March 21, 2014 Meditations
Friday, March 21st, 2014, 8pm
Has it been a long, cold winter? Yes it has! So join Exultate in the quiet warmth of St. Thomas’s Church for a concert that will rouse you gently from your hibernation. Meditations provide an opportunity for contemplation and reflection.
Eleanor Daley’s a cappella Requiem, composed in 1993, combines Latin and English texts, and features soprano and baritone soloists with chorus. In contrast, Franz Liszt’s Missa Choralis, written in 1865, uses the traditional Latin mass form, and is accompanied by organ. Often associated with a flamboyant compositional style, Liszt chose a more pious, conservative path for this music. Guest organist Daniel Bickle joins us for this performance.
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Exultate is excited to be part of a new movement! No, it has nothing to do with the latest in choral compositions or vocal technique. Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday … now Giving Tuesday is coming to Canada on December 3, 2013. It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. Please consider contributing to our KEY CHANGE campaign on this day of giving. Every small (or large) amount contributes to our ability to bring excellence in choral singing to inspire, connect, and engage with our community!
December 6, 2013 A Canadian Noël
A Canadian Noël includes music by some of Canada’s most celebrated composers: Willan, Henderson, Daley, Sirett, Patriquin, and Cable, among others. The featured work is Ruth Watson Henderson’s glorious setting of the Magnificat (Song of Mary), for chorus and organ. Eunseong Cho joins us as guest organist for this concert. Organized around the stages of celebration: anticipation, annunciation, celebration, adoration and jubilation, the music reflects a variety of emotions. Raise your own voices in song with us as we sing familiar carols to usher in the season. Click here to buy tickets!
A NEW SONG FOR A NEW SEASON
Our 2013-2014 season features four concerts, now back on Friday nights, and presented in the warm acoustic and beauty of our home base, Saint Thomas’ Anglican Church. The season centres on song with music from a variety of styles and traditions and evoking a wide range of emotions. Check out our new season here.
The Big News:
Hilary Apfelstadt, professor and director of choral studies at U of T, has joined Exultate as our Artistic Director! Take a peek at her bio here for more information on Hilary and her extensive background in the choral world. We are thrilled to have her energy and commitment to excellence to lead us on into our next phase of music-making.
In keeping with new beginnings and our ongoing efforts to educate through outreach, we are pleased to present Dave Anderson in the new Assistant Conductor position. Dave continues to be a valuable member of the bass section and will be taking on some of the conducting duties for the choir.
You will remember Hilary from our March concert last season which she conducted, and for which she prepared the following video.