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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Blue PagestheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011tic, Pritchard and Fitzell are featured in an eveningof world premieres curated by Paul Steenhuisen onApril 10. The season concludes on May 8 with Malaysiancomposer Kee Yong Chong introducing innovativenew music from his homeland.Robert Aitken, artistic directorDavid Olds, general manager; 416-961-9594nmc@interlog.comwww.newmusicconcerts.comNine Sparrows Arts FoundationNine Sparrows Arts Foundation marks its 17th anniversarythis season under the continuing leadershipof its artistic director Eric Robertson. Since theinaugural performance of Hasten to Come Before Winter,Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation has presented arich variety of recitals and concerts for Toronto audiences.In addition to its weekly recital series, NineSparrows Arts Foundation has presented internationalgroups such as the renowned King’s CollegeCambridge Choir, Clare College Singers, and St.John’s College Choir, and concerts featuring Canadianartists such as John Neville, Erica Goodman,Colin Fox, the True North Brass, the Gryphon Trio,Christine Duncan’s Element Choir, and the percussionensemble NEXUS.Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation is a not-for-profitorganization dedicated to bringing the best in inspirationalarts programming to Toronto audiences.The Foundation is governed by an elected volunteerboard of directors and operates with the assistanceof advisors from a variety of backgrounds and professions,including event management, promotions,finance, and business. Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation,in co-operation with Christ Church Deer Park,will begin its 2010-2011 season on October 14 with thefirst recital in its weekly music series, “LunchtimeChamber Music.”E. Burns, 416-245-31519sparrows.arts@gmail.comNocturnes in the CityNocturnes in the City is in its tenth season. Startedas Nocturnes at Masaryktown ten years ago, it moveddowntown in 2007. It is presenting Czech and Slovakartists to Canadian, mainly Czech and Slovakcommunities.This year, the six-concert season is presented inthe Community Hall of St. Wenceslaus Church at 496Gladstone Ave. (Dufferin and Bloor subway). It startswith a musical lecture by Iain Scott – “Mozart inPrague,” with video and audio recording of famousMozart operas performed or written in Prague. Aspecial concert to commemorate the birth of Czechoslovakiain 1918 will be presented by the Toronto Sinfoniettawith Matthew Jaskiewicz and two artistsfrom Czech Republic, Jan Reznicek and Eduard Spacil.This concert will take place at Walter Hall at Uof T. The following concerts will present the KapralovaQuartet from Prague, violinist Vit Muzik, pianistBoris Krajny, and Felix Slovacek, saxophone player.Finally, clarinetist Peter Stoll will perform gemsfrom Czech musical repertory.After ten years of duration this series has aboutsixty subscribers and attracts over 150 concertgoers.905-232-3092www.nocturnesinthecity.comNorth Toronto Institute of MusicThe North Toronto Institute of Music offers instructionfor most instruments and voice, and providestheory classes by qualified teachers. New programsthis year include a “Glee” choir and a wind ensemble.The philosophy of the school is to provide musicalliteracy to students in a caring but challenging environment.Students may work towards goals of amusical career and self-expression, and gain knowledgeattending concerts throughout the city.Students may participate in recitals twice a yearand prepare for festivals, competitions and RCMexams. The Institute runs the Leaside Concert Series,in the recital hall of the Briton House RetirementCentre, 720 Mt. Pleasant Rd. just south of EglintonAve. Several concerts on Sundays during theyear will include chamber music, jazz and solo piano.Listings will be available in The WholeNote. Tickets are and at the door.Mary Kenedi, director 416-488-2588info@ntimusic.comwww.ntimusic.comNorth York Temple BandSince 1970, the North York Temple Band’s mission, asa vital part of the corps (church) ministry, has beento spiritually nourish its members, while evangelizingthe gospel of Jesus Christ to people around theworld. Throughout its rich heritage, the band hasdedicated all its efforts to the glory of God.Under bandmaster Glenn Barlow, the band hasbeen privileged to participate in a broad spectrum ofmusic ministries within the community. From Sundaynursing homes and morning worship services, tothe stage of Roy Thomson