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Volume 19 Issue 6 - March 2014

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left the repertory,

left the repertory, butit always seems to lackthe must-see/can’tmissquality that attendsany live performanceof Handel’s Messiah,Mozart’s D MinorRequiem or Beethoven’sNinth Symphony. Thisis a shame, because it’s amore coherent work thanthe first two pieces listedabove and is easily asdramatic as the final one.Elijah was firstperformed at thelegendary BirminghamMusic Festival in 1846,with an English text.Structurally it is modelledon the oratorios of Bachand Handel that Mendelssohn had studied and admired and in thecase of Bach, revived for a 19th century audience.Based on the performances it sometimes receives, it’s easy tomistake Elijah for a grandiose hunk of early Victorian Anglo-choralstodge. But when performed with rhythmic elan and suppleness, ithas a kick like a mule, in part because of the tremendous energy ofthe choruses and the dramatic scope of the baritone role of Elijah.Mendelssohn’s Elijah is an intensely flawed and human character,pious and savage by turns, brought low but ultimately redeemed.Baritone Daniel Lichti is one of Canada`s most accomplished oratoriosingers and his Elijah is not to be missed.Elijah is also one of the relatively few European oratorios thattells the story of a Jewish protagonist, written by a Jewish composer.Mendelssohn was baptized as a child by his assimilated parents, ofcourse, but the energy of Elijah (contrasted with the dullness of hisSt. Paul) makes a case for residual pride in and understanding of hisfamily`s religious background.The Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir, special guests in a choralworkshop April 7, perform the next day at Grace Church on-the-Hill.On March 16 theHart House Singersperform Mozart’s famousRequiem in D Minor. Theevening also providesan opportunity to hearFranz Schubert’s settingof the Stabat Mater text.The concert is free, andfood donations to theUniversity of Torontofoodbank are welcome.The AmadeusChoir performs CelticCelebration on March 22,in both the afternoon andthe evening. This concertis a fundraiser for thechoir, and will include asilent auction as well as atasty selection of Scottish,Irish and Maritime tunes. The Celtic trio North Atlantic Drift are guestplayers. Another Celtic instrumental and choral summit takes placeearlier in the month in London on March 7, when the Canadian CelticChoir teams up with the Celtic fusion group Rant Maggie Rant.Also on March 22 Ron Ka Ming Cheung’s Voices Chamber Choirperforms Brahms’ German Requiem. Usually scored for full romanticorchestra, there is also a chamber version for two pianos that Brahmshimself created. Although piano accompaniment lacks the variedtimbres and grandeur of an orchestra, it also gives listeners an opportunityto hear more clearly the interplay of the work’s different choralparts, which can easily be obscured (obliterated, actually) in orchestralOn to the listings:March 15: Joseph Haydn’s Creation is a lively interpretation of theGenesis story, filled with programmatic depictions of the world’sbirth, the creation of plants and animals and a childishly romanticAdam and Eve as yet untouched by the snake’s temptation. The NYCOSymphony Orchestra performs this work with the choral sectionshandled by the Hart House Chorus and Oakville Choral Society.Pax Christi ChoraleStephanie Martin, Artistic Directorwith True North BrassPassion & PeaceGabriel Fauré – Messe BasseJean Langlais – Missa Salve ReginaRandall Thompson – The Peaceable KingdomStephanie Martin – Now the Queen of SeasonsSaturday April 26, 7:30pmSt. Peter’s Lutheran Church, KitchenerSunday, April 27, 3:00pmGrace Church on-the-Hill, TorontopresentsChrist Church Cathedral Choir,Oxford UKwith Dr. Stephen Darlington, conductor in aprogramme of Sacred English Choral Music – theconcluding concert of their 2014 Canada and US tour.Tuesday April 8th, 7:30 pmTickets • 416-488-7884 or online at gracechurchonthehill.caDr Darlington and the choir will also give a choralworkshop on April 7 – please see workshop listings!PETER MAHONSales 416-491-854222 | March 1 – April 7, 2014

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