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Toronto Classical Singers

Jurgen Petrenko
Conductor, Jurgen Petrenko

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253 Woburn Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M5M 1L1

416 986-8749

Email: info@torontoclassicalsingers.ca

Website: www.torontoclassicalsingers.ca

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About

Toronto Classical Singers is the only choir in the country dedicated exclusively to the great choral/orchestral repertoire. Known for its unique musical point-of-view and its diverse and high-quality programming, the choir features lesser-known and rarely performed pieces as well as the beloved vocal/orchestral repertoire. Led by founding conductor and artistic director Jurgen Petrenko, the group has established a long-standing partnership with Talisker Players who accompany the choir in their presentations of the great choral masterpieces.

Over our 28 seasons in Toronto, it took a full-blown pandemic for the cancellation of a performance and like all arts groups, we are greatly impacted by the situation. However, we are optimistic that the choir, the Talisker Players and soloists, conducted by Jurgen Petrenko, will perform together again on May 2, 2021 on an all Vaughan Williams programme. As vast as the ocean, his Sea Symphony will be performed with Five Mystical Songs, creating a concert of atmospheric awe and wonder.

We look forward to resuming our full schedule in 2021-2022, as we celebrate 30 years of contributing to musical life in Toronto.

Our concerts are presented at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street.

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The Folks Behind It All

Jurgen Petrenko, Artistic Director

Born in Toronto, Jurgen Petrenko has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto.  After many years as an organist and freelance musician, Jurgen joined the CBC where he worked as a producer of programs including Choral Concert, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, the Opera Quiz, Critic’s Choice, Take Five, and as executive producer of Music and Company.  He has also presented over 400 weekly Organ Thursday features.

Jurgen has served as the general manager of the prestigious Elora Festival, and has conducted for Toronto Operetta Theatre. He regularly plays harsichord with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and is the artistic director of the Centre Wellington Singers. He currently is the organist of St. John’s Anglican Church in Elora and teaches oratorio to the graduate voice majors at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Jurgen is the co-founder and artistic director of Toronto Classical Singers with whom he has conducted dozens of the major choral/orchestral works.  He is also in demand as an adjudicator and organ accompanist and can be heard on numerous recordings on the Naxos and independent labels, accompanying St. John’s Parish Choir, and the Elora Festival Singers.

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