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Volume 9 Issue 10 - July/August 2004

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CHORAL SCENE Choir, and,

CHORAL SCENE Choir, and, by singing with great lustre and elan, are by Larry Beckwith making the world, and our M communities, a .• usicians and music- Quite apart from the warm-heart- Huge credit is due to Roblovers gathered at Roy ed music-making and reminiscing, ert Cooper for organizing a Thomson Hall recent- it was very moving to see among truly spectacular and effecly to pay tribute to the memory of the performers several individuals tive tribute. Now that Niki Niki Goldschmidt, the one-of-a- who consistently work overtime - is gone, we must all con- . kind impresario/conductor/inspira- for little recognition - to further our tinue to think big and realtion who passed away earlier this musical life. I'm thinking of peo- ize our enormous potential year at the age of 95. pie like Lee Harmer, an omnipres- as a special centre for inult was a significant choral event ent choral enthusiast and space co-· sic, especially choral music. - titled the Joy of Niki - featuring ordinator; Tim Dawson, the hero I hope before long that we singers both professional and am- behind the chanitable efforts of the can see another Toronto Inateur, young and old, male and ·Bach Consort; Patricia Krueger, temational Choral Festival. female and a number of top-notch who can make a dinky rehearsal conductors. There was new music piano sound like the Berlin Phil- There are other festivals happenfrom Derek Holman and "classics" harmonic; Lee Willingham, who's ing this summer that are full of by Bach, Willan, Britten, imaginative educational outreach choral music-making, and you can Beethoven and Schubert. It was an ideas gave every one of Niki's read about them elsewhere in these evening that spoke to the tremen- choral festivals much greater pages. I draw your attention to the dous humanity of the arts and'Wal- breadth; David Hetherington, Festivaf of the Sound and Elora ter Pitman was warmly applauded whose Amici Ensemble embodies Festival, both of whom are celewhen - in the middle of his eulo- the spirit of chamber music. And I brating theii 25th anniversary this gy- he suggested that everyone in could name countless others who, year. At one or.other festival, you the hall write to the new Prime at the very least, give up one or can hear a wide array of choral Minister, July 1, remind him of two nights a week to be part of a . music, from the blockbusters the importance of the Canada Coun- great choir, like the Amadeus (Beethoven's 9th, Verdi Requiem, cil and government support for the Qioir, the Kitchener-Waterloo Phil- Carmina Burana, Poulenc Gloria) arts; now that would be something harmonic Choir, the Bell'Arte Sing- to more intimate fare .,and new of which Niki would approve! ers or the Toronto Mendelssohn music. In addition to the Elora Ro/;Jert Cooper Festival Singers, both festivals are presenting ,the touring Vancouver and Stuttgart Chamber Choirs in concert and you can also hear the Elmer Iseler Singers in Parry Sound. Full information is available in brochure forin or on websites: and · C~oral music also abounds at other summer festivals , including the Brott Festival; Lanaudiere and Stratford Summer Music. CONTINUES NEXT PAGE ~~~lling·s o/o~es David J. Kit\g n u1mn 2004-2005 Concert Series Here We Come-A-Carolling Songs to celebrate the season! Christmas for Kids A matinee of fun and food! Singers Wanted All Voices Songs from the Heart An evening of romance and laughter! .Great Choruses Choral classics from musical masterpieces!! Sight-Singiqg Courses Level 3: July 26-29, 2004 7:15 - 9:45pm Level 4: August 16-19, 2004 7:1,5 - 9:45pm i\ grounding in vocal technique and sight reading · .00 Adults, .00 Students Interested in becoming a member or attending a sig!1t-singing course, call 416-225-2255 or em ail Suppo1t'd l~.r the City of Tom1/o th1v111/1 th' Toro 11/o / ltt.< Co1111dl us year by Bach - Mass in B Minor Mozart - Mass in C Minor ···· Walton - Belshazzar's Feast Faure - Requiem And much m ore! ~d choral singers who are good readers are · ontact Joan Andrews at: 905-642-8706, ; to set up an he 2004-05 Amadeus Choir Season. e Amadeus Choir office: -0188 or J ULY 1 - SEPT 7 2004

AUDITIONS The Orpheus Choir and Artistic Director Robert Cooper welcome experienced singers in all voice parts to audition for the choir's 2004-2005 40th Anniversary Season. Highlights include the Canadian premiere of John Rutter's Mass of the Children, with the composer conducting; Vaughan Willams' The First Nowell; Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle; Distler's Dance of Death, and more. Come and join a vibrant, growing choir with a dynamic, energetic Artistic Director in celebrating 40 years of bringing innovative choral programmes to Toronto audiences. Call 416 530-4428 for more details and to book an audition. Tenor Section Lead required GLENVIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH •Thursday rehearsal • Sunday service • Special services • Good music programme • Excellent remuneration for information call Chrys Bentley 416-461-5846 UNITED CHURCH e West and Avenue Road Soprano and Alto leads are needed to begin duties in September Excellent repertoire and remuneration Contact William Wright after August I st 4 l 6~962-3381 Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Founder/ Artistic Director THE Nathaniel Dett Chorale AUDITIONS The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is 'a Canada;s first . professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles. We have a demanding season and are looking for skilled individuals committed to excellence. Upcoming activities include: Toronto and area concerts, touring in Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia, the US, France and Asia 1 AUDITION REQUIREMENTS • Please prepare one classical piece (aria, art song, or lied) and one popular piece Uazz-blues-gospel, ) **ACCOMPANIST WILL BE PROVIDED • Performance Resume • Must demonstrate professional level sight singing, improvisational & musicianship skills FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & TO BOOK AN AUDITION, CONTACT: Bramwell Pemberton 416-340-7000 email: MISSISSAUGA CHORAL SOCIETY CHRYSA. BENTLEY - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 30th Anniversary Season AUDITIONS The Mississauga Choral Society invites singers of all voices to audition (September 2004) for its exciting 2004-2005 Season at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. The MCS, now in its 30th year, is a semi-professional ensemble of seventy voices. Under the artistic direction of Chrys A Bentley, the MCS will perform: '0 Brahms A German Requiem, with the Oakville Symphony Orchestra 4 Handel' ~ Messiah & Canadian composer David Passmore"$ Majora Canamus (newly commissioned work) 4 a programme of Baroque treasures ? Mendelssohn's Elijah ¢' with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra in a programme of opera excerpts -0 Happy Birthday Erich Kunzel & Timeless Broadway, with the Toronto Symphony, at Roy Thomson Hall Rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening from 7:15 p.m. to 10: 15 p.m., from September through June, at the St. Andrew's Memorial Presbyterian Church, Port Credit, Mississauga. Please telephone 905'-278-7059 for audition appointment or fill out an audition form at ]ULY 1 - SEPT 7 2004 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM 19

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