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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008

AMADEUS CHOIRThe

AMADEUS CHOIRThe acclaimed JOO-voice Amadeus Choir marks its 34thanniversary this season under the continuing leadershipof conductor and artistic director Lydia Adams. The choiris considered to be in the first-rank nationally and isrenowned for its exceptional musicality, glorious sound,high-quality programming and for commissioning worksby prominent Canadian composers-a reflection of theleadership provided by Dr. Adams who, in 1987, createdthe choir's annual International Christmas Carol andChanukah Song Writing Competition.The Choir presents its annual series in the George WestonRecital Hall (where it has had the honour to be Choir-in­Residence since 1993), and at selected Toronto venues.Auditions are held in June and throughout the year, asneeded. In May, the choir traveled to Mount AllisonUniversity to present the keynote concert at PODIUM, thesymposium of the Association of Canadian ChoralConductors. Concerts in Antigonish and Glace Bay; NovaScotia completed the highly successful tour. The choiropens its 2008-09 season November 8 performing CarlOrff's Carmina Burana and Ruth Watson Henderson'sVoices of Earth.Lydia Adams, conductor/artistic directorJudith Young, general managerShawn Grenke, accompanistAane Kear, public relations 416-924-3940416-446-0188 Fax: 416-446-0187am ac hoi r@id irec I.co mwww.amadeuschoir.comAMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLEWell into its third decade, founding Amici membersJoaquin Valdepefias and David Hetherington welcomepianist Serouj Kradjian into the Amici family. Serouj'sformidable piano playing, combined with his ability toarrange and compose make him a most welcome addition.This season we have two new elements-thirty minutesprior to each concert we will hold a Pre-Concert Chat in thehall, hosted by Keith Horner, to offer our audience furtherinsight into the music being performed. Also new this yearwe will be dividing our concert dates between Fridays andSundays. We begin our 2008-09 season on Friday, October31 at 8 pm (7:30 pm Chat).Our special guests this season include: violinistsBenjamin Bowman, Jonathan Crow and Mark Fewer;violist Douglas McNabney and the incomparableCanadian opera star Isabel Bayrakdarian. Theprogrammes, as always, are varied and creative. Thisseason Amici celebrates Olivier Messiaen's one hundredthbirthday, commemorates the 20th anniversary of thedevastating Armenian earthquake with music composedbySerouj for his homeland, and dedicates an entire eveningto Francis Poulenc's chamber music. All concerts are atthe Glenn Gould Studio.AMICI box office416-368-87 43www. am iciens e mb le. co mANNEX SINGERS OF TORONTOThe Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant community choirthat delivers both classical and contemporary repertoirewith spirit and sophistication. Now in its 29th season, thechoir has grown to a sixty-voice ensemble. Director MariaCase brings dynamic leadership and inventiveprogramming to the choir, including some of her owncompositions.Two concerts are held each year, as well as outreachperformances and a cabaret to close the season. The cabaretprovides a supportive and light-hearted vehicle forfledgling and seasoned performers alike, in solo and smallensemble.The 2008-09 season opens Dec em her 12 with"Choruses & Carols", featuring selections by Mendelssohn,82 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009Bach, Handel, Lauridsen and a new Canadian work. OnApril 25, "Shout" will feature Steve Dobrogosz's Jazz Mass,Haydn's Te Deum, and works from the Canadiansoundscape. The cabaret, May 30, is all that is "Mad, Bad& Dangerous to Know" and morelNew members with vocal experience are welcome inSeptember. Rehearsals are at St. Thomas's Church Hall,383 Huron Street on Mondays, 7:30 to 9:45 pm.Maria Case, artistic directorRichard Partington, president416-968-7747Marg Ricemargaret.rice@sympatico.caTHE ART OF TIME ENSEMBLEThe Art of Time Ensemble, under the leadership of artisticdirector Andrew Burashko, is one of Toronto's mostinnovative and artistically resonant music ensembles. Theensemble has attracted the interest and participation ofsome of Canada's best performers in creating new andexciting opportunities for collaborations between theperforming arts, provoking, entertaining and breakingdown barriers, revealing the vibrancy of classical musicas a contemporary artistic expression and appealing to arange of audiences. Past projects include the NorthAmerican