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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 12 Noon

Roy Thomson Hall

FREE Admission

Call 416-872-4255 for further information
The concerts are suitable for ages 6 and up

Toronto, ON – VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto will perform a one-hour concert of enchanting choral music on Wednesday, April 7 at 12 Noon, the fourth and final concert of Roy Thomson Hall’s 2009-2010 Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Series. The 85 choristers, ages 9 to 28, led by conductors Carol Woodward Ratzlaff and Brad Ratzlaff, and featuring organist Michael Bloss, perform works by contemporary British composers Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan and John Rutter, plus the famous “Hymn to Freedom” by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson. The program also includes two organ solos by 20th century English composers Herbert Howells and Kenneth Leighton.

VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto was founded by Carol Woodward Ratzlaff in 2000. VIVA! is comprised of five different choirs ranging in age from 4 to 28 with a current membership of over 120 choristers. The two choirs participating in this performance are the Main Chorus ll (ages 9 -16) and the Youth Choir (ages 15 - 28). For 10 years, the Main Chorus ll has been the official children’s choir for the National Ballet of Canada’s annual December performances of The Nutcracker. During the summer of 2009, these two groups toured England and Wales; and upcoming tours include Greece and Turkey in July 2011, and Italy in 2013.

Carol Woodward Ratzlaff,
founder and Artistic Director of VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, has been a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Elora Festival Singers, Toronto Consort, Arbor Oak Trio, and many church choirs. She has taught music in public and private schools at all levels and is currently the Vocal Music Teacher at North Toronto Collegiate Institute (TDSB). She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Brad Ratzlaff,
Associate Artistic Director and Accompanist of VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, is also currently Music Director and Organist at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Artistic Director of the Hart House Chorus at the University of Toronto. He holds a Master of Music in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Toronto, and has twice received the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting. He is a former member of the bass section of the Concertgebuow Choir of Amsterdam, the Elora Festival Singers and the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Michael Bloss
has served as Director of Music Ministry at Dublin Street United Church in Guelph where he continues a distinguished tradition of pastoral music ministry which over 30 years has included Toronto tenures at the Cathedral Church of St. James and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. An international prize winner, his solo organ career has included performances in Europe, Japan, and throughout Canada and the USA.

Roy Thomson Hall’s Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts
, currently celebrating its 13th season, showcases Canada’s finest choral ensembles and organists in concert, and spotlights Roy Thomson Hall’s magnificent four-manual, dual-console Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ, one of the largest mechanical action instruments in Canada.  The free concerts are generously supported by Edwards Charitable Foundation.

Toronto Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall show top performances of the arts, entertainment, orchestra, stage performances, musicals, jazz, opera, choirs, choral performances.

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