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Inter-Varsity Choral Festival - 2009 Gala Concert

Metropolitan United Church :: February 1, 2009, 3:00 pm

Inter-Varsity Choral Festival
2009 Gala Concert

Hosted by the Hart House Chorus

February 1

Metropolitan United Church

$15 adults
$10 students & seniors


Featuring guest conductor, Ivars Taurins

leading the massed Festival Choir
in works by
Handel, Brahms, & Monteverdi

with organist, Christopher Dawes

and individual performances by:

- The Hart House Chorus, University of Toronto
- Simply Sweetly, McGill University
- Trent Concert Choir, Trent University
- The University of Western Ontario Choir

Special Guest - Mary Willan Mason (patron)


Inter-Varsity Choral Festival

The Inter-Varsity Choral Festival was founded in 1949 by the NFCUS (National Federation of Canadian University Students) who suggested that there be a regular competitive music festival in Ontario. The solution was a yearly festival of university choirs. The original participants were McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the University of Toronto’s Victoria College. Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph joined two years later.

By 1980, the festival had undergone some major changes. Toronto’s Hart House Chorus and the Queen’s University Choral Ensemble were now permanent while Guelph had dropped out. The Competition was restructured into an adjudicated, non-competitive two-day festival, and Mary Willan Mason, a noted Toronto writer and daughter of Healey Willan, donated a cup to be presented to the host choir to recognize their efforts in organizing the festival. IVCF now rotates between UWO, the University of Ottawa, Hart House Chorus and Queen’s who take on the responsibility of hosting this wonderful festival each year. In 2000, the Hart House Chorus took a bold step and invited other Ontario university choirs to join the IVCF at Convocation Hall. The University of Ottawa and Trent University sent representatives and have now become the fifth and sixth permanent participants in the festival.


The Programme

The Hart House Chorus
Brad Ratzlaff, conductor

Gloria Deo Per Immensa Saecula (Healey Willan)

Simply Sweetly
Philippe Bourque, conductor

Ave verum corpus (Francis Poulenc)

Drei geistliche Chöre Op.37 (Johannes Brahms)
O Bone Jesu
Adoramus te
Regina coeli
Soloists: Brenna Baggs, Kaia Tombak

Las Amarillas (Stephen Hatfield)

Trent Concert Choir
Faye McMillan, conductor
Sarah Badgley, piano

Alleluia (W.A. Mozart)

Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Faure / John Rutter)

Kyrie (Franz Schubert)
arr. by John Leavitt

Bist Du Bei Mir (Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. by Russell Robinson)

The University of Western Ontario Choir
Laura Beaty, conductor

In Remembrance (Eleanor Daley)

Requiem Mass in D minor (W.A. Mozart)

Missio Faceri Non Potest (Lalo Schifrin, arr. by Roger Emerson)

IVCF Mass Choir
Ivars Taurins, conductor
Christopher Dawes, organ

Christe, adoramus te (Claudio Monteverdi)

Ein Deutches Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

Praise the Lord (George Frideric Handel)


Ivars Taurins (Conductor)

Ivars Taurins conducts symphonic and choral repertoire with equal expertise. Founder and director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir since 1981, he was also principal violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Under his direction the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir has been widely praised for its clarity and brilliance, and in 1991 was awarded the Canada Council’s Healey Willan Prize “in recognition of the consistently high level of achievement by the choir and its unique contribution to choral art in Canada.”

In 2006-7 the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir celebrated its 25th anniversary. Principal Baroque Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since
2001, he is also active as a guest conductor with orchestras and choirs across Canada. Guest appearances include the Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria, Saskatoon, and Windsor Symphonies, Orchestra London (Canada), the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, the Elora Festival Singers, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Amabile Youth Choir, and Lyra Baroque Orchestra (Minneapolis). Mr. Taurins was director of the 2000 Ontario Youth Choir, the 2003 Nova Scotia Youth Choir and the 2004 Alberta University and College Choir. He was also guest director of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He has also collaborated with the Canadian Brass as musical advisor and conductor for various recording projects. In 2007, Mr. Taurins directed a Respighi opera with the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music. This year, he has been invited to direct the 2009 Ontario Youth Choir.

His regular appearances as conductor of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra have received widespread critical acclaim and are frequently heard on CBC Radio. He has conducted the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir on recordings for the Hyperion and CBC labels. His recordings (CBC Records) with Tafelmusik of the complete choruses from Handel’s Messiah, the complete Bach motets, and a CD of French 19th- and 20th-century a capella music entitled Chants sacrés et profanes have all received critical acclaim and Juno nominations. A CD celebrating the choir’s 25th anniversary, featuring the music of Bach, Vivaldi and Mondonville, was recently released by CBC Records. The choir was featured at the Toronto International Choral Festival in 2002, and participated in Canadian Voices (Feb. 2004), a festival celebrating 50 years of professional choral singing in Canada. Ivars Taurins and the choir have premiered works by Omar Daniels, Chan Ka Nin, Brian Cherney, and Paul Frehner with Soundstreams Canada. The ehoir has also premiered works by Imant Raminsh and Christos Hatzis.

A passionate lecturer and teacher, Mr. Taurins teaches conducting and baroque ensembles at the University of Toronto. He is in demand as a guest lecturer, adjudicator and clinician. He was guest lecturer at Podium 2000, the conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. He has been a guest teacher at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, and the universities of Western Ontario, Alberta, and Windsor, and at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Mr. Taurins is director of the vocal/choral programme at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.


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Inter-Varsity Choral Festival - 2009 Gala Concert

Metropolitan United Church
Sun Feb 01 2009, 3:00pm

Ticket Sales Begin:
Fri Nov 28 2008, 11:00am

Ticket Prices:
adult - $15.00
student - $10.00
senior - $10.00

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