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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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Member Profiles

Member Profiles 2004-2005 0 ur work of gathering infonnation for the following 148 profiles began, from WholeNote's perspective, in early July and has continued, unabated, right up to press time (September20). For many of the presenters, the planning for the seasons profiled here began months, or even yea. before that. For others, plans for the coming year are still sufficiently up in the air that coming up with "copy" for us took extra talk and work among the members of the group in question, not necessarily at precisely the time they would have chosen to do so. The effon all round has been, we think, well worth while. What follows is an extraordinarily'comprehensive distillation, in the words of the presenters themselves, of the ten-month 2004-5 perfonnance season just under way in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Profiles are presented alphabetically and are also displayed, for the duration of the season, on our website at www.thewholenote.com; there you will also. in most cases, find links to the presenters' own websites. Website profiles will be updated as new infonnation becomes available. It is no exaggeration to say that our ongoing relationship with the organizations profiled here is the key reason that WholeNote has survived into this, our tenth season of serving you, our readers. We hope you will find this portrait of the musical scene as inspiring and compelling as we do - giving a sense of the breadth and diversity of the season under way; offering a glimpse of the people behind the music; and pointing out opportunities for you to deepen your own engagement in the music scene. We have an amazingly vibrant and dynamic musical life here. The creativity and tenacity of the people profiled here is.what makes it so. Our particular thanks this year to Karen Ages, Paul Farrelly and Masha Buell who researched, chased and massaged the material into editable shape, and to Peter and Verity Hobbs who once again transfonned it into readable form. Allan Pulker, publisher David Perlman, editor Alphabetical List of Members Academy Concert Series Deer Park Concerts Aldeburgh Connection Earshot Concerts Alexander Singers and Players East York Choir All Saints' Kingsway Anglican Elmer lseler Singers Church Elora Festival Singers All the King's Voices Ensemble Noir Amadeus Choir ERGO Projects Amici Chamber Ensemble Esprit Orchestra Annex Singers of Toronto Etobicoke Centennial Choir Anno Domini Chamber Singers Etobicoke Community Concert.Band Aradia Ensemble Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra Arraymusic Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music Arts Richmond Hill Exultate Chamber Singers Associates of the TSO Festival Wind Orchestra Bach Children's Chorus Fridays at Eight Bach Consort Georgetown Bach Chorale Bach Elgar Choir Glenn Gould School, The Bell'Arte Singers Glenn Gould Studio Calvin Choir Grace Church on-the-Hill Canadian Children's Opera Chorus Hannaford Street Silver Band Canadian Music Centre Harbourfront Centre Canadian Sinfonietta High Park Choirs of Toronto Canadian Singers I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble Cantores Celestas Women's Choir JSL Musical Productions Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Jubilate Singers Chamber Music Society of Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Mississauga Choir Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Komitas Musical Association Choir Magdalene Korean Canadian Symphony Choirs Ontario Orchestra Christ Church Deer Park Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir Chrylark Arts & Music Series . Les Amis Concerts Church of the Holy Trinity Markham Concert Band Church of the Redeemer Markham Theatre for Performing Arts City of Toronto Historic Museums Milton Choristers Concerts at St. George's on the Hill Mississauga Children's Choir Continuum Contemporary Music Mississauga Choral Society Counterpoint Community Orchestra Mississauga Symphony DCAT Chorus Mooredale Concerts Mozart Society of Toronto Music at Metropolitan Music Gallery Music on the Donway Music Toronto Nathaniel Dett Chorale New Adventures in Sound Art New Music Concerts North 44° Ensemble North Toronto Institute of Music Oakville Children's Choir Off Centre Music Salon Opera Atelier Opera in Concert Opera Ontario Opera York Orchestra Toronto Oriana Women's Choir Orion House Artists Management Orpheus Choir of Toronto Palestrina Chamber Chorus Pax Christi Chorale Platinum Concerts International Inc. Renaissance Singets Riverdale Youth Singers Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall Royal Canadian College of Organists Royal Conservatory of Music Community School Royal Opera Canada Sacred Music Society Scarborough Philharmonic Show One Productions Inc. Sine Nomine Sinfonia Toronto Soundstreams Canada St. Clement's Anglican Church Choirs St. Michael's Choir School St. Simon-the-Apostle Choirs Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Talisker Players Tallis Choir Tapestry New Opera Works Toronto All Star Big Band Toronto Camarata Toronto Chamber Choir Toronto Children's Chorus Toronto Choral Society Toronto Classical Singers Toronto Consort Toronto Early Music Centre Toronto Heliconlan Club Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir Toronto Opera Repertoire Toronto Operetta Theatre Toronto Philharmonia Toronto Senior Strings Toronto Sinfonietta Toronto Symphony Orchestra Toronto Theatre Organ Society Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Trillium Brass Quintet True North Brass TrypTych Productions U of T Faculty of Music U of T Opera Division University Settlement Music and Arts School Upper Canada Choristers Vesnivka·Cholr Victoria Scholars Men's Choral Ensemble Viva! Youth Singers of Toronto Vocal Art Forum Vocal Point Women's Musical Club of Toronto York University Dept of Music 2 Wll1l1l1t1 MEMBER PROFILES 2004-2005

A THE ACADEMY CONCERT SERIES Since 1991, the Academy Concert Series has presented chamber music of the highest calibre, using period instruments and historically informed performance styles. In 2004-2005, we present "Musical Portraits", four concerts focused on one composer or a group of composers from one musical era and featuring the best of their chamber works. Some of Canada's foremost musicians will reach across three centuries of musicfrom the 18th to the 20th, and will surprise you with less-frequently played, but exquisitely beautiful works of great composers. We seek to entertain, inform and rejuvenate-join us! Concerts take place on Sa·turdays at 8 p.m. in the beautiful acoustics of the Eastminster United Church at 310 Danforth Ave. Our season opens on November 61h, as the Toronto Classical Players perform Mozart's spectacular Piano Quartets. On December 11, outstanding period instrument performers play Romantic masterpieces by Schubert, Weber and Mendelssohn. On February 19'h, Trio Con Brio presents Chopin's most original and lyrical chamber works. And, on April 16'h, hear Soviet-era gems by Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Shnitke & more. Nicolai Tarasov, Artistic Director Alexandra Eshelman, Administrator 72 Hamilton Street Toronto M4M 2C8 416-889-5414 academycs@rogers.com www.academyconcertseries.com ALDEBURGH CONNECTION The Aldeburgh Connection celebrates the art of song with nine concerts of vocal music. Our season begins on October 31 with a concert, "The Flight of the Eagle", sampling the rich song output of Johannes Brahms. Our fo.ur other Sunday Series concerts take a look at the musical connections between Canada and our southern neighbour, visit the Winter Palace in 1868 in a programme of Russian song, spend a musical weekend at a 1920's English Cuntry House and explore the tales In Ovid's "Metamorphosis" {part of a city wide "Metamorphosis Festival"). We are also proud to present two celebrity recitals. On April 14, baritone Gerald Finley comes to us straight from the Met, to perform his first "Winterreise" by Schubert, and on May 25, tenor Michael Schade will present a recital of Lieder. And our two Young Artists recitals feature talented young singers on the verge of Important careers. For information or a season brochure call { 416) 691-2007 or visit www.aldeburghconnection.org Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, Artistic Directors Administrative Coordinator: Carol Anderson 74 Follis Avenue . Toronto M6G 1S6 416-531-3330 contact@aldeburghconnection.org www.aldeburghconneclion.org ALEXANDER SINGERS AND PLAYERS The Alexander Singers and. Players started out as a summer choir under the direction of Angela Hawaleshka In 1987, and have evolved to reach quasi-professional status. Critics acclaim them as one of the best in Toronto. Many of their productions have been Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but they have also presented productions of Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow; Sweeney Todd, and Fiddler on the Roof. The group has a strong educational mandate and is also active in fundraising for charitable causes. All members of the company have a strong musical foundation, and the Alexander Singers and Players have provided chorus for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts and for the Toronto Operetta Theatre's productions. An ensemble of fully experienced singers presents staged and costumed excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and Broadway musicals throughout the year, Each December, The