Reviews of Lydia Adams’ choirs Mozart Requiem at TSO’s Mozart@260 Festival, January 21-23, 2016:
"... it is a tribute to the combined forces of the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers that they managed to perform the piece
off book, without a score. ... I wouldn’t have missed the performance for the world. "
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail
"Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers, under the direction of Lydia Adams, sang the entire work by memory... Their voices were
divine,... " Michael Vincent, The Toronto Star
"...Adams’ choirs made the most exquisite readings I’ve ever heard (live or on record), their Latin words enunciated
more clearly to my ear than that of most of the soloists." Leslie Barcza, barczablog.com
" The Amadeus Choir and Elmer Iseler Singers under Lydia Adams provided the fervent choral forces needed. ... the Choir did
remarkably well, especially from memory! ... a performance that will stay in memory for a long time. "
Joseph So, La Scena Musicale
Review of performance in Port Hope on December 18, 2016
“…The choir took centre stage on their own with the next two numbers, the English carol The Holly and the Ivy and that oldest of Canadian
carols, The Huron Carol. ..In 'Holly', Lydia Adams conducted from the piano and the rich textures of the choir shone through. The
performance of 'Huron' was beautifully haunting.
the quietest of endings from the choristers allowing the ending to hang beautifully.
J13.3Mitchell at torontoconcertreviews.ca
Review of Fauré Requiem performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, February 1- 2, 2017
"...the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin, and TSO violin soloist Mark
Shazinetsky, joined Denève, Braun, Kunz and the TSO to give what for me wwereheopen soundsmost moving performance of Gabriel
Fauré’s Requiem Op. 48 that I have ever heard. Denѐve captured every nuance of beauty in this wonderful work. The choir was absolutely
stunning in its range of expression and tonal purity."
Excerpt from a review by David Richards at Toronto Concert Reviews, Feb.3, 2017
Press Releases and Articles
March 2018: "Remembering Elmer Iseler: Canadian Choral Visionary" by Robert Missen in preparation for the Elmer Iseler Tribute concert on April 14, 2018.
(Choirs Ontario, Dynamic Newsletter, Volume 46, Issue 2)
February 1, 2018: Vocal Milestones: Giving Voice to New Musical Ideas, David Lang and Lydia Adams share their personal views of the Little Match Girl Passion.
January 21, 2018: Tickets now on sale for Elmer Iseler Singers show in Alliston February 10, 2018.
January 18, 2018: “English composing great John Rutter to star in Music and Beyond concert in July”
Elmer Iseler Singers join John Rutter on July 15, 2018.
January 10, 2018: Elmer Iseler Singers are one of Eleanor McCain's guest artists in the 2-CD project: “True North The Canadian Songbook”
(Cape Breton Post)
November 11, 2017: 'How fortunate we are': Canadians' service honoured at Remembrance Day ceremonies (Posted by CBC News)
April 1, 2017: The Elmer Iseler Singers, Tapestry Opera and the Gryphon Trio were nominated as one of 5 contenders for "Classical Album of the Year:
Vocal or Choral Performance" for their recording of "Dark Star Requiem", by Canadian composer Andrew Staniland, conducted by Wayne Strongman,
in the 2017 Juno Awards.
Mar. 1, 2016: Big Choral and Orchestral Sounds with Myths, Legends & Devotions (Posted by Esprit Orchestra)
Nov. 16, 2014: Collaboration was the reigning principle Sunday afternoon at an a cappella joint meeting of VivaVoca and the visiting
Elmer Iseler Singers... Montreal Gazette.
Aug. 4, 2014: Festival of the Sound - Closing Thoughts from Peter McGillivray: “...the choir’s joyful exuberance were a powerful reminder that
some emotions are too powerful to be merely spoken... they must be sung.”
May 18, 2014: Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Choir win the 2014 Outstanding Innovation Award presented by Choral Canada
Review of Western Canada Tour performance in Agassiz, BC April 26, 2017 at Agassiz Christian Reformed Church
"Our listeners... were captivated by the mesmerizing sounds of a harmonious 20-member "chamber" choir, the Elmer Iseler
Singers, directed by their profound leader, maestro Lydia Adams. The professionalism of the conductor and each member of the
group was integrated into a kind of "ensemble" in which all, and everyone's, unique timbres were added to the fullness of the
choirs magnificent tonal colours and expressions... All listeners were ready to stay in the hall to ask the Elmer Iseler Singers for
Kirill Bolshakov, Agassiz-Harrison Observer
Review of 21C Music Festival performance with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, May 24, 2017 at Koerner Hall
“…The Elmer Iseler Singers excelled in both of Current’s works. Naka demanded their full attention and talent, requiring them to
learn Tłįchǫ accurately from Elder Rosa Mantla. At times with open harmonics and swoops, the choir often evoked the northern
lights themselves, providing ethereal, complex sounds at times. Positioned in the loft, physically above the orchestra, they seemed
to be singing down into the world. The singers, with Lydia Adams at the helm, have consistently proven themselves the definitive
choir for new and diverse music.”
Brian Chang, The WholeNote, May 25, 2017
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