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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sing We Noël, Noël We Sing
Massey Hall, Friday, December 11, 2009, 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 12, 2009, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $36.50 - $22.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, October 22, 2009 – Let the joy resound! Toronto’s beloved St. Michael’s Choir School celebrates the glorious sounds and spirit of Christmas with its annual Massey Hall concert. One of this city’s most endearing holiday traditions, this year’s Christmas performance, Sing We Noël, Noël We Sing, offers a jubilant program rich with some of the most wonderful melodies ever written for the Christmas season. The remarkable boys of St. Michael’s Choir School will take to the Massey Hall stage on Friday, December 11, 2009 at 8 pm and Saturday, December 12, 2009, at 3 pm to sing songs of praise to usher in the holiday season, and to mark this, St. Michael’s Choir School’s 70th Annual Christmas concert.

Sing We Noël, Noël We Sing, a splendid musical program created especially for this anniversary event includes music on more traditional holiday subjects with excerpts from Rutters’ choral song-cycle, Dancing Day, Lux aurumque from composer Eric Whitacre and sacred works such as E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come; and Young’s lovely arrangement of Widor’s Toccata – Gloria. Several popular Christmas carols are also in store -- Silent night; O come all ye faithful and Hark the herald angels sing offer audiences an opportunity to sing along with traditional favourites.

This year’s concert also features the talents of gifted organist William O’Meara and the artistry of harpist Sanya Eng. To further highlight the Choir School’s choral tradition, the choirs will also perform two works specifically connected with St. Michael’s Choir School. In addition to a special arrangement of O Canada by the Choir School’s former Music Director Monsignor Thomas Barrett Armstrong, the Senior Choir will present Hodie, Christus natus est an original work by alumnus Dr. Kola Owolabi.

In December 1939, the Cathedral Schola Cantorum later to become known as St. Michael’s Choir School, took to the stage to present their first-ever Christmas concert. Their annual Massey Hall residencey began 44 years ago. In addition to the annual Christmas concert, the choirs perform publicly in an annual tour and at many local events. Dignitaries such as His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien have enjoyed the choir’s performances.

Founded in 1937 with the purpose of providing sacred music for services at St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto, St. Michael’s Choir School is a centre for musical and academic excellence. Each student admitted to the Choir School is trained in vocal, technical, and instrumental music, and sings in one of the school’s choirs. For more information:

Massey Hall, Friday, December 11, 2009, 8 PM and Saturday, December 12, 2009, 3 PM.
Tickets: $36.50 - $22.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office



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