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Date(s) - 06/12/2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Grace Church on-the-Hill
The Upper Canada Choristers; Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor; Cantemos Latin ensemble; Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano; Bradley Christensen, baritone
A Christmas Fantasy opens the Upper Canada Choristers’ 26th season, following a successful and memorable tour of Japan to cap off their 25th anniversary celebrations.
The 40-voice mixed choir performs five centuries of Christmas music, in a wide range of carols dating back as far as the 15th century in addition to some more modern settings. As well, the choir will perform The Boar’s Head Carol arranged by conductor Laurie Evan Fraser and her Noel for the Darkness.
Baritone Bradley Christensen (www.bradleychristensenbaritone.com) joins the Choristers as soloist in the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the traditional French carol Quelle est cette odeur agréable?, arranged by Sir David Willcocks.
The audience will be invited to sing along with the choir in two carols – the Gustav Holst version of In the Bleak Midwinter, and The First Noel, arranged by Willcocks.
The choir’s accomplished Latin ensemble, Cantemos, joins the choir in the French carol A maiden most gentle, and Sir Christemas by 20th century Welsh composer William Mathias. On its own, the ensemble sings Tleycantimo choquilya, written in both the indigenous Mexican language of Nahuatl and in Spanish, in the 1500s; and the endearing lullaby A la nanita nana, sung throughout the Hispanic world.
Children and teens are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Patrons are invited to bring a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
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