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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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Toronto Classical

Toronto Classical Singers, continued Conductor and Artistic Director: Jurgen Petrenko General Manager: Jane Petrenko 100 Three Valleys Drive, Toronto, M3A 3B9 416-443-1490 torontoclassicalsingers@sympatico.ca www.torontoclassicalsingers.org TORONTO CONSORT The Toronto Consort, Canada's leading period ensemble specializing in medieval and renaissance music, celebrates its 32nd season of music-making. In addition to its regular subscription concerts, (listed below) the Consort is partnering with Tafelmusik to present Metamorphosis, a city-wide festival of the arts in spring 2005. One of the festival highlights takes place on May 24 and 26 at the Glenn Gould Studio, when the Consort shares the stage with Aboriginal performing arts company Red Sky for a truly unique event. For further information, visit our website. All concerts take place al Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West at 8 pm. October 15 & 16: Treasures of the German Renaissance; November 14 & IS: Matthew White and Les Voix Humaines; December JO and 11: The Praetorius Christmas Vespers; February 11 and 12: The Flute's Pleasure Garden; March 11 and 12: Orfeo by Luigi Rossi. Artistic Director: David Fallis 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M58 1X7 416-966-1045 Fax: 416-966-1759 Box Office: 416-964-6337 www.torontoconsort.org TORONTO EARLY Music CENTRE This non-profit organization promotes the appreciation of historically informed performances of early music in the community through sponsorship of concerts and activities such as lectures, workshops, exhibitions and masterclasses with visiting and local artists. Benefits of membership include: discounts to certain early music events in the city; a subscription to the quarterly Toronto Early Music News which contains a calendar of upcoming events, reviews, profiles, essays, etc.; borrowing privileges from the TEMC library of books and recordings; participation in music circles (e.g. viola da gamba, or vocal music circles); admission to the MusicalJy Speaking presentations of early music performed on original or replica instruments, and the Early Music Fair; join the e-mail information list of historical performance in Toronto! The 2lst annual Early Music Fair, an all-day event celebrating the delights of historical musical performance, will take place in September 2005 at Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, at Islington Avenue. Annual Membership: individual; family; S student/senior Artistic Director: Frank T. Nakashima 427 Bloor Street West, Box 17, Toronto, M5S 1X7 416-966-1409 lemc@interlog.com www.torontoearlymusic.org TORONTO HELICONIAN CLUB HELICONIAN HALL This season, audiences al Heliconian HalJ will enjoy a rewarding range of concerts and recitals in this charming, historic building. Programs wilJ include a celebralion of St. Cecilia in November, a piano duo recital in November, vocal and instrumental artists throughout the season, and spring concerts featuring promising young artists. Membership in the Toronto Heliconian Club offers advantages to a musician. First of all, there is the Hall itself - a visual and acoustic gem dating to 1875. With a vaulted ceiling, warm wooden walls and comfortable sealing for 100 guests, Heliconian Hall provides an ideal selling in which to present intimate concerts. A grand brick fireplace graces one wall, while a large, handsome round rose window illuminates another. Behind the stage and its Steinway grand piano are a welJ-appointed kitchen and a lovely reception room. The basement contains attractive and ample cloakroom and washroom facilities. Non-members may rent the HalJ at reasonable rates - not only for recitals, but for private and corporate functions such as receptions, family gatherings, weddings, lectures and seminars. Call for information. 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto, ON M5R 2E3 Contact: Kathleen Lapointe, John Greco Tel: 416-922-3618 Fax: 416-922-2431 THE TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir organization has three outstanding choirs - The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Mendelssohn Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. The TMC is Canada's worldrenowned large vocal ensemble, maintaining a tradition, since 1894. of performing and commissioning the finest choral repertoire. The Choir is comprised of over 160 volunteer singers and the Elora Festival Singers. who form the professional core of 20 singers. Under Noel Edison, the TMC presents its own subscription series and appears frequently with the TSO and in broadcasts on both CBC networks. Its repertoire stretches from early Baroque to world premieres of commissioned works. The TMC's 2004/2005 season begins in November with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and continues in December with Festival of Carols featuring CBC Radio's Bill Richardson and its annual Messiah performances. In spring 2005, the TMC presents One World - One Music featuring Robert Desrosiers' dance interpretations of two masses and David Fanshawe's African Sanctus; performances of St. Matthew Passion with the TSO; and The Dream of Gerontius with soloists Norine Burgess, Michael Schade and Russell Braun. Artistic Director I Conductor: Noel Edison Executive Director: Steven W. Foster 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, M5J 2H5 416-598-0422 Fax: 416-598-2992 manager@tmchoir.org www.tmchoir.org TORONTO MENDELSSOHN YOUTH CHOIR Founded in 1977, the TMYC's mandate is to provide training and performance opportunities