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Volume 21 Issue 2 - October 2015

Vol 21 No 2 is now available for your viewing pleasure, and it's a bumper crop, right at the harvest moon. First ever Canadian opera on the Four Seasons Centre main stage gets double coverage with Wende Bartley interviewing Pyramus and Thisbe composer Barbara Monk Feldman and Chris Hoile connecting with director Christopher Alden; Paul Ennis digs into the musical mind of pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and pianist Eve Egoyan is "On the Record" in conversation with publisher David Perlman ahead of the Oct release concert for her tenth recording. And at the heart of it all the 16th edition of our annual BLUE PAGES directory of presenters profile the season now well and truly under way.

Lydia Adams, Conductor &

Lydia Adams, Conductor & Artistic Director 2015 | 2016 • 41 ST TORONTO CONCERT SEASON LUMINOSITY: A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT! SUN. NOV. 1, 2015 • 4PM Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Boulevard, Toronto (at Lytton Blvd. and Duplex Ave., 1 block west of Yonge Street) Luminosity by James Whitbourn, Canticles of Light by Bob Chilcott, Stars by Latvian composer Êriks Ešenvalds, Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen and Sun on Water by Hussein Janmohamed. with Amadeus Choir, Lydia Adams, conductor; Steven Dann, viola; Diana Atherton Davis, singing bowls; and Shawn Grenke, piano COMING UP! THE SEASON OF JOY SAT. DEC. 19, 2015 • 7:30PM Yorkminster Park Baptist Church CARMINA BURANA: THE SPRING EMERGES SUN. APR. 3, 2016 • 4PM Toronto Centre for the Arts SERENADE TO MUSIC SUN. JUN. 5, 2016 • 7PM Eglinton St. George’s United Church SUBSCRIBE NOW! REGULAR 5 / SENIOR 5 / UNDER 30 / STUDENT an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario SINGLE TICKETS TO Educational and Cultural Foundation 416.446.0188 Sainte-Marie – to recognize a similar, albeit stylistically very different, linking of music and social justice. Check it out: One sure treat this fall is the October 30 presentation of The Phantom of the Opera by the Orpheus Choir. A unique, onenight-only accompaniment to the 1925 silent film, the blend of cinema and music should inspire more work like this. Movie soundtracks have THAT CHOIR REMEMBERS conducted by Craig Pike NYSTEDT. ALLAN. BARBER. LAURIDSEN. WHITACRE. RACHMANINOFF. Buffy Sainte-Marie Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 | 8pm Metropolitan United Church 56 Queen St. East, Toronto Tickets: | | MATT BARNES 30 | Oct 1 - Nov 7, 2015

long incorporated choral music. With the recent involvement of the Tallis Choir with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in the Sony Centre’s “Gladiator Live,” I can only hope for more opportunities that blend film and music in the city. It’s also worth noting that these film concerts, of which the TSO is doing a few this year (Psycho and Back to the Future), are often the only time under-30s are not greatly outnumbered in instrumental music audiences. A gospel powerhouse hosted by York University, “G.I.V.E., the Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion,” will feature more than 150 voices drawn from the York University Gospel Choir, University of Toronto Gospel Choir, McMaster University Gospel Choir and Humber Gospel Choir. G.I.V.E. will perform October 24 at 7pm at the Islington Evangel Centre under conductors Karen Burke and Corey Butler, with special guests the Toronto Mass Choir and Gospel Joy, a choir from Warsaw, Poland. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will be singing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Ralph Vaughan William’s A Sea Symphony. Soprano Erin Wall was a pleasure to sing with during last year’s Mahler’s Second Symphony with the TSO. She returns to share her talent on the stage of Roy Thomson Hall. A bold and bombastic work, A Sea Symphony’s premiere in 1910 was at a time of perhaps unrivalled patriotic and imperialist fervour. The work is a perfect example of a deeply political and nationalist (dare one say jingoistic) message brought stunningly to life through music. Come and watch us at RTH on October 21 and 24 at 8pm. Kaffeemusik: A unique performance will be hosted by the Toronto Chamber Choir in its afternoon Kaffeemusik series. Classical 96.3FM’s Kathleen Kajioka will narrate the life of Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), considered to be the first European allowed into the Forbidden City of China’s emperors. The China Court Trio will provide accompaniment with period music from Italy, Portugal and China at the Church of the Redeemer, November 1 at 3pm. Remembrance: Commemorations for Remembrance Day begin over the next few weeks. Exultate Chamber Singers perform “Stories of Remembrance” at St Thomas’s Anglican Church on October 23 at 8pm. Included are smaller works by Eleanor Daley – In Remembrance and For the Fallen – but the feature is American composer Donald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata. Written in 13 movements for choir, cello, piano and narrators, this piece is in English, translated from real-life accounts of letters found in the American Holocaust Memorial Museum archive. Brian Chang is a tenor in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and a policy analyst during the day. Follow him on Twitter @bfchang 2015-2016 Making a Scene! Robert Cooper, C.M., Artistic Director Edward Moroney, Accompanist PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Friday October 30, 2015 7:30 p.m. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Silent Film as You’ve Never Heard it Before! Experience the riveting drama of the 1925 silent horror film Phantom of the Opera featuring Lon Chaney as the mad, disfigured composer whose passionate obsession for Christine leads to murderous love. The Orpheus Choir, complemented by organist Edward Moroney’s inspired improvisations, performs a live, original choral soundtrack crafted for this macabre cinematic classic. Orpheus Choir Edward Moroney, organ an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario Tickets: ; senior; student Oct 1 - Nov 7, 2015 | 31

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