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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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treat, and Sackville). CMC website advanced features include: a new online library catalogue with extended search functionality, score & audio samples, and online ordering; an interactive introduction to Canadian compositional trends of the 20th century (Sound Progression); and an early educational introduction to Canadian music (Sound Adventures). Executive Director: Elisabeth Bihl Ontario Regional Director: Jason van Eyk Chalmers House, 20 St. Joseph Street Toronto M4Y IJ9 416-961-6601 Fax: 416-961-7198 CANADIAN SINFONIETTA Now in its Sth season, the Canadian Sinfonietta is a high-calibre chamber orchestra committed to reintroducing live chamber music to the growing communities in and around Toronto. Its repertoire includes a variety of music from classical favourites to works featuring various ethnic instruments and cultures, as well as contemporary Canadian compositions. This year's six concert subscription series each features a prominent Canadian or international soloist including Janet Catherine- Dea, Angela Park, Gergely Ittzes, Andras Weber, George Gao, Michael Esch, Stephen Fox, and the orchestra's concertmaster, Joyce Lai. Highlights include a premiere by composer in residence Michael Pepa, Peter and the Wolf narrated by Due South actor Daniel Kash, illustrated by Toronto artist Kristen Peterson, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Suite for Erhu and Orchestra, as well as a celebration of Hungarian music featuring a string orchestra- gypsy band rendition of the Kodaly Rary Janos Intermezzo. Also a treat is our Christmas Concert featuring excerpts from Messiah sung by the Chorale of St. John's York Mills Anglican Church. Visit our website for more information on ticket prices. CANADIAN SINGERS Tak-Ng Lai, Music Director 55 Proctor Ave., Thornhill, L3T IMS 905-707-1200 Fax: 905 886-8554 The Canadian Singers is a group of eight experienced vocalists brought together by Harvey Patterson in 1988 to perform a repertoire of all-Canadian music, ranging from pop to folk to serious choral works. The group has performed in Roy Thomson Hall, the Skydome, Hart House. Toronto Centre for the Perlorming Arts and Markham Theatre with such arli sts as Mark DuBois, Peter Appleyard, Dave Broadfoot, Liona Boyd and Johnny Cowell. In the past the year, the singers have appeared in London, Port Hope, Markham and Toronto, performing world premieres of music by Canadian composers Horace Beard. Patricia Duffey-Spilker and Ralph Fraser. On November 28. 2004, they sing for the City of Toronto in the Scarborough Civic Centre and on December I 01h will present their annual Christmas concert in Montgomery's Inn, Etobicoke. On April 30, 2005, they perform their revue "Will the Real Canada Please Stand Up?" as part of the Newtonbrook United Church concert season. Check out our website for future performances and activities of The Canadian Singers. Music Director: Harvey Patterson 20 Sunnylea Avenue West, Etobicoke M8Y 2J7 416-239-5821 Fax: 416-239-5328 ter.nel CANTORES CELESTES WOMEN'S CHOIR Founded in 1989, Canlores Celestes is an auditioned ensemble of 40 women from all walks of life, presenting interesting thematic programs with a variety of good music. They sing to create musical excellence and joy, and· to make a difference in the community, donating thousands of dollars to various Toronto charities. The Choir does not rely on government grants lo subsidize its activities. It has produced three well-received CDs, 'Bright Shining as the Sun'; 'Wassail!', and 'Love's Pure Light'. A 41h is under way. Cantores Celestes has performed live on CBC Radio and has been featured on a CBC video and three films for the History Channel. . Upcoming concerts: Saturday Dec 4:"When the Night was Sweet with Starlight' - music by contemporary Canadian and American composers with Andy Morris, percussion, Jacqueline Goring, harp, Aaron Brock guitar and Ellen Meyer piano. (A donation will be made to the charity 'Making Faces'); and Saturday April 23, 2005, Bpm , 'Hauntings'. music by Ford, Brahms, Holst, and Neukomm with harp, organ, trench horns, percussion & piano. Director: Kelly Galbraith 12 Gordon Park Dr .. Toronto, M9B IJ6 416-236-1522 CATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 201h season. CBSO is a Scarborough-based, 70-member community orchestra under the direction of Principal Conductor Robert Raines. This season, in partnership with community groups, CBSO presents seven enticing concerts to a growing audience. CBSO, noted for facilitating performing opportunities for young musicians, is now welcoming new musicians. The Young Artists Concert, a free admission concert featuring seven gifted young soloists, will be presented on Sunday, October 3, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre. A live-concert subscription series will be presented at Stephen Leacock Collegiate at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings November 6, December 18, 2004, February 5, March 5 and April 23, 2005. Highlights include Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Brahms' Symphony No. I. Tschaikowsky's Symphony No. I, Dvorak's New World Symphony, and contrabass virtuoso, Joel Quarrington. The unique, free of charge, CBSO Children's Program continues with challenging musical activities for ages 6 to 10 during the second half of subscription concerts. An elegant season finale Pops Concert, location TBA, will be presented on Friday, May 27, 2005. Principal Conductor, Robert Raines Assistant Conductor, Peter van Gijn Concertmaster, Ines Pagliari President, Ian