Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 pm
From the longest night to the return of light, we sing the many facts of the season, celebrating our native landscapes with a distinctly Canadian accent. Pieces by Harris, Thompson, Ingari, Lightfoot, and others. We welcome guest artists Ariko, a Franco-Ontarian fiddle trio whose rich vocal harmonies and dynamic rhythms abound with jazz and zydeco inflections.
Carmina Burana – CANCELLED (TO BE RESCHEDULED IN SPRING 2021)
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 7:30 pm
Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
Virtues and vices alike tumble when Fortuna spins her wheel! Join us in celebrating spring with the boisterous and spirited Carmina Burana, featuring a stellar cast of soloists — soprano Melanie Conly, tenor Joshua Clemenger, and bass-baritone Alex Halliday — along with the singers of Young Voices Toronto, duo pianists Coral Solomon and Michael Berkovsky, and a percussion ensemble headed by Alejandro Céspedes. Complementing Carl Orff’s monumental work is an intimate set of pieces inspired by the Song of Solomon and focusing on the gentler themes of love and nature. Featured composers include Willan, Whitacre and Grieg.0
This Shining Night
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:30 pm
Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
The choir has spoken! In this “by request” concert, the choir will sing a programme of pieces that have especially touched our hearts, and are certain to win yours. Our musical offering features some of the best loved choral gems of the past five centuries, by Palestrina, Tallis, Rheinberger, Barber, Lauridsen, the Beatles, and others. Buy tickets.
December 15, 2018 — Gloria!
Light up the season with glorious song! Poulenc’s magnificent Gloria is at the heart of our programme as we sing the Christmas story through familiar favourites and new discoveries. Featuring Nicole Hulme, soprano, and Stephen Boda, organ.
February 23, 2019 — Camerata: A Day in Song
Join the Annex Chamber Choir as we trace the course of a day in song. From Mendelssohn and Morley to Dolly Parton and U2, we present our most eclectic programme yet. Featuring guest artist Raffi Altounian, guitar.
April 6, 2019 — Immortal Mozart
The astonishing scope of Mozart’s unfinished Great Mass in C minor is paired with the concise perfection of Haydn’s Te Deum and the shimmering beauty of Elgar’s Lux Aeterna. Featuring The Talisker Players and four stellar soloists.
June 1, 2019 — Underneath the Stars
Moonbeams and stardust light up our final programme of the season — a cabaret concert of jazz standards and popular songs on the theme of celestial night. Selections by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, and other Songbook luminaries.
December 9 & 10, 2017 — December Diaries: A Choral Drama
Shackleton ice-bound at the South Pole, Champlain’s first winter in New France, the Christmas Truce of 1914… journey with us to three remarkable Christmases past as we encounter individuals creating meaning for themselves in the face of unimaginable hardship.
March 3, 2018 — Camerata
The Annex Chamber Choir presents an eclectic programme in an intimate setting, highlighting jewels of the chamber repertoire by Dufay, Tallis, Rheinberger, Sirett, Gershwin, and others. Featuring guest artist Mark Chambers, cello.
May 5, 2018 — North by Northeast
Contemporary choral music by Scandinavian and Baltic composers is lighting up the northern sky! Join us for a luminous evening, featuring Dobrogosz’s Jazz Mass (Sweden), and including music by Gjeilo (Norway), Pärt (Estonia), Ešenvalds (Latvia) and Miškinis (Lithuania).
December 17, 2016 — Noël
From the homespun carols of his native France, Marc-Antoine Charpentier weaves a magnificent tapestry in his Messe de Minuit. Carols remain at the heart of our programme with settings by Praetorius, Willan, Rutter, Sandström and others, including a world premiere.
June 3, 2017 — Cabaret: Rocks and Trees
(and trees and rocks…)
From the fun and folksy to the sublimely poetic, we present the Canadian Songbook with words and music from our nation’s troubadours, including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers and Wade Hemsworth.
December 12, 2015 — Gaudete!
Ancient words meet modern settings in Benjamin Britten’s
A Ceremony of Carols, while the spirit of the season sparkles in shorter Renaissance and contemporary works by Victoria, Poulenc, Tavener, and Stopford. Featuring guest artist Julia Seager-Scott, harp.
May 7, 2016 — Songs & Sonnets: A Shakespeare Celebration
Commemorating the words, life and times of the Bard with Renaissance works by Tallis, Dowland, Morley and Byrd, as well as contemporary settings of songs and sonnets by Matthew Harris, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and legendary jazz composer George Shearing. Guest artist Cynthia Hiebert, harpsichord.
March 5, 2016 — Camerata
The Annex Singers Chamber Choir in an eclectic programme highlighting jewels of the chamber repertoire by Victoria, Byrd, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Nyberg, along with selections from the American Songbook. Featuring guest artist Mark Chambers, cello.
December 13, 2014 — The Ice Storm
What really happened when the lights went out? Come find out at The Ice Storm, a new choral drama featuring an original script. Through words and music, we will revisit the bother and blessing of last winter, and discover that on the darkest night, the stars shine brightest.
April 18, 2015 — Till Beauty Shines
Featuring one of Haydn’s finest works, the tempestuous Mass for Troubled Times, better known as the Lord Nelson Mass. After the storm has settled, we present songs of love and peace. We are joined by the Talisker Players and four stellar soloists for this celebration of 35 years of singing.
