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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Blue PagestheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011six thrilling concerts in 2010-2011, beginning withBeethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Violin Concerto on October14, under the baton of guest conductor maestroUri Mayer. Highlights of the season include Raveland Rodrigo, a holiday celebration concert in December,Mozart’s birthday celebration concert and “BelCanto’s Big Three.” Finishing with Dvorak and Rachmaninov,the season promises to be fresh and riveting,so please join us each night as the orchestrapresents one of its five finalists for conductor of thenew Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra.647-439-8787www.torontophilharmonia.comThe Toronto Singing StudioWelcome to a new season of singing! The TorontoSinging Studio offers many ways to improve anddevelop your voice and singing skills. Interested inprivate singing lessons? Discover that unique soundwhich is your singing voice. Or are you more comfortablein a group class? These very popular classes(for singers ages 18+ will be a perfect fit: Singing Basics(for absolute beginners), Singers’ Repertoire (forexperienced singers), ABC’s & Do-Re-Mi (for singerswho want to learn to read their sheet music) and AdvancedSinging Workshop (held in July for advancedsingers).TTSS has four amateur adult choirs: Vocal Mosaic(no audition), Celebration Choir (for singers over age55, no audition), Vivace Vox (by audition only) andSummer Singers (no audition, meets June and July).The Toronto Singing Studio has locations in downtown,midtown and North York.Linda Eyman, director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cawww.thetorontosingingstudio.caToronto Symphony OrchestraThe musicians are dynamic, the music is thrillingand the season is electric! Join us for the TorontoSymphony Orchestra’s 2010/2011 star-studded concertseason. Canada’s premier symphonic ensemble,the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, presents its concertseason in the visually stunning and acousticallysuperb Roy Thomson Hall.Under the artistic leadership of music directorPeter Oundjian, the TSO performs over 100 concertsfeaturing an impressive lineup of guest artists andrepertoire.This season is highlighted by performances featuringLang Lang, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, IsabelBayrakdarian, James Ehnes, Karita Mattila and moreof today’s biggest classical stars. Season highlightsinclude “Toronto’s Biggest Messiah,” the “MozartFestival,” the “New Creations” festival featuring themusic of acclaimed American composer John Adams,and a new multi-media series designed for themusically curious called “Exposed: Unveiling GreatMusic.”Great deals for audiences aged 15-35: sign up forfree at www.tsoundcheck.com and get TSO ticketsfor ! Some restrictions apply.Peter Oundjian, music directorSir Andrew Davis, conductor laureateAndrew R. Shaw, president & CEOLoie Fallis, director of artistic planningAdministration: 416-593-7769Box office: 416-593-4828www.tso.caToronto Welsh Male Voice ChoirThe TWMVC continues to explore new horizonsunder the leadership of artistic director and conductorWilliam Woloschuk, and accompanist JuliaSankey. On its latest recording, Toronto Welsh MaleVoice Choir with Shannon Mercer, Live at Glenn Gould Studio,the choir exhibits the unique sound of Welshfour-part harmony, performing a vibrant blend oftraditional Welsh songs celebrating the rich cultureof the “Land of Song” and contemporary worksfrom around the globe. Highlights from the choir’sbusy schedule include two performances with theHMCS York Band, celebrating the “100th Anniversaryof the Royal Canadian Navy” and then returningto the beautiful surroundings of St. Anne’s AnglicanChurch for its “Spring Gala Concert.” TWMVC welcomesprospective members. “Welshness” is optional!Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm, 33 MelroseAve., Toronto.416-410-2254info@twmvc.comwww.twmvc.comToronto Youth Wind OrchestraThe Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra debuted in 1991under the direction of founder and artistic directorColin Clarke. Since winning its first gold award ata division of MusicFest Canada within a year of itsinception, its accomplishments include countlessawards, broadcasts, recordings and featured guestappearances at major festivals.In 2006, TYWO was honoured as the first Canadianyouth band to perform at Carnegie Hall in theEnsemble Spotlight Series. It has been invited to returnto Carnegie Hall in celebration of the ensemble’s20th anniversary in 2011.Encompassing three ensembles of varying ageranges and proficiency levels, TYWO offers a uniqueopportunity for the aspiring musician to developmusically, personally and inter-personally under theguidance of professional leadership. Students attendclinics and workshops to gain experience in