An experience of sonic excellence: New Ears respond to The Creation

At one point I began to imagine myself seated in the hull of Noah’s Ark instead of Koerner Hall with its beautiful wood-paneled balconies and ceiling and how I was being prepared for a world of such beauty and diversity, listening to the music. Haydn’s Creation was an experience of sonic excellence combining vocal soloists, choir and orchestra and at the same time a good opportunity to reflect on the natural beauty we’ve been afforded and should not take for granted.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season, Media Reviews, and New Ears Project.

Choral Splendor Marks TMC’s The Creation at Koerner Hall

Joseph So, Musical Toronto. One of the cornerstones of the oratorio repertoire, Haydn’s The Creation (Die Schöpfung) is a wonderful work that I never get tired of hearing. Together with Die Jahreszeiten, it’s two pieces on my short list of go-to oratorios if I ever want a “spiritual uplift.” So it was great to hear it again the other evening at Koerner Hall.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir spectacular in Haydn’s Creation

David Richards, Ontario Arts Review. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir created an evening of spectacular bliss. Noel Edison successfully highlighted the drama and humour in the work with uplifting results. He created a symphonic sound of magnificent proportions with the 135 voice choir and the Festival Orchestra.
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The Creation Program Notes

The opening orchestral introduction, called “The Representation of Chaos” is famous. Haydn paints the dark, frightening void just prior to creation by using snippets of melody, vague rhythms, strange harmonies, awkward dissonances and sudden outbursts. “There is nothing else quite like it,” claims Noel Edison. “It’s the Big Bang expressed in music, and was way ahead of its time!”
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir takes on Haydn’s magnificent Creation, April 27th

“Haydn’s music is the sorbet of life. It’s fresh – not over-played, not over-worked” says Artistic Director Noel Edison of his decision to program Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation this season. The TMC performs this work, with orchestra and guest soloists, at Koerner Hall on April 27th.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season and Media Releases.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to webcast four concerts in 2015/16 season

The TMC is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generous support of some long-time TMC donors, the Choir will webcast four concerts in the 2015/16 season (an increase from three during 2014/15): German Romantics with pianist André Laplante, November 25, 2015 from Koerner Hall; Festival of Carols with the Canadian Staff Band, December 9, 2015 from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church; TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert featuring five conductors, January 30, 2016 from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church; and Haydn’s Creation with orchestra and soloists, April 27, 2016 from Koerner Hall.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season and Media Releases.

TMC announces 2015/16 season

The TMC’s 2015/16 season will build on the success of the 2014/15 season and create great musical experiences for audiences– from the drama of the story of creation captured in music by Haydn, to the romance of choral lieder by Brahms and Schubert, and the contemplative space created in the works of contemporary composers.
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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir expands outreach program to include three concert webcasts in 2014/15 season

As part of its mission, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir aspires to make choral masterworks available, accessible, and inspirational to all listeners. In the 2014/15 season the Choir is webcasting three concerts. Webcasts allow people with internet access anywhere in the world to enjoy concerts by one of Canada’s great choirs, whether they are local residents who can’t get out to a concert venue, or are choral music lovers from across Canada and beyond. The three concerts webcasts are: Mozart and Haydn concert in October (still available to view online); Festival of Carols on December 10th; and the Choral Conductors' Symposium concert on January 31st.
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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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