Hall, the band continuesto thank God for its ministry opportunities and,through prayer and action, continues to rededicateits services back to Him.The band has worked with many of Canada’s topartists including Michael Burgess, the Toronto MendelssohnChoir, Amadeus Choir and the Elmer IselerSingers.This November, the band joins forces with a choirof over 1000 voices at Roy Thomson Hall for “The BigSing,” a spectacular night of music making!Tickets www.roythomsonhall.comwww.ticketmaster.caNYCO Symphony OrchestraThe NYCO Society is dedicated to the performanceof classical music, in a broad range of mediums, encouragingparticipation and development among ourmembership, and appreciation and enrichment for abroad public.NYCO offers audiences of all ages exposure toclassical music and musicians of all ages excitingperformance opportunities. The NYCO SymphonyOrchestra, under the baton of David Bowser, musicdirector and conductor, offers an affordable fourconcertsubscription series at St Michael’s CollegeSchool Centre for the Arts.In addition to our subscription performances,NYCO performs to a broad audience through impactfuloutreach and community programs, throughoutthe city. The NYCO Orchestra performs in communitycentres and long-term care facilities, whilethe NYCO Chamber Players performs an educationconcert series in schools across Toronto. We believemusic is for everyone.Eva Krangle416-628-9195eva.krangle@nyco.on.cawww.nyco.on.caOakville Children’s ChoirUnder the musical leadership of Sarah Morrison,music director, and Janet Stachow, associatemusic director, the Oakville Children’s Choir providesworld-class choral, musical and performancetraining to young people through the Halton areaand beyond. OCC is a comprehensive music educationprogramme for auditioned choristers aged 5-18years. This year, OCC enters its 17th year and celebrateswith a remarkable concert series that exploresthemes relevant to children and youth, and also welcomesspecial guest artists in workshop and concert.Concert dates are: Saturday, December 5, 2010, “TheFrosty Weather,” (featuring Stephanie Domingues,soprano); Saturday, December 12, 2010, “CommunityCarol Concert,” (Lianne Tan, organist); Saturday,May 28, 2011, “Colours & Lights,” (featuring Oakvillerock-a-pella quartet Fine Grind and Monika Berenyi,visual artist).Sarah Morrison, music directorJudy Opar, executive director905-337-7104www.oakvillechildrenschoir.orgOff Centre Music SalonWelcome to Off Centre Music Salon’s 16th season: ayear of contrasts! This year, we will be straying fromour usual Off Centre format, but not too far! Eachof our four concerts will be divided into two thematicallycontrasting halves, twice as many excitingmusical destinations as before. We begin witha programme of both tears and laughter exploringthe music of oppressed Soviet composers alongsideSchubert’s redemptive powers of song. Next on ouritinerary is a musical heavyweight championship:watch four ‘mighty’ romantic composers (mysteriouslyborn within a span of three years) square offwith lighter, windier, musical fare! And if that isn’ttantalizing enough, we invite you to dance – a rompthrough Spain, Hungary, Estonia and Finland at Canada’sinaugural celebration of music from the Europeanborderlands. Our final salon is a private investigationinto love, lust and infidelity, Italian and Czechstyle, featuring Janacek’s sensual song cycle The Diaryof One Who Disappeared as well as Italian operafavourites.All concerts take place on Sundays at 2pm at GlennGould Studio. Subscriptions: 6 (adults); $168(seniors/students).Inna Perkis, Boris Zarankin, founders & artisticdirectorsOCMS Box Office: 416-466-1870tickets@offcentremusic.comwww.offcentremusic.comOntario PhilharmonicCurrently in its 54th season, the Ontario Philharmonichas established itself as one of the most highly respectedprofessional regional orchestras in Canada.It is under the musical direction of one of Canada’smost brilliant conductors, Marco Parisotto.The 2010-11 subscription series features a stellararray of world-renowned soloists including virtuosoviolinist Philippe Quint, Canadian icon MichaelBurgess, flutist Leslie Newman, violinist Erika Dobosiewiczand piano legend Anton Kuerti, who willperform Brahms’ heroic First Piano Concerto in Oshawaas well as a repeat performance at Koerner Hall inToronto.Highlights: Maestro Parisotto will be conductinginclude Brahms’ First Symphony, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy,Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Tchaikovsky’sSerenade. For more information on the concerts,dates, ticket sales and subscriptions, visit OP’swebsite.Marco Parisotto, music directorMonica Anguiano, executive director, 905-579-6711contact@ontariophil.cawww.ontariophil.caOpera AtelierOpera Atelier holds a unique place in the NorthAmerican theatre community, producing opera, balletand drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. Theseproductions draw upon the aesthetics and ideals ofthe period, featuring soloists of international acclaim,period ballet, original instruments, elaboratestage décor, exquisite costumes and an imaginativeenergy that sets Opera Atelier apart.Opera Atelier is not in the business of “recon-

struction”; rather, each production is original, providinga thrilling theatrical experience for modernaudiences. The 2010-2011 season includes Handel’sAcis and Galatea (October 30-November 7, 2010) andMozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (April 22-May 1, 2011).Marshall Pynkoski & Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg,co-artistic directors416-703-3767www.operaatelier.comTickets: 416-872-5555www.ticketmaster.caOpera Belcanto of South SimcoeBelcanto! Beautiful Singing....the essence of ourchoir! Our passion for opera, our love of music, ourdedication to excellence is what brings our memberstogether! Since its inception in 2006, Opera Belcantohas brought favorite operatic arias and chorusesto audiences throughout York and South Simcoe Region,as well as the GTA. Opera Belcanto is a mixedvoicechoir of some 35 choir members and beautifulsoloists of all ages. Under the artistic directionof Maestro David Varjabed we perform regularlythroughout the year, presenting five to six concertswith orchestra or piano accompaniment. Our upcomingproduction is La Traviata with guest conductorDomenico Boyagian from USA, and stage directorGiuseppe Macina. As Violetta, Alicja Wysocka, as Alfredo,Hovhannes Ayvazyan from Armenia, as Germont,David Varjabed.This production is fully staged with orchestra andcostumesand takes place on October 16 at the RichmondHill Performing Arts Centre, October 23 at theW.A. Fisher Auditorium in Barrie, Ontario, and November4 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.We invite all of you.Michèle Pearson, 416-460-3074infobelcanto@yahoo.comwww.operabelcanto.netOpera HamiltonIn 1976, Italian opera companies were invited to performfor Hamilton’s Festitalia but due to the costs ofimporting entire productions, Festitalia decided toproduce its own La Bohème in 1979. The following yearOpera Hamilton was founded with plans for two productionsannually at Hamilton Place. With the additionof POPERA Plus (an evening of opera’s most engagingmusic in concert), Opera Hamilton presentsall-Canadian talent in three productions this season.Join Opera Hamilton for its 2010-11 season and fulfillyour passions and desires! Fuelled by powerfuldrama and some of the world’s most evocative music,interpreted by world class soloists, the Opera HamiltonChorus and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra,Opera Hamilton wants you to be part of a remarkableseason of laughter, heartbreak, redemptionand tragic retribution!Join us for Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Oct 21 &23) and opera’s most famous double bill: Mascagni’sCavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, (April21 & 23) as well as our signature Gala Super Concert –“POPERA Plus”’ (Jan 27 & 29) ... and get ready for theadventure of your lifetime!Office: 905-527-7627Box Office: 905-527-7627 x 236info@operahamilton.cawww.operahamilton.caOpera in ConcertOIC is a unique Canadian company dedicated to Canadianartists and innovative programming. Defyingtraditional assumptions about operatic presentation,our performances rely only on the power andbeauty of the human voice accompanied by orchestraor piano.Our 37th season begins with Mikhail Glinka’sRuslan and Lyudmila, October 24, featuring Taras Kulish,Luiza Zhuleva, Igor Emelianov and Louisa Cowie,with music director/pianist Raisa Nakhmanovich.An opera based on the works of Walter Scott,La dame blanche follows, November 28, starring Eve-Lyn de la Haye and Ryan Harper, with music directorNathalie Doucet-Lalkens. OIC’s season continueswith Haydn’s La Fedelta Premiata, January 30, 2011,starring Susanne Holmes, Farah Hack, Rocco Rupoloand James Levesque, with Classical Music Consortconductor Ashiq Aziz. Our season concludeswith Dvorak’s The Devil and Kate, March 27, featuringMarion Newman and Gene Wu, with music directorAlison d’Amato. Concerts include OIC’s renownedchorus, with Robert Cooper conducting. Also returningis OIC’s pre-performance