Guelph Chamber Choir preparing for a tour of England and Wales this summer
Monday, April 16, 20120 Comments
The Guelph Chamber Choir’s 2011/2012 season concludes with a performance of Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor, conducted by Gerald Neufeld onSaturday, April 28, 2012 at 8 pm at the River Run Centre in Guelph.
One of Bach’s final pieces, his Mass in B minor is the pinnacle achievement of Baroque composition. By turns brilliant, brash, tender and beguiling, Bach engages both mind and heart, lifting listeners and performers to a heightened state of awe and wonder.
Outstanding period instrumentalists have been carefully selected for this special performance. Joining the orchestra and choir are talented young Canadian soloists: Virginia Hatfield, soprano, Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo-soprano, Willis Bote, tenor and Michael Adair, baritone.
Virgina Hatfield is praised for her sparkling performances and winsome presence across Canada. Jennifer Enns Modolo has delighted audiences across the country with her clear, unaffected voice and meaningful singing. Willis Bote is a celebrated young tenor and a former student of conductor Gerald Neufeld at the University of Western Ontario.
Michael Adair is delighted to be making his professional Canadian debut here in his hometown. Since moving to Germany in 2009, he has been working as an oratorio soloist throughout Europe. Locally, he is remembered fondly as a former member of both the Guelph Youth Singers and the Guelph Chamber Choir.
Conductor Gerald Neufeld commented, “Bach’s Mass in B minor explodes with brilliance, leaving us amazed and awestruck in its powerful wake. It never fails to surprise and delight; it is, without a doubt, one of the greatest works of the choral canon.”
Join Organist and Musicologist Christopher Dawes for a PodiumTalk!, entitled The Sublime and the Intimate: Schweitzer’s two sides of the Mass in B minor, immediately before the performance, from 7:00 to 7:30 pm.
Single tickets are now available for only $30 each or 4 or more for only $25. We encourage young adults to attend with $10 tickets for those 30 and under and only $5 for youth with the eyeGO programme.
Single tickets are available through choir or board members, or through the River Run Centre by calling 519-763-3000 or online at www.riverrun.ca
Special thanks to our community-engaged concert sponsors: Eleanor and Don Ewing, Homewood Corporation, Linamar Corporation, R.N. Manufacturing Ltd. and Westminster Woods as well as soloist sponsor: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Guelph Chamber Choir’s 17-day performing tour of Englandand Wales:
Coming up, the choir is excited to be embarking on a 17-day performing tour to the United Kingdom in early July, where the choir will perform atWestminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament in London and compete at the invitation-only International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.
Each July around 4,000 competitors and as many as 50,000 visitors flock to witness the dazzling spectacle and experience the magic of Llangollen. For one week in July each year, choirs, musicians and dancers from around the world descend on this small Welsh town. Each evening renowned artists, many of whom started their careers in Llangollen, present concerts on the main stage.
The Guelph Chamber Choir will compete in the Mixed Choirs Class. The winner will be invited to compete in the Pavarotti Choir of the World Competition during the Saturday evening concert of the Eisteddfod.
Members of the tour choir are already hard at work, learning and memorizing the competition repertoire, carefully selected by conductor Gerald Neufeld.
The touring choir will give a Farewell Concert on Saturday June 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm in Harcourt Memorial United Church, one week before flying to London on June 30. For ticket info, please visit the choir’s website www.guelphchamberchoir.ca or call 519-836-5103.