2013-14 Season

Songs for Soul & Spirit

Welcome to the 2013-14 season with the Toronto Chamber Choir! This season features beautiful music for All Souls’ Day, Christmas with J.S. Bach, Pärt and Purcell, and Handel’s Chandos Anthems.


concerts

Kaffeemusik:

Spooks and Saints

Sunday October 27, 2013 · 3 pm

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

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For children, who love all the candy and costumes, Hallowe’en gets most of the attention nowadays as a secular event. But in the Christian calendar, the three-day festival that begins with All Hallows’ Eve and ends with All Souls’ Day is a deeply spiritual occasion to reflect on mortality and pray for the souls of the departed. Renaissance composers thus inspired have created some of their most poignant and plaintive works, setting both sacred and secular texts.

Afternoon Kaffeemusiks are a mix of expert and entertaining commentary from our Music Director with music sung by the choir.

Coffee, tea and home baking follow.

Concert:

Christmas with J.S. Bach

Saturday December 14, 2013 · 8 pm

Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Road just east of Spadina

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The job J.S. Bach took as cantor and music director at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in 1723 sparked a major creative outpouring in the final decades of his life – including nearly 300 cantatas, the Mass in B-minor and the St. Matthew Passion. And for the deeply faithful Bach, the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas kept him especially busy (as many church musicians will tell you – though they don’t usually also have to write the music first).

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

Kaffeemusik:

Pärt and Purcell

Sunday March 2, 2014 · 3 pm

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

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Born nearly three centuries apart in two very different cultures – Henry Purcell in 1659 England, Arvo Pärt in 1935 Estonia – these two composers nevertheless share some similarities. Though not such a minimalist as Pärt, Purcell too is a master of the small form, especially in such choral gems as Hear My Prayer, O Lord. Both composers delight in the careful setting of words, in the rich sonority of chromaticism and in the masterful control of dissonance.

Afternoon Kaffeemusiks are a mix of expert and entertaining commentary from our Music Director with music sung by the choir.

Coffee, tea and home baking follow.

Concert:

Chandos Anthems

Saturday May 10, 2014 · 8 pm

Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Road just east of Spadina

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Years before he gained wider fame for his many operas or the great oratorio Messiah, German-born G.F. Handel, on his second visit to England, became composer in residence at Canons, the country seat of James Brydges, the Duke of Chandos. Having a resident choir and orchestra spurred Handel to a period of creativity that produced 11 beautiful and expressive settings of psalm texts that have come to be known as the Chandos Anthems, of which the choir will perform a selection.

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