Past Seasons

Orpheus Choir’s 2016-2017 Season:




Stories - Myths and Mysteries

Myths and Mysteries

Saturday November 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd

Delve into tales of myth and music with the Ontario premiere of The Farthest Shore, by popular British composer Paul Mealor (first composer to have a number one hit on both British classical and pop charts), the Celtic legend of a Welsh village cast under a young boy’s spell offers the backdrop for an enchanting evening that includes Ēriks Ešenvalds’ evocative Northern Lights, and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s riveting Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae.

Guest: Young Voices Toronto

Traditions - Welcome Christmas

Welcome Christmas!

Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St

Back by popular demand! Orpheus does something different by mounting a repeat! Orpheus Choir and the Hannaford Street Silver Band ring in Christmas with the eagerly-anticipated return of glorious jazz and gospel songstress Jackie Richardson. Revel in our tidings of great joy in this beloved concert of magnificent seasonal music.

Guests: Hannaford Street Silver Band and Jackie Richardson

Beginnings - With Glowing Hearts

With Glowing Hearts

Sunday February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd

Awaken glowing hearts with Canadian pride as we celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday. Orpheus Choir’s tribute showcases Ruth Watson Henderson’s The Magic of God’s World, and Derek Holman’s Laudis Creationis, together with premieres of two specially commissioned works by Mark Sirett and Laura Hawley that reveal the 1867 and 2017 faces of our home and native land.

Guest: Toronto Children’s Chorus

Identities - Glorious and Free

Glorious And Free

Sunday May 14, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W

Stand united with the Orpheus Choir in this glorious musical tribute to our Canadian values of respect and inclusion with the Ontario premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s The Golden Harvest. Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and their arduous journey to new beginnings, this dramatic oratorio combines with John Estacio’s deeply moving ode to peace, The Houses Stand Not Far Apart, in a grand choral Sesquicentennial celebration honouring the history of courage and perseverance that has built our diverse Canadian culture.

Guests: Renowned vocal artists Andriana Chuchman, soprano and James Westman, bass-baritone, the Vesnivka Choir (Kvitka Kondracki, Artistic Director), the Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir, the Orpheus Choir and the Orpheus Concert Orchestra under the direction of Robert Cooper.

To learn more about The Golden Harvest, read Sylvia Hunter’s interview with Larysa Kuzmenko.

2015 – 2016 Season



Phantom of the Opera

Friday October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Grace Church on the Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd
Edward Moroney, organ

Experience the riveting drama of the 1925 silent horror film Phantom of the Opera featuring Lon Chaney as the mad, disfigured composer whose passionate obsession for Christine leads to murderous love. The Orpheus Choir, complemented by organist Edward Moroney’s inspired improvisations, performs a live, original choral soundtrack crafted for this macabre cinematic classic.



Welcome Christmas

Tuesday December 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge
The Gospel according to Jackie
Orpheus Choir
Hannaford Street Silver Band
Jackie Richardson

Rejoice in the spirit of the season with Orpheus, the Hannaford Street Silver Band and JUNO-nominated jazz and gospel songstress Jackie Richardson for a glorious Christmas celebration.



Sound of Eternity:
Bach Mass in B Minor

Sunday March 6, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E

A Multi-Media Canadian Premiere!
Anita Krause, mezzo; Geoff Sirett, baritone
Jennifer Krabbe, soprano; Charles Sy, tenor
Orpheus Choir, Chorus Niagara, Talisker Players

Bach’s majestic Mass in B Minor meets German filmmaker Bastian Clevé’s dramatic film The Sound of Eternity, a lush visual interpretation of Bach’s masterpiece. Mirroring the grand emotional span of the Mass, Clevé’s 27 short episodes move from alpine mountains to glaciers to peaceful valleys and pulsating metropolitan cities. A Canadian premiere, this breath-taking choral and cinematic tour-de-force offers a powerful meditation on the circle of life.



Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on: the Lyrical Shakespeare

Saturday April 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St W
A theatrical evening of dark mysticism, spritely illusion and lyrical beauty.
Geraint Wyn-Davies, actor

Revel in the genius of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and sonnets through words, music and song featuring Stratford Festival star Geraint Wyn Davies. Orpheus’ season Finale spotlights the choral-drama No Mortal Business, a stirring and visionary creation by Canadian composer Allan Bevan, inspired by The Tempest and performed on the 400th Anniversary of the death of the Bard.

2014 – 2015 Season





2013 – 2014 Season


Read more about World of the Spirit and John Freund.



Read more about Song of the Stars- the music and the performers



2012 – 2013 Season

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2011 – 2012 Season


I Believe: A Holocaust Oratio for TodayI Believe: A Holocaust Oratorio For Today

October 25, 2011 8:00 pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Orpheus joins in the Toronto debut performance of I Believe, by award-winning Canadian composer Zane Zalis. Based on stories shared with Mr. Zalis by Holocaust survivors, I Believe tells an inspired story of the inextinguishable will to survive.

Christmas with AdrianneChristmas with Adrianne

December 21, 2011 7:30 pm
Koerner Hall in the Telus Centre for Performing Arts

Celebrate the holidays with an evening of seasonal cheer featuring Adrianne Pieczonka, one of the world’s most stunning and radiant international operatic sopranos, in Toronto’s premier concert venue, Koerner Hall.

Beethoven, Bevan and the BardBeethoven, Bevan and the Bard

March 4, 2012 3:00 pm
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E

Orpheus presents the premiere of No Mortal Business, by renowned Canadian composer Allan Bevan. Based on Shakespeare’s last major work, The Tempest, Bevan blends majestic trumpet fanfares, military drums, Gregorian chant, narration, organ, choir and orchestra into a lyrical large-scale creation rich in illusion and meaning. Learn much more about the composition and the historical context of the piece in the Composer’s Note. Together with Beethoven’s powerful and dramatic Mass in C Major, this uplifting concert will both surprise and enchant!

Light and Jazzy... Mass ExplorationLight and Jazzy… Mass Exploration

May 5, 2012 7:30 pm
Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St.

Orpheus breaks out of the box with Toronto premieres of innovative and vibrant masses by famed Hungarian composer Gyorgy Orban and Lithuania’s Vytautas Miskinis.  Join Orpheus for an evening of insight and innovation – music that spirits the space!

2010-2011 Season

Orpheus Cinema II: Peter Pan

Saturday October 30, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Eglinton St George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd.

Back by popular demand and fun for the whole family…the Orpheus Choir presents Orpheus Cinema II, and the enchanting 1924 silent movie classic Peter Pan. This innovative Paramount Pictures adaptation of the J.M. Barrie story was the first-ever film version of the timeless tale of the magical boy who refuses to grow up and his adventures in Neverland with the nefarious pirate Captain Hook. The Orpheus Choir and organist extraordinaire, Edward Moroney, provide a ‘choral soundtrack’ for a moving night out.


A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Eglinton St George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd.

The ever-popular Dylan Thomas favourite A Child’s Christmas in Wales, narrated by Stratford Festival’s Geraint Wyn Davies, starring as Dylan Thomas in this season’s hit Do Not Go Gentle. Festive and spirited seasonal carols combine with Dylan’s sparkling tale to make this an evening sure to please both you and your friends!


Vancouver Chamber Choir

Wednesday February 23, 2011
Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St.

Orpheus hosts the VCC and conductor Jon Washburn,
on tour in their 40th anniversary year.


Eternal Light

Saturday April 2, 2011 7:30 p.m.
St Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave.

The Canadian premieres of two magnificent new works. Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection, for strings, choir and soloists is a powerful meditation on the story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. This moving work is complemented by Eternal Light: a Requiem, by popular British composer Howard Goodall.



Wednesday May 11, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E

Orpheus joins with Chorus Niagara for the Toronto premiere of Canadian composer Imant Raminsh’s passionate new work for choir and orchestra: Quaternity: A Cantata of Seasons, along with John Rutter’s delightful spiritual settings, Feel the Spirit, with powerhouse vocalist Alana Bridgewater.



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