Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces 2010-2011 Season
Date: June 10, 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces
its 2010-11 Season
Two choral masterworks performed at Koerner Hall with a stellar line-up of soloists
annual Christmas and Good Friday concerts
performances with the TSO
Toronto, June 2010. Grand symphonic sound has been the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s trademark for over 100 years. Under the artistic direction of Noel Edison, the 2010-2011 season will feature a series of six concerts that combine sacred and secular repertoire performed in stunning concert halls and beautiful churches. Information and tickets for Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concerts are available by calling 416-598-0422 and online at www.tmchoir.org.
The TMC will launch its season in tandem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with a performance of Mahler’s overwhelming hymn to eternity, Symphony #2 “Resurrection” on September 23 and 25, 2010 at Roy Thomson Hall.
An annual Christmas tradition, Festival of Carols is a wonderful occasion for families to enjoy a concert of seasonal music. Conducted and narrated by Noel Edison, the TMC will be joined by the Festival Brass and organist Michael Bloss for a feast of triumphant polychoral music for brass and choir. Look for Noel Edison to place the brass ensemble and Choir in different parts of the Church to create dramatic effects with this exultant music. At key moments during the concert Edison will invite the audience to join their voices with Canada’s greatest choir to create a ‘joyful noise’ with some Christmas carol favourites. Festival of Carols will ignite the Christmas spirit on Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.
The TSO and TMC’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah is heralded as Toronto’s Favourite Messiah. Each year audiences can enjoy anew this beloved work through the interpretation of different conductors. In 2010 the TMC and TSO are reunited with Sir Andrew Davis who will conduct the orchestra, choir and guest soloists in a performance of his new and grandly scaled orchestration of Handel’s immortal oratorio. Toronto’s Favourite Messiah will be performed December 16-21, 2010 at Roy Thomson Hall.
The Mendelssohn Singers, the 70-voice chamber group of the TMC, will perform Bach’s St. John Passion in the well-praised acoustics of Koerner Hall. The vocal agility and emotional versatility of the Mendelssohn Singers, who performed this work to great acclaim in 2006, are a perfect match for Bach’s masterpiece of poetic imagery and expressive immediacy. The Mendelssohn Singers and Festival Orchestra will be joined by a stellar line-up of soloists: soprano Suzie LeBlanc; mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell; tenor Rufus Müller (Evangelist); tenor Lawrence Wiliford; and bass Daniel Lichti (Christus and arias). Bach’s St. John Passion will be performed on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Koerner Hall.
The TMC’s traditional Good Friday concert, Sacred Music for a Sacred Space, will feature works by the dean of Canadian choral composers, Healey WIllan, commemorating the 130th anniversary of his birth. St. Paul’s Basilica is a beautiful setting, both artistically and acoustically, for a contemplative Good Friday concert. Noel Edison uses the space to full effect by placing the Choir in different parts of the Basilica to create compelling soundscapes. Sacred Music for a Sacred Space will take place on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm in St. Paul’s Basilica.
The TMC concludes its 2010-2011 season at Koerner Hall with Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Composed in thanksgiving for his marriage, Mozart’s Mass combines forceful choral settings with passionate, emotional solos. The TMC and Festival Orchestra will be joined by soloists soprano Gillian Keith, mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, tenor Eric Shaw, and bass-baritone Thomas Goerz. Mass in C Minor will be performed on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Koerner Hall.
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir subscription packages start at $121 for a three-concert flex pack, and single tickets range from $43 to $73, with special ticket prices for seniors and children. To make concerts more affordable for young adults who are at school or starting their careers, the TMC created VoxTix. These $15 tickets are available for those between 15 and 25 years of age; Vox Tix are available for all TMC-produced concerts but exclude TSO concerts. Subscriptions are available through the TMC Box Office at 416-598-0422, ext 24. Tickets can be purchased by telephone or online at www.tmchoir.org.
This season the TMC will also perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a number of concerts as part of the TSO season, and will make other guest appearances.
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.