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TORONTO, ON, DECEMBER 1, 2022 – The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), under the direction of Music Director, Martin MacDonald, is pleased to present the next concert of its 2022/23 season on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

This concert is named “Stories of the Season” This program of works will tell stories of the holiday season. By doing this, we have the opportunity to not only present some interesting and challenging works that may not make it on a “traditional” orchestra holiday program but also to include some of those favourites as well.

Each one of these works tells a unique story surrounding the holiday season. The centrepiece of the program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Suite. Rarely performed as a full suite, this highly descriptive and colourful music from the opera of the same name tells a fantastical tale surrounding Christmas that includes the magic of Christmas Eve, witches, the Devil, the triumph of good vs. evil, and true love’s happy story. We will be performing other favourites of the season that are evocative of winter, the cold north, New Year’s Eve, and old traditional carols. The Skater’s Waltz, Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlesienne, and a remarkable rendition of The Little Drummer Boy in the style of Ravel’s Bolero!

CBSO’s Music Director, Martin MacDonald is one of Canada’s most dynamic and outstanding young conductors and has been awarded both the Heinz Unger Award and the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for orchestral conducting. Martin has guest conducted extensively across Canada having worked with the orchestras of Toronto, National Arts Centre, Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. He has served as a Cover and Guest Conductor for the National Ballet of Canada for several productions and has worked with the Minnesota Ballet, Atlantic Ballet, and Halifax Dance.

Our concerts take place in the acoustically superb and very comfortable P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto at 5183 Sheppard Avenue East. Tickets can be purchased online, or through the Box Office by phone at (416) 879-5566.

The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, founded by Clifford Poole and Neil Blair, has been delighting audiences with its impeccable musical quality, musical diversity and engaging programs since 1985. Under the baton of Maestro Norman Reintamm, the orchestra will present six concerts this season, including a subscription series of six concerts at the state-of-the-art P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. As one of Toronto’s premier community orchestras, it provides affordable high-quality symphony concerts, often with internationally acclaimed soloists, allowing its members an exciting, welcoming performance environment and collaborations with other arts organizations. It is deeply entrenched in building culture in its local community and is known for creating performance opportunities for aspiring young musicians.

For more information about the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, please visit or contact; Audience & Community Engagement Coordinator, Wendy Limbertie at