2017-2018

Milestones

Saturday May 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Our 40th Anniversary season concludes with a look to the past as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Canadian composer Healey Willan with several of his most beloved works, and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation with music by Canadian composers including Daley, Larkin, and Ager.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Lenten Treasures

Saturday Mar 3, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Some of the most memorable choral music was written for the season of Lent.  Join us as we explore 1,000 years of music that touches the depth of the soul.  Featuring music of Tallis, Josquin, Allegri, Palestrina, Sanders, and Larkin.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Forty! Forty! Forty!

Saturday Nov 25, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In a Gala evening to celebrate our 40 years and our namesake, the choir is joined by alumni and friends to present the music of Thomas Tallis, including the incomparable 40-part Spem in Alium and the work believed to have inspired it, Striggio’s 40-part Ecce Beatam Lucem.

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Six Bach Motets

Saturday Oct 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Johann Sebastian BachOnly 6 choral motets by the Baroque master are believed to have survived.
Hear them all in one unforgettable evening as we kick off our 40th anniversary concert season.
Also featuring excerpts from Bach’s Cello Suite #1

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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2016-2017

Luther & Lassus: A Mighty Fortress

Saturday May 13, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Martin LutherLassus: Missa Bell’Amfitrit’Altera • Dominum Refugium
Luther: Deutsche MesseEin Feste Burg

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is marked in the dramatic clash and convergence of musical styles in 16th century Germany. With period brass and organ.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Requiem for a Renaissance King

Saturday Mar 4, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Duarte LoboLobo: RequiemMagnificat Secundi Toni
John IV: Crux Fidelis • Cardoso: Lamentations

The magnificence of the Age of Discovery comes alive in a rare performance of the incomparable Requiem of Duarte Lobo for the funeral of Philip II of Portugal.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Monteverdi: Vespers for Christmas Eve

Saturday Dec 3, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Claudio MonteverdiMagnificat Primi ToniBeatus VirExulta Filia
Instrumental works by Cavalli & Grandi

A consort of period instruments and organ join forces with the choir to recreate the splendor of Christmas in St. Mark’s, Venice.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Music for Bloody Mary

Saturday Oct 15, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Mary ITaverner: Missa Sancti Wilhelmi Devotio
Sheppard: Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Virgo Maria
Tallis: Videte MiraculumLoquebantur Variis Linguis

The 500th anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary I is celebrated with glorious polyphony from the Tudor Chapel Royal.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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2015-2016

‘Our Good Wills’ The World of Shakespeare & Byrd

Saturday May 14, 2016 - 7:30 PM

London Bridge paintingByrd: Praise Our God
Te Deum
Ave Verum Corpus
Consort Songs and Music from the Plays by Johnson & Morley

Guest Artists: Philip Fournier, Organ
Felix Deak, Viola da Gamba
Lucas Harris, Lute

The two contemporary giants whose masterpieces changed the face of English drama and music.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Palestrina, Prince of Music

Saturday Mar 5, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Prince Of MusicMissa Papae Marcelli
Tu Es Petrus
O Magnum Mysterium
Salve Regina

The Papal Office of Compline
as it may have been celebrated by Pope Clement VIII in the Sistine Chapel on September 7, 1593
sung by candlelight

The crown of the High Renaissance in the magnificent music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, the “Princeps Musicae”.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Charpentier: Midnight Mass for New France, 1725

Saturday Nov 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Ursuline Church paintingCharpentier: Messe de Minuit
The Huron Carol
Campra: Adoro Te
Works by Delalande, Raison & Lebegue
Organ Music from the Livre de Montréal

Guest Artists: Talisker Players
Philip Fournier, Organ

Period orchestra and organ join forces to recreate the Baroque celebration of Christmas Eve in 1725 in the colony of the Sun King.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Rachmaninoff: Vespers

Saturday Oct 17, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Russian Church paintingRachmaninoff: Vespers
Works by Tavener & Pärt

Rachmaninoff’s dramatic tribute to the fallen of World War I resounds in the mystical acoustics of St. Patrick’s Church.

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2014-2015

Triumphs of Renaissance France

Saturday May 2, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Jean ClouetJanequin: Missa La Bataille
Works by Mouton, Sermisy, Josquin & Goudimel

Period brass join the choir to evoke the 16th century splendour of the Chapelle Royale of Francis I.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Las Mañanitas: A Baroque High Mass in New Spain

Saturday Feb 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Padilla: Missa Ego Flos Campi
Works by Victoria, Guerrero, Cabezón & Fernández
With: Benjamin Stein, Guitar & Theorbo

A recreation of the fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe, December 12, 1650.

