Elora Singers to visit Mt. A

Grammy-nominated choir to visit on Saturday, Oct. 14

Mount Allison is about to experience a once-in-a-lifetime treat. If you are at all interested in the performing arts, no matter the medium, mark Saturday Oct. 14 in your calendar. At 7:30 p.m., the Elora Singers will serenade listeners at the Brunton auditorium for a couple of hours – a musical experience you shouldn’t miss.

The Grammy- and Juno-nominated group is a professional chamber choir based out of Elora, Ontario. This group specializes in rich sounds that have been delighting listeners for decades. Founded in 1980 by Noel Edison, the group is still conducted by him. Edison, a member of the Order of Ontario, has conducted the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for over a decade. He has also received an honorary doctor of music degree from the University of Guelph.

“In a world where conductors flit about from podium to podium, Noel Edison is proof of the power of connecting one person to a community, allowing everything and everyone – including the audience – to grow in the process,” said John Terauds in a review for the Toronto Star.

Edison even started a festival in Elora for choral music, and has been running it annually since 1979. The festival lasts for four weeks and takes place during the summer months. His group of Elora Singers grace the festival as the central act. There are a few Elorians in the 22-person crew, but most have been attracted from every corner of Canada.

The members are currently on their Maritime tour and have fit Mt. A into their busy schedule. This night promises to be grand, and is sure to attract all music elites and prospects alike.

The group has done recordings for Naxos Records, and is widely recognized as one of the most skilled large-scale choirs in Canada. The group specializes in many different styles and genres, such as folk, Canadian traditional music and holiday pieces. They have graced many stages and have retained a constant strain of core singers who provide consistently excellent performances night after night and year after year.

The performance was kept under wraps for a long time as tickets will be sold quickly. It is expected by organizers that all seats will be filled for this incredible event as many consider this group to be a certified national treasure. Mt. A has been lining up events this scholastic season. It seems the organizers and faculty involved are making an extra effort to give this year’s students the best possible cultural experience.

Tickets for this show are $20 for adults and free for children and Mt. A students. These are worth picking up and will probably be gone quickly. There is an Eventbrite webpage where advance tickets are available to the public. This performance features world-class musicians coming directly to our backyard, and is looking like the event to attend Saturday night.

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