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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Blue PagestheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011info@lakefieldmusic.cawww.lakefieldmusic.caLarkin SingersThe Larkin Singers, a 16-voice chamber choir, hasquickly established itself as one of the finest examplesof Canada’s strong choral heritage, dedicatingitself primarily to liturgical choral repertoire.Founded in 2008 under the direction of MatthewLarkin, the choir’s singers hail from Toronto and Ottawaand perform regularly as professional choristersand soloists in Canada and abroad.In its inaugural season the choir enjoyed performancesin Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa, as well as asuccessful tour and residency at Bristol Cathedral,UK. In 2008, The Larkin Singers released its first recording,“A New Work is Come on Hand” featuringmusic of the Christmas season by Bach, R.V. Williams,Howells, Ord and others.Now in its third season, The Larkin Singers presentsa four-concert subscription series; outreachand collaborative performances throughout Ontario;and maintains an ambitious international touringschedule.Kirsten Fielding – General Managerinfo@larkinsingers.comwww.larkinsingers.comLawrence Park Community ChurchLawrence Park Community Church has a traditionof fine music both in worship and in concert. Sundayservices are held at 10:30am in the recently renovated,air-conditioned sanctuary. Musical groupsinclude the Adult Choir (volunteer and professionalsingers), a Children’s Choir, a Youth Music Groupand Handbell Ringers.The 2010-2011 “Fridays @ 8” concert series includesa solo organ recital by Aaron Tan (currentfirst prize winner of the RCCO National Organ PlayingCompetition) on November 5; a concert with theGreater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra featuringPoulenc’s Organ Concerto with conductor David Fallisand organist Mark Toews on February 25, and a“Spring Choral Concert” sung by the Choirs of LawrencePark Community Church on May 6.Mark Toews 416-489-1551 x28mark@lawrenceparkchurch.cawww.lawrenceparkchurch.caLiving Arts CentreThe Living Arts Centre is an architecturally-stunning225,000 square foot multi-purpose facility,which opened in 1997. The Centre is located in theheart of Mississauga and is home to one of the GTA’smost exciting venues for both performing and visualarts. Intimate entertainment is provided in allthree magnificent performance theatres, showcasinginternational stars, Canadian talent and local communitygroups.The Living Arts Centre also houses an exhibitiongallery, eight professional art studios and sophisticatedcorporate meeting facilities. The art studiosare used by talented resident artists to create uniqueworks. Art programmes are offered year-round forchildren, youth, adults and families, who can exploretheir creativity under the guidance of practicingartist-educators.The Living Arts Centre is a not-for-profit organizationdedicated to nurturing, fostering, encouraging,promoting and supporting the presence anddevelopment of the performing and visual arts inMississauga and neighbouring communities. TheCentre welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually toperforming and visual arts programmes, corporatemeetings/conventions and a wide variety of communityevents.Gerry Townsend, CEOBox office 905-306-6000, 1-888-805-8888info.lac@livingarts.on.cawww.livingartscentre.caLuminatoFor ten extraordinary days in June, Toronto’s stages,streets, and public spaces are illuminated with artsand creativity. Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinarycelebration of theatre, dance, classical andcontemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, designand more.Luminato features highly acclaimed Canadian andworld premieres, exciting new works, unexpectedcollaborations, widely accessible free celebrations,and respected education and community outreachprograms which together result in unforgettable creativeexperiences. Now in its fifth year, Luminatodraws over 1 million people each June to Toronto toengage in more than 150 events, most of them free.Luminato commemorates the festival’s fifth anniversarywith its largest new commission to date,as well as exciting artistic residencies in dance,music and theatre. Highlights include the world premiereof One Thousand and One Nights, dramatised anddirected by Tim Supple, with stories adapted by theseminal Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh. Thisspectacular theatre event tells the tale of one of theworld’s great folk-story cycles and is performed