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Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018

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  • October
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  • 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 “sparkling, straightforward interpretations” and “an attractive earthy honesty.” Their concert series has been presenting exciting and innovative programming for over a decade. Over the years, the WSQ has premiered 11 new quartets, ten by Canadian composers. Over the same period, they have performed all 16 of Beethoven’s quartets, and have introduced their loyal audiences to the works of underrepresented composers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Georges Onslow, Carl Loewe, Juan Chrisóstomo Arriaga, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and many others. Their recordings, The Golden Age of String Quartets and Inner Landscapes, have been praised in The WholeNote for “period performances that blend life, spirit and soul with a perfectly-judged sensitivity for contemporary style and practice,” and for “depth, conviction, emotional range and intensity.” Anthony Rapoport 416-769-0952 ●Women’s ● Musical Club of Toronto Through its “Music in the Afternoon” concert series, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto presents chamber music concerts featuring musicians on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles. Concerts are held Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto. Concerts in the 121st (2018/19) season include Poulenc Trio (Thursday, October 4, 2018); baritone Thomas Oliemans (Thursday, November 8, 2018); Joel Quarrington & Friends (Thursday, February 28, 2019); Mariam Batsashvili, piano (Thursday, April 4, 2019); and Rolston String Quartet (Thursday May 2, 2019). Member/subscriber benefits include Tuning Your Mind, a free pre-concert lecture series presented in partnership with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, on a topic related to the day’s concert. Masterclass this season to be announced. Shannon Perreault, administrator 416-923-7052 ●Wychwood ● Clarinet Choir Established in 2009, the Wychwood Clarinet Choir is directed by clarinetist and conductor Michele Jacot. Members of the choir include skilled clarinetists who share a love of music-making, friendship and fun. The group rehearses weekly and performs on a regular basis in Toronto’s St. Clair and Wychwood area. The instrumentation of the WCC extends from the contrabass clarinet to the E-flat sopranino. The choir’s repertoire includes many compositions and arrangements written by the group’s own Composers’ Collective, and by the choir’s late composer and conductor laureate, Howard Cable. The Wychwood Clarinet Choir embraces the ideal of “music for life” and is committed to sharing the musical experience in educational settings and in the wider community. Choir members are admitted by audition and pay a modest annual membership fee. This season is the 10th anniversary of the WCC. Several guest artists and special programming (including an Oscars-themed concert) will help celebrate this milestone year. Please visit the choir’s website for all the exciting details! Roy Greaves 647-292-4204 ●York ● Chamber Ensemble The York Chamber Ensemble (YCE) has been presenting concerts to York Region audiences since 2001. Primarily a string orchestra, YCE is often augmented by winds, brass, percussion & choir which allows for larger orchestral or choral performances. YCE presents three or four annual concerts at Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora as well as other venues in York Region such as the Bradford Arts Centre in Bradford. For this year’s series “The Age of Elegance,” we welcome two guest conductors, Sasha Weinstangel and Michael Beree in performances of Bach’s Suite in B minor for flute, Bach’s Oboe and Violin Concerto on October 13 (Bradford Arts Centre); and the Corelli Christmas Concerto, parts of the Handel Harp Concerto & Handel’s Messiah as well as beautiful Christmas choral works and a sing-along on December 1 (Trinity Anglican Church). Our spring concert features works by Schubert and Faure on May 11 (Trinity Anglican Church). Tickets available at the door: .00 adults, .00 seniors/students. YCE is available for hire for corporate and private functions - both full orchestra and smaller ensembles. Barbara Dickson 905-717-2970 ●York ● University York University’s Department of Music presents more than 100 public events each season. This year our Faculty Concert Series spotlights pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, as well as jazz instrumentalist/vocalist, Sundar Viswanathan. Classical chamber concerts and performances by the York U Concert and Chamber Choirs are offered alongside electroacoustic explorations and student compositions. Our annual world music festival celebrates a wide variety of musical practices including Caribbean, Middle Eastern, West African and Chinese traditions. The Music at Midday series offers free lunchtime performances featuring guest artists, faculty, and student talent. Masterclasses by leading Canadian and international artists are frequently open to observers. Each term concludes with showcase performances by the York U Symphony Orchestra, Gospel Choir and Wind Symphony, as well as a four day jazz festival. Performances take place in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall or the informal setting of the Martin Family Lounge in the Accolade East Building at York’s Keele campus. William Thomas, chair; Louise Wrazen, associate chair; Mark Chambers, graduate program director; Judy Karacs, events and promotions coordinator. Box Office: 416-736-5888. Judy Karacs 416-736-2100 x20054 ●Yorkminster ● Park Baptist Church The Yorkminster Park Baptist Church senior choir, under organist and music director William Maddox, enjoys a reputation as one of the best congregational choirs in the city of Toronto. Yorkminster Park presents a series of free organ recitals at 12:30pm, every Wednesday from September through June, with performers from around the world. We have a wide variety of unique musical events throughout the year but Yorkminster Park is renowned for its special seasonal concerts. The quality and dedication of the music ministry at YPBC is never more evident than during Advent and Holy Week and these services have become community traditions: “City Carol Sing,” “Carols by Candlelight,” the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” “Passiontide Devotion” during Holy Week and traditional “Evensong” services three times a year. Our sanctuary is frequently made available to other choral and concert groups, which draw appreciative audiences from all over Southern Ontario. William Maddox 416-922-1167 B26 | theWholeNote 2018/19 PRESENTER PROFILES

