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Classical Calendar: December 2019. The Messiahs … and not the Messiahs

Station Blog2019-10-30By: Classical Staff

Soulpepper’s “A Christmas Carol”. Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann  

December 3 – January 12, 2020, various times
Mirvish Productions
From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime, this show takes us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920. Anastasia delves into the mystery of her past while pursued by a Soviet officer determined to silence her.
The original US touring cast will perform, starring Lila Coogan as Anya. Featuring a book by Terrence McNally, score by Stephen Flherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and direction by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak.
Ed Mirvish Theatre (Victoria Street, near Dundas Square)

Decmeber 4, at 7:00 pm
Kathleen Newman-Bremang on Notting Hill
A throwback film event: “Notting Hill” starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, a film marking its 20th anniversary. It’s an unlikely tale about a ridiculously famous movie star and your everyday bloke in a chance meeting … and chance relationship. Amazing supportive cast include a pre-Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, in a hilarious moment when he realizes whom exactly Julia Roberts’ character is.
Guest speaker is Kathleen Newman-Bremang, producer and writer and the sole staff writer at Refinery29 Canada.

December 6 – 24, various times
A Christmas Carol
The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who enlighten him about charity and goodwill. Recommended for ages 8+.
Joseph Ziegler, Ebenezer Scrooge
Full cast listing at the link above.
Baillie Theatre Stage (Young Centre, Distillery District)

December 6 – 24, various times
Here’s a non-Christmas option that’s fun, festive, and perfect to bring the kids, including babes-in-arms! Fly back to Neverland to meet the boy who would never grow up in this fantastical musical.
Featuring Fiona Sauder as Peter Pan and Gabriella Albino as Wendy (full casting TBA or in the link above)
Michael Young Theatre (Young Centre, Distillery District)

December 10-12, various times
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
TSO Holiday Pops
Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, ever-vibrant, brings a sleighful of festive favourites in a concert overflowing with holiday cheer. It’ll be a fun concert, and great for kids, too.
Steve Reineke, conductor (Lucas Waldin for the Dec. 12 concert)
Measha Brueggergosman, vocalist
Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)

December 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, various times
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah, featuring an arrangement by Mozart.
Alexander Shelley, conductor
Jane Archibald, soprano
Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Russell Braun, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)

December 17 – December 20, all at 7:30 pm
Tafelmusik & Tafelsmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir
Handel Messiah
Music that conveys the humanity and goodwill of Handel’s beloved choral masterpiece.
Ivars Taurins, conductor
Margot Rood, soprano
Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Peter Harvey, baritone
Koerner Hall (Bloor at Queens Park)
*Please arrive early, as late seating may not be possible

December 21 at 2 pm
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir
Sing-Along Messiah at Roy Thomson Hall
This is loads of fun – sing along to Messiah. Scores can be purchased on-site and kids are welcome too; those under 2 attend for free.
Herr Handel, conductor
Margot Rood, soprano
Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Peter Harvey, baritone
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)



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