The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is Canada’s world-renowned large vocal
ensemble. Since its foundation in 1894, it has maintained a tradition of
performing the finest choral repertoire and has earned enthusiastic praise
from audiences and critics the world over. The Choir is comprised of over
140 volunteer singers and the Elora Festival Singers form the professional
core with 20 singers.
The Choir has flourished under the successive leadership of A.S. Vogt, its founder, and of Herbert Fricker, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Frederick Silvester, Walter Susskind, Elmer Iseler, and its current conductor, Noel Edison.
Over the years the Choir has enjoyed brilliant associations with legendary conductors, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Centre, and at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Montreal .in 1976. Successful European tours in 1972 and 1980 took the Choir to Paris, Lucerne, the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the festivals of Edinburgh, Harrowgate and Aldeburgh, and Belgium.
At home, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents its own subscription series and appears frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and in broadcasts on both CBC networks. Its vast repertoire stretches from early Baroque masterpieces to world premieres of specially commissioned works.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has been recorded many times since its debut recording in 1926. In 1986 they were featured on EMI I Angel’s much-heralded recording of Handel’s Messiah. The Choir recorded part of the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List under the direction of composer John Williams, in 1993. And in 1998, the Choir recorded the massive Berlioz Requiem as a two CD release on the Naxos label.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 200012001 concert series also includes:
Festival Of Carols - Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 7.-30pm at Roy Thomson Hall
Handel’s Messiah - Thursday, December 74, 2000 at 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall
A Symphony Of Voices - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 8 p.m. at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Einhorn’s Voices Of Light (performed in Conjunction with Carl Dreyer’s silent film "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc’s - Saturday, May 26, 2010’1 at 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall
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