Cantemus - Songs for Mona Lisa : Greatest Hits from the early 1500's

And now for something completely different, a chance to broaden your music horizons!

This afternoon we're going to explore the world of  Renaissance/Baroque music.

The performance will be by Cantemus Singers ( We have been to some of their concerts over the past couple of years and were amazed at their sound. They sing a capella, each vocalist has a wonderful voice, each round of music may be introduced by music played on the fantastic pipe organ in the church, and acoustics in this small historical venue are unbelievable.

The director explains the context in which the music was written and performed, to help give you a better appreciation of the performances.

Performance begins at 3:00 p.m.

I will be waiting in the door at 2:30 p.m. to show you where we are sitting - there are no reservations available for this performance

Tickets: $20.  Available at the door

LOCATION: Church of the Holy Trinity is situated behind the Eaton's Centre - take the west exit from the mall at the south end of Sears . Just below the stairs that lead up to Mr Greenjeans.

There is an entrance to the Mall on Yonge St just south of Sears, it will take you into the lobby of the mall. The exit to the church is straight across from this.



Mona Lisa grew up listening to the “old way” of music, dragged to church each week by her parents.  “It all sounds the same”, she would complain to her friends, “soooo long and soooo boring”. But she hid her reactions behind a polite veneer.  We now know the smile that Leonardo da Vinci captured in his portrait was her demure approval of Josquin Desprez’s latest chanson.  Leonardo rented his basement out to local boy bands, so his models usually had some entertainment while they posed.  They weren’t best-friends-forever, but Mona would try to get front row seats to Josquin’s concerts when he was in Florence.  “His music is different – it makes me feel good – but don’t tell my parents”, she was quoted as saying in Italian Variety magazine in 1503.

In our salute to Mona Lisa, we’ve put together some of the best and most typical secular and religious pieces that she would have encountered as Leonardo moved her around Europe (we know she was in one of the royal chateaux in the Loire valley while Leonardo worked for the French King).  We’re including a few “oldies” that still have that mediaeval beat, so you can hear the change in musical style that Josquin brought about.  However, we’re mainly sampling Josquin, the Man himself, plus several of his buddies: Compère, Mouton, and Janequin.  The chansons we’ve chosen are among the least racy we could find, so that we can perform them in public.  Back by popular demand -- “Tenez moy en voz bras (Hold me tight, baby)”.


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  • Marg C.

    The concert was great as always. The sound of this group is warm, lovely harmonies, good craftsmanship. Getting there and home again on the other hand was a real challenge as there was no subway running south of Bloor. Fortunately lots of shuttle buses on Yonge helped moved us along and the rain waited until we were back on our way home after the performance.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Jackie

    Sorry I have to cancel I am in Muskoka for the weekend won't be back in time for the event have a great afternoon everyone.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Marg C.

    PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE - this is now an AFTERNOON performance

    June 4, 2014

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