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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Alan Hobbins Releases Beethoven Disc with Recital

ALAN HOBBINS to release his fourth recording, “ALAN HOBBINS PLAYS BEETHOVEN” 
at a recital at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
Sunday, September 9 at 7 PM / Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street
Tickets: $25 including taxes/surcharges.  Purchase online at or call 905 787 8811


TORONTO, ONTARIO – Jamaican born pianist Alan Hobbins is releasing his fourth album, this time turning to 
Beethoven for inspiration.  The recording, simply entitled “Alan Hobbins Plays Beethoven”, will be released at a
recital Mr. Hobbins is giving at the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts on September 9 at 7 PM.

“I learned these sonatas at various points in my studies,” explains Alan, a friendly, articulate, easy-going personality.  
“The Pathetique is the first sonata I ever learned, so I have a history with it.  The Tempest is my favourite to perform, 
because of its fiery temperament, and duality to its personality – charged, yet calm.  I just love the last movement.”  
Of the Op. 90, Alan says, “this is the last sonata I learned, and I’m drawn to the lyricism of the work, and it’s not 
performed as much as the others.  And finally, the Moonlight is commonly played, but every performer has a unique 
association with it.  learned this to perform my St. Lawrence Centre debut in Toronto many years ago, so I have fond 
memories of studying this piece.”   The recording is self-produced under the Maestro Music label.   

The Concert program will feature three sonatas from the recording, the MoonlightTempest, and the Sonata in E minor, 
Op. 90; Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 and Polonaise in F sharp minor; Debussy’s Estampes and Liszt’s Transcendental 
Etude No. 8, Wilde Jagd.

Alan Hobbins has given many solo and chamber music concerts in Toronto and throughout Ontario. He has performed at the Glenn Gould Studio, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the National Library of Canada and the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  Alan has given recitals at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and several Canadian universities, as well as concert appearances in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Ward Theatre in his native Jamaica.  Alan’s recordings have been broadcast on CBC Radio and Classical FM 96.3. In addition to Alan’s solo endeavors, he is also a superb collaborative pianist.  He has worked with The Upper Canada Children’s Chorus and performed at the George Weston Recital Hall. Formerly on the faculty at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Alan is currently a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and President of the Markham/Stouffville Branch.  In 2007, Alan joined the College of Examiners at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.  A multiple award winner, including the The Harry Jerome Award for Outstanding Professional Excellence (awarded by the Black Business and Professional Association), Alan Hobbins is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree. He studied with Oxana Yablonskaya, Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Adele Marcus.  For more information, please


Monday, July 23, 2012

Jan Vogler Acquires Rare Stradivarius Cello

Jan Vogler Acquires Rare Stradivarius 

'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' Cello

Monday, July 23, 2012–  Cellist Jan Vogler has been presented with the exceptional opportunity to perform on the 1707-1710 Stradivarius 'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' cello.  On career loan through a private arrangement, Jan expressed his delight: “I feel very privileged to play on this magnificent Stradivari cello. After many wonderful years with my 1721 Montagnana, the Strad is a font of new inspiration and new sounds. To be able to choose between the two instruments according to the repertoire I am performing is beyond thrilling. This particular Stradivari cello was one of the first 'forma B' cellos made by the master between 1707 and 1710. It has a very strong and mature voice, incredible clarity, and an unlimited variety of colors.” His upcoming release for SONY of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello will be his first on the instrument.

Developed around 1707 by Stradivarius, only about twenty ‘forma B” cellos remain.  Smaller than its predecessor the innovative ‘forma B’ became the new standard in cello-making. “They stand alone in representing exact dimensions necessary for the production of a standard of tone which combines the maximum power with the utmost refinement of quality, leaving nothing to be desired: bright, full and crisp, yet free from any suspicion of either nasal or metallic tendency.” (Antonio Stradivari, His Life & Work by William Henry and Arthur F. Hill). The 'Duport'  played by M. Rostropovich, the 'Batta' played by Gregor Piatigorsky, and the 'Davidoff' which is currently being played be Yo-Yo Ma  are examples of ‘forma b’ cellos of this exceptional period in Stradivari’s workshop.

Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has featured him with renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Fabio Luisi, David Robertson andManfred Honeck and internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra andthe Vienna Symphony. A passionate recitalist and chamber musician, he performs regularly with pianists Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadtfeld and with violinist Mira Wang.

Following his performances this summer of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at MDR Musiksommer  (July 2, 22) and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (July 26, 27), Jan’s2012-2013 season features  a return to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Bloch’s Schelomo (Hebrew Rapsody)both in New York and on tour, Brahms’s Double Concerto with violinist Mira Wang, and appearances with the Moritzburg Festival Academy Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bavarian State Orchestra,Stuttgart Radio Orchestraand at the Leipzig Jazz Festival Jan will also be heard in recital with pianist Hélène Grimaud in Brussels and New York and with pianist Martin Stadtfeld in Bonn.


Baritone Phillip Addis Triumphs at BBC Proms

Triumphant Debut at the BBC Proms for 

Canadian Baritone Phillip Addis

Monday, July 23, 2012– One of Canada’s fastest rising opera stars, baritone Phillip Addis made a tremendous debut at the BBC Proms in what has become one of his trademark roles, Pelléas in Debussy’s beloved opera Pelléas et Mélisande.

Phillip was once again joined by soprano Karen Vourc’h as Mélisande in a reprisal of their much-praised partnership from the 2010 Opéra Comique de Paris production which marked Phillip’s debut in the role. Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, this special concert performance was presented as part of the Proms’s celebration of the 150thanniversary of Debussy’s birth.

The UK are unanimous in their praise for Phillip as Pelléas
    "The Canadian baritone Phillip Addis brought an ideally clean, youthful voice to
     Pélleas, and acted with a touching, wide-eyed innocence." (Daily Telegraph)
    "Phillip Addis is a star in the making…he sang with confidence and command in
    this difficult role, at times recalling the young Thomas Allen - and you can't get
    higher praise than that." (MusicOMH)

    "Addis was suitably fresh and lithe of voice as a youthful, athletic Pelléas:
    innocently fervent and bright of tone to begin with, he grew to a fiery
    outpouring of love in the Act 4 love duet, finding the ideal timbre to negotiate
    the high range." (Opera Today)
    "As Pelléas, the young baritone Phillip Addis placed the extraordinary range of his
    voice at the service of a role that is occasionally sung by a tenor…Addis's vocal
    centre of gravity is high enough to give him a thrillingly focused upper register
    that is ideal for Debussy's scoring. We must hear more from him." (Classical

A remarkable debut in the role at the Opéra Comique
    "Luminous, the Pelléas of Phillip Addis, English but with perfect diction...with a
     perfect voice for the role." (Le Figaro)
    "Phillip Addis is a brilliant Pelléas, clear voice, perfect diction, tense and
     passionate." (Premiere)

    "Phillip Addis's superb Pelléas moves from diffidence to unbridled
    passion in subtle stages." (Financial Times)

Canadian baritone Phillip Addis is praised for his creamy, bright, smooth voice as much as for his spell-binding, daring, yet sensitive interpretations. A rising star on the international stage, Addis’s 2012-2013 season features his debut as Algernon in the world premiere ofThe Importance of Being Earnest, by Gerald Barry at the Opéra de Nancyand in the title role of Albert Herringwith the Pacific Opera. A consummate concert artist and recitalist, he will also be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Duruflé Requiem with I Musici de Montreal and in recital in Toronto and at the Orford Festival.

Recent highlights include his critically acclaimed debut in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Rome in June, performances at the Opéra national de Paris in Debussy’s The Fall of the House of Usher, his debut as Jaufre Rudel in Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loinin Antwerp, the title role of the rarely performed baritone version of Massenet’s Werther with l'Opéra de Montréal and his debut in the title role of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr atLe Festival de Lanaudière.


The Canadian Tenors set to release new album "Lead with your Heart" October 9th

For immediate release



(July 23, 2012 - Toronto, ON) – They’re back! Canada’s multi-platinum vocal group The Tenors, featuring Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef, announced today the release of their highly anticipated second studio album, LEAD WITH YOUR HEART on October 9 through Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company.

