SchützFest350 has come and gone. To say it was a success is a huge understatement. We were able to mount a weekend of significant concerts which did much to address the dearth of Schütz performances in Canada. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped in the production and performance of these 5 weekend events which commemorated the 350th anniversary of the death of Heinrich Schütz, the greatest German composer before J.S. Bach.
Of course, putting on these superb musical performances can happen only if we have the necessary financial resources. For those we thank a number of granting agencies and donors. Among these, special recognition must be given to the Canada Council for the Arts, the German Consulate of Toronto, the Pollock Family Fund, the Waterloo Community Foundation, ParEntreprise Inc., Exel Research Inc., Saugeen Academy, Symphony in the Barn. and Larry Williamson. It was their vision and generosity that helped SchützFest350 come to fruition.
Heinrich Schütz composed some of his most inspired works during the Thirty Years' War with its attendant violence, plague and starvation. While we have fortunately been spared similar horrors, we have found that planning a festival during a pandemic presents its own real and all but unprecedented challenges. It has been our joy to discover anew that even in times of stress and disruption, the need for great artistic expression is stronger than ever, and the human spirit remains indomitable.
Howard Dyck, C.M., LL.D.
Artistic Director, Nota Bene Players & Singers

Past Events

Two Titans of the German Baroque

Image removed.Heinrich Schütz and George Frideric Handel will be in the spotlight when Nota Bene Players & Singers (Howard Dyck, Artistic Director) and Theatre of Early Music (Daniel Taylor, Artistic Director) appear in concert in Hanover, Dundas, Waterloo and Toronto.

2022 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Heinrich Schütz, the undisputed giant of the early German baroque. Although he is not as well known as Bach and Handel, his music is rich and expressive and deserving of much greater exposure. Howard Dyck maintains that “Bach and Handel’s fabulous compositions are unthinkable without the antecedent masterpieces of Heinrich Schütz”. The greater part of his large output was created in the crucible of the Thirty Years’ War. Musikalische Exequien, his best-known work, was composed in 1635 or 1636 for the funeral of Count Heinrich II of Reuss-Gera. It will be the main work on this concert which features nationally and internationally recognized artists, including

Sinéad White, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Rufus Müller, tenor
Jonathan Adams, baritone

The program also features The Ways of Zion do Mourn, composed in 1737 by Handel for the funeral of Queen Caroline.

Image removed.TICKETS

  • General Admission - $35
  • Student - $15

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Friday, November 4th at 7:30PM
Saugeen Academy, Hanover
381 10th St, Hanover, ON N4N 1P7

Saturday, November 5th at 7:30PM
St. Paul's United Church Dundas
29 Park St. W., Dundas ON, L9H 1X3

Sunday, November 6th at 3:00PM
First United Church
16 William St. W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3

Friday, November 11th at 8:00PM
Trinity College Chapel
6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto, Ontario

Saturday November 12TH
Jonathon Adams in Recital: "From Silent Shades"
*Saturday, Nov. 12 / 6:30-7:30pm
*Heliconian Hall Toronto, Ontario

Schütz in Venice:  Worship in a Time of Plague *CD release concert
*Capella Intima & Gallery Players Niagara
*Saturday, Nov. 12 / 8pm
*Heliconian Hall Toronto, Ontario

Sunday November  November 13TH
Historically Informed Church Service
*Music provided by Schola Cantorum
* Free-will offering.
*Sunday, November 13 / 11:00am
*St. George's Lutheran Church, 410 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

"The Kapellmeister of Dresden" (Kaffeemusik) in collaboration with SchützFest 350
*Toronto Chamber Choir (TCC)
*Sunday, Nov. 13 / 3:30pm
*Church of the Redeemer,
162 Bloor St W., Toronto, ON