Our 2019-2020 season began with “Winter Nights” – a celebration of all things wintery and Christmas. Our central piece, Winter Nights, was a collection composed by Stephanie Martin of Pax Christi Chorale featuring poetry by James Thomson (1700-1748; Scotland), Cori Martin (1959-; Toronto, ON) and Thomas Campion (1567-1620; England). It is a rich and moving composition that celebrates the starkness of the winter and the intrusion of Christmas midseason. To complement this beautiful work, we performed the Ave Rex by William Mathias (1934-1992; Wales). This carol sequence is considered one of his most familiar and rollicking pieces. Other music performed included Advent Moon (Ceciia McDowell), What Sweeter Music (Thomas Baker) and Under the Stars (Anne Mizen). Thank you to our amazing supporters and audience for sharing the concert with us.
The spring concert “Under Paris Skies” features all things Paris with elements of a Rossini’s mass combined with jazz flares. Our central work features Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle written in 1863. This is not a petite mass and we will be performing only some of the pieces including the kyrie and credo. In keeping with the theme, we will also be singing Tom Baker’s Paris Suite with some identifiable jazz tunes arranged for the accordion.