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.
William Byrd’s, Mass in Four Voices, comprised the first half of a program of sacred music. The Elora Festival Singers along with the Mendelssohn Singers, a small group from within the Mendelssohn Choir, sang from the balcony at the rear of the sanctuary. The effect was transcendent. Conductor Noel Edison created a warm tone and a sense of tranquil beauty throughout. From the opening “Kyrie” to the “Dona Nobis Pacem” at the end of the Mass, the singing was beyond magnificent.
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