The MadriGALS are an enchanting a
cappella trio who sing the music of the Renaissance with beauty, elegance-and
an irrepressible sense of fun. Three very different women, the GALS
bring an eclectic range of vocal backgrounds to their ensemble, including
opera, folk, jazz and musical theatre. But the unity in this diversity
is their common background in theatre, which leads them to approach
Renaissance music from the point of view of its stories and history,
for the human richness embedded in the music.
a cappella harmonizing...
trio that will undoubtedly charm and win the
hearts of listeners everywhere.
Toronto Early Music News
...impeccable polyphonic harmonies...
The Globe & Mail
MadriGALS' Company History
Abby Zotz, Trish O'Reilly and Denise Norman began working together as
The MadriGALS in 1996. Since then
they have appeared in a variety of unexpected settings at theatres, festivals
and concert halls around Ontario.
MadriGALS have performed at the Elora Festival Fringe, the
Ontario Renaissance Festival, Hamilton's Earthsong Festival and Waterloo
Busker Carnival, as well as at numerous private functions, Toronto theatre
events and comedy clubsincluding the dance/music/theatre/performance
art showcases "The Next Event" at Residance and "The Facetious Penguin
Inquest," and Second City's "Midnight Howl." In the summer of 1999 they
were the musical hosts of the outdoor dance festival, Dusk Dances, in
Toronto's Trinity-Bellwoods Park. Most recently The
MadriGALS premiered their
fulllength concert program, Rensaissance
Love Safari of the KitchenerWaterloo Chamber Music
Society and Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery's concert series.
several seasons The
have also collaborated with actor John Huston, incorporating their music
one man tour de force performance of "A Christmas Carol" by
Charles Dickens at Theatre
in Hamilton and at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille.
has been played from coast to coast on the CBC as well as on classical stations
CJRT and CFMX. The GALS themselves have appeared in interview on "Here and
Now" for CBC Radio One, on CFMX's "Musically Speaking" with Catherine Belyea,
on CJRT, and in performance on the CBC television program "Midday."
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