Soundstreams choreographer brings drama to a Russian devotional work
Saariaho’s contribution to the Soundstreams program was a choral setting of Tag des Jahrs by the German poet Friedrich Holderlin. The four movements – one for each season – were performed by the Iseler Singers, under their artistic director, Lydia Adams, accompanied by an electronic soundtrack.   ...The trickiest movement was Autumn, which required some careful rhythmic synchronization between the electronics and the choir. Fortunately, this is the sort of thing the Iseler Singers do well, and the result was a refined and polished performance.” Colin Eatock, The Globe and Mail

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, with Toronto Symphony Orchestra and EIS and Amadeus Choir"... the Amadeus Choir and Elmer Iseler Singers were extraordinary. While Roy Thomson Hall's cavernous acoustics can sometimes swallow the TSO, the added choirs made the space shine. They were awe-inspiring, and every bit as dramatic as the soloists.” Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto, 3 Nov. 2014
 Aug 31, 2013: Premier award winner hails from Caledon (Article in Caledon Enterprise.com) Jun. 27, 2013: Lydia Adams Wins Prestigious 2013 Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts
Aug. 4, 2014: Festival of the Sound - Closing Thoughts from Peter McGillivray: “...the choir’s joyful exuberance were a powerful reminder that some emotions are too powerful to be merely spoken... they must be sung.”
Nov. 16, 2014: Collaboration was the reigning principle Sunday afternoon at an a cappella joint meeting of VivaVoca and the visiting Elmer Iseler Singers... Montreal Gazette.
Mar. 1, 2016:  Big Choral and Orchestral Sounds with Myths, Legends & Devotions (Posted by Esprit Orchestra)
Reviews of Lydia Adams’ choirs Mozart Requiem at TSO’s Mozart@260 Festival, January 21-23, 2016: "... it is a tribute to the combined forces of the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers that they managed to perform the piece off book, without a score. ... I wouldn’t have missed the performance for the world. "                                                                                                                                                             Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail "Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers, under the direction of Lydia Adams, sang the entire work by memory... Their voices were divine,... "                                                                                                                                       Michael Vincent, The Toronto Star "...Adams’ choirs made the most exquisite readings I’ve ever heard (live or on record), their Latin words enunciated more clearly to my ear than that of most of the soloists."                                                                        Leslie Barcza, barczablog.com " The Amadeus Choir and Elmer Iseler Singers under Lydia Adams provided the fervent choral forces needed. ... the Choir did remarkably well, especially from memory! ... a performance that will stay in memory for a long time. "                                                                                                                                                                  Joseph So, La Scena Musicale
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Review of performance in Port Hope on December 18, 2016 “…The choir took centre stage on their own with the next two numbers, the English carol The Holly and the Ivy and that oldest of Canadian carols, The Huron Carol. ..In 'Holly', Lydia Adams conducted from the piano and the rich textures of the choir shone through. The performance of 'Huron' was beautifully haunting. “…There   followed   three   pieces   by   the   choir   alone,   all   of   which   were   lovely   and   sensitive   performances...   Once   again, Adams   deftly   coaxed the quietest of endings from the choristers allowing the ending to hang beautifully.  
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"...the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin, and TSO violin soloist Mark Shazinetsky, joined Denève, Braun, Kunz and the TSO to give what for me wwereheopen soundsmost moving performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem Op. 48 that I have ever heard. Denѐve captured every nuance of beauty in this wonderful work. The choir was absolutely stunning in its range of expression and tonal purity." Excerpt from a review by David Richards at Toronto Concert Reviews, Feb.3, 2017  
Review of Fauré Requiem performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, February 1- 2, 2017

 

April 1, 2017:  The Elmer Iseler Singers, Tapestry Opera and the Gryphon Trio were nominated as one of 5 contenders for "Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance" for their recording of "Dark Star Requiem", by Canadian composer Andrew Staniland, conducted by Wayne Strongman, in the 2017 Juno Awards. . 
Review of Western Canada Tour performance in Agassiz, BC April 26, 2017 at Agassiz Christian Reformed Church "Our listeners... were captivated by the mesmerizing sounds of a harmonious 20-member "chamber" choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, directed by their profound leader, maestro Lydia Adams. The professionalism of the conductor and each member of the group was integrated into a kind of "ensemble" in which all, and everyone's, unique timbres were added to the fullness of the choirs magnificent tonal colours and expressions... All listeners were ready to stay in the hall to ask the Elmer Iseler Singers for numerous encores."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Kirill Bolshakov, Agassiz-Harrison Observer
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Nov. 16, 2014: Collaboration was the reigning principle Sunday afternoon at an a cappella joint meeting of Viva and the visiting Elmer Iseler Singers                                                            ... Montreal Gazette            Aug. 4, 2014: Festival of the Sound - Closing thoughts from Peter McGillivray: “...the choir’s joyful exuberance were a powerful reminder that some emotions are too powerful to be merely spoken... they must be sung.”
May 18, 2014: Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Choir win the 2014 Outstanding Innovation Award  presented by Choral Canada.
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Mar. 1, 2016:  Big Choral and Orchestral Sounds with Myths, Legends & Devotions                                                (Posted by Esprit Orchestra)
 Aug 31, 2013: Premier award winner hails from Caledon (Article in Caledon Enterprise.com)

