The Tuskegee Golden Voices Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Wayne A. Barr, will perform along with The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, under the direction of Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Concert – 7:30 pm
The two choirs will hold an evening concert starting at 7:30 pm at All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON . Concert tickets cost $35.00 and can be purchased online at https://www.tucanadatour.ca/tickets/
About the Nathaniel Dett Chorale
Excerpts taken from http://nathanieldettchorale.org/wordpress/
A spirit of unity, rendered in song. ~ The Globe & Mail
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The 21 classically trained outstanding vocalists of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale have shared the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, singers Molly Johnson and Jackie Richardson, and opera star Kathleen Battle and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has performed for such luminaries as opera singer Jessye Norman and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell. The Chorale has performed at events honouring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, personality Muhammad Ali, and pianist Oscar Peterson and was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January of 2009.
The multi-faceted vocalists of the Chorale, whose talent stretches beyond the traditional expectations of a classical chamber choir, seek to broaden their vision to include all styles and genres of music, from classical to jazz, folk, blues and popular music, as appropriate to the traditions of the African Diaspora.
The Chorale’s vision is to be a premier performer of Afrocentric composers – past, present and future – and to be a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music.
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Founder & Artistic Director
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder, Artistic Director and conductor of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation and performance of Afrocentric music of all styles. Born in Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Blyden-Taylor immigrated to Canada in 1973. He founded The Chorale in 1998, in response to a musical void in Canada; there had never before been a professional ensemble dedicated to the dissemination of Afrocentric choral music. The response that the Chorale has received in Canada and the United States since its inception has certainly given credence to Mr. Blyden-Taylor’s vision.
WATCH and LISTEN: Go to http://nathanieldettchorale.org/wordpress/?page_id=60 to listen to performances by the NDC.