A Cappella Next

A Cappella Next
Friday, Mar 13, 2015
8:00 PM
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
SOLD OUT
Noel Edison, Director
Elora Festival Singers, New York Premiere
Robert Ingari, Director
Le Choeur de chambre du Québec, New York Premiere
Robert Pacillo, Director
Harmonia Chamber Singers
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Participating Ensembles:

Elora Festival Singers
Choeur de Chambre du Québec
Harmonia Chamber Singers

Elora Festival Singers

Noel Edison
Noel Edison
Noel Edison is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As conductor and artistic director of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the GRAMMY and Juno-nominated chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers, Edison is widely recognized and appreciated for his skillful, interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. Edison moved from his native Toronto to the scenic village of Elora, where he co-founded the Elora Festival in 1979. A year later, he founded the Elora Festival Singers, the professional choir-in-residence of the young Festival. Since 1984, Edison has served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. The Choir of St. John’s also boasts an impressive series of recordings and recently received rave reviews for their latest release of Psalms and Motets for Reflection. In 1988, he established the Elora Festival Orchestra, which still performs each year at The Elora Festival’s prestigious opening night concert. For 35 years, the Elora Festival has attracted capacity crowds to Elora. Located one hour west of Toronto, the village thrives during the four weeks of the Festival. Each year, patrons enjoy a stellar line-up of performances, from large-scale classical works for choir and orchestra to intimate evenings of jazz, cabaret and chamber choral music. In 2002, the University of Guelph conferred upon Edison the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music and, on January 22, 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.
The Elora Festival Singers (EFS) continue to better with age. As a GRAMMY® and Juno-nominated chamber choir, EFS has established itself as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond. Founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival, EFS continues to attract praise and attention at home and abroad. Since 1997, the choir has been the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, all the while remaining true to its beginnings as the choral ensemble-in-residence of the annual, summertime Elora Festival. With Noel Edison still at the helm, this choir knows no bounds; their 2013 Juno nomination for I Saw Eternity is yet another reminder of the talent we’re privileged to have at the Elora Festival. EFS is renowned for its diverse styles, commitment to Canadian repertoire, and for collaborations with other Canadian artists. Through regular concert series, recordings, broadcasts, and touring, the choir continues to reach audiences all over the world to showcase Canadian musical talent. With nine releases on the Naxos label, the EFS is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture.

Choeur de Chambre du Québec

Robert Ingari
Robert Ingari
The choral conductor and composer Robert Ingari has been an associate professor in the music department of Université de Sherbrooke since June 2008 where he is the director of the masters in choral conducting program and choral activities as well as the classical voice program. He is also the artistic director of l’École d’été de Université de Sherbrooke, the l’Ensemble vocal de l’Université de Sherbrooke and the Choeur de chambre de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Since January 2011, Robert Ingari has been the artistic director of Le Choeur de chambre du Québec, a 16-voice professional ensemble devoted to creating, performing and recording choral works including those by Robert Ingari as well as composers from the French-speaking and English-speaking communities in Canada. From 2007 to 2011, he was the director of the choral workshop at the Music Academy of the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée, Quebec. Mr. Ingari has also been the guest conductor with l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval and l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. Originally active in the Montreal region, Robert Ingari was assistant professor and coordinator of the choral department at the Schulich Music School of McGill University until 2008. He was also artistic director of Le Chœur du Musée d'art de Joliette, Le Chœur classique de Montréal as well as Le Chœur de la Montagne of Belœil, Quebec and Le Chœur symphonique de Sherbrooke. For several years, Robert Ingari has devoted himself to the composition of choral works of which several are pubished by Cypress Choral Music. His most recent work is Cantate en trois lieux for chorus, soloists and orchestra. His Three psalms for mixed chorus and marimba, featuring his colleague Mario Boivin appear on his CD "Sacred Choruses - Chœurs sacrés" as well as his Psalm 23 and Dona Nobis Pacem, both for chorus and string orchestra. In the spring of 2014, he conducted two concerts at the choral festival Public chorus in Clichy-sous-Bois, France and his cantata Psalm 23 had it’s European début when it was performed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, with Catherine Simonpietri, conductor.
In May 2010, the first steps were taken towards the creation of a professional vocal ensemble of 16 voices, bringing together French-speaking and Francophile singers and choral conductors age 23 to 40 whose mission would be to represent Canada and French-speaking Quebec abroad. Since its creation, the main goal of the Chœur de chambre du Québec has been to participate in the development and the creation of choral works composed on French texts through the performance of original works that combine texts from contemporary French-speaking authors with new musical compositions. In this way, the ensemble aims at enriching the musical heritage of French Quebec and Canada. Thanks to concerts given in Quebec and Alberta, the ensemble has succeeded in bringing significant attention to its mission in Canada and abroad. The Chœur de chambre du Québec performs essentially music from Canada and French Quebec, as well as occasional works from France. A large percentage of its repertoire includes choral works in French, several of which are composed by its artistic director, Robert Ingari, as well as other compositions by some of its singers. The ensemble is committed to not only continuing to create new repertoire of choral works in French, but also to showcase them outside the borders of Canada and Quebec. Since February 2011, the Chœur de chambre du Québec has given concerts to enchanted audiences. Its numerous performances include the opening concert of the 2012 Choralies in Edmonton, Alberta, a concert in the Prestige Concert Series for Professional Choirs at the Mondial Choral in 2011 in Laval, Quebec, as well as concerts in 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. In 2014, members of the choir were the invited artists at the École d’été de chant choral (Summer Choral School) at Université de Sherbrooke, during which the invited conductor, Catherine Simonpietri from Paris, France worked with the singers on a program of choral music from France and French-speaking Quebec. In December 2014, the ensemble will give a Christmas concert at the Festival Saint-Zénon-de-Piopolis in Piopolis, Quebec and in May 2015, they will perform at Festival Classica in Saint- Lambert, Quebec. In June 2015 they will give a concert tour in Puerto Rico in collaboration with the Puerto Rican professional choir Orfeón San Juan Bautista. In the fall of 2015, the choir will premiere a new work by Canadian composer, Donald Patriquin in a concert of Patriquin's choral works.

Harmonia Chamber Singers

Robert Pacillo
Robert Pacillo
Robert Pacillo, founder and artistic director of Harmonia, is an active singer, conductor, teacher, and accompanist in the Western New York region. He is director of choral activities at Lockport High School. Robert is a cantor for the Diocese of Buffalo, and has sung with St. Joseph Cathedral Choir, Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Vocalis Chamber Choir, and The Lake Effect. He is also music director for the Lancaster Youth Bureau Summer Theater Workshop. Robert resides in Lewiston, NY with his wife, Catherine, and their two children.
Founded in September 2006, Harmonia is a professional a cappella ensemble based in Buffalo, New York. Noted for its innovative programming and stunning performances, Harmonia's literature spans centuries of choral music, from Medieval chant to the present. Concerts are presented throughout Western New York in some of the area’s most beautiful acoustical spaces. Harmonia was named the Artvoice Best Vocal Ensemble in 2011.