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Missa Gaia Review by The Beat

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The Beat review of Missa Gaia
The Beat Magazine reviewed Saturday night’s performance of Missa Gaia / Earth Mass:

Understanding of and familiarity with a Mozart or Palestrina mass is one thing; then there is Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia or Earth Mass, which is an exhilarating admixture of liturgical and esophical norms, celebrating Gaia, a heathen deity and now symbol for all that is part of this planet’s primordial causality. For some, a mass that celebrates a Greek goddess is nothing short of sacrilege and might be better suited in a pagan/druidical setting rather than inside St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City on Mother’s Day, for example, where Winter’s mass had its origins. Paul Winter is the chief architect of this opus while depending on friends for their musical contributions including those of organist and composer Paul Halley, who spent some of his younger years in Canada.

Read the entire review here on The Beat’s website.

Voices of Light Review – The Beat Magazine

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Voices of Light review in The Beat
The Beat reviewer Cheryl Cashman was in the audience at Saturday night’s concert, and here’s her review of the concert:

“In the performing arts there is a saying: ‘When prose will no longer suffice we must turn to poetry. When movement will no longer suffice, we must dance. When words will no longer suffice, then we must sing.’

“The Voices of Light that we heard Saturday night from the Karen Scheussler Singers had an urgency of soul that lifted them to the highest reaches of artistic expression.

“As always, the choir’s director spoke to us before each piece, giving us just enough informative guidance to ensure our fullest experience of the song to follow. How Scheussler is able to strike that fine balance between historical, technical and aesthetic information conveyed is extraordinary. She weaves contexts of the oldest and newest music together with a passion and purity of intention that place us in a tapestry of time and timelessness. We are in the here and now, and are as humankind has ever been.

“The 37-strong choir took us through the centuries of spirit-inspired music from Bach and Mendelssohn to contemporaries Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridson and Paul Halley. And, as was the aim of the concert, from darkness to light. And as the consciousness and mandate of the ensemble dictated, through immediate and political darkness also.”

Read the rest of the review, here.

Review of River in The Beat Magazine

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The Beat website logo
Our River concert was reviewed online in The Beat magazine by The Beat editor Richard Young.

The Karen Schuessler Singers closed out their season with an impressive evening of music, poetry and art celebrating London’s Thames River on Saturday night. Inspired by The River Project: 19 Artists Turn to the Thames, which brought together 19 artists to celebrate and honour the Thames River in a touring exhibition, the 18 song repertoire exhibited the kind of variety that has become a hallmark of the critically acclaimed 38 voice choir and its conductor, Karen Schuessler. A bevy of musical and artistic guests joined KSS in paying homage to the river that flows through the City of London, yet is often taken for granted by many of its citizens.

Read the rest of the online review here.

Love is in the Air – Feedback

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Karen talking to audience
After our Love is in the Air concert I heard a lot of positive feedback from concert-goers, and so I asked the choristers if they had any favorite moments or memories from the concert that they wanted to share.

“I had a blast singing in the concert. I had two friends come to the concert from Mississagua and they both have sung in a concert choir – Belle Arte – for many years. They loved the tone quality of our choir, especially the men! Go guys!”

“For me, my favourite memory was the combination of splendid narration of the sonnets (with a touch of humour thrown in), the teasing, saucy piano accompaniment of Shearing and the tight chords within the choir. Specifically, It Was a Lover and His Lass epitomizes this for me. One patron said to me that he so enjoyed the music, because the jazz standards were what he grew up on and hearing them live was very special.”

(Curious? Hear the JMU University Chorus sing It Was a Lover and His Lass, below.)

“I had fun movin and groovin!”

“A friend dropped in and said she couldn’t go past my house without stopping to tell me how much she enjoyed the concert (she has been to almost all of our concerts for several years). Here are her comments:

Choir – beautiful sound and blend; Loved the way the choir was moving with the music – looked to be really enjoying themselves; All three groups were really in sync with one another; Quartet (After Four) had beautiful sound; Didn’t want the performance to end – could have listened to 24 encores.”

Michelle Lynne Goodfellow is KSS’ Director of Communications.

Review of Love is in the Air from Beat Magazine

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

KSS and After Four
“This is not the first time I have enjoyed a rich and stimulating evening with the Karen Schuessler Singers, nor will it be the last. This evening’s performance however was particularly thematically dear to my heart owing to my great love of Shakespeare’s plays, many of which I have myself directed. In this concert, entitled Love is in the Air!, Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets are performed, brilliantly set to music by jazz master Sir George Shearing. In addition to the choir, Londons’ local jazz quartet After Four sang love songs from several eras incorporating diverse styles of singing. Choral work in Jazz style is my idea of heaven and I was not disappointed.”

Read the rest of the review by Cheryl Cashman, here.

Splendour Reviews

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Standing ovation - Splendour
Last night’s Splendour concert was reviewed by Richard Young of The Beat magazine.

“The Karen Schuessler Singers kicked off their 2009/2010 season on Saturday night with two sublime masses – Franz Josef Haydn’s Mass No. 3 in D, better known as The Lord Nelson Mass and Franz Peter Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G. Presented under the banner title Splendor, both pieces of music were magnificent.”

Read the rest of the review at, here.