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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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  • Toronto
  • October
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Renaissance Singers,

Renaissance Singers, continued Conducted by Richard Cunningham Contact Jason Schattman al RIVERDALE YOUTH SINGERS Founded in 1999, the Riverdale Youth Singers (RYS) consists of two choir divisions: the Riverdale Young Singers (choristers ages 7-9 years) and the Riverdale Youth Singers (choristers ages I 0 and up). The RYS seeks to develop the unique talents of each choir member and is committed to making the experience of learning and performing a line choral repertoire accessible to interested children/youth from all racial, cultural. economic and musical backgrounds. Our Annual Holiday Concert - "Songs of the Season" -will be held Monday December 13, 2004 al 7:30 pm al St. John's Presbyterian Church - 415 Broadview Avenue (I block north of Gerrard Street al Simpson Avenue). This concert will feature our choristers with brass quintet. Admission is free. The venue is wheel-chair accessible. Membership in the RYS is open to any student age 9 and up. A simple audition is required. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 4:30- 5: 15 pm for the Young Singers and from 6:30 - 8: 15 pm for the Youth Singers in the auditorium of St. John's Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Avenue Conductors: Mark Bell, Sandra Spencer and Anne Massicotte Accompanist: John Govedas Manager: Laurie Smith 415 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, M4K 2M9 416-875-1587 Fax: 416-778-0796 • Rav THOMSON HALL AND MASSEY HALL RTH/Massey, Canada's premier concert halls, present a showcase of world-class artists in classical, jazz, pop, world music & dance and comedy. The world is represented by the Alro-Cuban All Stars Peru Negro, the Budapest Operetta Theatre, and Spain' Tango flamenco featuring the Compaflia Talent Danza. The 2004-2005 International Vocal Recital Series features tenor Salvatore Licitra, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian. The Virtuoso Performances Series returns with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec, The Tallis Scholars, and the Kirov Orchestra. Jazz highlights include Tony Bennett, the Chick Corea Elektric Band, and trio Keith j arrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette as well as The Toronto Blues Society's 18'k Annual Women's Blues Revue. Annual traditions continue with the 17 RBC Seniors' Jubilee, the Massed Military Band Spectacular. the IO'b Anniversary season of Salute To Vienna, and Directions in Music: Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, and Michael Brecker. The holidays are celebrated with John McDermott, the Canadian Brass Annual Christmas Concert, and the choral splendour of the Toronto Children's Chorus. 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto MSJ 2H5 416-593-4822, Ext. 207 Fax: 416-593-7680 Belinda Baugniet, Marketing & New Media Associate; ROYAL CANADIAN COLLEGE OF ORGANISTS (Toronto Chapter) Founded in 1909 as the Canadia Guild of Organists, The RCCO is Canada's oldest musicians' association. Today, the RCCO is a nationwide interdenominational community ol professional and amateur organists, church musicians, choral conductors, and others sharing an interest in the organ and church music. Examinations are held annually and RCCO Festivals offer opportunities to hear and meet world-class recitalists and clinicians. The RCCO works across Canada in support of line church music and organ playing. For all who care about these arts, regardless of background, skill level or religious alliliation, the College has a place. The Toronto Centre maintains an active program. The October event is a Hallpween recital Friday, October 29 at !Opm, at Metropolitan United Church, Queen and Church Streets. University of Toronto Faculty of Music organ students will play a variety of scary music! The Centre has published "Organs in Toronto" - a wonderful book of pictures and descriptions of many of the pipe organs in Toronto. Check the up-to-date website for details on the 2004-05 program and for membership information. Norma Brub.acher, Toronto Centre President 905-832-1600 David Rosevear, Membership Secretary 905-773-4024 www.globalserve.ae1/chubb/rcco ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF Music COMMU­ NITY SCHOOL The RCM Community School is the largest communitybased music school in North America. Designed for people of all ages and levels of ability. it is recognized for its outstanding private lesson teaching, group classes and ls comitment to lifelong learning. The high quality mstruchon offered by The RCM Community School represents a constantly evolving selection of musical traditions, including early music, classical, popular, folk, jazz, and world music. With a faculty of over 270 professional music educators, The RCM Community School offers something for everyone: classes for pregnant morns. classes, choirs and ensembles for children, classes in music theory, history and appreciation, music technology, DJ techniques, electric and acoustic guitar. world music and internationally recognized certification courses in teacher training. In addition to the large variety of lessons and classes offered, The Royal Conservatory of Music Community School presents a jazz and world music concert series performed by award-winning and internationally celebrated musicians. Artists featured in the 2004/2005 season include: the Orchid Ensemble, autorickshaw, the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble (Taiko). Heather Bambrick, Kurt Elling and Quinsin Nachoff. Dean: Jeff Melanson Marketing Manager: Jacquelyne Beriault 273 Bloor St. West, Toronto, M5S IW2 416 408 2824 Fax: 416 408 3096 (Temporary location alter January 2. 