Join us on Saturday February 8 at 8:00 PM as we welcome the Nathaniel Dett Chorale alongside Cantor Sidney Ezer and the Shir Ḥadash Ensemble for an inspirational interfaith concert on the theme of slavery and freedom featuring Afrocentric music of all styles. The liturgy and music of both faiths will be represented.
Under the direction of Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, this multi-faceted group of singers is Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to Afrocentric music. Their repertoire includes classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. 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. They have also performed at events honouring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, boxing personality Muhammad Ali, and pianist Oscar Peterson. They were the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January of 2009.