The choir was named after early 20th-century composer Nathaniel Dett, an African Canadian who wrote folk and spiritual tunes. The group originally came together as a showcase for nearly two dozen black singers. Today, half of the group is white. One of the challenges I face in Toronto is finding enough singers of African heritage who are trained, says Blyden-Taylor. Many have lovely voices, but they dont have the training. Still, audiences seem to be amazed that the group is ethnically diverse. In turn, we are respectful of each other like family.
Fri., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m.