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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.

Toronto Chamber Choir.

Toronto Chamber Choir. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Dec. 15-16 (3:30 pm). ●●8:00: York Symphony Orchestra. YSO Holiday Spectacular. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 416-410- 0860. ; (sr); (st). Also Dec 22, 3:30 pm and 8 pm, Aurora. Saturday December 15 ●●2:00: Ensemble Masques & University Club of Toronto. The Crown’s Jewel: 350 Years of François Couperin. Selections from Concerts Royaux, Pièces de Clavecin, Nouveaux Concerts et Pièces de Violes; works by Lully and Corelli. Olivier Fortin, harpsichord; Kathleen Kajioka, baroque violin & narration; Mélisande Corriveau, viola da gamba. University Club of Toronto Library, 380 University Ave. 416-597-1336. . Includes wine and coffee. ●●2:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. See Dec 8. Also Dec 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. Times vary. ●●2:00: Toronto Children’s Chorus, Alumni Choir and Youth Choir. A Chorus Christmas: A. Concerts in the GTA Children of the World. Britten: A Ceremony of Carols and other works. Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, harp; Jean Ashworth Bartle, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416- 932-8666 x231. .50-.50. ●●4:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 7. Also Dec 16(4:30); 21(7:30); 22(4:30); 23(4:30 & 7:30). ●●7:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. See Dec 8. Also Dec 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. Times vary. ●●7:00: The Salvation Army North York Temple. Christmas Spectacular. Works by Willcocks, Rutter, Venables, Graham, Balantine. Amadeus Choir; North York Temple Band; Lydia Adams, Glenn Barlow, conductors. Tyndale Chapel, 3377 Bayview Ave. 647-869-6035. . ●●7:30: Annex Singers. Gloria! Poulenc: Gloria; and works by Lauridsen, Willan, Victoria, Hassler and others. Nicole Hulme, soprano; Stephen Boda, organ; Maria Case, artistic director. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-968-7747. ; (sr/ st); free(12 and under). ●●7:30: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church. Have Yourself an After Hours Have yourself an Christmas Christmas. After Hours (Aaron Milic, Glenn Sevillo, Jon Pong and Yee Kuang Wong). 250 Dunn Ave. 416-532-3729. ; (child). Religious service. CDs, treats and hot cider on sale. ●●7:30: Counterpoint Community Orchestra. Holiday Extravaganza. Ravel: Mother Goose Suite; Sound of Music; and seasonal favourites. Andrew Chung, conductor. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 647-970-8057. ; (st). ●●7:30: Espressivo Singers. Christmas Gifts. Pinkham: Christmas Cantata; Chaminade: Noël des marins and other works. Westminster United Church (Whitby), 1850 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby. 289-312-0488. ; (child 12 and under). Wheelchair accessible. ●●7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Academy Chamber Orchestra. Barber: Adagio for Strings; Schubert: Allegro from String Quartet No.14 “Death and the Maiden”; Serouj Kradjian: Songs. String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists come together as the Academy Chamber Orchestra. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free (tickets required). ●●7:30: Scarborough Bluffs United Church. Jazzy and Bright. Bach Children’s Chorus; Bach Chamber Youth Choir; Octava Vocal Ensemble; Charissa Bagan and James Pinhorn, conductors. 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 416-267-8265. . ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. To All a Good Night 4. Works by Harry Connick, Jr.; Tom Waits; Tom Lehrer; John Lennon & Yoko Ono; and others. Jackie Richardson, vocalist; Tom Wilson, musician; Liam Russell, vocalist; Jessica Mitchell, vocalist; David Wall, vocalist; and others. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. -; (st/under 30). Also Dec 13, 14. ●●8:00: Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Night at the Opera. Selections from Strauss II: Die Fledermaus; Lehár: Merry Widow; Puccini: La bohème. Cristina Pisani, soprano; David Diston, baritone; Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus; Norman Reintamm, conductor. P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough. 416-879-5566. -; -(sr/st); free(under 12). 7:15: Pre-concert talk. ●●8:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. Christmas from Ol’ Blighty. Traditional English Christmas music. Vaughan Williams: Fantasy on Christmas Themes. The Piano Hall, 157 Main St., Georgetown. 905-873-9909. . Also Dec 14, 16. Culinary treats follow the concert. ●●8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Bruckner’s Fourth. Schumann: Manfred Overture Op.115; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43; Bruckner: Symphony No.4. Michael Berkovsky, piano; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469 or 905-604-8339. -; (sr); (under 30). 7:15pm pre-concert recital; 7:30pm TORONTO CHILDREN’S CHORUS A Chorus Christmas: Children of the World SAT DEC 15 ◆ 2 PM ROYTHOMSONHALL.COM Cathedral Bluffs SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Norman Reintamm Artistic Director/Principal Conductor Saturday December 15, 2018 8 pm Night at the Opera favourites by Johann Strauss, Jr. & more… Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus with Cristina Pisani & David Diston winners of the 2018 CBSO Clifford Poole Vocal Competition TICKETS: from ( student/senior; children under 12 are free) ORDER ONLINE BY PHONE 416.879.5566 P.C. Ho Theatre 5183 Sheppard Ave E (1 block east of Markham Rd), Scarborough KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA 10 th anniversary concert season BRUCKNER’S FOURTH | 416.879.5566 54 | December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019

