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Arts: Spring choral concert warms St. Mark’s Church
Edison Singers perform in 2019. (FILE PHOTO)

The Edison Singers are returning to Niagara-on-the-Lake after a three-year pause.

Recognized as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada, the Edison Singers are presenting “Sweet Expressions Folksongs and Spirituals,” this Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m., at St. Mark’s Anglican Church on Byron Street.

The group was founded in 2019 by Noel Edison and has quickly become known for its rich, warm sound, versatility, and clarity of texture. Centred in Guelph/Elora, the choir regularly performs in Toronto and Niagara.

“There is a huge variety of Folksongs and Spirituals from across the globe,” said Edison. “We’re presenting just a smattering of the worldwide lexicon of choral arrangements of these two genres.” 

They will be heartwarming and intimate, celebrating the long traditions of folk music and spirituals, with commentary about the songs by our singers.”

 “This repertoire can be quite challenging,” Edison added. “It is just as demanding as Bach’s works.”

As a young musician, Edison founded the Elora Festival in 1979. He remained artistic director of that festival until 2018. He also served as conductor and artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir from 1997 to 2018. 

“We have an outstanding ensemble of singers. Their energy, spirit and commitment to the Edison Singers is remarkable. They truly inspire me.”

Tickets for the Saturday concert are $45, including taxes, and $25 under 18 years of age. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.theedisonsingers.com or call 226-384-9300. Patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, but a limited number will be available at the door.

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