Passions are stirred in this creative fusion of jazz, gospel and choral music, highlighted by the Canadian premiere of Will Todd’s evocative Easter oratorio, Passion Music. Immerse yourself in the improvisatory stylings of John Sherwood, the soulful flair of songstress Melissa Davis, and the upbeat vibe of a jazz combo.


  • John Sherwood (piano)
  • Melissa Davis (gospel singer)
Why You Should Attend

Orpheus presents Jazz with Passion, a stirring fusion of jazz, gospel and choral, featuring the Canadian premiere of Passion Music by the renowned English composer/arranger Will Todd, “…one of the UK’s most sought-after, versatile composers” (Tempo).

Todd’s evocative score makes full use of his energetic jazz and gospel stylings in a uniquely reflective and uplifting presentation of the Easter story (Will Todd’s striking oratorio…brilliantly scored…BBC Music Magazine).

Headlined by the improvisatory magic of John Sherwood and the soulful flair of gospel songstress Melissa Davis, some of Toronto’s finest jazz artists, including percussionists Kevin Dempsey and Brian Barlow, bassist Rob McBride, trombonist Rob Somerville and saxophonist Glendon Smith join in a jazz combo with a distinctly upbeat vibe.

Inspirational works by Eriks Ēšenvalds, Timothy Corliss, Patrick Hawes, Paul Halley and composer-in-residence Kai Leung complete this evening of unique and stirring choral virtuosity.

A one-night-only-not-to-be-missed Orpheus Choir ‘expect something different’ experience!

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Event Info
  • Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 7:30 pm

  • Grace Church-on-the-Hill

  • 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON M4V 1X4, Canada

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