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Volume 25 Issue 4 - December 2019 / January 2020

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Welcome to our December/January issue as we turn the annual calendar page, halfway through our season for the 25th time, juggling as always, secular stuff, the spirit of the season, new year resolve and winter journeys! Why is Mozart's Handel's Messiah's trumpet a trombone? Why when Laurie Anderson offers to fly you to the moon you should take her up on the invitation. Why messing with Winterreisse can (sometimes) be a very good thing! And a bumper crop of record reviews for your reading (and sometimes listening) pleasure. Available in flipthrough here right now, and on stands commencing Thursday Nov 28. See you on the other side!

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●●7:30: Gallery 345. Song Under the Stair: Beth Anne Cole. Yiddish songs and music from upcoming CD. Beth Anne Cole, voice; Martin van de Ven, clarinet; Tania Gill, piano. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or info@gallery345.com or eventbrite.ca. $25; (st). Cash only at the door. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Symphony Orchestra: Operatic Showpieces. UTSO; U of T Opera; MacMillan Singers; Sandra Horst and Uri Meyer, conductors. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). Pre-performance lecture ‘Symphony Talk’. U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. December 5 at 8 pm GRYPHON TRIO with ROBERT POMAKOV ●●8:00: Music Toronto. Gryphon Trio with Robert Pomakov. Beethoven: Kakadu Variations Op.121a; Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (arr. Kulesha); Dvořák: Piano Trio No.3 in f Op.65. Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; Jamie Parker, piano; Robert Pomakov, bass. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. .50-; (st). ●●8:00: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers. Undaunted: Into the Open. Japanese Taiko drumming combined with singing, movement and video-stories. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 416-671-7256. PWYC. Also Dec 6, 7, 8(2pm). Family-friendly concert on Dec 8. ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. O Come, Shepherds. See Dec 4. Also Dec 6, 7, 8, 10. Friday December 6 ●●7:00: University Settlement Music & Arts School. End of Term Student Concert. St. George the Martyr Church, 30 Stephanie St. 416-598-3444 x243. Free; donations welcome at the door. Also Dec 7(11am; 1pm). ●●7:30: Brampton Folk Club. Friday Folk Night: Songs for the Snowy Season. Coffeehouse-style folk music concert. Boreal (Tannis Slimmon, Katherine Wheatley and Jude Vadala). St. Paul’s United Church (Brampton), 30 Main St. S., Brampton. 647-233-3655. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. National Ballet Theatre of Odessa: The A. Concerts in the GTA Nutcracker. 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. .50; .50(members); (youth). Also Dec 7(2pm & 7:30pm). ●●7:30: St. Paul’s United Church. Cadence: A Capella Holiday Concert. St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. 416-261-4222 or eventbrite.ca. ; (child under 10). ●●7:30: Surinder S. Mundra. Christmas Through the Ages. Choral & string music spanning the 10th Century to modern times. Works by Bach, Charpentier, Mundra, Scarlatti and Handel. Vanessa Oude Remerick, soprano; St. George’s Strings; Surinder S. Mundra, conductor. St. George’s Anglican Church (Pickering Village), 77 Randall Dr., Ajax. 905-683-7981. ; $25(sr/st). Wheelchair accessible; free parking; reception following with cash bar. ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. Resonance Youth Choir; Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Partial-view seats from . Also Dec 7(2pm and 7:30pm). ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●8:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. La Sonate de Saint-Saëns. Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonata No.3 Op.posth. Juliette Herlin, cello; Kevin Ahfat, piano. Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014 x37. ; (members). ●●8:00: De Bouche / À Oreille. In Concert. Pierre Flynn; Quatuor Étoile Magique (Brielle Goheen, Aline Hornzy, Catherine Gray, Beth Silver). Helconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 647- 892-7367 or dbaoproductions.ca. . Friday, December 6, 8:00 p.m. www.exultate.net ●●8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers. Holidays with a Twist: A Merry Romp Through Some Festive Favourites. Mark Ramsay, conductor. St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (Toronto), 383 Huron St. 416-410-4561. ; $25(sr); (arts workers/under 30); (st). ●●8:00: Music Gallery/Bad New Days. Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker. Part concert, part spectacle, part existential talk-show. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. $25/(adv); (st/members). Also Nov 7(eve & mat). ●●8:00: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers. Undaunted: Into the Open. Japanese Taiko drumming combined with singing, movement and video-stories. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 416-671-7256. ; $25(st/income challenged). Also Dec 5, 7, 8(2pm). Family-friendly concert on Dec 8. ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. O Come, Shepherds. See Dec 4. Also Dec 7, 8, 10. ●●8:00: Upper Canada Choristers. Christmas Fantasy. Featuring carols from the 15th century to the modern era. Boar’s Head Carol and Noel for the Darkness (arr. L.E. Fraser); Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; and other works. Bradley Christensen, baritone; Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano; Cantemos Latin ensemble; Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-256-0510 or info@ uppercanadachoristers.org. $25; free(child with adult). Non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank appreciated. ●●8:30: Ensemble Vivant. CD Release - Latin Romance. Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. 416-533-5483 or ensemblevivant.com. /(adv). Saturday December 7 ●●11:00am: University Settlement Music & Arts School. End of Term Student Concert. St. George the Martyr Church, 30 Stephanie St. 416-598-3444 x243. Free; donations welcome at the door. Also 1pm; Dec 6(7pm). ●●1:00: Tafelmusik/Evergreen Brick Works. Christmas Choruses from Messiah at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. tafelmusik.org. Free. Also 2:30pm. In support of revitalizing the Don River Valley for the Toronto community. ●●1:00: University Settlement Music & Arts School. End of Term Student Concert. St. George the Martyr Church, 30 Stephanie St. 416-598-3444 x243. Free; donations welcome at the door. Also 11am; Dec 6(7pm). ●●2:00: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. City Carol Sing. Dina Pugliesez, host. Guests: Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan and • THE ANNUAL • City CAROL SING In collaboration with SATURDAY, DEC. 7 - 2:00 PM YORKMINSTER PARK BAPTIST CHURCH WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Dina Pugliese Murray McLauchlan Marc Jordan Ian Thomas FREE ADMISSION Ian Thomas. Hogtown Brass; Bach’s Children’s Chorus; Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir; Hedgerow Singers; William Maddox, organ; Eric Robertson; conductor. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. A collection will be taken for the Churches-on-the- Hill Food Bank. ●●2:00: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. National Ballet Theatre of Odessa: The Nutcracker. 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. .50; .50(members); (youth). Also Dec 6(7:30), 7(7:30pm). ●●2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. Resonance Youth Choir; Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Partial-view seats from . Also Dec 6 & 7 (both at 7:30pm). ●●2:30: Bel Canto Singers. Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 416-690- 3858 or belcantosingers.ca. ; (child under 12). Cash only at the door. Also 7:30pm. ●●2:30: Tafelmusik/Evergreen Brick Works. Christmas Choruses from Messiah at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. tafelmusik.org. Free. Also 1pm. In support of revitalizing the Don River Valley for the Toronto community. ●●2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●2:30: Village Voices. Comfort and Joy. Gjeilo: Northern Lights; Janmohamed: Nur Reflections on Light; Daley: In Remembrance; Gaudete (arr. Englehardt). Village Voices Chamber Choir; Naomi Barron, cello; percussion ensemble. Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905- 294-7373. $25; (sr); (st); free(under 12). The choir will also take the opportunity to honour our veterans and their families in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. ●●4:00: Music Gallery/Bad New Days. Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker. Part concert, part spectacle, part existential talk-show. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. $25/(adv); (st/members). 3:30pm: doors open. Also 8pm. ●●4:00: Weston Silver Band. Yule Sing! Timothy Eaton Memorial Church’s Choir School and Sanctuary Choir. Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-925-5977 or temc.ca. ; (family). ●●7:30: Bel Canto Singers. Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 416-690- 3858 or belcantosingers.ca. ; (child under 12). Cash only at the door. Also 2:30pm. ●●7:30: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. National Ballet Theatre of Odessa: The Nutcracker. 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. .50; .50(members); (youth). Also Dec 6(7:30pm), 7(2pm). ●●7:30: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Sweet Rejoicing. Vivaldi: Gloria; Rachmaninoff: Ave Maria; Pearsall: In dulci jubilo. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-779-2258. . Venue has elevator access. 50 | December 2019January 2020 thewholenote.com

●●7:30: Florivox. A Ceremony of Carols. BrassAckwards Brass Choir. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. voxchoirs.com/tickets. $25/(adv). ●●7:30: Georgetown Choral Society. Gloria: The Song of Angels. Vivaldi: Gloria; seasonal songs and anthems, including some audience participation. Chris Dawes, director. Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, 11611 Trafalgar Rd., Georgetown. 905-877- 7795. $25. ●●7:30: Mississauga Festival Choir. An East Coast Christmas. Seasonal music from the Maritimes and beyond. Guests: The Barra MacNeils. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905- 306-6000 or livingartscentre.ca. . ●●7:30: Oakville Choral. Reflections: Rediscovering the Women of Music History. Clearview Christian Reformed Church, 2300 Sheridan Garden Dr., Oakville. 289-351- 1574. /$25(adv); (st); free(child 12 & under). Also Dec 8(3pm, Chartwell Baptist Church, Oakville). ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. Resonance Youth Choir; Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Partial-view seats from . Also Dec 6(7:30pm) & 7(2pm). ●●7:30: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. Comfort and Joy. Vivaldi: Gloria; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; works by Gjeilo, Letourneau, Pentatonix and others. Dallas Chorley, soprano; Lindsay Connolly, mezzo; Parker Clements, baritone; VOCA Chamber Orchestra; Elizabeth Acker, accompanist; Jenny Crober, conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-947- 8487. ; $25(sr); (st). ●●7:30: York Chamber Ensemble. Joy! Beethoven: Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt; Mozart: Seranato Notturno & 3 German Dances; Buzoni: Concertino; Christmas Classics. Stephen Fox, clarinet; York Chamber Ensemble; York Festival Chorus. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 905-717-2970. $25; (sr/st); (under 10). ●●8:00: Acoustic Harvest/Live Music East. Tony Quarrington’s “For King and Country”. Tony Quarrington, Zoey Adams, James Gordon, Roger Clown, Margaret Stowe and others. St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. 416-729-7564 or stpaulsscarborough.org/ contact-find-us or acousticharvest.ca/2019- 12-07.html. /$25(adv). ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Jazz at the Gallery: Dave Young Quartet. Music of Oscar Peterson. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or info@gallery345.com or eventbrite.ca. $25; (st). Cash only at the door. ●●8:00: Healy Willan Singers. Follow the Star. Works by Rutter and Chilcott. John Stephenson, organ; Ron Ma King, conductor. St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. 416-519-0528. ; (sr/st). ●●8:00: Music Gallery/Bad New Days. Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker. Part concert, part spectacle, part existential talk-show. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. $25/(adv); (st/members). 7:30pm: doors open. Also 4pm. ●●8:00: North York Concert Orchestra. Prize-Winners Gala. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (3rd mvt); Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9; Khachaturian: Violin Concerto; Waldteufel: Skaters’ Waltz; Ellington: Nutcracker Suite. Yorkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Rd., North York. 416-628-9195. ; $25(sr); (st). 