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART is a 12-track album that stretches the boundaries of classical crossover by combining classic songs, modern tunes and Spanish and French world music. From cover features such as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” to the inspirational anthem, “Amazing Grace” and one of the most recognizable and heroic Tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma”, the diverse track list features an eclectic mix of pop favourites and classical staples along with new compositions written and co-written by The Tenors.

“This album was a true labor of love for us,” says Walters. “We collaborated with some amazing producers and songwriters to really infuse each song with a unique sound – elements of which will be familiar to our fans and others that are totally original.“

Collaborating on this album with The Tenors were world-renowned producers and co-writers including Walter Afanasieff (Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson), Bob Ezrin (Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd) and Marco Marinangeli (Josh Groban, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).

On the heels of today’s announcement, The Tenors also confirm a newly penned US deal with fellow Canadian and 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster, the new Chairman of Verve Music Group.

“I’m thrilled to welcome The Tenors as a member of the Verve family. These multi-talented performers have established themselves here and abroad, and are a true international success story,” said Foster. “I am extremely proud to be associated with such great Canadian talent.”

“David has been instrumental in our success. Since the early days of our career he has supported and nurtured our artistic vision and we are honoured to have him spearhead our U.S. distribution through Verve Music Group," said Pereira.

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART is The Tenors’ first album release in over two years following the international release of their debut album and an extensive touring schedule. Over the past few years, The Tenors have performed worldwide, sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion (on the Oprah Show), Sting, and Paul McCartney. More recently, The Tenors were featured performers on two primetime international broadcasts:THE EMMY Awards Live from Los Angeles and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations from Windsor Castle in the UK, where The Tenors performed for Her Majesty.


1. Vinceremo (You and I)
2. Lead With Your Heart
3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (by Elton John)
4. Me He Enamorado (adapted from Barbra Streisand's 'Woman in Love')
5. World Stand Still
6. Journees D'innocence
7. Amazing Grace (featuring Natalie Grant)
8. Manana
9. Anchor Me
10. Viento
11. Forever Young (by Bob Dylan)
12. Lullaby

Bonus Track: Nessun Dorma

Keep track of The Tenors on Twitter: @TenorsMusic and follow them on Facebook during their upcoming international tour for the latest Tenors’ news and updates!

ABOUT THE TENORS:Since their inception, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, these singing sensations have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles. The music of Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray, Toronto’s Victor Micallef, Quebec’s Remigio Pereira, and Vancouver’s Fraser Walters is rich and soulful with powerful anthems and beautiful melodies. Both their debut and holiday albums have gone platinum in Canada and have been released around the world by Universal Music and its affiliates.

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COC's General Director Alexander Neef's Contract Extended to 2020-21


Toronto  Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef has signed a new contract with the COC that extends his tenure as General Director through the 2020/2021 season. 

“The relentless improvement in the artistry we are witnessing on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the best evidence of Alexander Neef’s unique ability to fit the right artists to the works that can best show their talents,” says Philip C. Deck, President of the Canadian Opera Company Board of Directors.  “He has harnessed all the assets that the COC has built over time – our fantastic opera house, our terrific orchestra, our fabulous chorus, great production teams and an audience that supports our innovations – and woven them into a package that attracts the finest artists in the world.  Our Canadian opera community demands the best and they have enthusiastically embraced the artistic vision that Alexander’s leadership has created.”

“From the range of operatic repertoire presented under his leadership to date to the incredible opera stars now being seen and heard with the COC, he has already left an indelible mark on the culture of this city,” adds Deck.  “Alexander has truly made the COC home to the best, and I look forward to the continued growth in artistic excellence that his tenure will bring.”

“I’m very proud of what the COC has accomplished in my first four seasons as General Director.  When I was given the opportunity to lead this company, sights were set very high on taking it to a new international standard following the achievements of opening the opera house and the premiere of Canada’s first Ring Cycle.  With that aim, the COC has become a destination for artists of truly remarkable calibre, drawing the most exciting, emerging artists to our stage as well as opera’s well-known and celebrated stars,” says Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company.  “This kind of achievement has only been possible through the unwavering support of the COC’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, patrons and donors.”

