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(Posted 12:30 a.m., Feb. 22)
Toronto chamber ensemble coming to Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

The Toronto Consort will be performing their unique repretoire of English Renaissance and baroque music next Friday night at the Orleans United Church. File photo

Chamber music fans are in for a real treat next week when The Toronto Consort ensemble comes to the east end as part of this year’s Concerts Cumberland music series. The concert has been moved up to next Friday from its original March 9 date due to circumstances beyond the organizers' control.

The Toronto Consort is one of Canada’s leading chamber ensembles specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods.

The group has eight members including both singers and instrumentalists. Among the instruments the ensemble utilizes are a lute, recorder, guitar, flute, early keyboards and percussion.

The programme will feature songs written during the English Renaissance which took place during the latter half of the 16th century.

The first half of the concert entitled “Shakespeare’s Songbook”, includes songs that either appear in, are quoted in, or alluded to in Shakespeare's plays and which Shakespeare’s audiences would have actually heard.

The second half of the performance is entitled “Ballads, Catches and Fancies”.

Tickets for the concert are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. The concert is scheduled to get under way at 8 p.m. and should last about 90 minutes with a brief intermission.

A short reception will follow the performance during which members of the audience will have the chance to meet some of the performers. Orleans United Church is located at 1111 Orleans Blvd., just north of Hwy. 174.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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