Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 8 p.m.
The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Ave., Toronto
For more information and tickets ($15-35): www.b-xalted.com
“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
B-Xalted!, the brainchild of acclaimed writer Barbara Gowdy and publisher/editor, writer and musician Whitney Smith, tackles one of the most glorious choral works of all time. Led by conductor Simon Walker and assistant conductor/tenor lead Charles Davidson, the choir performs the Mozart Requiem in its spring concert, Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m. at Toronto’s Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Avenue (Bathurst-Harbord area).
Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 – revered for its beauty and particularly for the emotionally vast and technical masterful Kyrie and Lacrimosa movements – will be featured alongside other diverse choral pieces and a signature audience singalong. These works include Randall Thompson’s The Road Not Taken from Frostiana; Pilgrim’s Hymn by Stephen Paulus; Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil, and an arrangement by James Erb of the great 19th century American folk song of uncertain origin, Shenandoah.
B-Xalted! also features organist Andrew Adair, pianist Ellen Meyer and soloists: Dallas Chorley and Rebecca Gray, sopranos; Meagan Larios and Jillian Bonner, altos; David Walter Walsh and Alain Paquette, tenors; and Janaka Welihinda and Joshua McFaul, basses. Their full bios are at https://www.b-xalted.com/about-us.
B-Xalted! performs Mozart’s Requiem, Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m. at Toronto’s Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Avenue. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats, $25 general admission, $15 underemployed. More information about the choir and concert, and a link to tickets are available at www.b-xalted.com.