“At the time of my appointment in 2008, my promise was to make the COC one of the best companies in the world.  The last four years have been about increasing the company’s international reach and reputation, and that will continue to be a priority, but they’ve also been about taking the necessary time to form relationships and deep roots within our community,” adds Neef.  “I am very excited about what the commitment of the next nine years will allow the COC to achieve and the contribution we’ll be able to make to the creation and development of the operatic art form in this country.”

Since commencing his appointment as General Director in October 2008, Neef has overseen the presentation of one world premiere (The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, 2009), three Canadian premieres (Maria Stuarda, 2010; Love from Afar, 2012; A Florentine Tragedy, 2012) and six COC premieres (Rusalka, 2009; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2009; Nixon in China, 2011; Orfeo ed Euridice, 2011; Iphigenia in Tauris, 2011; Semele, 2012), as well as adding 10 new productions to the COC’s repertoire (Fidelio, 2009; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2009; The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, 2009; Otello, 2010; Idomeneo, 2010; Aida, 2010; The Magic Flute, 2011; Rigoletto, 2011; Love from Afar, 2012; A Florentine Tragedy/Gianni Schicchi, 2012).  He’s been instrumental in the COC debuts of numerous Canadian and international artists, and it was under his leadership that the company returned to the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music for the first time since 1993 with its spectacular production of Robert Lepage’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables in March 2011.

Neef’s many credits for the company also include increasing the public profile and professional development opportunities of the COC’s Ensemble Studio program, a training program for young opera professionals.  In 2010, an Ensemble Studio performance of a COC mainstage production was introduced as part of the annual season, with the program’s young singers cast in the title roles.  Although many Ensemble members perform smaller roles or are understudying roles in the COC’s productions, this special performance allows them greater opportunity to showcase their talents as well as gain valuable practical experience by working under the direction of the same creative team as the mainstage cast and performing with the full COC Orchestra and Chorus.  In 2011, the Ensemble Studio Competition was launched, inviting the public to be part of the singers’ professional journeys by opening the final round of auditions to an audience for the first time.

Alexander Neef’s new contract extends his tenure with the Canadian Opera Company through to the end of September 2021.  The COC’s upcoming 2012/2013 season will mark Neef’s fifth as General Director.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America.  The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America.  Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention.  The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists.  The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world.  Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.  For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website,

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Opera Lyra Ottawa Appoints New General Director

Opera Lyra Ottawa chooses New General Director to revitalize company
For Immediate Release - July 9 2012
Opera Lyra Ottawa has chosen a new General Director. John Peter -“Jeep”- Jefferies will be responsible for providing overall direction for the company and for identifying and securing resources needed for its operations.  Mr. Jefferies will attend the company’s annual Italian Garden Party on July 10th and be in place for Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of La Bohème by Puccini at the NAC in September 2012.
 John Peter Jeffries was chosen after an extensive, international search”, says Board Chairman Malcolm McCulloch. “Mr. Jeffries has over thirty years experience in the opera business and is eminently qualified for the position. He has managed three American opera companies of similar size to Opera Lyra and before that, worked for the Canadian Opera Company as Director of Production Operations. The Opera Lyra Board is extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Jeffries to our organization.”
 J.P. Jefferies is known as Jeep and is also known for his success in turning around regional opera companies in financial difficulties.  He brings his extensive experience and leadership skills to revive and revitalize Opera Lyra Ottawa, now in its 28th year.  In November 2011, Opera Lyra Ottawa cancelled the remainder of the 2011-2012 season after a series of financial setbacks in order to reorganize its operations.
 Mr. Jefferies says he considers the chance to play a principal role in the renaissance of Opera Lyra Ottawa to be a golden opportunity.  “I am eager to collaborate with the board and staff to complete the formulation of a new vision for the future, to lead the company into a new era of financial stability, and to build upon its already considerable artistic legacy.”
Most recently, Mr. Jefferies served as Executive Director of Tulsa Opera from 2008 to 2011. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company business operations, including marketing, fundraising and finance.  From 2001 to 2008 he served as Executive Director of Opera Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he helped retire the company’s accumulated deficit and led the drive to construct a new permanent home for the company. Before moving to Grand Rapids he was Managing Director of Opera Idaho, located in Boise. Prior to working in Idaho, he served as Director of Production for the Portland Opera in Portland, Oregon (1996-2000) where he managed all technical aspects of putting the company’s five-opera season on stage. Before that he held a similar position with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto (1989-1996).
 Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson says "I am both pleased and relieved that "Jeep" will be joining our Opera Lyra team. We have been colleagues for many years and he possesses a thorough knowledge of the opera business. I am sure he will make a very positive impact."

