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Volume 7 Issue 2 - October 2001

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this season looks forward to a collaboration with the Glenn Gould Professional School. The Choir also endeavours to contribute t\) the quality of music in Toronto by means of the Sidgwick Scholarship Program, which · provides an opportunity for four young singers each year to perform as section leads and soloists in the Choir's concert series. PATRONS OF WISDOM Susan Alberghini, President P.O. Box 790, Station F, Toronto ON M4Y 2N7 Tel: (416} 410-0453 · Patrons of.Wisdom is a charitable orgarii- . zation founded in Toronto in 1980 to support the development of educational and avtistic achievement. Since 1990, our New Artists Series has showcased emerging classical musicians in recital. These performances have provided an effective springboard for career development and public and critical recognition for about 75 young artists. Between 1996-9 Patrons of Wisdom also presented the Competition for Advanced Music Study in which Canadian pianist Stephen Ham took second prize. The organization also supports classical chamber music concerts and string · master classes each summer at the Huntsville · Festival of the Arts. This 2001 season in Toronto begins with our collaboration on a concert of Rising Musical Stars on Sunday, October 21 at 2:30 pm at the new Isabel Bader Theatre; featuring violinist Lance Ouellette, cellist Denise Djokic and soprano Lena Auclair. Foremost for 2001-2 is our educatiol)al recording project of original orchestral compositions by Patrons of Wisdom's Founder, the internationally renowned Canadian musician Dr. Kenneth G. Mills. PAX CHlUSTI CHORALE Stephanie Martin, Artistic Director and Conductor Kelly Baxter Golding, General Manager 180 Keewatin Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4P 1Z8 (416} 484-9149 Pax Christi Chorale is a Mennonite and Brethren in Christ choir that has maintained a tradit~on of fine choral singing forthe past fourteen years. In recent years we have performed some of the great masterpieces of the choral literature. Many of our cho.risters are local Mennonites, but the choir boas~s members from many different faith traditions and cultures, all of whom gather for weekly rehearsals because of their common love of singing. In the fall of 1999, the choir released its first CD recording, called Rejoice! Concerts: Ancient Noi!ls - Saturday, December 8, 2001, 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, 2001, 3 p.m.- Carols, cu~toms and legends from Christmas past, featuring music by Victoria on the mystery of Christ's birth; Masterpieces of Viennese Classicism.- Saturday, April 27, 2002, 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 2002, 3 p.m. - from the joyful exultation of Haydn's great Te Deum to tl:).e impassioned agony of Mozart's Requiem, this perfor'mance leads a pilgrimage through life's great joy - and sorrow. All concerts are at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto. Please call for more information. RENAISSANCE SINGERS Richard Cunningham, Music Director I Conductor Jay Baker, President ' Mail: Box 33003, Beechwood Plaza Postai'Outlet, 450 Erb St., W., Waterlco, N2L2W4 Telephone 519-745-0675 E-mail kathybob@sgci'.com Web site: http:/ jpersonal.qua~ry.comjrenaissance/ The Renaissance Singers is a mixed chamber choir performing music of the 15'h to 20'\ centuries. In its 29-year history, the choir has performed widely throughout southern Ontario and the United Kingdom. The Singers are based in Kitchener-Waterloo but have members from the surrounding communities as well. The current repertoire from the masters of all centuries, including many commissioned works ofleading Canadian composers such as Barrie c;abena, Leonard Enns, Robert Evans, and Imant Raminsh. The Singers have been featured frequently on local and national television. Excerpts from its first commercial recording, "Sing joyfully" are broadcast regularly on local and national radio .. The Singers' se_cond CD "Christmas in a Northern Land" features - compositions by Canadian composers With a seasonal theme. The choir completed a third CD of music by contemporary Canadian composer Nick Peros in 1999. The choir is planning a 2003 tour to Britain including performances in Lincoln, Ripon and CarliSle Cathedrals and Lancaster Priory. RIVERDALE ENSEMBLE Mail: 83 Wroxeter Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 1E7 Tel: (416} 465· 7443 Fax (416} 465-6256 Email: Website: The Riverdale Ensemble - Ellen Meyer (piano), Daniel Kushner (violin and viola) and Stephen Fox (clarinet and saxophone)- has created si~ce 1996 a tradition of innovative chamber music performance from its principal home in the Chapel of Toronto's Victoria University and