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Volume 15 Issue 1 - September 2009

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pianist Justin Kolb will

pianist Justin Kolb will give a recital on September 25, performingworks by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Gann and Bond. On October6, Russian-Canadian pianist Alexei Gulenco will perform worksby Mozart, Liszt and Shostakovich, also at Convocation Hall. Gulenco,who has performed all over the world and in numerous pianocompetitions, teaches advanced students at the Hamilton Conservatoryof Music.One of the finest, if not the finest, recital halls in Toronto is inYork University’s new Accolade East arts building, so going to arecital there is doubly rewarding, as you experience not only theperformance but also the venue. On September 22 former TSO concertmaster,now York University professor, Jacques Israelievitch andhis music department colleague pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilicowill launch this season’s Faculty Concert Series with a programmeof music by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Pierné. On September 25,mezzo-soprano Susan Black and pianist Mélisande Sinsoulier willlaunch the Music at Midday noon-hour series in a recital of song repertoireby Fauré, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Canteloube and ColePorter. Tenor Colin Ainsworth will perform Schubert’s well-lovedsong cycle Die schöne Müllerin on September 30. Ainsworth is a risingstar in the vocal firmament, and if you have heard him you knowwhy. His voice sounds comfortable in the tenor vocal tessitura, as ifit is the middle, not the top of his range. He also brings a wonderfulflair and sense of style that always leave you thinking you musthear him the next time he’s performing. I’m not the only one to haveprogramme in our listings! Yet another singer, tenor Patrick Raftery,with pianist Sandra Horst, will open the Faculty Artist Series for thisseason on September 25, in a programme of arias and songs by Handel,Brahms, Liszt, Morawetz, Poulenc and Massenet. Returning toThursdays at Noon, the second recital in the series, on Thursday October1, will be given by flutist Susan Hoeppner, with pianist LydiaWong, performing a lovely programme of music by Carl Reinecke,Henri Büsser and Robert Muczynski. Also of great value to those interestedin the art of singing are the voice performance classes. Theseare held every Monday at 12:10 in Walter Hall. There will also bea short recital by graduate student singers on Monday, October 5 at6:30.The Toronto Symphony OrchestraThe TSO opens its 2009-2010 season on September 24 (repeat performanceon September 26) with a tribute to the genius of Brahms. PeterOundjian will conduct performances of Brahms’ Second Symphonyand D Major Violin Concerto with soloist Joshua Bell. Also on theprogramme is Frenergy by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residenceJohn Estacio, which Oundjian will also perform withthe St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in December.Other EventsThe Prater Orchestra, named after a park in central Vienna (oftfrequented, we are told, by all the great Viennese composers of theclassical period) was started recently by Azerbaijani-Canadians RoufatAmiraliev and Rena Amiralieva, and Iranian-Canadian JosephLerner. Its next concert will be on Friday, October 2, at the RichmondHill Centre for the Performing Arts (a story for another issue)The programme, conducted by Lerner, will include J S Bach’s PianoConcerto in D Minor, with soloist Amiralieva, a Moscow Conservatorygraduate, and a new work by Lerner, Through the Colours,which is a tribute to and a lament for the many Iranians who stood upfor political self-determination after the recent election in Iran.Tenor Colin Ainsworth sings Die schöne Müllerin at York University.noticed the quality of his work: he has performed with Opera Atelier,and this season has performances scheduled with the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra and Pacific Opera Victoria.Another accomplished young singer, baritone Jason Nedecky, alongwith veteran collaborative pianist Che Anne Loewen, will launch thenew season’s Thursdays at Noon recital series at Walter Hall at theUniversity of Toronto, in a programme called “Music and Poetry– Puzzles and Recipes.” You’ll understand why when you read thepresentsdenis bédardtomáš dušatkosrul irving glickernest macmillanimantJohn raminshTerauds, TORONTO STARpetertogniThe Victoria Scholars’ newest recordingwas generously supported by theOntario Arts Council distant voices Elmer IselerSingersCHAMBER CHOIRSun. Nov. 1, 20092:00 pmTriple ForteJASPER WOOD - VIOLINDAVID JALBERT - PIANOYEGOR DYACHKOV - CELLOSun. Mar. 7, 20102:00 pmRoyal CitySaxophone QuartetSun. Apr. 25, 20102:00 pmNewmarket Theatre505 Pickering Crescent, NewmarketPurchase yourSubscription byNovember 15, 2009and get 3 concertsfor the price of 2!Visit our website or call usfor more information. TICKETSSeries: / / Single: / / We’re looking for talented new singers to join us.Box Office: 905-953-5122 www.newmarkettheatre.caContact us today to arrange for an audition.22 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM September 1 - October 7, 2009

