Magnificat by John Rutter / Carols by Dan Forrest

Sunday December 12, 7:30pm – Kingston Road United Church
Mervin W. Fick, Artistic Director – Leanne Kaufman, soprano – with Chamber Orchestra
Toronto Beach Chorale still has seats available for our upcoming concert. Join us for an inspirational Yuletide message with carols and music of the season and our wish to you of Peace, Joy and Happiness to all!

Our return to the stage will feature Magnificat by composer John Rutter, who describes the piece as “a poetic outpouring of joy … and one of the most familiar and well-loved of scriptural texts”. With a mix of musical styles and influence of the Twentieth century with driving rhythms and contrasts in modal tonality, this composition will surely excite and satisfy your senses.

The program also includes a selection of expertly crafted Christmas arrangements by acclaimed contemporary composer Dan Forrest, whose works “are beloved by choral musicians and audiences alike”.  With choral music that paints a picture of the season, with inspiring and stirring arrangements based on texts of traditional Austrian, English and Scottish origin, also including the poem, ‘The Work of Christmas’ by influential American spiritual leader Howard Thurman.

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A note on the COVID-19 protocols we have put in place:

  • We will be following all public health protocols in effect as of the concert date
  • All audience members will be required to present proof of vaccination via the Province of Ontario’s QR-code based vaccine passport.
  • All audience members will be required to be masked at all times within the venue (concert hall, hallways, washrooms etc.) 
  • Choristers, concert staff/volunteers, and most orchestral musicians are required to be fully vaccinated and will be masked at all times
  • Soloists, orchestral musicians (wind/brass) and others involved in the performance who cannot be masked will be given an antigen test prior to the performance, which must be negative

We recognize that many of our past concertgoers have come to our concerts both to enjoy great choral music and to support a local arts organization, but that some of you may not feel comfortable attending a live performance at this time even with all the precautions we are taking. For these people we wish you the best of health and hope you will consider supporting us through a tax-creditable charitable donation.

What’s new at Toronto Beach Chorale

After a long hiatus from in-person rehearsals and public performances due to COVID-19, from March 2020 until August 2021, Toronto Beach Chorale is back to preparing a regular concert season in the 2021-2022 year. We have concerts planned for Fall, Winter and Spring, and we have a rehearsal space lined up for the year for our members. Our planned dates are:

  • Sunday December 12, 7:30 pm, Kingston Road United Church: Songs arranged by Dan Forrest, and Rutter Magnificat
  • Sunday February 27, Beaches United Church: Songs on a Canadian Theme.
  • Sunday April 24, St Anne’s Anglican Church: Lauridsen Lux Aeterna and Faure Requiem

Our time apart was put to good use – in Fall 2020 we conducted small in-person choral workshops, focused on rhythm and sightsinging. We then delivered a virtual performance – seasons greetings via email and a video compilation of singers performing The Light of Christmas by Joel Raney, followed by Silent Night.

In the spring we held small group workshops via Zoom that further built our musical technical abilities. This puts us in a great position to quickly pick up the new repertoire we are planning for this year.

Toronto Beach Chorale is grateful to Rama East Gaming Centre for funds we receive from them for their Charity Gaming operations, which were helpful in covering production costs associated with the December 2020 video, and which will be instrumental in helping us cover production and professional musician costs in our upcoming season, so that we can keep our tickets affordable and provide an appropriate level of social distancing to ensure all audience members are kept safe.