Happy Holidays everyone! This will be the last Buzz of 2012 and so below we include details for a variety of holiday performances including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations at the Halls. We’ll see you back here at Soundboard on January 8, 2013!
PERFORMANCES Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble & The Choirs of St. Michael’s Choir School, A Christmas Celebration (Wednesday): This festive edition of Roy Thomson Hall’s FREE Noon-hour Choir & Organ concert series promises holiday cheer in the form of both sacred and secular choral music – and sing-alongs! Join us on your lunch hour to hear these excellent choirs alongside the Hall’s marvellous Gabriel Kney pipe organ (played by organist William O’Meara). Artistic Director of the St. Michael’s Choir School and Musical Director of the Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble, Jerzy Cichocki, conducts the concert.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday): The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah five times this week featuring the 150 voice Mendelssohn Choir and internationally renowned vocalists including Canadian luminaries Michael Schade and Russell Braun. A pre-concert chat will take place in the North Lobby prior to the Saturday performance with Rick Phillips.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Sing-Along Messiah (Sunday): For another take on this masterpiece, head down to Massey Hall this Sunday to take part in the collective efforts of 2,700 audience members and guest soloists, conducted by “Herr Handel” himself, performing this seasonal oratorio (for an example, see video embedded above). Vocalists include Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano, who will also be performing the concluding recital of our 2012-2013 Canadian Voices vocal recitals series on April 14 at Glenn Gould Studio.
Just yesterday afternoon we announced that comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will be heading to Massey Hall on April 12, 2012 as part of his Moral Compass Tour. Ron White has been a busy fellow with a New York Times Best Seller, I Had the Right to Remain Silent… But I Didn’t Have the Ability, two Grammy Award nominations, and three of the top-rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central’s history. Tickets for FriendsFirst members are on sale today and for the general public on Friday.
In addition to Justin Bieber’s hugely anticipated Home for the Holidays TV special being taped tomorrow at Massey Hall, Toronto’s own The Canadian Tenors bring their own, Home for the Holidays Tour to Roy Thomson Hall for two nights this week (Thursday, December 22 & Friday, December 23): The Canadian Tenors, who were recently called by the Washington Examiner “a perfect partnership of classical and pop,” perform two shows this week in celebration of the festive season. For a taste of the music of which these four gentlemen are capable, check out this CBC Concert on Demand from their 2009 benefit concert in Vancouver for the Bulembu Foundation. The concert included a version of their now-classic take on “Hallelujah” made famous in their performance of the tune on this year’s Emmy Awards. And to get an idea of the Tenors feeling festive, here’s a video for their “O Holy Night.”
We’re proud that our Halls are home to some of Toronto’s most exciting and memorable concerts and events. Not only do we present some of these events ourselves, we host and welcome major and independent promoters from across Canada. They all contribute greatly to our city’s diverse and inspiring arts and cultural scene. In this column, we celebrate some of these promoters and turn the spotlight on them. This week, we speak with Attila Glatz and take a look at Attila Glatz Concert Productions.
Strong entrepreneurial spirit has driven Attila Glatz to three successful decades of concert production & promotion, community arts development, and festival organization in North America. Some of his many accomplishments include the 1993 co-founding of the successful Huntsville Festival of the Arts in Ontario, of which he remains Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus; the North American presenter, since 2003, of the sensational Daniel O’Donnell concert tours; the successful Toronto debut of Burn the Floor, and the Ten Tenors; the North American debut tour of the world-famous Vienna Mozart Orchestra; and an exclusive Toronto-only engagement of world-famous tenor Plácido Domingo in 2000.
Attila & Marion Glatz in St. Petersburg
In 1995, Marion and Attila Glatz introduced the idea of the traditional Viennese New Year’s Day concert to North American audiences. Recently, Marion and Attila Glatz were presented with the Austrian Government’s prestigious “Decoration of Merit in Gold” for their tireless efforts promoting Austrian culture worldwide.
Having worked for Attila Glatz Concert Productions previously, I can attest to their passion for the arts and their commitment to creating great shows. CONTINUE READING >
The Buzz is taking a wee holiday break next week but will be back on January 10. This week we’ve included our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities and made provisions for your stocking up on festive cheer in music form. And if we may suggest an idea for those of you still on the hunt for the perfect gift – consider the gift of live music. By sharing or providing an experience to enjoy live music, you’re creating long-lasting memories. From all of us at Soundboard, Happy Holidays!
Bravissimo! (December 31 at Roy Thomson Hall): Enjoy Opera’s Greatest Hits this New Year’s Eve at Roy Thomson Hall with an international cast of brilliantly talented performers including Canada’s own Isabel Bayrakdarian and Richard Margison.
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza (December 31 at Massey Hall): Last week, we let you know the full line-up for this hilarious night of comedy and it’s a gathering of great comedic minds. Hosted by Geri Hall and starring Jon Dore, the night begins at 7:30pm which means that you can laugh yourself silly and still make it to your venue of choice to ring in the New Year at midnight.
Salute to Vienna (January 1 at Roy Thomson Hall): Now in its 16th year, the annual Salute to Vienna concert is a North American tradition inspired by the annual concert celebration on New Year’s Day in Vienna. Read all about the history of the tradition here and the performers here (including Orchestra, soloists, and dancers from the Ballet St. Polten).
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza (Thursday): Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s, knows a thing or two about funny. He’ll prove that this Thursday at Massey Hall with our annual Comedy Extravaganza – for which he has handpicked the talent, including host Gerry Dee, and featured performers Nikki Payne and Glenn Foster. Also appearing are Terry Clement, Sam Easton, Mark Forward, Jen Grant, Rob Pue, and Kenny Robinson, with musical stylings by the Jamyz Bee Combo. Bonus: show begins at 7:30 p.m., so laugh yourself silly and then head out for a night on the town to ring in the new year!
New Year’s Eve Concert 2009 – Bravissimo (Thursday): Comedy not quite your thing? Over at Roy Thomson Hall this New Year’s Eve is a showcase of opera’s greatest hits. Enjoy some favourite selections – from Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Rigoletto, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, and more – in this performance by an international cast of six opera stars and the Opera Canada Symphony.
New Year’s Day Celebration – Salute to Vienna (Friday): An annual favourite at Roy Thomson Hall based on the Viennese Neujahrskonzert, Salute to Vienna brings the lovely tradition of the New Year’s Day concert to North America. The concert features the Strauss Symphony of Canada, plus European singers and dancers, in a celebration of Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries. Get a taste for the majesty of this custom with a video or two. CONTINUE READING >
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