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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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  • Toronto
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Thompson (llute). Max Christie (clarinet), Ben Bowman (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Laurent Philippe (piano), Ryan Scott and Graham Hargrove (percussion.) The ensemble is featured on Centrediscs' recording of works by Chris Paul Harman and on Continuum's own release, Continuum I. Continuum is fresh from its debut European tour where its performances of Canadian, Dutch and British repertoire impressed audiences - the Amsterdam Telegraph wrote, "Continuum performs magic with sound." Concerts were broadcast by three different radio networks. Concerts in the coming season are on November 10 al Hart House, December 7 at the Music Gallery, March 11, 12 and 13 in conjunction with a daring • symposium at the Institute for Contemporary Culture of the ROM and sponsored by the French Consulate, and April 26 at the Music Gallery. Repertoire covers a wide range of idioms and nationality - all of it fresh and brilliantly performed. Jennifer Waring, Artistic Director 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S I W3 Tel: 416-924-4945 Fax: 416-924-7797 administrator@conlinuummusic.org jwaring@interlog.com www.continuummusi.org COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Counterpoint Community Orchestra was formed in 1984 by gpy and lesbian, and gay positive musicians who came together lo provide quality music and create a deeper sense ol community in downtown Toronto. We have become downtown Toronto's community orchestra. People from all walks of life play with us. We now number over 40 players and welcome anyone with a positive outlook towards gay and lesbian people. Come hear this highly spirited orchestra. We welcome you lo join us as a player or a volunteer. Our' player levels range from beginner to professional. Please contact us at the e-mail below for more information. Conductor/Artistic Director: Terry Kowalczuk President: Paul Willis Mail: 600 Church St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2E7 Tel: 416-926-9806 Fax: 416-926-9737 Program Info: 416-925-9872 ext. 2066 Email: paul.t.willis@on.aibn.com www.ccorchestra.org DCAT CHORUS D Entertaining Audiences for 11 years. The DCAT Chorus is a show chorus consisting of more than sixty women and men performing a broad repertoire of songs ranging from Broadway favourites to folk, from pop to traditional, from memory in a cappella style, and all in six lo eight part harmony. Some pieces are accompanied by percussion and brass while others involve choreographed elements . Under the direction of Mr. Ted Key, and blessed with his outstanding original arrangements, the Chorus has an annual schedule of twelve lo fifteen performances, including an annual trip lo a US eastern seaboard location .(for 2005, Philadelphia, PA). The Chorus welcomes . new singers in all voice ranges but is particularly looking for first tenor, alto and bass. udilions are not required, but reading skills and some prior choral experience would be helpful. Rehearsals are 7:30 - 10:00 pm Wednesday evenings at £stonian House, 958 Broadway Avenue (two blocks north of Danforth Avenue), Toronto . The DCAT Chorus, 17 Lindisfarne Way, Markham, ON L3P 3W8 website at www.dcatchorus.ca. DEER PARK CONCERTS Deer Park Concerts was begun to feature the famous Casavant tracker organ donated by Charles Rathgeb, Sr. It was his wish that this instrument be featured in a series of concerts which have been carried out annually since 1970. Organists of international reputation have been featured in this series with artists from Canada, United States, England, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Australia. All have expressed delight in the beauty of this instrument and Dame Gillian Weir recently selected the organ to record the Clavieriibung Ill by J. S Bach. This year concerts will feature organist David Palmer (Windsor, Ont .) on October 2nd, Ludger Lohmann (Germany) on November 13th, Douglas Cleveland (United States) on February 4th, and William Wright (resident organist) on May 7th. All Concerts are on Saturday evenings and begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are each with a complete series available for . Artistic Director: William Wright Administrator: Howard Aitken 129 St. Clair Avenue Wes), To'ronto, ON M4V INS Tel: 416-481-2979 Fax 416-962.-1547 EARSHOT CONCERTS £ Earshot Concerts was founded in 1999 and has since produced numerous concerts featuring new works by the rising generation of Canadian composers, as well as music by Canadian and international composers of note, including Chan Ka Nin, Larry Lake, Christos Hatzis, John Cage, Lidia Zielinska, Iannis Xenakis and Sofia Gubaidulina. Now entering our fifth season, we.are continuing our dedication lo the most exciting and compelling music of the 20th and 2lsl centuries. Our artistic director Scott Good has created a fantastic and varied season of concerts which will provoke, entertain, stimulate and fascinate. Our six concert series ranges from the minimalist mantras of Charlie Ringas lo the darkly beautiful structured improvisations of Michael Hynes, from the playful and virtuosic performances of saxophonist Rob Mosher and soprano Kristin Mueller lo the beautiful and acclaimed Madcrwaska String Quartet in concert, and more. Come join us on our musical journey. Call us or visit our website for details. I hope lo see you this season! ' Artistic Director: Scott Good General Manager: Keith Denning 23 Herman Avenue, Toronto, M6R !YI 416-538-2006 info@earshotconcerts.cu www.earshotconcerts.ca