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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Blue PagestheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011and special occasions from September through June.Repertoire is medieval through 21st century.The Christ Church Summer Singers is a non-auditionedmixed-voice choir that rehearses and sings onSunday mornings through July and August. ChristChurch has also hosted Jazz Vespers for over tenyears. At 4:30 p.m. every second Sunday from Septemberto June, this service offers a chance for reflection,prayers for our community, and music by Toronto’sfinest jazz musicians.With its Yonge Street location (at Heath, near theSt. Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, full modern facilities,flexible staging, Steinway grand piano andthree-manual tracker organ, and seating for 500,Christ Church is an increasingly popular venue foroutside concert presenters during the year.Eric N. Robertson, organist & director of music416-920-5211 ext 25erobertson@thereslifehere.orgwww.christchurchdeerpark.orgChurch of Saint Mary MagdaleneThe Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, 477 ManningAve, Toronto, supports a varied choral programme.Our Ritual Choir and Schola Magdalena specialize inGregorian Chant. Our SMM Gallery Choir won firstprize in the CBC choral competition, and has just releaseda recording of music by Canadian composerHealey Willan. Join us for High Mass at 11am everySunday, and during the week on major feast days, orat our more casual 9:30 service, including Taizé, Baroqueband, and Orff ensemble. SMM offers a uniquemusical and spiritual experience in this beautiful,historic and newly renovated Toronto landmark.Stephanie Martin, director of music416-531-7955stmartin@yorku.cawww.stmarymagdalene.cawww.scholamagdalena.caChurch of St. Simon the ApostleEstablished in 1883, the parish church of St Simonthe-Apostlehas been synonymous with excellence inchoral singing from its earliest beginnings. Directedby Kirkland Adsett with assistance from MauriceWhite, the parish choir strives to maintain a highstandard in traditional Anglican Church music whileoccasionally giving a nod to music of a more contemporarynature. The choir sings at all the major churchservices throughout the year and presents Adventand Christmas Carol services as well as a major concertin the spring.In an effort to build on the musical heritage of theparish, a unique outreach programme, “ReachingOut Through Music,” was established in 2008. Thisprogramme uses music education and performanceas a vehicle to inspire and enhance children’s lives inthe St. Jamestown area. Please see its separate profilein this publication.416-923-8714 x208music@stsimons.caChurch of the Holy TrinityThe Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the oldestchurches in Toronto (1847) and boasts a magnificentacoustical space with a Bechstein concert grandpiano and the Deer Park Rathgeb Memorial organ.Music for the active and activist congregation is ledon Sunday mornings by Becca Whitla. Every December,since 1938, the church has staged “The ChristmasStory,” a charming, traditional nativity pageant withorgan music and carols from an unseen choir. FromMay to September, the church presents “Music Mondays,”a culturally diverse noon time series of weeklyconcerts that reflect the variety of musical traditionsalive in Toronto’s many communities. Holy Trinity isalso the venue for concerts presented by the TorontoEarly Music Centre (416-966- 1409) with concertsthe second Sunday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm,January through June. Holy Trinity welcomes othermusical and artistic events, as well as meetings orevents that focus on social justice issues.416-598-4521 x222ht@holytrinitytoronto.orgwww.holytrinitytoronto.orgCivic Light Opera CompanyFounded in 1979, our much-heralded musical theatrecompany is now in its 32nd season, making its homeat the Fairview Library Theatre in Toronto and offeringunique, professional entertainment at affordableprices. Each season we offer four productions.Our 100+ shows range from the well-loved Broadwayclassics to more obscure shows also deservingrecognition. We have presented the Canadian premieresof Titanic: The Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’slost masterpiece Allegro, Irving Berlin’sAs Thousands Cheer, Kander & Ebb’s The Rink andCole Porter’s High Society to name a few. A worldpremierenew musical adaptation of The Wizard of Ozwas staged in 2000 and in 2002, to