Clarke Orchestra Manager, Ananda Umar PO Box 51074, 18 Eglinton Square Scarborough MIL 2K2 416-879-5566 CHAMBER Music SOCIETY or MISSISSAUGA The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, (CMSM) Concert Theatre Productions is an exciting Mississauga based performing arts organization presenting a family concert series in the Mississauga Living Arts Centre and a diverse educational outreach program in concert halls and schools. The Storyteller's Bag, their latest educational production, premiered June 2003 at the Mississauga International Children's Festival, and was later presented to an audience of over 5,000 school children at the Living Arts Centre. A wonderful mix of new music for young audiences by composers Ronald Royer, Alexander Rapoport and Keith Bissell, combines with dramatic storytelling, inspired by some of the first inhabitants of Mississauga, the Ojibway, and dramaturged by Mark Brownell. The two aboriginal actors and chamber ensemble (strings, clarinet and percussion) explore some old legends and some new Canadian music. In March 2005 it will be performed at The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Educational and curriculum support materials are available on-line. The group also has other mixed media productions that introduce music to younger audiences and support the current Ontario Curriculum guidelines. Artistic Director: Peggy (McGuire) Hills 905 848 0015 CHOIRS or THE CHURCH or Sr. MARY MAGDALENE Dr. Healey Will an ( 1880-1968) started the Gallery and Ritual Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in 1921 as part of ihe Anglo-Catholic liturgical revival. At the weekly I lam Solemn Mass, the Gallery Choir sings a polyphonic Missa Brevis and motet (all a cappella), while the Ritual Choir sings the minor propers in Gregorian Chant. The Choirs also sing at special weekday services, monthly Evensong and !Jenediction, and at concerts. The repertoire of the Gallery Choir consists of liturgical choral music primarily of the Renaissance and 2Q1h century, with a significant focus on the music of Healey Willan. One of Canada's greatest composers, Willan was organist and choir director at SMM for over 46 years. Willan's music and performance style have made this venue a significant influence throughout the Anglican Communion. Visitors are regularly welcomed from around the world. New members are always welcome to join the Choirs by audition. Please contact the Director. Practices are on Thursday evenings and before the services. Dr. Willis Noble, Organist & Director of Music 477 Manning Avenue, Toronto MGG 2V8 416-978-3611 CHOIRS ONTARIO Choirs Ontario is an arts service organization dedicated to the promotion of choral activities and standards. Established in 1971, Choirs Ontario believes that choral singing is vital in our society. We provide services to choirs, conductors, choristers, composers, administrators,and educators lo support singing in all of Ontario. Our membership of over 300 choirs, 200 individuals who support choral music, and a number of businesses and institutions, is committed to the choral art. Our overall 6 Wllllllltl MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005

CHQifS QnTaRIG> reach of singers in member choirs is some 20,000 residents of Ontario. In turn, each of those choirs presents on average three concerts a year lo a total audience of more than half a million people. Our programmes in 2004-5 will include weekend multi-choir events in several locations. The Ontario Youth Choir will begin its 33rd season in August 2005. And Choirs Ontario will present the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition and the Leslie Bell Competition for choral conductors in the spring of 2005. This year Choirs Ontario will operate with an administrative office manager and the support of hundreds of volunteers who believe in our mission. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Music plays a very important part at this busy Anglican parish church, which has served mid-town Toronto since 1870. Christ Church is home to the only recent-vintage tracker organ in 416-923-1144 Fax: 416-929-0415 a Toronto Anglican church, a three-manual instrument built by Karl Wilhelm in 1982. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, Organist and Director of Music, has been organist since 1997; Dermo! Muir is Assistant Organist. The first-rate choir sings Sundays and other Holy Days, anvell as concerts, which Ibis year will include performances of the Durufle Requiem and Vaughan Williams Mass in g­ minor. Christ Church runs a Lunchtime Chamber Music Series on Thursdays in October - November and April - May. This is the ninth season for these concerts, all of which begin al 12:30. Admission is by donation. An Organ Recital Series, which has featured organists from across Canada, lakes place Sunday nights in Lent. With its Yonge Street location (al Heath, near the St Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, modern facilities, flexible staging, and sealing for 500, Christ Church is an increasingly popular venue for outside concerts during the year. Organist and Director of Music: Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill 1570 Yonge St., Toronto, M4T IZ8 416-920-5211 x28 CHRYLARK ARTS & Music SERIES Chrylark Aris & Music series was established in 2001 by Christopher Clark and Dorothy Sandler-Glick. Our focus is to encourage and promote Canadian artists and in particular to introduce the works of one Canadian composer each year. The pas I two seasons have featured the works of Srul Irving Glick and Waller Buczynski. This year we will feature music by Oskar Morawelz, integrating within each concert a substantial chamber piece