Not so silent nights

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Jen Zoratti

WE’VE reached the point in the hol­i­day sea­son where hear­ing Won­der­ful Christ­mas­time in ev­ery store ev­ery day since Hal­loween might be mak­ing us feel a tad Grinchy. Thank­fully, Winnipeg is play­ing host to a va­ri­ety of mag­i­cal, must-see hol­i­day con­certs over the next few weeks that will make your heart grow three sizes this sea­son. From the Winnipeg Sym­phony Orches­tra’s Mes­siah to lo­cal singer/ song­writer JP Hoe’s JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Hol­i­day Show, here are 14 hol­i­day con­certs that don’t take place in boil­ing ele­men­tary school gym­na­si­ums. A PRAIRIE CHRIST­MAS CELEBRATION Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets $33.85-$99.25 at Tick­et­mas­ter Get into the spirit of the sea­son with the WSO’s an­nual fam­ily-friendly va­ri­ety show fea­tur­ing a di­verse lineup of some of Manitoba’s finest artists, in­clud­ing Fred Pen­ner, Mo­men­tum Aerial and the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance En­sem­ble. Ex­pect singing, magic, com­edy, sto­ry­telling, aerial artistry, danc­ing and more. CAM­ER­ATA NOVA’S NOEL OF THE NORTH Tonight at 8 p.m. & Sun­day, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Cres­cent Fort Rouge United Church Ad­mis­sion is free Winnipeg’s pre­miere vo­cal group will team up with New York harpist Grace Cloutier and Winnipeg flutist Ha­ley Rem­pel to de­liver an eclec­tic con­cert that will in­clude ev­ery­thing from early Rus­sian motets to early Métis car­ols to three in­ter­pre­ta­tions of The Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy. STEVE BELL Sun­day, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Tick­ets from $71 at WSO box of­fice Re­con­nect with the true mean­ing of Christ­mas as the Juno-win­ning singer/ song­writer per­forms songs from his ac­claimed 2012 Ad­vent al­bum, Keen­ing For The Dawn: Christ­mas­tide, backed by the WSO and an­chored by his in­deli­ble tenor. JOHNNY REID Mon­day, Dec. 2 and Tues­day, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Tick­ets $56.25-$104.50 at Tick­et­mas­ter The charis­matic coun­try-pop crooner brings his third hol­i­day of­fer­ing, A Christ­mas Gift for You, to Winnipeg for a two-night stand. Un­like its pre­de­ces­sors — which were tai­lor-made for rockin’ around the Christ­mas tree — Reid’s lat­est fo­cuses on rev­er­ent stan­dards MES­SIAH Fri­day, Dec. 6 and Satur­day, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Tick­ets $33.85-$111.80 at Tick­et­mas­ter A WSO tra­di­tion. Few pieces em­body the sea­son’s con­trast be­tween light and dark like Han­del’s Mes­siah, one of best-known and most per­formed works in Western cho­ral mu­sic. Be elec­tri­fied by the iconic Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus as per­formed by the Univer­sity of Manitoba singers. WIN­TER HARP Fri­day, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Pan­tages Play­house The­atre Tick­ets $40 at 1-866-656-6838 For 20 years, Win­ter Harp has trans­ported au­di­ence mem­bers back in time. Three ethe­real harps con­spire with flutes, rare me­dieval in­stru­ments, per­cus­sion, poetry and song for an evening of rare and Me­dieval car­ols per­formed in the flick­er­ing glow of can­dle­light. MEAGHAN SMITH Satur­day, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. West End Cul­tural Cen­tre Tick­ets $20 at the door, $15 in ad­vance at Tick­et­mas­ter

Juno-win­ning singer/song­writer (and se­cret Dis­ney princess) Meaghan Smith first mounted a hol­i­day show at the West End Cul­tural Cen­tre in 2011 to pro­mote her sweet, shim­mer­ing al­bum, It Snowed. Con­cert­go­ers loved be­ing part of Meaghan’s marsh­mal­low world so much, her hol­i­day show has be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion. THE SNOW­MAN Sun­day, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Tick­ets $28.60 at Tick­et­mas­ter Back by pop­u­lar de­mand, Ray­mond Briggs’ clas­sic short film The Snow­man earned a stand­ing ova­tion when the WSO last screened it with a dra­matic live score cour­tesy of the sym­phony in 2011. HURON CA­ROLE Wed­nes­day, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Tick­ets $50 at Tick­et­mas­ter Join Tom Jack­son, Ge­orge Canyon and friends for an evening of great mu­sic for a great cause. Since 1987, the na­tional Huron Ca­role Con­cert Se­ries has raised funds and aware­ness for Canada’s hun­gry. Pro­ceeds go to Winnipeg Har­vest. JP HOE HOE HOE HOL­I­DAY SHOW Fri­day, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Bur­ton Cum­mings The­atre Tick­ets $24.50 at Tick­et­mas­ter NATALIE MACMASTER Fri­day, Dec. 13, Satur­day, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Sun­day, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall Tick­ets $33.85-$111.80 at Tick­et­mas­ter The Grammy-win­ning Cape Bre­ton fid­dler brings an elec­tri­fy­ing new show to the WSO. Her most re­cent al­bum, Cape Bre­ton Girl, is a toe-tap­ping celebration of her roots. AMERO LIT­TLE CHRIST­MAS Satur­day, Dec. 21, 8 p.m. West End Cul­tural Cen­tre Tick­ets $15 at the WECC, Tick­et­mas­ter, Mu­sic Trader, the Winnipeg Folk Fes­ti­val Mu­sic Store and McNally Robin­son. Singer-song­writer Don Amero closes out a ban­ner year — which saw him win a Western Cana­dian Mu­sic Award and earn Juno and Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Award nom­i­na­tions — with his an­nual hol­i­day show. RAY ST. GER­MAIN AND FAM­ILY Satur­day, Dec. 21, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. McPhillips Sta­tion Casino Tick­ets $36.50-$44.50 Hol­i­days are all about fam­ily, so it’s fit­ting three gen­er­a­tions of Winnipeg’s leg­endary mu­si­cal fam­ily will take the stage at this spe­cial pair of shows.

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