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The COC Orchestra under Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC Chorus, and artists of the COC Ensemble Studio come together for a concert that explores and celebrates winter.

Welcome a new season with Vivaldi’s instantly recognizable and exhilarating “Winter” section of “The Four Seasons,” classic songbook selections like “Deck the Halls,” and, for the centrepiece of the program, an exciting new commission by composer Ian Cusson, who sets text by Métis writer Katherena Vermette, for solo, chorus, and orchestra in a meditative composition entitled “In Winter.”

Cast & Creative Team

Aaron Schwebel, violin
Melody Courage, soprano
Jamie Groote, soprano*
Midori Marsh, soprano*
Charlotte Siegel, soprano*
Matthew Cairns, tenor*
Jonah Spungin, baritone*
Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone*
Alex Halliday, bass-baritone*

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
Executive Producers: Perryn Leech, Roberto Mauro, Johannes Debus
Director of Photography: Taylor Long
Lighting Designer: Daniele Guevara

With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Chorus

*Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

"O Magnum Mysterium"
Morten Lauridsen 

"Deck the Halls"
Traditional Welsh (arr. John Rutter)

"The Roadside Fire"
Songs of Travel
Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi

“In Winter”
Ian Cusson
World Premiere

Decet for Winds, Op. 14, Second Movement
George Enescu

“Vilja, O Vilja”
The Merry Widow
Franz Lehár

“I'll be Home for Christmas”
Walter Kent

“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Traditional (arr. Douglas Gamley)

“The Three Kings”
Peter Cornelius

“O Holy Night”
Adolphe Adam


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