Toronto Mendelssohn Choir – Sanctus & Hosanna from Missa Pax

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The Toronto Mendelssohn web is doing a live web-cast of their Conductors’ Symposium. Brilliant! – this is a very polished production. Kemuel Wong directing the Sanctus & Hosanna from the Missa Pax. Looks like there are two other Canadians on the program – Srul Irving Glick (Haleluya), directed by Catherine Klopoushak and Harry Sommers (Feller From Forture, arr.), also directed by Kemuel Wong.

 

Wow! – that was an amazing performance. 

Silent Dawn at the Winnipeg New Music Festival

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I’m looking forward to hearing the Elmer Iseler Singers’ performance of “Silent Dawn” on Monday evening. This choir is absolutely brilliant. I wrote silent dawn in 2004, inspired by the stillness of new fallen snow in the early morning. It feels very appropriate to hear this piece in Winnipeg, especially when we’ve just experienced about a foot of fresh snowfall!

Here are a couple reviews from recent performances of EIS performing Silent Dawn…

Elmer Iseler Singers in Prince George BC, March 23:

“One of the truly beautiful pieces presented in this program, Silent Dawn, is a composition by Timothy Corlis. The composer’s intent was to convey the sensation experienced witnessing a winter morning just before sunrise. The words and music create that sense of stillness and inspire the audience to feel the sense of viewing an ethereal sky. The Elmer Iseler Singers performed the piece as one would imagine the composer could wish–with an encompassing sense of peacefulness and calm. “

– Valerie Giles, The Prince George Citizen

Elmer Iseler Singers in Vernon, BC, March 24:

“A haunting tribute to the experience of a winter morning just before sunrise, titled Silent Dawn by Timothy Corlis, captured the spirit of that overwhelmingly still, silent time utterly and captivated the audience entirely.”

 – Christine Pilgrim, Vernon Morning Star