Stratford Summer Music


Ben Heppner with the Toronto Mass Choir

Canadian superstar tenor Ben Heppner is joined by the Toronto Mass Choir, Canada’s premier gospel choir, in an afternoon of traditional and contemporary gospel songs that are sure to raise the roof. O Happy Day!

In addition to well-known gospel songs from both the black and white traditions, O HAPPY DAY features contemporary songs written especially for the Toronto Mass Choir as well as time-honoured spirituals and hymns such as Amazing Grace, His Eye is on the Sparrow and, of course, O Happy Day.

Ben Heppner is one of the world’s greatest dramatic tenors, having performed the operas of Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss in the leading opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Canadian Opera Company and the Wiener Staatsoper. He has appeared in the great international concert halls with most of the leading symphony orchestras and made numerous recordings. Since his retirement from his illustrious career in classical music he has appeared in musical theatre productions and concerts across Canada and is a popular Host on CBC- Radio. We welcome Mr. Heppner back to Stratford Summer Music!

“My love for Gospel songs started at a young age.  When I was 3, my family was asked to sing in a little country church. They thought I was too young to sing with them, but that didn’t stop me. I just belted out the alto part right from the pew.  Gospel music is a thread that weaves through my entire life. Even though I took a detour through the world of opera for a few years, those songs of the church held me together. In fact, I would warm-up in my dressing room – with Great is Thy Faithfulness or Amazing Grace. So, I’m delighted to come back to sing the songs of my youth, and to share the songs of my heart. The Circle is Unbroken.” - Ben Heppner

Toronto Mass Choir has been forging a unique path under the direction of Co-Founder and Artistic Director Karen Burke for the past thirty years, fusing elements of traditional and contemporary gospel music with jazz, Latin and Caribbean influences. International tours, a dozen recordings and a strong core of vocalists and instrumentalists are evidence of the strong presence of this award-winning ensemble in the Canadian music scene.  

The Toronto Mass Choir is on the cutting edge of the Canadian gospel music scene bringing their distinct gospel sound to the world stage. - Wholenote Magazine

Click  here  to read the Toronto Mass Choir  article in Centre Stage magazine . 

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O Happy Day!

Saturday July 27 | 3 pm

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