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Volume 25 Issue 3 - November 2019

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On the slim chance you might not have already heard the news, Estonian Canadian composing giant Udo Kasemets was born the same year that Leo Thermin invented the theremin --1919. Which means this is the centenary year for both of them, and both are being celebrated in style, as Andrew Timar and MJ Buell respectively explain. And that's just a taste of a bustling November, with enough coverage of music of both the delectably substantial and delightfully silly on hand to satisfy one and all.

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and Handbell Ensembles, will have a Carols by Candlelight service on December 8. The first movement of Rutter’s Gloria will be one of the pieces sung. The MCS Chorus Mississauga will take you on a musical and literary journey with Christmas with Anne, also on December 8. Along with readings from Lucy Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books, savour the sounds of Rutter’s Carol of the Children and Angel’s Carol. Choral Mosaic: Invitation to Choirs With all this dialogue on choral music and community, you may feel inspired to get out and join a choir right away. But circle your calendar too for a great choral event, the inaugural Choral Mosaic Festival, taking place from June 25 to 27, 2020. Organized by the Mississauga Festival Choir and Festival Team, under the direction of David Ambrose, it will be three days of choral merriment; the choral Osheaga, if you will. Complete choirs, as well as individuals, are welcome to participate in the festival. Take the opportunity to hone your vocal skills and gain insight from professional speakers, be challenged by a variety of workshops and enjoy fraternizing with other singers. In addition, some notable features include an act by comedian Mary Lou Fallis and a Mary Lou Fallis closing gala performance by all the participants. The Festival will be held at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. If this has piqued your interest, look for more details on the festival website, And take note! Early-bird registration has already begun. VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto CHORAL SCENE QUICK PICKS !! NOV 16, 7:30PM: The Bach Elgar Choir presents Brahms’ Requiem at Melrose United Church in Hamilton. The choir, under the direction of Alexander Cann, will perform with the accompaniment of a full orchestra. !! NOV 23, 6:30PM: Join the VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto with “The World in a City,” an interactive family-friendly concert. The concert will pay homage to Toronto with works conveying Indigenous roots and waves of migration. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. !! NOV 30, 7PM: The Incontra Vocal Ensemble presents “Creator of the Stars of Night,” under the direction of Matthew Otto. Look forward to hearing the works of Britten, Mendelssohn, and Chilcott, among others. The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the Institute for Christian Studies. At Knox College Chapel, U of T. !! DEC 6, 7:30PM AND DEC 7, 2PM AND 7:30PM: Cue the Home Alone face. Relive the joyous and laughter-filled memories with this beloved Christmas film. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with the Resonance Youth Choir, will present Home Alone in Concert under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulos. The music by John Williams will be ringing once again at Roy Thomson Hall. !! DEC 7, 7:30PM: The Christmas season always feels complete with the soaring harmonies of Handel’s Messiah. Take in the beautiful sound of the Grand Philharmonic Choir with soprano soloist Mireille Asselin, mezzo Maude Brunet, tenor Asitha Tenekoon and baritone Samuel Chan. The Choir will be accompanied by the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener. Menaka Swaminathan is a writer and chorister, currently based in Toronto. She can be reached via HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT THE UNIVERSALLY SHARED EXPERIENCE HANDEL MESSIAH Jurgen Petrenko, Conductor The Talisker Players Sheila Dietrich, soprano Lillian Brooks, mezzo Cory Knight, tenor Michael Nyby, bass December 8, 2019 Tickets: .00 437.344.1719 TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS transcending tradition tradition 32 | November 2019

Advent &Christmas @ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH US A TAPESTRY OF YULETIDE MAGIC FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 TH 7:00PM A Fundraiser for the House of Compassion TICKETS: at the door Advance Tickets Call 416-922-1167 • THE ANNUAL • City CAROL SING In collaboration with SATURDAY, DEC. 7 - 2:00 PM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Dina Pugliesez • Murray McLauchlan Marc Jordan • Ian Thomas FREE ADMISSION A collection will be taken for the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank GLORIOUS SOUNDS OF HANDEL: Messiah Elmer Iseler Singers with the Amadeus Choir FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 7:30 PM TICKETS: REGULAR SENIOR CALL: 416-922-1167 A FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF THE YPBC REFUGEE FUND CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 4:30PM A candlelight choral presentation featuring choirs and musicians of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. FREE ADMISSION. Doors open at 3:30 pm. DECEMBER 19 7:00PM Fundraising Christmas Concert Tickets $25.00 online at or at the door. FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS & CAROLS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 4:30PM Following the historic tradition of King’s College in Cambridge. Featuring the Choirs of YPBC. FREE ADMISSION. Doors open at 3:30 pm. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church 1585 Yonge St., (1 block north of St. Clair Ave.) For information on our services and events call (416) 922-1167 or visit

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