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Hesperides
Hesperides
Released 2009

Features the cycle for chorus and two harps by Canadian composer and University of Alberta professor emeritus, the late Malcolm Forsyth
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University of Alberta Madrigal Singers

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2011-12 SEASON

THE ROSE IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER   A Concert of Advent Music
Sunday, November 27, 2011  
|  8 PM
Convocation Hall   |  U of A Campus
Admission by donation

The Madrigal Singers, accompanied by Marnie Giesbrecht, organ, and Josephine van Lier, cello, present a concert of music appropriate for the season:

Bach  Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Britten  Sweet was the Song
Bruckner  Virga Jesse
Buxtehude  Chorale Fantasia on "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern"
Chilcott  The Rose in the Middle of Winter; The Shepherd’s Carol; And Every Stone Shall Cry
Hammerschmidt  Alleluia! Freuet euch, ihr lieben Christen
Holst  In the Bleak Midwinter (Wayne Sartore, guest conductor)
King  There is no Rose
Praetorius  Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Schütz  Ein Kind ist uns geboren
Sweelinck  Hodie, Christus natus est
Willan  Hodie, Christus natus est

HANDEL  MESSIAH
Friday, December 16, 2011
  |  7:30 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2011  |   8 PM
Francis Winspear Centre for Music
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square  |  Edmonton, AB
Tickets: Online or 780-428-1414

The Madrigal Singers and Mads Alumni will join forces with two other choirs, I Coristi and Oran, together with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, to perform Handel’s Messiah under the direction of William Eddins, music director of the ESO. The concert features an all-Edmonton cast of soloists: Linda Perillo, soprano; Frances Jellard, alto; John Tessier, tenor; and Nathan Berg, bass. Of interest is that Frances Jellard and John Tessier are alumni of the Madrigal Singers!

25th ANNUAL DINNER CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION
Saturday, March 24, 2012   |   6 PM
Sutton Place Hotel   |   10235 – 101 St.  Edmonton, AB
Tickets: $75 or $500 for a table of 8
To purchase tickets: awhitney@ualberta.ca or 780-492-5306.

Join the Madrigal Singers for a marvellous evening of excellent food and entertainment, with a silent and live auction of attractive items, in support of the Madrigal Singers’ future performance, touring and recording projects. The Madrigal Singers will perform a wide variety of interesting choral pieces to top off the evening.

WINSPEAR CHORAL / BAND EXTRAVAGANZA
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
  |  8 PM
Francis Winspear Centre for Music  
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square  |  Edmonton, AB
Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students
Buy online or 780-428-1414

The Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir, Robert Curtis, conductor, will join the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dennis Prime, conductor, to present a concert of music for chorus and band, including Brahms’ Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13, and American composer David Holsinger’s A Song of Moses. Each ensemble will also perform on its own.

PRO CORO GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT
Friday, April 6, 2012
  |  7:30 PM
Francis Winspear Centre for Music
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square  |  Edmonton, AB
Tickets: Online or 780-428-1414

The Madrigal Singers will join Edmonton’s professional chamber choir, Pro Coro Canada, in their annual Good Friday concert. The concert will include works by Bruckner, Caldara, Canadian composer Jeff Enns, and Nystedt, and will feature Pro Coro in performances of Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, and Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds’ moving new work, Passion and Resurrection, featuring soprano soloist Jolaine Kerley with string orchestra.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST SEASONS

2010
  Madrigal Singers perform at Podium 2010, the conference of the Association of Canadian Choral conductors in Saskatoon, SK
2009
  Madrigal Singers sing Handel’s Messiah as guests of the Edmonton Symphony
  Performance of Haydn's Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
  Release of Choir’s 5th CD Hesperides, with harpists
Nora Bumanis and Julia Shaw
2008
  Performances with Alberta Baroque Ensemble at its annual Christmas concerts
  Tour of Ireland, including participation in Cork International Choral Competition (5th place finish)
2007
  Performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
2006
  National Choral Award in Recording category from Association of Canadian Choral Conductors for its CD The Passing of the Year (released in 2004)
2005
  Invitation to perform at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Los Angeles

Questions?
780-492-5306 | mads@ualberta.ca

 
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