Past Shows

Dec 3-5, 2015, 8PM

Art of Time introduces a new holiday tradition with a characteristic twist.  Top composers will craft Christmas classics, wintery favourites, and a few unexpected selections into new arrangements for five singers and Ensemble musicians.

Featuring chestnuts by Mel Torme and Irving Berlin, along with traditional holiday carols, the concert will also feature Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, based on the Tchaikovsky ballet, performed by a 15-piece Big Band.  Tom Lehrer's irreverent Hanukkah in Santa Monica along with seasonal fare by Joni Mitchell, Donny Hathaway, Tom Waits, John Lennon, The Pogues, and John Prine complete a repertoire with variety that you're unlikely to hear at any other holiday concert.


Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto


Silent Night

Alfred Schnittke

The Nutcracker Suite

i. Overture

ii. Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed Pipes)

iii. Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)

iv. Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)

v. Entr'acte

vi. Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)

vii. Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)

viii. Dance of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)

ix. Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)

Composed by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, adapted from compositions by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Christmas Ditty

David Wall, arranged by Mark Kieswetter

Christmas in Prison

John Prine

Fairytale of New York - Listen

Jem finer & Shane McGowan (The Pogues), arranged by Aaron Davis

Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Listen

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, arranged by Kevin Fox

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, arranged by Cameron Wilson

(I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica - Watch

Tom Lehrer, arranged by Jim McGrath

Let It Snow

Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn, arranged by Shelly Berger

River - Watch

Joni Mitchell, arranged by Jonathan Goldsmith

Silent Night/Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis

Franz Xavier Gruber/Tom Waits, arranged by Steve MacKinnon

This Christmas

Donny Hathaway, arranged by Bryden Baird

The Christmas Song

Bob Wells & Mel Torme

White Christmas

Irving Berlin, arranged by Dan Parr

Lighting Designer

Kevin Lamotte

Special Guests

Canadian Children's Opera Chorus


Jackie Richardson

Tom Wilson

Jessica Mitchell

Liam Titcomb

David Wall


Andy Ballantyne, alto sax & clarinet

Andrew Burashko, piano & conductor

Vern Dorge, clarinet, alto sax & tenor sax

Andrew Downing, bass

John Johnson, alto & soprano sax, clarinet & flute

Drew Jurecka, violin

Al Kay, trombone

Alex Kundakcioglu, trumpet

John MacLeod, trumpet

Rachel Mercer, cello

Mike Murley, tenor sax

Brian O'Kane, trumpet

Christian Overton, trombone

Douglas Perry, viola

Rob Piltch, guitar

Terry Promane, trombone

Davide di Renzo, drums

Stephen Sitarski, violin

Tom Szczezniak, piano

Kevin Turcotte, trumpet

Perry White, baritone sax & bass clarinet

Season Sponsor
Season Patrons

Eli & Phil Taylor