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Volume 24 Issue 4 - December 2018 / January 2019

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When is a trumpet like a motorcycle in a dressage event? How many Brunhilde's does it take to change an Elektra? Just two of the many questions you've been dying to ask, to which you will find answers in a 24th annual combined December/January issue – in which our 11 beat columnists sift through what's on offer in the upcoming holiday month, and what they're already circling in their calendars for 2019. Oh, and features too: a klezmer violinist breathing new life into a very old film; two New Music festivals in January, 200 metres apart; a Music & Health story on the restorative powers of a grassroots exercise in collective music-making; even a good reason to go to Winnipeg in the dead of winter. All this and more in Vol 24 No 4, now available in flipthrough format here.

!! DEC 11, 8PM: “An

!! DEC 11, 8PM: “An Evening of Choruses and Arias from Handel’s Messiah.” The debut performance of B-Xalted! a new choir founded by Barbara Gowdy and Whitney Smith, at the Church of St. Peter & St. Simon-the-Apostle, Toronto. !! DEC 8, 7:30PM: Cellar Singers. Handel’s Messiah. Orillia Opera House, Orillia. !! DEC 8, 7:30PM: Grand Philharmonic Choir. Handel’s Messiah. Centre in the Square, Kitchener. !! DEC 8, 7:30PM: MCS Chorus Mississauga. G. F. Handel: Messiah. First United Church, Mississauga. !! DEC 8, 7:30PM: Orchestra Kingston. Handel’s Messiah. Kingston Choral Society. The Spire/Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham St., Kingston. !! DEC 9, 3PM: Dufferin Concert Singers/New Tecumseth Singers. Handel’s Messiah. St. John’s United Church, Creemore. !! DEC 15, 7:30PM: Chorus Niagara. Handel’s Messiah. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines. !! DEC 15, 8PM: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from The Messiah. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, Mississauga. !! DEC 15, 8PM: Orchestra Grey Bruce/Saugeen County Chorus. Messiah. Knox Presbyterian Church, Kincardine. !! DEC 16, 3PM: Menno Singers. Sing-along Messiah. St. Jacob’s Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs. !! DEC 17-22, 8PM AND 23, 3PM: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. !! DEC 17, 7:30PM: Peterborough Singers. Handel’s Messiah. Emannuel United Church, Peterborough. !! DEC 18-21, 7:30PM: Tafelmusik’s Messiah at Koerner Hall, with their famous Sing- Along Messiah on DEC 22, 2PM, at Roy Thomson Hall (while Massey Hall is being renovated). Toronto !! DEC 22, 7:30: Guelph Chamber Choir. Messiah. River Run Centre, Guelph. Follow Brian on Twitter @bfchang Send info/media/ tips to NOT THE MESSIAH Just a sampling … !! DEC 5, 7:30PM: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. “An Indigo Christmas: Black Virgin… Great Joy.” !! DEC 7, 7:30PM: Surinder Mundra. “A Choral Christmas from Across Europe.” !! DEC 7, 8PM: Exultate Chamber Singers. “Winter’s Night with You.” !! DEC 8, 2PM: “Annual City Carol Sing.” Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats; Hogtown Brass Quintet; Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir; VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto; That Choir; Hedgerow Singers; Kevin Frankish, host; and others. !! DEC 8, 7:30PM: Forte – Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus. “All Is Calm, All Is Bright.” !! DEC 9, 2PM: Duly Noted. “Toronto vs. Everybody.” All a cappella music celebrating Toronto. !! DEC 11, 7:30PM: City Choir. “Cakes & Ale.” !! DEC 16, 3PM: Pax Christi Chorale. “England’s Golden Age.” A cappella masterpieces from the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. !! DEC 18, 7:30PM: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” With Geraint Wyn Davies. !! DEC 22, 7:30PM: Quintessence Ensemble. “Buon Natale: A Multilingual Christmas.” !! JAN 13, 3PM: Vesnivka Choir. Ukrainian Christmas Concert. With Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir and a folk instrumental ensemble. !! JAN 13, 7:30PM: The Royal Conservatory of Music presents “We shall overcome: a celebration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.” Damien Sneed and the Toronto Mass Choir: jazz, gospel, classical, blues, music theatre and spirituals – Sneed and guests will mark the 90th anniversary of MLK’s birth. !! JAN 22 & 23, 7:30PM: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. “KW Glee.” !! JAN 26, 3PM: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. “Spotlight on North America.” A free community concert celebrating great composers from Canada and the United States: interim artistic director David Fallis’ first fully programmed concert !! JAN 26, 7PM: Newchoir. “The High Society Soir-eh.” !! JAN 26, 8PM: Confluence. “Centuries of Souls.” !! FEB 2, 2PM & 7PM: Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto. “Songs from a Celtic Heart.” with Toshio Hosokawa, Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition January 16 to 27, 2019 | 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto Festival Highlights: • Canadian premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s operas The Raven and The Maiden from the Sea (Futari Shizuka) • Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM – a Canadian first! • New production from the Opera Student Composer Collective • Concert collaborations with Esprit Orchestra and New Music Concerts MUSIC.UTORONTO.CA | @UOFTMUSIC 24 | December 2018 / January 2019

KOERNER HALL 10 th ANNIVERSARY 2018.19 Concert Season Joaquin Valdepeñas Conducts MON., DEC. 10, 2018 7:30PM MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL Tickets: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet and Royal Conservatory Orchestra Resident Conductor Joaquin Valdepeñas conducts Glenn Gould School students in a program of chamber works. Academy Chamber Orchestra SAT., DEC. 15, 2018 7:30PM KOERNER HALL Free tickets for this concert will be available starting Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists come together as the Academy Chamber Orchestra to perform Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Franz Schubert’s Allegro from String Quartet No. 14 Death and the Maiden, and songs arranged by Serouj Kradjian. The King’s Singers: Gold 50 SUN., DEC. 16, 2018 3PM KOERNER HALL Tickets start at only This holiday season performance will feature seasonal songs alongside some of the ensemble’s favourite repertoire. Nicola Benedetti with Alexei Grynyuk FRI., JAN. 25, 2019 8PM KOERNER HALL Tickets start at only Benedetti and her longtime collaborator, Alexei Grynyuk, will perform works by Bach, Prokofiev, and Strauss, and the Canadian premiere of a new solo violin piece by Wynton Marsalis, written specially for her. Winter Words SUN., JAN. 27, 2019 2PM MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL Tickets: Mezzo-soprano Lucia Cervoni, whose “impressive palette of mezzo colours” (whatsonstage) joins Canadian tenor Michael Colvin, whom Opera News calls “one of the most beautiful lyric tenors,” for work by Britten, Mahler, and others. Generously supported by J. Hans Kluge The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition Finals WED., JAN. 30, 2019 10AM KOERNER HALL Free tickets for this concert will be available starting Wed. Jan. 23, 2019 Hear the talented solo performers of The Glenn Gould School compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra during the 2019-20 concert season. TICKETS & GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE GREAT GIFTS! TICKETS & SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW! 416.408.0208 RCMUSIC.COM/PERFORMANCE 273 BLOOR STREET WEST 237 (BLOOR ST. STREET & AVENUE WEST RD.) (BLOOR TORONTO ST. & AVENUE RD.) TORONTO ´ ´ December 2018 / January 2019 | 25 ´ ´

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