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Volume 3 Issue 6 - March 1998

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  • Toronto
  • Theatre
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  • Classical
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o , Musicians in our

o , Musicians in our midst, #8: ELLEN MEYER, PIANO BY ALLAN. PULKER I first heard Ellen Meyer play at a Riverdale Concert Society concert last October in the Victoria College Disciplines: Objectives: Total Grant: Awards: Chapel. She stood out for me at once because she had a quality that I am alw~tys listening for-- conviction. Since ·virtuosity is no . ( guarantee of its presence, one is inclined to sit up and take notice when encountering it. I suspect Ellen was born with it. Before she had learned to read she was taking piano, not because of ambitious parents, but because she already knew she wanted to play the piano. She has continued to shape her own musical destiny. Counterbalncing the emphasis on solo performance in her studies at U. of T.'s Faculty of Music, she has had a passion for chamber music since the early 1980s when she played with Sandra and Julia Bowkun in the Bowkun Trio. Rehearsing three times a week they covered all the standard repertoire for flute, piano and cello as well as arrangements they made themselves of classical and · popular repertoire. One of the ways she manages to make performance rather than teaching \the 1998 5\.r-tist Internationa{ Music & Dance Association's 1sT ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION SPONSORED BY THE. backbone of her musical livelihood is to play with choirs, currently Cantores Celestes women's choir and Empressions, the choral . branch of Etobicoke Musical Productions music theatre company. At the time of writing she is also very busy accompanying instrumental and vocal soloists in the Kiwanis Music Festival. What she calls hel' "primary musical motivation" however, · is the Riverdale Concert Society. She spoke in glowing terms of her "perfect working relationship--no ego" with fellow members of the group. (Ellen will be performing with the Riverdale Concert Society on April 3, in a concert of music by Moeran, Bliss and Elgar.) Musicians in our Midst is photographed by Michael Shaw, Ashley & Crippen Photographers 200 Davenport Road, 416 925 2222 I or onto Scfioo{ of :Music Voice, Piano & Strings *To promote the talent of the finest young musicians. *To provide financial assistance for musical education through competition prizes. * To offer the winners an opportunity to perform at the North York Ford Centre for the Performing Arts on May 29th, 1998. ,000.00 1•• Prize Wi~ner- ,000.00 znd Prize Winner- ,000.00 3rd Prize Winner - ,000.00 Note: 1••, znd & 3rd prizes & certifi

Welcome to Part Six of WholeNote's ongoing 1997-8 Member Profiles Series This month, we extend a wann WholeNote welcome (or welcome back) to The Banff Centre for the Arts; Aria International Summer Academy; Riverdale Concert Society; Peros Music Studios; and the Ontario Folk Harp Society. 20TtJ CENTURY OPERA AND SONG, THE BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS - Artistic Director/Executive Producer: Keith Turnbull Assistant Director and Marketing: Greg Parry Address: Box 1020, #21, Banff, AB TOL OCO Phone: 403-762-6482 Fax: 403-762-6334 Registrar: 1-800-565-9989 E-mail: Greg Parry@banffcentre·.ab.ca Website: http ://banffcentre.ab .ea/theatre /index,html Recognized as a leader in the field ~ the program brings together singers, repetiteurs, instrumentalists, dancers, music and stage directors, composers, librettists, coaches ­ and teachers, and is dedicated to the development of 20th century singing theatre through: - Advanced training for professional singers in the , preparation, interpretation and performance of 20th century new works and dramatic and song repertoire. - New work development , geared to the needs of each individual piece. - Advanced training in the interpretive skills of 20th century repertoire for instrumentalists, repetiteurs, conductors, directors, dramaturges and movement and singing instructors. 1998 projects include the world premier of Project for an Opera of the Twentieth Century (Christopher Butterfield, composer/John Bentley Mays, liorettist); developmental workshop for A Celebration of the Human Voice (working title), libretto based on selections from 1he Book of Embraces (Eduardo Galeano), music by Linda Bouchard; Dramatic Integration program; and International Voice Workshops by Richard Armstrong. ARIA INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY 242 Linsmore Crescent Toronto, ON M4J 4L7 Telephone: 416-423-8042; Fax: 41 6-423-7658 E-mail: ariaint@idirect.com Contact person: Mihai Tetel, Director 1 This three-week course provides an intensive, professional training for young musicians from all over the world, with special emphasis on private lessons (three per week), Master Classes, chamber music coachings and public concerts. Past participants have come from Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United States and all Canadian provinces. A distinguished faculty represents important music institutions such as Eastman School of Music, Indiana University (Bioomington), Mushashino Academia Musicae ·(Tokyo), 'lolew England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Royal Conservatory, University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. This program takes place from August 3 to August 23, 1998, at the University of Western Ontario, and the modem facilities include a 260-seat recital hall with Steinway grand piano, airconditioned teaching studios, practice rooms and accommodations. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 1, 1998, and brochures can be obtained by contacting Mihai Tetel at the above address or telephone number. Visit our web site at: http:/ /webhome. idirect.com/­ ariaint RIVER DALE CONCERT SOCIETY Director: Daniel Kushner Address: 83 Wroxeter Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 1 E7 Phone: 416-465-7443 Fax: 416-465-6256 A renaissance happened in English music in the early 20th century, rooted in pastoral song and influenced by Celtic mysticism - an unknown treasure trove of melody and harmony. The Riverdale Concert Society performs the unjustly neglected chamber music of Bax, Bliss, Delius, Elgar, Howells, Ireland, Moeran, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, many other English and Scandinavian composers and Canada's Healey Willan, in Toronto, Elora and Ottawa. Pianist Ellen Meyer and violinist Daniel Kushner have worked together since 1986. Clarinetist Stephen Fox joined in 1995. The basic format is violin/piano and clarinet/piano works, but we enjoy playing the violin-clarinet-piano trios of Milhaud and Khatchaturian, and expand the group to play rate gems such as Moeran's Sonata for Two Violins (with violinist Rachel MacLeod). On April 3, with cellist Stephen Green and violist Elizabeth Morris we all join forces to perform Moeran's E Flat String Quartet, the Bliss Clarinet Quintet, and Elgar's Piano Quintet. PEROS MUSIC STUDIOS Contact: Nick Peros ~ddress: 5458 Remington Court, Mississauga L5V 2E7 Phone: 905-814-8555,416- 252-0553; Fax: 416-252-1789 Peros Music Studios is a company committed to supporting classical music in Canada. Peros Music provides a unique all-inclusive CD recording package for classical groups/artists which includes recording, production and manufacturing, artwork/design and printing, and distribution or the CD to stores. Peros Music also acts as a booking agent for various acts, representing a line of children's musical shows as well as classical singers and ensembles. Peros Music has booked shows across Southern Ontario in various venues and is currently .working on an original musical production. Peros Music draws on years of experience in both the CONTINUED, _NEXT PAGE Entrust your CD project to an industry professional * Canada's most acclaimed prpducer/engineer of classical recordings * 30 years professional experience in Europe and N. America * 12 JUNO winning CDs- over 70 JUNO nominations *World-Class recording at affordable rates PJ Productions Incorporated Phone: (905) 639-9029/ Fax: (905) 639-9872/ antonk@msn.com

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