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Volume 28 Issue 3 | December 2022 - January 2023

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Creative Collisions offer land-use hope for community and arts space; "Take Dec 10 for Example" -- Orchestral Explosion; Landmark novel finds music theatre form; Behind the scenes at Salute to Vienna; Collaborative serendipity on the joint-concert front; Amnesia and the alternative: QSYO's take on "Comfort and Joy". A bumber crop of record reviews (and not a Holiday compilation among them)! All this and more...

Dec 17 8:00: Toronto

Dec 17 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Messiah. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Artistic Director); Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Soloists: Lauren Fagan, soprano, Stephanie Wake- Edwards, mezzo-soprano, Michael Colvin, tenor, Elliot Madore, baritone. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Also Dec 18(3pm),19, 20, 21. Lieke van der Voort SOUNDSTREAM’S ELECTRIC MESSIAH at Crow’s Theatre Dec 22 - 24 A complete reimagining of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, with new music composed and improvised by Adam Scime, and the world premiere of Body by Ontario composer Lieke van der Voort. Inspired by the Messiah libretto, Body “shifts the focus from the obvious spiritual side of Messiah to the more visceral.” A new annual tradition in Toronto, and never the same two years in a row, Electric Messiah includes a range of diverse genres: classical, jazz, improv, hip-hop and soul and features vocalists and dancers, electric organ, harpsichord, guitar, synthesizer and turntables. Rob Kempson, director; Adam Scime, music director and sound design; with Lindsay McIntyre, soprano; Elizabeth Shepherd, mezzo; Andrew Adridge, bass. Not the Messiah OTHER CHORAL CONCERTS (See the listings for more details) Dec 06 7:30: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Festival of Carols. Shireen Abu-Khader: “Carol of Toronto” (TMC commission); Traditional carols and works by Mendelssohn, Dove, Lauridsen. TMChoir, TMSingers, Isabelle Demers, organist; Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. Dec 09 8:00: Rose Theatre. Choir! Choir! Choir! Epic 80s Singalong! Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, creative directors. 1 Theatre Ln., Brampton. Dec 10 2:00: Toronto Consort. Praetorius: Christmas Vespers. Toronto Consort with special guests. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. Also Dec 10 (2pm & 8pm). Dec 10 3:00: Achill Choral Society. A Winter Day. Jenny Crober, guest director; Nancy Dettbarn, pianot; The Bells of Westminster, hand bells (Shirley Jemmett, director); Angela Dong, cello; Sean Derraugh, clarinet. Westminster United Church, 247 Broadway Ave., Orangeville. Dec 10 3:00: Singing Out. The Holiday Party. Works by ABBA, Queen, Idina Menzel, and others. Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, 115 Simpson Ave. Dec 10 4:00: Hamilton Children’s Choir. Constantly Becoming. Komenci, Esplori, Esprimas, and Ilumini choirs. Faith United Church, 1778 Nash Rd., Courtice. Dec 10 4:00: Pax Christi Chorale. Christmas Through the Ages. Works by Saint-Saëns, Rutter, Britten, Martin, and Hagenburg. Odin Quartet; Joshua Tamayo, organ & piano; Elaine Choi, conductor. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Dec 10 7:00: Mississauga Chamber Singers. Christmas Memories: With Macaroni Angels. Seasonal carols and songs. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd., Mississauga. Dec 10 7:00: Univox Choir. Toast the Days. Sydney Guillaume: C’est beau la vie (Canadian premiere); and works by Whitacre, Lauridsen, and Leontovych. Malcolm Cody MacFarlane, conductor; Kevin Stoltz, piano. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. Dec 10 7:30: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Sing We Joyfully. Bach: Magnificat BWV243; John Rutter: Brother Heinrich’s Christmas; Seasonal Carols. Carl Steinhauser, piano & organ; Henry Renglich, Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director A Chorus Christmas: Holiday Reflections 17th December, 2:00pm Roy Thomson Hall 16 | December 2022 - January 2023

conductor. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. Dec 10 7:30: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Christmas Caravan with Sultans of String. Sultans of String; Laura Secord Secondary School Chamber Choir; Bradley Thachuk, conductor. Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. Dec 11 4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. Joy and Jubilation, Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV248. Elena Howard-Scott, soprano; Sandra Boyes, mezzo; Chris Fischer, tenor; Bruce Kelly, baritone; Toronto Classical Singers Players; Jurgen Petrenko, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. Dec 12 7:00: Coro San Marco. A Star Has Shone. Classical Christmas choral music. Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. Dec 14 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Christmas Concert. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. Dec 16 8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers. A Winter’s Night. All-Canadian concert. Mark Sirett: Silence, Frost & Snow; Emily Green: New Work (world premiere); and works by Gordon Lightfoot and Gordie Sampson. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. Dec 16 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Yuletide Spectacular. KW Mass Choir; Grand Philharmonic; Carousel Dance Company; Andrei Feher, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. Also Dec 17. Dec 17 1:30: The Edison Singers. The First Nowell: Christmas Carols Through the Ages. Noel Edison, conductor. Court House Theatre, 26 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. Dec 17 3:00: That Choir. That Choir Carols. Greg Pike, conductor. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. Also Dec 18. Dec 17 7:30: Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto. Let Us All Be Merry. Seasonal songs with opportunities for the audience to join in. Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto; Emerging Canadian Voices; Alexis Baro, trumpet. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Dec 17 7:30: Chorus York, Richmond Hill. Christmas Around the World. Chorus York; Jennifer Min-Young Lee, artistic director. Guests: The Bells of St. Matthew’s; Joan Plume, director. St. Matthew’s United Church, 333 Crosby Ave., Richmond Hill. Dec 17 7:30: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. A Winter’s Eve. Seasonal selections, including works by Astor Piazzolla, Ola Gjeilo, and Sarah Quartel. Jenny Crober, conductor; Elizabeth Acker, piano; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Daniel Morphy, percussion; Jonno Lightstone, clarinet. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Dec 17 8:00: Voices Chamber Choir. Rejoice and Sing. Ron Ka Ming Cheung, conductor. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. Dec 20 7:30: Orpheus Choir of Toronto. Finding Our Way: Time for Cheer. Carols and seasonal songs. Orpheus Choir of Toronto; Gabriella Sundar Singh, narrator. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. AND AS THE YEAR TURNS, The WholeNote’s searchable-by-genre online event listings are updated weekly at David Perlman can be reached at GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC Musical Instruments · Gift Cards Lessons · Online Shopping 925 Bloor Street W (416) 588-7886 December 2022 - January 2023 | 17

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