Thursday December 6 will mark the first of what is sure to be many celebrations recognizing 10 years of Salt + Light Television. A decade into the brainchild of Gaetano Gagliano, the small upstart, which many said was doomed to failure is now on the cusp of branching out far and wide, already showing signs of what the future has in store. Quite properly then, it was conceived that something extraordinary should be done to celebrate this milestone and what is to come.
So it was at a staff meeting just over two months ago that we at the office learned that The Priests
had agreed to come over from Ireland to put on a Christmas concert, and it was with that, that Venite Adoremus
was born. We then learned that this truly extraordinary event would take place at Koerner Hall, adjacent to the Royal Conservatory of Music on Bloor St. (Toronto’s own 5th
Avenue). This enormous and beautiful facility that sits 1145 people is a gem in the eye of all those I know who had the pleasure of attending concerts there. The cathedral high hardwood walls provide a tremendous acoustic experience, which is sure to do nothing but enhance the sounds of the talent performing on stage.
Speaking of talent, Venite Adoremus
will bring together tremendously gifted musicians from both home and far away. To mark the special occasion, Salt +Light is blessed to have The Priests
come from Ireland to share their musical talents with the people the Greater Toronto Area. On the odd chance that you missed their meteoric rise to fame, they are a trio of Irish priests from the Diocese of Down and Connor in the Republic of Ireland. Brothers Fr. Eugene and Martin O’Hagan, along with their grammar school classmate Fr. David Delargy are parish priests who when not tending to their flocks at home, travel the world sharing their incredible musical talents. Having been received so remarkably well, they were given the unusual and unique honor to recording their debut album in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
Not only will Salt + Light bring you three priests, but a whole choir of youthful voices from the city of London, Ontario. The Amabile Youth Singers are internationally renowned female choristers who have racked up an impressive array of awards and accolades in their 25-year history. Under the musical direction of Brenda Zadorsky and John Barron, these young ladies were featured in the Salt + Light documentary Panes of Glory
, which explored the stained glass windows of St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario. On December 6, the ladies of Amabile will take a busy break from winning gold medals both at home and around the world to once again lend their talents to Salt + Light.
Salt + Light will also welcome the talents of Toronto-based songstress Rosanna Riverso. No stranger to the stage and to our organization, Rosanna has been featured on SL Radio and sang alongside The Priests at St. Paul’s Basilica in 2009.
Finally in order to Irish up the evening just a little more, the evening will see the participation of the Irish Choral Society of Canada. Under the direction of Sinead Segrue, this 28-member ensemble of voice will serenade audiences with sweet sounds as they enter Koerner Hall.
As we await the coming of Christ this advent season, let us join in a night of celebration and song, reflecting on ten years of remarkable work at Salt + Light.