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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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the salons of Schubert's day. The Perkis-Zarankin husband and wife team complement each Salon concert with a four-hand piano performance, and Stuart Hamilton, renowned CBC Quizmaster and founder of Opera in Concert, returns to host all six events. This year we are extremely proud to be producing two salons in collaboration with Valery Gergiev, General and Artistic Director of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia and Honorary patron of Off Centre. Join us for our 1 O'h anniversary season. All concerts are Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio. Subscriptions cost 0 for adults and 5 for seniors and 0 for students. Single tickets are on sale at the Glenn Gould Studio Box Office (416) 205-5555. Founders and Artistic Directors: lnna Perkis and Boris Zarankin 968 Logan Avenue, Toronto, M4K 3ES 416-466-1870 OPERA ATELIER 2004/05 features two of Opera Atelier's most popular international touring productions: Mozart's Don Giovanni (Nov 11-21) and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (April 21-30). First seen in Toronto in 1996, OA' s Giovanni has toured eight cities in Japan, Canada's National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and, last November, Korea's prestigious Seoul Arts Centre as part of festivities celebrating 40 years of Canadian diplomatic relations with South Korea. "Creative imagination, brilliant acting and singing, and excellencies of direction," declared the Chosun Ilbo. It will be sung in Italian with English and French surtitles. Henry Purcell is England's most famous Baroque composer, and Dido and Aeneas is his only opera. Last presented in 1995 at the Houston Grand Opera, this Opera Atelier production toured Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, and England with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre). It will be sung in English with English and French surtitles and paired with Marc­ Antoine Charpentier's Acteon (last presented by OA in 1998). All performances are at the Elgin Theatre with a preperlormance chat one hour prior to the show. Co-Artistic Directors: Marshall Pynkoski & Jeannette Zingg General Manager: David Baile Address: St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. E., 4th floor Toronto ON MSC IG9 Tel: 416-703-3767 Fax: 416-703-4895 E-mail: Website: OPERA IN CONCERT Opera in Concert is a unique Canadian company dedicated to Canadian artists and innovative programming, defying traditional assumptions about operatic presentation. relying only on the power and beauty of the human voice accompanied by orchestra or piano. Our season begins with Manuel Penella's EL GATO MONTES on October 30 and 31, featuring Arlene Alvarado, Leticia Brewer, Margaret Maye, Sean Watson, Keith Klassen, lead by Music Director, Pianist Jose Hernandez. On December 5, a Canadian double bill: Dream Play by Timothy Sullivan and The Summoning of Everyman by Charles Wilson, featuring Rachel Cleland, Lynne McMurtry, Marcel van Neer, Thomas Fleming, led by guest conductor Alex Pauk. February 6, 2005 brings Sergei Prokofiev's L'Amour des Trois Oranges, featuring Mariam Kahlil, Renee Winick, Chantelle Grant, Kelly Winter, Colin Ainsworth, Alain Coulombe, Gerri! Theule, Neil Aronoff, with Music Director/Pianist Raisa Nakhmanovich. Our season concludes with Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, starring Julie Nesrallah. Stephanie Piercey, Eric Shaw, Luc Lalonde and Peter McGillivray, with Dixie Ross Neill, Music director/Pianist. All performances are at the Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. 27 Front Street East 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. Guillermo Silva-Marin, General Director 947 Queen Street East, Second Floor, Toronto, M4M IJ9 416-922-2147 Fax: 416-922-5935 OPERA ONTARIO Opera Hamilton & Kitchener Waterloo Opera (partners in Opera Ontario) Opera Ontario is pleased to announce its Double Anniversary Season, commemorating a remarkable 25 years in Hamilton and 10 years in Kitchener Waterloo. Opera Hamilton and Kitchener Waterloo Opera support and enrich their communities by showcas!ng the finest operatic productions and developing Canadian talent for the stages of the world. Donizetti's light-hearted Don Pasquale opens our season October 16,21,23 (Hamilton)/ Oct 29 (Kitchener). Our annual evening of Opera's greatest hits "Popera" follows, November 25. 