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Toronto Catholic District School Board





Friday, November 2, 7 p.m.
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street, Toronto
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For Immediate Release –October 9, 2018 –  The Choirs of St. Michael’s Choir School will commemorate All Souls’ Day with a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor with orchestral accompaniment. The concert, In Paradisum (English: "Into Paradise"), will feature the debut of new Principal Conductor S. Bryan Priddy, with Maria Conkey as Junior Choir Conductor and Teri Dunn as Elementary and Tenor/Bass Choir Conductor. In Paradisum takes place Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street, Toronto. The concert is the first of two concerts of the season, leading up to the annual Christmas concerts, which will take place for the first time this year at Roy Thomson Hall, December 9 and 10. 


In Paradisum (English: Into Paradise) is named for an antiphon from the traditional Latin liturgy usually heard in requiem masses. On All Souls’ Day, Catholics commemorate the faithful departed. In addition to the Fauré Requiem, the concert program will include works by John Rutter as well as Arvo Pärt’s De Profundis, a setting of Psalm 130, “Out of the depths, I cry to you O Lord”.


Composed between 1887 and 1890, the Fauré Requiem premiered in its first version in 1888 in Paris for a funeral mass. The sublime setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead is the most well known of the composer’s larger works.  The work was praised by many of Fauré’s contemporaries and was performed at the composer’s funeral in 1924. 

Founded in 1937, with the purpose of providing sacred music for services at St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Toronto, St. Michael's Choir School is a centre for musical and academic excellence. A school within the Toronto Catholic District School Board, St. Michael’s Choir School is one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Each student admitted to the Choir School is trained in vocal and instrumental music, and sings in at least one of the school's choirs. In addition to the annual Christmas concert, the choirs tour regularly and perform at many local events.
Balancing the sacred and the secular is customary for the school. St. Michael's Choir School is not only famous for its music program, but also is known for its academic achievement, consistently ranking at the top of Fraser Institute surveys. For 75 years, graduates of the Choir School have pursued studies in science, education, medicine, law, business, and, of course, music. In the last group are the Crew Cuts and Four Lads of the 1950s and present-day musical artists Michael Colvin, Stewart Goodyear, Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), John McDermott, Claude Morrison (The Nylons), Robert Pomakov, Michael Schade, and the late Michael Burgess.
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