Heppner

December 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Noel Edison, conductor

Ben Heppner, tenor
James Bourne, piano
Michael Bloss, organ
Festival Brass

The TMC has spiced up its annual concert of music and stories for the Christmas season with the appearance of Canadian dramatic tenor Ben Heppner. Ben will perform a program of seasonal favourites on his own and with the TMC. VIP tickets will be available for this concert, including a post-concert reception with Ben Heppner.

Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

December 18, 2013at 8 pm

Roy Thomson Hall
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

Christmas in Toronto means Messiah. This year Handel’s immortal work will be conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, Music Director and Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra.

TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium FREE Concert

February 1, 2014 at 3 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

This concert will conclude the 4 th annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a concert of great works from the choral repertoire performed by the TMC and the Elora Festival Singers. The choirs will be under the direction of the five conductors participating in the Symposium. Admission to this concert is free, first come-first seated. The concert will also be webcast live.

Bach’s Mass in B minor

March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
Noel Edison, conductor

Jennifer Taverner, soprano
Lesley Bouza, soprano
Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Michael York, baritone
Festival Orchestra

The Mass in B minor is one of the great works of the choral repertoire. It invites listeners to be both emotionally uplifted and intellectually challenged by Bach’s musical imagination.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Good Friday, April 18, 2014at 7:30 pm

St. Paul’s Basilica
Noel Edison, conductor

Duruflé: Requiem  
Vierne: Messe Solennelle

Michael Bloss, organ

For its traditional Good Friday concert the TMC presents two great works for chorus and organ.

Listen on YouTube to the Kyrie from Duruflé’s Requiem, performed by the Mendelssohn Singers and conducted by Noel Edison at the TMC’s 2013 Symposium concert.

TMC performs with the TSO in 2013/14

Carmina Burana
Oct 31, Nov 1, 2013

December 17, 18, 20-22, 2013

Classic Broadway: Lerner & Loewe
May 20 & 21, 2014

Porgy & Bess
June 20 & 21, 2014

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Grand symphonic sound has been the trademark of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, one of Canada’s largest choral organizations, for over 100 years. Performing both sacred and secular repertoire, TMC choristers are committed to offering audiences authentic interpretation, clarity of expression and a profound emotional experience of some of the most important music ever composed. Concerts are exhilarating and uplifting celebrations of the triumphs, great and small, of the human spirit.

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