Events


Upcoming Performances

Cantala is thrilled to be invited to participate in the 23rd Annual FREE Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts and to perform with the esteemed organist David Simon at Roy Thompson Hall: https://www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/cantala-womens-choir/  

The Infinite Beauty of Sound

Kaipaava,Trad. Finnish folk song, arranged by Essie Wurorela and Jussi Chydenius
Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten, David Simon, Organ
Las Amarillas by Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield
Five Shakespearen Songs by Toronto composer Beverly Lewis
Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, David Simon, organ
Songbird by Ontario composer Sarah Quartel
Prière by Cèsar Franck played by David Simon
Fête by Jean Langlais played by David Simon

Cantala Women’s Choir: Saturday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Forest Hill United Church, 2 Wembley Road (at Bathurst, just north of Eglinton)

www.cantalawomenschoir.com
Join Nancy Singla and the Cantala Women’s Choir, along with guest performers, for our spring 2020 concert. It will be a celebration of wonderful music from Canada, America, Australia and Brazil. It will feature Toronto’s percussionist, David Schotzko on marimba in a piece by Toronto composer James Rolfe.

Tickets are $20 from me personally, at the door, or online at www.cantalawomenschoir.com. A reception will follow the concert. Please stay and say hello.
Parking: free, very small parking lot on site; extremely limited free street parking, plus a small Green P parking lot one block away off of Eglinton.

Repertoire:

 

Here’s a quick recording that guitarist Mike Allen and I did last year.  “How Deep is the Ocean” by Irving Berlin  Please drop me an email to rebecca@rebeccaenkin.com if you want to be added to my mailing list.

      how deep is the ocean

 

Recent Past Performances

Can’t wait to hear our talented students perform on piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, banjo, harmonica and more!

Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto: Feb 10, 2020, 6-9 pm

Jazz Trio with Mike Cado, guitar, and Russ Boswell (bass).

Lobby Bar Champagne Jazz Series

Hildegard Program Oct 6 2019

Hildegard of Bingen: Her Life, Art and Music

TriCordium Voces (Voices from the Heart): Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.
$15 advance tickets at Eventbrite online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hildegard-of-bingen-her-music-tickets-72464921531?aff=erelexpmlt.

Hildegard of Bingen embarked on one of the most creative outpourings in history after a mystical experience in her early forties.
Back Lane Studios, 9 Neepawa Ave., Toronto
$20 at the door, or $40 for three lectures, in advance, on Eventbrite

Lectures and Events


info@backlanestudios.ca or call 647-313-1654

This concert/program will feature a number of melodic chant compositions from Hildegard’s 70-song cycle known as the “Celestial Harmonies”. Additionally, to celebrate Hildegard’s diversity as a highly accomplished poet, writer and visionary, readings will be presented based on her mystical poetry, medical writings from “Physica”, and the use of Hildegard’s music within the monastic setting. Themes of the ‘living light’ illuminating all, the ‘fiery essence’ of the holy spirit cleansing all, ‘viriditas’ or greening power, divine wisdom, and ‘healing through wholeness’ are an integral part of Hildegard’s opus. Trio Cordium Voces has created special arrangements of these songs, featuring solos, trios and instrumental music to highlight the relationship of text and music.

Medieval musicians Krystina Lewicki (voice, bandura plucked strings), Linda Falvy (voice, bells, bowed strings) and Rebecca Enkin (voice, recorder) first met while singing with Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir. They share a love of sacred chant, especially the mystical compositions of Hildegard von Bingen. Trio Cordium Voces bring a mix of historically informed medieval performance practices and vibrant sounds of recreated medieval instruments to revitalize the spirit of Hildegard’s music.

After more than 800 years in obscurity, Hildegard of Bingen has in recent years caught the modern imagination. Back Lane Studios has featured the 12thcentury abbess in our Extraordinary Women Series at the Revue Cinema, and on each occasion,  audience members expressed the wish to learn more about this remarkable polymath and her work.  She composed music, poetry and the first known morality play; she wrote theological books and was the only medieval woman to preach openly to a mixed audience; she also explored the sciences – medicine, botany and cosmology.

In a series of three Sunday afternoon lectures at our studio at 9 Neepawa Ave., we will look more closely at her life, the art in her manuscripts and her music. Space is limited. Tickets for all three lectures: $40 In advance on Eventbrite.  Buy tickets to the first lecture only: $15 on Eventbrite. Tickets at the door, if available: $20 each lecture. Coffee or tea are included.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES

Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm – Heliconian Hall
$30 at the door or online in advance https://www.heliconianclub.org/concert-series, https://bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/715

​Travel far and wide with Heliconian musicians, and let us take you on a musical journey around the world. From the Gamelan orchestras of Indonesia to the pop music of England, we will take you on an Eighty Minute Musical Tour that you will long remember. Cantala will be singing R. Murray Schafer’s exciting Gamelan choral work.


Jazz Quartet with uber talented musicians: Ron Davis on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Chris Wallace on drums.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Music in the Atrium – Free and open to the public
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue, 7th floor, just outside the main elevators
Toronto, Canada

There are little tables and chairs and you can bring something to eat and drink.

Leave a little extra time to find the performance space.

Parking: indoor lot behind hospital on Murray Street ($20); street parking may be available in the surrounding area.
TTC: a short walk south of Queen’s Park Station, on the west side of University Avenue.

Cantala and Friends present Benefit Concert for Eritrean Refugee Support
November 9, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm, Forest Hill United Church
Admission is a $20 cash donation. Reception follows.
2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario M6C 2E9 Canada + Google Map
416-783-0879
www.foresthilluc.org

 

This benefit concert featuring members of the Cantala Women’s Choir (singing Alleluia, Gamelan, and Coventry Carol), The Forest Hill United Church Choir, Skull Engineering Choir (UofT), Canadian Men’s Chorus, and Pax Christi, the choir the Rev. Stephen Fetter sings with. While there will be a few choral numbers, many of the choristers are also performers in their own right, and are looking forward to sharing some of the other kinds of music they like to make in their spare time. There will be singers and instrumentalists, and small groups.
Forest Hill United has been sponsoring Asmat and Million as refugees to Canada, There are still some medical expenses they need help with and we want to see them off to the best start possible. Please bring your friends to this gala performance.

Mike Allen (guitar) and Rebecca Enkin Jazz Duo
Saturday, November 23, 2019
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Fireside concert at the home of Mike and Erika Allen.
39 Seaton Drive, Aurora, Ontario.
$30 ticket. A fundraiser in support of the Toronto Humane Society.
Reservations at 905-726-9043

Thank you: we raised $350 for the Toronto Humane Society.

Cantala recorded “Dancing Day” by John Rutter with Erica Goodman on harp; and “Gamelan” by R. Murray Schafer, and “Alleluia” by David McIntyre.

Summer Corn Roast, Campbellville: Sat, August 10, 2019, 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Private party.
Special guest, singer Adam Enkin.