It’s beginning to look a lot like Hannukwanzmas

dec22wordcloudSo what’s on as we move into the holiday season?

Closing out November there’s Opera Revue at Castro’s this afternoon at 3pm and a couple of concerts on Wednesday.  At lunchtime Wirth Prize winner Elisabeth Saint-Gelais and collaborative pianist Louise Pelletier present an intriguing looking programme in the RBA then at 7.30pm at Mazzoleni Hall the RCM’s Rebanks fellows are performing.  Both are free but the Mazzoleni concert is ticketed and may be sold out.

December kicks off with a Soundstreams concert; Indigenous Voices, on the 1st at 8pm at Heliconoan Hall.  On the 2nd Tapestry present A Joke Before the Gallows at 918 Bathurst and WEMMF have their closing concert at Redeemer Lutheran.

At Hart House Theatre you can catch Emily Dix’ adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier’s The Birds.  That runs until December 10th.

The first part of the RCM’s 21C festival starts on December 6th with three concerts featuring the Kronos Quartet.

On the 12th at 7.30pm at Heliconian Hall Confluence Concerts Young Artistic Associate, violist Ryan Davis, curates a varied programme with guests Kevin Ahfat, Daniel Go, Bora Kim, Jonelle Sills and Suba Sankaran.

Then it’s Messiah season so here’s a round up of the usual suspects:

  • The TSO presents a big orchestra, big choir version with Gustavo Gimeno conducting and soloists Lauren Fagan – soprano, Stephanie Wake-Edwards – mezzo-soprano, Michael Colvin – tenor and Elliot Madore – baritone.  December 17th to 21st at Roy Thomson Hall.
  • Tafelmusik, of course has the HIP version with Ivars taurins conducting and soloists Karina Gauvin – soprano, Christopher Lowrey – countertenor, Valerio Contaldo – tenor and Brett Polegato – baritone.  December 16th and 17th at Koerner Hall.
  • The there’s my favourite; Soundstream’s Electric Messiah.  This is at Crow’s Theatre from December 22nd to 24th.  the music director is Apson directs the stage action.dam Scime and Rob Kem.  Soloists are Lindsay McIntyre – soprano, Elizabeth Shepherd – mezzo and Andrew Adridge – bass.  This is Messiah like you have never heard it before; including previous iterations of EM.

And finally a New Year thing, more or less.  Toronto Operetta Theatre are presenting Die Fledermaus at the St. Lawrence Centre on Dec 28th, 30th and 31st.

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