Toronto Mendelssohn Choirs kicks off 120th season with Haydn, Mozart

Christina Strynatka, The Examiner: 4 stars. Well, that was quite some start to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's 120th season! After a much too long wait, the 129-strong choir started its 2014/2015 season on October 15 at the wonderfully acoustic Koerner Hall, an intimate stage space where there's not one bad seat and everything sounds just as lovely no matter where you are. It was a bit of a simple program, with Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Mozart's "Requiem" on the playlist, with four soloists: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir soprano Lesley Bouza, and guests mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, tenor Charles Davidson and bass-baritone Sean Watson.
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TMChoir launches season October 15th with Mozart and Haydn concert and webcast in honour of the Choir’s 120th anniversary.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir launches its 2014/15 season on October 15th with a concert at Koerner Hall and a celebration of the Choir’s 120th anniversary. The Choir, orchestra and soloists will be performing Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, two symphonic masterworks that highlight the type of grand classical repertoire that the TMC has performed to great acclaim for 120 years. The concert is on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm in Koerner Hall. The TMC will also be webcasting this concert. This will be the first of three TMC concert webcasts this season. Webcasts are part of TMC outreach efforts and enable the Choir to extend its reach and provide greater access to choral music across Ontario, Canada and internationally.
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Mozart and Haydn Program Notes

After almost thirty years as Kapellmeister to the court of Esterháza, Joseph Haydn was let go in 1790 becoming a very successful freelance composer. The Esterházys awarded him a pension, allowing for a comfortable retirement, and stipulated that Haydn’s one remaining task be to compose and direct a new mass once a year to honour the name-day of Princess Marie Esterházy. The last six masses by Haydn were all for this purpose, the most famous being the so-called “Lord Nelson” Mass.
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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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TMC presents six dynamic Singsation Saturday choral workshops for 2014-15 season

It has been well-reported that singing together helps people and communities (including in the recent Chorus America report “Singing and Psychological Well-being”. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s popular outreach program, Singsation Saturdays, offers people this very opportunity – to sing great choral music together with choral music lovers from across the City. Each workshop features a different guest conductor.
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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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