Opus 8

Eight voices. Centuries of music.

Oct
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

A Musical Bestiary

A Hamilton repeat of our season opener! An evening of choral music centred around many creatures, from feathered fowl to all things creeping and curious. From the nightingale, blue bird, and swan, to the snail, beetle, and bee, we will sing our way through musical history. Exploring a fantastic array of zoological expression by Ravel, Finzi, Elgar, Monteverdi, and more, this concert has something for young and old alike.

Free admission and reception

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Feb
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

After Dark

Explicit material warning! Don’t bring your kids. From the rude, joking songs of Mozart and Morley, to fresh pop arrangements dealing with love, lust, and licentiousness, Opus 8 will churn up music’s sordid underbelly. If you think that choral music can only be genteel or lovely, think again. Join us for what promises to be an evening of frolicks, fun, and a licensed bar to accompany this saucy serenade.

Free admission and reception

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May
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

What Is Our Life?

Opus 8 asks the eternal questions of the human condition, through a program of ravishing choral music. From the youthful frivolity of Howells and Britten, to the melancholic despair of Gombert and Gibbons, this concert takes us through the many stages of life - its joys, sorrows, and inevitable conclusion.

Free admission and reception

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Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Musical Bestiary

An evening of choral music centred around many creatures, from feathered fowl to all things creeping and curious. From the nightingale, blue bird, and swan, to the snail, beetle, and bee, we will sing our way through musical history. Exploring a fantastic array of zoological expression by Ravel, Finzi, Elgar, Monteverdi, and more, this concert has something for young and old alike.

Free admission and reception

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May
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

H2O

This is no mere offering of sea shanties, but a phantasmagoria of all things aquatic, shipwrecked and watery. Opus 8 will be taking you through a historical journey from the rivers of Babylon and the river Jordan to the torrents of summer and the tears of unrequited lovers. Row, row, row your boat to Toronto and check them out. Free admission. 

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Dona Nobis Pacem
Jan
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Dona Nobis Pacem

Exploring the power and potential of the Agnus Dei over the past 700 years, this concert of devotional pacifist music will open your ears to a huge variety of interpretations of the familiar 'Lamb of God' text. Intense and beautiful, not to be missed. Free admission.

Also celebrating the release of our début recording, Melancholy & Mirth! Purchase your copy of the CD and join us after the concert for a free celebratory reception. 

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Nov
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Twilight Recital

Join Opus 8 at St. James Cathedral for our first concert of the year, a half hour chock-full of music by Britten, Rogier, and Meehan. The Recital will be followed immediately by the weekly Evensong service, sung by the Cathedral Choir, which includes the members of Opus 8 singing, conducting, and organising the post-service reception.

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May
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

A Light in the Darkness

We're delighted to present our program in celebration of spring at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, AB. Please join us for this diverse program of Gesualdo, Palestrina, Vaughan Williams, Britten and more!

Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted

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May
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

A Light in the Darkness

As we ease our way into the light of spring after a long & drawn-out winter, Opus 8 explores the idea of light and darkness and invites you to reconnect with the land, after months of hiding indoors from the cold. Please join us as we celebrate spring, light and life with a diverse program including music by Gesualdo, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, Britten and our very own music director, Robert Busiakiewicz.

Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. 

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