Christmas With Chor Leoni
It’s been a long standing tradition in our family. At the end of years joyful and trying, three generations have bundled up to head downtown and, amidst the candles and stained glass, officially mark the start of the Christmas season with Chor Leoni’s gorgeous Christmas concert.
Founded by the beloved Diane Loomer in 1992, this all-male choir has moved audiences across the world, mentored young men, commissioned Canadian composers, and won serious awards, such as the prestigious 2019 Margaret Hills Award for Choral Excellence.
Last year, courtesy of the pandemic, Christmas with Chor Leoni moved online. Happily, in 2021, the Lions are back live, and in the newly restored St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.
On December 17th, 18th, and 20th, audiences will hear world premieres, and rich takes on classics – Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Silent Night … The choir will be joined by local musicians: Cameron Wilson on violin, Tina Chang and Karen-Lee Morlang on piano, and Keith Sinclair on guitar.
And, what a treat! This year, Chor Leoni will be performing one of their most stunningly beautiful pieces: Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre.
Saint Cecilia. Patroness of Music and Musicians
Guido Reni. St. Cecilia. 1606