For its holiday concert, Cantores Celestes Women's Choir will explore the theme of divine light with a selection of music celebrating light and love. On Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 7:30pm. at Runnymede United Church in Toronto, the choir will perform music by composers including Antonio Vivaldi, John Rutter, and Kentaro Sato.
This performance will kick-start the choir’s 30th anniversary year. “Our little choir began with eight women. We now have 50 voices,” says choir director and founder Kelly Galbraith. “No government grants; just a group of strong and talented women who believe in giving back to the community and sharing their song.”
This concert features the North American premiere of “Magnificat” by Kentaro Sato. The piece has only been performed once before in Japan.
In May 2018, Cantores Celestes performed John Rutter’s Visions at Carnegie Hall under the composer’s direction. “In our holiday concert, we will bring Visions to a local audience,” says Galbraith. “This work is a tour de force for violin and features Clare Pellerin in this virtuosic role. Ours will be the first performance in Canada for harp, organ, and violin.”
Inspired by the idea of Jerusalem both as the Holy City and a utopian ideal of heavenly peace and seraphic bliss, Sir John Rutter has selected four biblical texts, in English and Latin, that express different aspects of this vision.
Musicians joining the choir in this concert are Cantores Celestes accompanist Kate Carver, The Emperor Quartet, harpist Jacqueline Goring, and organist Matthew Coons.
The choir will continue its tradition of giving to charity with a $1,000 donation to the Gernstein Crisis Centre to support people suffering mental health crises.
“At this concert, we will celebrate 30 years of helping people escape the troubles of the world,” says Galbraith. “The chosen music, including choir favourite Vivaldi’s Gloria, reverberates with light and hope. What a perfect way to start the holiday season.”
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30pm
Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Road, Toronto
No reserved seating
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