The Upper Canada Choristers and our Latin ensemble Cantemos share The Magic of Music in their spring concert,
Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto.
Our guest artists this spring are baritone Bradley Christensen and the Junior and Chamber Choirs of Allenby Public School
under the direction of Alison Bannerman.
This concert marks the 10th anniversary of the choir’s accomplished Latin ensemble, Cantemos. To mark the occasion,
Cantemos will premiere a work commissioned by Venezuelan composer César Alejandro Carrillo, La Rosa de los Vientos (The Wind Rose),
with lyrics by Cantemos member Jacinto Salcedo. Cantemos also performs the arrangement created for it by Filipino composer
Ryan Cayabyab of his Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika (Our Music is Beautiful); and Noche de Lluvia (Rainy Night) from Canadian composer
Sid Robinovitch’s Canciones por las Americas (Songs for the Americas).
In a program Laurie Evan Fraser terms “especially moving and beautiful”, the Allenby School choirs join the Choristers in
John Rutter’s The Music’s Always There With You, and Evan Fraser’s arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s Nella Fantasia (I Have a Fantasy).
Under their conductor Alison Bannerman, the children’s choirs will also sing songs of magic and fantasy.
As well, the UCC sings Something Like a Star from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, to words by poet Robert Frost; and In the Night
We Shall Go In by Canada’s Imant Raminsh, with words by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
We are very excited to have Bradley Christensen (www.bradleychristensenbaritone.com) join us as soloist for Ralph Vaughan
Williams’ Five Mystical Songs for baritone and choir. Christensen was one of 10 artists chosen last fall to work with opera star Brett Polegato
and perform in the concert Singing Stars: The Next Generation, presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists.
Tickets for The Magic of Music are $25 each; children and teens accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 416-256-0510 or emailing email@example.com.
Patrons are invited to bring a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank.