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Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018

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  • October
  • Toronto
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Presenters, start your engines! With TIFF and "back-to-work" out of the way, the regular concert season rumbles to life, and, if our Editor's Opener can be trusted, "Seeking Synergies" seems to be the name of the game. Denise Williams' constantly evolving "Walk Together Children" touching down at the Toronto Centre for the Arts; the second annual Festival of Arabic Music and Arts expanding its range; a lesson in Jazz Survival with Steve Wallace; the 150 presenter and performer profiles in our 19th annual Blue Pages directory... this is an issue that is definitely more than the sum of its parts.


BLUE PAGES 2018/19 SECTION I: PRESENTERS & PERFORMERS ●●Jubilate Singers Jubilate Singers is a choir whose members enjoy singing music from many lands, in the original languages. We welcome singers to join our large chorus, or to audition for our chamber group. We rehearse Tuesday evenings near Lawrence and Yonge, and all are welcome to come and sit in on a rehearsal. We are masterfully supported by our conductor, Isabel Bernaus and our accompanist, Sherry Squires. We also have opportunities to work with clinicians who help our development as singers. Our repertoire includes songs that may not have been heard before, as well as classic and familiar folk tunes. The 2018/19 season will mark our 50th year, and we plan three concerts of celebration. Our first concert will be on the theme of Celebration, and feature settings of “Jubilate Deo,” and Eric Whiteacres “Light and Gold.” Our second concert is “Homes and Native Lands”: songs about home and longing for home. Our June concert will be a collaboration with the North York Concert Orchestra to present a choral-orchestral program including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Pauline McKenzie 416-223-7690 ●●Ken Page Memorial Trust The Ken Page Memorial Trust is a non-profit charitable fund supporting jazz and the musicians who create the music. The aims of the Trust are to encourage emerging talent, foster an understanding of the evolution of the music, promote jazz education through workshops, masterclasses and outreach programmes conducted by established professionals, and to provide financial aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis. The KPMT holds Annual Jazz Fundraisers featuring some of the world’s leading jazz artists and honours jazz professionals with its Lifetime Achievement Award; it also presents seasonal performances of Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band. Most recently the Trust provided grants to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Springboard to Music, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Humber College Community Music School and the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in memory of Ron Collier. Donations are our lifeline. Board members are unpaid and every dollar is dedicated to furthering our mission. Contributions are gratefully received and if you are currently a donor we extend our sincere appreciation. If you would like to help us make a difference please visit our website. Anne Page 416-515-0200 ●●Kindred Spirits Orchestra The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed to a great acclaim, sold-out audiences, and standing ovations at CBC Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. In addition, the KSO offers a six-concert subscription series at Flato Markham Theatre and Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as three community-outreach and two educational concerts. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Bruckner’s Fourth, Shostakovich’s Sixth, and Scriabin’s First symphonies, as well as a world premiere of Symphony No. 9 by Chan Wing-Wah featuring Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Vancouver Oratorio Society. Christina Petrowska-Quilico will present a recently discovered piano concerto by the Canadian composer André Mathieu, pianist Michael Berkovsky will be featured in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and cellist Andrew Ascenzo - in Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. In June 2019, the KSO and Markham Contemporary Music Festival will return to Cornell Recital Hall for series of concerts presenting pieces by Schnittke and Schönberg. The concert season will conclude with performance at the CBC Glenn Gould Theatre, led by renowned European Maestro Jiří Petrdlík, and a Canada Day celebration at Unionville Millennium Theatre. Jobert Sevilleno, president and CEO 905-305-7469 or 905-787-8811 ●●King Edward Choir Founded in 1952, Barrie’s King Edward Choir enters its 66th season, under the direction of Maestro Oliver Balaburski. The choir began as a ladies’ ensemble, taking its name from the school in which they practised. Under the direction of Jean Dobson, it blossomed into a group encompassing all voices and today is a mixed group of 40 singers committed to creating beautiful music in a passionate, informed and evocative manner. Our mandate is to offer choristers and audiences alike opportunities to experience a broad range of choral music, including contemporary, Canadian and world music, while introducing more a cappella singing to our repertoire. We continue to collaborate with other artists and strive to create educational opportunities for youth in our community. New members are welcome to join by audition throughout the year. Our 2018/19 season: “Christmas with KEC,” featuring John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, December 15, 2018; “Last Night at the Proms” with the Barrie Concert Band, March 2, 2019; and “Spring Sing” with Parts 2 & 3 of Handel’s Messiah, May 4, 2019. Peter Sullivan, board president 705-739-7281 ●●Kingston Road Village Concert Series The Kingston Road Village Concert Series is the brainchild of TSO bassist Timothy Dawson. Supported by his wife Kim Dunlop and a hard working group of community volunteers, this series has offered a diverse and lively group of concerts in the Upper Beach area of Toronto since 2012 2018/19 Concert Series: Friday October 5, 7:30pm: Countertenor Madness! Featuring countertenor Daniel Taylor and his fabulous four U of T graduate student countertenors, along with Miguel Brito, piano, Mexico City tenor Jesús Cortés; Sunday, November 4, 1:30pm: Tom Allen presents Missing Pages, a chamber musical investigating Theodore Molt, the sole Canadian to meet Beethoven (on December 16, 1825); Sunday, December 9, 2-3pm: Holidays of the Global Village with Chris McKhool and friends (family concert); Sunday March 24, 3 to 4pm: Let’s Hit Something! TorQ Percussion Quartet (family concert) Sunday. (This concert is preceded by a two-hour percussion workshop led by