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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Upper Canada Choristers and Cantemos Latin Ensemble Celebrate 20th Anniversary

– Friday, May 9
UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS AND CANTEMOS LATIN ENSEMBLE
CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY IN SPRING CONCERT

WITH JUNIOR CHOIR OF ALLENBY PUBLIC SCHOOL AS SPECIAL GUEST

NEW WORK BY STEPHEN HATFIELD PREMIERES



Songs that stir the heart, fire the soul and inspire humanity to dare to dream celebrate the 20th anniversary spring concert of the Upper Canada Choristers. Artistic Director Laurie Evan Fraser conducts a concert titled Turn the World Around – Songs of Hope and Rebellion, Friday, May 9, 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe Street, in downtown Toronto.

The choir’s highly accomplished Latin ensemble, Cantemos, also takes part.  Special guests are children from the Junior Choir of Allenby Public School under the direction of Alison Bannerman.

Tickets are $25; children and high school students free.  They may be ordered by calling (416) 256-0510.  More information is available at www.uppercanadachoristers.org. 

The concert features the world premiere of Cantando Flores (Quiero ser tu voz), [Singing Flowers (I Want to be your Voice)], a new work by internationally renowned Canadian choral composer Stephen Hatfield (http://stephenhatfield.com), commissioned for the choir’s anniversary. The work is a multi-cultural celebration of the choir’s community outreach and has been written to showcase the relationship between the Upper Canada Choristers and Cantemos.  The composer has created a text in a mixture of English and Spanish after consultation with Cantemos members. Its title refers to the Venezuelan expression for “singing compliments”. 

(Hatfield’s music has been recorded by a number of choirs, notably London, Ontario’s Amabile Youth Singers, which has five CDs of his compositions.)

Children from the Junior Choir of Allenby Public School will join the Choristers and Cantemos in Oscar Peterson’s rousing Hymn to Freedom, the South African freedom song Siyahamba, and Ennio Morricone’s popular Nella Fantasia, arranged by the choir’s Laurie Evan Fraser.

Alumni of the Upper Canada Choristers will join the choir in singing the magnificent Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Va, pensiero from Verdi’s opera Nabucco.

Cantemos, which specializes in Latin American repertoire, sings a group of songs that includes Te quiero, from Uruguay, with the line “I love your hands that work together for peace”; and Asimbonanga, a South African ode to Nelson Mandela.

Among other selections are This Little Light of Mine, Battle Hymn of the Republic, You Raise Me Up, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Turn the World Around.

The Upper Canada Choristers celebrate and promote musical excellence and diversity, sharing the love of singing through education and community service.  The choir performs widely throughout the GTA for seniors, at chronic care facilities and schools, and at such events as Nuit Blanche and Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays.

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