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Volume 4 Issue 2 - October 1998

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  • October
  • Toronto
  • Theatre
  • Choir
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  • Classical
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  • Contemporary

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Christmas program, "0 Magnum Mysterium," featuring motets by Victoria; Poulenc, Morales, and Handl. A program of "Music for Easter" in April includes works by Brahms, Berger, Bruckner and Palestrina, and the Bach double-chorus motet, "Ko.mm Jesu, komm. • The season concludes with the 4th Camerata Folksong Festival, showcasing winning entries from the Camerata Folksong Competition and featuring guest choirs Coro Verdi, Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir and Vesnivka Choir. All concerts take place at St. Leonard's Church, 25 Wanless Avenue (two blocks north of Yonge/Lawrence). For information, check our Website or phone 905-841-6482. TORONTO CONSORT Address: 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1X7 Contact: David Fallis Phone: (41 6) 966-1 045 Fax: (41 6) 966-1 759 Publicity: Stewart Hoffman (416) 462-9615 E-mail: stewhoff@interlog.com The Toronto Consort's 1998/99 season builds on the enormous success of last year's zs•• anniversary with surprises, rarely heard masterpieces, and spectacular guests from the world of early music. The series begins on October 16 with The Way of the Pilgrim, exploring the music of crusaders, scholars and pilgrims who faced the danger of medieval travel. Ben Grossman guests with a fascinating array of rarely seen. instruments. A Celtic Christmas with Puirt a Baroque on December 10 & II presents an all-new programme in a format that resulted in 2 sold out concerts last season. An international array of singers and instrumentalist present Moteverdi 's magical Vespers of 1610 on February 5. Montreal's leading medieval ensemble La Nef brings the story of the 13'" century Cathars to life on March 5, and Les Voix Humaines join the Consort for a delightful concert on English Renaissance music on May 7. For Tickets, call ( 416) 964-6337 TORONTO OPERETTA THEATRE Artistic Director: Guillermo Silva! Marin Address: 33 West Avenue, Suite 201, Toronto ON M4M 2L7 Phone: 416-366-7723 Toronto Operetta Theatre's 1998/99 season celebrates the melodious voice of operetta from Vienna, London, Madrid and the lands along the Danube. Founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Guillermo Silv~-Marin, the Toronto Operetta Theatre is a vibrant company with a mandate to produce classical operetta featuring professional Canadian artists of exceptional talent. Distinguished singers such as Linda Maguire, Mark DuBois, Rosemarie Landry, and Michael Burgess have appeared with the TOT along with emerging stars such as Nathalie Paulin, Gisele Fredette and Eric Shaw. This season Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS runs from December 26, 1998 to January 5, 1999 with Gilbert & Sullivan's immortal H.M.S. PINAFORE scheduled for April 22 through May I, 1999. Concerts devoted to music inspired by the Danube (October 17 & 18, 1998) and the Zarzuelas of Spain (February 13 & 14, 1999) complete the season. Of special note is TOT's Annual New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance, a "Silvester Ball" in the Viennese tradition. Performances take place at the Jane Mallett Theatre. TORONTO SENIOR STRINGS MATINEE CONCERTS Manager: Ann Crichton-Harris Address: 295 Indian Road Toronto, Ontario M6R 2X5 Phone: (416) 769"5071 On October 29'• at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Church on King at Simcoe, the Toronto Senior Strings- conducted by the ever popular and engaging Victor Feldbrill - will present a concert featuring Sadie Field, an amazing 14 year old violinist. Sadie will play Spring and Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Also on the programme will be music by Purcell, Saint-Saens and Somers. The Toronto Senior Strings are now in their fifth season of making music for those music lovers with time to enjoy on occasional Thursday afternoons. Our second concert on April 15 of 1999 will, as usual, feature a children's choir. Our third concert on June I ()'• premieres a work commissioned by us from Lou Applebaum for English horn and strings. Tickets are still extraordinarily affordable. .00 at the door but a bargain at .00 for the season. See our advertise111ent on page •• for details. VOCALPOINT CHAMBER CHOIR Music Director: ian Grundy Address: 554 Davisville Ave. Toronto, On M4S 1J5 Phone: 416-484-0185 VocalPoint, a new 28-voice semiprofessional chamber choir, specializes in the performance of a cappella repetoire from the Renaissance and works by contemporary composers. The choir burst onto Toronto's choral scene last season, with a highly-acclaimed debut performance in February, 1998, and proceeded to the national finals of the 1998 CBC Radio Choral Competition. VocalPoint's 1998-99 season opens on November 7 at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Eaton Centre), with a performance of Durutle's Requiem and selections marking Remembrance Day. On December 12 at St. Patrick's Church (Dundas & McCaul) the choir will offer a lively and historically stylish presentation of Handel's Messiah with the Talisker Players and soloists. VocalPoint's season culminates with a concert of Marian music on February 27 at St. Patrick's Church. This concert will feature Josquin DesPrez' rarely-performed 15th-century masterpiece Missa de Beata Virgine and the 20th-century Stabat Mater by Arvo Piirt, performed with members of the Talisker Players. TORON10'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MON1HLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

