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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 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

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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