Artistic Director’s Message

2016/17 Season Graphics

Welcome to our 39th Season!

elise-bradley-2012editFor centuries, music has erased borders and crossed cultures to help unite people and nations in peace. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.” Even in the 18th century, Beethoven wrote that “Music can change the world.”

During our 2016-2017 season, which also marks my tenth year as Artistic Director, we look forward to sharing our message of peace and celebration through thrilling performances by all our ensembles, and by our special guest artists, including the Nagata Shachu taiko drummers, Spanish guitarist Warren Nicholson, Stratford actor Geraint Wyn Davies, harpist Judy Loman and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. We are also honoured to have been invited to perform in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Atelier, and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In the season finale, our message will take flight as the Chamber Choir represents Canada at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, hosted by the International Federation for Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain in July 2017. The Symposium’s theme, “The Colours of Peace”, perfectly reflects our own, and we look forward to joining 23 other internationally recognized choirs to celebrate choral diversity and help build peace in the world. While in Spain, the Chamber Choir will also compete in the Festival Internacional de Musica de Cantonigròs in Catalonia, our first major international competition during my tenure.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our 39th season and look forward to sharing our spectacular repertoire In Peace and Celebration with you!

Elise Bradley, Artistic Director

“All of those people are pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony, which is kind of an emblem for what we need in this world, when so much of the world is at odds with itself…”

– John Rutter, Composer & Conductor