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Volume 26 Issue 4 - December 2020 / January 2021

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In this issue: Beautiful Exceptions, Sing-Alone Messiahs, Livingston’s Vocal Pleasures, Chamber Beethoven, Online Opera (Plexiglass & All), Playlist for the Winter of our Discontent, The Oud & the Fuzz, Who is Alex Trebek? All this and more available in flipthrough HERE, and in print Friday December 4.

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Events by Date NOTE: All times are Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. Listings are based on information sent to WholeNote in advance by event presenters. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, some events may subsequently be cancelled or postponed in different areas. Please visit presenters’ websites or contact them directly for updated information. The deadline for the next monthly issue covering events between Feb 1 and Feb 28, 2021 is Thur, Jan 07, 2021, at 6pm. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe! Wednesday December 2 ● 4:30: International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA). Moving Artists Forward: A Conversation with Managers Kathy Domoney and Andrew Kwan. Two of Canada’s artists managers have devised new programs to move their artists forward. They discuss their new initiatives in the latest Zoom conversation. Debra Chandler, host. Free with pre-registration at ZOOM ● 7:00: Tafelmusik. Tafel Talks: Music as Resistance. Online panel discussion. Exploring how music has given voice to resistance over the centuries, whether political, religious, social, or economic. Torquil Campbell, musician; Kate Helsen, educator; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Raha Javanfar, moderator. Visit or call 1-833-964- 6337. . Discussion will be followed by a short Q&A. ONLINE Thursday December 3 ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D Op.36; “Abscheulicher, wo eilst Du hin?”, “Gott, welch Dunkel hier!”, and “O namenlose Freude” from Fidelio. Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Johannes Debus, conductor; Adrienne Pieczonka, soprano; Michael König, tenor. Call 416-408- 0208 or visit . LIVESTREAM Friday December 4 ● 12:00 noon: Metropolitan United Church. Friday Noon at Met. Purcell: Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation; and works by Wolf, Grieg and Gordon. Chelsea Van Pelt, soprano; Andrea Join us online December 20 Sing-along Online Fundraiser December 06 at 4pm Van Pelt, piano. Visit for link. ONLINE ● 12:00 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPO Music Performance S41E05. New music performances by members and friends of the SPO. Today’s theme: Celebrating the SPO’s 40th Anniversary Online. Details at ONLINE ● 7:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series #45 with Faith Amour Duo. Free. Information at ONLINE ● 7:00: The Music Gallery. Emergents I: Reroots. Curated by Sara Constant and ML Gamboa. Tamayugé and masc4masc. The event will be streamed via Facebook and Twitch. Information at ONLINE ● 7:30: Upper Canada Choristers/Cantemos Latin Ensemble. Comfort and Joy: A Holiday Offering. Vivaldi: Gloria; Laurie Evan Fraser: Comfort and Joy; Villancicos de Navidad; sing-along carols. Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Information at 416-256-0510 or or LIVESTREAM ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. The Triumph of Optimism. Haydn: Symphony No.28 in A Hob.I/28; Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C Op.61. Links at concerts/the-triumph-of-optimism. Choose what you pay from . Available until Dec 6 at 11:59pm. ONLINE Saturday December 5 ● 4:00: Beach United Church. Jazz and Reflection: Heart of the Holiday. Seasonal WINTER MUSIC SERIES TICKETS ON SALE SOON @jazzniagara jazz favourites including River, Mary’s Boy Child, The Christmas Song,and Children Go Where I Send Thee. Alana Bridgewater, vocalist; Nathan Hiltz, guitar. Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. Visit eventbrite. ca/e/jazz-reflection-heart-of-the-holiday-tickets-128656437869 or call 416-690- 8082. Donation through Eventbrite. Supports lunch programs and other church outreach. ONLINE. ● 7:00: Duo Teneramente. Online Concert. Beethoven: Op. 22 Piano Sonata and Piazzolla: Tangos. Visit myevent?eid=127970620571. LIVESTREAM ONLINE. ● 7:00: Metropolitan United Church. Friday Noon at Met: And He Shall Come - Music and Poetry for Advent. Works for the season by Gibbons, Sirett, Todd and others; poetry by Patricia Orr. Metropolitan Lead Singers and Choir members; Dr. Patricia Wright, conductor. Visit ONLINE DECEMBER 5 A Quiet Village 8PM ● 8:00: Elora Singers. A Quiet Village. Eriks Esenvalds: Stars; Tawnie Olson: Scel Iem Duib; Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols; Marie-Claire Saindon: Constellation; Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque. Elora Singers; Julia Seager-Scott, harp. From . Visit Available from Dec 5, 2020 to Jan 3, 2021. ONLINE ● 8:00: Joseph Petric & Martin Carpentier/Canadian Music Centre. Reimagining. D. Edward Davis: más tranquila (for pauline); Juro Kim Feliz: Kinamulaìtan; Daryl Jamieson: foxred; Kathryn Knowles: Biarc; Gabriel Mălăncioiu: Transonique. Joseph Petric, accordion; Martin Carpentier, clarinet. Watch on ONLINE ● 8:00: Sinfonia Toronto. Beethoven@250 Livestream. Beethoven: Six Ländler, WoO 15; Symphony No.7 in A Op.92 (chamber version). Nurhan Arman, conductor. Vimeo. . To view the livestream and performance video until Jan 3, 2021 visit LIVESTREAM Sunday December 6 ● 1:30: Matthias Maute. Business as (un) usual: Theme and Variation. Matthias Maute, flute and recorder. Info at ONLINE ● Dec 06 2:30: Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet K581. Erika Sloos, violin; Julia McFarlane, violin; Kelvin Enns, viola; Jill Vitols, cello; Carina Canonico, clarinet. Info at ONLINE ● 3:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Christmas Concert: Carols and Non- Carols from Many Ages. Sheila Dietrich, soprano; Jennifer Enns Modolo, alto/mezzo; Magdalena Tomsinska, lute, guitars. First United Church (Waterloo), 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519-569-1809. ; (st). LIVE ● 3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Gryphon Trio. Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Op.11 (“Gassenhauer”); Piano Trio in B-flat Op.97 “Archduke”. Gryphon Trio; James Campbell, clarinet. Call 416-408-0208 or visit rcmusic. com/performance. . LIVESTREAM ● 4:00: St. George’s on-the-Hill Anglican. In the Spirit of Christmas: An Online Benefit Concert. Dvořák: String Quintet No.2 in G Op.77; Christmas music selections in various styles for string quintet. Principal Players of Sinfonia Toronto (Marcus Scholtes, violin; Emily Hau, violin; Anthony Rapoport, viola; Andras Weber, cello; and Jesse Dietschi, double bass). Visit spiritofchristmas. All proceeds donated to: The Daily Bread Food Bank, The Jean Tweed Centre & The George Hull Centre. St. George’s will match total donations up to 0. ONLINE ● 4:00: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Home for the Holidays: Online Sing-Along. Jane Lewis and Andrew McPherson. Info at Free. ONLINE ● 7:00: INNERchamber Ensemble. Concert & Dinner. Alexis Gordon, vocalist. Music by Lightfoot, Mitchell, Ellington, Holst, Corelli, Tchaikovsky, and others. Revival House, 70 Brunswick St., Stratford. Visit or . LIVE & LIVESTREAM. Tuesday December 8 ● 3:00: Orchestra Toronto. Sublime Delights. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture; Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in d; J. Strauss II: Champagne Polka; Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande; Beethoven: Consecration of the House. David Jalbert, piano; Michael Newnham, conductor. . Info at ON DEMAND Thursday December 10 ● 7:30: Gryphon Trio/ Beethoven@250: Virtual Concerts. Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat Op.1 No.1; Piano Trio in c Op.1 No.3; Piano Trio in G Op.1, No.2. Gryphon Trio; Eric Friesen, host; Rob Kapilow, guest commentator. Visit or (2 concerts); (1 concert). Also Dec 11. ONLINE ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Chamber Music Concert. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D Op.18 No.3; Chausson: Concerto in D for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet Op.21. New Orford String Quartet; James Ehnes, violin; Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit . LIVESTREAM 36 | December 2020 / January 2021

