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Orchestra Toronto Salutes the Silver Screen with Christmas at the Movies

The Amadeus Choir of Toronto joins Orchestra Toronto to celebrate Christmas movie music

Toronto, Ontario – November 29, 2022 – Orchestra Toronto is ringing in the holiday season with its Christmas at the Movies concert in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre on December 4, 2022 at 3:00pm. A pre-concert chat with Music Director and Conductor, Michael Newnham, begins at 2:15pm. The Amadeus Choir of Toronto will join the Orchestra for this festive performance.

Orchestra Toronto will be playing music by composer John Williams, who composed the Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Home Alone, including the instant classic “Somewhere in my Memory.” In addition, they will be playing classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, which was first recorded by Judy Garland in the MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, and subsequently recorded by crooners like Frank Sinatra and, Canada’s Christmas answer to Mariah Carey – Michael Bublé.

“One of the things that we all like to do is watch our favourite Christmas movies at this time of year. Some of these film scores are iconic,” said Michael Newnham, Music Director of Orchestra Toronto. “This concert will be spectacular, as our full orchestra teams up with the wonderful Amadeus Choir of Toronto to bring this music to life.”

Enlivening Toronto’s arts community for 48 years, the award-winning Amadeus Choir is a semi-professional choir of auditioned voices from Toronto and the surrounding areas. The Choir champions the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances, and special events. Known well beyond Toronto through tours, festivals, recordings, and national and international radio broadcasts, the Choir collaborates with many professional performing arts organizations in the Greater Toronto Area and is proud to take a leading role in educating the next generation of choral musicians by providing workshops for conductors, composers, singers and students.

Orchestra Toronto welcomed 70 newcomers to Canada at its first concert this season as part of its Welcome Seat program. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of RBC for this program, Orchestra Toronto looks forward to welcoming even more people to this concert to kick-off the holiday season.

The full performance includes:

John Williams – Holiday Songs from “Home Alone”

Alan Silvestri – “Polar Express” Concert Suite

Hugh Martin/Robert Blane – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Sergei Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kijé Suite

Dimitri Tiomkin – It’s a Wonderful Life

John Debney – “Elf” Suite

Further information on Season 2022-2023, including concert packages or individual concert tickets, can be found on Orchestra Toronto’s website (www.orchestratoronto.ca). In addition, music lovers of all generations can interact with and hear Orchestra Toronto on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OrchestraToronto), Twitter (@OrchToronto), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMJ-IHjJQ_TP7rJL5fIopUg) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/orchtoronto/).

Effective March 21, 2022, and in alignment with provincial and City orders, TOLive lifted its mandatory mask mandate. This change applies to all audiences and staff members across its venues and TOLive will no longer enforce the wearing of masks. Orchestra Toronto respects the choice of each individual audience and orchestra member to wear a mask or not and requests that others also respect that choice. Orchestra Toronto works closely with its partners at TOLive to make the concert experience as safe and enjoyable as possible for all involved. The health and safety of its audience and performers are of the utmost importance to Orchestra Toronto and the organization bases its protocol and practices on the best, most current research available. As recommendations change, Orchestra Toronto will adjust its practices as required. Please visit the website for the most current COVID-19 protocols that will be in place.

About Orchestra Toronto

Comprising approximately 80 musicians, Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community, for the community. We offer the enjoyment of music, foster education and music appreciation and support emerging Canadian talent. Our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall.

For more information or to arrange interviews with artists, guest artists or the Music Director, please contact:

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