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Volume 4 Issue 1 - September 1998

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  • Toronto
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___ 11 FUSHFORW ARD ••• T afelmusik medieval English Christmas music and poetry. And, of course, the ever-popular performances of Handel's Messiah and the Sing-Along Messiah complete our season. Call the Tafelmusik box office at 964- 6337 to subscribe today! TORONTO CHILDREN'S . CHORUS Music Director: Jean Ashworth Bartle General Manager: Heather Wood Promotions Co-ordinator: Beth Anderson Address: 156 Front Street W., Suite 303, Toronto M5J 2L6 Phone: 416-932-8666 Fax: 416-932-8669 Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the Toronto Children's Chorus celebrates its 20th anniversary season with joyous music-making by children's choirs from around the world! ·The Chorus explores the cultural heart of Eastern Europe with Carmina Slovenica (October 18) and the Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir (April 24/25); salutes the stars and stripes with The American Boychoir (November 8), San Francisco Girls Chorus (March 5/7) and The Alabama Boychoir (April 24/25); and celebrates its "h()me and native land" with a choral adventure by Canada's fmest composers. Uniting these diverse cultures and musical traditions is the October 18 world premiere of World Suite One by Montreal_ composer Donald Patriquin, commissioned in honour of the anniversary season and featuring ' .folksongs from each participating nation. The children also present 8 new Christmas carols - gifts from favourite composers - at a Chorus Christmas (December 20), and the North American premiere of Ronald Corp's Cornucopia (February 21). Celebrate 20 years of world class choral artistry and be inspired! TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS Contact: Jane Petrenko Address: 100 Three Valleys Drive, Toronto ON M3A 3B9 Phone: 41 6-443-031 2 Fax: 41 6-443-1490 E-mail: petrenko@pathcom.com The Toronto Classical Singers are a 100- member choir specializing in choral/orchestral·masterpieces. Founded in 1991, we have steadily grown under the energy and impeccable musicianship of our conductor, Jurgen Petrenko, M.Mus (U.of T.). Mr. Petrenko has a wide range of musical experience as a conductor and performer. He is the producer and resident guest host of CBC Radio 2's Take Five with Shelagh Rogers. Our concerts feature the Talisker Players, an orchestra specializing in the choral , repertoire, and professional soloists. Our 1998-99 season: November 29: Handel's Messiah December 13: Bach's Christmas Oratorio May 2, 1999: A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams, Coronation Ode by Elgar ' We welcome new members. (We rehearse and perform in the Yonge/St. Clair area). There is no audition, but the ability to read music and have fun is essential! Information: Jane: 416-443-0312 TORONTO EARLY MUSIC CENTRE Contact: Frank Nakashima Address: 427 Bloor Street West, Box 1 7, Toronto ON M5S 1 X7 Phone: 416-966-1409/41 6-920-5025 E-mail: temc@interlog.com Website: www.interlog.com -temc The Toronto Early Music Centre is a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation of historically-informed performances of music through the sponsorship of concerts and activities such as lectures, workshops, exhibitions and masterclasses. Benefits of TEMC membership include: discounts to several early music events in the city; a subscription to Toronto Early Music News which contains a calendar of events, reviews, artist profiles, essays, etc.; borrowing privileges from the TEMC library of books and recordings; participation in music circles; free admission to Musically Speaking presentations of early music at the Royal Ontario Museum on the second Sunday of every month at 2:30pm (September to June). 5 The annual Early Music Fair, hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum takes place on Saturday, September 26th from ll:OOam to 4:00pm. This event features several performers of early music and dance, displays of books, sheet music, recordings, and historical instruments. Admission is free to TEMC members. TORONTO SYMPttONY ORCHESTRA Music Director: Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor Laureate: Andrew Davis Composer Advisor: Gary Kulesha Address: Suite 550, 212 King Street West, Toronto ON M5H 1 K5 Phone: 416-593-7769 Fax: 416-977-2912 Website: www .tso.on.ca Highlights of the 1998/99 season - Jukka­ Pekka Saraste's fifth as the Orchestra's Music Director- include appearances by outstanding guest artists, including violinist Kennedy (formerly known as Nigel Kennedy), actor Christopher Plummer, tenor Ben Heppner, pianist Alicia de Larrocha and vocalist Holly Cole; thy third annual Made in Canada contemporary music festival, which features a world premiere by Henry Kucharzyk; festivals dedicated to the music of Mozart and Beethoven; and the TSO's first performance of the Britten War Requiem since 1993. Other engagements in the 1998/99 calendar include the Orchestra's first international tour. in eight years; the appointment of two young composers in residence; and the recording of another disc for FINLANDIA Records. TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE Contact: Kartini Rivers Address: 398 Adelaide St. W., Ste. 201, Toronto ON M5Y 157 Phone: 41 6-653-1182 Fax: 416-653-1 262 E-mail: kartini@pathcom.com The Toronto Tabla Ensemble will release its next CD called "Second Palla" this fall. A CD release concert as part of the du Maurier Theatre Centre Series is scheduled for November 5 and 6, 1998. The CD features new and exciting works for the tabla by artistic director Ritesh Das and guest artists Nicolas Hernandez (on flamenco guitar) and Donald Quan (strings and piano). In April 1999, the second concert of the TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

Ensemble's performance series will feature new works by Ritesh Das and composer Edgardo Moreno of Cha Locos (the group formerly known as Nazka). For the first time in Canada, layers of tabla rhythms will combine with Latin American melodies using voice, saxophone, flute and guitar. For information and tickets call Harbourfront Centre's box office: 416-973- 4000. UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO OPERA DIVISION Director: Stephen Ralls Contact: Tina Orton Address: 80 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto ON M5S 1 A 1 Phone: 416-978-3746 Fax: 416-978-5771 The 1998/99 season of the University of Toronto Opera Division includes the following: Presentations of Weill's The Threepenny Opera, (November 18-21) and Poulenc's Les Dialogues 4es Carmelites, (March 5, 6, 12 and 13); workshop presentations of The Unknown Mozart (November 6), Scenes by 20th Century Composers (December 10) and Operatic Scenes based upon Shakespeare (April 9); Opera Teas: The Merry Widow (October 18) and La Traviata (January 17); a Lobby Concert performance of The Merry Widow (December 11); and an Operetta Programme (April 30 and May 1). UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT MUSIC & ARTS SCHOOL Address: 23 Grange Road, Toronto ON M5T 1 C3 Phone: 416-598-3444 Fax: 416-598-4401 Contact: Annette Sanger Since 1921 University Settlement Music & Arts School has been providing affordable, quality programs to children, teens, adults & seniors from the Grange neighbourhood and the wider Toronto area. Over 500 students are enrolled in our varied programs which include private lessons on 17 instruments & voice (in styles ranging from chissical to pop) as well as group classes such as pre-school music and dance, a women's choir, Latin dance, ballet & tap, Cantonese Opera and chamber music. Each year we present many concerts by our students, faculty & guests: upcoming examples include "Mozart & Beethoven" on November 6 and "Animals through Words & Music" on November 27. In addition, we have studios with pianos for rent, and we print a termly newsletter - Tune-ln. We welcome everyone to our programs, and offer fmancial assistance and free practice facilities/instruments to low-income students. For information & registration please contact Annette Sanger (Program Director) at 598-3444. VICTORIA SCHOLARS Address: 146 Willowridge Road, Etobicoke ON M9R 3Z7 Phone: 416-6n-1657 /416-761-7776 Fax: 416-980-8132 Contact: D~ug Gallant The Victoria Scholars, established in 1993, is a men's choral ensemble based in Toronto. Although they take their name from the famous Renaissance composer, the Scholars' repertoire ranges from Medieval plainchant to contemporary music. Under the direction of Jerzy Cichocki, they have established a renown for their clarity and balance. Guest appearances include performances with international vocal soloists Russell Braun and Michael Schade, and recordings with Loreena McKennitt and Mary Lou Fallis. In 1996, the choir was awarded the Canada Council's He;tley Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio National Competition for amateur choirs. In 1998 they received First Prize in the Equal Voice (Male) category. Three concerts in Toronto will highlight their 1998-99 season: Gloria - Christmas with the Victoria Scholars, December 20, 3:0opm at Metropolitan United Church; The French Connection, April18, 8:00pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Church; and Bach, Beethoven, Brahms ... & the Boys, also at Our Lady of Sorrows, June 13, 8:00pm. WOMEN'S MUSICAL CLUB OF TORONTO Artistic Director: Pamela MacKenzie Address: 1 255 Bay Street, Suite 202, Toronto M5R 2A9 Phone: 416-923-7052 Fax: 41 6-923-2863 The Women's Musical Club of Toronto, through ~s annual afternoon concert series, has long fostered worldclass chamber music in this city. Musicians who are on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles, are presented in concerts open to the public. Concerts are held on five Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm, in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park. The 1 01 st season will feature Maxim Philippov, piano (October 8), L'Ensemble Arion, Baroque quartet (November 12), Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Kevin Murphy, piano (December 10), Laughton & O'Meara, trumpet & organ (February 4), and the Amati Quartet, string quartet from Sw~zerland (March 18). The series of five concerts is available for or individual concert tickets for each. The WMCT assists exceptional young Canadian musicians with its Career Development Award, scholarships, and performance opportunities. A volunteer organization, the WMCT offers the opportunity for active involvement in presenting concerts and developing outstanding Canadian musical talent. YIP'S CHILDREN'S CHOIR (CANADA) Artistic Director: Dr. Gabriel M. Leung Contact Person: Hilda Cheung Address: 28 Crown Steel Drive, Unit 1 9- 21, Markham, ON L3R 9Y1 Phone: 905-513-0955 Fax: 905-513-0979 Web Site: http://www.yips.com Yip's Children's Choir (Canada), a nonprofit subsidiary of the internationally acclaimed Yip's Children's Choir (Hong Kong), was founded in 1990 and is currently under the musical direction of Dr. Gabriel Leung. The choir is dedicated to the promotion of music and fme arts education in children iind youth. In the past eight years, the choir has maintained a high standard of education and performance and is frequently invited for performances by local groups and organizations. In 1993 and 1996, the choir has launched two CD albums, We, the Children and Ocean! and My Homeland which received rave reviews. The choir conducted three successful overseas tours to Hong Kong, Thailand, Vancouver, Taiwan and China in 1992, 1993 and 1996. In the summer of 1999, the choir has been invited to perform at the International Children's Choir Festival in Beijing and Hong Kong. TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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