Gerald Fagan Singers - Command Performance in Germany
The Gerald Fagan Singers just completed their fourth International Tour in eleven years; this time travelling to the Czech Republic and Southern Germany. Highlights of the tour included performing on the stage of the Dresden State Opera, the Great Synagogue in Pilsen, concertizing at Ulm Cathedral, and culminating in a sponsored joint venture with the Canadian Consulate, and the Province of Ontario and Baden-Wurtemberg at the White Hall Palace (Weissen Saal) in Stuttgart before the Deputy- Premier, and the Ontario Marketing Centre.
Stuttgart, DZ - The Gerald Fagan Singers capped their 13 day concert tour of the Czech Republic and Germany with a State performance for the Deputy Premier - Minister of Economics and Cultural Affairs, of the Province of Baden-Wuerttenberg, dignitaries and invited guests, on Sunday, July 15th, 2007 in the White Hall of Stuttgart's Royal Castle.
After the concert attendees enthused, "they demonstrated a complete mastery of their material, superb tonality and astonishing musical versatility", "I was delighted with the difficulty, range and variety of their repertoire", "their signature piece, Precious Lord, brought tears to my eyes", and "this evening The Gerald Fagan Singers proved they are equal to the best choral ensembles in Germany."
The concert, a celebration of Canadian Culture, included a wide variety of music composed by Canadians; a collection of Maritime folk songs, Oscar Morowitz's tribute to Terry Fox, and pieces by Jean Anderson and Jeff Smallman, both from the London Ontario region. "I was very excited when the Canadian Consulate called to ask us to perform, explaining they knew the Fagan Singers would be excellent ambassadors for Canada and Ontario based on their reputation as one of the best Chamber Ensembles in the country", said Maestro Fagan.
A special treat for guests was the chance to attend a post-concert reception celebrating the wine and food of Ontario, sponsored by the Canadian Consulate and held by special permission in the Rose Hall of the Castle, a magnificent red marble rotunda ballroom reserved for state occasions and visiting dignitaries and not open to the public. Dr. Terri Romano, Canadian Consul and an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario, brought greetings from the Federal Government and accepted greetings from Chris Bentley, Ontario MPP.
Since their inception in 1979, the Gerald Fagan Singers and their founding conductor, Gerald Fagan, have established themselves as one of Canada's premiere chamber choirs. Their Lieutenant Governor award winning versatility, energy in performance and programming of unusual repertoire make them an extremely popular ensemble. Each member brings to the group a superb musical background and a lifelong dedication to choral music. The singers perform an annual concert series as well as concerts in various venues and communities across the province and in Europe.