The Shaw Festival is adding a free festive twist to its popular concert series.
From Dec. 5 to 19, in the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre, “Songs for a Winter’s Night” will feature favourite melodies from the holiday season.
During each free performance, up to 50 socially distanced guests wearing masks will be immersed in the holiday magic of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Directed and choreographed by associate artistic director Kimberley Rampersad, with music direction by Paul Sportelli, “Songs for a Winter’s Night” includes holiday favourites such as “White Christmas,” “The Prayer” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
The concert features the talents of festival ensemble members Kyle Blair, Andrew Broderick, James Daly, Kristi Frank, Élodie Gillett, Alexis Gordon, Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane, Jonathan Tan and associate music director Ryan deSouza.
Audience members attending performances of “Songs for a Winter’s Night” are invited to share their holiday memories with the Shaw. Patrons’ stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and all other seasonal celebrations will be woven in to the holiday concerts. Festive recollections can be emailed to email@example.com.
As The Shaw prepares for the holiday season, additional concerts featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Dorothy Fields and Cole Porter have been added to the schedule from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4.
Tickets are general seating and can be reserved by calling the Shaw Festival’s box office at 1-800-511-SHAW (7429). Tickets for the concert series will not be available online.
Funding for “Song’s for a Winter’s Night” and additional concerts is provided by the Ontario government.
For more information about the festival’s COVID-19 health and safety practices, visit shawfest.com/dutyofcare.