for young singers already aspiring to a level of serious performance. The Youth Choir comprises approximately 40 singers (aged 15-23) who are encouraged to achieve standards of the highest level. In recent seasons, the TMYC has completed work on several recordings. These include The Magic of Christmas, featuring the work of John Rutter and a recording of Berlioz's Requiem for the Naxos label with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under the direction of Noel Edison. The TMYC's season begins in October with a performance of English Masterworks featuring Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs. In December, the Choir wilJ present a programme of French seasonal music including Charpentier's Messe de Minuit. To close its season the TYMC will perform selections from the stage and screen in a concert entitled Show Time! Conductor: Ron Ka Ming Cheung Personnel Coordinator: Linda Morana Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street Toronto, M5J 2H5 416-598-0422 Fax: 416-598-2992 tmyc@tmchoir.org www.tmchoir.org TORONTO OPERA REPERTOIRE For more than 37 years, Toronto Opera Repertoire has delighted the community with affordable productions of opera classics, and given students, choristers and aspiring singers the opportunity to learn new roles, sing in the chorus, and understand the complexities and chalJenges of opera stagecraft. Run in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board's Continuing Education Program, this community opera company presents two fully-staged and professionally costumed operas each year at the Bickford Centre Theatre, 777 Bloor St West. For its February, 2005 season, TOR will present Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Rossini's Barber of Seville. TOR invites aspiring soloists to audition, and enthusiastic choristers to join the non- auditioned chorus. Artistic Director: Giuseppe Macina 416-698-3287 P.O. Box 617, Stn P Toronto, M5S 2Y4 inlo@toronto-opera.com www.toronto-opera.com TORONTO OPERETTA THEATRE Founded in 1985 by General Director Guillermo Silva­ Marin, TOT is a vibrant company with a mandate to produce classical operettas featuring professional Canadian artists of exceptional talent. This season features stars Elizabeth Beeler. Elizabeth DeGrazia, Meredith Hall. Gisele Fredette, Margaret Maye, Colin Ainsworth, Alexander Dobson, Keith Klassen, Kurt Lehmann, Robert Longo, Keith Savage, and a host of others. There are 8 performances of Imre Kalman's Countess Maritza, Dec 26, 2004 to Jan 8, 2005, followed by 3 performances of Francisco Barbieri's El Barberillo de Lavapies, February 18, 19 & 20, 2005, and 6 performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers April 22-30, 2005. Also featured are two benefit concerts Oktoberfiesta (October 17, 2004) and Gitango (November 24, 2004). Of special note is TOT's annual New Year's Eve Gala Party, a sit-down pre-performance dinner and post-performance dance at the HotHouse CaM. All performances are at the Jane MalJett Theatre (416) 366-7723. Also, the always-popular Musical Journey dinner and dance fundraiser will take audiences through the streets of Bavaria and Berlin! 22 Wllllllltl MEMBERS' PROflLES 2004-2005

General Director: Guillermo Silva-Marin E-mail: tot@torontooperetta.com www.torontooperetta.com Tickets: 416-922-2912 TORONTO PHILHARMONIA The Toronto Philharmonia celebrates its 33rd season with a 7-concert series of quality, affordable classical music. As orchestra-in-residence in the acoustically perfect George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the fully-professional orchestra is led by charismatic Maestro Kerry Stratton. Highlights of the 2004-2005 programme: classical guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez; Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 and other keyboard classics with brilliant young Korean soloists; colourful opera highlights performed by four Prague Opera soloists; Remembrance Day celebrations with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; and a December programme of treasured holiday music with klezmer band and CBC's Barbara Budd as narrator. Concerts are Thursdays at 8 :00 p.m .. with the February concert on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. The Toronto Philharmonia has an active youth outreach program, as well as a busy touring schedule in six Ontario communities. Artistic Director: Kerry Stratton Mail: 109-1210 Sheppard Ave. E. Toronto, ON M2K 1E3 Tel: 416-499-2204 Fax: 416-490-9739 E-mail: janetorphil@on.aibn.com www.torontophil.on.ca or www.kerrystratton.com TORONTO SENIOR STRINGS Toronto Senior Strings present four concerts for the coming season, all on Thursday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, southeast corner of King Street West and Simcoe (at St. Andrew Subway station). All concerts are pleasantly priced at at the door. Series tickets are available at . Our musicians, Marina Dantcheva (violin), Aleksandar Gajic (violin), Ania Barycz (viola) and Gregory Goldberg (cello) are all experienced, European trained and enthusiastic Canadian professionals. Our November 4, 2004 concert entitled "Old Masters" will feature Graham Pressey, recorder, and works by Purcell, Palestrina, Boyce, Bonacini, J.C. Bach and Dittersdorf. We are delighted to be hosting the Bach Children's Chorus under the direction of Linda Beaupre on April 7, 2005. We have a wonderful array of music by Vitali, Stamitz, Schubert, Schikele, Gajic and Gershwin. Anna Guo, playing the Yang-qin, will be our soloist on May 12, 2005, with works by Haydn, Ariaga, Brahms, McConnell and Bloch. Founder: Ruth Budd Address: #1808 - 5444 Yonge Street Toronto ON M2N 614 Phone: (416) 221-6090 e-mail: