Views
5 months ago

Volume 27 Issue 3 - December 2021 / January 2022

  • Text
  • December
  • Quartet
  • Jazz
  • January
  • Musical
  • Toronto
  • Symphony
  • Theatre
  • Arts
  • Composer
  • Thewholenotecom
Many Happy Returns: the rebirth of Massey Hall -- from venue to hub; music theatre's re-emergence from postponement limbo; pianist Vikingur Ólafsson's return visit to to "Glenn Gould's hometown"; guest writer music librarian Gary Corrin is back from his post behind the scenes in the TSO library; Music for Change returns to 21C; and here we all are again! Welcome back. Fingers crossed, here we go.

Events by Date |

Events by Date | December 8, 2021 to January 28, 2022 musicgallery.org. Free. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano; Rihab Chaieb, mezzo; Spencer Britten, tenor; Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Simon Rivard, RBC Resident Conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Dec 17, 18-3pm & 8 pm, 19-3pm. Thursday December 16 ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Dec 8. Runs until Dec 23. ● 7:00: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Imagine Online Festival: Classical and Beyond. Grieg: Hall of the Mountain King, Ballade in g Op.24; Bach: French Overture; Works by Bach, Mattheis and Biber. Sheng Cai, Leonid Nediak, piano; Paelnai Duo; Chloe Kim, violin; Bryn Lutek, percussion. Isabel Digital Concert Hall. 613-533-2424 or ibcpaboxoffice@queensu.ca. Free. ● 7:30: Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. TD Jazz Series: Pavlo: Home For The Holidays. Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-688-0722 or 289-868-9177. ; (st/ youth with id). ● 8:00: Hugh’s Room. Kellylee Evans Live. 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W. Dinner reservations at www.3030dundaswest. com/menu. (in person); (livestream). LIVE & LIVESTREAM. ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Penderecki String Quartet. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in c-sharp Op.131; String Quartet No.16 in F Op.135; Große Fuge Op.133. First United Church (Waterloo), 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519-569- 1809 or www.ticketscene.ca/kwcms. ; (st). Also Dec 18. ● 8:00: Mirvish Productions. Jesus Christ Superstar. See Dec 8. Also Dec 17-19, 21-24, 26, 28-31, 2021; Jan 2, 2022. ● 7:00: Music Gallery. Emergents I Series: Part 3. Parallel Playfields: Concert and Talk with Unit 2, for You In Mind. Experimental performances exploring noise, improvisation and different textures of sound including a pre-performance discussion, facilitated by Sameen and including all performers, with a focus on the creative process, the present culture of experimental music and the ways in which it can evolve. Sa.resi, Deidre, and Vixu. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. www.musicgallery.org. Free. ● 8:00: Tafelmusik. A Tafelmusik Christmas. Bach: Sanctus in D; Bach: “Christum wir sollen loben schon” from Cantata 21; Bach: Kyrie, Gloria & Cum sancto from Lutheran Mass in G; Stradella: Sinfonia from Cantata per il Santissimo Natale; Charpentier: Agnus Dei from Messe de minuit; works by Berlioz, Poulenc, Pasquini, Handel; and Christmas Carols. Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Ivars Taurins, conductor. Details at info@tafelmusik.org or 1-833-964-633. ONLINE Friday December 17 ● 12:00 noon: Music at Met. Friday Noon at Met Concert Series. Featuring guest singers and music for the holiday season. Dr. Patricia Wright, organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. Details at www. metunited.ca/live. Free. LIVE & STREAMED ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Dec 8. Runs until Dec 23. ● 7:00: Serenata Singers. Songs of Comfort and Joy! A festive selection of traditional and popular holiday music including the world premiere of a commissioned work by composer Samuel Kerr. Jonathan Wong, artistic director. www.serenatasingers.ca. ONLINE ● 7:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Dec 8. Runs until Dec 23. ● 7:00: St. James Cathedral. La Nativité du Seigneur. With readings between the movements of Messiaen’s work for organ exploring the meaning of Christmas. Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur. Rashaan Allwood, organ. Cathedral Church of St. James, 106 King St. E. 416-364-7865. Donation. ● 7:00: Vesuvius Ensemble/Istituto Italiano di Cultura/Villa Charities. Quanno Nascette Ninno: Christmas in Southern Italy. Francesco Pellegrino, tenor and director; Lucas Harris, lute; Romini di Gasbarro, vocalist; Luis Samão, guitar; Tommasso Sollazzo, bagpipes. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. www. bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/873. Also Dec 18. ● 7:30: Southern Ontario Lyric Opera (SOLO)/Wish Opera Arts. Together Again for the Holidays. Tonia Evans Cianculli, soprano; Eugenia Dermentzis, mezzo; Adam Luther, tenor; James Westman, baritone; SOLO Orchestra & Chorus; Peter Oleskevich, conductor.Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. www.burlingtonpac.ca or 905-681-6000. ; (sr); (st); (livestream). LIVE & LIVESTREAM Elmer Iseler Singers ● 7:30: The Edison Singers. Festival of Carols. Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, 28 Norfolk St., Guelph. 1-226-384-3100. - . Limited seating. Also Dec 20(Niagaraon-the-Lake); 27(Elora). ● 8:00: Jazz Room. Tom Nagy’s Christmas Experience. Jazz Room, Huether Hotel, 59 King St N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565. . ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Yuletide Spectacular. Evan Mitchell, conductor. 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. -0 per stream. Available Dec 17-8pm to Dec 19-11:59pm. Purchase 1 stream per household. ONLINE Lydia Adams, Conductor Concert/Fundraiser Premiere SUN. DEC 19, 2021 AT 4:00PM Sherry & Shortbread ‘At Home’ The Elmer Iseler Singers present seasonal music with special guests: James Campbell, clarinet & Graham Campbell, guitar Sharang Sharma, James T. Chestnutt Scholar Your donation gives you access to our online event from Dec. 19 to Dec. 26, 2021 416-217-0537 elmeriselersingers.com 26 | December 2021 thewholenote.com

● 8:00: Mirvish Productions. Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies: Hits for the Holidays. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St. www. mirvish.com/shows/hometown-holidaysbarenaked-ladies. -0. Also Dec 18, 21, 22, 23. ● 8:00: Mirvish Productions. Jesus Christ Superstar. See Dec 8. Also Dec 18-19, 21-24, 26, 28-31, 2021; Jan 2, 2022. ● 7:00: Music Gallery. Emergents I Series: Part 4. Artist Talk: Stephanie Castonguay, with PIX FILM. Diving into the artist’s sound art practice and recent audiovisual work with self-built light scanner instruments. Stephanie CastonguayPix Film Productions, 1411 Dufferin St. Unit C. www.musicgallery. org. Free. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 15. Also Dec 18(3pm & 8pm), 19(3pm). Saturday December 18 ● 10:00am: Church of St. Andrew, Scarborough. Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah. A reading of selected choruses. Dr. Richard Heinzle, conductor; Jeff Vidov, accompanist. 2333 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough. 416-447-1481. . Pre-registration required. Bring your own book or borrow from us. Bring your own lunch. ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Dec 8. Runs until Dec 23. ● 2:00: Mirvish Productions. Jesus Christ Superstar. See Dec 8. Also Dec 19, 21-24, 26, 28-31, 2021; Jan 2, 2022. ● 3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 15. Also Dec 18(8pm), 19(3pm). ● 4:00: Pax Christi Chorale. Christmas Through the Ages. Saint-Saëns: Oratorio de Noël; and works by Trotta, Rutter, Britten, Stephanie Martin, Handel, and Hagenberg; A Carol Sing-along. Odin Quartet; Joshua Tamayo, organ/piano; Jamie Drake, percussion; Elaine Choi, conductor. Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. www. paxchristichorale.org. ; (sr); (st). ● 7:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Dec 8. Runs until Dec 23. ● 7:00: Vesuvius Ensemble/Istituto Italiano di Cultura/Villa Charities. Quanno Nascette Ninno: Christmas in Southern Italy. Francesco Pellegrino, tenor and director; Lucas Harris, lute; Romini di Gasbarro, vocalist; Luis Samão, guitar; Tommasso Sollazzo, bagpipes. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. www.bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/873. Also Dec 17. ● 7:30: The Annex Singers. “Yes, Virginia.” An affirmation of the power of belief, faith and the imagination in this most magical of seasons. Works by Myers, Sirrett, Walton, and Willan. Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath, actors; Melanie Conly, soprano; Maria Case, artistic director. www.annexsingers.com. Free. Donations welcome. Available until Jan 9. ONLINE ● 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. In Winter. Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons; seasonal songbook selections; Ian Cusson: In Winter for for solo, chorus, and orchestra. Melody Courage, soprano; Jamie Groote, soprano; Midori Marsh, soprano; Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano; Charlotte Siegel, soprano; and other Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Chorus; Johannes Debus. www.coc.ca/ watch..ONLINE ● 7:30: Elora Singers. Radiant Dawn: A Festival of Carols. Includes traditional and contemporary arrangements by Willcocks, Chilcott, Dove, Enns, Gjeilo, and others. Free. Available until Jan 7, 2022. Live concerts on Dec 21 & 22. ONLINE ● 7:30: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Hometown Holidays. Anderson: Christmas Festival; Abigail Richardson-Schulte: Making Light; Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker Suite; Anderson: Sleigh Ride; Naughtin: Christmas Angels Sing-Along. Thomas Le Duc-Moreau, conductor. FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Ln., Hamilton. 905-526-7756 or www.hpo.org. In-person: -;- (sr); (age 5-17). Livestream . LIVE & LIVESTREAM ● 7:30: Link Music Lab. Mahsa Vahdat & Sardar Mohamad Jani. Part of Experimental Link Music Nights. Improvisation. Mahsa Vahdat, vocals; Sardar Mohamad Jani, oud. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. www.eventbrite.ca. . Exclusive concert with limited capacity. ● 7:30: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Holiday Favourites. Kaylee Harwood, vocalist; Sayer Roberts, vocalist; Laura Secord Senior School Choir (Katryna Sacco, director); Bradley Thachuk, conductor. Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. www.niagarasymphony.com or 905-688-0722 or 905- 688-5601 x3700 or 1-855-515-0722. ; (sr); (arts worker); (st & youth). Also Dec 19(2:30pm). ● 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Taylor Academy Concerts Series: Academy Chamber Orchestra. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or www.rcmusic.com/performance. Free. ● 8:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. Handel’s Messiah. Georgetown Bach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra; Ron Greidanus, harpsichord/conductor.Holy Cross Parish, 14400 Argyll Rd., Georgetown. www.georgetownbachchorale.com or 905-873-9909. ; (st). Also Dec 19(2pm). ● 7:30: Guelph Chamber Choir. Handel’s Messiah LIVE. Elizabeth Lepock, soprano; Autumn Debassige, alto; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor; Jeremy Ludwig, bass; Guelph Chamber Choir & Baroque Orchestra; Charlene Pauls, conductor. River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-763-3000 or www.riverrun. ca/events/2021-12-18. ; (under 30); (livestream). LIVE & LIVESTREAM. ● 8:00: Jazz Room. Jason White Christmas Special. Jazz Room, Huether Hotel, 59 King St N., Waterloo. 226-476-1565. . ● 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Reflections. Korngold: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Shostakovich: Symphony No.15. Conrad Chow, violin; Michael Berec, host; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-604-8339 or www. ksorchestra.ca. -. LIVE & STREAMED. Moved from Flato Markham Theatre on Dec 11. Tickets purchased for Dec 11 are valid for the new date. ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Penderecki String Quartet. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in c-sharp Op.131; String Quartet No.16 in F Op.135; Große Fuge Op.133. First United Church, 16 William St. W., Waterloo. 519-569-1809 or www.ticketscene.ca/kwcms. ; (st). Also Dec 16. ● 8:00: Mirvish Productions. Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies: Hits for the Holidays. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St. www. mirvish.com/shows/hometown-holidaysbarenaked-ladies. -0. Also Dec 21, 22, 23. ● 8:00: Mirvish Productions. Jesus Christ Superstar. See Dec 8. Also Dec 19, 21-24, 26, 28-31, 2021; Jan 2, 2022. ● 8:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. A Baroque Christmas. Christopher Dunham, baritone; Lauren Estey, soprano; Daniel Taylor, conductor. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. www.mississaugasymphony.ca. ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Song- Bird North Series. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or www.rcmusic.com/performance. . ● 8:00: That Choir. That Choir Carols. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe St. 416-419-1756 or info@thatchoir.com or www. thatchoir.com. PWYC. Also Dec 19. 13th SEASON THAT CHOIR CAROLS conducted by Craig Pike DECEMBER 18 & 19 | 8PM St. Andrew's Presbyterian 73 Simcoe St www.thatchoir.com ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 15. Also Dec 19(3pm). Sunday December 19 ● 2:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. Handel’s Messiah. Georgetown Bach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra; Ron Greidanus, harpsichord/conductor. Holy Cross Parish, 14400 Argyll Rd., Georgetown. www.georgetownbachchorale.com or 905-873-9909. ; (st). Also Dec 18(8pm). ● 2:00: Mirvish Productions. Hometown Holidays with Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime! CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St. www.mirvish. com/shows/hometown-holidays-barenakedladies. -. Also Dec 5 & 12. ● 2:00: Mirvish Productions. Jesus Christ Superstar. See Dec 8. Also Dec 21-24, 26, 28-31, 2021; Jan 2, 2022. ● 2:00: Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Concert. Featuring a Small Band Jazz Ensemble. Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St. N., Port Credit. PWYC. ● 2:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Dec 8. Runs until Dec 23. ● 2:30: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Holiday Favourites. Kaylee Harwood, vocalist; Sayer Roberts, vocalist; Laura Secord Senior School Choir (Katryna Sacco, director); Bradley Thachuk, conductor. Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. www.niagarasymphony.com or 905-688-0722 or 905- 688-5601 x3700 or 1-855-515-0722. ; (sr); (arts worker); (st & youth). Also Dec 18(7:30pm). ● 3:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. A Merry Little Christmas. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. www.mississaugasymphony.ca. ● 3:00: Smoke Show BBQ & Brew. York Jazz Ensemble. Smoke Show, 744 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-901-7469 or www.smokeshowbbqandbrew.com. ● 3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. See Dec 15. ● 4:00: Elmer Iseler Singers. Sherry & Shortbread “At Home”. A fundraising event. James Campbell, clarinet; Graham Campbell, guitar; Sharang Sharma, tenor; Lydia Adams, conductor. 416-217-0567 or www.elmeriselersingers.com. By donation. ONLINE ● 4:00: Flute Street. It’s Christmas on Flute Street. Early, traditional and modern motets, thewholenote.com December 2021 and January 2022 | 27

Volumes 21-25 (2015-2020)

Volumes 16-20 (2010-2015)

Volumes 11-15 (2004-2010)

Volumes 6 - 10 (2000 - 2006)

Volumes 1-5 (1994-2000)