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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.
Ours is a country of diverse and dramatic landscapes. Come hear the landscape sing, in a programme of music by Canadian composers that evokes this mighty land. Including Chatman, Daley, Glick, Rogers, and Sirett. Featuring Franco-Ontarian fiddle trio Ariko.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2011 – 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.
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.
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.
Featurings Guest Performers: Philip Kalmanovitch, Allison Cecilia Arends, Elaine Lau, Adam Sherkin, Alejandro Cespedes, Bruce Chi, Joel Cormier, Etienne Levesque, J. Rafael Ponciano, Ed Squires
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.
May 30, 2009 — Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
A veritable rogues’ gallery of blackguards, knaves and femmes fatales!
April 25, 2009 — Shout!
Featuring Steve Dobrogosz’s Jazz Mass and Haydn’s Te Deum.
December 12, 2008 — Choruses and Carols
Celebrating the season with famous choruses and carols both old and new.
May 31, 2008 — Cabaret – La Vie Boheme
Celebrating the life Bohemian and the road less traveled.
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!
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.
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.
April 14, 2007 — Mozart, Madrigals & More
Featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass, this performance will also feature popular madrigals and time honoured love songs.