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 April 2009 - Nr. 4
Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern

At Sacred Music for a Sacred Space, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's grand symphonic sound will envelop body and soul in the rich acoustics of St. Paul's Basilica. For the first time ever, the TMC is combining its Good Friday concert tradition with the annual Sacred Music for a Sacred Space performance. Noel Edison will conduct the Mendelssohn Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Festival Winds & Brass in a stirring concert of Anton Bruckner's Motets and Mass No. 2 in E minor.

Voices float from above as the Mendelssohn Singers perform motets a capella from the Basilica's balcony. Bruckner's succinct motets reflect his strong personal faith and the harmonic sensibilities of romantic choral music. The Mendelssohn signers will perform Vexilla regis predeunt, Ave Maria, Locus iste, Os justi, Christus factus est, and Virga Jesse in the first half of the program.

Bruckner's Mass in E minor, performed by the full Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, features the dramatic and intensity of a full-scale choral masterpiece. Hearing it performed live in St. Paul's Basilica is sure to be an intensely moving experience befitting Easter weekend.

According to Viennese critic Graf, Bruckner "pondered over chords and chord associations as a medieval architect contemplated the original forms of a Gothic cathedral."

Established in 1822, St. Paul's is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The first St. Paul's was completed in 1824 on the same site as today's Basilica. In 1889, the need for the expanding congregation prompted the expansion into the present Italian Renaissance-Style church.  It was designed by architect Joseph Connelly, under the inspiration of Pastor Bishop Timothy O'Mahony. Its plan is patterned on that of the Major Basilica in Rome, St. Paul's Outside the Walls. In 1998, Fr. Tom Day began the process of restoring the church and Monsignor Brad Massman, the current pastor, oversaw the process through to the 2006 completion of the interior and exterior restoration of the building to its original splendor.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space will take place at St. Paul's Basilica on Good Friday, April 10, 2009. A Pre-Concert Chat is at 6:45 p.m. and the concert is at 7:30 p.m.

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space has sold out every year! Tickets are $45, with special prices of $40 for seniors and the VoxTix price of $15 for young adults 15-25 years old. Tickets are available by telephone at 416-598-0422 or online at

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Sacred Music for a Sacred Space

Good Friday, April 10, 2009   7:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Chat at 6:45p.m.

St. Paul's Basilica,
83 Power Street

Tickets: $40/$45 (general admission)
416-598-0422 or

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