Happy holiday happenings to keep you in the spirit
Check out our list of festive concerts
It's feeling a lot like Christmas in Winnipeg thanks to the myriad concerts lined up over the next week, including lots of music, theatre and dance offerings for the kids.
Renaissance Voices Chamber Choir: A Renaissance Christmas - What Sweeter Music: (Young United Church, Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m.) - Renaissance Voices have hit on a perfect antidote to the the pre-Christmas mayhem: they transform a lovely church to café seating and offer mulled wine or cider to guests to sip on while savouring the beautiful music. It's a formula that keeps music lovers flocking to their annual December concerts.
Christmas with the Phil: Trumpets Sound, Angels Sing!: (Westminster United Church, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. (sold out) & 7 p.m.) - Some people come to listen, some people come for the sing-along, and everyone comes to experience the uplifting spirit of Christmas choral music. With the addition of the Winnipeg Brass Ensemble and organ chiming in this year, they are sure to raise the roof.
"Every time you have brass and choir together, it's such a joyful combination and a wonderful tradition at Christmas time," said music director Yuri Klaz. Note: first concert is already sold out.
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Westminster United Church, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.) - The best composers of Christmas music have names ending in 'ini' or 'elli,' it seems. The MCO's concert lineup includes Christmas concertos by Manfredini, Corelli and Locatelli. As well, the orchestra pays tribute to Canzona's 25th anniversary and its beloved conductor, Henry Enbrecht, who will be hanging up his baton at the end of this season.
Amero Little Christmas (West End Cultural Centre, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.) - Christmas is Don Amero's favourite time of year and nothing makes him happier (aside from playing with his two-year-old son Oscar) than presenting his annual holiday concert.
Al Simmons is Home for the Holidays: (Shaw Performing Arts Centre @ The Forks, Dec. 21 & 22, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.) - Manitoba Theatre for Young People is breaking with tradition and presenting a limited run of Al Simmons' one-man show. His hilarious songs and joint-defying antics will have young and old in stitches.
Portage & Munsch: 50 Below: (Prairie Theatre Exchange, Dec. 20 - Jan. 5, various times). Local playwright Debbie Patterson has adapted five Munsch stories for this holiday treat, including 50 Below Zero, Pigs, Zoom!, A Promise is a Promise and I have to Go!