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The 2019 Elora Festival Celebrates 40 Years!

Now in its 40th year, the Elora Festival has been recognized as North America’s signature music festival for vocal/choral and chamber music performed by Canadian and international artists. At its core, the JUNO- and Grammy-nominated Elora Singers, conducted by Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen, is featured in many of the 33 performances.

The celebrations start July 12th with the Opening Night 40th Anniversary Gala. This concert features one of the best choirs in the world – State Choir LATVIJA – joining with The Elora Singers, Jane Archibald, Piano Six, TorQ Percussion Ensemble, Barbara Croall and others to mark this special anniversary. Carmina Burana is the central work with many other selections and surprises.

At the core of the Festival is The Elora Singers. This acclaimed, professional choir, is well-known internationally through tours and a dozen recordings. In the 2019 Festival the Singers will perform in the following concerts:

 Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles” , an unforgettable musical depiction of the famous journey along the Camino de Santiago.

 The Elora Singers at Twilight, with contemplative Tudor music by candlelight

 French Choral Music for the Soul with music of Poulenc, Duruflé, Fauré,  Poulenc, and others.

 Music from the English Tradition with works by Britten, Dove, Byrd, and Tallis

 Singers Unplugged 3.0, where the Singers let loose with their own programme of popular songs including Broadway, folk and anything else that strikes their fancy!

Voices of Light, merging the silent film masterpiece, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, with an incredibly moving and popular composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra.

Bach’s Magnificat and Reena Esmail: This Love Between Us. Bach’s beloved “Magnificat” paired with the Canadian premiere of Esmail’s work that is taking the music world by storm.

In addition, the Singers are collaborating with several guest artists in additional to performing in outreach events at St. John’s Church.

Other highlights include:

Natalie MacMaster, with The Elora Singers

Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a wild Klezmer-inspired ensemble.

Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story, also with the Singers participating

KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra

Measha Brueggergosman singing spirituals and other songs

The Elora Festival also features exceptional chamber music:

Piano Six (with free pre-concert chat at 3:15)

The André Laplante / Mayumi Seiler / Colin Carr  Piano Trio 

Cheng2 Duo (Bryan Cheng, cello, and Silvie Cheng, piano)

Festival of the Sound Ensemble, with The Elora Singers

And a series that are geared to kids and family:

Shoestring Opera’s “Schoolyard Carmen”

Kids Camp: Seussical KIDS! (week-long kids musical theatre camp)

Millan & Faye: From Twinkle to Stardom

Order ticket and select your seats online at elorafestival.ca, or call for tickets today: 519-846-0331

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