premiere of Mauricio Kagel's multi-mediaVariete, called a "landmark in interdisciplinary arts inToronto" (National Posb, which played to sold-out housesover five performances and received a 2004 Dora MavorMoore Award for Outstanding Sound Design/Compositionon behalf of Kagel.www.artoftimeensemble.comASSOCIATES OF THETORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAWho are the Associates of the Toronto Symphony (ATSO)and what do we do?Members of the ATSO, a registered charitableorganization, love music and organize musical eventsshowcasing members of the TSO and the Toronto SymphonyYouth Orchestra. Our Five Small Concerts presentaffordable chamber music.ATSO volunteers work on engaging musicians,publicizing concerts, ensuring that concerts run smoothly,and fundraising to make these concerts possible.Members attend monthly Sunday evening "Informals",for performances by invited musicians, or presentationsby informative speakers. 2008-09 dates are: September14, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18,February 15, March 8, April 19, May 24, June 14.In the past, the Associates also organized 35 free chambermusic concerts per year at senior citizens' homes, mentalhealth facilities and correctional institutions. In future,we hope to secure new funding and revive these outreachconcerts.If you would enjoy working with people who appreciateand promote an interest in classical music, please join theAssociates.Stanley Solomon, Bill Teichman, music program co-chairs416-485-2717 (Five Small Concerts tickets),416-944-2177 (Membership)friedlae@pathcom.comwww.associates-tso.orgAUTORICKSHAWAutorickshaw's music lies on the cultural cutting edge ascontemporary jazz and funk and it easily rubs shoulderswith the classical and popular music of India.Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has become one of themost intriguing acts on the world music and jazzlandscapes, garnering 2004 and 2007 JUNO nominationsfor World Music Album of the Year.The ensemble consists of a mash-up of four of Canada'smost exciting and musically interesting young musicians:vocalist Suba Sankaran, tabla player Ed Hanley, bassistRich Brown and exotic percussionist Patrick Graham. Allfour have achieved excellence on their respectiveinstruments and when their forces are combined, theresults are "utterly unique and musically pioneering" -Daniel Ariaratnam, The Record.Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada,as well as internationally, and has been featured widelyin mainstream media. Autorickshaw is committed to theirrole as music educators through school performances,lecture demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses ontopics as diverse as jazz improvisation, south Indian andwestern vocal and choral techniques, as well as percussionfrom around the world.Suba Sankaran and Ed Hanley, artistic directorsSuba: 416-686-2370, Ed: 416-597-8705www.autorickshaw.caBACH CH1LDREN 1 S CHORUS ANDBACH CHAMBER YouTH CHOIRBCC consists of 165 auditioned singers in choirs at differinglevels of ability-three treble choirs for children aged 6-16 and an SATE choir for boys with changed voices andgirls aged 16 and up. Each choir rehearses weekly in eastScarborough and participates in weekend excursionsinvolving festivals, workshops and concerts with otheryouth choirs and world-renowned clinicians. Educationalprograms for all treble choirs emphasize vocal technique,theory and music reading. The BCC is a company-inresidenceat the Toronto Centre for the Arts where thisseason's concerts will be held on Saturday, December 6and Saturday, May 9.The choir has released live CDs and has won severalprovincial and national choral awards, including theprestigious CBC Competition for Amateur Choirs (2004)and The Elmer Iseler Award for Best Choir at the TorontoKiwanis Festival. Founder and artistic director LindaBeaupre is well-known throughout Toronto as a guestconductor and clinician and is a winner of the Leslie Bellaward for conducting.bachchildrenschorus@bellnet.caJane Greenwood416-431-0790www.bachorus.orgBELL' ARTE SINGERSThe Bell'Arte Singers usher in their 21st season under thebaton of our new music director, Dr. Margot Rejskind. Weinvite you to join us for our exciting 2008-2009 season.Our fall concert, "The Many Faces of Mary", takes place onNovember 28, 2008. There is something about Mary! Thisprogram will explore Mary's many roles through the musicwritten about and for her. Two of GTA's finest high schoolchoirs, Men of Note and the Bell'Arte Singers will join insong on February 28, 2009 for a program