AGO LIVE Songs of Heaven. Owen Pallett, Cris Derksen, Matt Smith

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Date/Time - 12/10/2019 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A divinely inspired mash up, Songs of Heaven puts a contemporary spin on the centuries old tradition of antiphonal (call and response) choral singing, in celebration of the opening of Early Rubens. Commissioned by the AGO and performed by the Choir of St. James Cathedral, under the direction of Robert Busiakliewicz, the 60 minute program features the world premier of three new choral pieces composed by leading Canadian musicians Owen Pallett, Cris Derksen and Matt Smith.

Staged in Walker Court for two nights only, and featuring live harpsicord accompaniment, the performance immerses the audience in a sea of song and includes access to the exhibition.

According to Pallett, “What Peter Paul Rubens sought to create in his enormous religious paintings is a particular sensation that I loosely describe as making the viewer aware of the concept of the infinite— a sense of spiritual vertigo, of being bowled over by the scope of his vision. Although Rubens’s own version of ‘the infinite’ relates to his Christian beliefs, I am seeking to convey a similar sense of vertigo regardless of the beliefs of the viewer.”

Member Price $35.00
Annual Pass Holder + Public Price $45.00

Member Tickets on-sale: September 10, 2019
Annual Pass Holder + Public Tickets on-sale: September 13, 2019