Welcome to Our 51st Season!
In November, we join with the celebrated Nathaniel Dett Chorale to see what musical fun can come from juxtaposing Baroque and Afrocentric styles.
In December, we celebrate the Blessed Virgin with heartfelt compositions from long ago as well as from our own time.
March brings a fresh look at Johann Rosenmüller, a seventeenth century master whose legacy has remained unfamiliar for too long.
In April, our Toronto Chamber Consort singers offer a new take on the little-known and under-appreciated air de cour.
Finally, in May we collaborate with new friends to explore the stylistic roots of Latin American music.
I invite you to join us as we continue our never-ending journey with the Baroque and Renaissance repertoire we love so dearly.
Don’t Be Weary, Traveller
Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 8:00 pm – GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILL, 300 LONSDALE ROAD
The TCC is honoured to join forces with the legendary Nathaniel Dett Chorale! This uplifting evening will present gems from the TCC’s early music repertoire thematically intertwined with the NDC’s glorious repertoire of Afrocentric music. The two choirs will join forces in double-choir music by Dett, Gabrieli, and others. The evening will also offer us the opportunity to celebrate the release of A Voice of Her Own, the TCC’s new CD.
Nathaniel Dett, chorale
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, director
Christopher Bagan, chamber organ
Christina Faye, piano
Pre-concert chat at 7:15 with Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
Supported by the Pluralism Fund
Mary, the Rose
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – 8:00 pm – CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 26 DELISLE AVENUE
What is it about the Blessed Virgin that has inspired some of the most endearing music ever written? Indeed, composers from every era seem to bring their very best game when setting texts about the immaculate “rose without thorns.” In this heartfelt Kaffeemusik, the TCC presents its favourite Marian music from long ago juxtaposed with some more recent works for choir and harp: excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, the premiere of a new work by Stephanie Martin, and Andrew Donaldson’s Mary, the Rose.
Julia Seager Scott, harp
Rosenmüller @ 400
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 8:00 pm – CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 26 DELISLE AVENUE
Johann Rosenmüller was a rising star on the German musical scene and was promised the position of cantor at the Leipzig Thomasschule (the position J.S. Bach would assume). But his career was derailed when he was thrown into prison on suspicion of homosexuality. Thankfully, he escaped and continued his career in Venice, composing sacred concertos that rival those of Monteverdi in their majesty and beauty. For this glorious evening celebrating the 400th year of Rosenmüller’s birth, the TCC will be accompanied by an ensemble of strings, organ, and sackbuts.
Pre-concert chat at 7:15 with sackbut specialist Linda Pearse of ¡Sacabuche!
Sunday, May 3, 2020 – 3:00 pm – EASTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 310 DANFORTH AVENUE
You won’t want to miss this special concert timed to celebrate the arrival of spring and Cinco de Mayo. The TCC and friends will perform Latin American music from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, discussing its stylistic roots in both colonial and Indigenous music. The program will include Ariel Ramírez’s complete Missa Criolla accompanied by a combination of Baroque and traditional folk instruments. Warning: it may be difficult to sit completely still during this performance!
Ernesto Cardenas, voice & quena
Rodrigo Chavez, charango & percussion
Julia Seager Scott, Baroque harp
Ben Grossman, percussion
Supported by the Pluralism Fund
The Language of Love
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 7:30 pm – HELICONIAN HALL, 35 HAZELTON AVENUE
The TCC celebrates the 6th year of our section lead program by offering an intimate recital of airs de cour, French courtly airs with lute accompaniment. Cool aesthetic classicism mixes with tender emotion as the young Consort singers transform Heliconian Hall into an elegant Parisian salon. Lucas Harris will also give a sneak preview of programming for the following season.
NOTE: No tickets are required for this event, but you must reserve a place on the guest list. A link will be provided closer to the date. An appeal will be made for donations to support the Consort Program.