I received this yesterday from Rachel Krehm of Opera 5. In short the family have a arranged a performance of the Mozart requiem for Rachel’s younger sister who died last year. It’s at Grace Church on the Hill on November 17th at 8pm. Proceeds from the concert will go to the ICU at St. Mike’s. Full details under the cut.
Mozart Requiem for Elizabeth Krehm
Fundraising Concert for St Michael’s Hospital ICU in honour of the first anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Krehm (1990-2012)
Sunday November 17, 2013 at 8pm/Grace Church- on-the-Hill/300 Lonsdale Rd Tickets – Pay What You Can. 100% of the donations collected at the door will be donated to St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Directed to the ICU.
TORONTO, ON- For the first anniversary of the passing of Elizabeth Krehm, her family will be performing Mozart’s Requiem with full orchestra at Grace Church- on-the-Hill. The event will be a celebration of Elizabeth’s life, and 100% of the donations collected at the door will go towards supporting ICU at St Michael’s Hospital.
Last year, Elizabeth spent a month in the ICU at St. Michael’s after a respiratory attack left her in a coma. When lab results showed extensive brain damage, and the prognosis for a full recovery was deemed unlikely, the family made the difficult decision to let her go. Elizabeth passed away at the age of 22. Because of her love of music, the Krehm family has organized a professional orchestra comprised of musicians of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Kitchener Waterloo-Orchestra and Brott Festival Orchestra. The orchestra will be lead by Assistant Conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Evan Mitchell.
The vocal soloists for the performance include soprano Rachel Krehm, Elizabeth’s older sister and General Director of Opera 5; mezzo-soprano Aidan Ferguson, recent graduate of the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal, Christopher Mayell, graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program and Jeremy Bowes, graduate of the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal and regular singer with the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in Germany. The choir will be comprised of 24 Toronto-based singers including members of the St Simon the Apostle Church choir, former Nathaniel Dett Chorale members, and friends of the family of the deceased.
“Organizing this event has been a very important part of the grieving process for my family,” says Rachel Krehm. “Using our resources to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospital was a key element in the decision to put on this concert, and a way for us to give back to the place that helped Elizabeth in her final moments. The doctors, nurses and social workers there provided superior care, and support to us, her family, in helping us make the hardest decisions of our lives. For that, we will always be grateful.”
Since Elizabeth’s passing, close to $45,000 has been donated to the ICU at St Michael’s Hospital in her memory. It is the family’s hope that this concert will continue to raise funds for a worthy cause.