2018-19 Season

Welcome to Our 50th Season!

Our 2018-2019 season theme Music & Friendship celebrates the two greatest assets which have sustained the TCC over the decades.

First, the music. So much deep satisfaction and fun come from engaging with the early repertoire Annegret Wright loved so much. It’s not surprising that the TCC has remained true to its mandate. In a review of the TCC’s 25th anniversary concert, the noted music critic William Littler wrote, “They still sing, as they did in their early years, as if enjoyment were their reward.” He could say the same now after yet another 25 years!

Second, the friendship: music, especially choral singing, has a magical power to inspire camaraderie and generate a sense of community. Indeed, the TCC’s longevity owes a great deal to the hundreds of friendships it has nurtured over many years. Our anniversary year gives us a perfect opportunity to celebrate our extended “family” even as we continue to expand it.


Music & Friendship

A Half-Century of the TCC

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 8:00 pm – TRINITY-ST. PAUL’S CENTRE, 427 BLOOR STREET WEST

This special performance celebrates the TCC’s golden anniversary by gathering together the choir’s extended “family,” including former choir members, directors, section leads, and other friends. The choir will sing some all-time favourite works by Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Schütz, Willan, and others, as well as the premiere of David Barber’s Gaudeamus.

Lucas Harris, Elizabeth Anderson, David Fallis, Mark Vuorinen, conductors • Stephanie Martin, chamber organ

Pre-concert chat at 7:15 with some longtime choir members and former conductors

Sponsored by Michael Brett and Heather Crisp


The Bremen Town Musicians

(and other tales of musical camaraderie)

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 3:00 pm – CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER, 162 BLOOR STREET WEST

Though the four animals in the Grimm brothers’ Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten never actually made it to Bremen (nor played a note of music), their cooperative teamwork did secure them a tax-free retirement home! In this humorous Kaffeemusik, Peter Keleghan will be our guide through some traditional (and not-so-traditional) fairy tales about solidarity among musicians. The TCC will let its hair down (though not so far as Rapunzel’s) and provide fitting commentary using madrigals by Lassus, Banchieri, Dowland, and others.

Elizabeth Anderson, guest conductor • Peter Keleghan, narrator • Lucas Harris, lute/cittern • Kirk Elliott, fiddle, flutes, bagpipes, etc.



Music Across Three Faiths

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 8:00 pm – GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILL, 300 LONSDALE ROAD

Jews, Muslims, and Christians co-existed in relative peace during the Convivencia period in Medieval and Renaissance Spain. A surprising amount of cultural amalgamation took place in the arts: Classic Greek texts were translated simultaneously into Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin. Architecture blended elements of synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals. The music of all three religions also flourished, with each borrowing stylistic elements from the others. Blending Sephardic folk songs, classical Arabic melodies, and Spanish polyphony, this dynamic concert revels in the musical exchange that took place between the world’s three great monotheistic religions.

Lucas Harris, lute, conductor • Nell Snaidas, guest curator, voice, guitar • Ronnie Malley, oud, voice • Daphna Mor, recorder, ney, voice • Ben Grossman, percussion

Pre-concert chat at 7:15 with Nell Snaidas, Ronnie Malley, & Daphna Mor

Supported by the Pluralism Fund


A Voice of Her Own

Musical women who persisted, 1098-1896

Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 3:00 pm – CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER, 162 BLOOR STREET WEST

The TCC brings back its poignant portrait of nine extraordinary musical women from the 12th to the 19th centuries: Hildegard of Bingen, Maddalena Casulana, Vittoria Aleotti, Raphaella Aleotti, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, Marianna Martines, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Clara Schumann. Our narration and slideshow reveal how each of these ladies had an essential mentor, supporter, family member or friend who bolstered her artistic courage when society could barely conceive the existence of a woman composer.

Lucas Harris, conductor, lute • Stephanie Martin, chamber organ • Katherine Larson, narrator


Lagrime Mie

Barbara Strozzi turns 400!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – 7:30 pm – HELICONIAN HALL, 35 HAZELTON AVENUE

The incomparable singer and composer from seventeenth-century Venice, Barbara Strozzi, celebrates her 400th birthday in 2019. The TCC is proud to make her expressive cantatas the centre of an intimate fundraising event in support of our Toronto Chamber Consort section-lead program.

*There are no tickets required for this event, but you must reserve a place on the guest list. To RSVP, please click here. An appeal will be made for donations to support the Consort program.