Rebecca Claborn

Mezzo-Soprano


May
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

H2O

This is no mere offering of sea shanties, but a phantasmagoria of all things aquatic, shipwrecked and watery. Opus 8 will be taking you through a historical journey from the rivers of Babylon and the river Jordan to the torrents of summer and the tears of unrequited lovers. Row, row, row your boat to Toronto and check them out. Free admission, with a reception to follow the concert.

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Mar
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Biber Requiem

Heinrich Biber’s masterful Requiem in F minor will be preceded by some of the composer’s most innovative motets and sacred cantatas, demonstrating his unique recipe for deepening the Catholic liturgy: the mixture of declamatory singing with Bohemian violin virtuosity. Our string ensemble will be led by Biber aficionados Julia Wedman and Christopher Verrette.

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Jan
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Dona Nobis Pacem

Exploring the power and potential of the Agnus Dei over the past 700 years, this concert of devotional pacifist music will open your ears to a huge variety of interpretations of the familiar 'Lamb of God' text. Intense and beautiful, not to be missed. Free admission.

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Oct
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

Music and Memory

Is the old adage true that we remember 10% of what we read but 90% of what we sing?

This Kaffeemusik will survey the complex relationship between music and memory by discussing, among other things, the role of memory in Renaissance polyphony, the legend of Wolfgang Mozart’s visit to the Sistine chapel, research by neuroscientists such as Oliver Sacks, and modern theories such as the “Mozart effect”. Music by Allegri, Lassus, Purcell, and others, plus the premiere of David Barber’s Remember Not.

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Jun
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Exultant Spring

Victoria Baroque Players

An effulgent spring extravaganza for choir, soloists, and orchestra, conducted by Pacific Opera Victoria’s Timothy Vernon. Programme including Mozart’s joyous “Exsultate, jubilate”, Telemann’s four delightful cantatas “Die Tageszeiten” that describe the times of day, and exuberant “Laudate Dominum” by Michel Corrette, based on “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Monica Orso, soprano
Rebecca Genge, soprano
Rebecca Claborn, mezzo soprano
Zachary Windus, countertenor
Kevin Myers, tenor
Andrew Erasmus, baritone

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May
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

A Light in the Darkness

Opus 8

As we ease our way into the light of spring after a long & drawn-out winter, Opus 8 explores the idea of light and darkness and invites you to reconnect with the land, after months of hiding indoors from the cold. Please join us as we celebrate spring, light and life with a diverse program including music by Gesualdo, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, Britten and our very own music director, Robert Busiakiewicz.

Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. 

 

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Feb
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Official Launch Party!

Opus 8

We are thrilled to invite you to the Official Launch Party for Opus 8! Please join us for an elegant and intimate cocktail party as we look back over a year of music-making, and look ahead to a year of new and exciting endeavours.  The party includes drinks and delicious appetizers, a unique and exciting 3-item auction, and performances by Opus 8 throughout the party

Auction Items:

Spend a week in 17th century cottage in southwest France

Have Opus 8 all to yourself! (or for an event of your choosing)

Have an exclusive arrangement of your favourite song, to be performed by us in concert

 

Tickets for the Launch Party are $100 (partial charitable tax receipt available upon request). 

RSVP:  opus8choir@gmail.com by February 1st

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Christmas in Dresden

Toronto Chamber Choir and the Toronto Continuo Collective

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We celebrate the festive season with music from Dresden in the time of Heinrich Schütz and Michael Praetorius.  The new musical idiom these composers forged managed to synthesize the opposed ideas of sacred music and dance music, Latin and vernacular, complex polyphony and simple melodicism.  The resulting music seems to magically satisfy us from every possible angle at once, convincing us that it can link Earth and Heaven.  The voices of the TCC will float above a lush carpet of chamber organ, a Baroque string ensemble, and the joyous musical pointillism of Toronto’s favourite “pluck band,” the Toronto Continuo Collective.