pre-concert talk; intermission discussion with Michael Berkovsky. ●●8:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from The Messiah. Angela Yoo, soprano; Lillian Brooks, mezzo; Zachary Rioux, tenor; Christopher Dunham, baritone; Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir; Denis Mastromonaco, music director and conductor. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306- 6000. -. ●●8:00: Toronto Consort. Praetorius Christmas Vespers. A Christmas Vespers as it might have sounded in the early 17th century. Toronto Chamber Choir. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Dec 14-16 (3:30 pm). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. TSO Holiday Pops. See Dec 11. ●●8:00: Voices Chamber Choir. The Mystery of Christmas. Willan: The Mystery of Bethlehem. Ron Cheung, conductor; John Stephenson, accompanist. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. 416-519- 0528. ; (sr/st). Sunday December 16 ●●1:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. See Dec 8. Also Dec 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. Times vary. ●●2:00: Borealis Big Band. A Big Band Family Christmas Concert. Some seasonal favourites along with jazz charts by Brubeck, Lopez, Toombs, Stevie Wonder and others. Gord Shephard, conductor. Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St., Newmarket. 905-717- 3319 or ; (child). ●●2:00: Canzona Chamber Players. Island Concert: Brahms Messiaen. St. Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church, Cibola Ave., Toronto Island. 416-822-0613. . Brunch at 12:30pm . Also Dec 14(7:30pm, St. George the Martyr Church). ●●2:00: Festival Wind Orchestra. A Fireside Counterpoint Community Orchestra Andrew Chung Music Director and Conductor 3 concerts for 2018/19 SUBSCRIPTION 35 th ANNIVERSARY DEC 15, 2018 Holiday Extravaganza Mother Goose Suite, The Sound of Music and seasonal favourites by Leroy Anderson MAR 2, 2019 Folk Melodies Smetana’s Moldau and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances JUNE 8, 2019 Happy 35 th Anniversary! Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations Andrew Ascenso, cello Christmas. Big Band Showcase; Mary Poppins Medley; Argentum; Gypsy Dance from Carmen; Seasonal favourites and a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Leah Erlich, alto saxophone. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. ; (sr/st); free(under 13). ●●3:00: Church of St. Peter and St. Simonthe-Apostle. The Not-So-Silent Night. Children’s Musical. Children of the community perform. 525 Bloor St. E. 416-923-8714. Free. ●●3:00: Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. Christmas @ Columbus Centre. Korsavok: Christmas Eve Suite; Reed: Greensleeves; Bellini: Overture from Norma; Trad: Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night and others. Holly Chaplin, soprano; Michael Ciufo, tenor; Paolo Busato, conductor. Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 647-238-0015. ; (sr); (st/child). ●●3:00: Islington United Church. Christmas at Islington. Seasonal hymns and songs. Jason Locke; Islington staff singers, choirs, instrumentalists and handbells. 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. 416-239-1131. Goodwill offering. Religious service. ●●3:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra & Youth Orchestra. A Merry Little Christmas. Christmas favourites with over 200 musicians. Guest: Resonance. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. -. ●●3:00: Pax Christi Chorale. England’s Golden Age. A cappella masterpieces from the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Byrd: Mass for Five Voices; Tudor anthems by Tallis, Weekes and Gibbons. Grace Church onthe-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 647-345-7743 or ; (sr); (st). ●●3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Classical Concerts Series: The King’s Singers: Gold 50. John David: Born on a New Day (arr. Peter Knight, adapted Philip Lawson); Traditional: Veni, veni Emmanuel (arr. Philip Lawson); Gaudete (arr. Brian Kay); Willaert: Ave virgo sponsa Dei - Inviolata est; Chilcott: The Shepherd’s Carol; and other works. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208. -. ●●3:00: Syrinx Concerts Toronto. Afternoon Sonatas. Beethoven: Sonata in c-sharp, Op.27 No. 2; Liszt: Piano Sonata in b; Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G, Op.13 No. 2; Murphy: Dance Me to Your Beauty. Shoshana Telner, piano; Jeremy Bell, violin. Helconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-654-0877. ; (st). ●●3:00: St. Luke’s Anglican Church. St. Luke’s Christmas Show. Harbourtown Sound Chorus and Barbershop Quartet. St. Luke’s Anglican Church (Burlington), 1382 Ontario St., Burlington. 905-634-1826. . ●●3:30: Toronto Consort. Praetorius Christmas Vespers. A Christmas Vespers as it might have sounded in the early 17th century. Toronto Chamber Choir. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Dec 14-15 (8pm). ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Twilight Recital. Imre Oláh, organ. 65 Church St. 416-365-7865. Free. Donations welcome. ●●4:00: Eglinton St. George’s United Church. Christmas Day Concert. Holst: Christmas Day; Henderson: Peaceful, the Wondrous Night; and other works. Eglinton St. George’s United Church Choir; Audience Carols and Chamber 20182019 CONCERT SERIES Christmas Day SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 TH AT 4 P.M. ESG CHOIR, AUDIENCE CAROLS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Featuring Holst's Christmas Day, Ruth Watson Henderson’s Peaceful The Wondrous Night and other seasonal favourites SHAWN GRENKE, CONDUCTOR KRISTA RHODES, PIANO ANDREW ADAIR, ORGAN JOHN BROWNELL, PERCUSSION 35 LYTTON BLVD. TORONTO 416.481.1141 December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 55

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