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Sunday, 4 December 2011

This Week in Toronto (Dec. 5 - 11)

Violinist James Ehnes in an all Tchaikovsky program with theToronto Symphony Orchestra

Now that we are solidly into December, we are officially in Holiday Season. The big Messiah feast hasn't quite started yet, but there's already a veritable feast of holiday programming big and small, taking place in regular concert venues as well as in the various churches around the city. Here is an eclectic selection of notable Christmas-related concerts:

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is presenting An Indigo Christmas that features African Latino and Andean music on Dec. 6th 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is presenting Festival of Carols on Dec. 7 7:30 p.m. at the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street. Noel Edison conducts and Richard Ouzounian is the narrator.

Right across the street on 1570 Yonge Street is the Christ Church Deer Park, where you can catch Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir's presentation of A Welsh Christmas.

The British group Tallis Scholars has been on tour the last few months. They are presenting a Holiday Concert featuring a diverse setting of the Magnificat on Dec. 8th at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall.

Jumblies Theatre is presenting Like an Old Tale, an East Scarborough Retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, featuring baritone Doug MacNaughton and soprano Neema Bickersteth. There is also traditional Tamil and First Nations' singing. It takes place on Dec. 8 7:30 p.m., with additional shows Dec. 9 to 18.

The Canadian Men's Chorus is presenting A Gentlemen's Christmas: Winter Chill, featuring music by Rusk, Vaughan williams, Looma, Ramsay, Luengen, and Takash. It takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio on Dec. 10 8 p.m.

On Sunday (Dec. 11) 3 p.m., the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents a children's concert (for those 5 to 12), Twelve Days of Christmas, conducted by Richard Hayman.

On the "non-Holiday Music" front, top on my list is the return of Canada's foremost violinist James Ehnes to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky program on Dec. 8 8 pm, repeated on Dec. 10th 7:30 p.m. He plays the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Also on the program is Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian", and the rousing Polonaise from Eugene Onegin.
Peter Oundjian conducts.

The Queen of Puddings Music Theatre is presenting New Voices, featuring 15 vocal and instrumental pieces, led by soprano Betty Wayne Allison. It takes place at the Tank House Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St. in the Distillery District.



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