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Orpheus Choir of Toronto-Canadian Premiere of Nils Lindberg's "A Christmas Cantata"

Location: Ontario, Canada
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed

SWING INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH THE ORPHEUS CHOIR'S

BIG BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT

FEATURING THE CANADIAN PREMIERE PERFORMANCE

OF NILS LINDBERG'S "A CHRISTMAS CANTATA"

The centrepiece to our Orpheus Big Band Christmas is the Canadian premiere of A Christmas Cantata by the Swedish composer Nils Lindberg…an exciting mix of different genres - English carols, jazz music, Swedish folk music - exquisitely arranged by Lindberg for choir, two vocal soloists and Big Band, replete with saxophones, brass, percussion and jazz keyboard styling's. Christmas reflections, based on the Gospels of. St. Matthew, St. John and St. Luke, are interspersed with the most famous of English carols: Ding, Dong Merrily on High, Deck the Hall' , God rest ye merry Gentlemen, and more …all set with infectious harmonies of classical music and jazzy rhythms. In addition Orpheus welcomes the season with atmospheric works by Gjielo, Tavener, Whitacre and Leighton along with inspired carol settings for choir and saxophone by Canadian composer Trent Worthington. Organist, Edward Moroney, and our superb Sidgwick Scholars plus a 21- piece jazz band join with the Orpheus Choir as we take the roof off for this evening of both traditional and non-traditional Christmas cheer, treats and surprises! Jack Bowers, frequent writer from All About Jazz describes the work: "Composer/arranger/pianist Nils Lindberg's Christmas Cantata is an immaculately conceived treatise that blends music based on biblical passages with traditional English, French, Welsh and Swedish carols and songs into an iridescent medley that invigorates, inspires and swings in equal measure."

Toronto, ON - The Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Artistic Director Robert Cooper, C.M. are pleased to announce the second concert of the choir's 45 th season: Big Band Christmas, on Tuesday December 22nd, 7:30 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E.

Tickets are $30; $25 for seniors; $15 for students. For tickets and information contact: 416-530-4428, or orpheuschoir@sympatico.ca or www.orpheuschoirtoronto.com For Media information: W. Ian Walker, Emlian Communications Group 905-813-9927 or emlian2@sympatico.ca.
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