Alexander Singers present a seasonal concert consisting of choral music. After enjoying a successful production of The Most Happy Fella in May 2004, the Alexander Singers and Players will go back to Gilbert & Sullivan with The Mikado in 2005. Artistic Director: Angela Hawaleshkr;i 5.4 Manor Haven Road, Toronto, M6A 211 416-787-7388 publicity@alexandersingers.com www.alexandersingers.com ALL SAINTS' KINGSWAY ANGLICAN CHURCH The choral tradition at All Saints' Kingsway follows the English Cathedral model, and is designed to meet the musical requirements of the various liturgies celebrated weekly. In addition, major works by composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Rutter are presented as part of the liturgy or as concerts. All Saints' currently has three choirs under the skilled direction of Clement Carelse. The Adult Choir, a mixed voice ensemble, rehearses on Thursday evenings and leads in worship service. including Thursday Evensong and mol)thly Sunday Evensong. The Choir has embarked on three tours to the UK. singing in Cathedrals in Exeter, Lichfield, Ely, and Dublin, as well as St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The Choir has produced two CD recordings, the most recent being a collection of Christmas carols and anthems. The Senior Song School {age 10. 15) participates in Evensong on Thursdays and joins the Adult Choir for its rehearsal. The Junior Song School {age 5 · 9) meets on Sunday mornings. Young choristers receive both musical training and Christian education through these programmes. Clement Carelse, Director of Music 2850 Bloor Street West, Toronto 416-233-1125 offlce@allsaintskingsway.ca ALL THE KING'S VOICES www.allsalntskingsway.ca All the King's Voices, an auditioned mixed-voice community choir, performs a variety of music from medieval to contemporary, giving amateur singers an opportunity to experience the joy of singing works from a wide variety of genres. Under the direction of David J. King, the chorus presents Wb1l1l1t1 MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005 3 · eclectic concerts and is often invited to perform throughout Greater Toronto and Southern Ontario. The group has appeared with the Mooredale Orchestra and has been featured on CBC and JAZZ-F M. AKV has also performed at Roy Thompson Hall with Ben Heppner and at the Glenn Gould Studio. The current concert season includes: Here We Come-A-Carolling, {Saturday, November 27, 2004), songs to celebrate the season; Christmas for Kids, a matinee of fun and food, {Sunday, December 12, 2004); Songs from the Heart, (Saturday, February 26, 2005), an evening of romance and laughter; and Great Choruses, {Saturday, May 14, 2005), choral classics from musical masterpieces. The choir also offers public workshops on sightreading and vocal technique. All The King's Voices rehearses on Tuesdays at Willowdale United Church, from 7:15 - 10:00 p.m. Conductor: David King Willowdale United Church 349 Kenneth Avenue, North York 416-225-2255 allthekingsvoices@canada.com AMADEUS CHOIR The acclaimed 100-voice Amadeus Choir is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season together with the 20th anniversary of its . Conducter and Artistic Director Lydia Adams. www.allthekingsvoices.ca The Choir is considered to be in the first-rank nationally, and is renowned for its exceptional musicality, glorious sound and high-quality programming - all a reflection of the leadership provided by Dr. Adams. In 1987, Dr. Adams created the Choir's annual International Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition. ThB'Choir presents its annual subscription series of concerts at the George Weston Recital Hall {where it has had the honour to be Choir-in-Residence since 1993), and at selected downtown Toronto venues. lt performs with full orchestra or instrumental ensembles, is noted for its stunning a cappel/a performances, and for commissioning choral works by prominent Canadian composers. The Choir has sell-produced two CDs, "Ring-a the News!" and."Songs of the Spirit", and has collaborated with the Hannaford Street Silver Band to record "Voices on High", and CBC Records to record "Everlasting Light" with the Elmer Iseler Singers. Conductor/Artistic Director: Lydia Adams Accompanist: Eleanor Daley General Manager: Judith Young Publicity Director: Anne Kear 75 The Donway West, Suite 410, Toroato. M3C 2E9 416-446-0188 amachoir@idirect.com www.amadeuschoir.com AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Acclaimed as one of Canada foremost chamber ensembles, AMICI was formed in 1985 by Patricia Parr, Joaquin Valdepefias and David Hetherington to foster and advance the art of chamber music. The repertoire for this CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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