Spotlight on North America: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir FREE Community Concert and Webcast

Spotlight on North America. Saturday, January 26 at 3 pm EST. Interim Conductor David Fallis has put together a program featuring works by Canadian and American choral composers for the TMC’s 2019 free community concert.  David notes “We want to shine our spotlight on three key areas: the exciting new generation of Indigenous artists across Canada who are leading contributors to so many aspects of our cultural life, choral music included; local Toronto composers from Healey Willan to Stephanie Martin; and the fact that some of our most alluring melodies are folksongs whose origins are obscure but which live on in lively arrangements by important composers.” This concert is a wonderful opportunity for people to hear the Grammy-nominated 120-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and discover some stunning contemporary choral music, including two works by Andrew Balfour, the prominent Winnipeg composer of Cree descent.
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Categories: 2018-2019 Season and Media Releases.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space: a special concert for a special day!

David Richards, Toronto Concert Reviews. The lights dimmed at St. Paul’s Basilica bringing a hush over the capacity audience and suddenly heavenly a cappella sounds began wafting down from the balcony in the rear of the church. Since 2007, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has made it a tradition to present a concert of music appropriate for Holy Week in one of the most beautiful churches in Toronto on one of the Christian church’s holiest days, Good Friday. As the choir began to sing, I squelched the temptation to look back; looking upward at the colourful ceiling paintings of the life of Paul was as far as I dared turn my head. I was transfixed in the moment. The words of Behold the Tabernacle of God reinforced the feeling that I was in a ‘sacred’ space.
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Categories: 2017-2018 Season and Media Reviews.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Soars!

David Richards, Ontario Arts Review. Good Friday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church was the perfect day and place for a concert by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The choir made wonderful use of the church’s magnificent acoustics, not to mention the elaborately decorated sanctuary. The concert of sacred music in such beautiful surroundings, on this special day, made the spirits soar. If Good Friday was meant to send a message of peace, hope and love to mankind, then the Mendelssohn Choir was an inspirational messenger.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season and Media Reviews.

TMC announces two pop up concerts for 2016

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites Torontonians to take a musical break during their work-day. Members of the Choir, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison, will perform 20-minute a cappella performances in two interesting downtown spaces: Brookfield Place and the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season and Media Releases.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space 2016 Program Notes

Artistic Director Noel Edison has always enjoyed the combination of Renaissance with contemporary music in a concert program. For him, it’s the similarity between the openness and simplicity of the structure of these compositions that works so well together.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season and Program Notes.

Annual Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concert to be presented on two evenings: March 23 and 25

For this annual Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert, artistic director Noel Edison has put together a program that brings together sublime choral music from the Renaissance with contemporary works that are evocative and approachable. The experience of the music is complemented by the beautiful surroundings and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica – a feast for the eye and the ear. New for this year, the Choir will perform the Sacred Music program on two nights: Wednesday, March 23 and Good Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm.
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Categories: 2015-2016 Season and Media Releases.

Classical musicians embrace public exhibitionism in search of new fans

Trish Crawford in the Toronto Star: On a recent spring evening, commuters on their way home were stopped in their tracks by the sound of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir singing in Brookfield Place’s Galleria. Under the direction of conductor Noel Edison, 70 voices soared to the glass roof of the atrium as they serenaded the rush hour crowd of Bay Street office workers.
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Categories: 2014-2015 Season and Media Reviews.

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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Categories: 2014-2015 Season and Media Releases.

TMChoir announces two Pop-Up concerts

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites Torontonians to take a musical break during their work-day. Members of the Choir, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison, will perform 20-minute a cappella performances in two interesting downtown spaces: Brookfield Place and the Toronto Reference Library.
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Categories: 2014-2015 Season and Media Releases.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir rings in the season with the help of the Canadian Staff Band, Dec 10

On Wednesday, December 10th the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will ring in the season with its annual holiday tradition, Festival of Carols, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. This year the Choir welcomes the acclaimed 30-piece Canadian Staff Band, and concert organist David Briggs. The concert will include a wide range of choral music fit for the season, from Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo with the triumphant sound of full choir, organ and band, to Eric Whitacre’s contemplative Lux Aurumque sung by the choir who will be spread out around the church. There will be traditional favourites, brass band music for the season performed by the incomparable Canadian Staff Band, and seasonal stories narrated by Noel Edison. A carol sing-along will encourage the audience to add their voices to this welcome to the holiday season.
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Categories: 2014-2015 Season and Media Releases.