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Volume 4 Issue 4 - December 1998/January 1999

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HORAL SCENE BY LARRY BECKWITH We come once again to the busiest time of the year for choirs in the city. I think it would be possible to go and hear a different choir almost every night, this month. Messiahs aside, here are some highlights: (All the Messiah peifonnances taking place are dealt with in Concert Notes on page x) FESTIVE PLENTY ~ December 1 -Three choirs (Volunge, Vox Finlandiae and Estonia) gather for A Choral Celebration, featuring selections from the Finnish', Estonian and Lithuanian choral repertoire. December 5 - What a feast for choral ' music-lovers, this day! Virtually all parts of the city have activities, from the Scarborough Philharmonic's Christmas celebration with Howard Cable, to Opera-in-Concert's 25th anniversary gala, to the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the High Park Girls' Choir's Christmas concerts. For lovers of the early German baroque, note the Toronto Chamber Choir's 17th-Century Christmas Vespers, directed by David Fallis. December 6- The Bach Children's Chorus, led by Linda Beaupre, delivers its annual Christmas concert at the Ford Centre. December 8 & 9 - Swing a bit with Hampton A venue and Christmas at The Music Gallery. This 8-voice a cappella ensemble has a new CD ("All I Want For Christmas") of jazzy seasonal standards. December 12 - The Orpheus Choir continues to unearth unusual repertoire for n 2 , ·rh 2 its programme "So Blessed Be The Time". As well as the Vaughan Williams -. "Hodie", this concert features "Mater Ora Fillium" by Sir Arnold Bax. December 13 - The Toronto Classical Singers perform highlights from the Bach "Christmas Oratorio" with a stellar line-up of soloists and the Talisker Players. December 19 - The Polish Canadian Society of Music presents an intriguing-looking "dramatized" performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah". JANUARY GEMS January slows down a wee bit, but there are still many choral events to support, including: January 17- The fineVesnivka Choir gives a Christmas concert of medieval and traditional Ukrainian carols. January 22 & 23- The Bach Consort, a collection of Toronto Symphony musicians and some of Canada's finest singers get together to perform Bach's Magnificat for a good cause. · WATSON HENDERSON -WINNER The -Ontario Choral Federation is proud to announce that Leonard Enns is the winner of the 1998 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition for his work entitled "Missa Brevis" . Honorable mention goes to Ben Bolden for his "Moment". Both compositions will be given performances by the Elmer Iseler . Singers in February. AMADEUS COMPETITION FEATURED On the subject of competitions, the Amadeus Choir Celebrate with Brass! concert December 12 features traditional holiday favourites and original compositions from the Choir's Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition. AUDITIONS OYC '99 Plans are well under way for the 1999 Ontario Youth Choir, conducted by Ken Fiek and the 1999 Children's Choir Camp, conducted by Jean~tte Steeves. For more information on any of these programmes, please call me at the OCF office at 416-363-7488. Best wishes to all for a happy and meaningful holiday season. May 1999 bring much peace, joy and music! Lany Beckwith is the General Manager of the Ontario Choral Federation CHORAL QUICK PICK, DECEMBER 98/JANUARY 99: December 017:30: Volunge 04 & 05 7:30: Celebration Chorale 04 & 05 8pm: Etobicoke Centennial Choir 04 8pm: Exultate Chamber Singers 04 8pm: Gospel choir 04 8pm: MacMillan Singers; U of T Concert Choir; Women's Chorus 05, 12 & 13 8pm: Toronto Camerata 05 2pm & 7:30, 06 2pm: ·canadian Children's Opera Chorus 05 7pm &-06 3pm: High Park Girl's & Boy's Choirs 05 7pm: Forest Glen Junior Choir 05 7:30: To. Welsh Male Voice Choir 05 8pm: & 06 2pm: Bach Elgar Choir 05 8pm: All The King's Voices 05 8pm: Cantores Celestes 05 8pm: Deer Park Vocal Ensemble 05 8pm: East York Choir and Guests 05 8pm: Oakville Choral Society 05 8pm: Opera in Concert Chorus O!'j 8pm: Timmins Youth Singers 05 8pm: Tallis Choir 05 8pm: Toronto Chamber Choir 05 8pm: University of Waterloo Choir 06 & 20 3pm: Mississauga Choral Society 06 1:30: St. Michael's Choir School 06 3pm & 07 7:30: Oakville Children's Choir 06 3pm: Concertsingers 06 3pm: Hart House ·singers 06 4:30: St. Anne's Anglican 06 7:30: Amadeus Choir 07,_& 08 8pm: County Town Singers ,. New York • Los Angeles Washington, DC • Toronto 732 Spadina Ave. at Bloor New Classes begin in Jan./Feb. learn to Sing! classes Young Singers (10-16) Opera Workshop Sight Singing 960-0472

