Early Music Concerts 2012-2013

Early Music Concerts 2012-2013: (CA) Toronto Consort Newsrelease: Toronto Consort Celebrates 40th Anniversary Season in 2012-13

Contributed by Admin on Jul 05, 2012

Toronto, July 3, 2012 … Under the artistic leadership of David Fallis, the Toronto Consort celebrates its 40th anniversary season in 2012-13 with a line-up of outstanding period music programs. To mark this milestone, the Toronto Consort will bring Janet Cardiff’s award-winning sound installation FORTY-PART MOTET to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in September 2012. The ensemble will also release two albums on the Marquis label: a new recording of its popular program, A Spanish Christmas, and Never love thee more, a two-CD anthology of Renaissance music. The 40th anniversary season includes The Tudors, Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning, The Loves of Apollo and Daphne by Francesco Cavalli, the renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby in recital with lutenist Jakob Lindberg, and The Consort’s own multi-media concert, A Woman’s Life.  2012-13 subscriptions are available through the box office at (416) 964-6337. Individual concert tickets go on sale on September 4. …


The Tudors
October 19 & 20, 2012
The Consort launches its 40th anniversary season with a concert program inspired by the music of Tudor England, culminating in Thomas Tallis’ rarely-heard, magnificent 40-part motet Spem in alium. Members of Toronto’s Tallis Choir join the Consort for this special performance. Ever since 2007, the Toronto Consort has become the go-to ensemble providing “source music” for the hit television series The Tudors, and subsequently, The Borgias. As Historical Music Producer for The Tudors, Fallis was in charge of researching, compiling and recording authentic period music for the 10-part series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill and Peter O’Toole. This opening program of the season includes music that the Consort recorded for The Tudors.

Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning
December 14, 15 & 16, 2012
This sonorous and spectacular concert recreates the music which might have been heard at a Christmas Morning Lutheran Mass under Michael Praetorius. Like the Consort’s Praetorius Christmas Vespers —an audience favourite— this new program features early brass, strings, lutes, keyboards and voices positioned around the balconies at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.

The Loves of Apollo and Daphne by Francesco Cavalli
February 15 & 16, 2013
Francesco Cavalli is the brilliant composer whose operatic masterpieces were the 17th-century equivalents of Rossini and Verdi: wildly popular, by turns heart-wrenching and hilarious. The Toronto Consort proudly presents the Canadian premiere of this ironic and erotic tale of Apollo’s unrequited love for the nymph Daphne, with some secondary tales of infidelity and misadventure. Sung in Italian, The Loves of Apollo and Daphne features English tenor Charles Daniels and soprano Katherine Hill in the title roles, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell as Venus and soprano Michele DeBoer as Aurora.

Generously supported by Eva & Doug Green.
The appearance of Charles Daniels is generously supported by Vivian Pilar.

Emma Kirkby sings Dowland and Purcell
April 5 & 6, 2013
For two decades, Emma Kirkby’s clear, agile voice has epitomized the pure sound of early music. She remains one of the treasures of the music world.” (The Globe and Mail)

The Toronto Consort is thrilled to present one of the greatest early music singers of all time, Dame Emma Kirkby, in recital with renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg. Their program “Orpheus in England” commemorates the 450th anniversary of the birth of composer John Dowland. Paired with selections by Henry Purcell, this concert of music by quintessentially English composers is a perfect complement to the Consort’s celebratory season.

A Woman’s Life
May 24, 25 & 26, 2013
With actors Maggie Huculak and Karen Woolridge
From Alison Mackay, former member of the Toronto Consort and creator of Tafelmusik’s The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, comes another stunning evening of music, words and projected imagery. A Woman’s Life was originally presented in 1997 and explores the lives and talents of women composers and singers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque, featuring music by Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini. Toronto actors Maggie Huculak and Karen Woolridge will join the Consort for this program, which includes scripted sections to enhance the audience’s enjoyment.

Generously supported by Al & Jane Forest.

Friday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinee concerts begin at 3:30 pm. All concerts take place at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West 

Founded in 1972, The Toronto Consort was one of the city’s first professional period music ensembles specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque — roughly 1200 to 1675. The ensemble’s founding members David Klausner, Timothy McGee, Frank Nakashima, David Walker, and the late Garry Crighton introduced Toronto audiences to music by little-known composers and to the exotic sounds of period instruments that were rarely heard in concert halls: sackbut, recorder, krummhorn, shawm, oud, vielle and rebec, among others.   

Over the past four decades, the Toronto Consort has continued to expand listeners’ appreciation through inventive programming that breathes life into period music. The ensemble has become internationally recognized for its excellence in live and recorded period music, and has collaborated on a number of film and television projects including Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter and two Showtime series, The Tudors and The Borgias. The Consort’s current members are David Fallis, who joined the group in 1979 and became its Artistic Director in 1990, Michele DeBoer, Ben Grossman, Katherine Hill, Paul Jenkins, Terry McKenna, Alison Melville, John Pepper, and Laura Pudwell.

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