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Volume 4 Issue 8 - May 1999

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BY lARRY BECKWITH May 1 s Profusion Now is the month of May and Toronto-area choirs are out in full-force with performances of somewhat lighter fare, mixed in with presentations of more substantial choral works. The month gets off to a rousing start on May I with a special performance of the first part of Orff's Carmina Burana by Matthew Jaskiewicz's Toronto Sinfonietta. Also on the programme is an African drumming demonstration by Beverley Johnston. The following day gives the choral afficianado three choices. The second annual Spring Sing for Sight is happening, featuring Hampton Avenue, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and others. The Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene give a concert highlighting music of their "patron gentleman" Healey Willan, with other works by Byrd, Taverner and Palestrina. And the same night , conductor Jurgen Petrenko rules the waves as Toronto Classical Singers go to the Proms with music by Arne, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and others. The following weekend takes up where the Classical Singers leave off with concerts chock full of music from the sceptred isle. On May 7, the Exultate Chamber Singers present "From the Cathedral Quire", with the Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor on the menu. That same night, Noel Edison's Toronto Mendelssohn Choir offers up Gilbert and Sullivan with a dream team of soloists. The music of Vaughan Williams is front and centre the following night in three separate concerts. The Bell' Arte Singers perform the Serenade to Music and other songs and madrigals "inspired by love, nature and rebirth". The Oriana Singers give us Spring and Summer, as well as much music by Ruth Watson Henderson, Imant Raminsh, Gustav Holst and Claude Debussy. And the Tallis Choir present Songs ofEngland with yet more Vaughan Williams (Shakespeare Songs) and other music by Elgar and Finzi. On May 12, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir begins a run of performances ofHandel's Israel in Egypt. The countertenor soloist for those performances is a young former member of the Ontario Youth Choir, Matthew White, who is a very talented performer with a uniquely beautiful voice. On May 15, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Toronto Symphony commence their now annual performances of PHOTO: THE TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR ·Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. See Concert Notes page 6 Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and soloists. Of spe.cial note are two choral events happening on May 16. The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, one of this city's oldest and most beloved choirs, gives a concert entitled Chutzpah! with music by Glick, Schubert and Milton Barnes. And the Concertsingers celebrate their 30th anniversary with an eclectic programme. Two nights later, the consistently fme Mississauga Choral Society performs Haydn's Creation, a work of great depth and innovation. Toward the end of the month and into June we have yet two more performances of Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, by the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and the Orpheus Choir. If you're in the mood for a trip out of town, there are two concerts that might interest you. On the evening of May 9, the Guelph Chamber Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Philliarmonic Chambef Choir and assorted guests offer Monteverdi's Vespers in Guelph. And the Elora Festival Singers present an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan in their home village on May 15. There are many other opportunities to hear choral music this month, and I should also add my reminder that - if you are interested in singing in a choir - don't hesitate to contact any of the· local choirs and ask about membership. Some involve auditions, some will take you sound unheard, especially if you profess tenorial qualities. For more information about matters choral, please contact me at 416-923-1144. Larry Beckwith is the General Manager of Choirs Ontario ·VocalPoint Chamber Choir Ian Grundy, conductor Toront;'s newest serm~professional Chamber Choir Nat;onal finalist in the 1998 CBC National Choral CompetitJon Auditions for the 1999/2000 Season Annual audit1ons will be held May 26 to june 16 .. If you would like to be part of this dynamic new choir for the 1999/2000 season please contact: Bev Jahnke at (416) 467-5961 to arrange an audition. ii]AUDITIONS! The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, invite you to audition for their upcoming 1999 I 00 Season. An accompanist is provided for all applicants. Those auditioning for the Adult Choir are asked to prepare an aria from Mendelssohn's Elijah, those interested in auditioning for the Youth Choir are asked to prepare a piece of their choice. The auditions will be held in early June. To schedule an audition call:(416) 598 - 0422

