Press Release: Christmas concert – St. James Cathedral

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Unique Christmas concert experience at St. James Cathedral

TORONTO, December 4, 2012 – St. James Cathedral in Toronto is offering an upscale interpretation of Handel’s popular Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria on Friday, December 14, without the upscale price tag. There are many concerts and events vying for audience attention at this time of year, but the Cathedral’s music program is providing a unique Christmas version of Handel’s Messiah, paired with Vivaldi’s triumphant Gloria.

The St. James Messiah and Gloria concert will feature the Cathedral’s elite, fully-professional chamber choir: 20 singers hand-picked from Toronto’s finest voices. And unlike most interpretations of Messiah, the Cathedral singers will provide both choir and soloists. “Every singer in this choir is an experienced soloist or professional chorister in their own right,” says Cathedral choral conductor Vicki St. Pierre, who also music directs London Pro Musica and the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts, while maintaining a busy career as a solo vocalist, teacher and adjudicator. “Each of the singers will get a chance to shine in this concert. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear them in their elements, both as choristers and as wonderful soloists.”

The choir and soloists of St. James Cathedral will be joined by the Talisker Players choral orchestra, a group of highly skilled orchestral players familiar to Toronto concertgoers. The Cathedral’s new Artist-in-Residence, David Briggs, will be at the chamber organ.

Tickets for Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the St. James Cathedral Choir are just $40/$35, and can be reserved by phoning 416-364-7865. The concert takes place on Friday, December 14 at 7:30p.m., at St. James Cathedral located on the corner of King and Church Streets.

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