presentation “TheBackgrounder” with host Iain Scott. All performancesare at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27Front Street East.416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754.www.operainconcert.comOpera YorkIn our 14th season and the second season as residentprofessional opera company at the new RichmondHill Centre for the Arts, Opera York offers two excitingproductions for our main stage with the OperaYork Chorus and Orchestra. The season is openedby artistic director Sabatino Vacca with the Puccinifavourite La Bohéme. Stage director Timothy Nelsonfrom Amsterdam joins with production designerFrank Pasian to create a magnificent set. SineadSugrue returns to Opera York to perform the role ofMimi.Opera York’s second half of the season is led byartistic director Geoffrey Butler, offering in full productionin English, the Mozart classic comedy Cosifan Tutte. Dion Mazerolle is back as Don Alfonso andJennifer Fina is back as Dorabella.Opera York continues to provide affordable andaccessible lectures, operatic concerts for seniorsand educational programming. October 31, November4 and 6, 2010: Puccini’s La Bohéme, Richmond HillCentre for the Arts. February 27, March 3 and 5, 2011:Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte.905-763-7853info@operayork.comwww.operayork.comOrchestra TorontoOrchestra Toronto, one of Canada’s premier communityvolunteer symphony orchestras, offers a vibrantvariety of compositions in five affordable Sunday-afternoonconcerts. This is the debut season forits new music director, Danielle Lisboa, who willconduct the orchestra in the acoustically superbGeorge Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre forthe Arts, on Yonge St. north of Sheppard Ave.The 2010-2011 season combines favourite worksfrom the core repertoire with a lively selection ofmasterpieces that are less frequently heard. Eachconcert is preceded by a pre-concert talk by themusic director.A thrilling roster of stellar soloists promises to delight.Mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal sings arias fromCarmen in October; violinist Adrian Anantawan playsMendelssohn’s Concerto for violin in E minor on December5; pianist Sergio Monteiro plays Rachmaninoff’sRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on February 27; guitaristDieter Hennings plays Villa-Lobos’s Concerto forguitar and small orchestra on April 17; and clarinetistNoru Gogovita plays Weber’s Concerto for clarinet No.1 in F minor on May 29.Judy Mann, executive director416-467-7142otoronto@on.aibn.comwww.orchestratoronto.camusic for the child in you?search MississaugaOrchestras Mississauga, under the musical directionof Maestro John Barnum, invites its audience toa season of symphonic brilliance, in a broad range ofmusical styles.Orchestras Mississauga is the umbrella organizationfor the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, a largecommunity orchestra of over 80 volunteer musiciansled by a core of professional players. Most MSOperformances are held on Saturday evenings in theacoustically state-of-the-art Hammerson Hall in Mississauga’sLiving Arts Centre.October 16: “Symphony of the Bellows” with accordionistAlexander Sevastian. November 27: LongworthPlays Saint-Saens with Mississauga audiencefavourite pianist Peter Longworth. December18: (at the special family time of 4pm) “Home forChristmas,” a one-hour family concert. February 12:“Romanza” with Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jacksonin the intimate Royal Bank Theatre of the LivingArts Centre. (seating is limited). March 26: “TheMusic of Passion” with Chopin Competition winnerLeonard Gilbert and percussionist Richard Mooreon cimbalom. May 7: “Arabian Nights” with sopranoJennifer Tung.Eileen Keown, general manager905-615-4403Box Office ConcertsOrganix Concerts is an annual music festival presentinga series of concerts and educational eventsthroughout the month of May. While individualconcerts may feature trumpet, strings, percussionor a choir, the common thread that binds the festivaltogether is always the number one feature… thepipe organ, “King of Instruments!” The focus of Organixis to provide the general public an opportunityto hear intriguing programs and performers not normallyavailable to Canadian audiences.Organix 11 (May 1 to 30) will feature the architectureof great buildings and magnificent pipe organs.There will be something for everyone and most con-jeunesses musicales ontario/harbourfront centretheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011

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