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Season 2013-14

O Night Divine Friday, December 20, 2013 7:30pm • Blessed Sacrament Church, Toronto Sunday, December 22, 2013 7:30pm • Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Toronto


O NIGHT DIVINE Jerzy Cichocki • music director William O'Meara • organist/accompanist To allow the programme to move smoothly, please hold your applause until the end of the section. This evening’s concert is performed without intermission. Following the concert, please join us downstairs in the parish hall for refreshments.

An Advent hymn I waited for the Lord

VENI, VENI, EMMANUEL ..............................................Anonymous (13th century) Andrew Kwong, baritone

O ADONAI .................................................................................................... Gregorian chant Ugo Spanu, baritone

O ADONAI ................................................................................................................... Arvo Pärt I WAITED FOR THE LORD ....................................................................Kunle Owolabi= Alixander Pawluk, baritone

To Sir John Tavener & Sir Benjamin Britten

A CHRISTMAS ROUND ..............................................................................John Tavener A NEW YEAR CAROL............................................................................ Benjamin Britten arr. Jerzy Cichocki=

An American collection

A CHRISTMAS CAROL ...................................................................................Charles Ives LUX AURUMQUE ............................................................................................ Eric Whitacre O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM .................................... Morten Johannes Lauridsen

Organ solo

NOËL X - GRAND JEU ET DUO ..................Louis Claude Daquin (1694 - 1772 ) William O’Meara, organ

A mother's love

AVE MARIA (ANGELUS DOMINI)1 ................................................. Franz Biebl trio: Jimmy Martins, Francis Knowles, Andrew Kwong


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Hark! the herald angels sing The audience is invited to stand and sing with the Choir.

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the Virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see: Hail, th’incarnate Deity, Pleased as one with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing: “Glory to the new-born king!”

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” Joyful, all you nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark! the herald angels sing: “Glory to the new-born king!”

Infant holy, infant lowly

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, Born that we no more may die, Born to raise us from the earth, Born to give us second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing: “Glory to the new-born king!”

W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY (Infant holy, infant lowly) .......................................Polish carol arr. Jerzy Cichocki

WŚRΟD NOCNEJ CISZY2 (In midnight’s stillness) .......................Polish carol arr. Jerzy Cichocki

More carols of the World

A LA NANITA NANA .....................................................................................Spanish carol arr. Norman Luboff

BALLOO, LAMMY .......................................................................................... Scottish carol Francis Knowles, tenor

arr. Norman Luboff

PASTORALE (TU SCENDI DALLE STELLE) ........................ Tomasso Capocci 2

ALL POOR MEN AND HUMBLE2 .............................................................Welsh carol arr. Caradog Roberts, arr. Jerzy Cichocki

MARY HAD A BABY2 ........................................................ African-American spiritual Jimmy Martins, tenor

‘Twas the night before Christmas Stille Nacht

arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ................................Howard Cable= Jimmy Martins, Francis Knowles, tenors

LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING1 .....................................Michael Praetorius arr. Archibald T. Davidson

SILENT NIGHT2................................................................................................. Franz Gruber Jimmy Martins, tenor = Canadian composer or arranger

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arr. Mack Wilberg

Recorded on Christmas with the Victoria Scholars: Carols and Lullabies from around the world Recorded on O Night Divine


Programme Notes

VENI, VENI, EMMANUEL Anonymous (13th century) Veni, veni, Emmanuel; captivum solve Israel, qui gemit in exilio, privatus Dei Filio.

Come, come, Emmanuel! Release captive Israel, which groans in exile, deprived of the Son of God.

Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel, nascetur pro te, Israel.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel will be born for you, Israel.

Veni, O Iesse Virgula; ex hostis tuos ungula, de specu tuos Tartari educ, et antro barathri.

Come, you Branch of Jesse! Draw your people from the enemy’s clutch, from the chasm of Tartarus and the depths of the abyss.