andcreated by actors, musicians and designers drawnentirely from the Arabic-speaking world.Luminato 2011 is June 10-19.Chris Lorway, artistic director416-368-3100www.luminato.comMassey HallMichael Kaeshammer headlines his first Massey Hallshow and the Jazz @ Massey Hall series includes severallegendary musicians in such groups as ChickCorea Trio, Wayne Shorter Quartet and Jazz at LincolnCenter Orchestra led by the incomparable WyntonMarsalis. We are pleased to continue supportingsome of Canada’s most celebrated artists, includingBruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, BurtonCummings, Sarah Harmer and Barenaked Ladies,who will all grace the Massey Hall stage. And suchcritically acclaimed artists as Danny Michel, Bahamas,Royal Wood and Emilie-Claire Barlow will performin the intimate settings of Glenn Gould Studioand Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The Corporation ofMassey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is a registeredcharitable not-for-profit organization.For tickets call 416-872-4255, buy online at masseyhall.com.Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall box office(60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON)Stephen McGrath, 416-593-4822 x318Stephen.mcgrath@rth-mh.comwww.masseyhall.comwww.soundboard.caMiles Nadal Jewish Community CentreThe MNjcc is a vibrant community centre at Bloorand Spadina. We have music, theatre, film, art, ensembles,events and classes. With a CommunityChoir, Women’s Chorus, Klezmer Ensemble, Suzukimusic classes, Sundays on Bloor and other lectures,we have a large and diverse music department. TheMNjcc is also home to the Al Green Theatre, a stateof-the-artfacility presenting dance, film, music, theatreand more. Each year we are home to a wonderfularts season, including the Toronto Jewish FilmSociety subscription series and many concerts andtheatre events. Our new grand piano in the Al GreenTheatre makes it a stunning venue. We also offermany other programs in cultural arts, Jewish life,Active Seniors, preschool and youth and have a fullyequipped Fitness Centre and one of Toronto’s raresaltwater pools! We welcome members and participantsof all faiths and cultures as a centre for communityin downtown Toronto. Open to all!info@mnjcc.org416-924-6211 x 0Music at MetropolitanMusic at Metropolitan presents a variety of concertsat Metropolitan United Church, featuring Metropolitan’schoir, soloists, and guest artists. This seasonincludes a recital by Yale organist Thomas Murrayon October 1, the annual “Hallowe’en Phantomsof the Organ” on October 29, a concert by the BronzeFoundation Handbell Choir on November 13, “Shakespearein the City” on March 26, the annual Good Fridayconcert on April 22 featuring the Requiem by BobChilcott, an exciting musical production at the beginningof June, and a variety of other events. Noonat Met - free recitals featuring the organ and other instrumentalists/vocalistsare held every Thursday at12:15pm. Our special Christmas events include “CarolsUnited” carol sing with the Metropolitan SilverBand and organ on December 5, and our “CandlelightCarol Service” on December 19. Metropolitan housesthe largest pipe organ in Canada and the oldesttuned carillon in North America. Metropolitan alsohas a variety of children’s, youth and hand bell choirswhich are open to all. Please contact us for a concertbrochure or for more information.Patricia Wright, artistic director416-363-0331 x26patriciaw@metunited.orgwww.metunited.orgMississauga Children’s ChoirCelebrating 30 years of choral excellence, the MississaugaChildren’s Choir is a treble-voiced choir of over140 children aged 6-17 years old. Under the leadershipof artistic director Thomas Bell, the choir includesfour graded ensembles - the Training, Junior,Intermediate, Concert Choir - and a Boys Choir. Majorperformances take place at the Mississauga’s LivingArts Centre: Voices of Light on Sunday, December 52010; and “30th Anniversary Celebration” with guestalumnae including jazz singer Shannon Butcher onSaturday June 4, 2011.This exciting 30th anniversary season, followingrecent success in the National Competition for AmateurChoirs, will include a noon-hour concert at RoyThomson Hall with organist Michael Bloss on March24, 2011, and a tour to Festival 500 in Newfoundlandin July.The Mississauga Children’s Choir is dedicatedto providing young singers with exceptional musicalexperiences through excellence in performance,music education, recording, touring and service tothe community. Auditions are held April to June byappointment. Details of all the choir’s