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Volume 21 Issue 4 - December 2015/January 2016

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What's a vinyl renaissance? What happens when Handel's Messiah runs afoul of the rumba rhythm setting on a (gasp!) Hammond organ? What work does Marc-Andre Hamelin say he would be content to have on every recital program he plays? What are Steve Wallace's favourite fifty Christmas recordings? Why is violinist Daniel Hope celebrating Yehudi Menuhin's 100th birthday at Koerner Hall January 28? Answers to all these questions (and a whole lot more) in the Dec/Jan issue of The WholeNote.

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aritone; Manuel Helmeke, bass. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-922-3714 x103. ; (under 30). 1:15: Music and Truffles family concert. ●●3:30: Toronto Consort. Christmas at the Monastery of Santa Cruz. A Christmas program of villancicos and Brazilian-influenced dances, found in the Monastery’s archives. Žak Ozmo, lute and guest director. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -; -(sr); (st/30 and under). 2:30: pre-concert talk. Also Dec 11(eve), 12(eve). ●●3:30: Wychwood Clarinet Choir. Clarinet Bells Ring. Herbert: March of the Toys; Anderson: Christmas Festival; Sleigh Ride; Holst (arr. Greaves): St. Paul’s Suite. Michele Jacot, solo clarinet and director. Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 611 St. Clair W. 647- 668-8943. ; (sr); (st/children). A. Concerts in the GTA ●●4:00: ASLAN Boys Choir of Toronto. ASLAN Lessons and Carols. Seasonal music with readings from the Chronicles of Narnia. Songs from Canada, England, Russia and Germany. Guests: Canadian Men’s Chorus; Gregory Rainville, conductor; Thomas Bell, conductor. St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church (Toronto), 1399 Bayview Ave. 416-859-7464. ; (children). ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Twilight Organ Series. Thomas Fitches, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. Free. ●●4:00: Eglinton St George’s United Church. A Rhapsody of Christmas. Works by Rutter, Ruth Watson Henderson, Daley, Willan, Whitacre and others. Trillium Brass; Eglinton St. George’s Choir; Andrew Adair, organ; Krista Rhodes, piano; Shawn Grenke, conductor. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. 416-481-1141. . ●●4:00: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. Carols by Candlelight Sunday, december 13, 4:30 pm A traditional candlelight choral presentation. nine lessons & Carols Sunday, december 20, 4:30 pm Following the historic tradition of King’s College in Cambridge. FREE ADMISSION FOR bOth EvENtS | Doors open at 3:30pm. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church 1585 Yonge Street | (416) 922-1167 | Family Christmas Concert. New and favourite music of the season. Oakville Children’s Choir. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. ; $21(sr); (st). Also 1:30. ●●4:00: St. Elizabeth Scola Cantorum Hungarian Choir. Christmas Concert. Mozart: Magnificat; Christmas songs around the world. Adult and children’s choir; Imre Olah and Christa Lazar, conductors. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 432 Sheppard Ave. E. 416-300-9305. ; (st). Post-concert reception. ●●4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers. Christmas Jazz. Ellington: Nutcracker Suite. Brian Barlow Big Band. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211. Free. Donations welcome. ●●4:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 4; Also Dec 18,19(mat & eve),20(mat & eve). ●●4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Carols by Candlelight. 1585 Yonge St. 416- 922-1167. Free. ●●5:00: Elixir Baroque Ensemble. 5th Annual Elixir Mixer. Works by Telemann, Tartini, 20152016 CoNCERt SERiES SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 th 4:00 p.M. A Rhapsody of Christmas Vivaldi, Leclair and others. Guests: Michelle Odorico, Rezan Onen Lapointe and Julia Wedman, violins; Matt Antal, viola; Rebecca Morton, cello. St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. 647-891-9588. ; (sr/ st/arts worker). ●●7:00: Florivox. O Sweetest of Songs: The Music of Life, Love and Light. Works by Eleanor Daley, Ramona Luengen, David MacIntyre and Randall Stroope. Alyssa Ramsay, cello; John Ebata, piano/synth; Waleed Abdulhamid, percussion; Tahirih Vejdani, conductor. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416- 488-7884. ; (sr/st/adv). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Door Family Shelter. ●●7:30: Chris Tsujiuchi. A Very Christ-erical Christmas Cabaret. A night of music, riffing, comedy, improv, and choreography. Chris Pruden, keyboard; Kevin Wong, vocals; Jon Butash, bass; Leah Canali, vocals; Steve John Dale, guitar; and others. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. 416-975- 8555. . Also on Dec 12. ●●8:00: Music Gallery/Kith and Kin. Holiday Wassail. Medieval carols, rousing sing-alongs, and seasonal music from Appalachia, the British Isles. Music Gallery, 197 John St. 416- 204-1080. ; (adv); (st, members, arts workers); Free(ages 12 and under). ●●8:00: That Choir. Carols. With a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Jim Mezon. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-419-1756. ; (sr/arts worker); (st). Tuesday December 15 ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music. Amina Holloway, cello. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcome. ●●1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Midday Organ Series. Raphael Tambyeff, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. Free. WELCOME CHRISTMAS December 15, 2015 Come celebrate an ESG Christmas with Carols, Choir, Brass and Organ. Works by Rutter, Ruth Watson Henderson, Daley, Willan, Whitacre and more… Guest Narrator: Michael Kramer of 96.3 FM Featuring The Trillium Brass The Eglinton St. Goerge’s Choir Andrew Adair, organist; Krista Rhodes, piano Shawn Grenke, conductor. Tickets 35 Lytton Blvd., Toronto 416.481.1141 HANNAFORD STREET SILVER BAND ●●7:30: Orpheus Choir of Toronto/Hannaford Street Silver Band. Welcome Christmas. Guest: Jackie Richardson. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-530- 4428. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Handel/orch. Sir Andrew Davis: Messiah. Erin Wall, soprano; Elizabeth DeShong, 42 | December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016