rehearsingvaried, challenging repertoire. Students also performat prestigious venues, which encourages themto strive for a consistently high level of performance.TYWO is a community-driven youth ensembleoperating through the support of volunteers andpatrons. TYWO’s mandate is to raise awareness ofwind band repertoire and promote the importance ofmusic education and the arts.Beryl Macleod, executive director416-321-8996backstage@tywo.cawww.tywo.caToyich International ProjectsToyich International Projects is a non-profit charitableorganization devoted to developing the skills,professional training and musical education of musicstudents, performers, mature amateur musiciansand music teachers by providing them opportunitiesto develop and present their talents nationally andinternationally.Our acclaimed Monster Concerts (piano orchestras)have showcased many talented performers overthe years, and have been featured on radio, televisionand print media in Canada and Europe.TIP’s mandate is inclusive and we provide andsupport professional training on an ongoing basis tomusicians of all ages in the form of coaching, masterclasses and performance practice (contact BoyannaToyich for information about participation).In collaboration with the University of Toronto’sFaculty of Music, TIP is proud to present its EducationalConference for Performers in Rome, Italy eachsummer, offering performance programmes, masterclasses with Canadian and Italian teachers, lectures,seminars, public performances and U of T creditcourses for eligible students.Dates for next year’s programme in Rome are July18-30, 2011.Boyanna Toyich, artistic director, president & CEO416-922-0755boyanna@sympatico.cawww.tipromeconference.comwww.toyichinternationalprojects.caTrillium Brass QuintetThe Trillium Brass Quintet (Brendan Cassin andScott Harrison, trumpets; Christine Passmore, horn;Cathy Stone, trombone; and Courtney Lambert,tuba) is a versatile and professional Toronto-basedchamber ensemble.Formed in 1996, TBQ has performed throughoutOntario, including recital appearances at the GananoqueConcert Association, the Brass in the Grass Festival,the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the TorontoInternational Chamber Music Festival, and asfeatured guests with the Sault Ste. Marie Symphony.The quintet has collaborated with, among others,the Exultate Chamber Singers, the Pax Christi Chorale,and the Cantores Celestes Women’s ChamberChoir. TBQ maintains a strong commitment to educationwith a busy schedule of educational concertsthrough Prologue to the Performing Arts.By commissioning new works as well as transcribingmusic from many styles and eras, TBQhas developed a sophisticated and dynamic stagepresentation.TBQ’s recordings include their debut CD, Revecyand Seasons of the Spirit (with the Pax Christi Chorale).Please visit our website for audio and video samples,and join our Facebook page for updates.information@trilliumbrass.comwww.trilliumbrass.comTrypTych Concert and OperaTrypTych Concert and Opera was formed in 1999by current artistic directors Edward Franko andLenard Whiting. Entering its 12th season, Tryp-Tych’s mission is to present concerts, music theatreand opera featuring the best of Canadian vocal talent,and to provide educational and developmentalopportunities for young and up-and-coming singers.TrypTych has two divisions: the concert and operadivision, which features a season of cabaret performancesand opera; and Ensemble TrypTych ChamberChoir, which presents three annual concerts featuringmusic from baroque to Broadway.This season, the popular cabaret series featuresthe two artistic directors in “A Tale of 2 TenorsTwo,” the fun “A Holly Jolly Christmas Cabaret”and a musical Valentine’s celebration, “Love Notes:2011.” ETCC presents Handel’s Messiah and Dvorak’sStabat Mater with The Hart House Singers. The seasonends with the boisterous programme, “Scotlandthe Brave,” which has appeared across Australia andNorth America. This celebration of the music of Scotlandis a concert not to be missed, as it features orchestra,a large chorus, soloists, Scottish Dancersand pipers.Edward Franko416-803-6877University of Toronto Faculty of MusicThe Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto iswidely regarded as a top destination for the professionaland scholarly study of music in North America.As part of one of the world’s top universities, theFaculty of Music is home to a diverse and dynamiccommunity of scholars, performers, composers andeducators. With superb educators in every area ofmusic study and dozens of areas of specialization inour degree and diploma programs, we offer an educationthat is both broad and deep. Our students andalumni have garnered such awards as Prix Italia, thePeabody, Juno and National Jazz Awards, and occupyprominent positions with such ensembles as the TorontoSymphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphonyand the Berlin Philharmonic.

