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Volume 7 Issue 2 - October 2001

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ENSEMBLE NOIR Artistic Director: Bongani 1\ldodana President: Or J. Kenneth Lipinski - 216 Carlton Street, Toronto ON. M5A 2l1 Telephone: 416 606-9316 Fax: 416 972-6907 E-mail Website: Ensemble Noir, a co.ntemporary music group in' its second 'season, was founded primarily to promote cultural diversity in music and perform contemporary work, especially that of composers of African' descent. Following the success of the group's , debut series New Music/ New Aij.-ica last season the Toronto Star wrote "They acquitt~d themselves'well, butthe c_oncert's value is in recognizing that African music is more than a junior partner-to African literature." -- The Diversity Project is the cornerstone of Ensemble Noir's 2001/2002 Season. The . Diversity Project se.eks to cultivate for gender and cultural diversity in music an~ encou.rage inclusiveness. ~nseinble Noir musicians alongside international guest ·artists and scholars will present eight concerts, panel discussions and workshops focusing on repertoire by composers from ethnic minorities and women composers. Ensemble Noirwill also conduct education · and outreach programs in several Torontoarea schools. All concerts are held' at Trinity- St. Paul's Centre. ·· 1 ERGO PROJECTS 475 Ontario St., South Milton ON, l9T2N2. Tel:~1-410-1948 email: Established in January 1999 by Artistic Director, Barbara Croall,E~GO Projects is an association fort he promotion of contemporary music and its related art-forms in Canada and abroad, focusing' on artists' needs for self-realization - from creative . conception through to presentation - and ou~reach, through a circulation of ideas between creators and presenters. Works are shaped organically- drawing on all available resources throughout the creative process. Performers of the ERGO Ensemble are skilled and committed to contemporary expression'­ something which often demands a special kind of sensitivity and flexibility. Combined with the willingness to be engaged creatively, this fosters their own - development in an intJrdisdplinary. way, beyond the boundaries of their training. This kind of interaction eliminates the hierarcht between creator and performer, and promotes trust through the· exchange of ideas. 'Exchanges' are thl! focus of ERGO Projects' activities. We present new Canadian works aldfigside those of contemporaries in other countries, providing. the international scope of vision which all participants can benefit from -by sharing what is common or learning from comparative differences. ESPRIT ORCHESTRA Music Director & Conductor: Aiel$ Pauk Executive Administrator: Held I Quiring 603-174 Spadina Ave.: Toronto, O'N M5T 2C2 Tel: 416-815-7887 Fax: 416-815-7337 · E-mail: Website: Founded in l983 by music director Alex rauk, Esprit is Cap ada's only orchestra devoted exclusively to contemporary music. Each ·season, the orchestra commissions and . premieres new Canadian pieces and ensures continued audience access to these works through encore perform.ances, radio broadcasts (CBC Radio 1\vo), compact disc recordings (CBC Records SM 5000 label), and film soundtracks (Don McKel[ar's Last Night and Jeremy Po~eswa's The Five Senses). Can_adian and touring~ international exchanges and an extensive education and outreach program ("Toward a Living Art") also form an important pal,"t of E.sprit's activity. The orchestra's programming is innovq.tive and aims to stimuiate, enlighten, entertain and challenge its audiences. The 2001-2002 Toronto concert series.features music by Canadian and international composers, beginning with the North American premiere ofKrzysztof ' J>enderecki's Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra on November 23, 2001 as part of the Massey Hall New Music Festival. For details on this concert, as well as February 6, 2902 (Barbara Hannigan, soprano), March 1-2, 20Q2 (Young Composers Festival) and June 13, 2002 (Multimedia Concert); please call for a season brochure or visit the Espntwebsite songs .of various genres with texts about oceans, lakes, and rivers. Canadian repertoire will be well represented in this coneert of "Water Music." ETOBICOKE COMllqUNITY CONCERT B~ John Liddle, Music Director Administrator/President: Dennis Locke Mali: 88 Martin Grove Rd., Etobicoke, ON .M9B 4K5 Phone: 416:410-1570 Fax: 416-233' 1054 website: -ec~b · Thrilling programming and magnificent .- .sound characterize this vibrant and hugely popular-ensemble. Committed to an intense and varied performance calendar, the · Etobicoke Community Concert Band . cultivates a-raft of outstanding Canadian talent through its Concerthall Series, presents informal ,concerts in its famed "al · fresco" program, and raises the roof on Big Band repertoire with its spin-off ensemble, the acclaimed Etobicoke Swing Orchestra. Opening the 2001/2002 Concerthall Series, · "Etobicoke goes Broadway!" with a gamut of show-stopping tunes from this musical mecca, all culminating in a rousing singalong medley from the .grand-dame of musicals, The sound of Music. "Christmas Pops" serves up festive favourites and original tunes laced with swing - and jumping with jazz- pure seasonal sizzle. A new incarnation of "Last Night of the Proms" builds on the pillars of this great British tradition with fres~ verve.