On Wednesday, December 10th the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will ring in the season with its annual holiday tradition, Festival of Carols, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. This year the Choir welcomes the acclaimed 30-piece Canadian Staff Band, and concert organist David Briggs.
The concert will include a wide range of choral music fit for the season, from Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo with the triumphant sound of full choir, organ and band, to Eric Whitacre’s contemplative Lux Aurumque sung by the choir who will be spread out around the church. There will be traditional favourites, brass band music for the season performed by the incomparable Canadian Staff Band, and seasonal stories narrated by Noel Edison. A carol sing-along will encourage the audience to add their voices to this welcome to the holiday season.
The evening’s program includes:
Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing (Audience sing-along with the band and organ)
Angelus ad pastores ait (choir, band and organ)
Jubilate Deo (choir, band and organ)
What Child is this?
Ding dong! Merrily on High
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Audience sing-along with band and organ)
Away in the Manger
Hodie, Christus natus est
In the bleak mid-winter
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Carol of the Bells
The First Nowell (Audience sing-along with band and organ)
Organ improvisation by David Briggs
Brass band music with The Canadian Staff Band
Visit the concert webpage.
Read Rick Phillip’s informative program notes about the role of brass bands at Christmas.
For those who can’t make it to Yorkminster Park, the concert will also be webcast on livestream at: http://new.livestream.com/TMChoir/FestivalofCarols
Festival of Carols
December 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St.
Noel Edison, conductor and narrator
Caron Daley, associate conductor
David Briggs, organ
Canadian Staff Band,
John Lam, bandmaster
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Tickets: $35 to $76; $35 to $70 for seniors; VoxTix $20 for 30 years and under. Tickets are available from the TMC Box Office online or call 416-598-0422, ext 221.
Concert program is subject to change without notice.
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