On May 27, 2023, the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto partnered with Toronto Botanical Garden to present Nîpîy’s Songwalks.
This outdoor and immersive concert was our season finale and was a project that had been years in the making. We were thrilled to premiere a new major work about Indigenous water sovereignty from Cree cellist and composer Cris Derksen@crisderksen1 preceded by an immersive outdoor prelude performance.
Choir members were scattered throughout the beautiful grounds of Toronto Botanical Garden while concert goers strolled through experiencing pockets of song. The Songwalk culminated with the full choir and band performing the world premiere of Cris Derksen’s Mass for Nîpîy on the outdoor stage.
Special Guest: Cris Derksen
Juno nominated Cris Derksen is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. Her work with the Amadeus Choir is a 30-minute major work for choir, hand drum singers, cello, French horn, piano, and drums about the inequalities of access to clean water in Canada.
A big thank you to all of our donors and sponsors. Due to their generosity, we were able to offer this performance for free.
@CanadaCouncil @torontoartscouncil @OntarioArts @OntarioTrilliumFoundation TD Bank, Azrieli Foundation, @thenewclassicalfm
Video by @coffeeshopcreative9895On May 27, 2023, the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto partnered with Toronto Botanical Garden to present Nîpîy’s Songwalks.
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