Kathleen Kajioka – Host
Hailed as “one of Toronto’s most gifted and searching young musicians” (Globe & Mail), Kathleen Kajioka has established a reputation as a musical multi-linguist. From the Classical music establishment to the World music scene, from Early Music to New Music to Pop, Kathleen moves between worlds with agility and uncompromising depth. Since completing her studies at the Eastman School of Music, she has performed in concert series across Canada, and internationally in the U.S. and Europe. She teaches Early Music at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School, and brings all her musical experiences to bear in her role as broadcaster at The New Classical 96.3FM in Toronto.
The Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble
The clarity and balance of a Renaissance master. The sonority and depth of a male chorus. The spiritual power of song. The Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble blends each of those elements into a musical presentation of unparalleled expressiveness and beauty. Since its foundation in 1993, the choir’s members have brought to life countless pieces ranging from medieval plainchant and Baroque numbers, to Classical, Romantic and contemporary works. The one thing that never changes, however, is their commitment to the profound emotionality demonstrated in the compositions of their namesake, Tomàs Luis de Victoria.
La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra
Composed of young musicians from the area bounded by Oshawa, Belleville and Lindsay, La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra offers its members the unique opportunity to perform classic works for a diverse audience. With a programme that includes everything from full orchestral concerts featuring an impressive symphonic repertoire, to organized field trips to take in professional performances, La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra provides the foundation for a lifelong love of music, and the skills to express it. Their season consists of tours of public and private schools punctuated by full concerts in February, May and, of course, December.
Voices of Victory Youth Choir
Based out of Lindsay, Ontario’s Cambridge St. United Church, the Voices of Victory Youth Choir gives children from grades four through 12 the chance to engage in a musical outlet, and share their creative passion with others. Part of a 100-strong choral programme, Voices of Victory is a non-auditioned choir that, in addition to its regular contributions to the church’s music ministry, tours every other year, with performances across Ontario, Quebec, and also in New York City to date. Since 2005, Director Erwin Stroobach, and the choir’s 31 members, have joined La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra for Lindsay’s bi-annual Christmas Concerts in an uplifting combination of traditional carols and youthful talent.
If her voice seems familiar, it’s likely because Marilyn Lightstone is the official voice of the digital TV channel ONE, Vision TV and The New Classical 96.3FM, where each night between 11pm and 1am, she also hosts ‘Nocturne’, her popular classical music, poetry and commentary show. Her talents also skew towards the literary side, and in addition to her work in broadcast, Marilyn is the published author of Rogues and Vagabonds.
You can watch these talented musicians and vocalists perform on
The Carols of Christmas premiere on December 20th at 10pm ET
on VisionTV, or watch online!