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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...

LIVE OR ONLINE | Dec 6,

LIVE OR ONLINE | Dec 6, 2022 to Feb 15, 2023 159 Roxborough Dr. 416-762-9257. ; (18 and under). ● 7:30: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Sing We Joyfully. Bach: Magnificat BWV243; John Rutter: Brother Heinrich’s Christmas; Seasonal Carols. Érika Wood, soprano; Mélissa Danis, mezzo; Lauren Halasz, alto; Ryan Downey, tenor; David Finneran, baritone; Carl Steinhauser, piano & organ; Henry Renglich, conductor. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-779-2258 or www.etobicokecentennialchoir.ca. ; Free(under 12). ● 7:30: Grand Philharmonic Choir. Handel’s Messiah. Megan Chartrand, soprano; Julie Boulianne, mezzo; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Grand Philharmonic Choir; Howard Dyck, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. info@grandphilchoir.com www.grandphilchoir.com. -; (st/under-30); (child/high-school st). ● 7:30: London Symphonia. By the Fireside With Laila Biali. Family-friendly concert featuring new re-imaginings of holiday favourites. Works by Laila Biali and Scott Good. Laila Biali, vocalist; London Symphonia; The London Singers; H. B. Beal Singers; Scott Good, conductor. Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington St., London. 226-270-0910. In person: ; (premium); Free(child/st). Livestream: per household. ● 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. 905-687-4993. ; (sr); (arts worker with valid ID); (student-university or college with valid ID); (youth-18 and under with valid ID). Also Dec 11(2:30pm). ● 7:30: Singing Out. The Holiday Party. Works by ABBA, Queen, Idina Menzel, and others. Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, 115 Simpson Ave. www.eventbrite.com/cc/ the-holiday-party-1210719. From .54. Also Kindred Spirits Orchestra Kristian Alexander | Music Director LOCOMOTIVES, PUPPETS AND BUTTERFLIES 3pm. ● 7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. ELF in Concert. John Debney, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From . Also Dec 9, 10(2pm). ● 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Golovko: The Russian Marimba Concerto; Lieberson: Neruda Songs; Grondahl: Concerto for Trombone; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in c Op.18. UTSO Concerto Competition Winners: Britton-René Collins, marimba; Alexandra Hetherington, mezzo; Kyle Orlando, trombone; Anastasia Kulikova, piano; Uri Meyer, conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. ● 8:00: Acoustic Harvest. The Magpies. St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. www. acousticharvest.ca or 416-729-7564. (adv) or cash at door. CANCELLED. ● 8:00: Acoustic Harvest. The Pairs and Basset. St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. www. acousticharvest.ca or 416-729-7564. (adv) or cash at door. NOTE: Artist substitution due to cancellation of original artists. ● 8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. To All a Goodnight 7 (A Different Kind of Christmas Show). Art of Time Ensemble with featured singers Jackie Richardson, Jessica Mitchell, Liam Russell, and others. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. www. harbourfrontcentre.com/tickets. -. Also Dec 9. ● 8:00: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Merry Motown: Christmas Special with the Legends of Motown. 440 Locust St., Burlington. www.burlingtonpac.ca/events/merrymotown-christmas-special or 416-698-2152. (Premium); (Regular). ● 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Locomotives, Puppets & Butterflies. Honegger: Pacific 231; He Zhanhao & Chen Gang: The Butterfly Lovers, concerto for violin & orchestra; Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911). Jing Ye, violin; Michael Berec, host; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-604-8339. - . 7:10pm: Prélude: pre-concert recital. 7:20pm: Pre-concert talk. ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Glass Tiger: Songs for a Winter’s Night. 178 Victoria St. 416-872-4255. From . ● 8:00: Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. A Magical Holiday. Alan Silverstri & Glen Ballard: The Polar Express; Mark Hayes: A Christmas Portrait; Bob Krogstad: The Bells of Christmas; Douglas Meyer: ‘Twas the Night before Christmas; Sarah Wallin Huff: Christmas Wayfarer; and other works. Jessica V. Kun, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. www.rhpo.ca or 905-787-8811 or boxoffice@rhcentre.ca. -. ● 8:00: Rose Theatre. Brampton Concert Band: Christmas at The Rose. 1 Theatre Ln., Brampton. 905-874-2800 or www.therosetheatre.ca. -. ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Global Music: La Bottine Souriante Celebrates Christmas. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic. com/performance. From . ● 8:00: Toronto Consort. Praetorius: Christmas Vespers. Toronto Consort with special guests. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. www.torontoconsort.org or 416-964-6337. From . Also Dec 9(8pm), 10(2pm). Also available on Early- Music.TV on demand. Sunday December 11 ● 2:00: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Performing Arts Sunday Series: Park/ St. John/Mercer Trio. Haydn: Trio No.38 in D HobXV:24; Kevin Lau: If Life Were a Mirror… for violin & piano; Mendelssohn: Trio No.2 in c Op.66. Park/St. John/Mercer Trio: Angela Park, piano; Scott St. John, violin; Rachel Mercer, cello. 126 James St. S., Hamilton. www. HCADanceTheatre.com. -. ● 2:30: 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. 905- 687-4993. ; (sr); (arts worker with valid ID); (student-university or college with valid ID); (youth-18 and under with valid ID). Also Dec 10(7:30pm). ● 2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Piano Fest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Also Dec 9(7:30pm), 10(2:30pm). ● 3:00: Burlington Symphony Orchestra. A Christmas Spectacular. Sing-along carols for the whole family. Holiday favourites including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. -. ● 3:00: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Many Are the Wonders. Traditional and contemporary sacred music, intermingled with favourite sing-along carols. Midori Marsh, soprano; Alex Hetherington, mezzo; Jeremy Scinocca, tenor; St. Peter’s Choir; Menno Singers. 49 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4705. Freewill donation. Religious service. ● 3:30: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra. Concert 2. Featuring senior Youth Orchestra. Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W., Kitchener. 519- 745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. ; (child). ● 3:30: Sean Jones. Holiday Soul. Soulinspired renditions of timeless holiday classics. Sean Jones, singer & songwriter; Toronto Concert Orchestra; Divine Brown; Jackie Richardson; Darryn de Souza, music director. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. www.rcmusic.com/eventsand-performances/sean-jones-music-presents-holiday-soul. In support of Daily Bread Food Bank. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring “Soul Food” (a non-perishable food item) to the on-site donation bins. ● 4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. Joy and Jubilation: Christmas Oratorio. 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. 416- 986-8749. . ● 4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Carols by Candlelight. A traditional candlelight choral presentation featuring choirs and musicians of Yorkminster Park. 1585 Yonge St. www.yorkminsterpark.com. Free. 32 | December 6, 2022 - February 15, 2023 thewholenote.com/just-ask

● 7:30: Toronto Beach Chorale. George Frederic Handel: Messiah. Nune An, soprano; Rachel Miller, mezzo; Mike Dodge, tenor; Matthew Cassils, bass; Chamber Orchestra & Chorus. Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. www.eventbrite. ca/e/handel-messiah-at-christmas-tickets-441219398097. ; (youth). ● 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Diffusion. Presented by Eliot Britton. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Monday December 12 ● 2:30: Orchestra Kingston. The Hockey Sweater. Abigail Richardson-Schulte: The Hockey Sweater; Christmas Carol Sing-along; Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker; Anderson: Sleigh Ride; Prokofiev: The Troika from Lieutenant Kijé. Paul Tremblay, narrator; John Palmer, conductor. The Spire/Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham St., Kingston. www.eventbrite.ca/e/orchestra-kingston- 2023-holiday-concert-tickets-469665711787. ; (sr/st); Free(children). ● 7:00: Coro San Marco. A Star Has Shone. Classical Christmas choral music. Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. cultural@villacharities.com or 416-789-7011 X248. . ● 7:30: Confluence Concerts. Ryan Davis & Friends. Music by Bridge, Fauré, Ravel, and others. Jonelle Sills, soprano; Bora Kim, violin; Daniel Go, cello; Kevin Ahfat, piano. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. www.bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/980. ; (st). ● 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Itzhak Perlman and Friends. Itzhak Perlman, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Juilliard String Quartet. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872- 4255. From . Tuesday December 13 ● 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Instrumental Series: Afternoon Escape with Vaughan Williams. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams. Gurney: Ludlow and Teme; Vaughan Williams: Quintet in c. Artists of the COC Orchestra; Marcel d’Entremont, tenor; Dakota Scott-Digout, piano. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. . Free. ● 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. www.yorkminsterpark.com. Free. Donations welcome. ● 5:00: Elora Singers. A Festival of Carols. Elora Singers, Mark Vuorinen, conductor. Melville United Church, 300 St. Andrew St. W., Fergus. 519-846-0331 or www.elorasingers.ca/events. ; (st/arts worker); (under 14). Also Dec 13(8pm). ● 7:30: Toronto Community Orchestra. ...and so we begin anew! Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Op.45; Balmages: On Top of the World; Anderson: Sleigh Ride; and other works. Nicolo Arrigo, artistic director/conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-358- 0783. Free. Donations gratefully accepted at door. ● 8:00: Elora Singers. A Festival of Carols. Elora Singers, Mark Vuorinen, conductor. Melville United Church, 300 St. Andrew St. W., Fergus. 519-846-0331 or www.elorasingers.ca/events. ; (st/arts worker); (under 14). Also Dec 13(5pm). ● 8:00: Music Gallery. Black Ox Orkestar + Xicada. 