alansperling@sympatico.ca TORONTO S!NFONIETTA Toronto Sinfonietta is a chamber orchestra founded by Music Director Matthew Jaskiewicz best known for cutting-edge programming featuring jazz, new works, and a stellar array of soloists. The Sinfonietta Series begins on November 28, 3pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre, with legendary comedienne Luba Goy from CBC TV's Royal Canadian AIR FARCE hosting Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Kleinsinger's Tubby the Tuba. At the same venue, on February 12, 8pm, Polish-American jazz piano sensation Adam Makowicz performs a swinging tribute to Chopin and Gershwin. May 28, 7:30pm, a gala concert is held in the Jane Mallett Theatre with the voice and wit of Natalie Choquette, soprano comique. Ryerson University Oakham House Choir joins TS for Mozart's Requiem and Regina Coeli on December 11. 7:30pm, and Mendelssohn's Elijah on May 7, 7:30pm at Bloor Street United Church. At the ROM, Toronto Sinfonietta celebrates Halloween on October 29, 7pm by awompanying silent horror film Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde with music by Composer in Residence Philip McConnell, and presents an evening of film music in April. Artistic Director, Matthew Jaskiewicz Composer in Residence, Philip McConnell President, Barbara Kusiba General Manager, Vera Mraz 400 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto M4T IP5 Box Office: 416-410-4379 info@torontosinfonietta.com www.torontosinfonietta.com TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA See the music! Canada's premiere large ensemble, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, presents its 2004/2005 season and we're delighted to formally welcome Music Director Peter Oundjian in his inaugural season. The TSO is for music lovers of all ages; great deals to be had for the younger generation. 15-29? TSO tickets for $10 at www.tsoundcheck.com. (Some restrictions apply.) Starting in ·October, join us for Russian Masterpieces featuring Jacques Israelievitch, or sample A Czech Feast in November with violinist Sarah Chang. Also in November, experience Mahler's mighty Tenth Symphony. Take a Wagnerian Journey in December with soprano Jane Eaglen, or enjoy the tradition of Handel's Messiah. In the new year, the TSO presents our first annual Mozart Festival; pianist Garrick Ohlsson in a concert of Nordic Legends; Stravinsky's magnificent Nightingale featuring soloists from St. Petersburg' s Mari in sky Theatre; and the majesty of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, to name a few of our outstanding performances. For tickets call the box office, visit the website; or buy in person at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King Street West and Simcoe Street. Music Director: Peter Oundjian Director of Artistic Administration: Loie Fallis President and CEO: Andrew R. Shaw #550-212 King Street West. Toronto, M5H 1K5 416-593-7769 Box Office: 416-593-4828 Venue: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street at King Street West www.tso.ca TORONTO THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY The Toronto Theatre Organ Society (TTOS) was formed in the late sixties to rescue from Maple Leaf Gardens the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ originally built in 1922 for Shea's Hippodrome on Bay Street. A home was soon found in Casa Loma, and the organ was installed over several years by a team of dedicated society members. Since its opening concert in 1974, ongoing maintenance and tonal improvements have made this one of the finest sounding instruments of its kind. A non-profit volunteer organization, the TTOS has been fulfilling its mandate by presenting public concerts for the last 30 years, most recently under the banner "Wurlitzer Pops at Casa Loma" because the Mighty Wurlitzer under the command of a true theatre organist is no ordinary pipe organ recital - musically it's more like a symphony pops concert, but performed by one person. Canada's largest Wurfitzer is one of the last remaining examples in the country of what was probably the most versatile single musical instrument ever devised, the analog ancestor of today's digital synthesizers. TORONTO WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR President: John Struve P.O. Box 10323, 1021 Markham Rd .. Scarborough MIR 2YO 416 421-0918 www.theatreorgans.com/toronto The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir was founded in 1995 to kindle the tradition of four-part Welsh male voice singing in Toronto. Practices are held Wed. 7:30 - 10.00 pm (September - June) at Dewi Sant Welsh United Church, Toronto (Yonge/Lawrence). Membership requires a love of, and ear for, choral music and an elementary voice test. Being Welsh is not mandatory! The choir's key personnel are: David Low - Director, Lenard Whiting - Associate Director, and Kathryn Tremills, accompanist. The choir performs approximately JO concerts a year featuring traditional Welsh music, spirituals, operatic choruses, North American folk songs and show tunes. Phil Jones: 416-237-0251 president@twmvc.com www.twmvc.com TRILLIUM BRASS QUINTET .. The Trillium Brass Quintet is a versatile professional chamber ensemble comprised of Philip Seguin and Scott Harrison, trumpets; Christine Passmore, horn, Cathy Stone, trombone, and Karen Bulmer, tuba. Their repertoire includes original works for brass quintet, but they also transcribe music from many eras and styles, expanding the wealth of great music available to the modern brass quintet. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Wll1l1l1t1 MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005 23

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