The Winters of Childhood Postcard

The Winters of Childhood

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

Programme Notes are Available

Join Orchestra Toronto for our annual wintertime celebration of childhood, tradition, and the joys that come with snow, ice, and the turning of the year.

  • The Hockey Sweater is an iconic story of winter, hockey, and childhood. Abigail Schulte-Richardson's lively setting of the story includes narration, hockey sweaters, and a rivalry between the sections of the orchestra to rival the traditional Habs-Maple-Leafs rivalry. 
  • Claude Debussy dedicated the Children's Corner to his three-year-old daughter. Each movement is inspired by one of her books or toys. 


Michael Newnham – Conductor

On the Programme

Claude Debussy, Children’s Corner

Abigail Richardson-Schulte, The Hockey Sweater, narrated by TBA

Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky:  Selections from “Nutcracker”

Charles Heller: Hanukkah! Hanukkah!

Seasonal sing-along!


Single concert tickets are now on sale! Buy tickets online or or call 1-855-985-ARTS (2787).


George Weston Recital Hall
Meridian Arts Centre
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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Meet our Guest Narrator

Jeff MarekSince signing on with Sportsnet in 2011, Jeff Marek has become a familiar face to NHL and CHL fans. Serving as host for Sportsnet’s featured NHL and CHL broadcasts, Marek brings incredible experience and knowledge to the network’s hockey broadcasts.

Currently, Marek hosts the marquee Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey broadcast, anchors the popular Hockey Central @ Noon simulcast and works as the host of Sportsnet #IceSurfing on Twitter. Marek also contributes regularly to NHL on Sportsnet regional broadcasts and co-hosts the fan-favorite 31 Thoughts podcast alongside Elliotte Friedman. Furthermore, Marek is one of the Sportsnet’s leading junior hockey insiders and hosts the network’s annual Memorial Cup and NHL Draft coverage.

Prior to joining Sportsnet, Marek worked at CBC for four years as a Hockey Night in Canada Radio host and I-Desk co-host on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. While at CBC, Marek also served as play-by-play commentator for judo, table tennis, archery and shooting events, and contributed to rowing, gymnastics and diving broadcasts at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. His career path also included hosting the Jeff Marek Show, co-hosting Leafs Lunch on AM 640 and anchoring the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast.

Following his Olympic experience in Beijing, Marek has continued his contributions to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, working as a host and play-by-play announcer for the Summer Olympic Games in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Marek resides in Stouffville, ON with his wife and two sons.