Our December concert will take you on a spellbinding journey to the frontiers at three remarkable moments in history, enriched by choral works of beauty, mystery and splendour.
December Diaries is an original choral drama, written by chorister Elizabeth Koester and
Artistic Director Maria Case, and expanded since its first performance in 2012. The show relates, through musical vignettes, letters and journal entries, the stories of three historic Christmases: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s dinner with his team during their expedition to the South Pole in 1902, Samuel de Champlain’s feast of the Order of Good Cheer in the company of the settlers of New France in 1607, and the Christmas Truce of 1914 on the Western Front.
Our stellar cast features internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell and
actress Cheryl MacInnis as narrators, joined by fiddler nonpareil Anne Lindsay and percussionist Alejandro Céspedes as featured guest artists.
The choral treasures in December Diaries sparkle through the centuries, from rollicking carols of the 1600s, guaranteed to “Drive the Cold Winter Away,” to the haunting “Frobisher Bay.” Classic and contemporary works include Ēriks Ešenvalds’ shimmering firmament of “Stars,” Randall Stroope’s exultant “All My Heart This Night Rejoices,” and Murray Schafer’s enigmatic and ethereal “Snowforms.” We will invoke the holiday spirit with William Walton’s “What Cheer?” and the exuberant Estonian carol “Ule Lume Lagedale,” and we will “Wassail” with abandon, but harmonize with precision in Matthew Harris’s swirling “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind.”
This production is part of our salute to Canada’s sesquicentennial, and represents the first time that we are performing outside a traditional venue. We’re thrilled and excited, and we know our audiences will be, too. We look forward to seeing you!
Dates: Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 7:30pm; and Sunday, December 10 @ 3pm
Venue: Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto