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Freude! 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

On November 9, 1989, the shape of Europe changed, as ordinary people tore apart a wall dividing their country, and changing the political landscape of Europe and the world. Join Orchestra Toronto as we present a concert celebrating unity, joy, and the human spirit that unites us all. 

  • Mozart probably wrote Piano Concerto No. 23 in A-minor for his own performance. Pianist Elijah Orlenko, winner of the 2019 Marta Hidy Prize for Piano, will perform this intimate, expressive conversation between piano and orchestra with us.
  • Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is the most-performed symphony in the world. The stirring, and almost universally known, "Ode to Joy" is an anthem for all humanity. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and a stunning quartet of soloists will join the Orchestra to share this dramatic paean to fellowship and human endeavor. 


Michael Newnham – Conductor
Elijah Orlenko – Piano
Lesley Bouza – Soprano
Andrea Ludwig – Mezzo soprano
Andrew Walker – Tenor
Bradley Christensen – Baritone
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

On the Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A-minor
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D-minor


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George Weston Recital Hall
Meridian Arts Centre
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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The Grammy-nominated Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, as one of Canada’s largest choral organizations, believes its role is to provide Canadian audiences the experience of the classical choral masterworks of the world.

Grand symphonic sound has been the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s trademark for over 125 years. Performing both sacred and secular repertoire, TMC choristers are committed to offering audiences authentic interpretation, clarity of expression and a profound emotional experience of some of the most important music ever composed. Concerts are exhilarating and uplifting celebrations of the triumphs, great and small, of the human spirit.

Through its performances and educational programs, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir aspires to make choral masterworks available, accessible, and inspirational to all listeners in order to create a shared heritage of musical expression and appreciation.

The TMC includes a core of 20 professional singers. The TMC organization also includes the Mendelssohn Singers, a 70-voice ensemble formed from the ranks of the TMC, giving us more flexibility in both performing venue and repertoire.


Photograph of Elijah OrlenkoElijah Orlenko, age 14, was born in Vancouver, BC.

He is currently in 9th grade, and a senior piano student at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists with Michael Berkovsky.

Elijah won the Second Prize of Los Angeles Young Musician International Piano Competition in 2016, and received the Best Bach Performance award at that competition. This spring, he made his debut at Koerner Hall with ACO under the baton of Maestro Ivars Taurins. In August, Elijah became a second place winner at 2018 National Music Festival in Sackville, NB.

He received Founder’s Award at North York Music Festival in 2018.

In his spare time, he enjoys science, math, sports, and playing with his dog.