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Volume 18 Issue 3 - November 2012

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  • November
  • Toronto
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Moonrise

Moonrise Kingdom:Listening to Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.A CHORUSCHRISTMAS– DANCING DAYSSat. Dec. 15 2:00 p.m.Roy omson HallAlumni carollingin the Lobby from 1:15 p.m.This annual holiday favouritewill feature all choirs of the TCC andour Alumni Choir performing a joyousseasonal repertoire. Guest artistsJudy Loman (harp), Andy Morris (percussion),Chris Dawes (organ), and The True North Brasswill join with us to celebrateour 35th Anniversary season.in part devoted to Barnes’ music. The Jubilate Singers have consistentlycreated unusual and inventive programs. The Jewish Folk Choiris one of Toronto’s most long-running groups and has a long, variedand fascinating history of social and political engagement. It has beena staunch advocate for Jewish-Canadian music.The two groups’ collaboration is named “L’khayim: A Celebrationof Jewish Music,” and takes place on November 25. The concert showcasesworks in Yiddish, Ladino (a linguistic amalgam of Hebrew,Spanish and Aramaic influences) and Hebrew. Klezmer ensembleShtetl Shpil are the guest instrumentalists. It will feature Barnes’ livelySefarad, a tuneful suite that he wrote in 1996 to celebrate the 3,000thanniversary of the City of Jerusalem.Soundstreams: Contemporary composition has also needed fierceadvocacy, in part because of the fierceness with which audiences haveresisted it. Over the course of the 20th century, the idea of the inherentsuperiority of European-derived composition has broken downcompletely and those who desire an intellectual component to musichave been able to find it in various types of world music, jazz andother areas of popular music.To remain relevant, contemporary music groups have had tobridge gaps between the European tradition and other stylistic areas.Toronto’s Soundstreams, which celebrates its 30th anniversary thisyear, has never wavered from its contemporary music mandate. But ithas certainly expanded both its own and its audience’s understandingof what contemporary music entails. Their programs are notablyfree of pretension and over-seriousness; their mandate to involveand inspire young musicians gives their season a sense of livelinessand fun.As part of its anniversary celebrations, Soundstreams is hostinga concert with the Latvian Radio Choir, considered to be one of theworld’s top choral ensembles. A truly professional outfit, they giveover 60 concerts a year. Choral aficionados definitely don’t want tomiss this one.The icing on the cake: as part of its commitment to outreachand education, Soundstreams will host four choirs from Canadianuniversities for this concert which will allow young musicians theexperience of working with the Latvian Radio Choir in a mentorshipcapacity. The concert includes a number of Russian and Latvian works,PETER MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.comNIKO TAVERNISE COURTESY EONE FILMSFor Tickets Call 416-872-4255 www.roythomson.com22 thewholenote.com November 1 – December 7, 2012

a piece by John Cage and music by a nice range of contemporaryCanadian composers.OTHER CONCERTS OF NOTEOn November 3 the Hamilton Children’s Choir gives a fundraisingconcert in support of the choir’s performance at the XinghaiInternational Choir Championships. Please come out and supportthis endeavour.On November 17 and 18 the Cantemus Singersperform an early music program that includesCharpentier’s In Nativitatem Domini.The recent Wes Anderson film MoonriseKingdom (now available on DVD) brilliantly utilizedthe music of Benjamin Britten throughout,including Britten’s wonderful and popular children’sopera Noye’s Fludde. On November 23there is an opportunity to hear this work live,as the VIVA! Youth Singers take part in astaged version.In a similar vein, the Elora Festival Singersperform Menotti’s festive Amahl and the NightVisitors on November 25. This opera is a touchingand humorous work and an excellent introductionto opera for children.As we head into the Christmas season, manychoirs gear up for seasonal concerts. Nextmonth, there is an astonishing number of concerts taking place onDecember 1, too many to list effectively. Please have a look at the listingsto see how many varied and interesting choices there are on thatSaturday evening.Ben Stein is a Toronto tenor and theorbist.He can be contacted at choralscene@thewholenote.com.Visit his website at benjaminstein.ca.The Elmer Iseler SingersLydia Adams, ConductorHandel’s MessiahFriday, November 30, 2012 at 8:00 pmMetropolitan United Church56 Queen Street East, Toronto (at Bond Street)We welcome you to this yearlytradition of presenting Handel’s“text painted” sacred oratorio,which was written in just 24 daysto the libretto of Charles Jennens.Join us for a pre-concert dinner at thehistoric Albany Club for per person.Phone 416-217-0537 to reserve.Special Guest Artists:The Amadeus Choir, Lydia Adams, ConductorLeslie Fagan, Soprano; Lynne McMurtry, Mezzo SopranoColin Ainsworth, Tenor; Geoffrey Sirett, BassRobert Venables and Robert DiVito, TrumpetsPatricia Wright, Organist; and OrchestraLeslie FaganSopranoLynne McMurtryMezzo SopranoColin AinsworthTenorTickets: ; Seniors ; Students Geoffrey SirettBass416-217-0537 www.elmeriselersingers.comONTARIO ARTS COUNCILCONSEIL DES ARTS DE L’OTARIOCanada Councilfor the ArtsConseil des Artsdu CanadaNovember 1 – December 7, 2012 thewholenote.com 23

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