A Tafelmusik Christmas Dec 10, 2020 at 8pm Elisa Citterio, director Ivars Taurins, director Members of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir ● 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. A Tafelmusik Christmas. Co-curated by Ivars Taurins and Elisa Citterio. Bach: Christmas Oratorio; Charpentier: Christmas Pastorale; Vivaldi: La Pastorella; French noels arranged by Lalande and Corrette; Heinchen: Pastorale. Elisa Citterio, director; Ivars Taurins, director; Members of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Visit or call 1-833-964-6337. (regular); (deluxe). Single ticket buyers can re-access the concert until Dec 22 at 8pm. ONLINE Friday December 11 ● 12:00 noon: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. SPOGreatMusic Podcast S41E07. Today’s theme: Canadian Holiday Music - From the Huron Carol to the Present. Podcast featuring interviews with special guests. Host: Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh. Details at spo. ca. PODCAST. ● 7:30: Gryphon Trio/ Music Toronto. Beethoven@250: Virtual Concerts. Beethoven: Piano Trio in D Op.70 No.1 “Ghost”; Piano Trio in E-flat Op.70 No.2; Piano Trio in B-flat Op.97 “Archduke”. Gryphon Trio; Eric Friesen, host; Rob Kapilow, guest commentator. Visit or (2 concerts); (1 concert). Also Dec 10. ONLINE ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Violin Sonatas (Part 1). Beethoven: Violin Sonata Nos.1-4. James Ehnes, violin; Stewart Goodyear, piano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit . LIVESTREAM ● 8:00: Spectrum Music. 100 Seconds to Midnight. New music that captures today’s terrors and hopes for a better world. Yunjin Claire Lee, piano/synth; Jeff-Antoine Cote (ACOTE): modular synth; Marito Marques, drums; Caleb Klager, bass. Free. Available at for only 24 hours. ONLINE Saturday December 12 ● 7:00: Neapolitan Connection. Virtual Virtuosi Series: Bach and Friends. Borislav Strulev, cello. Call 416-231-0006 or visit . 7-day video access. ONLINE ● 7:00: Opera Atelier. Something Rich & Strange. Measha Brueggergosman, soprano; Mireille Asselin, soprano; Cynthia Smithers, soprano; Danielle MacMillan, mezzo; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Christopher Enns, tenor; Artists of Atelier Ballet; Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; David Fallis, conductor. Tickets and info at LIVESTREAM ● 7:30: Mississauga Festival Choir. A Light in the Darkness. Festive favourites and a sing-along. Mississauga Festival Choir and special performances by our young adult Choir, Resonance. Watch at YOUTUBE ● 7:30: The Annex Singers. A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales with choral works by Morley, Rossini and Walton. Richard Partington, actor; Melanie Conly, soprano; Joshua Clemenger, tenor; Parker Clements, bass; Kelly Lefaive, fiddle; Derek Gray, percussion. Visit or call 416-847-1065. Free. Donation appreciated. ONLINE DECEMBER 12 Village A Messiah 8PM ● 8:00: Elora Singers. A Village Messiah. Selections from Handel’s Messiah. Elora Singers; Members of The Festival Orchestra. Visit or call 519-846-0331. From . Available until Jan 3, 2021. ONLINE ● 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Mysticism & Spirit: Masterworks by Scriabin & Wagner. Scriabin: Piano Concerto in f-sharp Op.20; Wagner: Symphony in C. Gregory Vandikas, piano; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Onstage discussion with pianist Gregory Vandikas and composer Michael Berec. Call 905- 604-8339 or visit ONLINE ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Violin Sonatas (Part 2). Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos.5-7. James Ehnes, violin; Stewart Goodyear, piano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit . LIVESTREAM ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: ARC Ensemble. Beethoven: Piano Trio in D (arrangement of Symphony No. 2 Op.36 by composer); Folk song arrangements for voice and piano trio; String Quintet in C Op.29. Artists of The Royal Conservatory (ARC); Monica Whicher, soprano. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408-0208 or visit . LIVE & LIVESTREAM Sunday December 13 ● 11:00am: Xenia Concerts. Livestream Concert with the Despax Quartet. Visit or call 416-927-1555. Free. LIVESTREAM ● 1:00: Metropolitan United Church. Deck the Halls! Sing-along carols and other holiday music. Metropolitan Silver Band. Visit for Facebook link. ONLINE ● 3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: Violin Sonatas (Part 3). Beethoven: Violin Sonata Nos.8-10. James Ehnes, violin; Stewart Goodyear, piano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit . LIVESTREAM ● 7:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra/ Against the Grain Theatre. Messiah/Complex. Handel: Messiah. Jonathon Adams, Looee Arreak, Spencer Britten, Rihab Chaieb, Deantha Edmunds, singers; diverse choirs from across Canada; and other performers; Johannes Debus; conductor; Joel Ivany and Reneltta Arluk, co-directors. Register at messiahcomplex. Available until Dec 26. ONLINE Wedensday December 16 ● 8:00: Achill Choral Society. Star Light, Holiday Bright! Choral selections from our past few years, with songs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter Solstice. Introduction by renowned choral composer Eleanor Daley. Shawn Grenke, conductor; Nancy Sicsic, piano; and others. Tickets and direct links at ONLINE ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Beethoven Quartets: Concert V. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in a Op.132; String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Op.130 with Grosse Fuge. Penderecki String Quartet. First United Church (Waterloo), 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519-569-1809. ; (st). Also on Dec 18. LIVE. ● 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Festival of Carols. Performances of new works, some favourites from previous seasons, story-telling. and sing-along carols. Visit ONLINE FESTIVAL OF CAROLS Dec 16 at 8 pm on Livestream 20 21 December 2020 / January 2021 | 37

Volume 26 (2020- )

Volume 26 Issue 1 - September 2020
Volume 26 Issue 2 - October 2020
Volume 26 Issue 3 - November 2020
Volume 26 Issue 4 - December 2020 / January 2021

Volumes 21-25 (2015-2020)

Volume 25 Issue 9 - July / August 2020
Volume 25 Issue 8 - May / June 2020
Volume 25 Issue 7 - April 2020
Volume 25 Issue 6 - March 2020
Volume 25 Issue 5 - February 2020
Volume 25 Issue 4 - December 2019 / January 2020
Volume 25 Issue 3 - November 2019
Volume 25 Issue 2 - October 2019
Volume 25 Issue 1 - September 2019
Volume 24 Issue 8 - May 2019
Volume 24 Issue 7 - April 2019
Volume 24 Issue 6 - March 2019
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Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018
Volume 24 Issue 1 - September 2018
Volume 23 Issue 9 - June / July / August 2018
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