Upcoming holiday concerts have something for everyone

Marc Lalonde
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It's the most wonderful time of the year for mellifluous melodies and marvellous music

The Kirkland Concert Band -- pictured here rehearsing -- will play a concert, called A Christmas Children’s Choir Festival Dec. 8 at St. John Fisher Church in Pointe Claire.

Christmas and Mary’s love is the theme under which Ensemble Vocal Opus 16, a mixed choir directed by Alain Lanctôt will present its 2012 Christmas concert. The chorus members of Opus 16 will have the honor of singing in the magnificent church Ste. Geneviève. Philip Crozier organist will accompany the choir for the interpretation of traditional Christmas songs of harmonizers such as John Rutter, Bernard Lallement, J.S.Bach. Come and join us and discover the quality of this West Island vocal ensemble on Sat., Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. for a wonderful evening of music a few days before Christmas. Tickets are presently available at $20 each and can be obtained from choir members or by calling 514-692-4772 for reservations.

The Lakeshore Chamber Music Society will present a concert featuring the vocal ensemble Viva Voce directed by Peter Schubert. The concert will be held at Union Church, 24 Maple Ave. in Ste. Anne de Bellevue on Fri., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets sold at the door: $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Information: 514-457-5280 and www.lcmssmcl.ca.

The Kirkland Concert Band continues its 2012-2013 musical season with its participation in ‘A Christmas Children’s Choir Festival’. This concert is sure to be an exciting experience with close to sixty children bringing their voices to this event.. Sat., Dec. 8, 7 p., at St. John Fisher Parish, 120 Summerhill Ave., Pointe Claire.  Tickets will be available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for children (under 12). The majority of the money raised will go to St. John Fisher Church to repair the roof.

Montreal Lakeshore University Women's Club will be holding their Christmas concert on Mon., Dec. 10 at 6.30 p.m., at Cedar Park United Church, 204 Lakeview, Pointe Claire. The Stewart Hall Singers will perform. There will be a raffle to benefit Light a Dream and The West Island Mission. Refreshments will be served. Info: www.mluwc.com.

The Millar & Raposa Duo presents At the symphony, a classical concert, on Sun., Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Address: 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe Claire. Cost: Passes required. Description: The Raposa & Millar Piano Duo (Greg Millar & Lisa Raposa) is one of Canada’s newest “husband and wife” piano teams, bringing to their performances a masterful sense of ensemble and charming personal chemistry. The duo is committed to actively promoting four hands piano from all eras throughout the programs which will surely captivate and entertain you. For this concert, the duo performs great classics of the symphonic repertoire transcribed for 4-hand piano: Rossini, Beethoven, Ravel, Grieg.

Christmas Fantasies with artists Valérie Milot and Antoine Bareil is a grand concert which will take place at St. Joachim Church Fri., Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Address: 2 Ste. Anne Ave., Pointe Claire. Cost: $16 (or $8 for students/seniors). Description: We can’t help but appreciate the delightful complicity of these two virtuosos of the harp and violin; the pairing of both the plucked string and the bowed string is a rich and colourful experience. The duo shares with us their passion with elegance and sensuality to the rhythm of a repertoire that is perfect for Advent. Rediscover familiar Christmas tunes reminiscent of yesteryear in splendid arrangements by Antoine Bareil. Christmas Fantasies is a touching start to the holiday season.

The Low Vision Self-Help Association hosts a Christmas concert with the West Island Chorus Wed., Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held at the Church of St. John the Baptist, 233 Ste. Claire Ave., Pointe Claire. All persons having any degree of visual impairment are most welcome. For further information call 514-697-3852  

St. Columba concerts presents: Octet Plus Vocal Ensemble. Artists: Constance Osborne, director. Description: Let the harmonious voices of Octet Plus lift your spirits with a celebration of Christmas in a benefit concert for St. Columba. Sat., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Address: Church of St. Columba by-the-Lake (11 Rodney Ave., Pointe Claire). Suggested donation: $12 (free for children, optional childcare free-of-charge). Information: 514-364-3027 or 514-697-8015.

The Sainte-Anne Singers directed by Margo Keenan, invite you to "Gloria! New songs for the season." The evening will feature music from 2000 to the present, including original airs and new takes on well-known melodies. The concerts will be on Fri., Dec. 7 at Église La Présentation-de-la-Sainte-Vierge, 665 de l'Église, Dorval, and on Sat., Dec. 8 at Union United Church, 24 Maple, Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. A reception will follow Saturday's concert. The Sainte-Anne Singers are proud to participate in the “Bring a Teen” program.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 years and under. For more details, please visit www.sainteannesingers.org, or call 514-426-9856.

The Stewart Hall Singers present ‘Let’s sing Christmas!’ on Sun., Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Address: 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe Claire. Cost: Passes required. Description: Under the conductorship of Douglas Knight, this choir of about 40 voices will delight you with beautiful Christmas ‘classics’ interpreted with warmth and emotion, in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

Organizations: Lakeshore Chamber Music Society, St. John Fisher Church, Montreal Lakeshore University Cedar Park United Church Joachim Church Low Vision Self-Help Association West Island Chorus Union United Church

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, West Island, Union Church Summerhill Canada

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