Saturday, December 8, 2018
On Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Eastminster United, VOCA will present an eclectic array of seasonal songs at our “WINTERSONGS” concert, featuring several Celtic choral and instrumental selections, with music by Sarah Quartel, Mark Sirett, Matthew Emery, La Bolduc, Eriks Esenvalds, David Mooney and others.
Our special guests will be cellist Sybil Shanahan and Celtic multi-instrumentalists Saskia Tomkins (violin and nyckelharpa) and Steafan Hannigan (Irish flute, bodhrán and Uilleann pipes).
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Our 9th Annual VOCA CABARET / SILENT AUCTION on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. will feature several of our multi-talented choristers (including some of our professional leads) as soloists, in duos and in larger ensembles, performing an eclectic array of serious (and silly) musical theatre, jazz, classical, folk and other selections. Our ever popular Silent Auction will also be highlighted at this fully licensed event.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
On Sat., April 27, 2019 at our “EARTH, SEA & SKY II” concert at Eastminster United, VOCA will present the stunning “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and other works, accompanied by some of Canada’s finest jazz, gospel and classical musicians, including Alana Bridgewater, vocalist, Colleen Allen, sax, Brian Barlow, drums and Shawn Grenke, organ.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
On Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm at the Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave., VOCA Chorus of Toronto soprano Emily Vick Agnew and artistic director Jenny Crober (at the piano) performed “It’s a Grand Night For Singing!”, a tribute to the brilliant team of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Our show, a fundraiser for VOCA, included 3 of our talented leads as guests: Sonya Harper Nyby, Janaka Welihinda and Nicholas Borg.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
On Saturday, May 5, 7:30 pm, at our “DREAMSONGS” concert, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto was thrilled to present the Canadian Premiere of DREAMWEAVER by the world-renowned composer, Ola Gjeilo, featuring our accompanist Elizabeth Acker, with soprano soloist Ellen McAteer and the VOCA Chamber Strings Orchestra.
Dreamweaver is a lush and evocative setting of a Norwegian medieval poem, ‘Draumkvedet’, an epic text with an expressive English adaptation by poet and composer Charles Anthony Silvestri.
Also featured that evening was a Toronto (and possibly Canadian) premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s SATB setting of his stunning Song Of The Universal, scored for choir, string orchestra and piano, with an exquisite text by Walt Whitman.
Other works included Mr. Gjeilo’s gorgeous The Lake Isle, for steel-string guitar, piano and string quartet, with text by William Butler Yeats; The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Toronto composer Eleanor Daley’s sublime setting of the same text; Gordon Lightfoot’s classic, Pussywillows, Cat-tails, beautifully arranged by another Toronto composer, Bonnie Penfound; Ottawa’s Laura Hawley’s joyful, jazz-inspired setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43 (All Days Are Nights); Kingston composer Mark Sirett’s exquisite Carrickfergus.
We were joined by several superb guest artists: Ellen McAteer, soprano; Jason Fowler, guitar; Jeremy Potts & Jennifer Burford, violin; Alex McLeod, viola; Mary-Katherine Finch, cello; and the VOCA Chamber Strings orchestra.