7:30pm pre-concert chat. ●●8:00: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers. Undaunted: Into the Open. Japanese Taiko drumming combined with singing, movement and video-stories. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 416-671-7256. ; $25(st/income challenged). Also Dec 5, 6, 8(2pm). Family-friendly concert on Dec 8. ●●8:00: Sinfonia Toronto. Mozart and Mendelssohn. Ka Nin: Salt and Vinegar; Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21; Burge: Port Milford Suite; Mendelssohn: String Symphony No.7. Antonio Di Cristofano, piano; Nurhan Arman, conductor. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. sinfoniatoronto.com. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. O Come, Shepherds. See Dec 4. Also Dec 8, 10. Sunday December 8 ●●1:30: Borealis Big Band. A Little Taste of Christmas. A wide selection on jazz and Latin big band charts. Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St., Newmarket. 905-717-3319 or borealisbigband.com. ; (16 and ON WINTER’S NIGHT Toronto Youth Choir with The Salvation Army North York Temple Band Sun. Dec. 8 | 4 PM St. Andrew’s Church torontochildrenschorus.com under). Christmas sweets table and seasonal drinks for a donation. ●●1:30: Music at Metropolitan. Carol Sing with the Metropolitan Silver Band & Organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. metunited.ca/music. Free. ●●2:00: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers. Undaunted: Into the Open. Japanese Taiko drumming combined with singing, movement and video-stories. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 416-671-7256. ; $25(st/income challenged). Also Dec 5, 6, 7(2pm). Family-friendly concert on Dec 8. ●●2:30: Music Gallery. Sounding Difference. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. PWYC. Community-centric event. ●●2:30: St. Anne’s Anglican Church. St. Anne’s Community Cantate. St. Anne’s Choir; C’Antilles; Sikuris St. Lawrence; Matthew Whitfield, organ. 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-536- 3160. ; free(child under 12). Proceeds to Four Winds Indigenous Health & Wellness Program and Oasis Food Bank. ●●2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●3:00: Burlington Symphony Orchestra. A Christmas Spectacular. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite; Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride; Sing-along carols; Seasonal favourites. Burlington Civic Chorale. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. ; (sr); $25(16-24); (under 16). Group discount for 10 or more. ●●3:00: Oakville Choral. Reflections: Rediscovering the Women of Music History. Chartwell Baptist Church, 228 Chartwell Rd., Oakville. 289-351-1574. /$25(adv); (st); free(child 12 & under). Also Dec 7(7:30pm, Clearview Christian Reformed Church, Oakville). ●●3:00: Orchestra Toronto. The Winters of Childhood. Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite; Richardson-Schulte: The Hockey Sweater; Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker; Heller: Hanukkah! Hanukkah! Jeff Marek, narrator; Michael Newnham, conductor. George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts), 5040 Yonge St. 416-467-7142. $25-; 19/20 Season A CHORUS CHRISTMAS: CELESTIAL CELEBRATIONS co-presented by Sun. Dec. 15 | 2 PM Roy Thomson Hall roythomsonhall.com/tcc (sr); (OTOpus); (under 13). Preconcert chat (2:15pm). ●●3:00: Roy Thomson Hall. St. Michael’s Choir School. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .50-.50. ●●3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Power Corporation Vocal Series: The Tallis Scholars - Reflections. Settings of Salve Regina, Ave Maria, Miserere, and O sacrum convivium. Peter Phillips, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●3:00: York Region Chamber Music. Viennese Classics and Serbian Charm. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K581; Schubert: Quartettsatz D703; Haydn: String Quartet in d Op.42; Grgin: Clarinet Quintet. Odin Quartet; Goran Gojevic, clarinet. Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St., Aurora. 647-995-3818. $25. odinquartet. eventbrite.ca. ●●3:30: Tafelmusik. O Come, Shepherds. See Dec 4. Also Dec 10. ●●4:00: Toronto Youth Choir. On Winter’s Night. Works by Chilcott and Rutter. Salvation Army North York Temple Band. St. Andrew’s thewholenote.com December 2019January 2020 | 51

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