Veni, veni, O Oriens; solare nos adveniens; noctis depelle nebulas dirasque noctis tenebras.

Come, come, you Rising Sun! Comfort us as you dawn; drive away nocturnal mists, and night’s dreadful shadows.



Veni, Clavis Davidica; regna reclude coelica; fac iter tutum supernum et claude vias inferum.

Come, you Key of David! Unlock the door to the heavenly kingdom; disclose a safe route to the upper realm, and close off the paths to hell.



Veni, veni, Adonai, qui populo in Sinai legem dedisti vertice in maiestate gloriae.

Come, come, Adonai, you, who, in awesome majesty, gave the Law to your people, on the heights of Mount Sinai.



Gregorian chant is possibly the oldest surviving music of the ancient Western world. Its pure, unaccompanied melodic lines have never been surpassed for beauty or aptness to their texts. The text of Veni, veni, Emmanuel is based on a series of ‘O’ antiphons sung at vespers on the days leading up to Christmas. This ever-popular medieval, thirteenth-century plainsong melody was first published in 1854. 4

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O ADONAI Gregorian Chant O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Adonai, Father and Lord of the House of Israel, In the flaming thorn bush you appeared to Moses, and on the mountain gave unto him the Law in Sinai: O come and free us with your strong arm.

The Great Antiphons, or ‘O’ Antiphons, as they are called, are employed in the Liturgy of the Hours, one each day, from December 17 to 23. Poetic in thought and replete with scriptural allusions, each antiphon salutes the coming Messiah under one of his many scriptural titles and closes with a proper petition. O Adonai is the antiphon for December 18. O ADONAI Arvo Pärt (b.1935) O Adonai, der Herr und Führer des Hauses Israel, im flammenden Dornbusch bist du dem Mose erschienen, und hast ihm auf dem Berg das Gesetz gegeben: o komm und befreie uns mit deinem starken Arm, O Adonai.

Arvo Pärt's music casts its spell with the simplest of means. Such purity is not easily achieved, either by composers or performers. Critic Peter G. Davis describes his music syntax as “diatonic melodies, clearly defined rhythmic patterns, constant harmonic textures that coalesce into long, arching spans during which time seems to stand still.” In his music, Pärt, an Estonian émigré currently living in the West, draws on early polyphonic forms, Gregorian chant and the spirituality of the Eastern Church. The Seven Magnificat Antiphons date from 1988 and were revised in 1991. They were composed for the fortieth anniversary of the RIAS Berlin Chamber Choir. This was Pärt’s first substantial vocal work to use a language other than Latin. Note how the upper and lower voices alternate – a contrast that is simple yet powerful. I WAITED FOR THE LORD Kunle Owolabi (b. 1978)

I waited for the Lord was composed in May 1996, and was first performed at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto. This work, adapted from Psalm 40, presents a study in contrasting moods. Opening with a slow-moving progression of large, open chords and yearning melodies, the piece then moves into a dance-like allegro, capturing the spirit of the text, “He put a new song into my mouth, a song of praise o night divine


to our God.” This is followed by a return to the more staid material of the opening section. In the closing bars, a baritone solo is heard above the choir, as the cantor affirms his trust in the Lord. An alumnus of St. Michael’s Choir School, Kunle Owolabi received his ARCT diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1995 and 1996 respectively. As an organist Kunle has performed widely in Toronto, Montreal and Oxford (UK). As a composer he has received numerous awards in the Amadeus Choir Carol Writing Competition, and has several works published by Gordon V. Thompson. Kunle holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto an M.Phil degree in Latin American Studies from Oxford University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Kunle is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University and interim music director at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, in Villanova, PA. A CHRISTMAS ROUND John Tavener (1944-2013)

