The entire metropolitan Toronto area will be the site of the 1989 International Choral Festival throughout the month of June, with performers from 12 countries participating.
Premieres by four Canadians, the Welshman William Mathias and the renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed.
Major choral works to be performed include Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis," Bach's Mass in B minor, Berlioz's "The Damnation of Faust," and Canadian R. Murray Schafer's "Apocalypsis," a ritualistic pageant described by Toronto Star critic William Littler as "one of the most spectacular events in the history of Canadian music."
Conductors as eminent as Robert Shaw, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Helmuth Rilling will be festival guests, and among the well-known performing groups will be Toronto's Elmer Iseler Singers, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (United States), the Morriston Orpheus Choir (Wales), the King's Singers (England), the Tapiola Choir (Finland), the Boys Choir of Harlem (United States) and the Poliansky Choir of Moscow, which will sing the glorious Rachmaninoff "Vespers."
In addition to virtually non-stop performances, there will also be workshops, master classes and seminars.
For detailed information about the more than 70 concerts in this festival, phone Jane Rowland, (416) 868-3882.