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Monday, February 18, 2013

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Presents Good Friday Concert

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents its annual Good Friday Sacred Music concert

The Mendelssohn Singers, under the direction of Noel Edison, return to the beautiful space and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica for a Good Friday concert of meditative and inspirational sacred music spanning four centuries.
Noel Edison has put together a program that brings together Renaissance polyphony with sacred works by contemporary composers who use modern harmonies to create powerful sonic landscapes. This musical meditation will include the classical polyphony of Palestrina and Allegri, music by contemporary Polish composer Lukaszewski -described by BBC Music Magazine as radiant and accessible, and the premiere of a new work by Juno-nominated Canadian composer Timothy Corlis.
Noel uses the spaces of the Basilica creatively to heighten the audience’s experience of this inspirational music. For the first half of the concert the choir will sing from the Gallery, behind and above the audience, to create a powerful effect of the music cascading over the audience. In the second half the choir will be placed on the main floor. For John Taverner’sSvyati for cello and chorus, the choir and cellist will be placed in different parts of the Basilica to emphasize the call and response effect of this piece.
The critically acclaimed Mendelssohn Singers is a 70-voice chamber ensemble selected from the TMC. They made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 and are recognized for their fluid sound, vocal agility and emotional versatility.
Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Basilica (83 Power Street).
Tickets: $50; $45 for seniors; VoxTix $20 for 30 years old and under.
TMC Box Office: 416-598-0422, ext 221 or online at the TMC Box Office
Noel Edison, conductor
Matthew Otto, associate conductor
Mendelssohn Singers
John Marshman, cello
Repertoire includes:
God So Loved the World (Timothy Corlis, TMC commission, premiere)
Svyati (John Tavener)
Ave Maria (Pawel Lukaszewski)
Nunc Dimittis (Pawel Lukaszewski)
Miserere (Gregorio Allegri)
Missa Papae Marcelli (G.P. da Palestrina)
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and a dedicated group of individual and corporate donors.



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