From Darkness into Light – Holiday Celebrations with the Upper Canada Choristers and Cantemos

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Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in a diversity of languages and styles.

This concert features excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah; words by poet Sarah Williams sung to a Haydn canon; Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on This Shining Night (to a poem of James Agee), two Christmas songs by John Rutter; carols, and the spiritual This Little Light of Mine.

For Chanukah, the choir performs We Are Lights and the Judeo-Spanish Ocho Kandelikas (Eight little candles).  The choir honors the African American cultural celebration of Kwanzaa with Harambee (“pull together” in the Kenyan language of Kiswahili), a song reflecting the seven principles of the holiday.

Cantemos offers up three Spanish numbers: Quieres Contar mis Estrellas? (Do You Want to Count My Stars?), by Venezuelan Miguel Delgado Estevez, arranged for men’s voices by Venezuelan composer Cesar Alejandro Carrillo; aguinaldos (carols) by Carrillo, and Los Reyes del Oriente (Kings from the East), from Puerto Rico.

LIVE-STREAMING at  Free, but donations are welcome to cover expenses.

IN PERSON TICKETS: A limited number of tickets will be available to fully vaccinated people aged 12 and up (subject to all public health regulations in force at the time), on a first-come basis from Eventbrite, see link below.



Date(s) - 03/12/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Grace Church on-the-Hill

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The Upper Canada Choristers; Cantemos Latin ensemble; Hye Won Cecilia Lee: piano; Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor

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