For addition information, media interviews and coverage of the Italian Garden Party please contact:
 Sheilagh D’Arcy McGee, Media Relations/Opera Lyra Ottawa,

About the Company:
Opera Lyra Ottawa is dedicated to the music, the passion and the adventure that is opera, committed to nurturing and showcasing Canadian talents and to educating young audiences and instilling in them the love of opera and the arts.

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s 28th Season:
Opera Lyra Ottawa launches its 28th season with Puccini’s La Bohème at the National Arts Centre on September 8, 10, 12, 15, 2012.  Four shows only, conducted by Alexander Shelley.  Joyce El-Khoury returns to Ottawa to take the starring role of Mimi.  She is a graduate of the Opera Lyra Studio and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development program. Ms. El-Khoury has taken her place on the international stage with performances at the Met and the Welsh National Orchestra.
On March 21 and 23, Opera Lyra Ottawa presents Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata in honour of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth.  Conducted by Tyron Paterson, it will be performed in concert at the National Arts Centre.
Cinderella by Rossini. This favourite fairy tale has been adapted into a one-hour version for family and school audiences and is performed by the young artists of the Opera Lyra Studio in the Arts Court Theatre from November 3-9, 2012.

Italian Garden Party:
The annual Italian Garden Party is hosted by the Italian Ambassador of Italy to Canada, Andrea Meloni and Mrs. Paola Meloni at their residence.  It is an evening in support of Opera Lyra Ottawa featuring arias, wine, food and a fashion show presented by Earlene’s House of Fashion. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Toronto Consort Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2012-13

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Toronto Consort Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2012-13!

Highlights include Janet Cardiff installation at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, The Tudors, Cavalli opera in concert, Dame Emma Kirkby in recital and a new recording

“The music was balanced and period-perfect. The whole effort felt authentic in a natural, unforced way … Music Director David Fallis is a magician.”                                       —Toronto Star

Toronto, July 3, 2012 … Under the artistic leadership of David Fallis, the Toronto Consort celebrates its 40th anniversary season in 2012-13 with a line-up of outstanding period music programs. To mark this milestone, the Toronto Consort will bring Janet Cardiff’s award-winning sound installation FORTY-PART MOTET to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in September 2012. The ensemble will also release two albums on the Marquis label: a new recording of its popular program, A Spanish Christmas, and Never love thee more, a two-CD anthology of Renaissance music. The 40th anniversary season includes The TudorsPraetorius Mass for Christmas MorningThe Loves of Apollo and Daphne by Francesco Cavalli, the renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby in recital with lutenist Jakob Lindberg, and The Consort’s own multi-media concert, A Woman’s Life.  2012-13 subscriptions are available through the box office at (416) 964-6337. Individual concert tickets go on sale on September 4. For more information, visit or the Consort’s page on Facebook.

Founded in 1972, The Toronto Consort was one of the city’s first professional period music ensembles specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque — roughly 1200 to 1675. The ensemble’s founding members David Klausner, Timothy McGee, Frank Nakashima, David Walker, and the late Garry Crighton introduced Toronto audiences to music by little-known composers and to the exotic sounds of period instruments that were rarely heard in concert halls: sackbut, recorder, krummhorn, shawm, oud, vielle and rebec, among others.   

Over the past four decades, the Toronto Consort has continued to expand listeners’ appreciation through inventive programming that breathes life into period music. The ensemble has become internationally recognized for its excellence in live and recorded period music, and has collaborated on a number of film and television projects including Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter and two Showtime series, The Tudors andThe Borgias. The Consort’s current members are David Fallis, who joined the group in 1979 and became its Artistic Director in 1990, Michele DeBoer, Ben Grossman, Katherine Hill, Paul Jenkins, Terry McKenna, Alison Melville, John Pepper, and Laura Pudwell.  

