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Volume 23 Issue 4 - December 2017 / January 2018

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In this issue: composer Nicole Lizée talks about her love for analogue equipment, and the music that “glitching” evokes; Richard Rose, artistic director at the Tarragon Theatre, gives us insights into their a rock-and-roll Hamlet, now entering production; Toronto prepares for a mini-revival of Schoenberg’s music, with three upcoming shows at New Music Concerts; and the local music theatre community remembers and celebrates the life and work of Mi’kmaq playwright and performer Cathy Elliott . These and other stories, in our double-issue December/January edition of the magazine.

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Philharmonic Women’s Choir. Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough. ; (sr); (st); (child). ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Wind Symphony. Irvine: Hannaford Overture; Forsyth: Songs from the Qu’Appelle Valley; Arnold: Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo; Meechan: Letters for Home; Milhaud: Suite française. Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor. Mac- Millan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: Village Voices. Christmas Joy. Hayes: Christmas Suite; Hoelscher: Still, Still, Still; Hagenberg: Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing; Forrest: He is Born; and other works. Oksana Vignan, conductor; Robert Graham, accompaniment; Prometheus Male Choir (Pablo Fondera, conductor); Zajvir Childrens’ Choir (Olesia Konyk, conductor). Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905-763-4172. ; (sr); (st); free(under 12). Also 2:30pm. ●●7:30: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. The Great Canadian Choirbook. All-Canadian choral music (including two world premieres and songs of the season) by celebrated composers and singer-songwriters. Cheri Maracle, vocalist; Michael Occhipinti, guitar; James Gordon, guitar and vocalist; Rob Clutton, bass; Jamie Drake, percussion; Jenny Crober, conductor; Elizabeth Acker, accompanist. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-947-8487. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: York Chamber Ensemble. Christmas Masterpieces: Sing-Along! Boyce: Symphony No.1 in B-flat – Ode for the New Year; Handel: Messiah (selections); Bach: Christmas Oratorio Part 3; carol sing-along. Trevor Dearham, guest conductor. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 905-727-6101. ; (sr/st). ●●8:00: Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Subscription Concert #2. Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel. Tryptych Concert & Opera; Norman Reintamm, conductor. P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough. 416-879-5566. and up; (sr/st); A. Concerts in the GTA folk music; improvisation. Rebekah Wolkstein, Cathedral Bluffs SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Norman Reintamm Artistic Director/Principal Conductor free(under 12). 7:15pm: Pre-concert talk. Also Dec 10(2pm). ●●8:00: Continuum Contemporary Music. Urgent Voices. Hostman: The Invisible Forest; Rolfe: Clinical Notes of the Bipolar Therapist; Southam: Glass Houses; Wilson: From the Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Guests: Alex Dobson, baritone; Pascal Charbonneau, tenor; Laurent Philippe, piano. Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 416-531-1402. ; (sr/arts workers); (st). Also Dec 8. ●●8:00: Flato Markham Theatre. Lynn Harrell: J.S. Bach - Six Suites for Solo Cello. 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305- 7469. -. ●●8:00: North York Concert Orchestra. In Concert. Seasonal holiday favourites; Royer: Fantasia on Canadian Christmas Carols; Goldstein: Hannukah Medley. Youth Concerto Competition Winners; Rafael Luz, conductor. Yorkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Rd., North York. 416-628-9195. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Payadora Tango Ensemble. Album Release Concert. Original tangos; arrangements of traditional tangos and Argentinian Album Release Concert Saturday Dec 9, 8pm Gallery 345, Toronto Saturday December 9, 2017 8 pm HANSEL & GRETEL by Humperdinck with TrypTych Concert & Opera Special Encore Matinée: 2 pm Sunday SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT 2 | TICKETS: from adult senior/student children under age 12 are free ORDER ONLINE OR BY PHONE P.C. HoTheatre 5183 Sheppard Ave E (1 block east of Markham Rd), Scarborough | 416.879.5566 violin; Branko Džinović, accordion and bandoneon; Robert Horvath, piano; Joe Phillips, double bass. Guest: Elbio Fernandez, vocals. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. ; (st). Reserve on the phone and tickets available at the door. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory. TD Jazz: Dianne Reeves Quintet. Great American Songbook. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -0. ●●8:00: Toronto Consort. Navidad: A Spanish Christmas. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Dec 8, 10(3:30pm). ●●9:00: Ava Productions. Rastak Music Group. Persian folk music from every corner of Iran with different dialects. Performers on tar, dulcimer, ney, tombak, daf, fiddle, quishak. John Basset Theatre, 255 Front St. W. 647- 960-0282. -0. Sunday December 10 ●●1:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. Opens Dec 9. Runs to Dec 30. Days and times vary. See for details. ●●1:30: Music at Metropolitan. Deck the Halls: Downtown Carol Sing. Sing carols with the Metropolitan Silver Band and organ. Metropolitan Silver Band. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416- 363-0331 x26. Donations welcome. ●●1:30: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. Family Christmas. Guests: Oakville Children’s Choir. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. -. Also 4pm. ●●2:00: Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Subscription Concert #2. Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel. Tryptych Concert & Opera; Norman Reintamm, conductor. P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough. 416-879-5566. and up; (sr/st); free(under 12). Also Dec 9(8pm). ●●2:00: Festival Wind Orchestra. Holiday Soliloquy. Hannaford Overture; Rikudim; Bond…James Bond; Copacabana; Autumn Soliloquy; Christmas carol sing-along. Justin Bartlett, oboe; Keith Reid, conductor. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. 416-302- 1875. ; (sr/st); free(under 13). Gift Basket Raffle. ●●2:00: Living Arts Centre. The Nutcracker. 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306- 6000. -. Also 7:30pm. ●●3:00: Annex Singers. December Diaries: A Choral Drama. Roger Honeywell, tenor; Cheryl MacInnis, actor; Anne Lindsay, violin; Alejandro Cespedes, percussion. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-968-7747. ; (sr/st). Also Dec 9(7:30pm). ●●3:00: Durham Chamber Orchestra. It’s Christmas. Symphonic works by Schubert and Rossini; Ave Verum Corpus; O Holy Night; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; The Nutcracker. Guests: Martina Ortiz-Luis and The Durham Girls’ Choir. Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr., Ajax. 905- 852-1141. ; free(under 12). ●●3:00: Hart House. True North: 100 Years of Canadian Classical Music. New Canadian classical works. Stephanie Chua, piano; Veronique Mathieu, violin. Hart House, Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-2452. Free. ●●3:00: Orchestra Toronto. Holiday Music Magic. How the Grinch Stole Christmas; music from Frozen; seasonal sing-along. Trevor Rines, narration. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 1-855-985-2787. ; (sr); (under 29). 2:45pm: preconcert chat. During intermission: Long & McQuade instrument petting zoo. ●●3:00: Royal Conservatory. Invesco Piano Concerts: Khatia Buniatishvili. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; works by Liszt. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. Pre-concert talk 2pm. ●●3:00: St. Paul’s Bloor Street. Michael Bloss, Organ. 227 Bloor St. E. 416-961-8116. Free. ●●3:00: Stouffville United Church. Sing Along Messiah. Handel: Messiah. Anna Bateman, soprano; Susan Black-McAuliffe, alto; Bruce Nasmith, conductor, and others. 34 Church St. S., Stouffville. 905-640-7107. ; (sr/ st). Scores provided or bring your own. ●●3:00: Symphony on the Bay. A Double- Reed Christmas. Vivaldi: Christmas Concerto; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; and other works. Fraser Jackson, bassoon; Claudio Vena, conductor. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. ; .50(sr); .50(16-24); (under 16). ●●3:00: Syrinx Concerts Toronto. Sofya Gulyak, Piano. Coulthard: Sonata No.2; Clementi: Sonata in C Op.33; Brahms: Handel Variations Op.24; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite (arr. Pletnev); Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D-flat. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-654-0877. ; (st). Post-concert reception. ●●3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Snowman. Traditional: Jingle Bells Fantasie (arr. C. Dragon); Smith-Bernard: Winter Wonderland; Blake: The Snowman; Korngold: The Snowman Overture; J. Strauss II: Pizzicato Polka; and other works; traditional carol sing-along. David Amado, conductor. Guests: Tha Spot Holiday Dancers; Resonance Youth Choir. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416- 593-1285. -. 20-minute intermission. ●●3:30: St. Anne’s Anglican Church. St. Anne’s Community Cantate. St. Anne’s Choir; Young Voices Toronto; Junction Trio; St. Anne’s Festival Brass Quintet. 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-536-3160. ; (sr/st); 44 | December 1, 2017 - February 7, 2018

