2014-15 Season

Musical Passions

Welcome to the 2014-15 season with the Toronto Chamber Choir! We offer you an investigation of the “humours” in Renaissance thought, a celebration of Marian masterpieces from many centuries, a selection of powerful compositions intended for the Passiontide season and a taste of rare masterpieces from Baroque Naples.


concerts

Kaffeemusik:

Air, Fire, Earth & Water: The Renaissance Sense of Humour(s)

Sunday, November 2, 2014 · 3 pm

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

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In this program we unpack the many meanings of “humour” in the Renaissance. With a slide show and an original script written and delivered by actor R.H. Thompson we present a brilliant selection of madrigals, chansons and part songs from the golden age of polyphony. Join us and learn about the four humours – sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic – and their associated seasons, elements, bodily organs and bodily fluids, whose balance determines our moods and temperaments.

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

Coffee, tea and home baking follow.

Concert:

Beautiful as a Dove: Songs of Mary

Saturday December 13, 2014 · 8 pm

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

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The blessed Virgin has inspired composers from all ages to write their most tender and intimate works. This Marian celebration will take you on a journey through several centuries, offering praise to the Virgin through genres ranging from medieval chant to the Afro-American spiritual. The program will finish with the première of Andrew Donaldson’s new Latin American-inspired work Mary, the Rose.

Julia Seager-Scott, Baroque and modern harps

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:

Journey Toward the Mount of Olives

Sunday March 15, 2015 · 3 pm

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

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What makes the music of Lent and Passiontide so compelling? It can be music of stark beauty or intense with a powerful draw. It appeals both to the intellect and soul. It often expresses humility in the face of the inevitable. Join us on a journey of self-reflection to explore some of the best music for this season, by Allegri, Byrd, Duruflé, Brahms, Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and a movement from Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil.

Elizabeth Anderson, guest conductor

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:

The Most Faithful City: Sacred Music in Naples, 1670-1750

Saturday May 23, 2015 · 8 pm

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

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The people of Naples faced many hardships during the Baroque period (foreign occupation, famine, earthquakes, eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius, to name a few) and looked to religion for comfort, earning their city the description “città fedelissima.” This program features concerted sacred works for voices and strings by five of Naples’ leading composers, closing with Cristoforo Caresana’s Per la nascita del verbo – a sacred dialogue followed by a raucous tarantella!

Christopher Verrette & Edwin Huizinga, violins, Christina Mahler, cello, Borys Medicky, chamber organ

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.