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Volume 7 Issue 2 - October 2001

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Canadian jazz titan Doug Riley and the world premiere of his jazz concerto for piano and symphony orchestra. For "Classical Cabaret," soprano Patricia O'Callaghan brings cabaret cool to the Toronto Sinfonietta's classical stage with an eclectic program of opera arias: classical songs Cj.nd cabaret tunes. Turning young ears on to classical music, the Toronto Sinfonietta presents hands-on "instrument tasting•• at every performance, combi~ed with family discounts. TRINITY YORK MILLS PRESBYTERIAN . OIUROI Artistic Director: Lenard Whiting Address: 2737 Bayview Avenue, North York, ON M2L 1C5 Tel: 416 762 6077 e-mail: Trinity York Mills Presbyterian Church Trinity Spedal Music Events produces a variety of music events each year. Under the artistic direction of Lenard Whiting, the mandate is to proVide the highest standard of musical and financially self-supporting outreach · ·within t~e confines of a religious sufficient funding events to enable us to continue to host world class performers in a relaxed environment for audiences. This year we will include two scholarship drive programs for young artists, a collaboration with the Archdiocese of Toronto in a celebration of the Verdi centenary with a performance of the Requiem, and "Deck the Halls," a community Christmas sing-along with the Salvation Army Band. There will be a eo-production of Durufle's Requiem with members of Trinity and the Church of the Ascension (Scarborough). Keep posted for further updates and' details in WholeNote. We also announce ·with great pride the recent appointment ot Rev. Ferne Reeve as minister of Trinity York Mills. Trinity boasts a beautiful venue with plenty of parking, convenient accessibility to Highway 401 and easy access via the TIC. TRYPTYOI PRODUCIJONS Edward Franko, eo-Artistic Director (Stage) Lenard Whiting,\Co-Artistic Director (Vocal, Choral) William Shookhoff, eo-Artistic Director (Music) Barbara Good body, Administrator Mail: 583 Durie Street, Toronto, ON M6S 3H2 Tel: 416 763-5066 Fax 416 783-5664 E-mail Web site Tryp'!Ych Productions was formed by Edward Franko, William Shookhoff and Lenard Whiting in 1999. All are well-known perfo~mers, producers and directors (stage and music) who bring a wealth of experience to concert and operatic production. Tryp'!Ych's mission is to present concerts, theatre and opera featuring the best of · Canadian vocal talent and to provide educational and developmental opportunities for young and upcoming singers, nonprofessional and professional. The repertoire ranges from Baroque to the new music of the 21st century. , Productions have included La Voix Humaine, Let's Duet, Memories of Vienna, English Serenade, 1\vo evenings of Opera and Theatre featuring the play and opera versions of Krapp's Last Tape (Beckett & Mihalovici) and The Stronger (Strindberg & Weisgall), Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel, 'Heart Songs, Puccini's Tosca, Heart and Soulstice, Menotti's The Medium, and Allan ·Monk in Concert. 3 workshop productions included Rigoletto, A Kurt Weill Kabaret and Send in the Sondheim. The future sees productions of A Little Fright Music (Songs to Scare you By), Verdi's Attila and a workshop production of The Tales ofHo.ffman. UNIVERSITY SETILEMENT MUSIC & ARTS SOIOOL Music & Arts Director: Susan Spier Program Assistant: Tamara Makhan Address: ~3 Grange Road, Toronto, ON M5T 1C3 Phone: 416-598,3444 #243 /244 Fax: 416-598-4401 We believe that the arts are a· right, not a privilege, and provide quality affordable music and arts programs to people of all ages. Individual lessons are available on most band and orchestral instruments, guitar, piano, voice, accordion and theory. Group classes vary each term. They currently include music, art, and creative movement for preschoolers, a community choir, chamber music, and dance (tap, ballet and jazz). Our faculty consists of professionals ' with both performance and teaching skills. Our fees are modest, and subsidies are available for low-income families. We have a scholarship program, practice facilities, and instrument rentals. Student recitals are a regular feature at the School, offering excellent performance opportunities to our students in a non-threatening environment. We also present faculty concerts, special events, and publish a newsletter, In Tune, three times a year. This year the School turns 80! We welcome alumnifsupporters to join us on Nov 23nt for "Music and Memories." For specific information and to register, call the office. GenerC~-1 hours are 3-7 pm Tuesday to Friday, and Saturday 10:30 am- 2:30pm VESNIVKA Olom Artistic Director: Halyna Kvitka Kondracki Administrator: Nykola Parzei Address: 78 Brule Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 4J2 Phone: (416) 763-2197 E-mail: Website: Founding director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki established Vesnivka Choir, a 50-member · women's ensemble, in 1965. This awardwinning .group has delighted audiences around the world with its rich repertoire of P28 MUSIC MOSAIC: Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES FOR 2001-2002 Ukrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary and traditional folk music. Vesnivka has won . several fir~t-place awards in the CBC Radio Choral Competition, placed first in 1993 at International Eisteddfod in Wales'(folk C\).tegory), and recently earned silver standing in Folklore A !,:appella category at Linz 2000 Choir Olympics. Vesnivka begins its exciting season with a concert on October 28, 2001 highlighting the works of Ukrainian-Canadian composer Zenoby Lawryshyn. Guest performers include cellist RoPJ,an Borys. On January 13, 2002, Vesnivka provides a musical start to the New Year with. a Ukrainian Christmas Concert. In Spring 2002, Vesnivka will present a concert showcasing the works of contemporary composers from Ukraine, joined by special guest artists Luba and Ireneus Zuk. Vesnivka also sings Christmas Mass on January 7, 2002 and Easter Mass on May 5, 2002, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto. VICfOlUA SOIOLARS MEN'S OIORAL ENSEMBLE Jerzy Cichocki, Music Director 146 Willowridge Rd.; Toronto, ON M9R.3Z7 Tel: 416-761-7776 Website: The namesake of the Victoria Scholars, Tomas Luis de Victoria, was an outstanding composer bf the Renaissance period whose music is renowned for 'both its spirituality and emotional expressiveness. The essence of the Scholars' music is an emphasis on the clarity and balance of sound so characteristic of Renaissance music. Their repertoire encom- . passes medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, dassical and Romantic eras, contemporary and newly commissioned works. Past winners of the Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio N

was created with the double intention of responding to the absence ~fa chamber orche.stra in Toronto, and of addressing the desire of many Toronto Symphony musicians to play in a smaller, chamber music enseipble. Virtuosi di Toronto has achieved the high~st level of recognition amongst critics, audiences and within the music community. Its highly emotionally charged and technically impeccable performances with soloists ·oJ the calibre of Seymour Upkin, Angela Hewitt and Shlomo Mintz have earned them the praise of the press at each outing. "Virtuosi Are Indeed," said the Toronto Star in its first review of this group back in April1998. · At the time of writing, Virtuosi di Toronto is still finalizing plans for its·2001/02 season, which will present 4 concerts as interesting and vibrant as any of our previous performances. For information on future events, call416-538-9879 to join our mailing list, or subscribe to our e-maillist (send request For regular updates, check our Website at VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTs NEWMARKET Mall: P.O. Box 95524, 350 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON L3Y8J8 Contact: Judy Craig, Chair, VPAN Concert Committee Tel: 905-895-8713 Fax: 905-895-8481 E-mall: Visual and Performing Arts NeWmarket is a community-based, not-for-profit organization which promotes classical music concerts and exhibitions of fine art in northern York Region. In 1988, VPAN was formed by local citizens interested in both visual and performing arts. With no performing arts facility in Newmarket, VPAN's focus was twofold: to bring together arts lovers, as well as to campaign for a theatre. A study .of theatre facilities was commissioned and several classical eoncerts .were staged to assess audience response. Since the 400-seat Newmarket Theatre Centre opened in 1997, a three-concert series of classical music has been organized by VPAN each year. As well, a Young Artists' Showcase oflocal musicians is heid. Several art shows have also been featured at the Theatre, including one by Newmarket artist Fred Hagan. VPAN has a volunteer board of directors and an enthusiastic team of community volunteers behind the scenes I VIVA! YOtn'H SINGERS OF TORONTO Music Director: Carol Woodward Ratzlaff General Manager: Sarah Morrison Mall: 16 Chilton Road, Toronto, ON M4J 3C8 Tel: 416-788-8482 Fax: 416-788-0138 E-mall: VIVA! (formerly the Jubilate Children's Chorus) was founded in the Spring of 2000. In its first year of operation, it participated in all22 performances of the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker, in a Christmas concert witb the Jubilate Singers, in our own Spring concert with special guests, and jointly with several other youth choirs as the professional core for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Arts Festival opening. Plans for the 2001/2002 season include