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The art life and stilettos performance calendar: Dec 2 – 4, 2011

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Soulful Messiah – Ballet Creole
Soulfully danced to Quincy Jones’ Grammy Award-winning R&B rendition of Handel’s Messiah, this universal holiday tradition will leave you singing “Hallelujah!” throughout the festive season! Enriched by the uplifting voices of Aretha Franklin, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, Ballet Creole infuses tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern dance in this unique celebration of life through dance and music. With the eclectic energy of Ballet Creole’s Dance Company, and featuring David Cox (former Stomp member), Soulful Messiah drives its dancers and its audiences to rejoice! Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary with enhanced lighting and new costumes, it’s the perfect time to discover the magic of this season favourite. Friday, December 2, 2011, 8:00 pm – Sunday, December 4, 2011, 8:00 pm. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West.

Eve Egoyan “Returnings” music by Ann Southam

Eve Egoyan will perform works recorded on her new CD Returnings, world première recordings of music for solo piano by Ann Southam. The performance will include three Toronto premières including the world première of Returnings II: A Meditation. Along with Simple Lines of Enquiry, this disc represents the complete works for solo piano that Ann wrote with Eve in mind. Friday, December 02, 2011. 8pm. Glenn Gould Studio.

La Bohème. Against the Grain Theatre
Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!  Start off your holiday season by showing some cheer!   Against the Grain Theatre presents their smash hit from last season.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it, or want to again, come celebrate with us. The writer, the lover, the artist, the flirt. A night out in Toronto and falling in love. A set of bohemians take over Toronto in this new English translation of La bohème, a tale of love and tragedy, indulgence and excess.  Against the Grain Theatre presents Puccini’s La bohème for contemporary Toronto with a talented, classically trained young cast. December 1-3 2011 (3 shows only),8:00pm. The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave.

Poulenc: La Voix Humaine & Les Mamelles de Tirésias. University of Toronto Faculty of Music
From the melodic pen of Francis Poulenc come two one-act works of stunning theatrical contrast. La voix humaine (The Human Voice) portrays the heart wrenching grief of a woman’s final farewell to her lover while Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tirésias) brilliantly satirizes feminism, fertility drugs, and “family values.” A pre-performance opera chat will be given 30 minutes prior to each performance in room 130. Thursday, December 1, 2011 – 7:30 pm, Friday, December 2, 2011 – 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 7:30 pm, Sunday, December 4, 2011 – 2:30 pm.…
The Magic Flute. Glenn Gould School Opera
An Abridged version performed by students of the Glenn Gould School’s vocal program. Friday, December 02, 2011, Saturday, December 03, 2011. 7:30pm. Mazzoleni Concert Hall.

Baroque Splendor: The Golden Age of Dresden. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Baroque Dresden’s remarkable court orchestra attracted Europe’s best instrumentalists and composers, resulting in flashy, stunning and technically demanding music. Join Tafelmusik, directed by the dynamic and entertaining Italian oboe virtuoso Alfredo Bernardini, for music by Fasch, Pisendel, Telemann and Vivaldi. Fri Dec 2, Sat Dec 3 at 8pm, Sun Dec 4 at 3:30pm. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.…

FROST. Cadence Ballet
An evening of work inspired by the winter season and the poetry of Robert Frost. Performances by Cadence Ballet’s three companies: Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet, Cadence Bridges Ballet and Cadence Youth Ballet. Sunday, December 4. 8:00pm. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St.

Monica Whicher and Judy Loman
Following the 2010 release of their celebrated recording titled Lullabies and Carols for Christmas, soprano Monica Whicher and harpist Judy Loman present a festive concert of carols and songs in time for the season. Sunday, December 04, 2011 Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. West.

Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone
Daniel Okulitch has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of title roles Figaro and Don Giovanni and for creating the title role in the world premiere of Howard Shore’s The Fly with the Los Angeles Opera. His most recent recording, The New American Art Song, is just the latest chapter in an impressive career of adventure and top flight artistry. An arresting presence on stage with a powerful voice to match, he makes his Toronto debut on Sunday afternoon, Decemeber 4, at Glenn Gould Studio in a program of songs from his recording The New American Art Song. Sun Dec 04, 2011 2pm.

The Joy of Music. Opera Belcanto.
A Holiday concert with soloists, chorus and orchestra. Featuring Neapolitan songs and opera excerpts. December 4, 2011. 7:30pm. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Musical Storyteller. Orchestra Toronto.
Engelbert Humperdinck, Hänsel and Gretel overture; Aram Khachaturian, The Masquerade Suite, David Smith Theatre of Marionettes; Heitor Villa-Lobos, The Little Train of the Brazilian Countryman, from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2; Hector Berlioz, March to the Scaffold from Symphonie fantastique; Henri Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Clarisse Schneider, violin, winner of the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition: The 2011 Marta Hidy Prize for Violin. The concert starts at 3 p.m. and there is a pre-concert talk at 2:15 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo before the concert and during intermission. December 4, 2011 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Toronto Centre for the Arts.


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