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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.

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! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! A. Concerts in the GTA WINTerSONGS Seasonal songs, including Celtic choral & instrumental BACH CHILDREN’S CHORUS & BACH CHAMBER YOUTH CHOIR Sharing our love of making music. Charissa Bagan Artistic Director Jenny Crober, Artistic Director Elizabeth Acker, Accompanist Saskia Tomkins, violin, nyckelharpa James Pinhorn BCYC Conductor Sybil Shanahan, cello SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 7:30 PM Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway), Toronto, Ontario Gen. Adm. Seniors Students; Under 30 416-947-8487; www.vocachorus.ca Eleanor Daley Pianist M Y S T I C A L L I G H T Featuring “Chasing the Northern Lights”, “I Want To Stare At My Phone With You”, plus music from Raffi and Gordon Lightfoot. will be taken for the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank. ●●2:30: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The Nutcracker. Music by Tchaikovsky. National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681- 6000. .50; .50(members); (18 and under). Also Dec 7(7:30); 8(7:30). ●●2:30: Village Voices. Rejoice! Ave Maria; Helvey: O Lux Beatissima; Thompson: Alleluia; plus old and new holiday favourites. Village Voices Community Choir; Village Voices Chamber Choir; Oksana Vignan, conductor; Joan Andrews, guest conductor; Robert Graham, piano. Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905- 471-4464. ; (sr); (st); free(under 12). Also 7:30pm. ●●4:00: Harbourfront Centre. Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover. See Dec 5. Also Dec 8(7:00). ●●4:00: Oakville Choir for Children and Youth. Community Carol Concert. Guest: Lianne Tan, organ. St. John’s United Church (Oakville), 262 Randall St., Oakville. 905- 337-7104. ; (sr); (under 13). Also 1:30pm. ●●4:00: Weston Silver Band. Yule Sing! Singalong. Timothy Eaton Memorial Church’s Choir School and Sanctuary Choir. Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. W. 905-691–2744. ; (family: 2 adults plus children). ●●4:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 7. Also Dec 9(4:30); 14(7:30); 15(4:30); 16(4:30); 21(7:30); 22(4:30); 23(4:30 & 7:30). ●●7:00: Harbourfront Centre. Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover. See Dec 5. ●●7:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. See 2pm. Also Dec 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. Times vary. ●●7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Also Dec 6(7pm) & 9(2:30pm). ●●7:30: Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir. Mystical Light. 180 voices perform seasonal music. Chasing the Northern Lights; I Want to Stare at My Phone with You; Petit Papa Noel; Gordon Lightfoot: Song for a Winter’s Night. Eleanor Dailey, piano; Charissa Bagan, artistic director; James Pinhorn, conductor (Bach Chamber Youth Choir). Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., North York. 1-855-985-2787. and . ●●7:30: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The Nutcracker. Music by Tchaikovsky. National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681- 6000. .50; .50(members); (18 and under). Also Dec 7(7:30); 8(2:30). ●●7:30: Cor Unum Ensemble. Merry & Bright. Works by Bach, Telemann, Corrette and others. Elisa Jane Cassey & Ruth Denton, conductors. Trinity College Chapel, U of T, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-371-6999. ; (st/arts workers). Also Dec 9. ●●7:30: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Welcoming the Light. Bach: Cantata 40 “Sleepers Wake!”; selection of seasonal carols; John Williams: Holiday Music from “Home Alone”. Gabrielle Turgeon, soprano; Caroline Corkum, soprano; Erin Ronningen, alto; Lawrence Shirkie, baritone; guests: Islington United Church Junior and Youth Choir; Carl Steinhauser, piano and organ. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-779-2258. . Venue is accessible. Holiday Marketplace at 6:30pm. ●●7:30: Fonitika Vocal Ensemble. In Concert. Music by Tallis, Saint-Saëns, Gershwin, Elvis Presley, and your favourite Christmas music. Sarah Maria Leung, soprano; Lydia Harper, alto; Arieh Sacke, tenor; Joshua McFaul, bass. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E. 647-631-2047. /(adv); /(adv/st/ arts worker). ●●7:30: Forte - Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus. All Is Calm, All Is Bright. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. forte.eventbrite.ca with promo code FORTE or fortechorus.com. ; (online). ●●7:30: MCS Chorus Mississauga. G. F. Handel: Messiah. MCS Chorus Chamber Choir; Jennifer Krabbe, soprano; Jillian Yemen, mezzo; Charles Davidson, tenor; Matthew Cassils, bass; MCS Chamber Orchestra. First United Church (Mississauga), 151 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga. 905-278-7059. ; (st under 18). ●●7:30: Northern Lights Chorus. A Northern Lights Christmas. St. John the Evangelist Church (Whitby), 903 Giffard St., Whitby. 905-668-3676. ; (st). Also Dec 1 (2 pm, St. Catharines). ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. See Dec 6. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Wind Symphony. Fucik: Florentiner March; Weinzweig: “Deep Blues” from Out of the Blues; Glazunov: Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat Op.109; Tull: Sketches on a Tudor Psalm; Ticheli: Postcard; and other works. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st); free(UofT st). ●●7:30: Village Voices. Rejoice! Ave Maria; SATURDAY DEC 8, 2018 AT 7:30PM Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St (north of Sheppard) and at the box office or Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.2787 bachchildrenschorus.ca Merry & Bright Dec 8 & 9, 7:30pm Trinity College Chapel corunumensemble.com 50 | December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 thewholenote.com

Helvey: O Lux Beatissima; Thompson: Alleluia; plus old and new holiday favourites. Village Voices Community Choir; Village Voices Chamber Choir; Oksana Vignan, conductor; Joan Andrews, guest conductor; Robert Graham, piano. Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905- 471-4464. ; (sr); (st); free(under 12). Also 2:30pm. ●●7:30: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. Wintersongs. Works by Quartel, Emery, Esenvalds, Crober (premiere), Sirett and others. Saskia Tomkins, violin, nyckelharpa; Steáfán Hannigan, bodhrán, Irish flute, Uilleann pipes; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Jenny Crober, conductor; Elizabeth Acker, accompaniment. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416- 931-8224. ; (sr); (st/under 30). ●●7:30: Vox Choirs. Jubilate Deo. Forrest: Jubilate Deo; Finzi: In Terra Pax; Hailstork: I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. Vox Choirs; Sneak Peek Orchestra. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-568-3802. . A portion of ticket sales will go to our charity partner for the year, ArtsCan Circle. ●●8:00: Acoustic Harvest/Live Music East. A Christmas Carol. John Huston (Charles Dickens) with The MadriGALS. St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. lillian.wauthier@gmail.com. /(adv). ●●8:00: Gallery 345. The Art of the Piano: Hilario Durán. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. ; (st); Cash only. ●●8:00: Music Gallery. Elizabeth Shepherd: MONtréal. The Music Gallery, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. -. ●●8:00: Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. Holiday Caravan. Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve Suite; Silvestri: Polar Express; Thornett: A Children’s Christmas Suite; Holcombe: Festive Sounds of Hanukkah; Krogstad: Bells of Christmas. Guests: Hawkapella; Jessica Kun, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787-8811. ; $24(sr/st). ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage: Storm Large. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: Sinfonia Toronto. Vivaldi and Piazzolla: The Eight Seasons. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Alexandre Da Costa, violin; Nurhan Arman, conductor. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 416-499-0403 or online at sinfoniatoronto.ca. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: University of St. Michael’s College. Waiting in Joyful Hope: A Concert for Advent. Works by Hildegard, Taverner, Brahms, Rheinberger, Weir and others. St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum; Michael O’Connor and Christina Labriola, conductors. St. Basil’s Church, University of St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph St. 416-926-7148. Free. Donations welcomed. Sunday December 9 ●●10:15am: Royal York Road United Church. Bach Advent Cantatas. Bach: Cantata 35 and 140 (selections). 851 Royal York Rd. 416-231- 9401. Religious service, freewill offering. With orchestra. ●●1:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. See Dec 8. Also Dec 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. Times vary. ●●1:30: Music at Metropolitan. Deck the Deck the Halls: Downtown Carol Sing with the Metropolitan Silver Band SUN, DECEMBER 9 1:30pm Halls: Downtown Carol Sing. Metropolitan Silver Band. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26. Free; donations welcome. ●●1:30: Oakville Symphony. A Family Christmas. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. ; (sr); (child/st). Also 4:30. ●●1:30: Porgiamor Chamber Concerts. YC Lee in Solo Recital @ College St. United. Art Song & Opera favourites in English, French, Italian, German, Russian. YC Lee, tenor; Ann Sublett, piano. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416-929-3019. PWYC ( suggested). Fundraising concert to help church outreach activities including feeding the homeless and sending music instruments to Cuba. ●●2:00: Duly Noted. Toronto vs. Everybody. All a cappella music celebrating Toronto. St. Augustine of Canterbury, 1847 Bayview Ave. 416-485-2656. ; (sr/st). ●●2:00: Kingston Road Village Concert Series. Celebrate: Holidays of the Global Village with Chris McKhool and Friends. Guests: Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem and Ernie Tollar, Kevin Laliberté, Drew Birston; and Donne Roberts. Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. 416-699-6091. /(adv); free(under 19). ●●2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Also Dec 6(7pm) & 8(7pm). ●●3:00: Durham Chamber Orchestra. The Sounds of Christmas. Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel’s Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel; Vivaldi: Gloria; Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (selections); Haydn: Final Movement from Trumpet Concerto. Durham Girls’ Choir; Dancers from the Taylor Dance Centre; Andrea George, trumpet; Carlos Bastidas, conductor. Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr., Ajax. 905-493-4277. ; free(under 12). ●●3:00: Harmony Singers. The Secret of Christmas. Mother Mary; Homeward Bound; Gesu, Bambino; Santa Baby; It’s the Holiday Season. Asia Rosa, soloist; Bruce Harvey, accompanist; Harvey Patterson, conductor. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-239-5821. ; free(child under 10). ●●3:00: Orchestra Toronto. The Snowman and Friends. Screening of the animated film The Snowman with live orchestral music. Royer: A Canadian Christmas Fantasia; Blake: The Snowman; Glazunov: Violin Concerto in a Op.82; Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos.5 and 6. Julia Mirzoev, violin; Michael Newnham, conductor; and special guests. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 1-855-985- 2787. ; (sr); (under 30). Toronto’s Christmas Tradition featuring St. Michael’s Choir School continues at Roy Thomson Hall DEC 9 AT 3PM DEC 10 AT 7PM ●●3:00: St. Michael’s Choir School. Annual Christmas Concert. Britten: A Ceremony of Carols. True North; Lori Gemmell, harp; Maria Conkey, Teri Dunn, S. Bryan Priddy, conductors; Joshua Tamyo, accompanist; Vincent Cheng, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. -. Also Dec 10(7pm). ●●3:00: St. Paul’s Bloor Street Anglican Church. La Nativité. Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur accompanied by readings. Michael Bloss, organ. 227 Bloor St. E. 416-921-8116. Free. ●●3:00: Symphony on the Bay. Christmas Delights. Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral; Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra Op.107; Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve Suite; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves; Anderson: A Christmas Festival. Sara Traficante, flute; Shelley Hanson, guest conductor. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681- 6000 or 905-320-5773 or burlingtonpac. ca/tickets. ; .50(sr); $24.50(16-24); (under 16). ●●3:30: St. Anne’s Anglican Church. St. Anne’s Community Cantate. Choir of St. Anne’s; Toronto Beach Chorale. 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-536-3160. ; Free(child under 12). Proceeds to Oasis Food Bank and the Four Winds. REJOICE AND SING DECEMBER 9, 2018 amadeuschoir.com ●●4:00: Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto. Rejoice and Sing. Holiday concert featuring seasonal music. Music by Henderson, Daley, Cable, Willcocks and Rutter. Mary Lou Fallis, soprano; Trillium Brass Quintet; Lydia Adams, conductor; Joan Andrews, conductor; Shawn Grenke, conductor and piano. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. 416- 446-0188. ; (sr); (under 30). ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. thewholenote.com December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 51

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