tentatively titled,"Singers of Note - Youth and Youthful". Just in time forspring, the Bell'Arte Singers turn their attention to thatmost universal emotion in human experience: love! Join uson May 2 for "The Three Ls: Love, Lust and Longing". Allconcerts will take place at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570Yonge Street, Toronto at 8 pm.The Bell' Arte Singers rehearses at the Toran to UnitedMennonite Centre, 1774 Queen Street East on Saturdaymornings.Jim Service, choir managermanager@bellartesingers.ca416-699-5879 for ticketswww.bellartesingers.caTHE BRAMPTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAThe Brampton Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 22ndseason in one of Canada's most culturally diverse cities

which now exceeds 500,000 people. Under the direction ofprincipal conductor and artistic director Robert Raines,the BSD has increased audience attendance every year forthe past six years.Opening night (October 4) features Las Vegas star SteveLippia-main attraction for Mayor Susan Fennell'sSymphony Soiree at the Rose Theatre, Brampton. OnNovember I, the BSD highlights diverse cultures in anencore presentation of the Musical Postcards ... fromAbroad! which was premiered by the BSD ChamberOrchestra at Colony Theatre in Miami Beach last February.On December 13, we feature Handel's Messiah highlightsfor the holiday season. In March break of 2009, the BSDperforms Rhapsody, Concerto & All That Jazz! in MiamiBeach's Lincoln Theatre.Back home (March 28), BSO's 2nd Earth Hour Concertfeatures 3 major concerti. The season finale (May 2, 2009)for the BSD is the Mozart Requiem. Final encore concert isLast Night Of The Proms on Thursday evening beforeVictoria Day of 2009. The BSD invites community playersto audition by emailinginlo@bramptonsymphony.com.905.874.2800.CAMMAC ONTARIO MUSIC CENTRENow entering its 32nd year, CAMMAC Ontario Music Centre(OMC) offers inspiring musical instruction that nourishesthe love of music in everyone, from the young to the youngat heart. Amateur musicians enjoy a warm, welcomingspirit and work with an outstanding, supportive faculty.During the first 2 weeks each August people from all walksof life come together in Lakelield, Ontario for the purepleasure of making music. Adult participants find a mixof classical, jazz and world music.Our artistic director, Juno-nominated jazz guitaristMichael Occhipinti, organizes a program which boastsmany exciting courses, including technique and repertoirefor instrumentalists and vocalists, large and smallensembles, choirs, chamber groups and jazz combos. Ourchildren's program offers a timeless summer camp feeling,with days lull of music and play. Evening programsinclude dynamite performances by faculty andparticipants.Participants are invited to explore new musical avenueswhile growing in the area al music for which they alreadyhave a passion. All are welcome (novice to experiencedmusicians) to join us for one or two unforgettable weeks almusic making.Leah Bell, administrator 1-866-273-7697ontario@cammac.cawww.ontario.cammac.caCANADIAN CH1LDREN 1 S OPERA COMPANYThe Canadian Children's Opera Company is one of theworld's few children's opera companies. The CCOCcommissions, produces, records and tours new operas andchoral music, with children as both the principalperformers and main audience. The company alsoregularly collaborates with other leading artsorganizations and prominent individual performers,conductors and directors. The Company contains sixdivisions, with over 200 children and youth al ages 5-19. Our newest division, OPERAtion Kids, is a nonauditionedprogram for ages 8-13.The 2008- 09 main opera production is a remount ofour hugely successful A Dickens of a Christmas. It will bepresented November 28- 30, 2008.Other highlights of the 2008- 09 season include Laboheme and A Midsummer Night's Dream with theCanadian Opera Company, performances with the TorontoSymphony Orchestra, the Hannaford Street Silver Band,and the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer's TheChildren's Crusade with Soundstreams Canada at the 2009Luminato Festival.II you are interested in auditioning for the CanadianChildren's Opera Company, call us or download anapplication form from our website.Ann Cooper Gay, artistic director 416-366-0467inlo@canadianchildrensopera.comwww.canadianchildrensopera.comCANADIAN Music CENTRECanada's primary resource for scores, recordings andinformation about Canadian music composition, theCanadian Music Centre exists primarily to increaseawareness, appreciation and