The Upper Canada Choristers and conductor Laurie Evan Fraser set the perfect tone for the holiday season with a concert
titled Christmas Cheer, Friday. December 7, 8 p.m. at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road (Spadina-St. Clair area).
Tickets are $25, children and teens free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be reserved by calling 416-256-0510 or
emailing email@example.com. More info will be posted at http://uppercanadachoristers.org. Patrons are invited to bring
a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
The program will offer holiday favorites and less familiar repertoire – among them Hodie Christus Natus Est from Benjamin Britten’s
A Ceremony of Carols, and a set of Christmas selections by John Rutter, including his delightful musical fable Brother Heinrich’s Christmas,
with narrator Valerie Abels; bassoonist Christian Sharpe and pianist Hye Won Cecilia Lee.
The 40-member mixed choir also takes its audience on Craig Courtney’s captivating Musicological Journey Through the
Twelve Days of Christmas, with each verse reflecting a different musical period of western classical music.
Cantemos, our Latin ensemble, will deliver baroque Latin American repertoire with bassoon continuo – Convidando este la noche
by Mexican composer Juan Garcia de Zespedes (ca 1619-1678), and A este sol peregrino by Tomas Torrejon y Velasco (1644-1728)
from Cuzco, Peru.
Cantemos and the main choir wrap up their Christmas presence with a rousing a cappella version of We Wish you a Merry Christmas,
arranged by Arthur Warrell.
This season, the Upper Canada Choristers celebrate the 25th anniversary of their founding by Laurie Evan Fraser and Jacqui Atkin.
The anniversary will be celebrated in the May 10, 2019 spring concert, How Can I Keep From Singing? The program will include
the premiere of a six-song cycle on the theme of love, composed by Stephen Chatman to poetry by Sara Teasdale, a special commission
for the anniversary.
Two days later, on May 12, the choir leaves for a 10-day Peace Through Music concert tour of Japan. Continuing its model of
community service, the choir will perform in seniors’ residences and daycares. It will also reconnect for a Tokyo concert with
Sei-Yu-Kai, the Japanese choir that visited Canada in 2008 and with whom the UCC gave a joint concert. The trip will also give the
choir members a chance to meet up again with Japanese alumni who have returned to their native country.