Browsing: Choral

Timothy Shantz left his home in Kitchener-Waterloo in 1996 to begin a master’s degree in choral conducting with the internationally renowned choral specialist Leonard Ratzlaff at the University of Alberta. The letter Shantz wrote 25 years ago for his application reveals the seeds of his larger ambition. In it he wrote: “I really want to be involved in the professionalization of choirs in Canada.” While in Edmonton, Shantz sang with the professional choir Pro Coro, and eventually went on to do his doctorate at the University of Indiana. He then took several leadership positions in the Canadian choral community, including…

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Chair of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Board of Directors, Denny Young, today announced that Jean-Sébastien Vallée has been appointed as the TMC’s eighth Artistic Director.  Jean-Sébastien’s appointment comes as TMC prepares to enter the post-pandemic era with a renewed and exciting commitment to choral music performance and creation. His outstanding record of artistic leadership ensures the continuation of TMC’s long and distinguished tradition of excellence. But more than that, his vision for choral music’s capacity to build inclusive communities perfectly aligns with TMC’s aspiration to be a catalyst for change. Jean-Sébastien has a demonstrated talent for creating extraordinary choral music…

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Toronto, May 6, 2021 – The Amadeus Choir is breaking new ground in the choral do main with two digital projects this spring: an interactive musical web experience and a  podcast series combining music and poetry.   “We see the current environment as an opportunity to push ourselves in the digital  sphere,” says Artistic Director, Kathleen Allan. “We thought: maybe instead of trying to fit  what we do inside the constraints of the pandemic, we should create something totally  new.”   Home Comfort Advisor is a large-scale work for socially distanced choir that brings  choral performance to a completely interactive online format.…

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This section is an advertising supplement. To announce here, contact [email protected]  Distance  Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor ATMA ACD2 2840 Release date: April 2, 2021 The Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal offers an album dedicated to the theme of isolation and its role in the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance explores the different aspects of isolation and silence: loneliness, reflection, but also the determination and desire to break the silence. The program includes several choral pieces ranging from motets with continuo by Bach to works by Elgar,…

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“We were quite ­precise about the two metres,” Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor of the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, said about the recording sessions last November – at the height of the second COVID wave in Montreal – dedicated to a new album on the ATMA label aptly titled Distance. “Which is hard, because that is two metres on every side.” Nonetheless, the 24 professionals who make up the highly regarded ensemble managed to keep their distance in the pews (there would not have been enough space in the choir stalls) and maintain an ­appropriately high…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This feature will run until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie – Holiday Season Concert Nicolas Ellis and l’Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie, under the musical direction of Nicolas Ellis, accompanied by dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, are pleased to share their first webcast production. This initiative allows the organization to pursue its mission of providing access to music and the performing arts to a greater number of…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This new feature will until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] Bayerische Staatsoper presents Camille Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël Ailyn Pérez, Tara Erraught, Okka von der Damerau, Benjamin Bernheim and Etienne Dupuis sing Camille Saint-Saëns’s rarely performed Oratorio de Noël. Antonello Manacorda conducts. For more information, click here. Stile Antico at Wigmore Hall A seasonal programme in which the acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico performs Christmas music from the Spanish Golden Age. For more information, click here. Essential Opera presents December Essential Opera presents December, a new opera by Monica Pearce.…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This new feature will until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] The OSM Celebrates the Holidays with Vivaldi and Handel The OSM invites you to celebrate a glorious holiday season with works by two Baroque masters, performed by splendid vocal soloists Anna-Sophie Neher, Stéphanie Manias and Julie Boulianne, and the OSM Chorus and musicians led by Quebec conductor Bernard Labadie. Share in the exuberant joy of Vivaldi’s famous Gloria and be transported by the excitement of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah! For more information, visit www.osm.ca/…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This new feature will until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] Met Opera Streams: Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila Starring Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. From October 20, 2018. For more information, visit www.metopera.org Messiah/Complex Premièring this December, the multi-award-winning innovative team at Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) is proud to present a bold, virtual interpretation of Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by and in partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and co-directed by Joel Ivany, the Founding Artistic…

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Hamilton, Ontario – Boris Brott and the Brott Music Festival are pleased to announce  that this December, they will launch ‘Brott To You’, an online video streaming platform  where audiences can experience the magic of the Brott Music Festival from the comfort  and safety of home.   Most industries have taken a major hit due to the COVID 19 pandemic, but the arts are  one of the most affected. Without any way to safely hold in-person concerts, music  organizations have had to innovate, finding ways to safely share their gifts with the  community and create performance opportunities for many partnering…

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