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Chorale building bridges through music

Brantford Expositor April 3, 2013
By Michelle Ruby

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has performed for the likes of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Mohammed Ali. It was the only Canadian musical group invited to take part in Barack Obama’s inauguration events, on Martin Luther King Day, in January 2009.

And the Toronto-based choral group, which will perform at the Sanderson Centre on Tuesday, is also breaking barriers as Canada’s first group of its kind dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles: classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues.

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Nathaniel Dett Chorale performance stellar at the Library of Congress

DC Performing Arts Examiner July 7, 2012
By Patrick McCoy

On last Saturday afternoon, The Nathanial Dett Chorale of Toronto was the last of three choirs to perform seperate programs at the Library of Congress as a part of the National Symposium on American Choral Music. Led by founder and conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the chorale performed an impressive array of works by its namesake. Though a native of Canada, the American choral community, especially historic black colleges and universities fondly recall his tenure at Hampton Institute (now University).

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Opera review: Toronto premiere of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha a …

Musical Toronto  May 31, 2012
By John Terauds

It was the last concert of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s season. Under the baton of their founder Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, who oversaw the whole performance with affection and aplomb, the chorale sounded as tight as I have ever heard them.

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Opera review: Toronto premiere of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha a …

Musical Toronto  May 31, 2012
By John Terauds

It was the last concert of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s season. Under the baton of their founder Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, who oversaw the whole performance with affection and aplomb, the chorale sounded as tight as I have ever heard them.

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The Book of Negroes hits a high-toned tune

The Globe and Mail February 16th 2012
Kate Taylor

It was the former CBC Radio host Andy Barrie who suggested Lawrence Hill, author of the bestselling The Book of Negroes, get together with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, a group dedicated to Afrocentric music.

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Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes leaps from the page

Toronto.com February 12th

Nick Krewen

Bestselling novel The Book of Negroes is going multimedia.
On Valentine’s Day, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, led by founder and artistic director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, is teaming up with author Lawrence Hill and jazz veteran pianist and composer Joe Sealy at Toronto’s acoustically pristine Koerner Hall.

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The Book of Negroes turns a page

Toronto Star 12 Feb 2012
NICK KREWEN
Reading of bestseller accompanied by live music in concert
Bestselling novel The Book of Negroes is going multimedia.
‘This is a wonderful juxtaposition of literature and music. . . . It’s illuminating a part of history.’ BRAINERD BLYDEN-TAYLOR
On Valentine’s Day, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, led by founder and artistic director Brainerd BlydenTaylor, [...]

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Choir brings Afrocentric music

Nathaniel Dett Chorale visits Yk as part of three-year residency
Adrian Lysenko
Northern News Services
SOMBA K’E/YELLOWKNIFE – As part a three-year residency, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale will be performing this week in Yellowknife.
NNSL photo/graphic
“We’re here to spread the good word, so to speak,” said Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the founder, artistic director and conductor of the chorale.
The group’s 21 [...]

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These Lambs aren’t silent

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale bring forth Afrocentric sounds
By Kerry Doole
Given that they formed in 1998, it’s been a long wait for the first CD from the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Happily, it’s here now in the form of Listen to the Lambs – The Music of R. Nathaniel Dett, a diverse but always compelling collection of [...]

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Sharing Our National Dett

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is no stranger to prominent people: over its ten-year history, the Toronto-based Choir has sung at events honouring Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Mohammed Ali. But last months engagements in Washington DC were in many ways unprecedented, thrusting the group on to the world stage.

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Let My People Go

I had the opportunity to attend Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s latest offering, Voices of the Diaspora: Let My People Go at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Hall. The evening commemorated the 200 th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire (March 25, 1807).

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Voices, spirits soar in Amherstburg

In the early 19th century, Amherstburg attracted many African-American slaves seeking freedom in Canada. This past weekend, the town attracted many visitors who wished to pay homage to those slaves through the Freedom Landing Festival.

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