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Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018

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  • October
  • Toronto
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  • Choir
  • Jazz
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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 interested in hymns and congregational song may join us or participate in our activities. Fred Graham, Ruth Watson Henderson, Lydia Pedersen and Paul Stott have brought exciting songs to our gatherings. Internationally recognized hymn writers John Bell, Dan Damon, Carl Daw, Michael Hawn and Brian Wren have also been guests. Ila Vaculik 416-694-6436 ●●St. Anne’s Anglican Church Continuing its long tradition of musical excellence, St. Anne’s presents a season of innovative performances enhanced by our stunning sacred space boasting religious artwork by the Group of Seven. Throughout the 2018/19 season, the Choir of St. Anne’s will perform a variety of concerts, including the two new series: Music @ 4:00 and Come Sing!, as well as the popular “Community Cantate” in December. The Junction Trio, St. Anne’s Ensemble-in-Residence, will present four chamber concerts with programming expanding the boundaries of classical music and performance art. Since its founding in 1964, the St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society (MADS) has presented one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved operettas. This season, MADS presents eight performances of The Pirates of Penzance, running from January 25 to February 3, 2019. For more information or to participate in our music programs, please contact us. Mervin W. Fick, director of music 416-536-3160 David Garde 416-699-6634 ●●St. James Cathedral The Cathedral Church of St. James houses one of Canada’s most precious hidden musical gems. Uniquely within the city of Toronto, the fully-professional 18-voice Cathedral Choir sings as part of the Anglican worship at Choral Eucharist (11am) and Choral Evensong (4:30pm) each Sunday to an internationally high standard. Its repertoire spans eight centuries, and provides a balanced diet of choral delights to congregations young and old, Christians and non-Christians, and those whose ears hold an insatiable curiosity for music. The Cathedral’s majestic pipe organ can be heard in recital each Tuesday at 1pm and Sunday at 4pm throughout the year. Nick Veltmeyer, a post-graduate student in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Cathedral’s new organ scholar, will be delighting audiences frequently at St. James. Sung Eucharist is also celebrated at 9am each Sunday and sung by a burgeoning group of volunteers. If you are interested in committing to the musical life of this vibrant Cathedral community, please contact the director of music, Robert Busiakiewicz. Robert Busiakiewicz 416-364-7865 x224 ●●St. Michael’s Choir School Founded 80 years ago by Monsignor John Edward Ronan, St. Michael’s Choir School has served the Archdiocese of Toronto by educating and training musicians who sing at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The school is unique – offering an enriched academic program for boys from grades three to 12, with extended French instruction, as well as a lively ministry of sacred music. Choirs from SMCS perform annually on tour and at many local concerts and events. From September to June, the choirs sing weekly Masses at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Auditions are held annually between January and March. Wanda Thorne 416-397-6367 ●●St. Olave’s Anglican Church St. Olave’s, Swansea, is an Anglican church in the Prayer Book tradition, with Communion or Morning Prayer services (sung Sundays at 10:30am), Evensong (for festivals) and extras at Christmas and Easter. It’s noted for a fine organ and excellent acoustics, making it home for performing groups like the Windermere String Quartet. Choral Evensongs (on certain Sundays at 4pm) are followed by afternoon tea and a music event, as listed in The WholeNote: visiting choirs leading the service, illustrated music talks or recitals by guest singers, solo musicians, instrumental ensembles or our Arts Guild. Sung Evensongs (various weekdays at 6pm) are followed by supper and talks on travel, history, applied religion, etc. Our director of music, John Stephenson, is continuing our campaign to expand our choir. Anglican services include much singing (hymns, canticles, psalms, anthems), so we need a strong choir to lead the congregation. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9pm, with a warm-up Sundays at 10am. Call to ask about paid positions, or come to a rehearsal to see what it’s all about. Singers are also welcome to join us at sung Evensongs. Judy Beal, church secretary 416-769-5686 ●●St. Thomas’s Anglican Church St. Thomas’s Church, Toronto, is one of the oldest Anglo-Catholic congregations in Canada. Established in 1874, the parish has been, from its earliest days, at the forefront of the liturgical and musical life of the Anglican Church of Canada. Excellent choral and organ music are vital components of all Sunday services, Feast Days, and the liturgies of Advent and Holy Week. There are three choral services each Sunday, sung by a dedicated group of volunteers supported by section leads: “Sung Eucharist (Contemporary Rite)” at 9:30am; “Solemn Eucharist (Traditional Rite)” at 11am; and “Solemn Evensong and Devotions” at 7pm. The repertoire is diverse, from plainsong and Renaissance masterpieces to gems of the British cathedral tradition and contemporary Canadian compositions. Located in the historic Huron-Sussex neighbourhood, adjacent to the University of Toronto campus, the church was designed in the Arts and Crafts style by renowned architect Eden Smith (1858-1949), a parishioner. In 2018, the parish is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building on its present site on Huron St., one block south of Bloor St. Christine Cover 416-979-2323 ●●Symphony on the Bay Symphony on the Bay is a full-size community orchestra serving Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Our musicians – talented amateurs, students and professionals – make evident their skills in the magnificent Performing Arts Centre in downtown Burlington. Inspired by travels taken and journeys only dreamed of, our 2018/19 season is also a time of transition. You will get to meet the wonderful candidates hoping to become our music director and principal conductor. Come on out and help us decide who best serves you as a patron, us as an organization, and the community at large. Plus you’ll also get to enjoy: “Postcards from Abroad” October 28, 2018 | “French Flair” featuring Talisa Blackman, piano December 9, 2018 | “Christmas Delights” featuring Sara Traficante, flute February 24, 2018 | “The Silk Road” featuring Angel Wang, violin May 12, 2019 | “American Proms” featuring Bob DeAngelis and his tribute to Benny Goodman - and the winners of our Young Artists’ Competition! Visit for updates and details! Liz Delaney 905-320-4697 B20 | theWholeNote 2018/19 PRESENTER PROFILES

