THE SCOOP | Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: New Works, Old Favourites & Expanded Choir For 2022-23

By Anya Wassenberg on August 8, 2022

L-R (clockwise): TMC Artistic Director Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée (Photo: Tam Photography); Composer-in-Residence Dr. Shireen Abu Khader (Photo courtesy of TMC); Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Photo courtesy TMC)
L-R (clockwise): TMC Artistic Director Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée (Photo: Tam Photography); Composer-in-Residence
Dr. Shireen Abu Khader (Photo courtesy of TMC); Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Photo courtesy TMC)

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announced new works and initiatives, along with treasured favourites, for their 2022-23 season.

The season’s repertoire will include Joby Talbot, J.S. Bach, David Lang, and, it goes without saying, Felix Mendelssohn. Programming includes a focus on reaching a wide audience, and representing local communities.

“We are elated to be back in full force and bigger than ever.” says Artistic Director Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée in a release. “Between thrilling masterworks, an expansion of the choir, and venues like Roy Thomson Hall and Koerner Hall, it is a season of grandeur, creativity, and unprecedented growth.”

The Toronto Mendelssohn Singers

This season introduces TMC’s new 24-voice professional ensemble, the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers in two concerts.

  • The Pilgrim’s Way: Centred on Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles for a cappella voices, a musical meditation on the Camino de Santiago, along with work by inaugural composer-in-residence Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader, under the direction of Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Oct 1, 2022
  • Little Match Girl Passion: David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tale is a musical vigil drawing a spotlight on hunger and homelessness in our city, along with excerpts of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, under the direction of Jean-Sébastien Vallée. March 18, 2023
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with Artistic Director Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée (Photo courtesy TMC)
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir at Koerner Hall (Photo courtesy TMC)

Signature Concerts

  • Mendelssohn’s Elijah: With the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Singers, and world-renowned bass-baritone Russell Braun, led by Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée. November 2, 2022 at Roy Thomson Hall
  • Festival of Carols: The TMChoir and the TMSingers conducted by Jean-Sébastien Vallée, featuring organist Dr. Isabelle Demers, and a new work by our inaugural composer-in-residence Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader. December 6, 2022
  • Bach’s Mass in B minor: TMC under the direction of maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée in Bach’s masterpiece. March 28, 2023

Community Events

  • TMChoir Community Choir Festival (February 4, 2023)
  • The annual Choral Conductor’s Symposium and concert (May 2-6, 2023)
  • Several community engagement activities led by Dr. Jamie Hillman, the 22/23 Associate Conductor and Director of Community Engagement

As one of Canada’s oldest and largest choral organizations, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir includes more than 100 experienced (and auditioned) volunteer choristers along with the 24-person professional Toronto Mendelssohn Singers.

Tickets for the TMC 2022/2023 Concert Season are available now here.

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