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Volume 10 Issue 2 - October 2004

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Trillium Brass Quintet,

Trillium Brass Quintet, continued TBQ's versatility and experience allow them to arrange and present music to suit any occasion. They have performed for The Kitchener-Waterloo Music Society, the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, and University of Toronto's New Music Week. During the summers of 2002 and 2003, they attended the Musicians at Large program at the prestigious Banff Centre. TBQ has collaborated with many ensembles, including the Mendelssohn Choir, Pax Christi Chorale, Cantores Celestes Women's Choir, and are appearing with the Exultate Chamber Singers this winter. Their recordings include their premiere CD "Revecy", and "Seasons of the Spirit" with The Pax Christi Chorale. Please visit their website for audio and video samples, and more information about this dynamic ensemble. TRUE NORTH BRASS Trillium Brass Quintet Artistic director: Scott Harrison 416-604-4365 www.trilliumbrass.com PASSION. DIVEI/$ITUUN. True North Brass is: Barton Woomer!, Raymond Tizzard - Trumpets, Joan ..;;;;- : ,.\ Watson - Horn, Alastair Kay - Trombone, and J. Scott Irvine - Tuba. - Truly Musical: True North Brass is a critically acclaimed group comprised of live of Canada's most virtuosic soloists whose wealth and diversity of experience give the group its brilliant presentations. Truly Canadian: True North Brass takes great pride in its Canadian roots. Composer/arrangers Alastair Kay and J. Scott Irvine have created wonderful music for the group together with friends/writers like Howard Cable, Jim McGrath and Laryssa Kuzmenko. Truly Unique: In 7 short years True North Brass has developed standing ovation recitals, 3 brilliant CD's, a stunning orchestra show, an equally electric show with band, the marvellous "TNB Magic" - an educational tool fo( keeping the fun in learning to play a musical instrument, a library of sheet music and a website featuring articles on Canadian brass legends along with more great playing info! True North Brass are Yamaha Artists and work passionately with Yamaha to keep the joy in music and music education. TRYPTYCH PRODUCTIONS 39-37th St.,Etobicoke, M8W 3LS 416-201-9893 info@truenorthbrass.com www.truenorthbrass.com TrypTych Productions was formed in 1999 by the three co-directors. All are well-known performers, producers and directors (stage and music) who bring a wealth of experience to concert and operatic production. Tryp'fych's mission is to present concerts, theatre and opera featuring the best of Canadian vocal talent and to provide educational and developmental opportunities for young and upcoming singers. The repertoire ranges from Baroque to the new music of the 21st century. Productions have included Beethoven's Fidelio, Puccini's Tosca, Haydn's The Creation, Menotti's The Medium, and more. Workshop productions have included Rigoletto, The Tales of Hoffmann and The Most Happy Fella. TrypTych has appeared at Summerworks Theatre Festival, The Toronto Fringe Festival and at World Youth Day 2002. This past season saw TrypTych successfully produce The Second Toronto International Chamber Music Festival at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, the critically acclaimed Canadian premiere of the opera, The Diary of Anne Frank and the Canadian premiere of Hugo Wolf's only opera, Der Corregidor. Edward Franko, Co-Artistic Director (Stage) Lenard Whiting, Co-Artistic Director (Vocal, Choral) William Shookholl, Co-Artistic Director (Music) Richard Davidson, Administrator 583 Durie Street, Toronto, M6S 3H2 416 763-5066 Fax: 416 783-5664 inlo@tryptych.org www.tryptych.org u UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FACULTY OF Music FACUt:TY r ,, • The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is widely regarded as a leading centre for the scholarly and professional .., l study of music in North America. For U NI V RRSITY almost a century, many of Canada's 01' TOHONTO greatest musicians have studied and taught at the Faculty, including John Weinzweig, Lois Marshall, Elmer lseler, Teresa Stratas, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The Faculty presents over 100 events annually featuring its students, faculty and distinguished guests. The goal is to enrich the University and its surrounding community with music presentations of the highest professional caliber. Highlighting the 2004-2005 season are appearances by baritone Sir Thomas Allen, composers Heinz Heiliger and Kelly-Marie Murphy; music theorists Kofi Agawu and Carl Schachter; ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner; violinist Scott St. John; conductors Ralli Armenian, Agnes Grossmann, Jeanne Lamon and Alain Trudel; pianists Ja mes Parker and Lydia Wong; cellist Shauna Rolston; jazz vocalist Kurt Elling; chamber ensembles Brentano Quartet, eighth blackbird, Nexus, St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio. For more information call the box office or visit the website. Dr. Gage Averill, Dean Dr. Cameron Walter, Associate Dean & Performance