Song of the Stars

An afternoon of brilliant Spanish
and Latin American music

Orpheus celebrates the third concert of its 50th anniversary season with a sensational ‘choral tapas’ –  a mix of passionate songs, rhythmic dances and glorious Spanish and Latin American music.

“In the spirit of Expect Something Different, I am excited to bring this wonderful array of music to our Orpheus audience” says Robert Cooper, artistic director. “We have brought together a stellar roster of guest artists along with a stunning mix of music that I am sure will surprise and delight.”

 A Canadian premiere featuring Kathryn Felt pianist


The Canadian premiere of Song of the Stars by Enrique Granados is an extraordinary musical work for virtuoso piano and choir.   A masterpiece, rediscovered 100 years after its Barcelona premiere in 1911, it combines luxurious harmonies with romantic poetry.  Kathryn Felt,  an outstanding concert pianist from the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is the soloist in this glorious piece.  Joining Orpheus will be the Women’s Chamber Choir Ensemble from the U of T Faculty of Music (conducted by Tracy Wong).

A commissioned work by Charles T. Cozens with
special guest Joseph Macerollo


Tres Bailes LatiMarcerollo_snos, commissioned by Orpheus and created by renowned Canadian composer Charles T. Cozens, serves up passionate and rhapsodic songs accompanied by the vibrant and versatile sounds of classical accordion performed by Order of Canada recipient Joseph Macerollo.   Mr. Macerollo has played with major symphonies across the world, worked with Quartetto Gelato and accompanied such greats as singers Luciano Pavarotti and Teresa Stratas.  Composer Charles T. Cozens has received much global recognition and numerous awards for his compositions, conducting and arrangements and is considered “one of Canada’s premier arrangers”.  His love of and knowledge about the Latin beat can be traced to his special relationship with Cuba where he often visits to work  with and train local musicians

Notes from composer Charles T. Cozens…

I was inspired to create this composition because of my love of Latin music. My many excursions to the Caribbean have given me opportunity to study and learn from local artists and perform with them. When I was composing Tres Bailes Latinos in 2013, I was invited to guest conduct the Villa Clara Symphony Orchestra in Santa Clara Cuba, in a concert of exotic dance music of which several other compositions of mine were programmed. The passionate musical community of Santa Clara will always be a wonderful memory and Cuban music will always be an inspiration to me.”

Adding more spice to this musical adventure will be a variety of Latin American and Spanish songs by Bacalov, Piazzolla, Busto, Villa-Lobos and more.  Guest double bass player Alberto Munarriz and percussionist extraordinaire Alejandro Cespedes augment the choral sounds with their exquisite rhapsodic beats.

Alberto  is a double bass player and PhD student in ethnomusicology at York University, Toronto. He received an MA in Musicology from the Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York, and a Bachelor in Music (Jazz Performance) from McGill University, Montreal. His research interests include contemporary Latin American music, performance practices, transnationalism, and transmission and hibridity with focus on Argentinean folklore and tango. His current research examines the numerous dialogues defining the evolution of contemporary tango in a number of European locales.

Alejandro Cespedes is an accomplished percussionist and pedagogue who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Performance at U of T and teaching at Regent Park School of Music. He has performed with major orchestras, ensembles and notable artists such as Jane Bunnett and the Buena Vista Club. His wide reaching talents in percussive instruments include Body- and Latin percussion, West African drumming and Steel-drums! He has also been recognized with numerous music awards.

Click on the video link to hear a sample of the music from Orpheus Choir’s Third Concert, Song of the Stars.


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