2015-16 Season

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You’ll hear exquisite Portuguese polyphony Matteo Ricci might have heard on his way to China, alongside the Ming dynasty music he heard upon arriving.  We’ll celebrate Christmas with glorious sacred concertos from Dresden spiced by the plucking of the Toronto Continuo Collective.  You’ll experience stunning choral works by female composers as you consider the reasons why such composers could exist in their time and why you haven’t heard of them before.  We finish the season with stimulating music from Central & Eastern Europe, lands on the margins of Europe’s recognized musical centres and yet defining the musical developments of both the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.


 

Kaffeemusik:

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Sunday November 1, 2015 at 3:00pm

Church of the Redeemer 162 Bloor St. West at Avenue Road

Through spoken words, visual images, and music from both East and West, this program considers the fascinating life of Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), a Jesuit who traveled from Lisbon to spend his last twenty-eight years in China. The first Westerner to be allowed entrance to the Forbidden City as an advisor to the Ming court, Ricci impressed the Chinese with memory techniques he mastered from the ancient Greeks. Kathleen Kajioka’s narrative will describe the great value put on the art of memory in both Europe and China during Ricci’s lifetime, and will consider the effects of memory’s decline in our own era.

The TCC performs exquisite polyphony from Italy and Portugal and welcomes the China Court Trio to perform repertoire from the Ming dynasty.

Kathleen Kajioka (96.3FM), narrator

With special guests: Wen Zhao, pipa, and the China Court Trio

Brought to you in part by a grant from The Pluralism Fund.

Afternoon Kaffeemusiks combine music with an engaging lecture, as well as coffee and home-baked goodies.

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Concert:

Christmas in Dresden

Saturday December 12, 2015 at 8:00pm

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. One block north of Yonge & St. Clair

We celebrate the festive season with music from Dresden in the time of Heinrich Schütz and Michael Praetorius.  The new musical idiom these composers forged managed to synthesize the opposed ideas of sacred music and dance music, Latin and vernacular, complex polyphony and simple melodicism.  The resulting music seems to magically satisfy us from every possible angle at once, convincing us that it can link Earth and Heaven.  The voices of the TCC will float above a lush carpet of chamber organ, a Baroque string ensemble, and the joyous musical pointillism of Toronto’s favourite “pluck band,” the Toronto Continuo Collective.

The pre-concert lecture will be given by noted Schütz specialist Professor Gregory Johnston (University of Toronto).

With special guests: The Toronto Continuo Collective

Free Opening Notes • 7:15 p.m. Opening Notes are pre-concert talks offering insight into the music in our evening concerts.

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Kaffeemusik:

A Voice of Her Own

Sunday March 13, 2016 at 3:00pm

Church of the Redeemer 162 Bloor St. West at Avenue Road

How did Europe’s most gifted female composers come by their creative abilities? Was their musical talent innate, or did History provide them with extraordinary opportunities?  And how did they become composers when such a path did not yet exist for women?  The choir will present music by women from the Renaissance to the Romantic Eras, including some you have heard of such as Clara Schumann but many others you haven’t.  Professor Larson’s commentary will reveal biographical information about these women and the societies in which they maneuvered, paying particular attention to the musical training available to them as young girls.

Donations will be taken at the concert to support Plan Canada (www.plancanada.ca) for the education of girls.

Elizabeth Anderson, guest conductor

Professor Katherine R. Larson (University of Toronto), narrator

Afternoon Kaffeemusiks combine music with an engaging lecture, as well as coffee and home-baked goodies.

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Concert:

The Sun Rises in the East

Saturday May 28, 2016 at 8:00pm

Church of the Redeemer 162 Bloor St. West at Avenue Road

In this unique program, the TCC explores the extraordinary soundscape of Central and Eastern Europe.  Under-recognized composers from Bohemia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and beyond have created some of Europe’s most passionate and stimulating music in both the modern and pre-modern eras.  The performance’s first half basks in the glory of seventeenth-century sacred works by such composers as Marcin Mielczewski, Jan Křtitel Dolar, Mykola Dyletsky, and Heinrich Biber.   The second half jumps forward three hundred years to explore some of the many aesthetic movements of the twentieth century, featuring works by Bohuslav Martinů, Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov, Urmas Sisask, Arvo Pärt, and others.

Free Opening Notes • 7:15 p.m. Opening Notes are pre-concert talks offering insight into the music in our evening concerts.

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