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The Elora Singers & Elmer Iseler Singers Saturday April 25 2020 at 7:30 PMBasilica of Our Lady Immaculate
× Come hear the glorious sounds of two great choirs as they merge to present this beautiful programme that includes the 36-voice work, "Deo Gratias" by Ockeghen, "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl and the stunning Rheinberger "Abendlied." Lydia Adams and the Elmer Iseler Singers are our guests, and we are thrilled to celebrate both choirs' 40th anniversaries with this concert of choral masterpieces.
From Twinkle To Stardom Saturday July 11 2020 at 11:00 AMElora Centre for the Arts
× From Twinkle to Stardom explores the challenges and fears that must be faced on the road to becoming a performing artist. Combining high-level artistry with meaningful storylines, this effervescent and irreverent performance uses humour to introduce young people to the wacky and wonderful world of opera. Audiences actively participate as the orchestra, the chorus and even as the heroes and antagonists in improvised opera scenes!
COC Competition Winner - Midori Marsh Saturday July 11 2020 at 1:00 PMSt. John's Church
× The Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious competition is recognized as a springboard for propelling emerging vocal artists to international careers. Midori Marsh will present a programme of folk song settings by Beethoven, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, and additional repertoire from Haydn, Quilter and the golden age of musical theatre. This is a recital not to be missed!
Confluence Concerts Present - Celebrating Clara Schumann Saturday July 11 2020 at 4:00 PMSt. John's Church
× Join host Tom Allen and the Confluence Concerts Artists in a celebration of the 19th century’s foremost female composer and pianist. The concert will feature reflections on various aspects of Clara Schumann’s life as well as diary entries and letters in her own words.
Autorickshaw and Penderecki String Quartet Saturday July 11 2020 at 7:30 PMGambrel Barn
× East meets West in this fusion program of music led by the cutting-edge world music ensemble, Autorickshaw. The Elora Singers and Penderecki String Quartet join Autorickshaw for stunning reinterpretations of Indian folk songs, groove-driven Canadian pop, vintage Bollywood, and hypnotic south Asian traditional selections with a twist!
Confluence Concerts Presents - At The River Sunday July 12 2020 at 1:00 PMSt. John's Church
× The Confluence Concerts Artists and The Elora Singers present an evocative performance of readings and songs inspired by a rich and enduring image, featuring works by Matthew Barber, Aaron Copland, Emily Dickinson, Nick Drake, T.S. Eliot, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Franz Schubert, and others.
The Gesualdo Six: The Wishing Tree Sunday July 12 2020 at 4:30 PMSt. John's Church
× Comprising some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, The Gesualdo Six returns to The Elora Festival for what is sure to be another memorable performance. From the roots of choral singing to the flowering of a tradition, The Gesualdo Six presents consort works from Renaissance and modern-day composers.
Vocal Academy Showcase Concert Thursday July 16 2020 at 7:30 PMSt. John's Church
× The Elora Singers presents its inaugural Vocal Academy, led by tenor Lawrence Wiliford, baritone Brett Polegato and The Elora Singers’ Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen. Vocal students are coached in ensemble singing, art song and oratorio. Join us at the conclusion of the academy, when they will perform with The Elora Singers, both as members of the ensemble and as soloists. Note: Selected Vocal Academy sessions will be open to the public. Check our website for more information closer to the festival.
The Elora Singers At Twilight Thursday July 16 2020 at 9:00 PMSt. John's Church
× Last summer’s twilight concert was so popular that The Elora Singers decided to make it a tradition! Join us to hear the ethereal voices of The Elora Singers in a concert of tranquil music by candlelight, including several movements of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
An Evening with Royal Wood & The Elora Singers Friday July 17 2020 at 7:30 PMGambrel Barn
× Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Royal has completed wildly successful and sold-out tours with legendary artists Bonnie Raitt and David Gray. The Elora Singers join Royal in a not-to-be-missed collaboration.
Birthday Wishes From Wolfgang to Ludwig Saturday July 18 2020 at 1:00 PMSt. John's Church
× Beethoven heard Mozart perform once in his life. He wasn't impressed, writing that he felt Mozart's phrasing to be "too choppy." However, like many composers of his time, Beethoven tried to imitate Mozart's incredible gifts of composition. Some would argue, Beethoven surpassed those gifts! Our Beethoven 250th celebration continues with performances of chamber music for piano and winds by both composers.
