Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
The Cantabile Choirs present their magical candlelit holiday concerts entitled Winter’s Snow, Friday Dec. 18 at 7:30 and Saturday Dec. 19 at 2:00 and 7:30 at Sydenham Street Church.
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Cantabile’s December concerts are one of the musical highlights of the holiday season in Kingston – grand carol arrangements with thundering organ, soaring descants, joyful choruses, gentle lullabies and sentimental Christmas songs, set amongst the charm of candlelight, performed by 250 choristers and guest instrumentalists. There is a unique emotional quality to these concerts which goes beyond the wonderful music, fed by the excitement of friends and family returning home for the holidays, reaching its pinnacle when former choristers are invited to the stage to join the choirs in ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing’.
This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary, Cantabile throws its doors wide open with unreserved seating, and the doors open one hour before each performance. The matinee concert is especially designed for young families and includes lighter music that will fill their hearts with the spirit of the season. The Junior Choir have been polishing their famous rendition of ‘Rudoph!’- after 20 years, this song is such an audience favourite it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
Some highlights of the concert will include the raucous winter song, Apple Tree Wassail performed with gusto by the Young Men and the poignant Les Anges Chantent by Canadian Janet Kidd beautifully sung by the Young Women. The joyous Gloria by contemporary Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo sung by the Women’s Chorus will contrast with the hauntingly beautiful Ave Maria by Biebl and O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen sung by the combined Men’s and Women’s Choruses. Stephen Smith’s lilting If You Would Hear the Angels Sing will be sung by the Men’s Chorus. The voices of the children ring loud and clear in the sparkling Burgundian Carol, Patapan, about the fife and drums of the children running to the manger. The glorious concert finale will be See Amid the Winter’s Snow, one of many thrilling choral arrangements by the late Sir David Willcocks. Following the final performance on December 19, former members of the award-winning Youth Singers are invited to a reception at the Delta Hotel in downtown Kingston to continue the holiday festivities.
The Cantabile Choirs have a busy month of December. In addition to their own concerts, the choirs will be carolling in downtown Kingston, at a Queen’s University Carol Concert, with the Tenors at the K-Rock Centre, with the Gryphon Trio at the Isabel, and at the annual carol presentation at Heathfield Providence Motherhouse. Be sure to look for us!
Friday December 18, 7:30 pm Saturday December 19, 2:00 pm / 7:30 pm
Tickets: $27 / $25 / $15 available at cantabilechoirs.ca, through the Cantabile office upstairs at Sydenham St Church, 613 549 0099 and at The Church Bookroom, at the corner of Johnson and Wellington Sts.
Many thanks to long time concert sponsor