May 30, 2015, Spring Cabaret — Where in the World?
It’s time to put on your travellin’ shoes, and join the Annex Singers as we take you on a journey that traverses the globe in song.
December 14, 2013 — The M Files
Mysterium. Magnificat. Maria. A celebration of the ancient texts of the season, as interpreted by composers spanning oceans and time. Including music by Josquin, Rachmaninoff, Raminsh, and Pärt. Featuring guest artist Sarah Christina Steinert, mezzo-soprano.
February 22, 2014 — Camerata
The Annex Chamber Chorus presents its first full-scale concert, which will feature an eclectic programme in an intimate setting. The evening will highlight works by Josquin, Palestrina, Britten, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the Beatles. Featuring guest artist Lucas Harris, lute.
May 3, 2014 — The Road Home
Exile, sojourn, and return — a musical pilgrimage that explores the varied nature of heart, hearth, and home. Selections by Palestrina, Barber, Brahms, Whitacre, and Canadian folk legends Wade Hemsworth and Stan Rogers. Featuring guest artists soprano Tina Torlone and fiddler Miranda Mulholland.
December 8, 2012 — December Diaries
An original programme exploring the generosity of spirit of this special season. The evening is a feast or words and music, including seasonal carols and music by Purcell, Lully, Britten, and others. Guests are Dora-nominated actors Barbara Gordon and Kevin Hanchard and renowned fiddler Anne Lindsay.
April 13, 2013 — Heaven and Earth
From the heavenly heights of Faure’s serene Requiem to the joyful tumult of life here below, we celebrate the imminent arrival of spring with music sacred and profane. Featuring guest artists Paulina Swierczek, soprano, and Domenico Sanfilippo, baritone.
May 25, 2013 – Spring Cabaret — The Food of Love
If music be the food of love, play on…
Be our guest at our spring cabaret, an evening of great music, good food and flowing wine. We’ll be serving up a banquet of Broadway tunes, standards, popular classics and contemporary hits.
December 10, 2011 — A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Rediscover Christmas through the eyes of a child in our presentation of Dylan Thomas’s classic narrative. Featuring actor Richard Partington and the Broadview Brass, selections include seasonal carols and music by Sweelinck, Arne, Joubert, Walton, and Lauridsen.
March 31, 2012 — Into Light
Join us as we usher in Spring with a programme that celebrates the growing light of the season, featuring songs of hope and inspiration. We are delighted to be joined by soprano Paulina Swierczek, who will perform a set of art songs, including the world premiere of a new work by our own Maria Case.
May 26, 2012 — Opera Choruses
From the sublime to the ridiculous, our programme features choruses of love, hate, passion, fate, freedom, adventure, and drinking! Featuring a return of guest performers soprano Lindsay Heyland and tenor Justin Ralph, both of whom thrilled us in last year’s Choral Masterworks.
December 10, 2010 — Christmas at Holy Rosary
Celebrating the season at Holy Rosary church, exploring works from the past 600 years with guest ensemble the Broadview Brass.
April 9, 2011 – Choral Masterworks
Performances of some of the best-loved choruses from major works of the choral repertoire. Featuring guest performers: Lindsay Heyland, Justin Ralph and Jesse Malone.
May 28, 2011 — The Weather Report
How’s the weather? Come find out at our spring cabaret, but be prepared for a little stormy weather, as well as sunshine, showers and everything in between.
December 12, 2009 — Christmas Near and Far
Celebrating the season with carols from a wide variety of musical traditions, each sung in its original language.
April 17, 2010 — Songs of the Earth
Excerpts from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana as well as a set based on the Song of Songs. Featuring guest performers: Philip Kalmanovitch, Allison Cecilia Arends, Elaine Lau, Adam Sherkin, Alejandro Cespedes, Bruce Chi, Joel Cormier, Etienne Levesque, J. Rafael Ponciano, Ed Squires
May 29, 2010 — It’s About Time
Our 30th anniversary celebration featuring songs on the theme of time–past, present, and what is to come.
December 12, 2008 — Choruses and Carols
Celebrating the season with famous choruses and carols both old and new.
April 25, 2009 — Shout!
Featuring Steve Dobrogosz’s Jazz Mass and Haydn’s Te Deum.
May 30, 2009 — Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
A veritable rogues’ gallery of blackguards, knaves and femmes fatales!
December 1, 2007 — What Sweeter Music
Season’s greetings courtesy of Charpentier. This midnight mass and other holiday favourites will help you get into the spirit of the season.
April 12, 2008 — Schubert, Spring & Song
French, English and German madrigals and a Mass by an Austrian you might know. Join us for this initiation of the Spring!
April 14, 2007 — Mozart, Madrigals & More
Featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass, this performance will also feature popular madrigals and time honoured love songs.
May 31, 2008 — Cabaret – La Vie Boheme
Celebrating the life Bohemian and the road less traveled.
June 2, 2007 — Cabaret – Heavenly Bodies
With songs of the sun, moon and stars, this performance will have your head in the clouds and stars in your eyes; a tribute to to all things heavenly.