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.

The concert will begin with music by British composer John Tavener washing over the audience from the balcony above.  Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) became an icon of contemplative music and came to the attention of a wider audience when his Song for Athene was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. The Choir will also perform The World is Burning (1993), a work for choir, trio of solo voices and tam tam. This is the first time the Choir has performed this work and it has captured the imagination of Artistic Director Noel Edison with its impassioned text and theatrical positioning of artistic forces.

Following the two works by Tavener, the choristers will move into the Church and separate into eight choirs to surround the audience with the polyphonic richness of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Spem in alium (c.1570). A challenging work to perform, this treasure of the English Renaissance is infrequently performed in concert.

The concert concludes with Choir and organ performing Gabriel Fauré’s luminous Requiem from the chancel.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Good Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Basilica (83 Power Street)

Noel Edison conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
David Roth, baritone
Michael Bloss, organ
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Tavener: Song from Athene
Tavener: The World is Burning
Tallis: Spem in alium
Fauré: Requiem

Visit the concert webpage.

Tickets are $35 and $50; $35 and $45 for seniors; and $20 VoxTix for patrons 30 and under. Tickets can be purchased from the TMC online Box Office or by calling 416-598-0422, ext 221.

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

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