various venues elsewhere. With the members of the trio as its core, supplemented by guest artists, the Ensemble presents works for various instrumental combinations. The Ensemble takes spe\=ial pleasure in performing music that is infrequently heard and deserves to be more widely known. The centre of its repertoire is the music of the "other" 20th Century, music in the Romantic idiom that speaks both to the heart and to the head. The Ensemble has a special fondness for the composers of England's early 20th century musical.renaissance, whose chamber music is rarely heard ~y concert audiences. Composers of other nationalities are also well represented, and support of current Canadian composers is one of its goals. On occasion more familiar works are presented in less familiar ways, such as historically informed performance using period instruments. ' RIVERDALE YOUTH SINGERS Conductor: Mark Bell Accompanist: John Govedas Manager: Annette Sanger 415 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 2M9 Tel: 416-875-1587 Fax: 416-778-0796 Emaii: Founded in 1999, the Riverdale Youth Singers (RYS) has a membership of 75 choristers. It seeks to develop the unique talents of each choir member and is committed to making the experience of learning and performing a fine choral repertoire accessible to interested children/youth from all racial, cultural, economic and musical backgrounds. This season promises to b'e an exciting year filled with concerts, festivals and community performances. In addition the RYS will be touring the historic Huronia region of central Ontario. The first concert is "Personent Hodie" -A Concert of Choral & Instrumental Music of the Season- Monday December 17, 2001, 7:30 p.m. at St. Clement's Anglican Church Riverdale, 173 jones Ave. This concert features several guest instrumentalists on recorders, viola qe gamba, harpsichord and organ. Membership in the RYS is open to any student (age 9 and up). A simple audition is required (~all416-875-1587). Rehearsals are held Mondays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of St. John's Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Avenue (north ofGerrard St. at Simpson Ave.). ROY THOMSON HALL AND MAsSEY HALL Address: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto ON M5J 2H5 Phone: 416-593-4822, Ext. 207 Fax: 416-593-4224 Contact: lngrid Silm, Marketing Assistant Web sites: E-mail: Canada's two premier concert halls present the finest performers of classical, pop, jazz, and world music from around the globe. Highlights of the 2001/2002 season include such celebrated singers as American soprano Kathle~n Battle; Canadian tenor Ben Heppner; American soprano Barbara Bonney; and a concert The Next Generation, featuring three of Canada's hottest young singers: sopranos Measha Briiggergossman and jane Archibald and bass Robert Pomakov. Also appearing are two great. orchestras: St. Petersburg-based Kirov Orchestra led by the charismatic Valery Gergiev and the worldrenowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with the phenomenal young American P22 MUSIC MOSAIC: Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES FOR 2001-2002

violinist Hilary Hahn. The internationally celebrated Quebec City ensemble Les Violons du Roy present their unique version of Handel's Messiah, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Benjamin Butterfield and baritone Paul ·Hiuvey. ' · Other highlights include the jazz concert of the. year featuring Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove; Gypsy Caravan 2, showcasing gypsy music and dance from India, Macedonia, Romania and Spain; and a concert by the legendary Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa. For a season brochure call .(416) 872-4255. SACRED MUSIC SOCIETY Conductor: F. Uwe L.iefliindjlr Administrator: Riva Lieflander Mail: 39 - 485 Meadows Blvd. Mississauga, ON L421H1 E-mail: Webslte: · The Sacred Music Society is Toronto's largest sacred choir dedicated solely to the . performance of sacred musiC. It is a lOOmixed-voice community choir, founded in 1996, and conducted byE Uwe Lieflander. The Sacred Music Society's particular charisma is the nurturing of beautiful traditional church music, most especially in liturgical context'but also in concert. Repertoire focuses on works from Gregorian chant through the late Romantic era, and many works are performed with the , professional orchestra of the ·Etobicoke ·· Symphony/Sinfonia Sacra. The Sacred Music Society also includes a semi-professional Chamber Choir, and· is currently facilitating the establishment of the 500-v_oice World Youth Day Choir. The Sacred Music Society always welcomes new choristers with a love of sacred music. During its season, the choir rehearses every Mpnday evening from 8:00- 10:00 pm at St. Cecilia's Church in Toronto. Requirements to join?