Sir John Tavener joined the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977, and its spirituality, liturgy and music have had a strong influence on his compositions. The brief text for A Christmas round (1999) is from the Orthodox liturgy for Christmas Day. We remember Sir John Tavener who passed away last month, on November 12th. A NEW YEAR CAROL Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) arr. Jerzy Cichocki

Benjamin Britten contributed greatly to music in the twentieth century. His compositions ranged from folk-song settings and chamber music to symphonies and opera. Britten’s complete craft was not limited to large forms. A New Year Carol is a song of touching simplicity, with a magical refrain, which demonstrates Britten’s melodic inspiration. It is from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7, a collection of twelve unison songs with piano, written mostly during the school year 1933-34 for “the boys of Clive House, Prestatyn” and for Robert Britten (Benjamin’s brother), the headmaster of the school in North Wales. The poem is from “Tom Tiddler’s Ground” by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956). The setting for male chorus has been arranged by our conductor based on a 1971 setting by the composer. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Charles Ives (1874–1954)

Charles Ives worked in insurance and was in the happy position of being able to pay for the publication of his own works. Although he was thoroughly trained in music and initially composed


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works in a traditional style, he quickly developed a revolutionary approach to composition in which he anticipated many devices of the 20th century avant-garde. Ives composed numerous songs and choral pieces, many of the latter scored for unison voices and piano. Originally A Christmas carol was composed for solo voice with keyboard accompaniment, and was first published in his collection 114 Songs. This carol, with its lilting syncopations, was written about 100 years ago. LUX AURUMQUE Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Lux, calida gravisque pura velut aurum, et canunt angeli molliter modo natum.

Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the new-born babe.

Eric Whitacre writes: “After deciding upon the poem by Edward Esch (b. 1970) (I was immediately struck by its genuine, elegant simplicity), I had it translated into the Latin by the celebrated American poet Charles Anthony Silvestri.” Lux aurumque in its original setting for SATB Chorus was commissioned by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Fla. in 2000, and is dedicated to Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. The TTBB arrangement of Lux aurumque (2004) was written for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and is dedicated to its conductor, Dr. Bruce Mayhall. Bruce Mayhall writes: “Eric Whitacre has spoken with a singular voice in all of his pieces: one that took the modern compositional techniques of recent decades into account while writing for massed voices with an overarching concern for communicating powerful texts in accessible ways. His is a compositional language that arrests the postmodern listener and penetrates to the very center of the spirit with an impact that has proven widespread if not universal.” Whitacre’s choral music demonstrates a broad eclecticism of musical language resulting from diverse streams of influence. His early musical experiences were not of the classical sort. At age 19 he had heard essentially no ‘classical’ music. Formal studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Juilliard School (with John Corigliano) introduced him to the standard array of musical styles – he declares his compositional progenitors are a varied list encompassing Monteverdi, Debussy, Prokofiev, Bernstein and Pärt – yet his musical life before and beyond the classical style has enriched his communication with inspiration and even specific musical gestures that have sprung equally from his admiration for the Beatles, Queen, Madonna, Sting and Peter Gabriel.

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O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM Morten Johannes Lauridsen (b. 1943) O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia!

O great mystery, and wonderous sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in their manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Morten Johannes Lauridsen was born in Colfax, Washington, and raised in Portland, Oregon. He has long been associated with the University of Southern California School of Music, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Composition. He divides his time between Los Angeles and his summer home on a remote island off the northern coast of Washington State. O magnum mysterium received its world premiere performance on December 18, 1994, with Paul Salamunovich conducting the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and was commissioned by long-time board member, board president and choral advocate Marshall Rutter in honour of his wife, Terry Knowles. In a note prefacing the published edition, the composer reveals the impetus for selecting this subject: “For centuries, composers have been inspired by the beautiful text, with its juxtaposition of the birth of the newborn King amongst the lowly animals and shepherds. This affirmation of God’s grace to the meek and the adoration of the Blessed Virgin are celebrated in my setting through a quiet song of profound inner joy.” O magnum mysterium has gone on to become one of the most frequently performed and recorded works in the contemporary choral repertoire. At the request of Jerzy Cichocki, Lauridsen re-arranged the original mixed chorus version for the Victoria Scholars. NOËL - GRAND JEU ET DUO Louis Claude Daquin (1694 - 1772 )

Louis-Claude Daquin was organist of the Chapelle royale. His imaginative set of variations on Je suis l’archange de Dieu reflects a particularly French interest in the exploration of colour.


