A 17th-cen­tury hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Clas­si­cal Prae­to­rius Christ­mas Ves­pers Dec. 14, 15 and 16, Trin­ity-St. Paul’s Cen­tre

The Toronto Con­sort, an en­sem­ble spe­cial­iz­ing in me­dieval and re­nais­sance mu­sic, brings cor­netti, sack­buts and the­o­r­bos into the orches­tral in­stru­ment mix. More fes­tive than solemn, their hol­i­day show is an imag­ined recre­ation of a Christ­mas ves­pers ser­vice di­rected by the 17th-cen­tury Ger­man com­poser Michael Prae­to­rius, with mu­sic em­a­nat­ing from the bal­conies, as well as the stage. Later, the au­di­ence and band join forces to sing along to some early Christ­mas car­ols.

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