MESSIAH SIR ANDREW DAVIS, CONDUCTOR DEC 15–20 | TSO.CA mezzo; Andrew Staples, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. .75- 7(eve); .75-1.25(mat). Also Dec 16, 18, 19, 20 (3:00). ●●9:00: Burdock. Liam Titcomb. Lyle Molzan, drums; Ben Whiteley, bass; John Spence, keyboard. 1184 Bloor St. W. 416-546-4033. /(adv). Wednesday December 16 ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Michael Bloss, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-967-1167. Free. ●●7:30: Brott Music Festival. Handel’s Messiah. Leslie Fagan, soprano; Academy Singers; National Academy Orchestra; Boris Brott, conductor. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-525- 7664. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: Toronto Choral Society. J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio. The Talisker Players; Anne Marie Ramos, soprano; Jillian Yemen, alto; Anthony Cleverton, bass; Geoffrey Butler, conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-463-2179. /(adv). ●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel Messiah. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo; Rufus Müller, tenor; Nathaniel Watson, baritone; HANDEL MESSIAH Dec 16-19 416.408.0208 Ivars Taurins, director. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. - 6; and up(sr); and up(35 and under). Also Dec 17,18,19. ●●7:30: Toronto Shape Note Singing Community. Toronto Sacred Harp Singing. Selections from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson Edition. Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. 647-838-8764. PWYC. Also Jan 20. Singing is participatory; songbooks to borrow. ●●8:00: Heliconian Hall. Piano Recital. Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op.28; Rachmaninov: 4 Preludes, Op.23 Nos.2 and 4; Op.32 Nos.5 and 13; Mozart: Sonata in F, K332; Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C, D760; Liszt: Grand Concert Fantasie on Spanish Melodies in d, S253. Dmitri Levkovich, piano. 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-922-3618. ; (st). ●●8:00: MasseyHall/Against the Grain Theatre. AtG’s Messiah. Handel. Miriam Khalil, soprano; Andrea Ludwig, mezzo; Owen McCausland, tenor; Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone; Joel Ivany; artistic director; Jennifer Nichols, choreography; Topher Mokrzewski, conductor. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-872-4255. - .50. Also Dec 17, 18, 19(mat). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 15; Also Dec 18, 19, 20 (3:00). Thursday December 17 ●●12:00 noon: Metropolitan United Church. Noon at Met. Patricia Wright, organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26. Free. ●●7:30: Canadian Music Centre/Guitar Society of Toronto. Class Axe: New Music for Classical Guitar. Works by Daigneault, Latkovich, Magnuson, Murphy-King, Pelletier and others. Rob MacDonald; Adam Batstone; Graham Banfield. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x 202. Free. 7:00: pre-concert chat. ●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel Messiah. See Dec 16; Also Dec 18,19. ●●8:00: Living Arts Centre. Ballet Creole: Soulful Messiah. 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888. -. ●●8:00: MasseyHall/Against the Grain Theatre. AtG’s Messiah. See Dec 16; Also Dec 18, 19(mat). ●●8:00: Toronto Masque Theatre. Mummers’ The Mummers’ Masque A Newfoundland Christmas Kitchen Party 17-19 December Masque. Carla Huhtanen(St. George); Marion Newman(Rival Knight/Dragon); Christopher Mayell(Princess Zebra); Giles Tomkins(Father Christmas); step dancers; children’s choir; jug band; and others. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St. 416-410-4561. ; (sr); (30 and under). 7:15: Pre-show chat. Also Dec 18, 19. Friday December 18 ●●1:10: Gordon Murray Presents. Piano Potpourri. Featuring classics, opera, operetta, musicals, ragtime, pop, international and Christmas music. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631- 4300. PWYC. Lunch and snack friendly. ●●7:00: Music at St. Andrew’s. Voices of Welcome: A Carol Sing for Our Syrian Refugee Family. Allison Angelo, soprano; Xin Wang, soprano; St Andrew’s Choir; St Andrew’s Choristers; Dan Bickle, organ; and others. St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe St. 416-593- 5600 x231. Freewill offering in support of St. Andrew’s Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Fund. ●●7:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 4; Also Dec 19(mat & eve),20(mat & eve). ●●7:30: Humber Valley United Church. The Magic of Christmas. M. Wilberg: musical arrangements; Handel: Messiah (excerpts). Chancel Choir; Children’s Choir; Paul Chant, conductor. 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-231-2263 x22. ; free(12 and under). Refreshments. ●●7:30: Pickering Village United Church. Music for a Winter’s Eve. Celtic and Christmas favourites, and original world music. Ron Korb, flute; Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp. 300 Church St. N., Ajax. 416-346-6600. /(adv). Also Dec 19 (Oakville). ●●7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel Messiah. See Dec 16; Also Dec 19. ●●8:00: Canadian Brass. In Concert. Holiday Season concert. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305- 7469. -. ●●8:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. Christmas and All That Jazz. Kristina Nojd, vocalist; THE TORONTO CHORAL SOCIETY presents selections from Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach Conducted by Geoffrey Butler Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:30 pm Eastminster United Church 310 Danforth Avenue Tickets in advance sine nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music In presepio Medieval songs for the Christ-child Friday, December 18, 8 pm Saint Thomas's Church 383 Huron Street Tickets / 416-978-8849 Information 416-638-9445 December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016 | 43

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