• The Etobicoke SWing Orchestra salutes the nostalgic dance craze of the 1940's with soirees showcasing the best of.the Big Band era. · ETOBICOKE CENTENmAL CHOIR ETOBICOKE MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS Artistic Director: Dr. Harris Loewen Executive Pro~ucer: Beth Cole Contact: Joan Gingras, President President: Tom Macfartane , 1 Mailing address: cjo Islington United Church, Mailing Address: PO Box 12510, 415 The Westway, 25 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto, ON, M9A 1G9 Etobicoke ON M9R 4C7 . Tel: 416-239-1131 x49 Tel: (4i6) 248-0410 E-mail: E-mai.l info® Website: The sixty-voice.Etobicoke Certtennial Choir is celebrating our 35th anniversary by In the fall of 1965, a group of talented presenting three varied and exCiting ; amateurs formed The York Peel Music Society, programs which represent our pursuit of which was the forerunner ofEtobicoke choral excellence. . Musical Productions. _, All concerts this season will be at a new 1 By 1975, our name had changed to our yenue- Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby current one; the number of performances of Point Road (at Jime)., Our concert season each show increased and the company began begins December 7 and 8, with a to produce two full-scale Broadway-style combirtation of old and new. The choir, with musiCals each seas,on. Our reheal,"sal period three professional soloists, will present R. for·each show has been pareg down to a Vaugh:an Williams' Christmas cantata, Hodie. mere ten weeks now. Traditional. carols and more modern works by The strength ofEtobkoke Musical Healey Willan and other Canadian composers Productions lies in the multiple talents · will round ut the program. brought to e~ch production by our members. Our March 23, 200? 'concert features Bach's In addition to the obvious artistic abilities, Christ lag in Todesbanden (sung in German) many members contribute expert technical . from the Baroque era, Haydn's Little Organ and well-honed organizational and business Mass (sung in Latin) from the Classical and skills, which have kept EMP a strong and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs from . vitat presence in the arts c01pmunity. We are,;il the 20'h century. , · dedicated volunteers who seek to bring The final series concert, June 1, 2002, revolves around the theme of water, including quality musical theatre to our appreciative and loyal patrons. '• P1 0 MUSIC MOSAIC: Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES FOR 2001-2002

, This year, EMP proudly presents "Once Upon a Mattress" (Novemb'er 2001) and "The Sound of Music" (April-May 2002) at Burnhamthorpe Auditorium. Call (416) 248• 0410 for ticket information. ETOBICOKE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Artistic Director: Tak-Ng Lai Administrative Director: Peggy Pinkerton 19 Hilldowntree Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9! 2Z4 Tel: 416·239·5665 Fax: 416-239-5665 Website: · The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra has been a vibraitt part of the Etobicoke cultural community (or over 40 years. Under Maestro Tak-Ng Lai, the orchestra will perform four subscription concerts in October, December, February and April, featuring symphonic favourites and exciting soloists. (Concert dates and locations are still to be confirmed by the Board of Education.) The first concert will highlight the brilliant 12-year old pianist Tiffany Luu playing the ,Saint-Saens Piano Concerto #2, as well as works by Rossini and Vaughan Williams and Brahms' Symphony# 2. Other concerts will include the Elgar Cello Concerto, · played by the EPO 2001/2002 scholarship winner, Tanya Eli, and works by Delius, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Bizet and Mozart, climaxing in the monumental Mahler . · Symphony # 5 in April. A highlight will be the premier of a work by An-lun Huang, written for the orchestra prior to its Paris tour in the spring of 2002. For further information on the season or about joining the orchestra as a player or volunteer, call416-239-5665. ~OBICOKE YOUTH BAND Music Directors: Les Dobbin and Ken Hazlett Assistant Conductor/Band Manager: Michael Samotowka 22 Cedarcrest Dr., Etobicoke, ON M9A 2V5 Tel: 416-239-9724 · This. year we celebrate the Etobicoke Youth Band's twentieth season. Highlights from this anniversary season will include: December Musicale on Saturday December 8th, at Martingrove C.I. at 8:00 pm, a Children's Concert on Sunday March 3rd, at Martingrove C.I. at 3:00 pm, and finally, a 1\ventieth Anniversary concert at The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on Tuesday May 28th at 8:00 p.m. The band has grown from 23 original members in 1982 to more than 115 students today. Drawn from many middle and high schools in Etobicoke, the band members, ages 12-19, have the opportunity to meet 1others from many different backgrounds, all fwof.king towards a common goal: excellence in music-making (and not without a little fun!). The Etobicoke Youth Band has toured