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Bio: Over a 33-year history, the Exultate Chamber Singers have garnered praise from all quarters for sensitive, precise and seamless performances.
Exultate presents a regular subscription series concert, performs at festivals and special concerts around Ontario, and contributes to the development of ... See Full BioMore Info
Sing a song of Shakespeare pays tribute to composers inspired by the famous bard. Exultate reprises its CD, The Present Time, with music by Canadian composers Freedman and Holman, and British composer Mathias. The centerpiece of the concert is Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, originally written for 16 soloists and orchestra. Michael Coghlan’s In sweet music is such art, for chorus, flute and piano, and Matthew Harris’ jazzy settings round out the programme. Guest narrator Josh Johnston illuminates the texts for us.
Meditations provides an opportunity for contemplation and refl ection. Eleanor Daley’s a cappella Requiem, composed in 1993, combines Latin and English texts, and features soprano and baritone soloists with chorus. In contrast, Franz Liszt’s Missa Choralis, written in 1865, uses the traditional Latin mass form, and is accompanied by organ. Often associated with a flamboyant compositional style, Liszt chose a more pious, conservative path for this music. Guest organist Daniel Bickle joins us for this performance.
A Canadian Noël includes music by some of Canada’s most celebrated composers: Willan, Henderson, Daley, Sirett, Patriquin, and Cable, among others. The featured work is Ruth Watson Henderson’s glorious setting of the Magnifi cat (Song of Mary), for chorus and organ. Eunseong Cho joins us as guest organist for this concert. Organized around the stages of celebration - anticipation, annunciation, celebration, adoration and jubilation - the music reflects a variety of emotions. Raise your own voices in song with us as we sing familiar carols to usher in the season.
Exulate begins the season On the Wings of Song, presenting works by Handel, Bardos, Batten, Bach (Motet VI, Lobet den Herrn), and Henderson. To celebrate Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday, we will sing selections from his Flower Songs. As a preview to a citywide celebration of Alice Parker’s choral music the weekend of Oct. 25- 27th, we will perform Songstreams, settings of poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as Ms. Parker’s rousing arrangements of Hark, I hear the harps eternal and How can I keep from singing? Come and celebrate song as we bring you inspiring music from a variety of traditions and styles.
Fire of the Spirit The final program of the year takes the image of fire as represented by the Holy Spirit the Dove and the Flames of Fire. A wide range of works for choir and organ will draw listeners into a world of spirituality. The climax of the concert and of the series includes settings of O Ignis spiritus by Imant Raminsh and Hildegard von Bingen. Featuring guest conductor Stephanie Martin