Featuring Camille Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 7:30pm
Kingston Road United Church
975 Kingston Road, Toronto
Immerse yourself in an enchanting evening of choral music and holiday spirit with Toronto Beach Chorale’s concert featuring Saint Saëns’ mesmerizing ‘Christmas Oratorio’. This captivating piece, scored for soloists, harp, strings, and organ, promises to transport you to a world of beauty and splendour. Alongside this masterpiece, the program also includes Berlioz’s moving ‘Shepherd’s Farewell’ and a selection of melodious and lively carols from the French tradition.
Vivaldi and JS Bach
Sunday, February 25, 2024, 2:00pm
Beaches Presbyterian Church,
65 Glen Manor Dr., Toronto
Toronto Beach Chorale performs Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Magnificat’ as well as his lesser known ‘Introduction’ RV 639 paired with his other ‘Gloria in D Major’ RV 588. Music historian HC Robbins Landon has promoted both these works for their musical merit, equal to Vivaldi’s famous ‘Gloria in D Major’ RV 589. Robbins said “The ‘ Et in terra pax ” is an extraordinary movement….The sighing vocal lines … are grippingly effective and the whole is a vast panorama, developed slowly and with a certain awed respect … Perhaps the most original setting of such words in the 18th century “
Also on the program is JS Bach’s early Cantata 131 – ‘Aus der tiefen’. JS Bach had a great appreciation for Vivaldi and the influence of Vivaldi’s style and the Italian Baroque is evident in Bach’s Cantata.
WA Mozart: Requiem
Saturday, April 20, 2024, 7:30pm
Knox Presbyterian Church
630 Spadina Ave., Toronto
Mozart’s music continues to transport listeners to a timeless world of unparalleled beauty and emotion. It seamlessly blends grandeur and intimacy, capturing the essence of the human experience. Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ has the power to evoke a myriad of emotions in the hearts of listeners, and endures as a cornerstone in classical music repertoire. Within his ‘Requiem’, the hauntingly beautiful Lacrimosa’s melancholic melodies, expressed through delicate orchestration, evoke a profound sense of longing and sorrow.
There can be no doubt that the 1984 movie adaptation Peter Shaffer’s play ‘Amadeus’ introduced new listeners to Mozart and his music. The majesty and mystery surrounding Mozart’s famous ‘Requiem’ continues to attract audiences today.
Other works from Mozart’s final year will complete the program.