(WINDSOR, ON) – Renowned Canadian conductor Kevin Mallon leads the WSO in four performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The concerts take place in Windsor, Leamington and Tecumseh December 9, 10 and 11.
Featured vocalists include Virginia Hatfield, Maria Soulis, Joseph Schnurr and Giles Tomkins with the Windsor Classic Chorale, led by Joel Tranquilla.
The Christmas Oratorio ranks among Bach’s finest large-scale choral works and is in six parts, each a separate cantata intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period. These performances will feature excerpts from each of the six cantatas.
Maestro Mallon’s impressive background includes being the founding Music Director of the celebrated vocal and instrumental group, the Aradia Ensemble—a position he continues to hold. Aradia has over 40 recordings and receives international praise and awards.
Mallon is also Music Director of the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has made 15 recordings and received a Juno award nomination. As a violinist, Mr. Mallon played with the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, served as concertmaster for Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants and has held positions with the University of Toronto and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. In 2010, Maestro Mallon was commissioned to compose the music for the Starz television series Camelot.
Friday, December 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Assumption University Chapel
Classics in the County
Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
Leamington United Mennonite Church
Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, Tecumseh
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Kevin Mallon, Conductor
Virginia Hatfield, Soprano
Maria Soulis, Mezzo-soprano
Joseph Schnurr, Tenor
Giles Tomkins, Baritone
Windsor Classic Chorale, Joel Tranquilla, Conductor
Friday Series sponsored by the Morris & Beverly Baker Foundation
Saturday Series co-sponsored by Highline Mushrooms and Pelee Island Winery
Sunday Series co-sponsored by Windsor Chapel Funeral Home, Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic Cemeteries and the Town of Tecumseh
Tickets $15 – $35
Available in advance at mywso.ca, by phone at 519-973-1238 and in person at the WSO Box Office, 487 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets available at the door two hours prior to concert