EAST YORK CHOIR The East York Choir, founded in 1988, is a mixed-voice, auditioned ensemble which performs an eclectic mix of choral works, including selections from a wide range of classical and contemporary, folk/world, spiritual and Broadway genres. The Mozart Requiem, Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah are examples of larger works that have been performed with orchestra or instrumental ensemble. The choir performs two "formal" as well as two community concerts (in seniors' homes, hospitals) each season. Undr the directorship of newly-appointed conductor, Jenny Grober, the choir will be performing "Songs of Comfort and Joy", Saturday, December 4, al Leaside Presbyterian Church, featuring selections by Canadian composers and arrangers, jazz, African and other folk music, as well as a carol slng-a-long. ln May, the EYC will perform with a children's choir in "Legends and Lore", blending music with children's narration, African drumming and percussion. Come and join with us in song, and camaraderie (and the occasional after-rehearsal 'refreshment') on Monday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30, al Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Ave .. E. of Bayview Ave. Artistic Director: Jenny Crober Accompanist: Kristina Nojd 416-752-3860 eastyorkchoir@sy '? patico.ca ELMER ISELER SINGERS The Elmer lseler Singers, under the baton of Lydia Adams, is a twenty-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto. It has built an enviable international reputation since its debut in 1979. In 2004, it celebrates its 25th Anniversary and, as the successor of the Festival Singers of Canada, the SOth Anniversary of professional choral singing in Canada. With repertoire spanning 500 years, the Elmer Iseler Singers are acclaimed for their beauty of lone and wide interpretive range. The choir has appeared at national and international festivals and is best known for fostering and premiering the works of contemporary Canadian composers in live performances. It extends this work through frequent radio and television broadcasts and a variety of recording projects. The choir represented Canada at the 2000-delegate International Symposium for Choral Music in Minneapolis USA in 2002, ranking it among the twelve most prestigious choral ensembles in the world. We invite you to become a subscriber for our 2004- 2005 Season. Please join us as we celebrate the fine art of choral singing! Conductor and Artistic Director: Lydia Adams Company Manager: Jessie Iseler Administration Manager: Janet Johnson 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4N 3K7 416-217-0537 Fax: 519-941-4355 inlo@elmeriselersingers.com www.elmeriselersingers.com 8 Wllllltl MEMBER PROFILES 2004-2005

ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS Hailed as one of the world's finest professional chamber choirs, the Elora Festival Singers was founded by Noel Edison in 1980 as the principal vocal ensemble for the Elora Festival. Since then, the choir's activities have expanded to include the popular Winter Series concerts in Elora, touring and recording. EFS also makes up the professional core o! the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the new Mendelssohn Singers. The popularity o! EFS in Toronto led to the launch of a series at Trinity College Chapel in 2002-2003. The Singers' CDs include The Mystery of Christmas, which was nominated !or a Juno award, and Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor. Most recently, the Singers have relearsed a new NAXOS recording of Arvo Ptirt choral works, and Handel's Messiah is due for release in 2005. ENSEMBLE NoIR Conductor: Noel Edison 519-846-0331 Fax 519-846-5947 info@elorafestivalsingers.org Website: www.elorafestivalsingers.org Founded in 2000, Ensemble Noir strives to promote cultural and artistic diversity in contemporary classical music. Our artistic vision encompasses new music from a broad range of cultures with an emphasis on composers from Africa and its Diaspora. Through concerts, educational activities, residencies and recording projects, Ensemble Noir explores the landscape where the cultures of the world merge with contemporary music. Following a historic tour to Africa, the 2004/2005 season, entitled Sonic Revival. consists of an exciting blend o! fresh sounds from Asia, Africa and Canada. The series features works by modern masters Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen, alongside music by such as Kevin Volans, John Kameel Farah, Akin Euba, Alice Ho, Martin Scherzinger, Keiko Abe, Yi Linding, Ruth Lomon and Bongani Ndodana. This year will also see Ensemble Noir launch its first worldwide call !or scores from young composers who explore cultural diversity in their music. Come join us in what promises to be an electrifying experience. Executive & Artistic Director: Bongani Ndodana Board President: John O'Keele 185 Carlton Street, Toronto, MSA 2K7 ERGO PROJECTS 416-923-9400 Fax: 416-923-0234 outreach@ensemblenoir.org www.ensemblenoir.org Entering our sixth season, ERGO performs and promotes contemporary music and its related art-forms in Canada and abroad. Established in 1999, the ERGO Ensemble continues to be internationally active since our inaugural concert in Munich, Germany. Exchanges between Canada and other countries is the central locus of ERGO activities, whereby contemporary musical works by composers from different cultures, aesthetics and styles are featured side-by-side. ERGO commissions many composers from Canada; Europe, the United States, Africa, South America and Asia, giving world premieres of their works at festivals and events internationally. A number o! works commissioned and recorded by ERGO have received