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Friday, November 11, 2011

Upper Canada Choristers Present Wintertide

Friday, December 9 at Grace Church-on-the-Hill

THE UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS PRESENT WINTERTIDE

FEATURING NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

OF KARL JENKINS' STELLA NATALIS

Music from many cultures celebrates the coming winter season, when the Upper Canada Choristers present a Wintertide, Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m. at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road. The performance features the North American premiere of Stella Natalis by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.

Founder Laurie Evan Fraser conducts the 45-voice choir of men and women, with Jo Greenaway at the piano.

Tickets – $20 in advance, $25 at the door, children and high school students free – may be ordered by calling (416) 256-0510. More information is posted atwww.uppercanadachoristers.org.

The centrepiece, Stella Natalis (“star of birth” or “star of origin”), comprises 12 movements that celebrate various aspects of the season – winter, the sleeping child, peace and thanksgiving – using texts from the Old Testament, Zulu sources, and new texts by Carol Barratt. Trumpeter Michael Barth and percussionist David Tomlinson join Fraser, Greenaway and the choir. The work was recorded by EMI Classics in 2009, and revised in its 2010 publication.

The Upper Canada Choristers’ program also features carols from a variety of cultures – British Isles, Europe, Latin America and Canada – and includes music for Hanukkah. The audience will have a chance to join the choir to sing along in favorite carols. As well, the choir will premiere Winter Fanfare, written by Laurie Evan Fraser.

Cantemos, the UCC’s highly accomplished Latin-American ensemble, performs music from Spain and Venezuela, as well as combining with the Choristers to present Stella Natalis.

Cantemos’ debut CD, featuring Latin-American Christmas music, will be available for sale.

Excerpts from Stella Natalis and conversation with the composer and recording artists can be enjoyed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aNnItpn6HY. More information on the work is at www.jenkinsstellanatalis.com/press/Stellanatalispressrelease.pdf.

Cantemos and the Choir have a busy fall season. Cantemos appeared at the Kensington Market Pedestrian Mall in September, and October 1 at Nuit Blanche in front of Queen Street West’s Arepa Cafe. The main choir is part of The Big Sing, November 6 at Roy Thomson Hall.

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