You want variety? Vancouver’s all-male Chor Leoni offers up a holiday concert with songs as diverse as the treats on a fully loaded Christmas-cookie tray. Artistic director Erick Lichte gleefully mixes the nontraditional with beautifully arranged classics. Think a version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” with a gospel-meets–Boyz II Men feel; tunes by indie darlings Tori Amos and Ron Sexsmith; and a rollicking rendition of “The Mummer’s Song”, drawn from the Newfoundland tradition of disguised carollers and the kitchen parties they create. Add a sing-along “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, and a new composition, “Winter” from Winter Proverbs, by Frances Farrell, and you’ll feel like you’ve gotten a full Yuletide fix.
Christmas With Chor Leoni is at St. Andrew’s–Wesley United Church on Friday and Monday (December 15 and 18) and at West Vancouver United Church on Saturday (December 16).
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