Shannon Mercer – Live in the Concert Lobby

Soprano Shannon Mercer performed live in the Concert Lobby on March 29th! Here are some photos of Shannon and pianist Chis Foley, as well as Eric Paetkau, Music Director and founder of group of twenty-seven.

Shannon Mercer is taking on the opera world as one of Canada’s most promising young stars. Critically acclaimed by the international press for her musical artistry, she has been hailed as “one of Canada’s most promising young sopranos” and a “Leader of Tomorrow (Maclean’s)”.

group of twenty-seven are dedicated to exploring the classical repertoire in vibrant, world-class performances. The orchestra’s performances present fresh interpretations of well-known masterworks and challenge listeners with new music written in our time and commissioned for this unique group. Orchestra musicians include members of the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, soloists from across Canada, and professional chamber musicians whose expertise combine for an electrifying experience.

Conductor Eric Paetkau is known for his intense musicality, musical integrity, and vibrant performances. As Music Director and founder of group of twenty-seven and Resident Conductor of the Quebec-based Les Violons du Roy, Eric has displayed his gift for connecting with audiences and bringing the music to life in an electrifying way.

Shannon will be performing on April 1st with group of twenty-seven, a chamber orchestra comprised of some of Canada’s top musicians (including our very own Kathleen Kajioka, their principal violist!).

group of twenty-seven is collaborating with Polish-born composer Norbert Palej on a new project to record selected works by Palej. The recording will also include works by Haydn and Berlioz and will feature Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer.


group of twenty-seven (g27) presents the music of Norbert Palej on April 1, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011 — 8:00pm
Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto

Haydn – Armida Overture
Palej – The Poet & the War (song-cycle)
Palej – Rorate Coeli
Berlioz – Les nuits d’été (song-cycle)

Tickets are $20 / $15 for students and may be ordered online by clicking here or at the door.

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