Christmas with the TSO: Fantasy, magic, and music

November 23, 2016

Christmas with the TSO: Fantasy, magic, and music

Jann Arden, Colin Mochrie, and Nicholas McGegan join the TSO to celebrate the holiday season

The month of December casts a magic spell on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), as the films with live orchestra series continues, followed by a Tchaikovsky extravaganza. The TSO then welcomes the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as a guest before launching into the sparkling, uplifting Christmas season.

On December 1, 2, and 3, guest conductor Ludwig Wicki leads the combined forces of the TSO, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, along with brilliant soloists Kaitlyn Lusk (soprano) and Alastair Thorburn-Vitols (boy soprano) for The Lord of the Rings—The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert, presented in partnership with TIFF. The epic movie by Sir Peter Jackson (an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic) is presented on the big screen as Howard Shore’s sweeping, Academy Award–winning score comes to life.

December 7 brings an attractive all-Tchaikovsky program, marking the TSO début of Moscow-born pianist Lukas Geniušas, and the return of distinguished conductor John Storgårds. “With Storgårds, instinct and refinement become one, which is a rare gift indeed,” notes The Telegraph. And The TSO Chamber Soloists series continues with a pre-concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, led by John Storgårds (admission is included in the price of a regular concert ticket).

The celebrated Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and its Music Director Kent Nagano return for their annual visit on December 8. The evening includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4—featuring Till Fellner—along with works by Dutilleux and Ravel.

The holiday season kicks off on December 9 and 11 with The Twelve Days of Christmas, a delightful concert for the whole family featuring beloved comedian Colin Mochrie. The TSO’s RBC Resident Conductor Earl Lee leads the TSO, the Highland Creek Pipe Band, the Resonance Youth Choir, and Tha Spot Holiday Dancers for a festive evening, complete with sing-along holiday classics, and a hilarious live-action pageant.

On December 13 and 14, A Jann Arden Christmas brings the charismatic Canadian songstress to the TSO stage. With her warm voice, witty personality, and legendary charm, Jann Arden offers a memorable assortment of timeless numbers and audience favourites. The TSO is joined by the Etobicoke School of the Arts Chorus, under the baton of TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.

The holiday season culminates with highly anticipated performances of Handel’s glorious oratorio Messiah. Acclaimed Baroque-music specialist Nicholas McGegan conducts the Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Messiah—perhaps the most famous piece of British music ever composed—features an outstanding quartet of soloists comprising soprano Yulia Van Doren, mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, tenor Isaiah Bell, and bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch.
 

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The 2016/17 season is dedicated to H. Thomas Beck in recognition of his vital and long-standing support of the TSO.


DECEMBER 2016 CONCERT LISTINGS
All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., unless otherwise noted. Call the TSO ticket line at 416.593.1285, or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

The Lord of the Rings—The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert

Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm

Ludwig Wicki, conductor
Kaitlyn Lusk, soprano
Alastair Thorburn-Vitols, boy soprano
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Noel Edison, Artistic Director)
Canadian Children’s Opera Company (Dean Burry, Artistic Director)

Howard Shore: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Film with Live Orchestra)

TICKETS: $29.50–$75

All Tchaikovsky

Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00pm

John Storgårds, conductor
Lukas Geniušas, piano

Tchaikovsky: Overture to Hamlet
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Pre-concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major by The TSO Chamber Soloists at 6:45pm (admission is included in the price of a regular concert ticket).

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Thursday, December 8 at 8:00pm

Kent Nagano, conductor
Till Fellner, piano
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, guest orchestra

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2 “Le Double”
Ravel: La valse

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Friday, December 9 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 11 at 3:00pm

Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor
Colin Mochrie, narrator
Highland Creek Pipe Band
Resonance Youth Choir
Tha Spot Holiday Dancers

James Stephenson: Holiday Overture
L. Mozart/arr. Aubrey Winter: Allegro from Toy Symphony in C Major
Pola, Wyle/arr. Steven Reineke: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Lucas Richman: Hannukah Festival Overture
Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Music from Frozen
John Rutter: Candlelight Carol
Traditional/arr. Mitch Clarke: Frosty the Snowman
Tchaikovsky: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: Trépak from The Nutcracker
Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Delvyn Chase: Rocket Sleigh
Richard Hayman: The Twelve Days of Christmas (A Pageant)
Finnegan, Ployhar, Luck: Rudolph’s Christmas Medley

TICKETS: YOUTH $20–$39
ADULT $30–$69

A Jann Arden Christmas

Tuesday, December 13 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00pm

Steven Reineke, conductor
Jann Arden, vocalist
Etobicoke School of the Arts Chorus (Megan Benjafield, Chorus Director)

Program to include the following works orchestrated by Dave Pierce:
Willson: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
Torme, Wells: “The Christmas Song”
J. Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon: “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)”
Adam/arr. Bob Rock, Jamie Edwards: “O Holy Night”
Gannon, Kent, Ram: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Davis, Fraser, Grossman: “Little Drummer Boy”
Brown, Ped: “Please Come Home for Christmas”
Pola, Wyle: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

TICKETS: EVENING: $33.75–$107
MATINEE: $29.50–$83.75

Messiah

Sunday, December 18 at 3:00pm
Monday, December 19 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, December 20 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 21 at 8:00pm
Friday, December 23 at 8:00pm

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Abigail Levis, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Noel Edison, Artistic Director)

Handel: Messiah

TICKETS: EVENING: $38.75–$107
MATINEE: $38.75–$111.25

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