free(under 12). Proceeds to Oasis Food Bank and CPDL Youth Scholarship Program. ●●3:30: Toronto Consort. Navidad: A Spanish Christmas. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Dec 8, 9(both at 8pm). ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Organ Recital: Ian Sadler. 65 Church St. 416- 364-7865 x234. Donations welcomed. ●●4:00: Eglinton St George’s United Church. All Bells in Paradise. An ESG Christmas with brass, carols, choir and organ. ESG Choir; Trillium Brass; Andrew Adair, organ; Shawn Grenke, conductor. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. 416-481-1141. ; (st). ●●4:00: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. Family Christmas. Guests: Oakville Children’s Choir. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. -. Also 1:30pm. ●●4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. Noël Noël: A French Christmas. Contrasting the elegance of the court at Versailles with the passion of 19th-century Paris. Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour noël; Saint-Saëns: Oratorio de Noël. Whitney Mather, soprano; Kendra Dyck, soprano; Lillian Brooks, mezzo; Stephen McClare, tenor; Bruce Kelly, baritone; Talisker Players Orchestra; Jurgen Petrenko, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-444-7863. . ●●4:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. See Dec 8 for details. CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT SUN., DEC. 10, 4:30pm NINE LESSONS & CAROLS SUN., DEC. 17, 4:30pm Yorkminster Park Baptist Church ●●4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Carols by Candlelight. Choirs and musicians of Yorkminster Park. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922- 1167. Free. ●●5:30: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. Opens Dec 9. Runs to Dec 30. Days and times vary. See for details. ●●7:30: Chris Tsujiuchi. A Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret 2017. Colin Asuncion, Kevin Wong, Leah Canali, Steve John Dale and others. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. 416-975-8555. . Also Dec 9. Limited tickets at the door. ●●7:30: Echo Women’s Choir. We Must Be the Light: Celebrating Canada at 150. Craig: We Must Be the Light; Valverde: Suave Brisa (Soft Breeze); Alcorn: That Old Feeling; and other songs reflecting many aspects of Canadian life. Becca Whitla, conductor and piano; Alan Gasser, conductor. Guest: Coco Love Alcorn. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416- 779-5554. /(adv); (sr/child/underwaged). Wheelchair accessible. ●●7:30: Leaside United Church. Lessons and Carols. Willan: Let All Mortal Silence; Sirett: If Ye would Hear the Angels Sing; Britten: A Boy was Born; Eisele: Joyful Message; Rutter: Jesus Child; Albright: An African Celebration; What Child is This? (arr. Cynda Fleming). Chancel Choir of Leaside United (dir. Sharon L. Beckstead); Junior Choir (dir. Nancy Stewart); C Flats Jazz Band (dir. Cynda Fleming). 822 Millwood Rd. 416-425-1253. Freewill offering. In support of the Out of the Cold Program. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Percussion Ensembles. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. 20172018 ConCErt SEriES All Bells in Paradise SUNDAY, Dec 10 th At 4 p.m. eSG chOIR AND tRILLIUm BRASS An ESG Christmas with Brass, Carols, Choir and organ ShAwn GrEnkE, ConduCtor AndrEw AdAir, orGAn 35 Lytton BLvd. toronto 416.481.1141 Monday December 11 ●●7:00: Lula Music and Arts Centre. Reunite the Moneka Family. In support of Ahmed Moneka’s dream of reuniting his family. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307. . Tuesday December 12 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. World Music Series: Christmas in Southern Italy. Traditional Christmas folk music. Vesuvius Ensemble. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 - 1:30pm Deck the Halls: Downtown Carol Sing with the Metropolitan Silver Band and Organ Sing favourite carols ~ Freewill donation helps Metropolitan’s community work in the downtown core SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 - 7:00pm Annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with the Metropolitan Choirs ~ Freewill offering • 416-363-0331, ext. 26 56 Queen Street East, Toronto TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS FRENCH CHRISTMAS CONCERT CHARPENTIER MESSE DE MINUIT SAINT-SAËNS ORATORIO DE NOËL Jurgen Petrenko, Artistic Director and Conductor The Talisker Players Orchestra Whitney Mather , soprano Kendra Dyck , soprano Lillian Brooks , mezzo-soprano Stephen McClare, tenor Bruce Kelly , baritone 4pm Sunday , December 10, 2017 Christ Church Deer Park 1570 Yonge Street at Heath Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. Firstcome, first-served. Late seating not available. ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music: Rising Stars Recital. Students from the Glenn Gould School. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcomed. ●●1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Organ Recital: Matthew Whitfield. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865 x234. Donations welcomed. MetUnited Music MetUnitedMusic NOËL NOËL TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS December 1, 2017 - February 7, 2018 | 45

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