Anna Kwiatkowska, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Richard Hrytzak, baritone

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Dec
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Händel: Foundling Hospital Anthem

The Musicians in Ordinary and St. Michael's Schola Cantorum

Händel's grand anthem, which includes the famous Hallelujah Chorus, is accompanied by Baroque works by Geminiani and others. The Musicians in Ordinary are joined by the Schola Cantorum of St. Michael's College, conducted by Michael O'Connor, and a full Baroque orchestra led by Christopher Verrette. Free admission; donations gladly welcomed. 

Hallie Fishel, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

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Nov
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Songs of Solomon

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The Musicians in Ordinary

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Hebrew Sacred Music for three to five voices by Salamone Rossi and some of his innovative sonatas for two violins and chitarrone with Christopher Verrette and Patricia Ahern. Pre-concert lecture begins at 7:30 PM; concert begins at 8:00 PM. 

Hallie Fishel, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Ben Kim, tenor

Graham Robinson, baritone

Sean Nix, bass

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Nov
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mass in B Minor

Ottawa Bach Choir and Ensemble Caprice

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The full setting of one of Bach’s last and greatest compositions, completed in 1749, but only first fully performed in 1859. Today it is considered one of the greatest pieces of choral music ever written. The choir is joined by the Baroque orchestra Ensemble Caprice of Montreal and world-class soloists.

Agnes Zsigovics, soprano

Daniel Taylor, countertenor 

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Jacques-Olivier Chartier, tenor 

Daniel Lichti, bass-baritone

Geoff Sirett, baritone

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Nov
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mass in B Minor

Ottawa Bach Choir and Ensemble Caprice

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The full setting of one of Bach’s last and greatest compositions, completed in 1749, but only first fully performed in 1859. Today it is considered one of the greatest pieces of choral music ever written. The choir is joined by the Baroque orchestra Ensemble Caprice of Montreal and world-class soloists.

Agnes Zsigovics, soprano

Daniel Taylor, countertenor 

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Jacques-Olivier Chartier, tenor 

Daniel Lichti, bass-baritone

Geoff Sirett, baritone

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Nov
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

War and Peace

Opus 8

In honour of Remembrance Day, Opus 8 presents a diverse program of choral music, from the medieval masses of Guillaume de Machaut to selections from Hubert Parry's sublime "Songs of Farewell." Admission: pay-what-you-can donation. 

Emily Wall, Clara MacCallum Fraser, sopranos

Rebecca Claborn, Simon Honeyman, altos

Peter Mowat, Robert Busiakiewicz, tenors

David Roth, Jordan Scholl, basses

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Nov
1
3:00pm 3:00pm

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Toronto Chamber Choir

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Through spoken words, visual images, and music from both East and West, this program considers the fascinating life of Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), a Jesuit who traveled from Lisbon to spend his last twenty-eight years in China. The first Westerner to be allowed entrance to the Forbidden City as an advisor to the Ming court, Ricci impressed the Chinese with memory techniques he mastered from the ancient Greeks. Kathleen Kajioka’s narrative will describe the great value put on the art of memory in both Europe and China during Ricci’s lifetime, and will consider the effects of memory’s decline in our own era.

Rebecca Genge, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Jonathan MacArthur, tenor

Richard Hrytzak, baritone

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Oct
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

Prophetiae Sibyllarum

The Musicians in Ordinary

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Orlando Lassus’s weird and wonderful music sets texts written in the voice of Graeco-Roman prophecies of the birth of the Messiah; with lute Fantasias by Lassus’s contemporary Melchior Neusidler. 

Hallie Fishel, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Ben Kim, tenor

Sean Nix, baritone

John Edwards, lute

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Sep
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Charpentier's Te Deum

St. Michael's Schola Cantorum and the Musicians in Ordinary

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier composed his grand polyphonic motet Te Deum in D major probably between 1688 and 1698, during his stay at the Jesuit Church of Saint-Louis in Paris, where he held the position of musical director. The work is written for a group of soloists, choir, and instrumental accompaniment.

This concert is presented by the Musicians in Ordinary Orchestra led by Christopher Verrette, with the choir and soloists of St. Michael's Schola Cantorum, directed by Michael O'Connor.

Free admission - donations welcome. 

Hallie Fishel, soprano

Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano

Christopher Jääskeläinen, tenor

Graham Robinson, baritone

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