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TorQ and the Elora Singers joined forces to perform Paul Frehner’s powerful Corpus and to commission three new works for choir and percussion quartet, composed by some of North America’s leading diverse voices, including Carmen Braden, Annika Sokolofsky, Melody McKiver and Leila Adu-Gilmore. The composers bring unique voices to this project, and were meaningfully chosen due to their relationship with nature and its influence in their artform.
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Voice of the Weaver is a five-movement concerto for bass clarinet and chamber choir by Halifax-based composer Peter Anthony Togni and Mary Louise Martin, a Mi’kmaw poet, artist, and writer from Millbrook First Nations in Nova Scotia.
Written for bass clarinetist Jeff Reilly and The Elora Singers conducted by Mark Vuorinen, Voice of the Weaver explores the spiritual, dynamic relationship between the overwhelming awe we feel for the giant forces of nature on the one hand and the simple actions of the day to day on the other. With intense choral clusters and soaring soprano lines invoking what Martin calls “patterns of great beauty in and through the standing ones” to clear, elegant figures reflecting that “events are quite… are quite ordinary” Peter Anthony Togni captures the full impact of Mary Louise Martin’s visionary poetry.
In the end all is summed up in the simple but profound final two words of the poem, “wela’lin niscum” or, thank you creator.
Ticket holders are invited to arrive early for a pre-concert chat at 3pm with composer Peter-Anthony Togni.
Choral music is a way of life in the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The Elora Singers bring to life a program of music from these rich choral countries including repertoire by Arvo Pärt, Rytis Mažulis, Peteris Vasks, Cyrillus Kreek, and our festival friend Ēriks Ešenvalds.
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Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of nineteen, 4-time JUNO nominee and modern-day renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide- but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Sarah returns to the Elora Festival stage and will collaborate with our ensemble-in-residence, The Elora Singers.
The Elora Singers
Andrew Chung, violin
Julie Baumgartel, violin
Rory McLeod, viola
Ben Bolt Martin, cello
The Elora Festival brings world-class music right to our doorstep over three weekends each summer. Now in its 43rd season, the Elora Festival has expanded our musical horizons as Canada’s international choral festival. Celebrating a diverse spectrum of musical genres, including classical, international music, jazz and folk, and featuring Canadian and international artists, this festival has put Elora on an impressive musical map.
The hallmark of the festival is the ensemble-in-resident, The Elora Singers, one of Canada’s finest professional chamber choirs under the helm of Mark Vuorinen, artist director and conductor of the Elora Festival.
The Elora Festival takes place at various venues throughout Elora and Fergus over three weekends, from July 8 to July 24, 2022.
When the Elora Festival is on, Elora sounds beautiful.
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The sweet sounds of summer rise above the village when the Elora Festival brings the world of music to our door, for three full weeks of world-class performers and performances in a variety of music genres from classical and choral to opera, jazz and contemporary sounds and so much more. It’s not just a series of concerts – it’s a series of experiences as diverse as the audiences themselves.
Bookworms and avid collectors never miss this event. You shouldn’t either.
Clear out the trunk and make room on the bookshelf because here you’ll find bargains galore, with over 70,000 used books, games, LPs, CDs, DVDs, sheet music and posters.
The 30th Annual Giant Book Sale, a fundraiser to support the Elora Festival and Singers, is one of the largest gently-used-book sales in Ontario. Every year the selection grows, as does the crowd. That’s because the prices are great, the selection is outstanding and there are NO restrictions on the number of books you can purchase. Browse through more than 40 different categories of books, music and more.
Bookmark these dates:
Friday, May 4: 5pm to 9 pm ($5.00 admission) Saturday, May 5: 9:30 am to 5 pm (free admission) Sunday, May 6: 9:30 am to 5 pm (free admission)
Enjoy free parking all weekend and be sure to check out the view of the Elora Gorge, literally steps away with one of the most spectacular views on the David Street Bridge. Tour the town and find a quiet place to read. Grab a pint or a bite to eat, because reading on an empty stomach is just not wise. Or shop some more, because why stop now? Right? Right.