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Britten's Baroque

Aradia Ensemble

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Britten's Baroque

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Regular admission Ended CA$35.00 CA$2.71
Seniors / Under 30 Ended CA$20.00 CA$1.80

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Join with us to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten! Britten had an individual voice, but his love of baroque music is well known. In particular, he had a  great love of the music of his fellow English composer Henry Purcell. This concert presents some of Britten original music, some of his Purcell arrangements and then some of Purcell’s own music. 

Britten original

The Simple Symphony, opus 4, is a youthful work. The melodies were written by Britten in his teens and the work orchestrated when he was Twenty. How appropriate it is then, for the Aradia Ensemble to be joined by the Kingsway Conservatory Strings, a group Aradia is happy to mentor.  

Fans of Wes Anderson's recent movie Moonrise Kingdom, will recognize this work as one of the key element in the score of the film, which also featured extraordinary young talent!

Britten’s Baroque

Of Britten’s many arrangements of Purcell’s music, perhaps the most famous is the famous Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730.

In its turn, Purcell's Orpheus Britannicus may well be the most important published collection of his songs in the 17th century. Britten made 2 realizations of some of these songs in 1946 and 1963 (scoring them for strings instead of the original basso continuo). Aradia will present five of these songs with Johane Ansell, soprano:

1.Let Sullen discord smile

2.Why should men quarrel

3.So when the glittering Queen of Night 

4.Thou tuns’t this World

5. ‘Tis Holiday

6. Sound Fame thy brazen Trumpet


Henry Purcell

For Purcell’s own music we turn to the Theatre. Aradia presents Purcell’s music form the following plays: The Married Beau and music from The Double Dealer. (The Kingsway Conservatory Strings will play selected movements.) 

The concert will also include Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for String Orchestra and Bell. This hauntingly beautiful piece was composed as an elegy upon Britten’s death, in celebration of Pärt’s admiration of the “unusual purity” of Britten’s work.


The Aradia Ensemble will be joined by

Johane Ansell, soprano

And also the Kingsway Conservatory Strings for selected works in the program.

Have questions about Britten's Baroque? Contact Aradia Ensemble

When & Where

The Music Gallery (Just north of Queen in Downtown Toronto)
197 John Street
Toronto, ON M5T1X7

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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Aradia Ensemble

Aradia was the daughter of Apollo’s twin sisters, who was sent by the gods to teach humankind to order the music of the natural world into song.


Aradia Ensemble is a not-for-profit music group that specializes in the performance of Baroque music and also performs classical chamber, orchestral and vocal repertoire on period instruments.  Aradia endeavours to advance an appreciation and greater public understanding of these repertoires through an annual concert series, tours and recordings.


Aradia is committed to developing and presenting fresh approaches to baroque music by engaging young musicians and embracing creative partnerships that highlight the baroque style through juxtapositions and complementarities with a range of art forms.


The Aradia Ensemble was formed in 1996 as a musicians’ collective, becoming fully professional in 1999. Aradia has worked tirelessly to develop new talent and interest in Baroque music. Under the dynamic leadership of music director Kevin Mallon, Aradia presents a regular concert series in Toronto, and has toured extensively across Ontario, Canada and internationally (New Zealand, the USA, Ireland and Italy). From 2010-2014, Aradia was Orchestra in Residence for COSI (The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) in Sulmona, Italy. Aradia performed in Newfoundland (2011) and performed with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Nova Scotia in 2014.


Aradia has a long history of involvement with education and outreach activities.  The ensemble is the mentor group for The Kingsway Conservatory Strings founded by Aradia violinist Elyssa Lefurgey Smith, which often performs alongside Aradia.


Aradia has a major recording contract with Naxos records, with over 50 CDs, some of which have won or been nominated for international prizes, including a JUNO nomination in 2009.   This has helped the ensemble gain a strong presence in the Canadian musical landscape, as Aradia receives significant airtime on CBC and other classical music stations.  Aradia has benefitted from positive reviews that stand as markers of the ensemble’s artistic excellence. Aradia’s most recent recording, a 3CD set of Handel concerti grossi opus 6 to be released in April 2013, has garnered interest in the international press (BBC Music Magazine feature, Gramophone magazine review etc.) Aradia has recently negotiated an ambitious recording program with Naxos for the coming years and will release a new CD in December of 2015.

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