of his, along with the more familiar repertoire. Though a self-avowed traditionalist, Morawelz's style absorbs several musical trends of the 20th Century. He was awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and three Canada Council Seniors Arts fellowships. Our five concert series will include performers Peter Longworth, Veritas Quartet, David Visentin, Alissa Lee, Jeanie Chung, Stefan Glick and the Daedelus Trio. The 5 concert subscription is $SO.OO. Single tickets are .00 Contact: Dorothy-Sandler Glick 135 Arlington Avenue, Toronto, MSC 2SI 416-S54-0877 f CHURCH or THE HOLY TRINITY . The Church ()f the Holy Trinity rr. .rJ _ _ is one of the oldest churches in I Iii J r c::"J Toronto (1847) and boasts a J- ..... . magnificent acoustical space and two fine concert instruments (piano and organ). Music for the active and activist congregation is led on Sunday mornings by Becca Whitla·. Each December the church produces "The Christmas Story", a magical family event (free, but tickets must be reserved in November al 4 lS-598-8979.) From May lo September, the church presents Music Mondays, a culturally diverse noon-time series of weekly concerts that reflect the variety of traditions alive in Toronio's many communities. Holy Trinity also hosts the Toronto Early Music Centre (41S-9SS-1409) which will be holdin,g concerts one Sunday each month from 2:30-3:30 Uan-June). Holy Trinity welcomes other musical events and also meetings or events that focus on social justice issues. 10 Trinity Square, Toronto Ontario, M5G IBI Tel: 416-598-4521 Fax: 41S-598-1432 E Mail: CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER The music program at the Church of the Redeemer includes a mixed voice choir with paid section leads performing anthems, motets and service music from Baroque, Tudor/Renaissance and 20th century periods. A smaller ensemble of singers provides leadership for one of lhe weekly services with more contemporary "folk" arl. Evening services are sung by a four part schola mainly . in plainsong and !Sib century polyphony. There are monthly evening services of prayer, meditation and song in the Taize style. The historic church in the heart of Yorkville (Bloor Street and Avenue Road) boasts a new lower level and refurbished sanctuary complete with a porcelain tile floor and air conditioning. The wide nave provides an intimate setting and has comfortable seating with good sightlines. A rebuilt three manual pipe organ (dating from 1904 and Toronto's first Casavant) and Yamaha concert grand piano are available for accompaniment. A kitchen and reception area in the rear narthex can be used for receptions. The lower level provides a comfortable green room/warm up space and kitchen for refreshments for performers. John Campbell, Director of Music Shirley Weslmore, Administrative Assistant (Bookings) 162 Bloor Street West. Toronto, M5S 1M4 416-922-4948 Fax: 416-922-0375 CITY OF TORONTO HISTORICAL MUSEUMS All year long enjoy a wide variety of musical experiences al the City of Toronto Historic Museums, located throughout the city. There's always great entertainment at Monlgomery's Inn's Fall Corn Roast and don't miss the Early Music Fair there in September. II' s a wonderful,opportunity lo listen to the music and view Jhe instruments of years past. The holiday season abounds with musical pleasures. Don't miss the Christmas concerts al Monlgomery' s Inn. Take part in Scottish New Year traditions at both Mackenzie tJ.ouse, where traditional group, Gin Lane, will perform and visit Gibson House, whose Hogmanay celebrations will be enlivened by popular musician, Ian Bell. Try English Country Dancing al Historic Fort York at both Dance & Dance-ability (Sept.) and Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball (Jan.). In the spring, Spadina Museum's Music in the Orchard, Sunday afternoons in June, offers a different traditional group each week. Contact Us At: 416-338-0628 Events Hotline: 416-338-3888 Visit CONCERTS AT Sr. GEORGE'S ON-THE-HILL Concerts al SI. George's offers three afternoons of musical enjoyment in the intimate selling of historic SI. George's on-the-Hill Anglican Church in Toronto's West End. Our sixth season opens Sunday, November 2lsl al 4:00 pm with Sonatas for a Sunday Afternoon. Duo lo (Phoebe Tsang violin and Julien Le Blanc piano) perform works by Beethoven and Brahms. Sunday December 5 at 4:00 pm SI. George's on-the-Hill Choir (Karen Rymal director/organ) and guest artists Christine Mourre flute and Janusz J;lorowiec cello celebrate the festive season with music by Mathias, Biebl. Bach and Vivaldi (including a performance ol The Mystery ol Bethlehem by Healey Willan) along with sacred and secular readings. Continuing what has become a tradition al this annual concert, sherry and shortbread will be served following. The season concludes with Trum- . pet Stop - music for Trumpet and Organ on Sunday, April lOlh at 4:00 pm. Scott Harrison trumpet and organist Karen Rymal play works from the Baroque lo the 20th century. Music by F. Mendelssohn, Louis-Nicolas Clerambaull, Torelli, Bach and Hovhaness. Founder/Artistic Director: Karen Rymal Administrative Director: Sandra McArlhur Venue: 4600 Dundas St. West. Etobicoke Admin: 117 Ferrier Ave. Toronto M4K 3H6 416-463-9284 CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC Continuum presents the work of emerging Canadian composers and the best of what is happening elsewhere in concerts for the core ensemble and as well as tor unusual instrumentation. Continuum's ensemble: Anne CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 ' Wll1l1l1t1 MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005 7

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