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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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Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-932-8666 x231 or torontochildrenschorus.com/performances. $25; (under 30); (child). ●●4:00: Aurora United Church. Carols by Candlelight: Gloria! Vivaldi: Gloria (excerpts); Rutter: Gloria (1st movement); Pote: Glory to God in the Highest; McChesney: Gloria Hodie; Lantz III: Christmas Hosanna. Aurora United Church Chancel Choir & Handbell Ensembles; Aldbury Gardens Brass Quintet; Tim Birtch, Margaret Wolf, trumpets. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 905-727-1935 x21. Freewill offering. Also 7:30pm. Refreshments following. ●●4:00: Eglinton St. George’s United Church. Gloria! Hayes: Gloria; Gjello: The Rose; Ešenvalds: Stars; Seasonal favourites. Andrew Adair, organ; Chris Harris, piano; John Brownell, percussion; Shawn Grenke, conductor. 35 Lytton Blvd. 416-481-1141 or esgunited.org. ; $25(st). ●●4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. Have Seen a Great Light. Handel: Messiah. Sheila Dietrich, soprano; Lillian Brooks, mezzo; Cory Knight, tenor; Michael Nyby, bass; Talisker Players. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 437-344-1719. . ●●7:00: Durham Girls’ Choir. Annual Winter Concert. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Whitby), 101 Winchester Rd. E., Whitby. 905- 434-7269. ; (sr/st). Reception post concert. ●●7:00: Guild Festival Theatre. A Christmas Carol. Eddington: A Christmas Carol for narrator and string quartet. Odin String Quartet; Christopher Kelk, narrator. St. Francis Centre for the Arts, 78 Church St. S., Ajax. 416-265-2934 or guildfestivaltheatre.ca. ; (12 and under). Fundraiser for theatre’s 2020 season. ●●7:00: Jazz Bistro. 8th Annual Jewish Boy’s Christmas. Sam Broverman and Whitney Ross-Barris, vocalists; Peter Hill, piano; Jordan O’Connor, bass; Drew Jurecka, violin/ clarinet/saxophone; Members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. 251 Victoria St. 416-363- 5399. cover. ●●7:00: MCS Chorus Mississauga. Christmas with Anne. Rutter: Carol of the Children; Angel’s Carol; Daley: Once as I Remember; Willan: Make We Merry. Leslie Newman, flute; MCS Chorus. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd., Mississauga. 905-290- 7104. $25; (7-18). ●●7:30: Aurora United Church. Carols by Candlelight: Gloria! Vivaldi: Gloria (excerpts); Rutter: Gloria (1st movement); Pote: Glory to God in the Highest; McChesney: Gloria Hodie; Lantz III: Christmas Hosanna. Aurora United Church Chancel Choir & Handbell Ensembles; Aldbury Gardens Brass Quintet; Tim Birtch, Margaret Wolf, trumpets. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 905-727-1935 x21. Freewill offering. Also 4pm. Refreshments following. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. The Art of the Cello: Cameron Crozman and Friends. Fauré: Piano Quartet No.1; and works by Britten and Schubert. Cameron Crozeman, cello; Alicia Choi, violin; Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola; Emily Rho, piano. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or info@gallery345.com or eventbrite.ca. $25; (st). Cash only at the door. A. Concerts in the GTA Monday December 9 ●●7:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. HPO at the Library: Brass Holiday Concert. Burlington Public Library - Central Branch, 2331 New St., Burlington. 905-526-7756 or hpo.org. Free. ●●7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Discovery Series: Beethoven’s 6th with Valdepeñas. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F Op.68. Joaquin Valdepeñas, conductor. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. . ●●7:30: University of St. Michael’s College. Palestrina, Missa Gabriel Archangelus. Palestrina: Missa Gabriel Archangelus; Verdelot: Gabriel Archangelus; Frescobaldi: Organ music. St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum; John Paul Farahat, organ; Michael O’Connor, conductor. St. Basil’s Church, University of St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph St. 416-926- 7148. Free. Donations welcomed. Tuesday December 10 ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation. Lunchtime Chamber Music. Rising Stars Recital featuring students from the Glenn Gould School. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free. Donations welcome. ●●2:30: Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music. Historical Performance Class of the Glenn Gould School. Works by Corelli, Purcell, Vivaldi, Rosenmüller, Marini and others. Kathleen Kajioka, baroque violin/ leader. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2824 x322. Free. ●●7:00: Shakespeare in Action/Weston Silver Band. A Weston Christmas Carol. Actors of Shakespeare in Action; Weston Silver Band Quintet. Artscape Weston Common, 35 John St. shakespeareinaction.org. PWYC. Bring a non-perishable food item. Also Dec 11 & 12. ●●7:30: City Choir. Winter Concert. Knee Play 1 - Einstein on The Beach; Samra; Song for the Mira; Above the Birds. Waleed Abdulhamid; Patricia O’Callaghan; Greg Oh; John Millard. Dixon Hall, 188 Carlton St. 416-963-9374. By donation. ●●7:30: Hannaford Street Silver Band. Winter’s Song. Guests: Bach Children’s Chorus; Tom Allen, narrator. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. hssb.ca. . ●●7:30: The Heart’s Obsession. 3rd Annual Christmas Concert. Tonia Cianciulli, soprano; Eugenia Dermentzis, mezzo; Paolo Busato, piano; Erika Nielsen, cello; Jesse Fegelman, guitar and others. Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. eventbrite.com/e/ christmas-concert-the-hearts-obsessiontickets-80806455283. .95; free(child). In support of the family of late conductor Kerry Stratton. ●●7:30: Toronto Community Orchestra. Spanish Nights. Rossini: Overture to Barber of Seville; Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol; Bizet: Carmen Suite No.2; Anderson: Sleigh Ride. Leonidas Varahidis, conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-358-0783. Free. Wheelchair accessible. ●●8:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. Odezenne Performs Au Baccara. Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014 x37. ; (members). ●●8:00: Harbourfront Chorus. Winter Showcase at Waterfront. Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, 627 Queen’s Quay West. 416-458-2350 or harbourfrontchorus@gmail. com. Free. ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah. Electro-improv reimagining of Messiah. Lindsay McIntyre, soprano; Chloe Charles, alto; Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Andrew Adridge, bass; SlowPitchSound, DJ and others. The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen’s St. W. 416- 408-0208. $25-. Also Dec 11, 12. Venue not wheelchair accessible. O COME, SHEPHERDS Dec 10, 2019 Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts) tafelmusik.org ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. O Come, Shepherds. George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts), 5040 Yonge St. See Dec 4 for details. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. TSO Holiday Pops. Measha Brueggergosman, vocalist; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor (Dec 10, 11); Lucas Waldin, conductor (Dec 12). Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Starting at . Also Dec 11(2pm & 8pm), 12. Wednesday December 11 ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Stefani Bedin, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. TSO Holiday Pops. Measha Brueggergosman, vocalist; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor (Dec 10, 11); Lucas Waldin, conductor (Dec 12). Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Starting at . Also Dec 10(8pm), 11(8pm), 12(8pm). ●●7:00: Shakespeare in Action/Weston Silver Band. A Weston Christmas Carol. Actors of Shakespeare in Action; Weston Silver Band Quintet. Artscape Weston Common, 35 John St. shakespeareinaction.org. PWYC. Bring a non-perishable food item. Also Dec 10 & 12. ●●7:30: Edison Singers. In the Bleak Midwinter. Esenvald: In the Bleak Midwinter; Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter; Gjeilo: In the Bleak Midwinter; Britten: Ceremony of Carols. Noel Edison, conductor. The Carlu, 444 Yonge St. 416-597-1931. . Also Dec 9(Niagara-onthe-Lake), 15(4pm, Elora). See ad on p. 65. ●●7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Christmas Concert. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. welshchoir.ca. ; (adv before Dec 1). ●●8:00: B-Xalted!Cold Night, Warm Song: Midwinter Music with B-Xalted! Vivaldi: Magnificat; Teehan: Dormi Jesu; Gjeilo: Second Eve; Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen (arr. Distler); S. Martin: Cold is the Night; and other works. Dallas Chorley & Rebecca Gray, sopranos; Meagan Larios & Georgia Lin, altos; David Walsh & Alain Paquette, tenors; and others; Andrew Adair, organ; Ellen Meyer, piano; Charles Davidson, assistant conductor & tenor; Simon Walker, conductor. Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto), 477 Manning Ave. 647-823-1233. $25-; (underemployed). b-xalted.com. ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah. Electro-improv reimagining of Messiah. Lindsay McIntyre, soprano; Chloe Charles, alto; Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Andrew Adridge, bass; SlowPitchSound, DJ and others. The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen’s St. W. 416- 408-0208. $25-. Also Dec 10, 12. Venue not wheelchair accessible. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. TSO Holiday Pops. Measha Brueggergosman, vocalist; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor (Dec 10, 11); Lucas Waldin, conductor (Dec 12). Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Starting at . Also Dec 10, 11(2pm), 12. Thursday December 12 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series: A Cool Yule with Cadence. Seasonal classics. Cadence, a capella vocal quartet. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. First come, first served. No late seating. ●●1:00: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. The Night Is Cold but the Music’s Hot: A Swing Era Concert and Dance. Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x0 or mnjcc. org. . Post-show reception. ●●7:00: Blythwood Winds. Be Our Guest: Batman, Dragons and Disney. Music from films. Menken: Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin; Elfman: Batman Suite; Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean; Powell: How to Train Your Dragon (arr. Curtis Vander Hyden). Sarah Moon, flute; Elizabeth Eccleston, oboe; Anthony Thompson, clarinet; Kevin Harris, bassoon; Curtis Vander Hyden, horn. Burdock Music Hall, 1184 Bloor St. W. 807-355-8297. /(adv). Tickets eligible for free admission to Nothing Man, starting at 9:30pm following the Blythwood performance. ●●7:00: Shakespeare in Action/Weston Silver Band. A Weston Christmas Carol. Actors of Shakespeare in Action; Weston Silver Band Quintet. Artscape Weston Common, 35 John St. shakespeareinaction.org. PWYC. Bring a non-perishable food item. Also Dec 10 & 11. ●●7:30: Bronze Foundation. A Christmas Song. Christmas favourites on six octaves of English handbells including Feliz Navidad, White Christmas and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Guest: Caitlin McCaughey, soprano. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Scarborough), 115 St. Andrew's Rd., Scarborough. 905-764 6903. . ●●7:30: Canadian Music Centre. David Schotzko. World and Ontario premieres of works for solo percussion. Works by Bolton, Sherlock, Smallwood and others. 20 St. 52 | December 2019January 2020 thewholenote.com

Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x202. /(adv); /(CMC members/arts workers/adv); (st). ●●7:30: The Piano Lunaire. Cold Moon. Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas, Processional; Kendall: Processional; Liebermann: Impromptu Op.68/1; Copland: The Cat and the Mouse; Sherkin: Postludes from Adlivun Op.29. Stephanie Chua, Adam Sherkin, Gregory Millar, Lisa Raposa, piano. Bunker Lane Press, 1001 Bloor St. W. Rear. 416-825-2744 or universe.com. . ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. David Buchbinder, trumpet, flugelhorn, alto horn; Jacob Gorzhaltsan, double bass, bass clarinet, saxophone, flute; Derek Kwan, vocals, actor, flute; Michael Occhipinti, guitar, banjo, bass; Zi Wen Qin, guzheng; Louis Simão, acoustic bass, accordion, piano. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. .50-. Also Dec 13, 14, 15(2pm), 17, 18, 19, 20, 21(2pm & 8pm), 22(2pm). ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah. Electro-improv reimagining of Messiah. Lindsay McIntyre, soprano; Chloe Charles, alto; Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Andrew Adridge, bass; SlowPitchSound, DJ and others. The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen’s St. W. 416- 408-0208. $25-. Also Dec 10, 11. Venue not wheelchair accessible. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. TSO Holiday Pops. Measha Brueggergosman, vocalist; Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus; Steven Reineke, conductor (Dec 10, 11); Lucas Waldin, conductor (Dec 12). Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Starting at . Also Dec 10, 11(2pm & 8pm). Friday December 13 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Express: Winter Whimsy. Opera highlights. Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio. West Wing of Union Station, 65 Front St. W. (at York St.). coc.ca/operaconnect. Free. No ticket required. ●●7:30: Confluence & Ensemble Masques. The Boy from Bologna: Corelli Explored. Works by Corelli, Merula, Lonati, Vitali and Handel. Tuomo Suni, Kathleen Kajioka, violins; Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, cello; Olivier Fortin, harpsichord. St. Thomas’s Anglican Church THE BOY FROM BOLOGNA Ensemble Masques December 13, 7:30pm ensemblemasques.org (Toronto), 383 Huron St. 647-678-4923 or bemusednetwork.com. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Elmer Iseler Singers. Glorious Sounds of Handel: Messiah. Elmer Iseler Singers; Amadeus Choir; Leslie Fagan, soprano; Daniel Cabena, countertenor; Michael Colvin, tenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-962-1167. ; (sr); (under 30). A fundraiser in support of the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Refugee Fund. Great Joy II: Around the World Fri. Dec. 13, 2019 7:30pm nathanieldettchorale.org ●●7:30: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. An Indigo Christmas: Great Joy II - Around the World. Nathaniel Dett Chorale; Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, conductor. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-736-2100 x33068. ; $25(sr); (st). ●●7:30: St. Andrew’s College. An Andrean Christmas. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. -. ●●7:30: Vesuvius Ensemble. Quanno Nascette Ninno: Christmas in Southern Italy. Tomasso Solazzo, zampogne/guitar; Romina di Gasbarro, voice/guitar. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-921-3802. ; free(under 12). ●●8:00: Aurora Community Band. Hooked on Classics. Works by Beethoven, Miller, Gershwin, Bach, Copland and others. Gord Shephard, conductor. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. Auroracommunityband@gmail.com. ; (sr/st). ●●8:00: DB Works & The Ward Productions/ Small World Music Society/Harbourfront Centre. The Ward Cabaret. See Dec 12. Also Dec 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21(2pm & 8pm), 22. ●●8:00: Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. The Gift of Christmas. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Sleigh Ride; and other works. Matthew Jones, Nate Houston, recorders; Mark Whale, violin. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-239-5665. ; $25/(adv sr); (st). ●●8:00: Spectrum Music. Seven Wonders. Spectrum composers turn to the natural world as a muse to inspire new works that celebrate the beauty and preservation of our planet. Seven new works by the Spectrum composers and guests James Ervin, William Lamoureux and Sina Fallah. So Long Seven (jazz/world musician collective). Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. www.bemusednetwork.com/ events/detail/729. /(adv); /(st/ adv). Schütz’s CHRISTMAS STORY DEC. 13 & 14 at 8pm DEC. 15 at 3:30pm TorontoConsort.org ● ● 8:00: Toronto Consort. Schütz’s Christmas Story. Schütz: The Christmas Story; and works by Schein, Scheidt and Praetorius. Charles Daniels, tenor (Evangelist); David Fallis, artistic director. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also Dec 14(8pm), 15(3:30pm). Elmer Iseler Singers Leslie Fagan soprano Daniel Cabena countertenor ●●8:00: York Symphony Orchestra. YSO Holiday Spectacular. Seasonal favourites and audience sing-a-long. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 647- 849-8403. ; $25(sr); (st). Also Dec 21 (3:30pm, Aurora). Saturday December 14 ●●1:30: Oakville Choir for Children and Youth. Community Carol Concert. St. John’s United Church (Oakville), 262 Randall St., Oakville. oakvillechoir.org. $25; (sr); (12 and under). Also 4pm. ●●3:00: The Neapolitan Connection - Musical Matinées at Montgomery’s Inn. Viva Verdi! Cecilia Arends, soprano. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. 416-231-0006. -. Tea, historical tour, cookies included. Tour at 2:15pm. ●●4:00: Oakville Choir for Children and Youth. Community Carol Concert. St. John’s United Church (Oakville), 262 Randall St., Oakville. oakvillechoir.org. $25; (sr); (12 and under). Also 1:30pm. ●●7:00: Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. Sounds of the Season. Anderson: A Christmas Festival; Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes; Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony; Lawson: Christmas in Lapland; Rebikov: Christmas Tree Suite; Harris: Christmas Festival Medley. Jessica Kun, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905- 787-8811. ; (sr); (st). rhpo.ca. ●●7:00: Ruckus: The UTSC Alumni & Community Choir. Christmas Through the Ages. Works and arrangements by Victoria, Handel, Darke and Langford/King’s Singers; Lydia Adams, Conductor Fri. Dec. 13, 2019 @ 7:30pm Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Glorious Sounds of Handel Messiah With special guest artists, The Amadeus Choir and soloists Michael Colvin tenor Alexander Dobson baritone 416-217-0537 elmeriselersingers.com thewholenote.com December 2019January 2020 | 53

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Volume 25 Issue 2 - October 2019
Volume 25 Issue 1 - September 2019
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