Concerto Della Donna (CDD) is a dynamic group of young singers based in Montreal under the direction of Maestro Iwan Edwards. Their emotionally-driven and highly communicative performances have captivated audiences at home and abroad for the past twelve years.
In 2002, the singers gained recognition for the Best Performance of a Canadian Work in the CBC Competition for Amateur Choirs. That summer, the ensemble placed in the top three of each category in which they competed at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. 2003 brought CDD to Eastern Canada. They toured Nova Scotia and their performances at Festival 500, an international choral festival in Newfoundland, were greeted with enthusiasm and considerable acclaim.
Over the next two years the choir established its role as a part of Montreal's cultural life, bolstered by the 2004 release of their self-titled first recording. Again in 2004, the choir successfully participated in the CBC Competition for Amateur Choirs. In November, CDD was honored to record a full-length live broadcast with the European Broadcasting Union's Cité de la Musique Festival. The choir collaborated with many notable Canadians throughout the season, including CBC's Danielle Charbonneau and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and released their second full-length recording. The album, Sisters, features works by a significant number of Canadian female composers.
In October 2006, CDD performed for the Anastasia De Sousa Memorial Award Fund. That holiday season, the choir sang with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Kent Nagano, for their annual Christmas concert in Notre-Dame Cathedral. For International Women's Day 2007, CDD was invited to perform in CBC's 30 Years, One Voice concert broadcast live from the Spectrum. In 2008, CDD was honored to collaborate with the Vanier College choir, CEM and the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir in the stirring Montreal premier of Oratorio Terezin in May. In the final concert of the season the ensemble invited back some extraordinary alumni (Charlotte Corwin, Kaya Fraser, and Amelia McMahon) with a diverse range of styles to sing in Jubilation with CEM and CDD.
2008-2009 proved to be a very thrilling year. It began with a concert of religious repertoire later broadcast on Espace Musique. Alongside their regular concert series, CDD joined forces with many organizations and performers for numerous fundraising events. The year was topped off with a very successful tour to Serbia and Croatia. Upon its return, CDD released a new album in the 2009-2010 season. The CD, entitled Live, includes works performed during the previous year's international tour. The choir also continued to support greater Montreal during this season: they presented a benefit concert for St. Columba House, performed for Ars Nova, and participated in a memorial service for the 20th anniversary of the Massacre at Ecole Polytechnique.
CDD celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Choeur des Enfants de Montreal and the St. Lawrence Choir in a Gala Concert in March of 2011. The exciting season finished on a high note with a collaborative concert with Repercussion, a performance at Festival Classica, and the recording of a new album. Parlez-moi, released in the 2011-2012 season, features a beautiful and moving collection of choral works by Canadian Composer Allan Bevan. This year proved once again to be busy and exciting: CDD travelled through parts of Ontario to promote the new album which, to the choir's delight, was ultimately named Outstanding Choral Recording of the Year by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. CDD finished off this season by collaborating with choreographer Katie Ward, storyteller J.D. Hobbes, and musicians Caroline Chéhadé (violin), and Michael Nicolas (cello), to premiere an exciting multi-disciplinary choral work by Montreal composer and CDD member Marie-Claire Saindon as part of its annual Spring concert.
Concerto Della Donna looks forward to another very exciting year, with seven exciting programs throughout the season. We look forward to you joining us on our journey as we present to you another captivating series of performances!