2005 90 Croatia St. Toronto, M6H 1K9) ROYAL OPERA CANADA La Traviala - Eugene Onegin - Cavalleria Ruslicana & I Pagliacci - Madama Bullerfly Tradition - Quality- International Royal Opera Canada's mission is to present to diverse audiences the best-loved operas with traditional sets, costumes, and staging, featuring national and international artists. Dedicated to performing the most wellknown, largely l 9th Century operas, and Mozart, Royal Opera Canada remains true to the composers' intentions, providing high quality traditional performances. Royal Opera Canada, founded in March 2003 is an extension of the prototype for presenting traditional opera developed by Opera Mississauga, formed in 1985. All performances take place in the grand Main Stage of the Toronto Centre !or the Arts (North York), or in the renowned acoustics of Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre (Mississauga). For more information about La Traviata, Eugene Onegin, Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci, or Madama Butterlly please call or visit our website. Dwight Bennett, General & Artistic Director 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, M2N 6R8 Subscriptions - 416-322-0456 or 905-306-6000 Single Tickets via Ticket Master Administration: 416-322-0456 or 905-306-0060 Fax: 416-482-7044 or 905-306-9976 • • R OYA L I O P F R!\ CANAD A I 18 Wblllllll MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005

s SACRED Music SOCIETY Celebrating Traditional Sacred Music The Sacred Music Society (SMS) is comprised of two large choirs, one chamber choir and a professional symphony. What makes the organization particularly special is its unique commitment to performing great sacred repertoire in the context of unity, friendship and charity. Now beginning its 9th season, the 100-voice SATB, Sacred Music Society Adult Choir performs at many liturgical and concert events in the GTA. The World Youth Day Choir was established to satisfy the need for choral accompaniment during events taking place at World Youth Day 2002. The formation of this 500-voice SATB youth and young adult choir resulted in international acclaim. The Society's Chamber Choir of about twenty semiprofessional voices performs regularly in the GTA, and Southern Ontario, and is especially known for its cutting edge interpretations of Palestrina's Masses. New in 2004 is our unique after-school program for children. The "Sacred Music Society Sparrows" children's choirs have been established in the communities of Scarborough, Whitby and Oshawa and are open to all school aged children. For more information call the SMS office. 582 Sherbourne St. Toronto, M4X 1L4 416-515-0767 Toll Free: 1-877-692-4647 Fax: 905-571-3255 SCARBOROUGH PHILHARMONIC The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrating its 25'1 anniversary, will be presenting a subscription series of 5 concerts. October 2, 2004 guest conductor Michael Newnham leads the orchestra in the festive Overture by Ron Royer (our composer-in-residence), Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, and the Grieg Piano concerto. Howard Cable conducts a pops concert November 6, (Postcards from the Sun and Sand). Lee Willingham and the Bell' Arte Singers will be our guest artists for a Baroque Christmas concert on December 4, 2004. Rennie Regehr will conduct a concert of works featuring principal players of the orchestra and Mozart's Jupiter' Symphony on February 26, 2005. Our gala anniversary concert, "Come Dance with Us" will take place May 7, 2005 with guest conductor Daniel Swift, including works by Ron Royer, Weber, Saint-Saens, Borodin's 'Polovtsian Dances', and Rachmaninoff' s 'Symphonic Dances'. The concerts October 2, November 6 and May 7 are at Birchmount Park C.!.. The concerts December 6 and February 26 are at St. Boniface Church, 142 Markham Road, Toronto. All concerts are at 8pm, and are preceded by pre-concerts talks for subscribers. Artistic Advisor: Rennie Regehr General Manager: Ana Ferraro 3007 Kingston Road, Suite 209, Toronto, MlM lPl 416-429-0007 Fax: 416-429-6070 · SHOW ONE PRODUCTIONS INC. Show One Pr-0ductions Inc .. founded by Svetlana Dvoretskaia is a production and promotion company based in Toronto. We are an all inclusive, mainstream presenter in Toronto and surrounding regions, reaching out to bring the best classical and popular entertainment today's international