Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director. Musical Excitement, 2017-2018 Our 39th Season.

Concert Reviews

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. “…There   followed   three   pieces   by   the   choir   alone,   all   of   which   were   lovely   and   sensitive   performances...   Once   again, Adams   deftly   coaxed 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

July 13, 2018: Whodunnit, hoedown and violin virtuoso on the weekend list, Ottawa violin virtuoso Kerson Leong teams up with British composer John Rutter on July 15 and 16, 2018 with the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Ottawa Chamber Choir and Ottawa Children's choir. (Sandra Abma, CBC News)

May 9, 2018: Manitoulin Community Choir presents annual spring concert, and announces March 2019 concert with the Elmer Iseler Singers.
(The Manitoulin Expositor)

March 29, 2018: Twenty Years Later - Celebrating Elmer Iseler, by David Jaeger in honour of the Elmer Iseler Tribute concert on April 14, 2018.
(The WholeNote)

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. (The WholeNote)

January 21, 2018: Tickets now on sale for Elmer Iseler Singers show in Alliston February 10, 2018. (Alliston Herald)

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.
(Ottawa Citizen)

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 numerous encores."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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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. “…There followed three pieces by the choir alone, all of which were lovely and sensitive performances... Once again, Adams deftly coaxed the quietest of endings from the choristers allowing the ending to hang beautifully. Jeff Mitchell at torontoconcertreviews.ca Reviews of Lydia Adams’ choirs Mozart Requiem at TSO’s Mozart@260 Festival, Jan. 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."                                                       " 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. "  

Press Releases and Articles

July 13, 2018:  Ottawa violin virtuoso Kerson Leong teams up with British composer John Rutter (& the Elmer Iseler Singer), July 15 & 16, 2018   (CBC News)

May 9, 2018:  Manitoulin Community Choir presents annual spring concert and announces March 2019 concert with the Elmer Iseler Singers
                                            (The Manitoulin Expositor)

Mar. 29, 2018:  Twenty Years Later - Celebrating Elmer Iseler by David Jaeger               (The WholeNote)

March, 2018:  Remembering Elmer Iseler: Canadian
Choral Visionary"
by Robert Missen    (Choir Ontario)

Feb. 1, 2018:  Vocal Milestones: Giving Voice to
New Musical Ideas                        (The WholeNote)

Jan. 21, 2018:  Tickets now on sale for Elmer
Iseler Singers show in Alliston   
(Alliston Herald)

Jan. 18, 2018:  Elmer Iseler Singers join
John Rutter in Music and Beyond concert in July
                                              
(Ottawa Citizen)

Jan. 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)

Nov. 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
Viva 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.

Concert Reviews

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 was the most 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    Review of Western Canada Tour performance in Agassiz, BC, April 26, 2017"…Our listeners... were captivated by the mes- merizing sounds of a harmonious 20-member "chamber" choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, directed by their profound leader, maestro Lydia Adams. The professionalism of the con- ductor 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 numerous encores." Kirill Bolshakov, Agassiz-Harrison Observer
Review of EIS performance at 21C Music Festival  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
Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director. Musical Excitement, 2017-2018 Our 39th Season.
© Elmer Iseler Singers 2000-2018   
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