Michel Bruyere, Buffy Ste-Marie’s drummer); Sunday, April 7, 1:30pm: National Piano Trio. Pianist Heidi Wall, violinist Corey Gemmell, and cellist Wolf Tormann play Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Timothy Dawson 416-693-5304 ●●Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society K-W Chamber Music Society (KWCMS) is perhaps the most active chamber music presenting organization in Canada, with some 70 concerts per calendar year. We offer concerts in a true chamber – a very large living room seating just 85, with a superb Steinway for concerts requiring piano. Located in central Waterloo, overlooking Waterloo Park, there are ample good restaurants and two fine hotels within easy walking distance. We have world-class, nationally known, and sometimes locally important artists. We have concerts for chamber music ensembles – string quartets (notably the Penderecki Quartet, one of Canada’s top quartets), piano trios and more; plus solo piano, guitar and various duos. See our website for information on forthcoming concerts, subscriptions, and more. Our current season includes a special series of the complete Dvorak quartets, performed by the Zemlinsky Quartet of Prague (October 18 to 27). Email us: Our website includes an easy tab for getting on our email list, keeping you informed on all nearfuture events. Jan Narveson 519-569-1809 B12 | theWholeNote 2018/19 PRESENTER PROFILES ●●Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada Founded in 1953, the Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada is presenting its 15th festival from July 4 to 7, 2019 in Toronto. Latvian choirs and folk dancers from across Canada and around the world will come to Toronto to celebrate Latvia’s centenary with concerts and dance events in downtown Toronto. The festival is also a celebration of the lasting contributions to the cultural tapestry of Canada by Latvian-Canadian émigrés. Highlights will include the launch of a new Centrediscs recording of instrumental works by Latvian-Canadian composers Talivaldis Kenins, Janis Kalnins and Imant Raminsh, featuring pianist Arthur Ozolins, violinist Laura Zarina and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Choral concerts will include the Canadian debut performance of the State Choir LATVIJA at Koerner Hall, a concert of sacred music at Trinity St. Paul’s, and an international mass choir concert at the Mattamy Centre featuring contemporary and traditional repertoire by Latvian composers. Please visit our website to learn more! Laura Adlers 416-948-0634 ●●Lawrence Park Community Church Lawrence Park Community Church has a tradition of fine music, both in worship and in concert. Sunday services are held at 10:30am in the air-conditioned Sanctuary. Musical groups include the Adult Choir (volunteer and professional singers) and the Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers. There are also musical opportunities for kids and youth. On November 9 - Fridays @ 8 and RCCO Toronto present the brilliant organist Ken Cowan in a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Lawrence Park’s Casavant Organ. On December 16 at 10:30am, the Choir leads in a Service of Lessons and Carols along with trumpeter Robert DiVito. Mark Toews 416-489-1551 x28 416-515-8326 ●●Li Delun Music Foundation The Li Delun Music Foundation was established in 2002 in Toronto as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural exchange between the East and the West through musical events. Named after the renowned Chinese conductor Li Delun, who founded the first symphony KING EDWARD CHOIR orchestra in the People’s Republic of China, the foundation is now well known in the community as a presenter of high-quality musical events such as the annual “East Meets West New Year’s Concert” at the Toronto Centre for the Arts each year, and recitals by acclaimed musicians. Aside from forming the Toronto Festival Orchestra, which gives talented young aspiring musicians a chance to work alongside seasoned professionals, the foundation also provides a platform for young up-and-coming soloists to play on the concert hall stage accompanied by a professional orchestra in front of a live, appreciative audience. The Li Delun Music Foundation also holds masterclasses and workshops given by internationallyacclaimed artists such as Lang Lang, Sa Chen, Haochen Zhang and Prof. Lee Kum-Sing. Rosalind Zhang 647-281-8768 ●●Living Arts Centre Mississauga The Living Arts Centre is a vibrant, non-profit arts, culture and entertainment centre located in the heart of Mississauga. With our excellent facilities, we have served as an important resource for the arts, education and business for many years. The LAC houses two state-of-the-art theatres with newly updated sound systems for an exceptional theatre experience: RBC Theatre and Hammerson Hall (one of the largest in the GTA). We have hosted a wide variety of cultural, theatrical and musical performances within these walls, from ballets and symphony orchestras to comedians, plays and musicians, sure to be enjoyed by all kinds of audiences. The Centre is also home to professional art studios, as well as our very own Gallery Exhibition displaying works from local artists. Patrons may also dine at the exquisite Live Restaurant to enjoy a lunchtime buffet or preshow dinner. If you are driving to our facility, the LAC offers free parking throughout weekends and after 6pm on weekdays. Robert Hart 905-306-6193 ●●MCS Chorus/Mississauga Led by artistic director, Mervin William Fick, MCS Chorus/Mississauga is a mixed voice chamber choir of 35 auditioned singers with a strong focus on classical choral repertoire. MCS Chorus offers a diversified season of ticketed concerts, extensive community engagement events and multi-generational musical education programming. The 2018/19 concert season includes Handel’s Messiah, F.J. Haydn’s Nelson Mass as well as a concert of Vivaldi, Pergolesi and two of Handel’s Chandos Anthems. MCS’ outreach performances include “Canada Is,” a concert with narrative celebrating the history, regions and people of Canada, as well as seasonal performances and concerts with partner choirs in Mississauga and Toronto. MCS Chorus also presents an interactive in-school performance of Canadian music, poetry, and visual art for grade three to six students within the Peel District School Board. Visit our website for more information. Jennifer Crawford 905-278-7059 ●The ● Miles Nadal JCC The MNjcc is a vibrant community centre at Bloor and Spadina, rooted in Jewish values and open to all. We provide social, cultural, educational, fitness, aquatic and recreational programming for every age and stage of life. Our vibrant choral program includes the Community Choir, Daytime Choir and Specialty Choirs (Broadway, Classical and Jazz). Adult theWholeNote 2018/19 PRESENTER PROFILES | B13

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