●●Syrinx Concerts Toronto Syrinx Concerts Toronto was re-established in 2005. It is a series of four to six concerts during a season that begins in December and usually continues to the end of May or early June. Our programs feature mostly Canadian musicians, both excellent, well-established performers, and up-and-coming talented young artists. As well we have been fortunate to present some international artists. This series is rather unique; our mandate requires each concert to feature a Canadian composition chosen by the performers or suggested by the artistic director, integrated into a program of familiar classical works. This gives the audience an opportunity to experience new, unfamiliar music and the performers to include these compositions into their repertoires. Our concerts are usually held at the more intimate chamber music venue - Heliconian Hall in Yorkville - on Sunday afternoons beginning at 3pm. A reception follows each concert giving the audience a chance to mingle and meet with the artists. Dorothy Sandler-Glick 416-654-0877 ●Tafelmusik ● Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Led by music director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik is one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, performing on instruments and in styles appropriate for the era of the music, and celebrating its 40th anniversary in the 2018/19 season. Tafelmusik is Canada’s most toured orchestra, having performed in over 350 cities in 32 countries, and are proud to call Toronto their home. In Toronto they perform some 80 concerts each year for a loyal and enthusiastic audience in diverse venues across the city. The orchestra is joined in performances by the critically acclaimed Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and its director Ivars Taurins. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the Baroque and Classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto’s Opera Atelier, and underground at their Haus Musik series. Their musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik’s recordings on the Sony, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNOs and numerous other recording prizes. Tim Crouch 416-964-6337 SYMPHONY ON THE BAY ●● Tallis Choir of Toronto Tallis Choir, founded in 1977 and directed by Peter Mahon, specializes in Renaissance choral music but performs a wide variety of musical styles. Our upcoming 41st season includes four concerts, featuring the music of Byrd (October), Gabrieli (December), and Gesualdo (March), concluding with a program which reflects on ten centuries of music using the theme of Light (May). Concerts are performed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 141 McCaul St. David Martin, choir president 416-286-9798 ●Tapestry ● Opera Tapestry is the only professional opera company in Canada dedicated solely to creating, developing and performing original Canadian opera. Tapestry keeps opera alive from one generation to the next, producing works by extraordinary living writers and composers and covering provocative contemporary stories that are unforgettably told by world class singers. In addition, it is our mandate to support emerging artists, as well as help youth in at-risk communities give voice to their stories and learn communication and leadership skills. This season will provide forums for new works and emerging artists (Tapestry Briefs - September 2018 and Songbook - March 2019) explore socially relevant questions of consent (Hook-Up - January 2019), and tackle some difficult history (Shanawdithit - May 2019) in a spirit of truth and reconciliation. Jaime Martino 416-536-6066 ●● Toronto Beach Chorale Toronto Beach Chorale (with artistic director Mervin W. Fick) is an auditioned SATB concert choir of up to 65 voices with a passion for presenting excellent choral music. TBC invites professional musicians, soloists, actors and other arts organizations to join in classical choral repertoire in 3-4 concerts per season. TBC organizes and participates in the annual “Messiah for the City” and numerous local community events. TBC’s “Choral Scholars” program offers subsidy and training to singers aged 19 to 24. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7pm to 9:30pm, September to May, usually at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.). Auditions in September and January; the ability to read music and choral experience are assets. 2018/19 concert schedule: “Great Joy!” Sunday December 2, 2018 at 7:30pm, featuring J.S. Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Buxtehude Magnificat and motets by Hassler, Bruckner, Reger and Rachmaninoff; “Maple Sugar Music,” Sunday February 24, 2019 at 3pm, featuring the popular “Messe Quebecois” by Pierick Houdy, along with music celebrating the Spring thaw; “Duruflé Requiem,” Good Friday (Friday April 18, 2019) at 7:30pm. David Garde 416-699-6634 ●Toronto ● Chamber Choir For its Golden Anniversary season, the Toronto Chamber Choir celebrates 50 years of Music and Friendship. Our mission is to present Renaissance and Baroque repertoire with period instruments, as well as music from later periods that complements this core repertoire. We present two full-length evening concerts and theWholeNote 2018/19 PRESENTER PROFILES | B21

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