27 (Hamilton)/ November 28 (Kitchener) with four outstanding soloists. Chase away the February blues with a romp in exotic Turkey with Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio February 5 (Kitchener)/ February 12. 17, 19 (Hamilton) We close our anniversary season with one of the most famous operas of all time -Bizet's Carmen. April 16, 21. 23 (Hamilton)/ April 29(Kitchener). Don't miss our spectacular season! Join us for the celebration. General Director: David Speers Artistic Director: Daniel Lipton I 05 Main Street East, Suite 905, • Hamilton, L8N IG6 905-527-7627 Fax:905-527-0014 Box Office (Hamilton) 905-526-6556 I 800-575-1381 Box Office (KW) 519-578-1570 I 800-265-8977 OPERA YORK Opera York is one of four professional performing arts organizations in York Region. Our programming encompasses performance, education and outreach for all segments of the community. Our primary performing venues are the Markham Theatre, Vaughan City Play- house, Newmarket Theatre, Leah Posluns Theatre, Villa Columbo and Famee Furlone, as well as outdoor festivals. Now entering our 8th season, Opera York will present the following productions in the 2004-2005 season: October 17: Opera for Seniors, Villa Columbo. An affordable operatic concert featuring selections from the world's best loved operas. Tickets $10; Thursday, µovember 25th, Markham Theatre. Bizet's Carmen with Marion Newman, David Pomeroy, Andrew Tees, Denise Williams, Mirella Tafaj, Laura Pilarski. Penelope Cookson, Artistic Director. Tickets ; Opera for the Schools. An educational program offered to students across the GTA that includes a curriculum based Teacher/Student Learning Guide and a live operatic concert. January through May. Tickets .50; April 2 & 3, Markham Theatre. Puccini's La Boheme Tickets ; April 30, Annual Gala at Famee Furlone, Woodbridge A glamorous evening of Dining. Dancing and Operatic performances. Co-Founders: Philip Trow (President) Joan Sax (Fundraising) Marketing: Karen Dempster, I Promenade Circle, Thornhill, L4J 8G7 905-763-7853; Box Office: 905-305-7469 ORCHESTRA TORONTO . Orchestra Toronto celebrates its 50'h Anniversary Season as one of Canada's premier community volunteer orchestras, providing affordable family entertainment, music education and full repertoire in all its programs. To celebrate this milestone and to highlight its commitment to becoming a "Sunday Afternoon Family Destination", Orchestra Toronto presents five themed concerts, carefully chosen to touch the ears and heart. Three of these concerts (October 24/04, December 12/04 and May 29/05) will be preceded by informative talks by talented and articulate Artist-in-Residence, Catherine Manoukian. All concerts take place in the acoustically stunning George Weston Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The first concert , October 24, is Russian Storytellers, featuring the Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Rimsky-Korsakov' s Scheherazade. An "Instrument Petting Zoo" for the children will highlight this concert's intermission period. Additional concerts: Viennese Holiday (December 12) featuring Jacques lsraelievitch; Le Jazz Hot for a Winter's Afternoon (February 20) featuring John Arpin; A Ukrainian Celebration (April 10); The Three B's - Really! (May 29, 7:30 pm) with Catherine Manoukian. Music Director: Errol Gay Executive Director: Judy Mann I ID Rumsey Road, Toronto, M4G 1P2 416-467-7142 0RIANA WOMEN'S CHOIR Oriana Women's Choir, formerly Oriana Singers, one of the first and finest female choirs in Canada, was formed in 1972 and has earned much recognition. In 2004 alone, Oriana was awarded "Best Performance of a Canadian Work-Adult Choir Category" in the national live finals; and Rose Trilogy, by Eleanor Daley, a 30'h anniversary commission, was awarded "Outstanding Choral Work" of 2004 by the Association of Canadian 16 Wllllllltl MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005