a· tour to New York City to perform Missa Gaia, a return to the National Ballet's Nutcracker, a premier of a newly . commissioned· piece by Torm1to composer, Norman Nurmi, and ou:r own in-ho1.1se concerts. VIVA! Youth Singers is comprised of three choirs organized by age, experience, and ability. Rehearsals are at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. (Bloor/ Spadina subway) on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. for the Preparatory Chorus (5-6 years) and Main Chorus (7-12 years) •. and at 6 p.m. for the Youth Choir (13-19 years). VIVA aspires to foster personal growth, self-respect and appreciation for others through the joy of singfng. VOCAL ART FORUM Peter Neff, Coordinator Mall: 446 Queen Street West, Toronto ON MSV 2A8 Tel: 416-876;5859 E-mail: The Vocal Art Forum was founded in '1999 to provide an opportunity for instructors of the highest competence to conduct workshops in their fields of expertise in the realm of classical vocal performance. Conceived as an alternative or supplement to institutionalised trai~ing, The Vocal Art Forum provides an opportunity for singers to focus on elements of training required at a particular phase of their professional development. Workshop sessions are offered according to the availability of the instructors and the needs of singers. All workshops conclude with public performances. The vision of the Vocal Art Forum also includes providing performance venues for recitals and opera, where care is taken to create a context and atmosphere conducive to the art itself. VOCALPOINT .CHAMBER CHOIR Artistic Director: I an Grundy Administrative Director: Hugh Tracy Mall: 554 Davlsville Ave., Toronto, ON M45 1J5 Tel: 416-484-0185 E-mall: htracy@idirectcom Website: http:/ Founded in 1997 by Musical Director Ian Grundy, VocalPoint has quickly establish~d itself as one of the country's finest Chamber. Choirs. The choir has twice achieved the national finals in the past two CBC Radio Competitions. In our first concert this season a wide variety Psalm-settings will be presented including The Chichester Psalms ofLeonard Bernsteinand Sing Unto the Lord a New Song by the Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick as well as settings by Bruckner, Palestrina, Stanford, Rachmaninov, Poulenc, Ives and Aguiar. The second concert at Grace Church-on-the­ Hill is a festive celebration of the Christmas season with familiar Carols and Readings. In January Voca!Point Choir will be featured guests on the Roy Thomson Hall noon-hour series of concerts for Choir and Organ. In April, once again at Grace Church on-the-Hill, the choir will present a program of music · entirely devoted to French 20'h Century composers. Works will include Poulenc - Mass in g; Faun~ - Messe Basse; Durufle - Quatre Motets; Messaien - 0 Sacrum Convivium. VOICES Artistic Director: Ron Ka Ming Cheung General Manager: Heather Penner 50 Glebemount Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 3R6 Telephone: 416-429-7740 E-mail: Web site: http:/ / Voices, a 17-voice chamber choir under the artistic direction of Ron Ka lilling Cheung, begins its sixth full season this year. This dynamic ensemble is continuing to uphold a reputation for excellence in choral music, having already garnered international awards as well as numerous performance invitations. Most recently, Voices was awarded the silver medal in the mixed voice category at the 2000 Internatiomil Choral Kathaumixw. Other engagements have included performances at the 1998 Association of Canadian Choral Conductors Conference; the. Toronto Symphony Orchestra Classical Connections Series; the Royal College of Church Organists; and a Christmasl Special on Vision Television. Voices will present three concerts in this year's regular season: "Les Voix de Noel" on December 15, 2001; "The Voices of Heaven" on March 23, 2002; and "Voices in Motion" on June 15, 2002. Voices continues to make its performing home this year in the glorious acoustic of St. Thomas' Anglican Church on Huron Street in Toronto. · For Voices concert tickets or information, please telephone 416-429· 7740. WOMEN'S MUSICAL O.UB OF'TORONTO Mary VanderVennen, Artistic Director Susan Corrigan, Arts Admin,istrator 1255 Bay Street, Suite 202, Toronto MSR 2A!i Phone: 416-923-7052 Fax: 416-923-2863 E-mail: Web site URL: The Women's Musical Club of Toronto is in its 1041h year of presenting chamber music concerts through its annual Music in the Afternoon concert series. Musicians who are on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles, are presented in concerts open to the public. Concerts are held on Thursday afternoons at 1.30 p.m., in Waiter Hall, Edward Johnson · Building, 80 Queen's Park. The series of five MUSIC MOSIAC: Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES FOR 2001·2002 P29

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