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education, 918 Bathurst St. 416- 204-1080. -. Wednesday December 14 ● 12:00 noon: Roy Thomson Hall. Organ Concert. Sarah Svenden, organ. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Free. Limit 4 tickets per person. ● 12:30: ORGANIX Concerts. Mark Himmelman, Organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571-3680 or www.organixconcerts.ca. Freewill offering ( suggested). ● 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Christmas Concert. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. www.welshchoir.ca. . advance tickets until Dec 1. ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Good Lovelies Christmas Concert. 178 Victoria St. 416-872-4255. From . Thursday December 15 ● 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: Winter Celebrations. Beloved songs, both sacred and secular, evoking both the cold of the natural world and the warmth of the winter holidays. Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. . Free. ● 12:00 noon: Trinity College, University of Toronto. Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. Trinity College Chapel, University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-978-2522. Free. ● 8:00: Hugh’s Room Live. Boreal. 3030 Dundas West, 3030 Dundas St. W. www.hughsroomlive.com. . ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Classic Albums: Queen. 178 Victoria St. 416-872-4255. From . Christmas Favourites Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto DECEMBER 16 www.eporchestra.ca Friday December 16 ● 12:00 noon: Roy Thomson Hall. An Andrean Christmas. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. TBA. ● 5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Express Series: A Holiday Concert. Members of the COC Teaching Artist roster. Union Station (West Wing), 65 Front St. W. . Free. ● 7:00: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. A film screening. 19 Trinity Sq. www.thechristmasstory.ca or 416- 598-4521 X301. Suggested donation: ; (child). Film screening also on Dec 9. ● 7:30: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra/Bach Elgar Choir. Handel’s Messiah. Gemma New, conductor; Bach Elgar Choir. Central Presbyterian Church (Hamilton), 165 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton. 905-526- 7756. -. Also Dec 18(2pm). General admission seating. ● 7:30: Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Karina Gauvin, soprano; Christopher Lowrey, countertenor; Valerio Contaldo, tenor; and Brett Polegato, baritone; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 1-833-964-6337. From . Also Dec 17. ● 8:00: Etobicoke Community Concert Band. Twilight Summer Concerts. Sleigh Ride; Clement Moore: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; and other works. Deb Dowey, vocalist; Tamara Jemuovic, narrator; John Edward Liddle, conductor. Etobicoke Collegiate Auditorium, 86 Montgomery Rd., Etobicoke. 416-410-1570 or www.eccb.ca. ; Free(under 12). ● 8:00: Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Ho Ho Ho, EPO! Christmas favourites and Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C K299/297c. Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra; Lauren Yeomans, flute; Rosemary Soenen, harp; Matthew Jones, conductor. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. www.Eventbrite.com or www.EPOrchestra.ca. ; (sr); (st). ● 8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers. A Winter’s Night. Powerful imagery of our iconic winters takes centre stage in this 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, Silence, Frost, & Snow Friday, December 16, 8 p.m. 26 Delisle Ave. 416-971-9229 or www.exultate. net/tickets. PWYC: , , , 0 ( tax receipt) or 0 (0 tax receipt). Preconcert chat at 7:15 p.m. with music therapist and vocalist Dan Bevan-Baker. ● 8:00: Jazz Room. Mary-Catherine Pazzano: Christmas - Live at The Jazz Room CD Release. Mary-Catherine Pazzano, vocals; Mark Eisenman, piano; Jason Hunter, sax; Pat Collins, bass; Steve James, drums. Jazz Room, Huether Hotel, 59 King St N., Waterloo. 519- 886-3350. . ● 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. 519- 745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. -. Also Dec 17(2:30 & 8pm), 18(2:30pm). ● 8:00: Massey Hall. Rupi Kaur. 178 Victoria St. 416-872-4255. From . Saturday December 17 ● 1:30: The Edison Singers. The First Nowell: Christmas Carols Through the Ages. Noel Edison, conductor. Hart House, Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle. 226-384-3100. ; (st/18 and under). ● 2:00: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. Words and music. 19 Trinity Sq. www.thechristmasstory.ca or 416- 598-4521 X301. Suggested donation: ; (child). Words and music on also on Dec 10(2pm), 23(7pm). ● 2:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Toronto Children’s Chorus. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. From . ● 2:30: 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. 519- 745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. -. Also Dec 16(8pm), 17(8pm), 18. ● 3:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. thewholenote.com/just-ask December 6, 2022 - February 15, 2023 | 33

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