performance al Canadianmusic by making the work of over 680 Associate Composersaccessible through an array al services, programs andprojects.At its core, CMC houses a free-lending, 20,000 + piecemusic collection, which it continues to expand and digitizefor preservation, dissemination and promotional purposes.In addition, CMC manages its own award-winningrecording label, Centrediscs, and distributes over l,100CD and DVD titles featuring its Associates and otherCanadian independent artists.Other services include on-demand score sales andrentals and customized repertoire consultation. CMC alsoleads with several online and ollline projects, includingNew Music in New Places and Influences of Many Musics.CMC is accessible by our website as well as through itsfive regional centres (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto,Montreal and Sackville). The website offers advancedfeatures including an online library catalogue withextended search and loan/purchase request functions, scoreand audio samples, interactive educational tools, news,web-links and a concert calendar.Elisabeth Bihl , executive directorontario@musiccentre.cawww. m usiccen Ire.eaCANADIAN OPERA COMPANYThe Canadian Opera Company (CDC) is the largest produceral opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America.The company enjoys an international reputation lorartisticexcellence and creative innovation.A not-for-profit organization since 1950, the CDC relieson charitable giving, sponsorship, special events andticket revenue to ollset production and administrativecosts. More than 120,000 patrons annually attendmainstage performances, with over 16,000 activesubscribers.The CDC presents full operas and over 80 free concertsat Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.The Four Seasons Centre features R. Fraser Elliott Hall, atraditional five-tiered, European horseshoe-shapedauditorium, specifically designed for opera with excellentacoustics and unparalleled intimacy between the audienceand the stage.The CDC encourages the creation of operatic works, andfosters the training and development al young artists. TheCDC Ensemble Studio is Canada's pre-eminent trainingprogram for young singers, directors and coaches. Worldrecognized alumnae from this program include BenHeppner, Wendy Nielsen, Gidon Saks, John Fanning, andIsabel Bayrakdarian.Alexander Neel, general directorAdministration: 416-363-6671Ticket Services: 416-363-8231inlo@coc.ca www.coc.cawww. lo urseasonscen Ire.eaCANADIAN SINFONIETTACelebrating 10 years, the Canadian Sinfonietta is aprofessional chamber orchestra led by lather-daughterduo, artistic director and founder, Tak-Ng Lai andconcertmaster, Joyce Lai. The orchestra's season consistsAmadeus to Cathedral Bluffsal five subscription concerts. The orchestra's repertoireranges from classic chamber works to modern piecesincorporating ethnic instruments and their music.Highlights of this season include Bizet's Symphony inC, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Dvorak'sString Serenade and Arutunian 's Violin Concerto.Soloists featured are violinist, Catherine Manoukian;clarinetist Jerome Summers; cellist Andras Weber; pianistMichael Esch; students from Aster's Music House; andCMC winners, violinist, Nicole Lee; and mezzo-soprano,Erica Iris Huang. Also included in the subscription serieswill be two Canadian works, both premieres composed forthe orchestra by Jason Locke and composer in residence,Michael Pepa.For more intimate chamber music, core members formthe CS Chamber Players and present an annual wine andcheese concert at the Heliconian Hall in Yorkville.Tak-Ng Lai, artistic director and conductorJoyce Lai, concertmaster416-221-3623canadiansinlonietta@gmail.comwww.canadiansinfonietla.comCATHEDRAL BLUFFSSYMPHONY ORCHESTRACathedral Blulls Symphony Orches tra (CBSO), one alToronto's premier community orchestras since 1985, willbe celebrating its 23rd season in the state-of-the-art PC.Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre of GreaterToronto, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East.Under the baton al Maestro Norman Reintamm, theCBSO will perform a 5-concert series that promises toenchant and inspire. Guest artists this season includerenowned pianist Valerie Tryon and jazz saxophone greatJim Galloway.The orchestra is noted for facilitating performanceopportunities for young musicians and always welcomesnew members.Norman Reintamm, artistic director/principal conductorWholonote MEMBER PROF1LES 2008-2009 83

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