Pure Elektra

3PM March 4th, 2012 at Ryerson United Church

For the second concert in our 25th Anniversary season, I wanted to offer not a retrospective or “greatest hits” concert, but a solid program of the kind of repertoire that represents Elektra and our role in the women’s choir world. It was about the past, the present, and the future. So it contained contemporary music (lots of it – by emerging and established composers), a world premiere (“Joy” by Kathleen Allan), music of other eras (Legrenzi and Rheinberger), a variety of languages and cultures, and a few folk songs. Our wonderful accompanist, Stephen Smith, was represented with an original piece (the encore “what i want”) and an arrangement (“Love Went a-Riding” by Frank Bridge) as well as having a major role on the piano. Our 12 Mira Mentorship Program singers were part of the last set, which represented the future of Elektra and was a wonderful addition to the sound.


Ariel Barnes Cello
Ariel Barnes
Liam MacDonald Percussion
Liam MacDonald
Mira Mentorship 12 High School Singers
Mira Mentorship
12 High School Singers
Navid Goldrick Oud
Navid Goldrick
Stephen Smith Piano
Stephen Smith

Performance Pieces:

  1. Ave Regina Caelorum Canadian Work Allan Bevan
  2. Ave Regina Coelorum Giovanni Legrenzi
  3. In the Gardens of Shushan Canadian Work Sheldon Rose
  4. Lauda Sion Gyorgy Orban
  5. From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez Abbie Betinis
  6. Away from the Roll of the Sea Canadian Work Allister MacGillivray Diane Loomer (arr) 
  7. I Am Not Yours Canadian Work Stephen Chatman
  8. Joy Canadian Work Kathleen Allan
  9. Sailor’s Question, The Canadian Work Kathleen Allan
  10. Kali’s Song Canadian Work Donald Patriquin (arr) 
  11. Love Went a-Riding Canadian Work Frank Bridge Stephen Smith (arr) 
  12. One Voice Canadian Work Ruth Moody
  13. To Morning Canadian Work Allan Bevan
  14. Tundra Ola Gjeilo
  15. Veni Creator Spiritus Xabier Sarasola
  16. what i want Canadian Work Stephen Smith
  17. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen op.35 Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

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