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Fire of the Spirit
We are thrilled to conclude our 2012-2013 season with a concert entitled Fire of the Spirit, led by guest conductor Stephanie Martin. It takes place at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street, Toronto.
This concert is a wonderful chance to step into a mystical world of music that evokes the image of fire as represented by the Holy Spirit, the Dove and the Flames of Fire. The choir performs music that spans the centuries including a haunting chant by the visionary, poet, composer and theologian Hildegard von Bingen and a contemporary piece by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh. The choir also ventures into the sublime music of Palestrina, the great Renaissance Italian master, whose seamless and heavenly music will soar to the rafters at St. Thomas’s Church.
Exultate Chamber Singers ~ Stephanie Martin, conductor
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 7:30 pm. at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street, Toronto
Tickets: Regular $30; Senior $25; Student $15
Tickets can be ordered by calling 416-971-9229
or can be purchased at the door on the night of the concert
‘Round the World!
Back by popular demand – an evening to experience another side of the Exultate Chamber Singers! Prepare to be wined, dined, and entertained by musical acts from around the world. Fantastic silent auction and raffle prizes will be on hand for the lucky ones in the audience. See our poster here.
Illuminations from the North
Exultate is excited to welcome Dr. Apfelstadt from the University of Toronto to conduct for this concert that will draw the audience into the world of composers from northern countries. The program features a variety of music about light, ranging from the aurora borealis composed by Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo to moonlight in music by Brahms, Morten Lauridsen and Canadians, including the iconic Epitaph for Moonlight by R. Murray Schafer. The music also exposes aspects of spiritual light, as well as music inspired by northern landscapes by Canadians Srul Irving Glick and Stephen Chatman. Listeners will be entranced by the sounds and textures in this music, in addition to personal ‘illuminations’ of the music from choristers, as presented in the vibrant acoustic of St. Thomas’ Church
Watch Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt’s illuminating introduction to the concert here:
Check out the new pictures from our December concert in the Photo Gallery. A big thanks to our friend, Ernie Lo, for taking these great shots.
Of Ice and Light: Thank You and Reviews
Many thanks to all of the wonderful folks who joined us for a sparkling evening of music. Thanks to Karen Grylls’ brilliant music selection and vocal guidance, to Elana’s concert coordination, and the wonderful volunteers for making the concert happen. We were so taken with the Havergal Treble Choir – we heard more than one audience member refer to them as a choir of angels!
If you’d like to share how you felt about the concert, please let us know! Email us at email@example.com
2012-12-04: Teaser Video!
Check out the teaser video of Robert Anderson’s gorgeous setting of The Huron Carol for our upcoming Christmas concert, Of Ice and Light. Look for more videos soon!
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
- Robert Frost (First published 1923)
Exultate’s program for the 2012-2013 season is inspired by Frost’s poem and explores the opposite yet apposite nature of fire and ice. This season presents a particularly innovative and exciting repertoire choice. Two concerts centred around the image of Fire, the fire of the passions and the fire of the spirit; and two concerts which focus on images of Ice and light.
October 27, 2012 Fire of the Heart
The season opens with a program grasps the passion of the heart, expressed in the image of the flames of desire and the burning ardour of the soul. The music stretches from the Renaissance to contemporary works. American composer Morten Lauridsen’s Six Fire Madrigals use Italian texts and are based on the forms and structures of Renaissance madrigals. This is complemented by two Monteverdi madrigals, which talk about kisses so sweet and burning and Debussy’s well-known Trois Chansons. English and Canadian Madrigals and part-songs bring a lighter note to the second half of the programme. Dr. Karen Grylls conducts.
December 15, 2012 Of Ice and Light
Capturing the essence of Canadian winter, this concert features Poulenc’s Soir de Neige and Canadian R. Murray Schafer’s Snowforms, both of which use imaginative textures and astringent harmonies to represent snow. Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, a set of Seven Country Songs, is a tribute to Frost, whose poem inspired this season. Exultate will be joined by a treble choir from Havergal College, all conducted by Dr. Karen Grylls.
*This concert will be at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Ave.*
March 23, 2013 Illuminations from the North
This program continues the idea of the cold and light as it appears in the North, bringing the listener into the world of the northern composers; Canadian, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian. Featuring guest conductor Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.
May 25, 2013 Fire of the Spirit
The final program of the year takes the image of fire as represented by the Holy Spirit the Dove and the Flames of Fire. A wide range of works for choir and organ will draw listeners into an world of spirituality. The climax of the concert and of the series includes settings of O Ignis spiritus by Imant Raminsh and Hildegard von Bingen. Featuring guest conductor Stephanie Martin.
For more information please call 416-971-9229. Ticket ordering will be available in late August or early September.