- faith; hope, charity, and a good voice. I ST. ANDREW'S UNITED CHURCH Dexter Roberts, Organist and Director of Music Vlcki Faul, Office Co-ordinator(boqkings) · · 117 BloorStreet East, Toronto, ON M4W 1Y9 Tel: 416-929-0811 fax: 416;929-8207 E-mail: . Website: -standrew Nestledjust East ofYonge and Bloor Streets, bustling St. Andrew's is eager to open its doors and ears to all kinds of music. This long association continues with the 2001- 2002 recital series in the sanctuary of St. Andrew's, our principal place of worship; and an ideal space for-chamber concerts. Focussing on up-and-coming musiCians, more specifically vocalists, our series officialiy kieks off October 21, 2001 at 2pm with "Comfort Food," a recital of well-loved classics for soprano, trumpet·and keyboards,' featuring Jennifei: Rasor, soprano,'James The Ensemble's season includes: the Tinsley. trampet, and myself on piano and mandolin orchestra with vocal soloists in a organ. concert for the Downsview Symphony Other artists scheduled to appear at St. Association; Shevchenko,..Choir in the Andrew's this season: multkultural choral concert, Singing . November 25, 2 pm: Marion Newman, Together; an orchestral concert with guest mezzo-soprano; December 9, 4:30pm: A ..i artists on balalaika, 3-string domra, tsimbali Service of Nine Lessons and Carols; January and other traditional instruments; and the .14, 12:15pm: Lunchtime Baroque · Ensemble dancers .in a choreographic scene, (bassoon, violin, harpsichord); February 3, Niglit on Bare.Mountain: The culmination is · 2pm: Robert Martin:Reid, tenor; March 10, 2 . the annual Ensemble pres·entation May 26 in plJl: Senya Trubashnik, oboe; April 21, 2pm: Leah Posluns Theatre. Ori Carmona, clarinet; May 5, 2pm: Rufat The I;nsemble's challenging School of Amiraliev, violin. Dance and Music for children offers ba:llet I encourage you to support some of and folk dance, mandolin, i'nstrumental Toronto's finest musical talents. Hope to see ensemble, classical guitar and piano at you there!! Admission is by donation. Columbus Centre and Swansea Town Hall. The School presents elaborate productions such as Peter and the Wolf, Polovetsian Dances and Snow Queen. All are welcome to join. Ensemble . rehearsa'ls are at Columbus Centre (Lawrence and Dufferin). To register for the School or joi.n the Ensemble, call (416) 53_3-2725 ST. JAMES'CATHEDRAL I ORGAN J\LTERNATIVES 65 Church Street, Toronto, ON MSC 2E9 Tel: (416) 364-7865 x231 Fax: (416) 364-0295 E-mail: muslc@stjamesc(! Web sites: www.OrgAit,com For over 200 years a spiritual landmark at · King and Church Streets, St.James' is Cathedral to the 250 churches of North America's largest Anglican Dioc~se, and a · · national centre in history, architecture, stained glass, music and bell ringing. Its musical life includes North America's largest peal of change-ringing bells, a fine pipe organ in beautiful acoustics heard weekly in conc~rt, five choirs including the acclaimed Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, 120 choristers of all ages from all areas of the city. and a Sunday schedule of three choral services plus many concerts and special · events. Director of Music Christopher Dawes and Music Associate Michael Blbss are among Canada's· foremost church musicians, and are highly in demand as performers., Organ Alternatives, Canada's triannual Internet journal of organ culture and creativity promotes the organ across Canada and presents innovative concerts featuring the King of Instruments. OrgAlt, which lists organ concerts, broadcasts; articles, interviews and advertising, is Internetpublished three titnes a year to, and mailed to subscribers around the world~ THE SHEVCHENKO MUSICAL ENSEMBLE ·Director: AlexanderVeprinsky Dance.Director: And rei Pendik Administrator: Ginger Kautto 626 Bathurst St., foronto, ON MSS 2R1 Tel. 416-533-2725 Fax 416-533-6348 The uniquely multic,ultutal Shevchenko Musical Ensemble consists of mixed choir, mandolin orehestra and dancers. It presents a brpad repertoire of folk, classical and · contemporary song, music and dance. Each component performs on its own, and as a · dynamically ~xciting 90~member single unit. SINE NOMINE ENSEMBLE FOR MEDIEVAL MUSIC 59 Queen's Park Crescent East Toronto, Ontario MSS 2C4 ' Tel: 416-638-9445 Fax: 416-926-7292 E-n\ail: Website: pims.cajsinenomine.htmi Contact: Andrea Budgey . . . sine Nomine is an en~emble of talented, versatile singers and instrumentalists, passionate about the music of the Middle Ages and about bringing it to life for modem audiences. Since 1991, the group has performed in Toronto and other Ontario centres, and ha's toured-in Alberta, Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern. U.S.A, an

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