touring scene has to oiler. We are proud to collaborate with organizations such as Columbia Artists Management International and many other production companies in Europe and North America. In addition to promotion of well-established artists, we are taking steps to become a producer of new, dynamic, multicultural theatre and music. For the upcoming season, we are proud to present the world-renowned chamber orchestra Moscow Virtuosi, conducted by highly celebrated Russian violinist Vladimir Spivakov (please see concert listings), as well as soon to be listed presentations, such as an evening with the gifted children players from Vladimir Spivakov' s Charity Foundation in collaboration with the newly formed Toronto Chamber Orchestra, followed up by The Deutsche Oper Berlin Chamber Orchestra in Spring 2005 and Gelikon Opera from Moscow in Spring 2006. Svetlana Dvoretskaia 745 New Westminster Drive, Suite 1006 Thornhill, L4J 819 416-737-6785 SINE NOMINE ENSEMBLE FOR MEDIEVAL Mu SIC Sine Nomine is an ensemble of talented, versatile singers and instrumentalists, passionate about the music of the Middle Ages and about bringing it to life for moderri audiences. Since 1991. the group has performed in Toronto and other Ontario centres, and has toured in Alberta, Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern U .S.A, and England. Concerts take place Fridays at Saint Thomas' s Church, 383 Huron Street, at 8 p.m. Christmas in Court and Chapel, on December l 7th, presents international late­ Gothic music as it might have been heard in aristocratic settings, performed by groups of singers, and by both soft and loud instruments. Medieval Roots and Branches, on February 25th, traces the enigmatic connections between medieval music and folk song. A Pilgrimage to Compostela, on April 22rd, features music for the pilgrimage to St. James of Compostela. Sine Nomine has produced three recordings: an independent cassette, the CD-ROM The Art of the Chant (PBS/Jasmine), and the CD A Golden Treasury of Mediaeval Music (Saydisc/AmonRa). Sine Nomine is the ensemble-in-residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Contact: Andrea Budgey 59 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, M5S 2C4 416-638-9445 Fax: 416-926-7292 SINFONIA TORONTO Sinfonia Toronto's seven Main Series concerts are at Glenn Gould Studio. A lour-concert Young People's Series is at the Walmer Road Baptist Church (188 Lowther Ave.). The annual Strauss & Swing Ball takes place Wlllllltl MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005 19 April 9, 2005. The orchestra also travels, broadcasts on CBC and holds a biennial Concerto Competition. Sinfonia Toronto's strings often perform standing, in the tradition of great chamber orchestras, blending soloistic energy into a brilliant ensemble style under Music Director Nurhan Arman. A roster of winds and percussion joins the strings for programs drawn from the full range of chamber orchestra repertoire. Soloists for 2004-2005 include pianist Katherine Chi, violinist Judy Kang, cellist Andras Weber, clarinetist Darko Brlek, and guest conductor/composer Rista Savic. Sinfonia Toronto has been acclaimed by critics. The Toronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour," "ample eloquence" and "gripping authority." It praised Grieg's Holberg Suite and the Dvorak Serenade, "both of which Arman led in an affectionate, unhurried manner, with an appreciation of their singing qualities," while La Scena Musicale declared, "Nurhan Arman and his orchestra literally conquered us." Music Director and Conductor: Nurhan Arman Administrator: Margaret Chasins 264 Bloor Street W. Box 52545, Toronto, M5S 3C5 416-499-0403 SOUNDSTREAMS CANADA Soundstreams Canada, established in 1982 by Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, fosters and promotes Canadian creation in chamber and choral music, and music theatre. Soundstreams' Encounters in New Music chamber concerts are co-produced al Glenn Gould Studio with CBC Radio Two. Encounters concerts pair a significant Canadian composer with an international counterpart, often premiering specially commissioned works. The 2004-2005 series presents music of Pou! Ruders, Harry Freedman, Allan Gordon Bell, Erkki-Sven Tiiiir, Andre Ristic and Hanna Kulenty. Performers include The Gryphon Trio, flutist Robert Cram and double bass player Joel Quarrington. Soundstreams' Viva Voce choral series features two exciting projects. The first is University Voices- a gathering of 250 exceptional choral singers from across Canada performing under the baton of renowned Swedish conductor Robert Sund. In March, the Hilliard Ensemble (U.K.) will perform music by Estonian Arvo Part and a premiere by Canadian Omar Daniel with Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Soundstreams oilers extensive outreach programs in schools throughout the GTA, including student performances before selected concerts. Artistic Director: Lawrence Cherney 219 Dullerin Street, Suite 307B Toronto, M6K 1Y9 416-504-1282 Fax: 416-504-1285 CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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