extensively including Montreal, Ottawa, and many U.S. centres, including Washi1;1gton D.C. earlier this year. In 1998 the band recorded our first CD, Romanesque, and a secondrecording, Millennium, was released in April 2001. The band supports two full-time conductors, Les Dobbin and Ken Hazlett. ExUI.TATE CHAMBER SINGERS Conductor: John Tuttle Operations Manager: 'Kelly Baxter Golding 383 Huron St., Toronto, ON M5S 2G5 Tel. 416-410-3929 Fax. 416-979-2323 E-mail: Website: In the 20 years since its founding, the Exultate Chamber Singers has grown into a critically acclaimed ensemble with a loyal following. The choir was established in 1981, when conductor John Tuttle brought together a group of graduating university students who wanted to continue perfor- . ming choral music at a high standard. The choir is enriched not only by the excellent musicianship of its members but also by their varied academic and professional backgrounds. Winner of the Canada Council\s Healey Willan Grand Prize, Exultate participates in the Euroradio Let the Peoples Sing competition finals in 2001. Concert Season: Gala 20th Anniversary Concert, Friday, October 26, 8 pm, Grace Church on-the-Hill, Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms imd Orff: Carmina Burana. · An Oxford Christmas, Friday, December 14, 8 pm, Saint Thomas's Church, Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. Friday, March 8, 8 pm, Grace Church onthe-Hill, Ann Monoyios, Scot Weir, Lenard Whiting, Aradia.Ensemble, English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, lecture (David Fallis), .7:15p.m. The Young and the Young at Heart, Friday, May 10, 8 pm, Grace Church on-the-Hill, with two local youth choirs. FACULTY OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Dean, Faculty of Music: David W. Beach Associate Dean/Performance Coordinator: Cameron Waiter Marketing and Publicity Officer: Aaron Wong Box Office ami General Information: 416-978-3744 A pren;~ier degree-granting institution for the scholarly and professional study of musk, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music presents an annual season showcasing its outstanding stUdents, faculty and visiting artists in master classes, lectures and concerts. Featuring chamber, orchestral, vocal, choral, jazz, electroacoustic, opera, percussion, historical, contemporary and world music, the 2001-2002 season includes appearances by tenor Ben Heppner; conductors Helmuth Rilling and Sir David Willcocks; pianist and conductor Martin Isepp; organists Egbert Schoenmaker and Ludger Lohmann. For the first time, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Raffi Armenian joins forces with the Montreal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 6. The Opera Division presents Britten's Albert Herring in the fa:ll and Offenbach's Bluebeard in the spring. Other distinguished faculty and guests highlighted are pianists William Aide and Sevilla; flautist Patrick Gallois; cellist Shauna Rolston; soprano Lorna MacDonald; violinist Scott St. John; jazz bassist Dave Young; guitarist Massimg Gasbarroni; Elmer Iseler Singers; chamber ensembles Amici, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Gryphon Trio and I Solisti Veneti. FEsTIVAL WIND ORCHESTRA Musical Director: Gennady Gefter Contact: Shelley Good man Mail: 19 Rondeau Dr., North York, ON, M2H 1R5 Tel: 416-49M683 Email: The Festival Wind Orchestra was founded in November 1996. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performssoncerts to further its musicianship and educate the public. Program highlights have included Bizet's I:Ar!esienne, Vivaldi's 1rumpet Concerto and Gershwin's American in Paris, among many other fine selections. Vocalists Tracey Wilkins and Mark Ruhnke, and Conor Nelson,,winner of the Festival Wind Orchestra's 1999 Open Flute Competition, have been featured soloists. Last year, the orchestra received the · Me! and Marilyn Lastman Award for the Arts, , in recognition of its "community spirit and service. Tlie orchestra will perform several community concerts this holiday season. In the second half of its concert season, it will prepare for an end-of-year public concert at Fairview Library Theatre on Tuesday, June 11, 2002. Musical Director, Gennady Gefter, is an accomplished flautist and conductor. In five short years, his talent has taken the orchestra from a handful of musicians to a high-calibre community orchestra. There's a feeling of family in this orchestra, and new members are always welcome. Gi.ENN GoULD PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL Artistic Director: Rennie Regehr, Dean General Manager: Shannon Paterson Marketing,Recruitment: Jun Fujimoto Mail: 273 BloorSt. West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2 Tel: 416 408 2824 Fax: 416 408 3096 Email: Website: Recognised by Ca~adian Heritage as a National Training Institute, The Glenn Gould Professional School of The Royal Conservatory of Music ,prepares gifted young artists for successful careers in music. Offering'the highest level of performance training, the programs of this school are MUSIC MOSIAC: Wholellote MEMBER PROFILES FOR 2001-2002 P11

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