Of Remembrance and Hope – November 2013 concert

Of Remembrance and Hope

Our first concert of the 2013 – 2014 season features a programme that pays tribute to our fallen heroes and transitions in to a message of hope and peace. Bell’Arte Singers is proud to present the Canadian premiere of Peter Klatzow’s “Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa” (based on words from Desmond Tutu) with Duo Percussion, “Requiem” by Eleanor Daley, “Freedom Trilogy” by Paul Halley, as well as works by Ames, Chatman, and Schmidt.

November 23, 2013
8:00 pm
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Ave, Toronto

$25 (adult)
$20 (senior/student)
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March 2014 concert: Cantamos!

March 2, 2014
3:00 pm
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue, Toronto

Cantamos!

Escape the icy grip of winter and join us for a musical vacation featuring music from warmer climates. With the sounds and rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina, this Latin American programme will lift your spirits and spice up your winter.

Featuring the Cassava Quintet, with works by López-Gavilán, Stroope, Guastavino, Ramírez, Guzman, Villa-Lobos and Aguiar.

$25 (adult)
$20 (senior/student)

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March 2nd 2013 Concert – Memories and Reflections

Memories and Reflections

Bell’Arte celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Memories and Reflections, a tribute to the contributions of Bell’Arte Singers to Canadian choral music over the past 25 years.

The program highlights Bell’Arte’s favourite works and brings together current choir members, alumnae, former artistic directors and accompanists to present a diverse musical repertoire celebrating choral music.  Works of Canadian composers who have sung and worked with the choir will be featured.

Special guest artists include:

Dr. Lee Willingham, founding Artistic Director of Bell’Arte Singers, recognized music educator and current head of the Centre for Community Music at Laurier University,

Dr. Gerard Yun, conductor, composer, global music scholar and past Artistic Director of Bell’Arte Singers,

Dr.Victor Mio, Canadian composer, music educator and former Bell’Arte Singers member, and,

Dr. Ben Bolden, professor at Queen’s University, Canadian composer, and former member of Bell’Arte Singers.

The Memories and Reflections public concert will be held

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
at 8:00 p.m.
St. Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church
525 Bloor Street East (near Sherbourne subway)
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1J1

Tickets: Adults $25; Students and Seniors $20;
Group Discounts Available

November 17th 2012 Concert – A Choral Tapestry

A Choral Tapestry

Bell’Arte Singers begins its 25th season with a celebration of the rich diversity of choral music:  sacred works, jazz style, folk songs, spirituals and melodies that bring poetry to life.

From Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Chilcott’s Canticles of Light, Jasperse’s Voice Dance IV, and Hogan’s I Can Tell The World, enjoy the experience of being lost in reverie one minute and tapping your toes the next.

The program also includes works by Ticheli, Clausen, Patriquin, Kodaly, Rutter and Sametz.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
at 8:00 p.m.
St. Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church
525 Bloor Street East (near Sherbourne subway)
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1J1
Tickets: Adults $25; Students and Seniors $20;
Group Discounts Available

Traditional: Ways of Remembering

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Traditional: Ways of Remembering

People, the land, the sea, stories and traditions; songs to remember loved ones by, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, Old World and New World. This concert begins with some of the most beautiful choral works, including excerpts from Eleanor Daley’s Requiem, Z. Randall Stroope’s Amor De Mi Alma and Paul Aitkin’s In Flanders Fields. There will be traditional seasonal music and music from Canadian and other traditions. In tradition is memory.

Letters Home

Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Letters Home

Where is home? The poetry and texts of letters and music interweave in the words and memories of patriots, ex-patriots, immigrants, and the displaced from present day to the distant past. The sense of home is close to each of us while our physical place of home is often beyond the seas and more often, beyond words. This moving concert presentation explores the places we call home, from the little-seen images of the familiar set to Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat, the places named long ago by the Ojibwe people in Keewaydin, and the inner home found in Mother Theresa’s Prayer. Also featured are Stephen Paulus’s The Road Home, Farelly’s Isle of Innisfree, and Z. Randall Stroope’s arrangement of Gustave Holst’s Homeland.

We will focus on themes of home including readings of letter excerpts and photographic images of Toronto.

Christ Church Deer Park

Tickets: Adults $20; Students and Seniors $15; Group Discounts Available

In 1964 Terry Riley released one of the most
important and intriguing works in all of musical
history \u2013 \u201cIn C\u201d. It was designed for any number
of instrumentalists to play through 53 different
musical patterns, each repeating their pattern at
a slightly different time than anyone else in the
group. It is an intriguing work, something to be
experienced rather than analyzed. Each
performance of the work is quite different from
any other. It has been performed by many
different ensembles \u2013 orchestras, concert bands,
percussion ensembles — with choral groups being
in the distinct minority. The Bell\u2019Arte Singers will
shape a compelling and electrifyingly beautiful
version of this classic work that has been described
as both mesmerizing and at the same time
meditative.
In C is set against works that describe and are
inspired by nature including Alberto Grau\u2019s \u201cKasar
mie la gaji\u201d (The Earth Is Tired), Eric Whitacre\u2019s
\u201cCloudburst\u201d, and Frank Ticheli\u2019s \u201cEarth Song\u201d.