Saturday, February 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
With the Toronto Mass Choir
Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor Street West
Tickets $20-25 in advance, $25-30 at the door
Purchase tickets online via Bemused Network
Bringing together two of Toronto’s most powerful musical forces, the Big Band Gospel Project is a collaboration between the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the 40-voice Toronto Mass Choir. The Big Band Gospel Project features performances by each ensemble alone, and arrangements for the combined ensembles created specifically for the Project by acclaimed composer/producer Shelly Berger. Repertoire includes traditional tunes and original compositions, reflecting the strong history and continuing vitality of both jazz and gospel music. For more information, see the poster or read the press release.
The Big Band Gospel Project was premiered to a capacity crowd on February 1, 2014 in Welland as part of the Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association's 2014-2015 season. Videographer extraordinaire Diana Piruzevska came along for the ride, and produced this short video:
The Big Band Gospel Project was conceived as an opportunity for two ensembles to celebrate, with each other and the audience, a passion for performance; to explore each ensemble’s musical traditions; and to find the common ground within those musical traditions. We want to create greater awareness of both gospel and jazz in Toronto, and strengthen and celebrate the musical and cultural diversity of Toronto. But most of all, we want to share our passion and excitement with you.