LSM Newswire

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On December 19 the Amadeus Choir is joined by True North Brass in "Glorious Choir and Brass"

The acclaimed Amadeus Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Lydia Adams, presents its annual Christmas concert "Glorious Choir and Brass" featuring the Amadeus Choir's 23rd Annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition and special guests True North Brass, and the Bach Children's Chorus with its director Linda Beaupré, on Saturday, December 19th, 7:30 p.m. in Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, one block north of St. Clair, Toronto.

The Choir and Children’s Chorus will perform winning compositions from composers, known and unknown, who entered The Amadeus Choir's 23rd Annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition*. The Competition this year was open to composers in all categories. The winners have been notified, many of whom will be present at this concert to receive their prizes and hear their beautiful compositions in world première performances by The Amadeus Choir and Bach Children's Chorus, accompanied by Eleanor Daley, piano and organ. Lydia Adams and her Amadeus Choir are committed to celebrating and promoting the vibrancy of emerging composers.

The distinctly Canadian flavour of the program features such joyful music as Noël Canadien, a suite of carols arranged by one of Canada’s foremost arrangers and national treasures, Howard Cable. The True North Brass will collaborate with the Amadeus Choir in a special arrangement of Canadian composer Jason Jestadt’s work Aagiuuk, which won the Judges’ Special Award in the 2007 Competition, professional adult category. Aagiuuk – from poetry collected among the Inuit of the Hudson Bay region in Knud Rasmssen’s Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-24.

The beautiful young voices of The Bach Children's Chorus conducted by Linda Beaupré will delight the audience singing favourite Christmas carols and songs.

This festive concert includes traditional Christmas carols, and the audience will join the Amadeus Choir, True North Brass and Bach Children's Chorus in heart-felt sing-alongs under the enthusiastic baton of Lydia Adams.

Tickets: General Seating. $35.

Student Rush Seats: $10 (at the door only)

To purchase tickets in advance, call the Amadeus Choir: 416-446-0188.

Visit the Choir's web site: www.amadeuschoir.com

*In 1987, conductor Lydia Adams created this unique Competition which has grown to include submissions from around the world. It serves as an inspiration to composers of all ages and experience to write new carols and songs, thus enriching Canada’s outstanding choral tradition and infusing the Canadian choral repertoire with several new works each year.

The Amadeus Choir gratefully acknowledges the continuing support received from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts as well as BDO Dunwoody, the John McKellar Charitable Foundation and the Julie-Jiggs Foundation.

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