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AVE MARIA (ANGELUS DOMINI) Franz Biebl (1906–2001) Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae et concepit de Spiritu sancto.

The angel of the Lord made his annunciation to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Mary said: Behold the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be unto me according to your word.

Ave Maria…

Hail, Mary…

Et verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis.

And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Ave Maria…

Hail, Mary…

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora pro nobis peccatoribus Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Franz Biebl was a German composer and choir conductor who taught at the Mozarteum in Salzburg from 1939 until 1945. From 1948, he lived and worked in Bavaria as a private teacher and freelancer with the Bavarian Radio, gaining recognition primarily as a composer of choral works. Ave Maria (Angelus Domini), his best-known piece, is scored for a trio of soloists and four-part chorus. Biebl here alternates three chant-like passages with harmonically rich antiphonal writing. W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY (INFANT HOLY, INFANT LOWLY)


Polish carol arr. Jerzy Cichocki

Polish carol arr. Jerzy Cichocki

Every Christian national group has its own songs and customs for the season of Christmas, but perhaps no others surpass in beauty Polish kolendy, or carols. On Christmas Eve the family sits down to the evening meal – the Wigilia. Following dinner, they gather around the lighted Christmas tree and sing carols. The devotional W żłobie leży and Wśrόd nocnej ciszy display the lyrical beauty and charm of Polish folklore. These kolendy, arranged by Jerzy Cichocki, are dedicated to the Victoria Scholars.

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A LA NANITA NANA Spanish carol arr. Norman Luboff (1917-1987) A la nanita nana. Mi Jesús tiene sueño bendito sea. Fuenticilla que corres clara y sonora, Rui-señor q’en la selva cantando lloras, Callad mientras la cuna se balancea.

A la Nanita nana. To the little tiny one, Jesus is sleeping, blessed is he. A little fountain runs clear and sonorous. A mocking bird in the jungle sings its cry. Be still, for the cradle is rocking.

Throughout his long career as a singer, arranger, composer, conductor and publisher, Norman Luboff made a tremendous contribution to American choral music. With over 6000 choral arrangements, Luboff worked in New York and Hollywood, arranging music for radio and television shows such as The Milton Berle Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Dinah Shore Show. Luboff contributed to more than eighty films and recorded with popular music icons Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Harry Belafonte. BALLOO, LAMMY Scottish carol arr. Norman Luboff

PASTORALE (TU SCENDI DALLE STELLE) Tomasso Capocci Tu scendi dalle stelle, O Re del cielo, E vieni in una grotta Al freddo, al gelo; O Bambino mio Divino, Io Ti vedo qui tremar! O Dio beato! Oh, quanto Ti costò l’avermi amato!

From the starry skies thou comest, The King of Heaven foretold, Appearing in a manger, Near-frozen from the cold. Jesus, dearest little Baby, How I long to make thee warm! To shelter thee from harm! My heart is filled with pity for thy tiny form!

