David Fallis leads the debutperformance of Choir 21.mob of Christ-killers, in light of some of theanti-semitic excesses of 18th-century Europe.But while anti-semitism has by no meansdisappeared from the modern world, the concertsetting in which Bach’s music is now most oftenheard in many ways removes it, in a positivesense, from the more problematic aspects of theBaroque church. What is left is Bach’s extraordinarysettings of the Passion scriptures. Thefinger-pointing inherent in the text is to a greatdegree mitigated by music filled with compassion,tenderness, and a vast understanding of humanfrailty.Various other sacred settings can be enjoyedin the weeks to come. The Elora Festival Singerssing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (Guelph, March21); The Etobicoke Centennial Choir singsBeethoven’s Mass in C and Bernstein’s ChichesterPsalms (March 27). The Hart House Singersperform Brahms’ German Requiem (also March27). Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Piano ConcertoNo. 21 will be heard at Jubilee United Church on March 28.And Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts performs Fauré’s Requiemand Duruflé’s Messe Basse as part of an all-French programmeon 30 March.Good Friday, which this year falls on April 2 , brings with itmany concerts. One can choose from among the following: CantabileChorale of York Region’s The Rose of Calvary; Toronto ChamberChoir’s Membra Jesu Nostri, an oratorio setting by J.S. Bach’sidol, Dietrich Buxtehude; the Durham Philharmonic Choir’s programmethat includes Fauré’s Requiem; and the MetropolitanUnited Church Festival Choir performing Brahms’ German Requiem.As well, the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener performsBach’s Mass in B Minor in Kitchener with a as good a group of solistsas one is likely to hear anywhere: SuzieLeblanc,Laura Pudwell, Michael Schade, andRussell Braun.Other unusual “non-mass” concerts are ofnote in March and April. Lovers of Brahms canalso hear two interesting choral works: Rinaldo,and the beautiful Alto Rhapsody, performed bythe Victoria Scholars on March 7. David Fallisconducts the March 13 debut concert of Choir21, an intriguing new ensemble specializing in20th century music (though I note that they arethrowing in some Hildegard of Bingen as well).The excellent Toronto Children’s Chorus teamsup with American counterparts the Boston CitySingers, for a March 5 concert that includesSchumann’s often overlooked Mädchenlieder.And the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir mounta programme, from March 10 to 14, entitled“Bach in Leipzig,” which focuses on Bach’s workin the final stage of his career, as Cantor of theThomasschule and music director of Leipzig’stwo largest churches.Two world music/classical-hybrid concerts stand out in March.Echo Women’s Choir is a lively Toronto ensemble led by husbandand wife team Becca Whitlaw and Allan Gasser. These musiciansare as at home with folk music as they are with classical music, andtheir repertoire choices always reflect this easy pairing. Their offeringon March 20 is “Ceilidh: A Down-East Kitchen Party.” Also, ina short number of years, world music ensemble Autorickshaw has establisheditself as one of the more inventive and interesting groupsaround. They team up with the Jubilate Singers on March 27.Benjamin Stein is a tenor and theorbist. He can becontacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMMarch 1 - April 7, 2010
Anagnoson and Kinton Benefit Concertfor University SettlementWell-known Canadian piano duo, Anagnoson and Kinton, present a benefit concert in celebration of University-profit, multi-servicefundraising priority in 2010 is to raise funds for our subsidy program to help families in need participate in ourprograms. Proceeds from the concert will help us achieve this goal.Sunday, April 18th, 2pmGlenn Gould Studio250 Front Street WestTicket Prices: for adults, for those 18 and underTickets available at Roy Thomson Hall box office, by phone at416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com. The Glenn Gould box officewill be open for ticket sales two hours before the concert.BONUS: The first 300 adults who present their tickets to us upon entering thestudio on the day of the concert will receive a gift card, which may be used atthe Roy Thomson Hall Music Store.