On Saturday May 25, Maestro Denis Mastromonaco and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra will welcome the mighty Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with soloists Christina Campsall and Jonelle Sills, for a thrilling season finale that will feature a performance of Gustav Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection”. The Living Arts Centre will reverberate with the combined sounds of choir and orchestra, a pairing that will feature over 200 performers on stage. Regular ticket prices start at $40. Special pricing is available for seniors, families, and patrons under 26. Complimentary underground parking is included with every ticket purchase. The concert will begin at 8pm.
The Resurrection Symphony is an all-embracing work, the first of Mahler’s symphonies to make use of voices and words as well as the orchestra, and the piece that set him decisively on the path toward the grandly scaled style of symphony that was to become his legacy. Spanning 90 minutes, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 has been deemed one of the most massive symphonies to ever be written. Beginning with a funeral march and ending in a triumphant choral hymn celebrating rebirth, Mahler 2 “tells a story nothing less than the story of life” (Mahler). The five-movement masterpiece is a critical member of the classical music canon.
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.
Canadian mezzo-soprano, Christina Campsall, has been praised as a “beautiful, dark-toned mezzo” (Opera Canada) with a “smooth, caressing voice both in the high peaks and in the deepest notes” (Fujiko Radio). Christina is a graduate of the Artist Diploma Program in Classical Vocal Performance from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she studied in the studio of Stephanie Bogle. During her studies there, Ms. Campsall was a two time recipient of the Liliane Szenteleky Vocal Scholarship. She was also awarded first place in the Graduate School Level/Young Professional category at the 2014 NATS Competition, and placed second in the 2014/15 Clifford Poole Vocal Competition. Christina is currently studying with Neil Semer.
Canadian soprano, Jonelle Sills has been praised for her “… warm, full, elastic tone” (Schmopera). In 2014, Miss Sills was a winner of the York University Concerto Competition, received First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions and the title of “Most promising singer”. In the summer of 2013 and 2015, Ms. Sills participated in the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany. Currently based in Toronto, Ms. Sills has completed her studies in the Artist Diploma Program (ADP) at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music under the mentorship of Stephanie Bogle and Rachel Andrist. Jonelle has also performed in master classes and coachings with notable artist such as Gerald Finley, Liz Upchurch, Adrianne Pieczonka, Tim Noble, Martin Katz, Catherine Robbin, Dawn Upshaw and Joan Dornemann.
The MSO is designated as one of Mississauga’s six pillars of arts, culture and heritage. The orchestra offers entertaining and increasingly sophisticated programs from the classic and popular repertoires of symphonic music, all performed to the highest artistic standards. Based out of Hammerson Hall, a world-class theatre located within the Living Arts Centre, the MSO provides performance opportunities and personal development to talented amateurs while combining the strands of excellence and education by assisting young professional performers and composers through solo performance opportunities, commissions and mentoring.