Duruflé and Vierne: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents a Good Friday concert of magnificent music for chorus and organ


The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir returns to the beautiful setting of St. Paul’s Basilica for its annual Good Friday concert, Sacred Music for a Sacred Space. St. Paul’s will be filled with the glorious sound of organ and choir in this concert of works by two renowned 20 th century French organists, Maurice Duruflé and Louis Vierne. Organist Michael Bloss will join the TMC for this performance.

Louis Vierne, who was organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris from 1900 to 1937, wrote Messe Solennelle in 1900. Considered his most important choral composition, Messe Solennelle immerses the audience in a dramatic dialogue between chorus and organ.

Maurice Duruflé studied Gregorian chant in Rouen before moving to Paris where he was named as Vierne’s assistant at Notre Dame in 1927 and then as organist at St. Etienne-du-Mont in Paris in 1929. Duruflé based his Requiem, published in 1947, on the Gregorian plainchant Mass for the Dead. He brings together the simplicity and suppleness of Gregorian chant with moments of great choral and instrumental drama.

The TMC is pleased to welcome Michael Bloss to the organ console for this concert. Bloss has toured and performed in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America, and has recorded extensively with the Elora Festival Singers. He is currently Director of Music Ministries at Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is consistently praised for its grand symphonic sound, precision and clarity. Under the direction of Noel Edison, the Choir brings to its performances a level of artistry and intensity second to none. The audience can look forward to a profound emotional experience of these great works.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir recently performed an excerpt from the Duruflé Requiem (the Introit and Kyrie). Enjoy the video.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Good Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power Street


Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, Associate Conductor
Michael Bloss, organ
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Duruflé Requiem, conducted by Noel Edison
Vierne Messe Solennelle, conducted by TMC Associate Conductor Caron Daley

Tickets: $35 and $50; Seniors $35 and $45; $25 VoxTix for patrons 30 years and under. Tickets available from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Box Office: 416-598-0422, ext 221 or online.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and a dedicated group of individual and corporate donors.

Media Contact:
Anne Longmore
416-598-0422, ext 224

Categories: 2013-2014 Season and Media Releases.