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.
Last week we made a very exciting announcement – the return of the National Geographic Live series to Roy Thomson Hall for the 2012|2013 Season. The second season is packed with twice as much good stuff because, due to popular demand, we’ve added another day of presentations! Subscriptions are now available for either Monday or Tuesday evenings.
Once again, the series will feature four dynamic events with exciting explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists from National Geographic. The upcoming season will see us gain worldly insight from Kenny Broad, diver and environmental anthropologist, on the topic of Extreme Cave Diving – Exploring the Bahamas’ Blue Holes; Robert Ballard, underwater explorer with Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration; photojournalist Catherine Karnow on her Journey to Vietnam; and photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes with their presentation Birds of Paradise Revealed. You can read all about these speakers and their work as well as purchase your subscription here.
PERFORMANCES Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel (Tuesday – Tonight): Annie Griffiths is one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers and someone who learned how to balance work and family while travelling around the world on assignment – no small feat. The presentation, based on her memoir of the same name, will showcase CONTINUE READING >
We’ve had lots of exciting new Massey Hall show announcements in the past week or so. Daughtry will be stopping in at Massey Hall with their Break the SpellTour on March 24. The band will be showcasing tunes from their latest album Break the Spell including “Crawling Back To You” and “Renegade.”
Then in April Death Cab for Cutie hits the Massey Hall stage on April 19. The concert should be pretty special as the band will be performing on stage with members of The Magik*Magik Orchestra. Magik*Magik Orchestra is, in fact, a modular orchestra who love collaboration and whose mission it is to “attract new listeners and participants to the orchestral experience.” As you can imagine, we think this is pretty cool – and obviously so does Death Cab For Cutie. You can get a feel for the kind of activities the Orchestra gets up to by checking out the “Watch and Listen” section of their webpage here.
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