Tuesday, October 29 & Wednesday, October 30 - 8pm
Pre-concert talks at 7:15pm
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

"All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim," said the great American writer Christopher Morley. Our programme evokes the vibrant energy of cities, in music ranging from 15th-century French consort music to Leonard Bernstein's 20th-century celebration of New York.


Erin Bardua, soprano
Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo soprano
Joel Allison, baritone
John Fraser, reader


Andrew Ager: songs from Ellis Portal for mezzo soprano, baritone, clarinet and string quartet. Libretto by Rex Deverell. (audio sample)
Leonard Bernstein: songs from On the Town, arr. by Laura Jones for two singers and string quartet. Lyrics by Betty Comden and Alolph Green. (audio sample)
Jacques Blumenthal: Venetian Boat Song for soprano, viola and piano. Lyrics by Herman C. Merivale. (audio sample)
Various composers: Wiener lieder – selections from traditional Viennese songs, arr. by Laura Jones for mezzo soprano, clarinet and strings.
Tomasso Giordani: Addio di Londra, for soprano, two violins and continuo. Text by Gualberto Bottarelli.
Clément Janequin: Les cris de Paris, for consort of voices and strings. (audio sample)
Erik Ross: selections from Concrete Toronto for soprano and saxophone. Text by Carl Wilson and Darren O'Donnell.


Selections from novels, memoirs and letters by writers from Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to Nora Ephron and David Sedaris.

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