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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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22 f'entfielir:t, :5in1er5 'J,(fi',,r~ Le.11e., A-rtistic. J)ire.c.t,n- Featuring ... Magnificat - D. Patriquin Salve Regina - R. Luengen Special guest: Andrew Tees. Baritone Sunday. December 4. 2005 3:00pm St. Paul's Basilica 83 Power Street at Queen Tickets adults itudcnti and icniori for info phone 416-229-0522 ETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIR Harris J. Loewen - Music Director 2005-2006 Season Carols From the Old and New Worlds Friday December 2, 2005, 8:00 P.M. Saturday December 3, 2005, 8:00 P.M. Carol Arrangements from Canada, USA and Europe Two Masters Saturday March 25, 2006, 8:00 P.M. Mozart, Excerpts from Requiem, Vespers Theodore Dubois, Seven Last Words of Christ Songs From the North Saturday May 27, 2006, 8:00 P.M. A Collection of Canadian Classics Royal York Road United Church, 851 Royal York Road, Etobicoke 3 Concert Subscription: .00 Single Tickets .00 For tickets or to arrange an audition, cal I 416-239-1131 x49 Back to Ad Index to rontdartsbo u n c i I An arm's length body of the City of Toronto CHORAL Scene, continued from page 21 Also on Oct. 12, the Healey Willan Singers offer a special concert celebrating the !25th anniversary of the birth of their namesake. Conductor Ron Cheung serves up a generous sampling of Willan's large body of work for choir, and the redoubtable Giles Bryant - a former organist at St. Mary Magdalene Church and friend of Willan's - offers narration and anecdotes. Head-to-head It's a great shame that two of the most interesting choral events this month go head-to-head on Oct. 22 (though it's an indication of the huge amount of talent we have in this city!). The Amadeus Choir presents a major new work by their accompanist Eleanor Daley. Inspired by the landscape paintings of Canadian Doris McCarthy, Daley's work is entitled "Salutation of the Dawn". At the same time, the young ensemble Studio Sixteen, directed by Kevin Komisaruk, perform "treasures from Flanders, Amsterdam, and where the wind blows": a whole host of music by late Renaissance masters. The following evening, Oct. 23, the Elora Festival Singers pay a visit to town and get a jump on the Mozart-mania that should hit later this year and early 2006 (the 250th anniversary of his birth) with Mozart's Letters, an evening of choral excerpts (Requiem, Solemn BOSLEY REAL ESTATE Dear friends, Vespers, Ave verum corpus, etc.) and selections from Wolfgang's missives. One packed weekend The next weekend, Oct. 28-30 is packed with great concerts, beginning Oct. 28 with the Exultate Chamber Singers and their guests, the Penderecki String Quartet. Featured is a new work by Andrew Ager and "All around the circle", an immensely clever collection of Atlantic folk-songs by John Greer. The next evening, Oct 29, the Alata Harmonia Chorus presents a concert of music by Toronto Chinese composers and a "Chinese Requiem" at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (benefit for the Red Cross) and the Mississauga Children's Choir celebrate their 25th anniversary. Also on the same night, some of the many U of T choirs get together to make music under the direction of their fine conductors, Robert Cooper, Lori-Ann Dolloff and Brainerd Blyden-Taylor. Yet another concert on Oct. 29 finds David Fallis' Toronto Chamber Choir singing spectacular polyphonic gems of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, accompanied by a group of "early brass" players. Cornets, shawms and sack buts abound! To market to market? I wrote a column this past summer reporting on a panel discus- The arts are important to all of us but we know that they cannot flourish without our support. Most of you know that in addition to selling real estate, I have been involved in music for most of my life. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be for arts organizations to make ends meet. With your help, I would like to make a small difference with a fund raising effort for the arts community of Toronto. If you refer someone to me who makes use of my services through Bosley Real Estate, I will make a donation to the Toronto arts organization of your choice when the sale is completed. Visit my website at or call me at 416-322-8000 if you have any questions or would like more information. Best wishes, PETER MAHON Sales Representative Bosley Real Estate Ltd. 416-322-8000 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM O CTOB ER 1 - N O VEMBER 7 2005

sion at Lawrence Cherney's Northern Voices conference in June. The discussion centred around the sometime lack of programming innovation of some of our famed choirs and the feeling at the national arts council level that the Canadian choral community needs to "get its act together" . I received some fascinating feedback - much of it unprintable for one reason or another!! - but one point that seems to be brought up again and again is the inordinate preoccupation, even among choirs with a relatively small budget, with marketing and public relations. Many lament the focus on marketing over good music-making in some instances, and, in others, the confusing messages that marketers give. I look forward to more correspondence and continuing discourse on an important matter. Noting Nov now Though November's still a little far off, there are some dates early in the month you should mark in your calendar. On Nov. 4, there are two head-to-head concerts again that will be difficult to choose between. The Elmer Iseler Singers celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the superb Tudor composer Thomas Tallis in a joint concert with Studio Musique Ancienne de Montreal, directed by Christopher Jackson. Jackson is well known for his well-researched, classy programs with SMAM. Together the choirs should make a formidable sound. The program includes Tallis' much-talked-about, seldomheard 40-part motet "Spem in Alium" and Canadian Marjan Mozetich' s "Motet on themes by Thomas Tallis". The same night the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir performs the two-piano and percussion version ofOrffs "Carmina Burana". Also on the program is a work by Alfred Schnittke entitled "Requiem for Don Carlos". Roughly 25 minutes in length, it takes as its text the traditional Mass for the Dead. I spoke briefly with conductor Noel Edison, who says the piece is "eclectic and dramatic, with similar instrumental forces to the version of Carmina Burana we' re performing , though the Schnittke calls for electric guitar and a sea of percussion. It stands in wonderful contrast to Carmina and has lots of colour, dense textures and magnificent moments." The Ottawa Bach Choir, under Lisette Canton's direction, inaugurates this year's Roy Thomson Hall free noon hour choir/organ concert series on Nov. 7 with the fine organist Matthew Larkin. Finally I want to acknowledge in this column the passing on September 16 of one of Canada' s most beloved choral composers, Harry Freedman. His presence will be sorely missed and a fitting tribute from all of us will be to become more familiar with his music and make sure we keep performing it. • TORONTO CHAMBER CHOIR Auditions • Basses and Tenors This established 40-voice choir specializing in authentic performances of baroque and early music under the direction of renowned early music interpreter, David Fallis, has openings for Basses and Tenors. Please call (416) 699 8121 or e-mail for information. SCARBOROUGH BEL CANTO an adult mixed voice auditioned choir, is looking for a Music Director for the 2006/2007 season. Rehearsals at St. Dunstan of Canterbury, West Hill, Tuesdays, 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Interested persons call Larry Tozer at 647-287-4092. C

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