The Faculty of Music’s annual concert season featuresstudents, faculty and guests in over 100 publicconcerts, lectures and master classes. This year’sfeatured guests include composers Chen Yi and JohnAdams, violinist Miriam Fried, vocalists SondraRadvanovsky and Salvatore Licitra, the St. Lawrenceand Ebène Quartets, and the Chicago Brass Quintet,among others.Dr. Russell HartenbergerDr. Jeffrey Reynolds, performance coordinatorBox Office: 416-978-3744www.music.utoronto.caUniversity of Western Ontario DonWright Faculty of MusicThe Don Wright Faculty of Music is one of Canada’stop music programmes. Distinguished alumniinclude singers Adrianne Pieczonka and MichaelSchade; music director Bert Carriere; filmmaker BarbaraWillis Sweete; vocal coach Elaine Overholt; andcomposer/pianist Stephan Moccio. The faculty issmall enough to foster close working relationships,yet large enough to support symphony and chamberorchestras, symphonic band, wind and jazz ensembles,five award-winning choirs and a fully-stagedopera.The Paul Davenport Theatre provides wonderfulacoustics and aesthetics for opera, including Mozart’sLe nozze di Figaro, and concerts, from intimate recitalsto large ensembles. About 300 performancesare given each year by faculty, students, alumni andguest artists. The popular Friday 12:30 series in therenovated von Kuster Hall will feature the 1957 chamberopera The Boor, Ensemble Transmission, saxophonistDaniel Rubinoff, sopranos Anita Kraus andJackalyn Short, pianist John Hess, and other membersof our faculty. Guests include Grammy-winnerJoe McCarthy, Malcolm Bilson, and the 2010 Eckhardt-Grammatéand Fred Pattison competition winners.Student compositions, new electroacousticworks and masterclasses are all open to the public.Dr. Robert Wood, deanDr. Victoria Meredith, associate dean,519-661-2043www.music.uwo.caUniversity Settlement Music and ArtsSchoolThe University Settlement Music and Arts School hasbeen providing quality, affordable music lessons andgroup classes for 90 years in downtown Toronto. Webelieve that the arts are a right, not a privilege, andwe offer music and arts programs to everyone, regardlessof age, ethnicity, perceived talent, disability,or ability to pay.Individual lessons are available from a faculty ofhighly qualified professionals on a wide variety of instruments,in voice, and theory. Group activities includeChildren’s Choir, Community Choir, ChamberMusic, Ear Training for Kids and Adults, DrummingCircle, RCM Rudiments and Harmony Classes, andDance (jazz, tap and ballet). New this year: computermusic programme, recorder ensemble.Lesson fees are modest, and we offer subsidies tolow-income families who qualify. Scholarships, practicefacilities and instrument rentals are also available.Regular student recitals offer excellent performanceopportunities in a family environment. Wealso present faculty concerts, special events withspecial guests, and workshops.For specific information, call the office Monday9:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday to Friday 9:30am-7:30pm,and Saturday 11:30am-3:30pm. (Hours are occasionallysubject to change.)Anne Yardley, director, Music & Arts SchoolMichelle Simmons, programme assistant416-598-3444 x243 or x244anne.yardley@usrc.caUpper Canada ChoristersThe Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed-voice communitychoir in Toronto committed to music excellence,community service and with a history of collaborationwith international and local choirs. Thechoir’s diversity is reflected in its wide range ofrepertoire and the variety of its guest artists. Cantemosis the auditioned latin chamber ensemble ofthe Choristers. Founding artistic director and conductor,Laurie Evan Fraser and accompanist, NicoleBelamy provide the professional musical leadershipfor this vibrant organization.The choir performs two programmes annually ina variety of community venues. Our 2010-11 seasonopens with “A Babe is Born,” on December 10, 2010,at Grace Church on-the-Hill, featuring Holst’s FourOld English Carols, carols by Rutter and the premiereof Dormi, Jesu by L. E. Fraser. Our concert on May 6,2011, at Grace Church is “Come to the Ceilidh, a Celebrationof Song & Dance.” Special guests includeCanadian Exhibition Dance Champions, Mentor Sejdu& Alla Profatilova and the Junior Choir of MauriceCody Public School under the direction of CaroleSnow.Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor/artistic director416-256-0510www.uppercanadachoristers.orgVesnivka ChoirFounding director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki establishedVesnivka Choir in 1965. This award-winning40-member women’s ensemble has delighted audiencesaround the world with its rich repertoire ofUkrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary andtraditional folk music. Vesnivka begins its concertseason on October 16, 2010 with “A Tribute toUkrainian Canadian Pioneers,” celebrating 120 yearsof Ukrainian settlement in Canada, with guest performersthe Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton.Vesnivka brings in the New Year with its ever-popularannual “Ukrainian Christmas” concert on January9, 2011. Vesnivka’s concert season ends on April29, 2011, with “Easter Celebration,” a concert celebratingPascha and the arrival of Spring in song anddance; guest performers will be Arkan Dance Company.Joining Vesnivka for its 2010-2011 concert seriesis The Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir.Vesnivka also sings at Christmas and Easter Liturgieson January 7, 2011 and April 24, 2011, at St. NicholasUkrainian Catholic Church in Toronto.Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, artistic directorNykola Parzei, administrator416-763-2197nykola@vesnivka.comwww.vesnivka.comVia SalzburgSince its inception in 1999 by artistic director andinternationally-acclaimed violinist Mayumi Seiler,the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra continues topresent high-calibre chamber music concerts withan emphasis on strings. The orchestra consists of 14core members and boasts some of Toronto’s top professionalmusicians and finest emerging talent in agroup that plays to consistent critical acclaim. Fromthe blending of art forms to the addition of prestigiousmusicians from diverse genres of world music,the Via Salzburg concert experience is unparalleled.Each season, Via Salzburg presents five concerts offeringa Thursday or Friday night series, performedat the Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. ViaSalzburg’s 2010-11 season will showcase how the artof music can serve so many different roles. It can bethe sound of entertainment, passionate expression,religious longing, vibrant dance and even mourningpiano alonesearch thewholenote.com/blueand loss. This season, Via Salzburg will breathe lifeinto the world with the power of music and the talentof Canada’s finest up-and-coming musicians.Jennifer Birch, executive director416-972-9193info@viasalzburg.comwww.viasalzburg.comVictoria ScholarsThe namesake of the Victoria Scholars, Tomás Luis deVictoria, was an outstanding composer of the Renaissanceperiod whose music is renowned for bothits spirituality and emotional expressiveness. TheScholars, through the unique sonority of male voices,bring the clarity and balance of sound so characteristicof Renaissance music to all their repertoire,which encompasses medieval plainchant, worksfrom the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporaryeras, and newly-commissioned works.Past winners of the Healey Willan Grand Prize inthe CBC Radio National Competition for AmateurChoirs, the Scholars have performed with many exceptionalarts organizations (including the TorontoSymphony Orchestra and the Kiev Chamber Choir)and vocal soloists (including Michael Schade, RussellBraun, and Norine Burgess). They have tourednationally and internationally, have three widely acclaimedrecordings, and are heard regularly on CBCRadio and Classical 96.3FM.The 2010-11 concert series includes “Love CameDown at Christmas” (December 19), “The FrenchConnection” (March 6), and “Canadian Scholars”(June 5).Auditions of interested singers are most welcome,and take place every October and January.Jerzy Cichocki, music director416-761-7776info@victoriascholars.cawww.victoriascholars.caVillage VoicesVillage Voices is a not-for-profit, adult mixed-voicecommunity choir of over 70 voices, now in its 22ndseason. Under the direction of Joan Andrews, thechoir provides fellowship for its members and producesa high standard of achievement in all types andphilip chiu, richard bradshaw amphitheatretheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011

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