The Elora Singers presents - Baltic Voices Saturday July 18 2020 at 4:00 PMSt. John's Church
× The three Baltic nations, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have choral traditions that are central to their national identities and have produced some of the world’s most inspiring and beautiful music. The Elora Singers explores this rich repertoire with music by Arvo Pärt, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ugis Praulinš, Imant Raminsh, Rytis Mazulis and others.
An Evening With Measha Brueggergosman Saturday July 18 2020 at 7:30 PMGambrel Barn
× Internationally-acclaimed Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has graced the stages of such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Barbican Centre. She returns to The Elora Festival this summer with a program of spirituals and cabaret that have inspired her throughout her life and career. She will be joined on stage by The Elora Singers.
When I was One & Twenty: Life and Love in the Time of War Sunday July 19 2020 at 2:00 PMSt. John's Church
× Tenor Lawrence Wiliford and baritone Brett Polegato perform song settings of English war poets. The centrepiece of the program will be Ivor Gurney’s two outstanding works for voice and piano quintet – The Western Playland and Ludlow and Teme. Also included will be songs by Gerald Finzi, John Ireland, Derek Holman and James Moffett.
Canadian Brass with The Elora Singers Sunday July 19 2020 at 4:30 PMGambrel Barn
× Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences around the world – and they don’t look like they’re letting up anytime soon! Join the wildly entertaining Canadian Brass as they come together with The Elora Singers. Two world-class ensembles on one stage!
Singers Unplugged 4.0 Sunday July 19 2020 at 8:00 PMGambrel Barn
× Back by popular demand, The Elora Singers presents a brand new program of popular songs, including Broadway show tunes, folk songs, jazz and anything else they want to sing for their festival fans! Directed by The Elora Singers’ Michael Cressman, this is the fourth edition of this wildly popular concert. Don’t miss it!
The Elora Singers presents - Light Revealed Thursday July 23 2020 at 7:30 PMGambrel Barn
× Be prepared to be transfixed by The Elora Singers in a captivating, immersive concert experience. With music by Eric Whitacre, Carlo Gesualdo, James MacMillan, JS Bach, R. Murray Schafer and Ēriks Ešenvalds, the Elora Singers surround and envelop the audience in a stirring program of music and movement.
Children of Metropolis by Scrap Arts Music Friday July 24 2020 at 7:30 PMGambrel Barn
× With a sci-fi vibe that takes inspiration from Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic film, Metropolis, this is a fast-paced, all-acoustic percussion bonanza. These musicians don’t just play music, they perform action-choreography on Scrap Arts Music’s signature invented instruments with gymnastic agility and percussive drive. They bring their original score to heart-pounding life in a production that chronicles one musician’s whimsical quest for identity, reinvention and a sense of place in a world that’s been forever changed.
Scrap Arts Music Workshop Saturday July 25 2020 at 11:00 AMGambrel Barn
× Following their performance on Friday night, Scrap Arts Music presents a workshop designed for kids of all ages, recommended from age 9 to 99! Participants are given an up close and personal, hands-on experience of what it takes to create instruments and music from scrap. Due to the nature of the workshop, space is limited to 30 people.
Sing-In with The Elora Singers! Saturday July 25 2020 at 3:30 PMGambrel Barn
× The Elora Singers will present a concert of uplifting folk song arrangements and popular choral repertoire and will invite the audience to join them in singing a few songs. Here is your chance to lift your voice and sing along with The Elora Singers in a mass audience choral experience!
Laila Biali Saturday July 25 2020 at 7:30 PMGambrel Barn
× While Laila Biali continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her unique genre-bending sound is what sets her apart as she “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.” (Washington Post) The multi award-winning singer songwriter and pianist performs at the Elora Festival for the first time in a program featuring selections from her new album.
Poetry And Song w/ The Elora Singers - Early Performance Sunday July 26 2020 at 2:00 PMSt. John's Church
× Our festival concludes with two performances of poetry readings and music with renown Canadian actor Benedict Campbell and The Elora Singers. More needed here
Poetry And Song w/ The Elora Singers - Evening Performance Sunday July 26 2020 at 4:30 PMSt. John's Church
× Our festival concludes with two performances of words and music with renown Canadian actor Benedict Campbell and The Elora Singers. Jake Runestad’s gorgeous cycle, The Hope of Loving and Tarik O’Regan’s The Ecstasies Above are married to text by Poe, Shakespeare, and Rossetti. Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs, and Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell complete the program.