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.

From its founding, the Choir has been a leader in performance excellence and musical interpretation. In response to the challenges of the 21 st century, the Choir has added new programs intended to bring new musicians and new audiences to choral music, including webcasts, an apprentice program for young choristers, and a symposium for emerging conductors from across North America.

The TMChoir will celebrate its 120 th anniversary at the October 2014 season-opening concert at Koerner Hall. The 2014-15 season, under artistic director Noel Edison, includes a five-concert subscription series, four different programs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the annual free Symposium concert and webcast, and a number of guest appearances.

TMChoir 2014-15 subscription series concerts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 pm – Celebrating TMC’s 120 th Anniversary
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
Mozart: Requiem
With Festival Orchestra and soloists
Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm – Festival of Carols
With the Canadian Staff Band; John Lam, bandmaster
Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 8:00 pm – Messiah with the TSO
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Roy Thomson Hall

January 31, 2015, 3:00 pm – Free Concert and live-stream webcast
TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

March 10 & 11, 2015, 7:30 pm — Passio
Celebrating the 80 th anniversary of the birth of Arvo Pärt
Pärt: Passio
With Festival Quintet and soloists
Church of the Holy Trinity

Good Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:30 pm – Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Featuring Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium
St. Paul’s Basilica

TMC Subscription packages, starting at $125, will be on sale in May, 2014.

TMChoir 2014-15 performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

September 25-27, 2014 – TSO season opening concert
Ludwig van Beethoven: Ninth Symphony
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Roy Thomson Hall

December 16-17 & 19-21, 2014 — Messiah
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Grant Llewellen, conductor
Roy Thomson Hall

May 21-23, 2015 – celebrating Sir Andrew Davis’ 40 years with the TSO
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Roy Thomson Hall

June 10 & 12, 2015 – Resurrection Symphony
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Peter Oundjian, conductor

TMChoir guest appearances

Saturday, December 6 – Festival of Carols in Richmond Hill
Noel Edison, conductor
Caron Daley, associate conductor
Festival Brass and organ
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Other guest appearances will be announced later.

The TMC is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and a dedicated group of individual and corporate donors.

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