comprehensive acclaim,and will be revived in December of 2010, backby popular demand.This season, we offer the Lerner & Loewe classicPaint Your Wagon, the aforementioned musical adaptationof The Wizard of Oz, the off-Broadway musicalcomedy sensation The Big Bang, and Cole Porter’s alltimepopular favourite Anything Goes, revived in itsoriginal 1934 version. Join us as our theatrical journeycontinues!Joe Cascone, artistic director416-755-1717www.civiclightoperacompany.comContinuum Contemporary MusicContinuum presents works by emerging and establishedCanadian and international composers.The core ensemble – Anne Thompson (flute), MaxChristie (clarinet), Carol Fujino (violin), Paul Widner(cello), Laurent Philippe (piano) and Ryan Scott(percussion) – is often augmented by voice, otherinstruments or electronics. The group has releasedtwo CDs, has toured Canada and Europe and can beheard and seen on radio, television and the Internet.Continuum’s 2010-11 season includes: the January17 launch of Raw, chamber music by James Rolfe, onthe Centrediscs label; “the OCAD Project,” January24, a concert curated by students of this pre-eminentschool of art and design, who also produce the programmingrationale and programme notes; “MechanicalAdvantage,” February 4, a concert featuringbarrel and mechanical organ; and “Step, turn, kick”March 20, a reprise of works from our February appearanceat MNM in Montreal - a latter day Frenchdance suite. The final concert of the year is a surprisethat features the call of the weird.Jennifer Waring, artistic directorJosh Grossman, administrator416-924-4945josh@continuummusic.orgwww.continuummusic.orgCounterpoint Community OrchestraThe CCO was formed in 1984 by gay and lesbian musicians.Together we provide fine music and create adeeper sense of community and diversity in downtownToronto. People from all walks of life play withus and we welcome any person with a positive outlooktowards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenderedand two-spirited people.Twenty-seventh season concerts begin December4, 2010. A second concert is on March 5, 2011. Finalconcert of the season is May 14, 2011.Rehearsals: Mondays at 8 pm, 519 Church StreetCommunity Centre, Auditorium. Concert performancesare at Saint Luke’s United Church, SherbourneSt. at Carlton, Toronto.We welcome players, committee volunteers, orvolunteers for our board of directors. Player levelsrange from beginner to professional. We will helpyou grow musically. As a registered charity we invitegifts to support our many programmes.416-926-9806, 416-900-8140tickets@ccorchestra.orginfo@ccorchestra.orgwww.ccorchestra.orgCounty Town SingersCTS started as a small community choir to celebrateCanada’s centennial year. Under the direction of BarbaraOuellette, we are still “singing for the love ofit” 42 years later. We are a 60/70-voice auditionedchoir with a varied repertoire: show tunes to spirituals,folk to classical. We hold two major concertsper year, December and May, and concerts at smallervenues such as nursing homes or special functionssuch as the Men’s Provincial Curling Championship,Whitby Library opening, Heritage Day events, etc.Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30-10 pm at the WhitbySeniors Centre. Auditions are the first two Wednesdaysof September and January.Doreen Dean905-655-9505doreendean@sympatico.cawww.countytownsingers.comDaCapo Chamber ChoirThe DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 inKitchener-Waterloo under the direction of LeonardEnns. The mission of the DaCapo Chamber Choir isto perform outstanding choral chamber works of thepast 100 years and to champion music of Canadianand local composers.The performance season consists of three annualconcerts in Kitchener-Waterloo: in the fall aroundRemembrance Day, in late winter and in late spring.The 2010-2011 season, “See What You Can Hear” willmusically showcase elements of visual art: “VanishingPoint” (November 13 & 14), “Chiaroscuro”(March 4 & 5) and “A World of Colour” (May 7). TheMarch concert will also feature the performance ofthe 2010 NewWorks choral composition competitionwinning entry, Tabula Rasa by Don Macdonald (Nelson,BC).The choir’s new CD, ShadowLand, featuring the Juno-nominatedNocturne by Leonard Enns, receivedthe ACCC’s 2010 award for Outstanding Choral Recording.For more information about the choir, itscurrent season, the NewWorks choral compositioncompetition, the ShadowLand CD, or to purchase ticketsonline, please visit the choir’s website.519-725-7549info@dacapochamberchoir.cawww.dacapochamberchoir.caDancap Productions Inc.Dancap Productions Inc. is dedicated to producingthe best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaborationwith acclaimed artists and award-winningcreative teams that will engage theatre lovers in Toronto,throughout Canada and around the world.Dancap Productions Inc. is committed to providingaudiences with memorable theatrical events whileoffering patrons access to unique promotional andmembership opportunities to enhance their theatregoingexperience.Aubrey Dan, president416-644-3665info@dancaptickets.comwww.DancapTickets.com