The words of the famous Italian poem Tu scendi dalle stelle have often been attributed to Pope Pius IX (1792–1878), but in fact are by Alphonsus Liguori (1696–1787), an eighteenth-century Italian moral theologian. Even less is known about the much older traditional Italian melody or the composer or arranger of the Pastorale, Tomasso Capocci. Nevertheless, it is one of the most beautiful and inspiring among Italian carols. 10

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ALL POOR MEN AND HUMBLE Welsh carol arr. Caradog Roberts (1878–1935) arr. Jerzy Cichocki

All poor men and humble is a free translation of the traditional Welsh carol O deued pob Cristion. MARY HAD A BABY African-American spiritual arr. Alice Parker (b.1925) & Robert Shaw (1916–1999)

The Alice Parker and Robert Shaw setting of Mary had a baby is a simple and reverent AfricanAmerican spiritual in question–and–answer form. ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Howard Cable (b.1920)

Toronto-born Howard Cable is recognized as one of Canada’s leading conductors, composers and arrangers. In an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years, he has worked in the realm of symphonic, theatre, radio, television and film music. Cable’s 'Twas the night before Christmas is an original setting of A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), an American biblical scholar who almost single-handedly created the modern concept of Santa Claus. Cable’s setting of this American children’s classic was championed by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler and often sung by his Singers. At the request of Jerzy Cichocki, Howard Cable re-arranged the original mixed chorus version for the Victoria Scholars. LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING Michael Praetorius (1571–1621) arr. Archibald T. Davidson (1883–1961)

Michael Praetorius, one of the greatest Lutheran composers, held several important Kapellmeister positions, including posts at Luneberg and at the court of the Duke of Brunswick. His publications of choral music in Latin and German are voluminous, quite apart from his instrumental music and his famous work, Syntagma Musicum. No Christmas programme would be complete without the composer’s setting of Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, which dates from 1605. It was arranged for male chorus by Archibald T. Davison, who was the Director of the Harvard Glee Club as well as the University Organist and Choirmaster. The English version text is by Theodore Baker (1851–1934). o night divine


SILENT NIGHT Franz Gruber (1787–1863) arr. Mack Wilberg (b.1955)

Mack Wilberg is director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and music director of the Temple Square Chorale. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he has been active as a pianist, chamber musician, clinician, composer, arranger, and guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad. He is the former director of choral activities at Brigham Young University.



Damien Macedo, PRESIDENT

Iivi Campbell Roberta Clough Donald Deathe Cora Dusk Olive P. J. Ferrarin Han Stained Glass Ltd Eva & Istvan Hegedus Ulla Knowles William Lamb Helen L. Matich Eugene & Ginette McCallen

Ulla Knowles Andrew Kwong Jimmy Martins, PAST PRESIDENT/TREASURER Alan Medri Felipe Morgado, SECRETARY Jack Nigro, VICE PRESIDENT John Willson

KEY STAFF Mark McCallen,

S. Newman Dr. Michael & Marika Olah Grace Beverley Olds Veronica & Murray Payne John & Maire Percy Ray & Nancy Rabbat Stephen Taylor Cathy Thompson Bob & Sheila Williams Elaine Wright



The Victoria Scholars is a registered charitable organization (No. 88573-4731-RR0001). Donations are gratefully received, and can be sent to:

VICTORIA SCHOLARS 146 Willowridge Road, Etobicoke, ON M9R 3Z7 The continuing support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council is gratefully acknowledged.


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O Night Divine

A collection of seasonal favourites, with special guest soloists Michael Schade and Stephen Hegedus, and accompanist William O'Meara. p g “O Night Divine...has a deep and rich sound that I can’t resist! It includes some very beautiful and tasteful arrangements by director Jerzy Cichocki, bringing some of the Christmas classics alive in a new and fresh way. I will certainly be listening to this by the fire this Christmas season." peter-anthony togni former host of cbc radio's, choral concert "This 18-member male chorus founded by alumni of St. Michael's Choir School and led by the school's artistic director Jerzy Cichocki marches towards its 20th anniversary with a gorgeous collection of mostly sacred music...This is a wonderful album for anyone who likes to savour the more contemplative, devotional side of the season." john terauds, musical toronto

Available at today's performance, and featured on Air Canada's December in-flight playlist!