eat by beat: choral sceneJessie Iseler HonouredBy Elizabeth ShannonIt doesn’t seem to matter how long I’ve been out of school – Ialways think of September as the beginning of the new year. Thisis certainly true for choirs across the province where choristersfrom Thunder Bay to Windsor are eagerly anticipating a new seasonof choral delights. While most of us have been enjoying a break,conductors and choral administrators everywhere have been busyplanning the year and preparing for rehearsals. Repertoire has beenselected, guest artists engaged, venues secured, contracts finalized,promotional materials created – and this is just part of it!It seems fitting that onAugust 30, at the Torontoconcert of the Ontario YouthChoir, Choirs Ontariopresented the 2009 President’sLeadership Award to JessieIseler for her remarkablecareer with the Elmer IselerSingers. Established in 2001to commemorate ChoirsOntario’s 30th anniversary, thePresident’s Leadership Awardrecognizes choral musiciansand supporters who have madean exceptional contributionto the promotion andadvancement of choral musicin their communities. There’slittle doubt that Jessie is deserving of this honour. Jessie IselerHaving dedicated most of her professional life to the choir asits manager, Jessie Iseler has been the driving administrative forcebehind its tremendous success. With their strong national andinternational artistic presence, an impressive list of television andradio appearances, and over 50 recordings to their credit, the ElmerIseler Singers are widely regarded as one of Canada’s finest choralensembles. This reputation is in no small part due to the dedicationand sheer hard work of Jessie Iseler.Through Jessie, and husband Elmer Iseler’s combined efforts,the choir set a model of performing, recording, commissioning andtouring that inspired conductors throughout North America. Jessie’sdedication to the choir and to Canadian choral music inspired her topress for levels of funding for touring, commissioning and recordingthat were hitherto unknown by professional choirs in Canada.Together with artistic director Lydia Adams, the Elmer Iseler SingersExpect something different...Robert Cooper, artistic directorEdward Moroney, accompanistOur 45th seasonOrpheus CinemaFriday Oct 30, 2009 – Eglinton St George’s United Church, 35 Lytton BlvdThe silent movie classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame,with choral soundtrack from the French romantic masters,makes for a moving and unique Halloween eve.A Big Band ChristmasTuesday Dec 22, 2009 – Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge StSwing into the holidays with Swedish composerNils Lindberg’s Count Basie-esque Christmas Cantata,complete with big band. Christmas with ‘groove’.Vespers and MoreSunday Feb 28, 2010 – St Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone AveRachmaninoff’s rich and lushly sonorous Vespers,a joint performance with the award-winningGuelph Chamber Choir.Saturday, May Athalia 9, 2009, 7:30 p.m.Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge StreetSaturday May 8, 2010 – Eglinton St George’s United Church, 35 Lytton BlvdSavour the ‘gentle airs and melodious strains’ of Athalia…Handel’s dramatic third oratorio. Athalia: Handel’s wicked QueenTalent ° Passion ° CommunityAUDITIONSRehearsals Tuesday evenings, 7-10 p.m., Yonge & St Clair.AUDITION for the Orpheus choirand experience something different.To book an audition or for more informationplease call Helen at 416 251-3803September 1 - October 7, 2009 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 23

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