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Leslie Barcza, barczablog.com
Joseph So, La Scena Musicale
Jun. 27, 2013: Lydia Adams Wins Prestigious 2013 Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts
© Elmer Iseler Singers 2000-2017   
Website by Verity Graphics
Review of performance in Port Hope on December 18, 2016
“…The choir took centre stage on their own with the next two numbers, the English carol The Holly and the Ivy and that oldest of Canadian carols, The Huron Carol. ..In 'Holly', Lydia Adams conducted from the piano and the rich textures of the choir shone through. The performance of 'Huron' was beautifully haunting. “…There followed three pieces by the choir alone, all of which were lovely and sensitive performances... Once again, Adams deftly coaxed the quietest of endings from the choristers allowing the ending to hang beautifully. Jeff Mitchell at torontoconcertreviews.ca Reviews of Lydia Adams’ choirs Mozart Requiem at TSO’s Mozart@260 Festival, Jan. 21-23, 2016: "... it is a tribute to the combined forces of the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers that they managed to perform the piece off book, without a score. ... I wouldn’t have missed the performance for the world."   Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail  "Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers, under the direction of Lydia Adams, sang the entire work by memory... Their voices were divine... "                                             Michael Vincent, The Toronto Star                                                                                                                                                                                                   "...Adams’ choirs made the most exquisite readings I’ve ever heard (live or on record), their Latin words enunciated more clearly to my ear than that of most of the soloists."                                                       " The Amadeus Choir and Elmer Iseler Singers under Lydia Adams provided the fervent choral forces needed. ... the Choir did remarkably well, especially from memory! ... a performance that will stay in memory for a long time. "                                                                                                                                                 Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, with Toronto Symphony Orchestra and EIS and Amadeus Choir" ... the Amadeus Choir and Elmer Iseler Singers were extraordinary. While Roy Thomson Hall's cavernous acoustics can sometimes swallow the TSO, the added choirs made the space shine. They were awe-inspiring, and every bit as dramatic as the soloists.” Michael Vincent, Musical Toronto, 3 Nov. 2014  Soundstreams choreographer brings drama to a Russian devotional work “Saariaho’s contribution to the Soundstreams program was a choral setting of Tag des Jahrs by the German poet Friedrich Holderlin. The four movements – one for each season – were performed by the Iseler Singers, under their artistic director, Lydia Adams, accompanied by an electronic soundtrack.   ...The trickiest movement was Autumn, which required some careful rhythmic synchronization between the electronics and the choir. Fortunately, this is the sort of thing the Iseler Singers do well, and the result was a refined and polished performance.”    Colin Eatock, The Globe and Mail Review of Fauré Requiem performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, February 1- 2, 2017   "...the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin, and TSO violin soloist Mark Shazinetsky, joined Denève, Braun, Kunz and the TSO to give what for me was the most moving performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem Op. 48 that I have ever heard. Denѐve captured every nuance of beauty in this wonderful work. The choir was absolutely stunning in its range of expression and tonal purity." Excerpt from a review by David Richards at Toronto Concert Reviews, Feb. 3, 2017
April 1, 2017:  The Elmer Iseler Singers, Tapestry Opera and the Gryphon Trio were nominated as one of 5 contenders for "Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance" for their recording of "Dark Star Requiem", by Canadian composer Andrew Staniland, conducted by Wayne Strongman, in the 2017 Juno Awards.
Review of Western Canada Tour performance in Agassiz, BC, April 26, 2017 "…Our listeners... were captivated by the mes- merizing sounds of a harmonious 20-member "chamber" choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, directed by their profound leader, maestro Lydia Adams. The professionalism of the con- ductor and each member of the group was integrated into a kind of "ensemble" in which all, and everyone's, unique timbres were added to the fullness of the choirs magnificent tonal colours and expressions... All listeners were ready to stay in the hall to ask the Elmer Iseler Singers for numerous encores." Kirill Bolshakov, Agassiz-Harrison Observer
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