The Stuttgart Chamber Choir from Germany, one of the world’s finest, is in Toronto with founding music director Frieder Bernius. Besides this afternoon’s weather, their 3 p.m. concert today at the Carlu (once the Eaton Auditorium) should be an event to savour.
The choir, which has been around for 44 years, is joined by some relative newbies: Toronto’s Choir 21 (led by David Fallis) and, for the premiere of a new work by Paul Frehner, the excellent TorQ Percussion Ensemble.
There are other treats on the programe, ranging from J.S. Bach to Gyorgy Ligeti.
There’s precious little detail about the concert on Soundstream’s website. For tickets, click here. On Facebook, Soundstreams says that, if you call the boxoffice at 416-408-0208, you can get a second ticket at half-price by quoting the code “choir50.”
One of the pieces is a 16-voice arrangement of Mahler’s “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” (which translates loosely as ‘I have let go of the world’). Here they are singing it:
There’s no music by Felix Mendelssohn on the programme, but we don’t hear his motets often, so I thought I’d include Veni Domine, performed by the Stuttgart choir and Bernius: