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Volume 6 Issue 4 - December 2000/January 2001

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Choral Scene by Larry

Choral Scene by Larry Beckwith The Christmas and Hanukkah season is upon us and, once again, there are a plethora of choral concerts from which to choose. The month of December begins with an extraordinary evening - December 2 - on which there are literally dozens of choral concerts happening. The · Jubilate Singers have added a children's choir tolheir organization and the combined forces present a Christmas program on December 2. and Ron Cheung's Voices choir presents a "ceremony of Canadian Christmas carols". The following Saturday night is another busy one, with the Bach Children's Chorus premiering a work by .· Eleanor Daley entitled "What Sweeter Music". The Deer Park United Church Choir presents the first part of Handel's Messiah with a good line-up of soloists that same night. Indeed, as always, one could spend the entire month at Messiah performances. From Tafelmusik and the Mendelssohn Choir to the Toronto Classical Singers, the Etobicoke Chamber Choir, the Elora Festival Singers and the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Mississauga Choral Society and many more. It's a great work that was originally intended to be performed at Easter time, but which is now more performed during Advent. If you're in the mood for a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio the Kitchener­ Waterloo Philharmonic CHoir is performing the entire work on December 22 in Kitchener. Highlights later in December include the Exultate Singers on December 15 with a tour of the world and the various countries' Christmas traditions, the VocalPoint Chamber Choir with brass on December 16, and the Victoria Scholars with Michael Colvin and Norine Burgess on December 17. Choral activity falls off sharply into January, though early February promises some interesting events, in~luding a visit from one of the world's great choirs, thanks again the Lawrence Cherney's Soundstreams. I want to make two more personal announcements. One is calling choral fans' attention to a project that I'm involved in entitled Critical Mass. These are presentations of different Renaissance mass settings in different downtown Toronto churches at Noon each month with all the proceeds going to the Out of the Cold program. The Pecember concert is on the 12th at St. James' CONCERT NOTES ·:· CHORAL SCENE Cathedral featuring the music of Palestrina and the next is on January 3o at St. Andrew's Presbyterian with a mass by Dufay. Please come and support a worthy cause. To close, I would like to congratulate Robert Cooper and Howard Dyck on the 20th Anniversary of CBC's Choral Concert radio program. They consistently . provide a top notch program week after week with, as they will woudly tell you, no repeats .... ever. 14 Whole note DECEMBER 1, 2000 - JANUARY 31, 2001 I wish all the wholenote readers a pleasant and meaningful holiday. (Larry Beckwith is the programs coordinator of Choirs Ontario) CHORAL QUICK PICK. DECEMBER/JANUARY: By popular request, performances featuring Handel's Messiah are marked with an asterisk •. December 1 & 2 8:00: Etobicoke Centennial Choir* December 2 2:00 & 4:00: Kingsway Baptist Church Choir December 2 7:30: High Park Choirs of Toronto December 2 7:30: Jubilate Singers/Jubilate Children's Chorus December 2 7:30 &-3 1 :00: Oakville Children's Choir ' December 2 8:00: All the King's Voices December 2 8:00: Cantores Celestes December 2 8:0p: Gospel choir December 2 8:00: Mohawk College Singers* (Further Afield) December 2 8:00: Oriana Singers December 2 8:00: Renaissance Singers (in Further Afield) December 2 8:00: Tallis Choir December 2 8:00: Toronto Chamber Choir December 2 8:00: Voices December 3 2:00: High Park Choirs of Toronto December 3 2:30: Mississauga Children's Chorus December 3 3:00: Amadeus Choir December 3 3:00: Durham Philharmonic Choir* December 3 3:00: Penthelia Singers December 3 4:00: St. Simon-the-Apostle Choir December 3 4:00: Amarilli Singers; St. George's on-the-Hill Choir December 3 4:30: Choirs of St. Anne's Church & Havergal College December 3 7:00: S~int Thomas's Choir December 3 7:30: North York