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Friday, November 7, 2014

Upper Canada Choristers Celebrate the Holiday Season


The Upper Canada Choristers celebrate the holiday season in their concert, Winter Fanfare. Founder Laurie Evan Fraser conducts the 40-voice choir of men and women, Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto  

Tickets are $25 for adults; children and high school students free.  They may be ordered by calling (416) 256-0510.  More information is available at

With pianist Natasha Farnsblow in her Choristers debut, the choir performs a variety of repertoire reflective of the season.  Among the selections are John Rutter’s Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind; Celebro and Wintertide from Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis; Chanukah selections including Sevivon and We are Lights; and the ever popular audience sing alongs, this year on secular Christmas songs Sleigh Ride and White Christmas.  Baritone Mark Ruhnke is guest soloist with the choir in Vaughan Williams’ perennially popularFantasia on Christmas Carols.

Cantemos, the UCC`s accomplished a capella Latin ensemble, will sing contemporary Christmas selections from Argentina and Venezuela: La Peregrinación by Ariel Ramirez, arranged by Peter Knight for the King’s Singers, and Partamos a Belén by César Alejandro Carillo, as well as a setting of the Latin text Dormi Jesu written by Laurie Evan Fraser

In their 21st year of operation, the Upper Canada Choristers continues to promote and celebrate musical excellence and diversity, sharing the love of singing through education and community service.  The choir performs widely throughout the GTA for seniors, at chronic care facilities and schools, as well as at such events as the recent concert of the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra at Koerner Hall, Nuit Blanche and Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays.

Mark Ruhnke is in demand in the GTA as a baritone soloist and clinician. He is director of music and organist at St. Andrew’s United Church, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.



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