CHORAL OUICK PICKS DECEMBER, continued 07 Spm: Cantabile Chorale 08 & 09 Spm: Hampton Avenue 08 7pm: Etobicoke' Centef\nial 09 8pn:'l: To. Chamber Choir 09 Spm: Repertory Chorus 09 1 2:1 0: Scarborough College 11 & 12 Spm: St. Michael's Choir School 11, 16, 17, 19 Spm & , 13 3pm: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 11 Spm: Mohawk College 12 3pm & Spm: Amadeus Choir; Bach Children's Chorus 12 7:30: Etobicoke Youth 12 7:30: Tapestry Chamber 12 Spm: Calvin Presbyterian 12 Spm: Canadian Singers 12 Spm: East York Youth Choir; Gordon A. Brown High Park Girls' Choir _of Toronto proudly introduces its first solo CD Middle School Choir 12 Spm: Elora Festival Singers 12 Spm: N. York Singers 12 Spm: Orpheus Choir 12 Spm: John Laing Singers 12 Spm: VocaiPoint 13 2pm: Coro San Marco; Les , Voix du Coeur; Schola Cantorum; Shevchenko Choir; Armenian Choir; Canadian Chinese Choir of Toronto 13 2pm: County Town Singers t3 3pm: Penthelia Singers 13 4pm: Toronto Classical Singers 13 4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir 13 7:30: Peel Choral Society 13 Spm: .Guelph Chamber Choir 14, 15, 16& 1712 noon: Civil Service Choir 14 7pm: Glenn Gould Professional School Choir 15 7pm: TV-MAC Christmas 16 Spm: Nathaniel Dett Chorale 16 1 2pm: Elmer lseler Sir).gers 17 Spm: La Chapelle de Quebec 18 & 19 Spm ~ County Town 18 & 19 Spm: Pax Christi 18 7:30: Amadeus Choir 18 Spm: Centre Wellington Singers 18 & 19 Spm: Te Deum Orchestra & Singers ; ·· 18 Spm: Millennium Singers Choral Ouickpicks continues, page 19 introducing the HIGH PARK BOYS' CHOIR Available at Sam's Bloor West Village or by calling 416-245-7207 VACANCY: TENOR LEAD St. Andrew's United Church 117 Bloor St. East St. Andrew's United requires a tenor soloist immediately for the ll:OOam Sunday Setvice. One Sunday morning rehearsal at 9:30am. Advanced sight-reading abilities required. Remuneration on a per-service basis. For more information, please conta~t Joyce Ford, Chairperson Ministry and Personnel (416) 929-0811 ~[IID 1® ~fum~ from a Working Professional Vancouver Opera Association 1 L'Opera de Montreal I National Arts Centre /Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra I Calgary Opera 1 Edm~nton Opera I Opera Pacific I Edmonton Symphony I Manitoba Opera Association I Opera Hamilton .. . Tenor, Torin W. Chiles (M. Mus.) teaches Bel Canto singing in his High Park studio. Friendly but professional, Torln Chiles has the academic knowledge and the practical experience to pass on to serious students. ' (416) 604-1056

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