The second concert of Etobicoke Centennial Choir’s 2019-2020 season offers exquisitely beautiful and moving choral music reflecting on the eternal mysteries of life and death. Luigi Cherubini’s powerfully expressive Requiem Mass in C Minor forms the centerpiece of this musical offering. While seldom performed today, it was a great success when first written and was held in the highest esteem by the greatest composers of his time. Beethoven called Cherubini “the greatest living composer,” and this requiem was performed at his memorial service. By turns ethereal, dramatic and ultimately transcendent, this is a masterpiece that deserves to be heard by modern audiences.
The concert continues with Nänie, Johannes Brahms’ gorgeous choral lamentation, art songs by Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughn Williams and two contemporary gems from Canadian composer Stephen Chatman set to poems by Christina Rossetti. Daniel Gawthrop’s ethereal Sing Me to Heaven reflects on the premise that there are times in our lives when nothing but music can express the intensity of what we are feeling. Regina Coeli, the famous Easter chorus from Mascagni’s opera Cavallieri Rusticana, concludes this memorable evening of classical music.
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Humber Valley United Church
76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke, M9A 3C1
Conductor: Henry Renglich, Music Director of Etobicoke Centennial Choir
Accompanist: Carl Steinhauser, piano
Gabrielle Turgeon, soprano
Daniella Theresia, alto
Tickets: $30.00 per ticket. Admission free for children age 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Order tickets online at www.etobicokecentennialchoir.ca or call (416) 779-2258.
Requiem Mass in C Minor – Luigi Cherubini
Nänie, Op.82 – Johannes Brahms
Sing me to Heaven – Daniel Gawthrop
The Half Moon – Steven Chatman, Christina Rossetti
Remember – Steven Chatman, Christina Rossetti
They Are At Rest (Tenebrae) – Edward Elgar
My Love Dwelt In A Northern Land – Edward Elgar
Linden Lea – Vaughan-Williams
Regina Coeli – Pietro Mascagni
Due to the unprecedented circumstances related to the COVID-19 situation, Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) has postponed its April 4 concert, “Offering” to Saturday, June 6, the final concert date of its 2019-2020 season. The concert repertoire originally planned for June will be deferred until some point in the future.
Purchased tickets for April 4 will be honoured at the June 6 concert. Ticket holders unable to attend in June can call 416-779-2258 to exchange their ticket for a future concert, make their ticket a charitable donation to the choir or request a refund.
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