DCAT ChorusThe DCAT Chorus is an amateur performing vocal ensembleof more than 40 men and women singing acappellain six- and eight-part harmony. Our broad repertoireof songs range from Broadway favourites tofolk, pop to traditional and patriotic to devotional.Music is delivered with showmanship and a passionfor entertaining. We perform with no music books,no programmed accompaniments to tie us down andno set musical form or style. For some of our pieces,we add brass and percussion elements (all performedlive), choreography and dance elements. The chorusis under the energetic direction of Mr. Wyatt Gill.On October 2 the DCAT Chorus presents the fifthannual “For the Love of Music” concert at the CityPlayhouse Theatre in the City of Vaughan. Rehearsalsare Wednesdays 7:30pm to 10pm at Estonian House,958 Broadview Ave. Do you love music and like tosing? Come join us, no auditions.Linda Carscadden, membership information416-266-4002John Fox, business manager905-853-9214foxynewmarket@rogers.comwww.dcatchorus.caEast York ChoirThe East York Choir, founded in 1986, is a mixedvoice,auditioned ensemble which performs an eclecticmix of selections (including several premieres ofarrangements by conductor Jenny Crober) in collaborationwith guest artists. Major choral works performedinclude Handel’s Messiah and the MozartRequiem. Our season consists of two concerts, as wellas performances at benefits and community events.Our very talented, versatile accompanist is ElizabethAcker.EYC guest artists have included some of Canada’sfinest performers: jazz guitarist Michael Occhipinti;the Talisker Players orchestra; soprano Jennie Such;jazz bassist Rob Clutton; Latin band Cassava; percussionistsRay Dillard, Nick Coulter, Larry Graves andFulé Badoe; storyteller/dancer Adwoa Badoe; Celticmusicians Loretto Reid and Sharlene Wallace. Wewere broadcast on CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café in January2009.On Sunday, December 5, 3:30pm, at EastminsterUnited Church, we will feature gospel singer, QuishaWint, percussionist Ray Dillard and guitaristCharlie Roby. EYC will celebrate its 25th anniversaryin spring 2011 with a performance of Orff’s CarminaBurana.Rehearsals are Monday evenings, EastminsterUnited Church (Chester subway).Jenny Crober, artistic director & conductor416-463-8225www.eastyorkchoir.cawww.eastyorkchoir.ca/contactEglinton St. George’s United ChurchThe choir of Eglinton St. George’s United Church is amixed-voice ensemble of 50, with eight professionalsingers. It anchors a music programme of high qualityand exuberant eclecticism.Highlights of the current season include: a Latin-AmericanWorld Communion service, October 3;a gospel service for All Saints/All Souls, October 31; aservice of “Lessons and Carols for Advent,” November28; “Sing-Along Messiah” with the Trillium Brass,November 28; Christmas Eve candlelight choral services;a “Celtic Candlemas,” January 30; “Taizé Worship,”March 6; “A Jazz Lent,” Sundays, March 13 toApril 10, featuring some of Canada’s greatest jazz artists;a Good Friday concert with the Bach Consort,April 22; Easter morning with the Trillium Brass,April 24; a choir concert with Paul Halley and TheresaThomason, featuring Halley’s music, May 13; anAfrican Eucharist, June 5; and Pentecost with dancersfrom the Pia Bouman School, June 12.Eglinton St. George’s choir is a hard-working,spirited group, always delighted to welcome newmembers.Peter Merrick, director of music416-690-3880merrickmitchell@rogers.comwww.esgunited.orgElmer Iseler SingersThe illustrious 20-voice Elmer Iseler Singers led byartistic director and conductor Lydia Adams entersits 32nd season in 2010/2011. Founded by the lateElmer Iseler, this fully-professional choral ensemblehas built an enviable reputation through concerts,broadcasts and recordings throughout Canada, theUnited States and internationally, performing repertoirethat spans 500 years, with a special focus