awards and critical acclaim !or the composers who created them. Apart from concerts, other ERGO activities also include workshops, seminars, lectures and panel discussions about contemporary music-making. ERGO Ensemble performances have been broadcast on Bayerische Rund!unk, Deutsche Swiss Radio and CBC Radio Two's Two New Hours. Check our forthcoming 'new' ERGO website !or details on upcoming exchanges, events and concerts. ESPRIT ORCHESTRA Barbara Croall, Artistic Director 475 Ontario St. S. Milton L9T 2N2 416-410-1948 ergo@primus.ca www.ergoprojects.org • Founded in 1983 by Alex Pauk, Esprit is Canada's only orchestra devoted exclusively to contemporary music. The orchestra commissions and premieres new Canadian pieces and ensures continued access to these works through encore performances, radio broadcasts (CBC Radio Two), cd recordings (CBC Records SM 5000 label), and film soundtracks. Touring, exchanges and an extensive education and outreach program ("Toward a Living Art") round out Esprit's activities. Esprit's 2004/05 season begins and ends with World Premieres from by many of Canada's most esteemed composers. Our October l 5'h concert, along with music by Ptirt (Tabula rasa) and Schafer (Thunder: Perfect Mind - World Premiere), includes a fantastic Somers rarity (Those Silent Awe Filled Spaces) that we'll record for a new Somers CD. Brilliant works for large orchestra form an entire concert of Canadian Premieres (Ades, Brant and Keuris) on November 28. Music by Bouliane, Pauk and Louie comprises our March s•b concert. Our May 26'b finale to Esprit's 2005 New Wave Composers Festival highlights World Premieres (Harman, Wilson, Frehner) following several days o! performances, forums and workshops. Music Director & Conductor: Alex Pauk Director of Development & Administration: Sandi Roher 603-174 Spadina Ave Toronto, MST 2C2 416 -815-7887 Fax: 416-815-7337 info@espritorchestra.com www.espritorchestra.com ETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIR The sixty-voice Etobicoke Centennial Choir is entering its 381h season of bringing the joy and beauty of choral music to our community. Under the skilled direction o! Dr. Harris Loewen, the choir is challenged to pursue choral excellence. The ECG is also a welcoming group where choristers share a great comraderie. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays (7: 15 - 10:00 p.m.) from September through May, with a three-concert season of varied choral repertoire. This year, our concert season begins on December JO and 11 with the Landey Magnificat and the Cer- • emony of the Carols by Britten. We will perform these two concerts at St. Olave's Anglican Church. On April 2, the choir will present Haydn's, The Creation. The season concludes on May 281b with choral classics from the Renaissance to the present. The April and May concerts will be performed at All Saints' Kingsway Anglican Church in Etobicoke. New members are always welcome! Interested singers are invited to check the choir's website, contact the membership chair, and/or attend a rehearsal to experience the ECC first-hand. Music Director: Dr. Harris Loewen Accompanist: Anne Marie Leonard Mary Thornton, President 416-620-1855 methornton@sympatico.ca Islington United Church 25 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto M9A IG9 www.etobicokesings.com ETOBICOKE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Spirited performances and magnificent sound characterize this vibrant ensemble. Through its 4-part Concert Hall series, the ECCB showcases outstanding Canadian talent, explores a range of genres and offers innovative concert themes. Along with its acclaimed spin-off ensemble, the Etobicoke Swing Orchestra, the band produces ar. informal summer series of "al fresco" programs and is a major performing partner in charitable events and community causes. This season opens with "Pizza Music", a lusty review of Italian opera built around famed choruses, outstanding guest soloists and show-stopping arias. Befitting the festive season, "Christmas Pops" presents classic carols and popular songs, thrillingly packaged with big brass and sweet choristers. "Gospel 'N Blues" combines passion and cool in a soul-filled program featuring famed Canadian blues artist and musician Chris Whiteley. "May the Force Be with You" pulls out all the stops in a musical salute to the military, from stirring regimental marches to the sentimental ballads of Vera Lynn. And back by popular demand, the Etobicoke Swing Orchestra's candlelit "Big Band Dance" returns to Toronto's beautifully restored Assembly Hall. Artistic Director: John Edward Liddle President: Bob Dobson 17 Arbroath Cr., Etobicoke, M9C 2T2 416-410-1570 Fax: 416-233-1054 rdobson@wiznet.ca www.eccb.ca ETOBICOKE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra has been a vibrant part of the Etobicoke cultural community for 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. The first concert, Classical Medley, will feature Mozart's Marriage o! Figaro Overture, Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, and Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with brilliant young violinist Chris Anstey as violin soloist. Other concerts will feature Emma Elkinson, 2005 winner of the EPO Scholarship, playing the Mozart Flute Concerto KV313, an evening of symphonic favourites, and a symphonic tour of the Commonwealth. Composers include Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Grainger, Holst and Moussorgsky. An additional Chamber Music concert in May will feature CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Wll1l1l1t1 MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005 9

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