Tonight's Performers

JERZY CICHOCKI is Artistic Director of St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Conductor of the Senior Choir of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, and Music Director of the Victoria Scholars. He studied at the University of Toronto and at Yale University, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting in 1991. Dr. Cichocki is in frequent demand as a clinician, and has presented workshops across the country for a number of different musical organizations. Recent guest-conducting engagements have included the Canadian Sinfonietta, Elora Festival Singers, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Philharmonic and True North Brass. WILLIAM O’MEARA is Cathedral Organist at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto and the principal organist for St. Michael's Choir School in addition to being accompanist for the Toronto Choral Society and the Victoria Scholars. He has performed throughout North America, South America and Europe at engagements such as the São Bento International Organ Festival (São Paulo, Brazil), the Warsaw International Organ Festival (Poland), the Fédération québécoise des amis de l’orgue (Quebec City), and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, S.C.). He recently premiered and recorded Cathedral Architecture, an organ concerto by John Burge, with the Hannaford Street Silver Band and will be performing this summer at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. O’Meara is well known for his improvised accompaniments to silent films. He has worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematheque Ontario, and Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Italy) and regularly accompanies silent films at the Bell Lightbox and Silent Sundays at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave.


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The VICTORIA SCHOLARS MEN'S CHORAL ENSEMBLE was founded in 1993 by graduates of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Choir School, and takes its name from Tomás Luis de Victoria, an outstanding Spanish composer of the Renaissance period whose music is renowned for its deep spirituality and emotional expressiveness. The essence of the Scholars’ music is an emphasis on the clarity and balance of sound so characteristic of Renaissance music, which the ensemble presents through the unique sonority of male voices. The Victoria Scholars’ repertoire, however, is not limited to the Renaissance. It encompasses medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, contemporary pieces in a variety of styles and newly commissioned works. The Victoria Scholars has completed successful tours nationally and internationally, and makes frequent appearances as special guest with other artists and performing arts organizations from Toronto and abroad, including the Barenaked Ladies, Kyiv Chamber Choir, Orphei Drängar, St. Michael's Choir School, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Past winners of the Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Victoria Scholars has performed with international vocal soloists Russell Braun, Norine Burgess, Michael Colvin, Richard Margison, Robert Pomakov, Sondra Radvanovsky, Catherine Robbin, Michael Schade, Janice Taylor, James Westman and Monica Whicher. The choir has recorded with singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt and with Canadian soprano Mary Lou Fallis, in addition to producing its own four widely-acclaimed recordings.

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TENOR I Sanghoon Han Francis Knowles Ryan Knowles* Damien Macedo Jimmy Martins

TENOR II Christian Farahat Sangyoun Han* Nicholas Manalo Jack Nigro* Robert Painço Lowell Selorio

BARITONE Kevin Bonnici Francesco Gramano Andrew Kwong Felipe Morgado Alixander Pawluk Ugo Spanu

BASS Paul Johnson Alan Medri Jaan Medri Matthew Warszawski John Willson *leave of absence




Male Voices

Masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 · 7:30pm | OUR LADY OF SORROWS CHURCH Enjoy the music of the masters for male voices. This programme includes famous works by Edward Elgar, Randall Thompson and Richard Strauss, and a very rare performance of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger’s elegant and eloquent Mass in F for Male Choir and Organ Op.190.


SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 · 4:00pm | OUR LADY OF SORROWS CHURCH Written in the middle of the last century by Monsignor John Edward Ronan – principal founder of Toronto’s St Michael’s Choir School – the Tenebrae responsories convey the sorrow of Holy Week in this solemn and noble music.

Those Opera Composers

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 · 7:30pm | OUR LADY OF SORROWS CHURCH The Victoria Scholars' twenty-first season finale features a programme of music for men’s voices in a tribute to well-known operatic composers: from the sacred music of Charles Gounod to the not-so sacred music of Carl Maria von Weber, as well as works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Britten, Cherubini, Copland, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Verdi and Wagner.

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