Singers December 3 8:00: Church of St. Martin-In· The Fields Choir December 3 8:00: Hampton Avenue December 4 7:30: RCM Glenn Gould Professional School Choir December 5 7:30: Cantabile Chorale of York Region December 8 7:30: Elora Festival Singers• December 8 7:30: Upper Canada Choristers Inc. December 8 8:00: Elmer lseler Singers* December 8 8:00: North Toronto Women's Chamber Choir December 8 8:00: Orpheus 'Choir; Sidgwick Scholars December 8 8:00: U of Toronto Choirs December 8 8: 15: Toronto Cantata Chorus December 9 2:30: EMPressions Show Choir December 9 7:00: Coro San Marco December 9 7:30: ARCADY* December 9 7':30: Bach Children's Chorus/ Bach Chamber Youth Chofr Decembe( 9 7:30: Etobicoke Youth Choir; Barrie Regional Youth Choir December 9 7:30: Oakham House Choir of Ryerson U. December 9 7:30: Salvation Army Yorkminster Citadel Corps December 9 7:30: Thornhill Presbyterian Church Choir* December· 9 8:00: Annex Singers December 9 8:00: Deer Park Choir* December 9 8:00: Bell' Arte Singers• December 9 8:00 & 10 3:00: Pax Christi Choral December 10 3:00: Concertsingers December 10 3:00: Echo Women's Choir December 10 3:00: Toronto Camerata December· 10 4:00: Toronto Classical Singers* December 10 4:30: St. Andrew's United Church (in Too Late to List) December 10 4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir December 10 7:00: Metropolitan United Ch~rch Choir December 10 7:30: Leaside United Chancel & Junior Choirs December 10 7:30: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir December 10 7:30: Redeemer College Choir* (further Afield) December 10 8:00: Peel Choral Society• (in Further Afield) December 11 8:00: Hampton Avenue (in Honourable Mention) December 13 7:30: Amadeus.Choir December 13 8:00: Toronto Choral Society December 14, 15, 16 8:00 & 17 2:00: Tafelmusik Choir* December 14,20,22,23 8:00 & 17 3:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir* · De'cember 15 8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers December 15 8:00: Kammermusik Toronto December 15 & 16 8:00: Oakville Choral Society• December 15 8:15: Te Deum Singers (in Further Afield) December 16 7:30: Concertsingers December 16 7:30: Mississauga Children's Choir December 16 7:30: Toronto Children's Chorus December 16 7:30: Village Voices December 16 8:00: Bach Elgar Choir; Hamilton Children's Choir (in Further Afield) . December 16 8:00: Hickory Wood Public School Children's Choir (in Further Afield) December 16 8:00: Mississauga Choral Society December 16 & 17 8:00: St. Michael's Choir School December 16 8:00: VocalPoint Chamber Choir December 16 8:00: Vox Nouveau Singers (in Further Afield) December 16 8: 15: Te Deum Singers December 17 2:00: Calvin Presbyterian Church Choir* December 17 2:00: Claude W,atson School for the Arts Choir, . Norseman Chamber Choir,· Yorkminster Citadel Songsters December 17 3:00: Mississauga Choral Society* December 17 3:00: Cantabile Chorale December 17 4:00: St. Simon-the-Apostle Choir December 17 4:00: St. Andrew's Church Choir December 17 4:00: Bach Children's Chorus December 17 4:30: St. Anne's Choir December 17 4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir December 17 7:00: Coro San Marco December 17 7:00: Metropolitan United Church Choir December 17 7:30: Kingsway Baptist Church Chancel Choir December 17 8:00: Victoria Scholars December 18 7:30: Riverdale Youth Singers; Toronto Choristers December 18 8:00: Vox Nouveau & Elmer lseler Singers• (in Further Afielp) December 19 12:00 noon: Exultate Chamber Singers December 19 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choirs December 19 8:00: Ontario Christian Music Assembly 90- voice mixed choir (in Further A field) , December 19 8:00: Elora Festival Singers (in Further Afield) December 20 8:00: Dofasco Male C~orus (in Further Afield) December 22 11:30am: Toronto Children's Chorus; Toronto Mas~ed Choir; Toronto Mendelssohn Choirs December 22 8:00: Canadian Orpheus Male Choir; Hamilton. . Children's Choir (in Further Afield) . December 23 7:30: Ont Christian Music Assembly 90-voice mixed choir December 24 9:00: Humbercrest United Church (in Too Late to List) January 74:30: St. Anne's Choir January 14 3:00: Vesnivka Choir Continues

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