Coordinator Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park Box Office: 416-978-3744 www.music.utoronto.ca UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, OPERA DIVISION, FACULTY OF Music The fall double-bill production features four performances of Gustav Holst's Savitri and Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, November 11 - 14, conducted by Stephen Ralls and Sandra Horst, with stage direction by Michael Patrick Albano. The spring production will feature Handel's Semele, March 4, 5, 11 & 12, with musical direction by Jeanne Lamon and Stephen Ralls, and stage direction by Tom Diamond. The Division's highly successful (and often sold-out) Opera Tea Series at 2.30 on the stage of MacMillan Theatre features Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance on October 17, and Viva Verdi!, January 16. Concluding the opera season are two evenings of Operetta and Musical Theatre, titled "Songs we taught your mother" on April 23 & 24, 2005. For performance limes, venues, tickets or other info, please visit the website or call the box office. Stephen Ralls, Musical Director and Coordinator, Opera Division Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park Box Office: 416-978-3744 www.music.utoronto.ca UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT Music & ARTS SCHOOL The University Settlement Music and Arts School has been providing quality, affordable music lessons and group classes for over 80 years in downtown Toronto. We believe that the arts are a right, not a privilege and offer music and arts programs to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, perceived talent, disability or ability to pay. Individual lessons are available on a wide variety of musical instruments, in voice and theory. Group classes include: Pre-School Music and Creative Dance,, Children's Choir, Community Choir, Community Orchestra, Chamber Music, Ear Training for Kids and Adults, Dance (jazz, tap and ballet). Our faculty consists of highly qualified professionals. Lesson fees are modest, and we offer subsidies lo lowincome families. Scholarships, practice facilities and instrument rentals are also available. Student recitals are a regular feature at the Music and Arts School, offering excellent performance opportunities to our students in a family environment. We also present faculty concerts, special events with special guests, and workshops. For specific information, call the office: Monday 9:30 - 4:30; Tuesday to Friday 9:30- 7:00; and Saturday 10:30- 2:00 p.m. Director: Anne Yardley 23 Grange Road, Toronto, MST 1C3 416-598-3444 x 243 /244 Fax: 416-598-4401 UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS INC. The Upper Canada Choristers is a charitable, community-based organization in Toronto. We are a mixed voice choir numbering about 50, founded in 1994 by Laurie Evan Fraser, Artistic Director, and Jacqui Atkin, President. The choir's' mission is to nurture the love of singing and appreciation of choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, educating both choir members and audiences. The choir performs regularly in a variety of community venues - hospitals, nursing homes, seniors' residences, schools, churches, - as well as singing at special events and other public concerts. The members' diversity is reflected in a wide range of choral repertoire. Highlights of our season will include Ding Dong Mer- 24 Wllllllltl MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005

ily on High, a concert on December 3, 2004 in collaboration with The Brass Handbell Choir of St. John's York Mills under the direction of Carolyn Marlin; and Choral Soundscapes of Toronto, a celebration of te cultural diversity of our dynamic city, a concert on May 13, 2005. We are a vibrant; growing organization with a commitment to excellence. Conductor/Artistic Director: Laurie Evan Fraser 2 Romar Crescent, Toronto, M6B IRS Phone/Fax: 416-256-0510 www.chorister.org VESNIVKA CHOIR Founding director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki established Vesnivka Choir in 1965. This award-winning 40-member women's ensemble has delighted audiences around the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary and traditiona.l folk music. Vesnivka has won several first-place awards in CBC Radio Choral Competition, placed first in 1993 at International Eisteddfod in Wales (folk category), and earned silver standing at Linz 2000 Choir Olympics. Vesnivka begins its new season with a repeat performance of its successful concert "A Tribute to Mykola Leontovych" on October 29, 2004. On December l lth, Vesnivka, joined by Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir and guest artist Ores! Sushko (Hammer Dulcimer), perform a Christmas Concert in Port Hope. The New 'Year commences with Vesnivka and TUMCC presenting their ever-popular' annual "A Ukrainian Christmas" on January 9, 2005. The choir's concert series concludes on March 4th with a concert of music composed to the poetry of Ukraine's greatest poet Taras Shevchenko. Vesnivka also performs Christmas and Easter Liturgies on January 7th and May lst, 2005 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto. Artistic