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Volume 18 Issue 4 - December 2012

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Handel’s MessiahThe TraditionContinuesMessiah season is upon us again! Below is an “at a glance” guideto the Messiah listings for the year. From the long-standing traditionsof Tafelmusik’s “Sing-Along Messiah” and the TSO’s large-scaleperformance to Pax Christi’s family-friendly “Children’s Messiah,” thechoices are vast. For more detailed information, please consult ourlistings or visit to read more and view ourdetailed online Messiah guide.GTA!!Dec 1: York Chamber Ensemble. Handel in the Snow. Christmasconcert with excerpts from Messiah.!!Dec 1, 2, 13, 15: Ballet Creole. Soulful Messiah. Toronto (Dec 1, 2),Markham (Dec 13), Mississauga (Dec 15).!!Dec 8: Pax Christi Chorale. The Children’s Messiah.!!Dec 8, 9: Oakville Ensemble.!!Dec 14: Cathedral Church of St. James. Handel’s Messiah (Part 1)and Vivaldi’s Gloria.!!Dec 14, 15: Oakville Choral Society.!!Dec 15 Grace Church on-the-Hill. Excerpts from Messiah withCantabile Chambers Singers.!!Dec 15: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Handel’s Glorious Messiah.With the Village Voices.22 December 1 – February 7, 2013

Beat by Beat | World ViewHistoryRe-DippedANDREW TIMARGary Beechey!!Dec 16: Blessed Trinity Choir. Gaudete! Family Christmas concertwith Messiah excerpts.!!Dec 16: Humber Valley United Church. Handel’s Messiah.With members of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.!!Dec 18,19, 21: Ontario Philharmonic. With the Amadeus Choir.Oshawa (Dec 18, 19), Toronto (Dec 21).!!Dec 18,19, 21–23: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Toronto’s Favourite Messiah. With Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.!!Dec 19–23: Tafelmusik. Messiah. Sing-along version Dec 23.!!Dec 22: Aradia Ensemble. The Dublin Messiah.BEYOND GTA!!Dec 1, 9: Orchestra Kingston. Sing Along Messiah.!!Dec 2, 22: Guelph Chamber Choir. Carols for Christmas. Messiahexcerpts (Dec 2); full work with Musica Viva Orchestra (Dec 22).!!Dec 7, 11: Ballet Creole. Soulful Messiah. St. Catharines (Dec 7),North Bay (Dec 11).!!Dec 8, 10, 11, 14, 15: Arcady. A Baroque Messiah. Jordan (Dec 8),Hamilton (Dec 10), Burlington (Dec 11), Waterford (Dec 14), Cayuga(Dec 15).!!Dec 8, 9: Chorus Niagara. With the Talisker Players on periodinstruments. Grimsby (Dec 8), St. Catherines (Dec 9).!!Dec 8: Menno Singers. With the Kitchener-Waterloo SymphonyOrchestra. Kitchener.!!Dec 8: Orillia Wind Ensemble. Christmas Prelude. Excerpts fromMessiah with Orillia Vocal Ensemble.!!Dec 9: Elora Festival Singers. Fergus.!!Dec 9: Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Holiday Classics.Messiah selections with the Guelph Chamber Choir.!!Dec 13: Kingston Symphony. Hallelujah! Full Messiah withKingston Choral Society.!!Dec 14: Bach Elgar Choir. Hamilton.!!Dec 16, 17: Peterborough Singers.!!Dec 23: Grand River Chorus. Brantford.This month, we will have a fantastic selection of Messiah ticketsin various locations to give away — this could be a perfect opportunityto branch out and try a new Messiah performance! Have a look at@TheWholeNote on page 84 for the contest information and details.—Adam WeinmannNo doubt about it, it’s a supremely busy time of year. It meansnot only attending to seasonal family rituals, as many of us are,but also for a returning grad student like me it means essays,seminars presentations, assignments and yet more papers to complete— but enough about me.The year end is not only about completion, but also about reflection.Leafing through my back pages it seems that the past year hasbeen a thematically ambitious one in this column. Beginning withruminations on what World Music can be and who its performers andconcertgoers are, I went on to examine the many ways Torontonianscelebrate Black History Month. In turn the spotlight rested on theWorld Music recorded music category at the Juno awards, on theannual celebration in honour of South India’s greatest composer St.Tyagaraja, and on the Lula Lounge’s 10th anniversary shows. BillyBryans’ untimely death led me to re-consider Toronto’s pioneer generationof world musicperformers, producers,venues and audiences,while the wealth of programingat Luminato andHarbourfront Centre stolethe limelight in the summerissues. Fall coloursushered in a meditationon John Cage’s Torontocomposition for a veteranactor on this city’sLa Bottine Souriante.concert and world musicscenes: the Evergreen Club Gamelan. In the last issue I horned in onthe edgy electronic-centric “avant world” universe covered by theMusic Gallery’s X Avant Festival. It’s been a musically packed, themefilledyear here.As for my picks for this season’s concerts, December for me usuallymeans re-dipping into the history, mystery and magic of Christmasrituals. The Canadian “high energy Celtic World Beat quartet” RantMaggie Rant puts their fans into the holiday mood with their programtitled “Frost & Fire — A Celtic Christmas Celebration” staged at numeroussouthern Ontario halls. Best check the WholeNote listings fordetails. Also, the high-energy La Bottine Souriante, Quebec’s purveyorof French-Canadian music with pronounced salsa, jazz and folk influences,plays Koerner Hall on December 8.If saudade puts you in the mood however, then perhaps Jessie LloydDecember 1 – February 7, 2013 23

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