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May 8 @ 8:00 pm -- 10:00 pm


May 8
8:00 pm -- 10:00 pm
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With conductor Laurie Evan Fraser, pianist Hye Won Cecilia Lee, Cantemos Latin ensemble,
M.C. Laura Fernandez; guest artists including Bernardo Padron
Friday, May 8, 2020, 8 pm.
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Avenue, Toronto
Tickets and info: 416-256-0510, info@uppercanadachoristers.org, http://uppercanadachoristers.org.

The Upper Canada Choristers and their accomplished Latin ensemble Cantemos celebrate the diversity of music from Latin America in their spring concert, Inti Ukana: A Latin American Tapestry, Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road (Spadina-St. Clair area), Toronto.

Laurie Evan Fraser directs the 45-member mixed choir in music new and old, traditional indigenous and more widely known contemporary, with pianist Hye Won Cecilia Lee. Joining them are leading artists from Toronto’s Latino community, among them Bernardo Padron on flute and percussion. Well-known singer-songwriter and radio host Laura Fernandez will emcee the evening and serve as narrator.

The concert will take place without intermission, in order to preserve the flow.

Tickets, $25, may be reserved by calling 416-256-0510 (leave a message); or emailing info@uppercanadachoristers.org. Children are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. More information will be available at http://uppercanadachoristers.org. Food bank donations will be welcomed.

Centrepiece is the Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez. Written after the Second Vatican Council allowed vernacular elements in the Mass, each movement references a different folkloric style/dance, mostly pre-Hispanic.

The concert takes its name from Inti Ukana, sung in Aymara, the language of an indigenous people still living in the Andean region. The song is performed in a new arrangement by Laurie Evan Fraser.

Among other featured works are Stephen Hatfield’s arrangement of Ojos Azules (Blue Eyes), a popular song from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile; and Hanacpachap cussicuinin, a hymn to the Virgin in Quechua, the indigenous language of the Incas. The latter is the first example of polyphonic music to be published in the New World (1631 in Peru).

Cantemos performs the energetic Apamuy shungo, a traditional “yumbo” from Ecuador – a style named after the Yumbo people who came to live in the Sacred Valley of Tulipe around 800 B.C.E. It is sung in the Kichwa language. The ensemble also sings the Venezuelan number Mare-Mare, which, while not indigenous, tells about the nomadic Kariña tribe that travelled through what is now Venezuela and the Caribbean.

Now in its 26th season, the Upper Canada Choristers was founded by Laurie Evan Fraser and Jacqui Atkin to nurture the love of singing and appreciation of choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, educating both choir members and audiences. The choir sings regularly in such community venues as nursing homes and schools. Cantemos, created in 2008, has released two CDs featuring Latin American music – the Christmas CD El Nacimiento and Music of the Americas. (The second also includes the Upper Canada Choristers and songs in English.)