Benjamin Britten Saint Nicolas
Stephanie Martin Winter Nights world première
The Pax Christi Chorale and Youth Choir, with guests: , ,
Boy Soloists from Canadian Children’s Opera Company.
At Grace Church on-the-Hill
Pax Christi Chorale and Youth Choir were joined by the Havergal College Chamber Choir and boy soloists from the Canadian Children’s Opera Company in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s vividly crafted Saint Nicolas cantata. This highly evocative work depicts episodes in the life of the real Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children, scholars, and seamen. It is musical storytelling at its best, at once playful and serious, and even includes several audience carols.
A highlight of the programme was the world première of Artistic Director Stephanie Martin’s Winter Nights, commissioned especially for this concert. The work is a lovely setting of four winter-themed poems for choir, string orchestra, percussion and tenor soloist, dedicated to Founder and President Emily Burgetz and husband Bruce, the foremost sponsors of Pax Christi Chorale in its first 25 years.
“I follow Britten’s vision of the “holy triangle” between composer, performer and audience. A new piece can satisfy the intellectual needs of the composer, respect the performing forces and move the audience”.
Stephanie Martin – on Winter Nights