many activitiesare available on our website.Thomas Bell, artistic directorKathy Brisley, executive director905-624-9704info@mississaugachildrenschoir.comwww.mississaugachildrenschoir.comMississauga Choral SocietyThe Mississauga Choral Society, Mervin Fick, conductor,was founded in 1975. MCS presents a concertseries of classical masterworks and contemporarychoral pieces as well as programmes of jazz andBroadway music. The 2010-2011 season includes Handel’sMessiah, Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Mozart’sRequiem. In November 2010, MCS singers partnerwith the Port Credit community to promote theirfundraising initiative, “Twas the Bite Before Christmas,”presenting “A Benefit Concert in support ofThe Compass Food Bank.” This season we launch a

young listeners’ programme of live performance concertsfor school-age students. The organization consistentlyworks with emerging voice and instrumentalartists and is well known for commissioningand supporting Canadian repertoire. Our choristersbenefit from many opportunities for music educationand vocal training. Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdayevenings. We welcome new singers.905-278-7059mississaugachoralsociety@gmail.comwww.mcs-on.caMississauga Festival ChoirThe Mississauga Festival Choir is a community choirdedicated to excellence in choral performance in awide variety of styles and for all ages. The teachingof musicianship for all singers and the promotion ofmusicians from the community, both performers andcomposers, is at the heart of the organization.MFC recently released its first professional recordingTogether, Sing in Harmony which features abroad range of music from Handel to Hammerstein.MFC has been under the leadership of artistic directorDavid Ambrose since 2005 and has recentlyadded a smaller, auditioned chamber choir to itsprogramming.Our current season will be comprised of four concerts:“An English Christmas,” “Festival of Friends”in February, the MFC Chamber Choir’s March performance“As Evening Falls,” and finally in May “TheGreat American Songbook.”info@mississaugafestivalchoir.comwww.mississaugafestivalchoir.comMooredale ConcertsUnder the direction of pianist Anton Kuerti, MooredaleConcerts’ 22nd season brings Toronto anotherstellar year – starting October 3 with the acclaimed IMusici de Montréal and pianist Katherine Chi. Canada’sAfiara String Quartet (2nd prize at the BanffCompetition) returns October 31, joining forces withpianist Wonny Song – co-winner of the 2010 YoungCanadian Musicians Award. 2011 brings trombonistAlain Trudel and organist Patrick Wedd (January 16),the Canadian debut of France’s Debussy String Quartet(February 20), pianist Jane Coop playing Beethovenand Scriabin (March 20), and an all-Brahms programmewith the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra,conductor Marco Parisotto, and Anton Kuerti: SymphonyNo. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1 (Saturday,April 30, 8 pm at Koerner Hall).6-concert subscriptions for “Toronto’s Best Bargainfor Great Music!” are only 5 (0 seniors/students), and include tickets for the three MooredaleYouth Orchestra concerts. Music & Truffles, thesame afternoon at 1:15, gives children 5-15 – adults,too – a chance to explore the magic and mystery ofgreat classical music for just (6 concerts for ).www.mooredaleconcerts.com416-587-9411Music GalleryThe Music Gallery is Toronto’s centre for the presentationand promotion of innovation and experimentationin all forms of music, and for encouragingcross-pollination between audiences, genres anddisciplines.Toronto’s centre for creative music since 1976, theMusic Gallery celebrates its season launch each fallwith the X Avant New Music Festival (Oct 16-24 2010),a microcosm of the diverse array of new music theMG presents throughout the season. This year’s festivaltheme, “What is Real?”, explores notions of authenticityand objectivity in music and art.Our core concert series includes Post-Classical(contemporary classical, electroacoustic, soundart), Pop Avant (leftfield pop, rock, techno), JazzAvant (jazz and improv), New World (music beyondWestern Europe and North America), and, new, theEmergents series (the new wave of new music fromthe Toronto region). We host workshops with visitingartists, commission new works, challenge artiststo step outside their comfort zones, and collaboratewith co-presenters, including AIMToronto, Arraymusic,Artist Bloc, CONTACT, Continuum, NewMusic Concerts, Rough Idea and Wavelength.Music Gallery will continue its vital role as an affordablerental venue for performances, recordingsand