The Toronto Consort’s 40th anniversary gift to the city: Janet Cardiff’s sound installation FORTY-PART MOTET comes to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on September 29

Just ahead of the 40th anniversary season launch, the Toronto Consort is delighted to bring Janet Cardiff's award-winning sound installationFORTY-PART MOTET to Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, to be part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on September 29, 2012. FORTY-PART MOTET is based on a masterwork of English Renaissance choral music, Spem in alium written by Thomas Tallis for forty separate voices. Cardiff’s work has travelled the world, and has been seen at MoMA in New York, Tate Liverpool in England, and the National Gallery in Ottawa. The installation consists of forty speakers arranged in a large room, each speaker representing one of the voices in Tallis’ motet. Just three weeks after Nuit Blanche, Consort audiences will have the opportunity to hear this piece performed live at the 40th anniversary opening concerts on October 19 and 20.
 FORTY-PART MOTET is brought to Toronto with the generous support of the Metcalf Foundation.


The Tudors
October 19 & 20, 2012

The Consort launches its 40th anniversary season with a concert program inspired by the music of Tudor England, culminating in Thomas Tallis’ rarely-heard, magnificent 40-part motet Spem in alium. Members of Toronto’s Tallis Choir join the Consort for this special performance. Ever since 2007, the Toronto Consort has become the go-to ensemble providing “source music” for the hit television series The Tudors, and subsequently, The Borgias. As Historical Music Producer for The Tudors, Fallis was in charge of researching, compiling and recording authentic period music for the 10-part series starring Jonathan Rhys MeyersSam Neill and Peter O’Toole. This opening program of the season includes music that the Consort recorded for The Tudors.

Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning
December 14, 15 & 16, 2012

This sonorous and spectacular concert recreates the music which might have been heard at a Christmas Morning Lutheran Mass under Michael Praetorius. Like the Consort’s Praetorius Christmas Vespers —an audience favourite— this new program features early brass, strings, lutes, keyboards and voices positioned around the balconies at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.

The Loves of Apollo and Daphne
by Francesco Cavalli
February 15 & 16, 2013

Francesco Cavalli is the brilliant composer whose operatic masterpieces were the 17th-century equivalents of Rossini and Verdi: wildly popular, by turns heart-wrenching and hilarious. The Toronto Consort proudly presents the Canadian premiere of this ironic and erotic tale of Apollo’s unrequited love for the nymph Daphne, with some secondary tales of infidelity and misadventure. Sung in Italian, The Loves of Apollo and Daphnefeatures English tenor Charles Daniels and soprano Katherine Hill in the title roles, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell as Venus and sopranoMichele DeBoer as Aurora.

Generously supported by Eva & Doug Green.
The appearance of Charles Daniels is generously supported by Vivian Pilar.
Emma Kirkby sings Dowland and Purcell
April 5 & 6, 2013

For two decades, Emma Kirkby’s clear, agile voice has epitomized the pure sound of early music. She remains one of the treasures of the music world.” (The Globe and Mail)

The Toronto Consort is thrilled to present one of the greatest early music singers of all time, Dame Emma Kirkby, in recital with renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg. Their program “Orpheus in England” commemorates the 450th anniversary of the birth of composer John Dowland. Paired with selections by Henry Purcell, this concert of music by quintessentially English composers is a perfect complement to the Consort’s celebratory season. 

A Woman’s Life
May 24, 25 & 26, 2013
With actors Maggie Huculak and Karen Woolridge

From Alison Mackay, former member of the Toronto Consort and creator of Tafelmusik’s The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, comes another stunning evening of music, words and projected imagery. A Woman’s Life was originally presented in 1997 and explores the lives and talents of women composers and singers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, featuring music by Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini. Toronto actors Maggie Huculak and Karen Woolridge will join the Consort for this program, which includes scripted sections to enhance the audience’s enjoyment.

Generously supported by Al & Jane Forest.

Firday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinee concerts begin at 3:30 pm. All concerts take place at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West

Full subscription prices range from $93 to $219; Regular individual concert tickets go on sale September 4, 2012 and prices range from $22 to $59.

Club Consort tickets: $10 for those age 30 and under with valid photo ID.        
Box Office: (416) 964-6337 On-line ticketing at Follow us on Facebook

The Toronto Consort gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Toronto Arts Council.

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