BLUE PAGES 2018/19 SECTION II: ARTS SERVICES BLUE PAGES SUPPLEMENT 2018/19: ARTS SERVICES ●● Big Picture Communications Luisa Trisi’s lifelong love of arts and culture led her to launch Big Picture Communications in 1999. She has worked with many of North America’s leading figures in classical music, dance, and theatre, and has designed publicity campaigns for major arts hubs, cultural initiatives, national festivals, and conferences. Luisa provides an array of strategic communications services to a broad range of clients, including many high-profile Canadian cultural organizations. Throughout her twenty-plus years of experience, she has established an extensive network of media and industry contacts. She works closely with clients to generate noteworthy coverage in a variety of traditional and digital outlets — from mainstream media to niche publications. Passionate about city-building, community, and creativity, Luisa thrives on connecting people and ideas. Prior to launching Big Picture Communications, Luisa held positions with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, and Theatre Columbus. As Director of Communications and an instructor at Ryerson Theatre School for almost a decade, Luisa designed and taught courses on entrepreneurship to students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Luisa Trisi 416-456-0499 ●The ● Bobolink Agency Robert Missen, the director of the Bobolink Agency, has been involved in the representation of some of Canada’s foremost performing artists, attractions and ensembles for over thirty years. These have included Maureen Forrester, Stuart McLean, Michael Burgess, Veronica Tennant, Sylvia Tyson and Quartette, and Joe Sealy. Current clients include tenor Ben Heppner, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Men of the Deeps, Octagon and the Piano Six Gala. Robert Missen 905-632-6047 ●●Concerts In Care Concerts In Care brings live professional concerts to seniors living in a variety of facilities across Ontario - Long- Term Care, Assisted Living, Residences, and also Chronic Care hospitals and Palliative care. Why choose Concerts In Care? We hire professional musicians who play at a very high level, PLUS they have an affinity for the elderly, and love to perform for and speak with the residents. We offer a mix of classical, jazz, and world music, so we can be culturally specific, as well as performing beautiful music of all kinds. We are your turnkey operation – we hire, schedule and prepare our musicians, so you don’t have to worry. If you have a virus outbreak, and elevator breakdown, or anything else that causes a disruption that prevents you from having the concert on the scheduled day, you make one phone call and we take care of postponing, and rescheduling. We have the best musicians on our roster, from National Arts Centre, Tafelmusik, top jazz ensembles, festivals, Opera Atelier, and more. Currently we provide professional musicians in concerts that are a mix of solos, duos, trios, and quartets. Concerts in Care is based on a fee-forservice model, with a sliding scale to accommodate most budgets. Debra Chandler 416-268-3996 ●●Dean Artists Management Dean Artists Management brings over twenty years of excellence and expertise to the management of classically trained singers, conductors, opera directors and choreographers. Committed to integrity and personal attention, the size and structure of our agency enables us to remain responsive to our clients’ needs, while sustaining successful relationships with producers in North America and abroad. Working as a team to strategically broaden the careers of established artists, we are equally known for our ability to nurture and guide emerging careers. Our artists include specialists in both early and contemporary music, carefully chosen “crossover” artists, and those directors and conductors who have a particular knowledge of, and affinity for, opera, choral and vocal orchestral repertoire. After more than two decades in international arts management, we remain competitive and attuned to the trends of the symphonic, opera and choral music markets, and to the visions of our colleagues and clients. Henry Ingram 416-969-7300 ●●Domoney Artists Management As director of Domoney Artists Management, Kathy Domoney brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to this position after more than 25 years as a lyric soprano with Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras throughout Canada in works ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Domoney Artists Management was created in 2008, and is now recognized as one of the most prestigious boutique agencies in North America. Artistic directors of opera companies, orchestras and choral societies seek Kathy’s expertise in selecting artists for their productions, in repertoire ranging from Baroque (Opera Atelier, Portland Baroque, Montreal Baroque Festival) to Classical and Romantic oratorio (Vancouver Bach Choir, Thirteen Strings, Chorus Niagara), cutting-edge New Music (Tapestry New Opera, Chants Libres, Continuum Contemporary Music, Against the Grain Theatre, Soundstreams Canada), as well as Summer Music Festivals (Elora Festival, Festival of the Sound, Westben Festival). Kathy Domoney excels at discovering and nurturing emerging artists and is frequently invited to share her realistic viewpoint in seminars to theWholeNote 2018/19 PRESENTER PROFILES | B27

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