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Monday, December 6, 2010

Upper Canada Choristers Presents A Medieval-Flavoured Christmas Concert

A Babe is Born – December 10 at Grace Church-on-the-Hill

THE UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS PRESENT

A MEDIEVAL-FLAVORED CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Upper Canada Choristers present traditional, popular and classical music inspired by the medieval era in its Christmas concert, A Babe is Born,Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m. at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road. Founder Laurie Evan Fraser conducts the 40-voice choir of men and women, with Nicole Bellamy on piano.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, children and high school students free. To order, call (416) 256-0510. More information is available atwww.uppercanadachoristers.org.

The program combines ancient words and melodies, some from the perspective of modern composers. Among the selections are Gustav Holst’s settings of Four Old English Carols, a group of carols by John Rutter, and the transcendently beautiful Veni Jesu by Luigi Cherubini.

Cantemos, the UCC’s highly accomplished Latin-American ensemble, performs a gorgeous setting of Ave Maria, written in 1938 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos; El Nacimiento by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez, and the traditional Spanish carol A la Nanita Nana.

Inspired by her travels this past summer to some of the magnificent churches and cathedrals in France and England, Evan Fraser has written Dormi, Jesu, a new a cappella song for the choir that pays homage to Gregorian chant.

The audience will also have a chance to join the choir in singing favorite carols.

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