Director: Halyna Kvitka Kondracki Administrator: Nykola Parzei 78 Brule Gardens, Toronto, M6S 4J2 416-763-2197 E-mail: nykola@vesnivka.com www.vesnivka.com VICTORIA SCHOLARS MEN'S CHORAL ENSEMBLE The namesake of the Victoria Scholars, Tomas Luis de Victoria, was an outstanding composer of the Renaissance period whose music is renowned for both its spirituality and emotional expressiveness. The essence of the Scholars' music is an emphasis on the clarity and balance of sound so characteristic of Renaissance music. Their repertoire encompasses medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, contemporary and newly commissioned works. Past winners of the Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Scholars have performed with many of Canada's exceptional vocal soloists, and have toured both in eastern and western Canada. They have recorded two widely acclaimed recordings and have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio, most recently an all Canadian programme for In Performance. Auditions for the ensemble take place in the fall each season. 2004/2005 Concert Series: Masters in this Hall (Dec. 19); Palestrina: Soul of Rome (Mar. 6); Those English Composers (Jun. 12). Jerzy Cichocki, Music Director 146 Willowridge Rd., Toronto, M9R 3Z7 416-761-7776 info@victoriascholars.ca www.victoriascholars.ca VIVA! YOUTH SINGERS OF TORONTO VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto was founded in 2000 at a time of widespread cuts to public school arts programs. VIVA! is comprised of three choirs organized by age, experience, and ability. The Preparatory Chorus is composed of children ages 5-7. These young singers engage in fun, age-appropriate, musical activities. Singers in the two older choirs - Main Chorus I, ages 7 - 12; and Main Chorus II, ages 12-18- receive regular structured instruction in vocal technique, theory, and sightsinging. Private vocal coaching is also provided for singers in Main Choruses I and 11. All choristers are taught how to produce a beautiful singing tone through a repertoire that varies in musical style and languages. The work done during regular rehearsals leads to performances at our three annual in-house concerts. VIVA! is committed to providing young singers with the opportunity to participate in artistically excellent endeavours with an integrated arts approach, and to supporting Eanadian musicians and artists. Rehearsals are Monday nights at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church. Artistic Director: Carol Woodward Ratzlaff Prep. Chorus Conductor: Susan Suchard Accompanist: Brad Ratzlaff General Manager: Laura Menard 16 Chilton Road, Toronto. M4J 3C8 416-788-8482 Fax, 416-788-0138 vivayouth@vivayouthsingers.com www.vivayouthsingers.com VOCAL ART FORUM The Vocal Art Forum was founded in 1999 to provide an opportunity for instructors of the highest competence to conduct workshops in their fields of expertise in the realm of classical vocal performance. Conceived as an alternative or supplement to institutionalised training, The Vocal Art Forum provides an opportunity for singers to focus on those individual elements of training required at a particular phase of their professional development. Workshop sessions are offered according to the availability of the instructors and the needs of singers. All workshops conclude with public performances. The vision of the Vocal Art Forum also includes providing performance venues for recitals and opera, where ·care is taken to create a context and atmosphere conducive to the art itself. VocALPOINT Peter Neff, Coordinator 203 Howland Ave. Toronto M5R 3B7 416-876-5859 vocalart@gto.net Founded in 1997 by Musical Director Ian Grundy, VocalPoint has quickly established itself as one of the country's finest Chamber Choirs. The choir has achieved the national semi-finals in the past four CBC Radio Competitions. In addition to an annual subscription series of concerts presented in Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Voca!Point has performed on Roy Thomson Hall's noonhour series for Organ and Choir, at the Glenn Gould Studio for live broadcast on CBC Radio Two's "Music Around Us" and at the Sharon Temple. This year, VocalPqint's season begins on Nov. 14 with a performance of English 161h and I 7'h century Verse Anthems by Blow, Byrd, Croft, Gibbons, Morley, Purcell and Tompkins. The highly popular Festival of Carols will be presented on Sun. Dec. 19. On Good Friday, March 25 VocalPoint will once again join forces with the Talisker Players Chamber Orchestra .and soloists in perform- 1ances of two Passiontide masterpieces: The Faure Requiem and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. The season concludes with the opening performance of the historic Sharon Temple's Music Festival on June 11, 2005. Artistic Director: Ian Grundy Administrative Director: Hugh Tracy 554 Davisville Ave., Toronto, M45 IJ5 416-484-0185 htracy@idirect.com http://vocalpoint_choir.tripod.com Vesnivka Choir on tour CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 w111a1111t1 MEMBERS' PROFILES 2004-2005 25

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