Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The Elmer Iseler Singers and their guest artists the VIVA Chamber Singers and conductors, Carol and Brad Ratzlaff, present a concert featuring songs of peace and a performance of Choral Canada’s 2018 National Award winning Words, Stories, Truth: a Trilogy in Honour of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples by composer Mark Sirett and poet Vera Wabegijig, an Aboriginal poet and artist from the Mississauga First Nation and Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve community.
Also works by:
- Peter Togni
- Eric Whitacre
- James MacMillan
- Eleanor Daley
- Carmen Braden
- Jason Jestadt
- Srul Irving Glick
About the VIVA Chamber Singers (a choir for youth and adults associated with VIVA Youth Singers of Toronto)
The VIVA Chamber Choir is an SATB auditioned choir for singers ages 15 and up, the culmination of the VIVA family of choirs for children, youth, and adults in downtown Toronto. Members are dedicated singers who wish to broaden their vocal and musical horizons, are passionate about performing major choral works, and are keen to take on formidable musical challenges.
Many members are part of a Choral Mentoring and Leadership Program (CMLP) as Conductors and Teaching Assistants in other VIVA choirs. The CMLP forms an integral part of VIVA’s structure, and provides young leaders and aspiring educators with vital opportunities to assist with and instruct singers of all ages and diverse needs, including members of the TD Bank Inclusion Program for singers with disabilities.
In this, VIVA’s 20th season, the VIVA Chamber Choir will perform MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre; Missa Gaia, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day with special guests Paul and Nick Halley; and will join the renowned Elmer Iseler Singers in concert on their subscription series.
Together with the children’s and adult choirs of VIVA, the Chamber Choir is pleased to be part of an ambitious 20th anniversary commissioning project: on May 30, 2020, the seven VIVA choirs will premier original works by a diverse team of Canadian composers, including Andrew Balfour, Cris Derksen, Alex Eddington, Andy Luck, and Tyler Versluis. Guest artists for the event include musicians Ben Grossman and Alison Melville, and actor RH Thomson.
In July 2020, the Chamber Choir embarks on a performance tour of Scotland. Concert stops include St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow; St. Andrew’s University; Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh; and the cathedral in New Dundee. Additionally, the choir will tour the Drake School, Scotland’s centre of expertise in musical inclusion.
Feb 9, 2020
Eglinton St. George’s United Church
35 Lytton Blvd., Toronto, ON, M4R 1L2