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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Toronto Consort Presents Emma Kirkby


The Toronto Consort presents soprano
Emma Kirkby in recital 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 & Mail)
Toronto, February 27, 2013 … Celebrating its 40th anniversary season this year, 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, and includes music by Dowland and by Henry Purcell, another quintessentially English composer. Lindberg will also perform solo lute music by Dowland and Purcell. The concerts take place at 8:00 PM on April 5 and 6 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and tickets are available by calling the box office at (416) 964-6337 or online at www.torontoconsort.org.
Dame Emma Kirkby is still at the forefront of early music performance after more than 25 years on the world stage. Recognised for her elegant and intelligent musicianship, she played a major part in the early music revival that began more than 30 years ago, both as a soloist and as a performer with the Consort of Musicke and the Taverner Choir. Though her discography includes more than 100 recordings of sacred and secular music from the medieval, renaissance, and baroque repertoire, Kirkby maintains that it is the lute song that has been the biggest inspiration throughout her career.
Kirkby and Lindberg have recorded the Orpheus in England program for the BIS label. AWholenote Magazine review of the recording declared that “the listener is indeed transported to a time of grace and beauty through music’s true power.” The program title references the Orpheus of classical mythology, known for his superb musical powers, as well as acknowledging Dowland’s status as “the English Orpheus”, and Purcell’s collection of songs, Orpheus Britannicus
Both composers ‘share the quality of arresting any listener with a directness and grace that takes our breath away still today, aligning us with the men, animals, plants and stones that were said to weep or dance, or both, when Orpheus sang to his instrument,’ says Dame Emma Kirkby. 
Emma Kirkbysings Dowland and Purcell
with Jacob Lindberg, lute 

8:00 pm, April 5 & 6, 2013
Trinity St. Paul's Centre,
427 Bloor St. W. (west of Spadina)

Tickets:
$22 to $52 Regular 
$18 to $45 for 65+
Club Consort tickets: $10 for 30 & under with valid photo ID.
Box Office: (416) 964-6337
Online tickets and information: www.torontoconsort.org
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