Toronto Mendelssohn Choir rings in the season with the help of the Canadian Staff Band, Dec 10

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:

Sussex Carol

Silent Night

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)

Lux Aurumque

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:

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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