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Elmer Iseler Singers

Friday, November 25, 2016
7:30 pm

The Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, enters its 38th Anniversary Season in 2016/17. This 20- voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers. EIS present a five-concert series in Toronto each season, and are featured at concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout Canada. Touring is also a major component of EIS activities, with a seven-city Western Canada concert and workshop tour on April 19-29, 2017. Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance. In addition to her work with EIS, Lydia Adams is conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir. In September, 2016, the women from both EIS and Amadeus Choir, along with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, joined with the TSO to perform Mahler Symphony No. 3. Then in February 2017, EIS and Amadeus Choir will join with the TSO (Stéphane Denève, conductor) for the Fauré Requiem. Lydia Adams was the Artist Recipient of the 2013 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2012 winner of the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition from the Toronto Arts Foundation. The Elmer Iseler Singers are a 2014 National Choral Award recipient.
Dr. Elmer Iseler, O.C. (1927-1998) In a career that spanned five decades, Elmer Iseler, the Dean of Canadian Choral Conductors, was pivotal to the development of choral music in Canada. After founding the Festival Singers in 1954, Canada's first professional choir, he became Artistic Director and Conductor of the 180-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 33 years. In 1979 he established Canada's leading chamber choir, the 20-voice Elmer Iseler Singers. He also enjoyed a long association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducting over 150 performances of Handel's Messiah, and often premiering complex twentieth century music. Under his baton, Dr. Iseler's choirs achieved international stature for their technical brilliance and artistic versatility. He has, in the estimation of many of his peers in Canada and abroad, created a vibrant world class choral infrastructure in Canada

Lydia Adams, conductor     Shawn Grenke, piano

I Will Sing Unto the Lord - Imant Raminsh*

Psalm 148 - Gustav Holst

Northern Lights - Ola Gjeilo

Ständchen (Serenade – written in 1826) - Franz Schubert
        Soloist: Andrea Ludwig

Nur: Reflections on Light - Hussein Janmohamed*

Three Songs of the Spirit
        Ain’t-a-That Good News - arr. W. Dawson
        Amazing Grace - John Newton, arr. Ron Smail*
                Soloist: Amy Dodington
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? - arr. Moses Hogan
                Soloists: Cathy Robinson, Anne Bornath, Andrea Ludwig


The Scottish Isles
        The Road to the Isles - Robert Burns, arr. Stuart Calvert*
        Ae Fond Kiss - Robert Burns, arr. Stuart Calvert*
        Flow Gently, Sweet Afton - Robert Burns, arr. Lydia Adams*
                Soloist: Will Reid
        Dúlamán - Michael McGlynn
                 Soloist: Mitchell Pady

A Touch of The Season
        Up on the Rooftop - arr. Howard Cable*
        Hanerot Halelu - Baruch J. Cohon
        Rejoice and Sing - Eleanor Daley*
        Away in a Manger - Kirkpatrick, arr. Elmer Iseler*
        In Dulci Jubilo - arr. Andrew Ager*

Hallelujah Chorus! - G. F. Handel

* Indicates Canadian composer