Choral Conductors. Oriana has been invited to participate at Festival 500: Sharing the Voices - an international festival of choral music in St. John's, NL July 3- 10, 2005. During 2004-2005, the choir will give concerts in Kingston, ON and Newfoundland, and will be featured on promotional CDs for Hinshaw Music and earthsongs Publishing, both of the United States. "Child with the Starry Crayon", the choir's second commercial CD, featuring 15 Canadian commissions. will be released in fall 2004. 33" season concerts take place November 27, 2004 (Comfort and Joy), March 5, 2005 (Heaven on Earth) and May 14, 2005 (Divas!), all at Grace Church on-the­ Hill. Tickets: regular, senior, $10 student William Brown, Artistic Director/Manager 2106-1055 Bay Street, Toronto, M5S 3A3 Tel: 416-923-3123 Fax 416-923-4955 ORION HOUSE ARTISTS MANAGEMENT The company operates offices in Toronto, Vienna, Austria, and Durban, and maintains a close working relationship with several European agencies, representing singers, conductors, musicians, and ensembles some of whom have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Munich's Herkules Saal, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, Houston' s Stude Concert Hall, Opera de Montreal, !'Opera Franais de New York, !'Opera de Quebec, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera Missisauga, Opera Monte Carlo, the State Opera of Budapest, the Vienna Volksoper, the Montreal Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Rochester Symphony, to name a few. The agency prides itself in giving promising young artists an opportunity, while maintaining a roster of seasoned professionals. In recent months, the agency has become involved in a new eries of festivals featuring Canadian artists on the international stage. The agency was chosen to organize and provide soloists for a gala World Youth Day concert in July 2002, televised to an estimated 150 million people worldwide. Under the name 'Orion House Concerts' the company presents annual concerts and recital programs showcasing its artists throughout the country. President: Walter Kornelson Director, Concert Division: Patricia Hausner Sheppard Center Postal Outlet 4841 Yonge Street, 1lox 43212,Toronto, M2N 6N 1 416-410-1808 Fax: 416-730-1386 ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO Founded in 1964, this 65-voice ensemble is celebrating its 40th year of bringing line choral music and innovative programming, to Toronto audiences. The 2004-2005 season begins November 6 with an Anniversary gala in the George Weston Recital Hall. English composer/conductor John Rutter conducts the Orpheus Choir, Chorus Niagara and the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus in the Canadian premieres of two of his recent works: Mass of the Children and Feel the Spirit, with soloists Monica Whither, Alexander Dobson and Theresa Thomason. Other highlights: Vaughan Williams' The First Nowell, with narrators Barbara Budd and Barry MacGregor; Susa's Carols and Lullabies with guitarist Timothy Phelan; Distler's Dance of Death; Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, featuring the return of former Sidgwick Scholars Michael Colvin and Karen Wierzba; and the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Derek Holman. The choir rehearses Tuesday evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Rehearsals are open, and we are pleased to audition new singers. The choir continues lo provide, through its Sidgwick Scholarship positions, opportunities for young singers to gain experience as soloists. Artistic Director: Robert Cooper Accompanist: Edward Moroney Administrator: Helen Coxon Mail: P.O.Box 662, Sin. F, Toronto, M4Y 2N6 416-530-4428 p PALESTRINA CHAMBER CHORUS The Palestrina Chamber Chorus was founded in September 1997 at the initiative of Alberto Di Giovanni, Director of Cei:itro Scuola e Cultura ltaliana Columbus Centre. Since then it bas quickly become a leading choir for young professionals in Toronto. This vocal ensemble is comprised of over thirty-live gifted singers, many of whom are beginning their professional music careers. The choir has traveled to Italy live times and choristers have had the remarkable opportunity to perform for audiences in cities including Assisi, Padova, Loreto, I: Aquila and Roma. Locally the choir has performed at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, the MacMillan Theatre (University of Toronto) and the Markham Theatre, as well as various churches. The choir places a locus on Italian repertoire including sacred and operatic works and new choristers are accepted by audition only. Most recently the choir traveled to Italy in March 2004 where they performed in Roseto degli Abruzzi and Fermo, Le Marche. The choir has been under the direction of Sabatino Vacca since September 1999. Centro Scuola e Cultura ltaliana Canadian Centre for Italian Culture and Education 416 789 4970 Fax: 416-789-4246 PAX CHRISTI CHORALE Toronto's Mennonite Choir .1- #

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