rehearsals.Jonathan Bunce, artistic directorRachel Nolan, executive director, 416-204-1080jonny@musicgallery.orgwww.musicgallery.orgMusic TorontoMusic TORONTO celebrates 39 seasons of greatchamber music and piano recitals.Our top 10 reasons for you to attend:1) A good small concert hall perfect for chambermusic.2) An audience serious (but not solemn) about theirmusic, and casual and friendly at intermission3) Free cookies!4) “A chamber series with a pedigree,” said DavidPerlman, publisher of The WholeNote.5) Opening night Oct. 14 with the St. LawrenceQuartet.6) Six more of the world’s best string quartets includingthe inimitable Tokyo Quartet in 2 concerts ofthe late Beethoven string quartets.7) Five pianists with something to say beginningwith Alessandro Marangoni making his North Americandebut.8) The “Discovery” series: tickets just ; 3 concertsof young(er) Canadian artists.9) Traditional repertoire: Mozart, Schubert, Schumann,Brahms.10) The best of new music: Higdon, Berger, Raminsh.Oops! 11) Our prices: top price only ; students anyage just , accompanying adult half price; 18-to-35pay your age (that’s up to 40% off).You can’t afford to miss music this good.Jennifer Taylor, artistic producer416-214-1660www.music-toronto.comBox Office: 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754www.stlc.comMusicians In OrdinaryNamed after the singers and lutenists who performedin the most intimate quarters of the Stuartmonarchs’ palace, the Musicians In Ordinaryfor the Lutes and Voices dedicate themselves to theperformance of early solo song and vocal chambermusic. Hallie Fishel, soprano and John Edwards, lutenisthave been described as “winning performersof winning music.” This year marks their 10th anniversaryseason of concerts in Toronto. They also performacross North America, lecturing at universitiesand museums. Audiences delight in the liveliness oftheir innovative concerts and the infectious passionof the performers for putting their repertoire in culturalcontext.MIO’s season opener, “Her Leaves be Green,” featuresElizabethan and Jacobean music explicitlywritten to be performed by girls and women.Each New Year‘s Day, MIO provides Messiahwearyand polka-shy audiences with a programmeof 17th and 18th century cantatas and sonatas fromVienna: allemandes and minuets replace waltzes andmarches.For this season’s concerts at the Heliconian Hall,MIO is joined by frequent collaborator ChristopherVerrette (violinist and occasional concert masterall that’s jazz!search thewholenote.com/bluewith Tafelmusik) and other guest instrumentalists.416-535-9956musinord@sympatico.cawww.musiciansinordinary.cawww.musiciansinordinary.blogspot.comNathaniel Dett ChoraleThe Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a 21-voice SATB professionalchoir based in Toronto, dedicated to performingAfrocentric music of all genres, includingclassical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues.Founded by artistic director Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in 1998 and named after internationally-renownedAfrican-Canadian composer R. NathanielDett, the Chorale is Canada’s premier performer ofAfrocentric composers, and a touchstone for the educationof audiences and communities regarding thefull spectrum of Afrocentric choral music. The missionof the Chorale is to build bridges of understanding,appreciation and acceptance between communitiesof people through the medium of music. TheChorale has a three-concert subscription series,tours extensively each season and has released severalCDs and DVDs. Membership is by audition.Alexandra Asher416-340-7000alexandra@nathanieldettchorale.orgwww.nathanieldettchorale.orgNew Music ConcertsNMC’s 40th anniversary season launches on September19 with an evening celebrating the music of Toronto’sown John Beckwith. Montreal’s ECM+ ensemblereturns on November 14 with Generation2010, a touring programme featuring emerging Canadiancomposers, directed by Véronique Lacroix.Elliott Carter at 102 brings the Canadian and worldpremieres of this eminent composer’s latest worksto Toronto on December 10. The dynamic Diotimastring quartet presents the Canadian premieres ofworks by Dillon, Nunes, Czernowin and Reynoldson January 14. Jonathan Harvey arrives from Englandfor a March 6 concert postponed from our previousseason, with several premieres including thefirst performance of a flute concerto by his compatriotGeoffrey Palmer. Canadian works by Hamel, Ris-york university jazz orchestratheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011

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