THE MUSIC CONTINUES:
In this time of physical distancing, music can help fulfill our need for human connection.
This May, we invite music lovers of all ages and backgrounds to join our community Virtual Choir for a performance of one of the most rousing pieces in the history of opera, Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Access the starter pack here, which has everything you’ll need to participate, including step-by-step video instructions from Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst.
These materials are designed for all levels of musical ability, allowing you to follow along at your own pace and style, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned chorister. (And if singing isn’t your thing, you can participate as a percussionist!)
You’ll learn the popular and stirring "Anvil Chorus" from Sandra Horst and record your submission at home. Then, send it to the COC team by June 8 (uploading instructions are part of the starter pack materials).
We'll synchronize everyone's sing-along into a single, virtual performance, featuring singers from Toronto and beyond.
WHAT IS THE "ANVIL CHORUS"?
It’s one of the most famous choral pieces in opera, coming from the second act of Il Trovatore, an 1853 opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.
The chorus is a work song — you’ll hear the sound of hammers pounding on anvils as blacksmiths make their wares — and has the high energy and driving rhythm of a community working as one.
Have a listen to this version by conductor Herbert von Karajan and the orchestra & chorus of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
WHAT IF I'M NOT A SINGER?
The Virtual Choir project is designed for singers of any skill level, but if you’re not comfortable contributing a vocal part, no problem, there’s another way to get involved.
Grab a pot from your kitchen, a sturdy spoon (or get creative!), and make your own at-home version of the rhythmic crash and clang of the anvil, one of the most distinctive elements of this musical piece.
Consider how your kitchen-utensils-turned-musical-instruments have added resonance in a work song during this time — saluting the essential front-line workers keeping our communities safe, healthy, and cared for.
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