onCanadian composers.Touring is a major component of the Elmer IselerSingers’ activities. They self-present a five-concertToronto series and are featured frequently at variousconcerts, workshops, symposiums and festivals.Annual auditions are held each April/May. The innovativeGET MUSIC! Outreach and Leadership Initiativefor secondary school students, communitychoirs and conductors provides workshops andaudio/video recording mentorship culminating inshared performances.The biography Elmer Iseler: Choral Visionary by WalterPitman (Dundurn Press, 2008) continues to be anArts in Canada bestseller. The international launchon the ECM Record Label of Peter A. Togni’s Lamentationsof Jeremiah, featuring bass clarinet virtuoso, JeffReilly represents the most significant Made-in-Canadawork to be released by ECM.Lydia Adams, conductor & artistic directorJessie Iseler, general manager416-217-0537info@elmeriselersingers.comwww.elmeriselersingers.comThe Elora Festival SingersThe Elora Festival was launched as the Three CenturiesFestival in 1979 and has since evolved into aninternationally acclaimed annual music event that attractscapacity crowds to the Village of Elora, locatedone hour west of Toronto. Visitors enjoy four weeksof international vocal music, from large-scale classicalworks for choir and orchestra to intimate eveningsof jazz and cabaret.In 1980, artistic director Noel Edison created theprincipal choral ensemble for the Festival, the EloraFestival Singers. In 1997, the choir became the professionalcore of both the Toronto Mendelssohn Choirand the Mendelssohn Singers. With a reputation asone of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond,the Singers contribute to the musical life notonly of the community, but on the internationalstage. Through regular concert series, recordings,broadcasts, and touring, it is renowned for its diversestyles, from early music to spirituals to contemporary,for its commitment to Canadian repertoire,and for its collaborations with other Canadianartists.Auditions for the Elora Festival Singers are heldeach January.519-846-0331 or 1-888-747-7550info@elorafestival.comwww.elorafestival.comEnsemble TrypTych Chamber ChoirEnsemble TrypTych Chamber Choir (ETCC) is a 20-30 voice auditioned mixed choir. We are in our tenthseason and have performed a vast repertoire spanningtraditional repertoire to Canadian premieres,chamber music for choice?search thewholenote.com/blueHandel oratorios to masterpieces from the Frenchromantic era and great choral works from the English,American and Canadian schools of composition.This season the choir will present three main choralperformances: “Handel’s Messiah” (November),“Dvorak’s Stabat Mater” (March) and a TrypTych extravaganza“Scotland the Brave” (June). This season,the Choir will also be appearing at the Gardiner Museumin December.ETCC rehearsals commence Tuesday September 7,2010, through to June 4, 2011. Rehearsal times are 7:30to 9:45pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2737 BayviewAve, just south of Highway 401. Orchestra/dressrehearsals are usually held the Tuesday prior to theperformance with two exceptions, Friday, March 25at Hart House, U of T, and Saturday June 4 (venue tobe confirmed).Lenard Whiting416-763-5066 x3etcc@tryptych.orgwww.tryptych.orgEsprit OrchestraThe Esprit Orchestra is Canada’s only full-sized orchestradevoted exclusively to performing, promotingand commissioning contemporary classicalmusic. Founded by music director and celebratedconductor Alex Pauk, Esprit is now in its 28th season.With innovative programming, Esprit aims tostimulate, enlighten and engage music lovers of allages. Esprit also gives audience members a rare opportunityto explore the best contemporary orchestralmusic and the newest Canadian talent. Esprittakes the stage at Koerner Hall in the Royal Conservatoryof Music for the entire 2010-11 season – an inspiredand acoustically superb setting for experiencingan Esprit performance.Among Esprit’s activities are the Creative Sparksoutreach project, Toward a Living Art Education Programmeand national and international touring. Esprithas been the recipient of three Lieutenant Governor’sArts Awards, the Jean A. Chalmers NationalMusic Award, the Vida Peene Award and the SOCANAward for Imaginative Orchestral Programming. Esprit’sannual New Wave Composers Festival celebratesyoung Canadian artists – providing a plat-gryphon triotheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011

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