CHORAL QuicK PicKs May 1 7:30: Oakham House May 1 & 2 7:30: Walton United Church Senior & Youth May 1 8:00: Grace Church May 1 8:00: Te Deum May 2 2:00: La Jeunesse; Hampton Avenue; Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir; Contagious; Nathaniel Dett Chorale May 2 4:00: Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene May 2 4:00: To. Classical Singers May 4,5 8:00: Centre Wellington n 17 IC Canada's premiere I ~ percussion ensemble Lydia Adams Conductor May 5 8:00: RCM Repertory Chorus (Adult Community) May 7 8:00: Exultate Chamber May 7 8:00: Tor. Mendelssohn May 8 2:00 & 7:30: Canadian Children's Opera Chorus May 8 7:30: Bach Children's Chorus/Bach Chamber Youth May 8 7:30: Peel Choral Society May 8 8:00: Bach Elgar Choir May 8 8:00: Bell' Arte Singers May 8 8:00: Oriana Singers May 8 8:00: Tallis Choir May 8 8:00: Earl Haig S.S. May 9 3:00: Echo Women's May 9 8:00: Guelph Chamber Choir; · TACTUS; Kitchener-Waterloo Phil. Chamber Choir May 11 & 13 7:30: Choirs of Sir John A. Macdonald C.l. and J.B. Tyrrell Senior Public School May 12 7:00; 13, 14 & 15 7:30; 16 3:30: Tafelmusik May 12 7:30: Tor. Choristers May 14 7:30: Vernamo May 14 8:00: Sofia Male Choir May 15 7:30: Polonia Singers May 15 7:30: Tor. Estonian Choir May 15 8:00: Burlington Civic May 15 8:00: Canadian Singers . May 15 8:00: Bora Fest. Singers May 15 8:00: EMPressions May 15 8:00:Tor.Mendelssohn May 16 2:30: Toronto Jewish Folk Choir/Chutzpah! M~y 16 3:00: Concertsingers May 16 4:30: St. Anne's Choir May 18 8:00: Mississauga Choral Society May 20 8:00: Opera in Concert May 26 8:00: Shaarei Shomayim May 28 8:00: Millennium. Singers May 29 8:00: Etobicoke Centennial Choir Experience the Highlight of our 35th Anniversary Season! This performance of Sonnets to Orpheus will be 1·ecorded for CBC Radio! May 29 8:00: Toronto Camerata May 30 2:00: RCM Children's May 30 2:30: Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir May 30 4:00: Algoma Chamber June 2 8:00: All the King's Voices Juna 4 8:00: Orpheus Choir of Toronto; Sidgwick Scholars Juna 5 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Juna 5 8:00; 6 3:00 Toronto Camerata Juna 6 3:00 & 7:00: High Park Choirs of Toronto Juna 6 7:30: Amadeus Choir New York • Los Angeles Washington, DC • Toronto Summer Term TICKETS ,iand Tickets may be obtafned-b{visiting the Ford Centre box office or by phoning TicketMaster at (416) 870-8000. WORLD CLASS DIGITAL RECORDING CD MASTERING & MANUFACTURING ... the very essence of fidelity." Alan Lofft, Sound and Vision RARE OPPORTUNITY TORONTO CAMERATA is seeking an Artistic Director beginning in September 1999 Toronto Camerata is an established choir of 28 experienced singers. Founded ten years ago, we have an extensive, varied repertoire. To arrange an interview, or for further information, call Nick Cheng, (416) 485-4929. Other Summer Classes Learn to Sing with Tina Tor/one Schubert Lieder Class with Peter Neff Performance Practice in Early Vocal Music with Laura Pudwe/1 French Diction applied to art song with Elisabeth Pomes Russian Diction applied ta song and opera with Mila Filatova Performing with Presence co-ordinating singing: with acting with Peter Neff Contem~orary Opera Workshop With Edward Franko Performing without Fear with Elisabeth Pomes DansKinetics with Catherine Laurier Private lessons, Vocal Coaching Group Classes for Young Singers Register now! Space is limited. - TORONTO'S PREMIER A CAPPELLA CHAMBER CHOIRwww.

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