A message from Artistic Director David Bowser
It is my enormous pleasure to welcome you to Pax Christi Chorale.
With passion and commitment to excellence in choral performance, we are proud to present the Pax Christi Chorale 2017-18 concert season. Joined by exceptional Canadian guest artists and the superb Toronto Mozart Players, Pax Christi Chorale continues to grow as an ensemble of high calibre and a cultural beacon in our city. Each of our three programmes offers an exhilarating concert experience and I invite you to share in the celebration of great choral music.
I am thrilled to feature on my first concert as Artistic Director the glorious Te Deum by Anton Bruckner which the composer himself considered “the pride of my life.” With contrasts of monumental splendour and intimate poignancy this work is an authentic expression of devotion and gratitude.
Next on the programme is Schicksalslied, or Song of Destiny, by Johannes Brahms. It took Brahms nearly three years to complete this beautifully lyrical work for chorus and orchestra, as it seems he had trouble deciding how the piece should end. He finally decided on a quiet nostalgia in the final phrases as he recalls the opening passage as a distant memory.
For the celebratory finale, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is an exhilarating affirmation of optimism and love of art.
Pax Christi Chorale’s second programme of great French choral works begins with Francis Poulenc’s festive Gloria. Also featured on this sparkling program are Quatre Motets by Maurice Duruflé, Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, Noël by Charles Gounod, and old Christmas carols from Québec and France.
The final concert of the season offers one of the greatest oratorios ever composed, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, or The Creation. With marvellous musical depictions of light, stars, oceans and mountains, weather, plants, animals, birds, and all other creatures, The Creation is as captivating and moving to modern audiences as it was in 1798.
Pax Christi Chorale celebrates choral music among a diverse community. We have an inclusive philosophy and welcome audience members, choristers, and volunteers of all backgrounds and walks of life. Music has the power to unite people and communities, to allow us to celebrate, bond and heal, and to express emotions that connect us in meaningful ways. You are welcome here. We hope you will join us in celebrating great choral music!
With warmest wishes,