Mahler’s Symphony No. 2: benefit for St. Michael’s Hospital

Benefit concert for St. Michael’s Hospital presents Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2 

TORONTO — An epic Mahler masterpiece takes centre stage on Nov. 16, 2015, in a special concert at Metropolitan United Church to benefit St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH). This annual fundraiser has generated over $27,000 in just two years, with 100% of ticket proceeds going to SMH’s Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MS ICU). Presented by Opera 5 general director Rachel Krehm and her family in remembrance of Elizabeth Krehm, this year’s performance offers Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, a monumental work commonly known as the “resurrection symphony.”

Kingston Symphony music director Evan Mitchell conducts the Pax Christi Chorale in addition to a full orchestra comprising members of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and music faculty members from the University of Toronto. Opera 5’s Rachel Krehm sings the soprano role and is joined by Toronto-based mezzo-soprano Michele Bodganowicz.

The annual fundraiser is presented in memory of Elizabeth Krehm, who passed away at the age of 22 in the MS ICU at St. Michael’s Hospital on Nov. 17, 2012. During her month’s stay in the MS ICU, Liz received a high level of care from the unit’s doctors and nurses, prompting the Krehm family to establish this benefit concert series in her honour.

“As a family of musicians, we believe strongly in the healing and connecting power of music,” says Rachel Krehm. “We held the first memorial concert for Liz in 2013, to mark one year since her passing away. It raised such a significant sum for St. Michael’s Hospital that we decided to make it an annual event. St. Mike’s MS ICU took such good care of my sister during her stay, and we as a family want to support the unit and its staff so that it can continue to offer extraordinary care to patients and their families.”

The concert takes place on Nov. 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested minimum donation of $20, and 100% of proceeds benefit the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit of SMH. This admission model ensures access for anyone who wishes to attend.

“It is the dedication of our community fundraisers like the Krehm family that helps the St. Michael’s Foundation raise much-needed funds to support the care of the patients who need it most,” says Jennifer Grey, Associate Vice President of Special Events and Annual Program of St. Michael’s Foundation. “This benefit concert has raised over $27,000 in the past two years—an impressive achievement! We wish the Krehm family much success with this year’s event and thank all of the dedicated and generous donors who attend the event each year in memory of Elizabeth Krehm.”

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Nov.16 at 8 p.m.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E., Toronto
Tickets: by donation at the door (pay-what-you-can)
More info: 647-248-4048 or see

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