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The Toronto Consort celebrates 40th anniversary with JANET CARDIFF Forty-Part Motet sound installation at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on September 29

Toronto, August 28, 2012 — Just ahead of its 40th anniversary season launch, the Toronto Consort is delighted to bring Janet Cardiff's award-winning sound installation Forty-Part Motet, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, to Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West to be part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on the evening of September 29, 2012.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a free all-night contemporary art event held annually throughout the city. Like each of the other 130-plus installations across the city, the Consort's presentation takes place from 7:03 pm on September 29 to sunrise the next morning. To ensure the best listening experience, only 50 people at a time may enter the installation. The motet will repeat every 15 minutes, and admission is free.

Winner of the Millennium Prize 2001, Janet Cardiff’s Forty-Part Motet is a reworking of a masterpiece of English Renaissance choral music, Spem in alium (1575), by Thomas Tallis. Taking its cue from the composer’s original score for 40 voices, the installation consists of 40 separately-recorded voices heard through 40 speakers positioned around the large gymnasium at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, the Consort’s home base.

"Most people experience this piece now in their living rooms in front of only two speakers," says Janet Cardiff. "I wanted to be able to climb inside the music." Janet Cardiff’s work is part of the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection and is one of the several versions that has been shown in Canada, the United-States and the United Kingdom.

Just three weeks after Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Consort audiences will have the opportunity to hear Tallis’ original Forty-Part Motet performed live at the 40th anniversary opening concerts at 8:00 PM on October 19 and 20. Members of Toronto’s Tallis Choir join the Consort for this grand performance.

For information about the Janet Cardiff’s Forty-Part Motet, or Consort concert tickets and information, call the box office at (416) 964-6337, or visit or the Consort’s Facebook page. 

This innovative undertaking by the Toronto Consort has been generously supported by the Metcalf Foundation under their Strategic Initiatives Program.

National Gallery of Canada


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