Rachmoninoff Vespers with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto on February 28th
Date: January 12, 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Choir type: Professional Choirs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2010ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO'S FEBRUARY 28 TH CONCERT OF RACHMANINOFF'S VESPERS ... AN EVENT OF STIRRING MELODIES AND EMOTIONS
Toronto, ON - The Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Artistic Director Robert Cooper, C.M. are pleased to announce Vespers , the third concert of the choir's 45 th season, on Sunday February 28 th, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anne's Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto. On this occasion the Orpheus Choir joins with the award-winning Guelph Chamber Choir and conductor Gerald Neufeld to perform Rachmaninoff's lushly sonorous Vespers, or All-Night Vigil, in the beautiful Byzantine setting of St Anne's Anglican Church.
One hundred voices combine to present the intricate harmony
and sonority of the
Vespers, based on the evening prayer service of the
Orthodox Church and sung in the original Russian. By turns
haunting, serene, and magnificent, Rachmaninoff's
Vespers combines unaccompanied sacred texts with stirring
melodies, rich bass lines, and moving expressions of spiritual
awe. Drawing on ancient chants and liturgy dating from the 14th
century, this glorious Russian choral masterpiece is one of the
th century's greatest choral works.
This spirit of choral mysticism is enhanced with 21
st century works by Canadian composers Rupert Lang and
Tim Corlis as well as the transcendent
Dona Nobis Pacem by Latvian Peteris Vasks along with
Latvian Eriks Esenvalds' sublime setting of
St. Anne's Anglican Church, one of Toronto's architectural
gems, was built in 1907-08, and is a Byzantine Revival building
with a saucer dome emulating the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The
dome and chancel of the church are decorated with mural paintings
executed by ten prominent artists in 1923, among whom were three
members of the Group of Seven: J.E.H MacDonald, F.H Varley and
Franck Carmichael. In 1998, the church was designated as a
National Historic Site.
Don't miss this unique and stirring choral event!
Tickets are $30; $25 for seniors; $15 for students. For tickets and information contact: 416-530-4428, email@example.com or www.orpheuschoirtoronto.com
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