Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Toronto Children’s Chorus and Beyond the Pale team up for special concert “Around the World in 80 Minutes”

The Toronto Children’s Chorus is pleased to present Around the World in 80 Minutes, Friday, June 5, 2010, 7:30 pm, Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Tickets are $44.50-$34.50, 416-408-0208 or www.rcmusic.caAround the World in 80 Minutes is an extraordinary musical journey circumnavigating the globe with music from Canada, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. The Chorus will première a newly commissioned work for treble choir and Klezmer band written by Klezmer guru, Martin van de Ven of Beyond the Pale. The concert will also feature the Toronto Children’s Chorus Alumni Choir and special guests Beyond the Pale.
The new work stemmed from the theme for this year's season, "Creation", and our desire to connect our choristers and audiences more broadly with world music and our multicultural city as part of our new, annual concert, Around the World in 80 Minutes. For the 2009-2010 concert season, we chose to focus on the Eastern European Klezmer tradition. Di Zukunft (The Future) is a three-movement work telling a Canadian immigration story of hope, renewal and dreams of Utopia. Di Zukunft will use the voices of the Twelfth Children’s Work Commune as recorded in the memoirs of Manya Lipshitz, a Canadian immigrant from Russia, where she had lived in a commune for homeless children. Along with this exciting new work and music from around the world, Beyond the Pale will present a 20-minute segment of their music.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles for children. Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, C.M., O.Ont., now Conductor Laureate, the Chorus welcomed internationally-renowned conductor Elise Bradley as Artistic Director in 2007.

The Chorus has performed at revered venues around the world and with many internationally celebrated conductors. In the summer of June 2009, the Toronto Children’s Chorus performed with the Vienna Boys’ Choir at the World Choral Festival Gala Concert in the Golden Hall of Vienna’s famed Musikverein, at the personal invitation of the choir. In September 2009, the Chorus was chosen to record the Olympic Torch song with rising Canadian star, Nikki Yanofsky.

The Chorus has also received rave reviews for its guest performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in November 2009 and with Krzysztof Penderecki and Soundstreams Canada in January 2010.
The Toronto Children’s Chorus looks forward to its 2010-2011 concert season entitled “Soundscapes” and to its new CD recording, the first under the leadership of Elise Bradley .

For more information please call Rhanda Bonet-Graham: 416-932-8666 x 225, 416-465-1739, or e-mail

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