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Welcome to the Georgetown Bach Chorale!

We are a renowned choral ensemble with approximately 20 voices specializing in Baroque repertoire from the likes of Vivaldi, Charpentier, Handel, and of course J.S. Bach. The GBC performs in a variety of spectacular venues in Halton Hills, from the intimate setting of a private home to the stunning beauty of local churches like St. Elias Ukrainian and the Croatian Centre. Click here for our season brochure and for information on how to order your tickets online!

Music

Enjoy these soundbites of the choir and orchestra from previous seasons:


Ron Greidanus plays Mozart-Piano Concerto 23 (1st Movement) with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra on YouTube:

Message From the Artistic Director

I am not the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, nor do I travel from one major Opera house to another conducting the world’s leading musicians and opera superstars; however, at this stage in my life what matters is sharing my passion. On this exciting journey called life, I am honoured to be able to select, create and perform the music that I love with the people who I love, in a community that I love.

What makes creating each new season so inspiring is the many types of musical genres that I get to explore. The Chamber music, piano concerti, operas, choral repertoire and symphonic works are but a few examples of what makes the GBC so cutting edge. Oh yes, and don’t forget the culinary extravagance and decorative elegance that complete the experience.

One of the things I pride myself on is providing performance opportunities for local young artists, both vocally and instrumentally, a wonderful visual reminder to our audiences that classical music is not just for the old! If you were fortunate enough to have attended the St. Matthew Passion at the close of our last season, you would have seen young Cambridge tenor Michael Taylor as the Evangelist, local University opera students Christina Lamoureux and Marcel van Helden, Matthew Pope, (my former student now a D.Mus. candidate), on organ, and two young teenagers in the choir.

Looking forward to the coming season, audiences will enjoy stunning pianistic virtuosity when pianists Ron Greidanus and Kathryn Tremills team up in two Rachmaninoff Concerti. In November, St. Elias has again invited us into their beautiful sacred space, where you will hear Bach Cantatas with a twist; ‘Recorder Sopranino’ virtuoso Tatsuki Shimoda will join the orchestra. Bach rarely included this instrument in his Cantatas, but you will be mesmerized by the speed of this man’s fingers! Taneyev’s incredibly difficult Piano Quintet in G minor will be showcased in February with a roster of world class string players. As usual, this winter performance is followed by the Chorale’s culinary hospitality – hot soups and stews along with tasty breads and cheeses to help you digest this intense music.

An all-Mozart concert ends the year with the famous Requiem in D minor, soprano extraordinaire Christina Lamoureux singing Mozart’s sublime Alleluia, and myself, Ronald Greidanus, featured in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 playing stunning cadenzas of my own composition.

It is a Performance Season not to be missed, once again offered in the glorious venues of our own Halton Hills.

Come one! Come all!

Current Season Dates and Locations

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Fri Oct202017

Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerti for Two Pianos

Sergei Rahmaninoff's impossibly demanding Piano Concerti No. 3 in D Minor as well as his flashy Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini

From 8:00 pm

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Sun Nov262017

Music to Embrace Advent

St. Elias will host the 2nd of GBC's concerts featuring Bach’s Cantata 131, the Music for Queen Mary’s Birthday, and Charpentier's ethereal Missa Assumpta est Maria

From 2:00 pm

At St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church

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Fri Dec152017

Christmas Through the Ages

Christmas music spanning from the 14th century forward. Offering 3 dates to choose from.

From 8:00 pm

At Piano Hall

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Sun Feb042018

The Power of the Piano, the Passion of the Strings

Presenting rarely performed and unusual works like Sergei Taneyev's colossal Piano Quintet in G Minor Op. 30

From 4:00 pm

At Piano Hall

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Sun Mar042018

Miserere

The Georgetown Bach Chorale once again performs an afternoon of gorgeous choral music in the acoustically stunning Helson Gallery.

From 2:30 pm

At Helson Gallery

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Sat Apr072018

Mozart's Requiem and Piano Concerto No. 17

A popular favourite both for singers and audience, the GBC brings back Mozart's most dramatic works for choir and orchestra.

From 8:00 pm

At St. John's United Church

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Testimonials

Handel’s Messiah: The Most Exciting Performance Ever
” … I heard a performance of Handel’s Messiah last weekend that was by far the most exciting I have ever heard. … the interpretations of tempos and styles were terrific, and the performance was technically among the best I have ever heard. [much quicker tempos for some sections, and much more staccato than many people would expect, but all well-researched by the conductor]

The conductor/harpsichordist is Ron Greidanus. He was raised just north of Clinton and despite his late start in music, he developed a terrific reputation for his knowledge and talent.
The “orchestra” for this performance of Messiah is 2 violins, a viola, a cello, a bass, a baroque (valveless) trumpet which was played extremely well, and tympani (in addition to Ron on the harpsichord).
Most of the time during the performance, I was smiling and saying (to myself, I hope) “Yes!” “

John Palmer – former conductor of the Blyth Festival Orchestra


“It was amazing to hear the ‘chamber’ version (of the Messiah)… everyone there was just having a good time hearing all the marvelous music going on around them. It sure gave John and I a new outlook on the stuffy performances that we have endured in the past! I came because it was (Ron) performing and I knew it wouldn’t be bad, but little did I know what a huge effect it would have. And John came (because) I asked him to…with reservations. So you’ve won over the two of us… I’ll never be able to sit through a BIG performance of it again, now that I know how good it can be! Congratulations!”

Lucy