This coming season, we will be celebrating our ten years of music making and paying tribute to Michael Zaugg, our founding director from Switzerland, by continuing to explore the contemporary repertoire from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and North America, the mission he had entrusted us with. Since 2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, most of the works that you will hear during this first concert of the season will be settings of texts from his plays and sonnets and of poems by writers on whom he had a profound impact. A delightful blend of the old and the new!
And the celebration will not stop there. After the concert, the audience will be invited to have a glass of wine with the choir!
Conductor: Andrew Gray
Highlights of the programme
- Psalmus CX by Swedish composer Otto Olsson, performed at our very first concert in February 2007
- A nod to Michael Zaugg with Songs of Ariel by Swiss composer Frank Martin, whose magnificent Messe pour double chœur we performed on more than one occasion
- Four Shakespeare Songs by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, a Finnish composer whom we are especially fond of
Back to the present
- The night is darkening round me by Estonian Tõnu Kõrvits, poem by Emily Brontë
- Nocturne by Canadian Leonard Enns (back to Shakespeare!)
- Whispers of Heavenly Death by Polish-Canadian composer Norbert Palej, poems by Walt Whitman
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
400 Saint Paul Street East
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