The TMC Spreads Christmas Joy

Ken Stephen, Large Stage Live! This week's virtual Festival of Carols concert from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir triumphantly overcame all obstacles to continue a much-loved Toronto tradition in a year of challenges.
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Categories: 2020-2021 Season and Media Reviews.

Messiah/Complex joyfully proves beauty of a vast ‘Canadian’ experience

Leah Borts Kuperman, Opera Canada Magazine. I feel I must preface this review with the confession that I have never–not ever–seen a holiday-season Messiah. I am grateful that Messiah/Complex, a filmed collaboration between the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Against the Grain (AtG) Theatre, seen Dec. 13th, was my first. Messiah has long been a Christmas tradition for some, but as a Jewish-Canadian oft-excluded from mainstream holiday cheer, it was lovely to see a joyful adaptation by co-directors Joel Ivany and Reneltta Arluk that deftly crosses denominations. Their Messiah/Complex is an hour-and-18-minute-long film celebrating different facets of the Canadian experience with 13 soloists and four choirs representing every Province and Territory to the gorgeous sounds of the TSO.
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Categories: 2020-2021 Season and Media Reviews.