Consulate General of Mexico's logoWith special thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto for their patronage of our concert.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

CLICK HERE to download a copy of this concert’s programme.

Purcell's Messiah

Saturday Nov 29, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Henry Purcell, by John Closterman

Purcell: Behold I Bring You Glad Tidings
Te Deum & Jubilate
Handel: Anthem for the Foundling Hospital (including the Hallelujah Chorus)
Guest Artists: Talisker Players

A Christmas celebration of Purcell’s magnificent settings of the Messiah texts. With Handel’s first London performance of his most famous chorus.

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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Songs of War and Remembrance

Saturday Oct 18, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Vimy Ridge statue

Howells: Requiem
Distler: Dance of Death
Parry: Songs of Farewell
Works by Laing & Willan

The centenary remembrance of World War I in the dramatic choral music and poetry of war and peace.

With Guest Artist: Derek Boyes, Narrator
Soulpepper Theatre

Tickets: $30, $25 and $10*

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2013-2014

The Merry Harp and the Viol

Saturday May 10, 2014 - 7:30 PM

1314MerryHarpByrd: Elegy on the Death of Thomas Tallis
Gibbons: This Is the Record of John
Weelkes: The Sixth Service
Tomkins: Who Is This That Cometh?

 

A consort of viols joins the choir to explore the extraordinary repertoire of anthems and songs from the Tudor and Jacobean courts.

Requiem for Richard III

Saturday Mar 1, 2014 - 7:30 PM

1314RichardIIIBrumel: Requiem
Music from the Eton Choir Book

 

A recreation of a requiem mass for Richard III as it may have been celebrated on August 22, 1499 in the presence of Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy and sister of the late, lamented king. Music of the Chapel Royal of his Tudor usurper, Henry VII.

A Celebration of Carols & Psalms

Saturday Nov 30, 2013 - 7:30 PM

1314CelebrationBritten: A Ceremony of Carols
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Biebl: Ave Maria

 

A festive concert for the season with harp, piano and percussion.

Guest Artists:
Harpist: Kristin Theriault
Pianist: David Simon

Splendours of the Sistine Chapel

Saturday Oct 19, 2013 - 7:30 PM

1314SplendoursPalestrina: Missa Lauda Sion
Tu Es Petrus
Allegri: Miserere
Works by Dufay, Josquin,
and Morales

The Golden Age of music in the artistic heart of the High Renaissance. Magnificent music from the papal court from Michelangelo to Bernini.


2012-2013

A Grand Concert for the Battle of York, 1813

Saturday Apr 27, 2013 - 7:30 PM

Haydn: Mass in Time of War
Boyce: Where Shall Wisdom Be Found
Beethoven: Wellington’s Victory

 

On April 27, 1813, the Napoleonic Wars struck home when American troops captured the town of York. Explore this global conflict in great music from Canada, America, Britain, France & Austria.

 

With guest artists:
Michele DeBoer, Soprano
Vicki St. Pierre, Alto
Paul Ziadé, Tenor
Andrew Mahon, Bass
Rachel Mahon, Organ
Members of the Choir of St. James Cathedral Talisker Players

Gesualdo: Murderer & Musician

Saturday Mar 2, 2013 - 7:30 PM

Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsaries
Works by Palestrina, Dering & Marenzio

 

Gesualdo was the dark shadow of the Renaissance: a brilliant composer and remorseless murderer. After 500 years, his profoundly tormented sacred music is still dramatic and compelling.

Christmas at the Tudor Court

Saturday Dec 1, 2012 - 7:30 PM

Tallis:
Missa Puer Natus Est
Gaude Gloriosa Mater
Byrd:
This Day Christ Was Born
Lulla, Lullaby

 

The Tudor Chapel Royal resounds with a festive yuletide celebration from the reigns of Henry VIII to Elizabeth I.

Bach & The Romantics

Saturday Oct 13, 2012 - 7:30 PM

Bach:
Singet dem Herrn
Der Geist Hilft
Komm Jesu Komm
Lobet den Herrn
Brahms: Warum ist das Licht?
Bruckner: Christus Factus Est
Rheinberger: Abendlied
Mendelssohn: Psalm 43

The rediscovery of Bach in the 19th century moved the great Romantic composers to create masterpieces in homage to the Cantor of Leipzig. Experience the incomparable music of Bach and the works which he inspired.