Finding Enchantment in the Basilica: New Ears Report on Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Parul “Koel” Bahuguna, New Ears Review: My ears, eyes and soul were sent to a magical place this Good Friday at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s (TMC) Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert which was held at the St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto. I must confess, before this experience, I had never had the pleasure of listening to any form of choral music let alone listening to it being performed live in a beautiful basilica. My expectations going into the concert were all about embracing the unknown. I had no idea what to expect or if I would enjoy choral music or not. I am also not Catholic or Christian so I was not sure if I would understand the references in the lyrics or generally relate to the songs. However, I did go into this concert knowing that I absolutely love music, love listening to different types of music and love attending live performances.
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Sacred Music 2015 Program Notes

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Good Friday 2015 concert of spiritual, meditative music begins with music by the popular Englishman Sir John Tavener (1944 –2013). He was trained traditionally at the Royal Academy of Music, and as his life and career developed, Tavener’s character and music became more spiritual and contemplative, eventually leading him to turn to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977. Song for Athene was written in 1993 as a tribute to a young family friend of Tavener’s named Athene who died in a cycling accident. Athene’s love of acting and of the music of the Orthodox Church led the composer to combine words from Shakespeare’s Hamlet with words from the Orthodox funeral service. The work became part of popular culture after it was performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.
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TMChoir’s Good Friday concert includes rare performance of Tallis’ Spem in alium

Experience Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Spem in alium, works by John Tavener and Faure’s Requiem In Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Good Friday concert. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir returns to the beautiful space and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica for its annual Good Friday concert. Artistic Director Noel Edison has matched the space and the music to create a meditative journey. This concert provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Renaissance motet Spem in alium, widely considered to be the greatest piece of English early music.
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Tickets now on sale for Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 2014-15 Season concerts

Tickets are now on sale for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2014/15 season concerts. The TMC’s five-concert season, under artistic director Noel Edison, will take audiences on a journey of contrasts, from classical splendour to minimalist simplicity. During the 2014/15 season, the TMC will also perform four different programs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and make other guest appearances.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces its 2014-15 Season: Celebrating 120 years

Toronto, 1894: the last horse-drawn streetcar made its run in Toronto; Massey Hall was built; and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir was founded, presenting its first concert in 1895. Throughout its 120-year history, and under the leadership of seven renowned conductors, the Choir has been acclaimed for its stunning performances of major choral repertoire and for its important role in the life of choral music in Canada.
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