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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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