~ MUSIC•THEATRE MUSIC•THEATRE MUSIC~THEATRE I8J Notes and Listings for October and early November 1 998 NOTES Congratulations to Opera in Concert! They kick off what promises to be a spectacular twenty-fifth anniversary season November 7 and 8 with performances of .another Donizetti opera, Linda di Chamonix. Our Music Theatre listings are starting to. catch up with their more comprehensive concert cousins! So keep the info coming in. There is no shortage of opera, operetta and musical theatre this month-­ very few "dark" nights, and a great range and diversity: something for every taste and pocketbook. Take the first four days of October, for example. The Canadian Opera Company has two performances of Puccini's Tosca and one of Bellini's Norma. Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado can be seEm all four nights at Mississauga's Living Arts Centre, which, incidentally, is very accessible from Toronto, both by car and by public transportation. And "Reprise", a cpmpany new to MUSIC THEATRE NOTES continues page 44 WHOLE NOTE'S MUSIC THEATRE LISTINGS OCTOBER 1998 ••Arts Etobicoke. Mouse Tales. Puppetry, music & acting to present poems, stories & rhymes about mice. Family entertainment. October 24: 2:00. Richview C.l., 1 738 Islington Ave. 621-3378..50. ••Canadian Opera Company. Bellini: Norma. James Robinson, director; Stephen Lord, conductor; Marina Mescheriakova, Ruxandra Donose, Jean­ Pierre Furlan & others, singers. October 3 & 9: 8:00; October 6: 7:00. Free pre-performance discussion 45 minutes prior to each performance. Hummingbird Centre fdr the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East. 872- 2262. to 0. • •Canadian Opera Company. Puccini: Tasca. David William, director; Richard Bradshaw, conductor; Sylvie Valayre, Cesar Hernandez, Jean­ Philippe Lafont & others, SPOTLIGHT ON: Opera Atelier 1 S Figaro BY FRANCIS DOMINGUE When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le nozze de Figaro was first performed in 1786 in Prague, the composer could have had no idea that his adaptation of Beaumarchais' play would survive countless adaptations and reinterpretations, well into the 20th century. Now, perhaps as a reward for having outlasted its various reinterpreters,, _Opera Atelier brings Figarb full circle back to late eighteenth century Prague with their period production of The Marriage of Figaro to be performed later this month at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Among the many aspects of OA's yarious recreat'ions of 17th and 18th century operas and ballets which give the company a unique place in the specialized field of period productions, there are two where they particularly excel. First is their attention to evoking the spirit of the baroque era. Just as in the visual arts, battle lines get drawn between restoration and conservation. OA seems able to achieve a judicious blurring of the two, with the end result being a performance in which modem audiences can feel, in its own terms, an effect analagous to that produced 200 years ago. singers. October 1, 7 & 1 0: 8:00; October 4: 2:00. Free pre-performance discussion 45 minutes prior to each performance. Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East. 872- 2262. to 0. • • Canadian Opera Company. Tchaikovsky: /olanta. In concert. Marina Mescheriakova, soprano; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Chorus; Richard Bradshaw, conductor. October 1 6: 8 :00. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 872-2222. to . ••Canadian Singers. Will the Real Canada Please Stand Up? (or: How I moved To Etobicoke & Found Happiness & Lower Taxes). Harvey Patterson, music director. October 24, 8:00. Martin Grove Church, Martin Grove & Mercury. 621- TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT USTING SOURCE WIN TICKETS: please see page 45 3378.,. ••Canadian Stage Company. Billy Bishop Goes to War. Written by & starring Eric Peterson & John Gray. Including martial airs, barracksroom ditties, tunes of glory, Gilbert & Sullivan-like patter songs & a bitter brew of Brecht­ Weill. To October 31. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. East. 368-311 0. to LISTINGS CONTINUE

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