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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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A 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 2005-2006, we present five concerts, beginning on November 19 with an advance celebration of Mozart's 250'h birthday. On January 28, we honour Beethoven, the Wild Man of the Salons, with a selection of his most evocative works. At the centre of our season, we welcome extraordinary soprano Ann Monoyios on February 18 for a solo recital of songs by Debussy, Schubert and Schumann. As spring {hopefully) fills the air, we offer Passion and Inspiration on March 18 with a programme of Romantic music performed by David Stewart (violin), Paule Prefontaine (violin), Stephen Marvin (viola), and Christina Mahler (cello). We end with a FlightofFancyon April 29, as we explore the many-coloured emotional universe ofRobert Schumann. Concerts take place on Saturdays at 8 p.m. at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.) where the superb acoustics contribute to a perfect listening experience. At intermission, enjoy complimentary cookies and refreshments. Nicolai Tarasov, artistic director Alexandra Eshelman, administrative coordinator 72 Hamilton Street, Toronto ON M4M 2C8 416-778-0400 AccLARION/ QUADRATONE Acclarion is Canada's premier accordion and clarinet duo, featuring David Carovillano (accordion) and Becky Sajo (clarinets). In their third season, Acclarion continues to present entertaining concerts with "music to tickle your ears!" Their debut self-titled CD was released last September, and continues to be a popular favourite on CBC Radio, as well as CHIN International Radio, and Radio BLV France. Acclarion's unique repertoire encompasses original compositions by David, as well as noted Canadian composers Charles Cozens and Alexander Rapoport, in addition to exciting arrangements of works by Handel, Mozart, and Puccini, and light-hearted popular tunes from Mancini to Warren. Acclarion has formed Quadratone (accordion, clarinet, viola and tuba), an extension of the already eclectic duo, with arrangements of classical standards and original compositions. The highlight of the season culminates with the Acclarion Concert/Wedding on May 27, 2006 at Walter Hall, University of Toronto. David and Becky, who first met and performed together three years ago at UofT, return to Walter Hall to get married and present a concert in which all are welcomed to attend! David Carovillano and Becky Sajo, artistic directors 30 Starfish Court, Brampton ON L6R 2R5 905- 793-7697 ALDEBURGH CONNECTION The Aldeburgh Connection celebrates the art of song with nine concerts of vocal music. Our season begins on October 30 with a Die schone Postmeisterin, a visit to 19th century Austria, and the story in music of Archduke Johann and his love for the beautiful daughter of the local postmaster. Our four other Sunday Series concerts include a Christmas celebration with excerpts from Britten's Paul Bunyan, two afternoons in the company of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude Debussy, and a tour of 1836 Upper Canada, by sled, steamer and canoe, with the writer and wife of Ontario's first Attorney-General, Anna Jameson. In May we present two recitals: Schubert's Florilegium, our annual Schubertiad and intermission party with guest artists Shannon Mercer and Joshua Hopkins; and tenor Michael Schade, in a Liederrecital. And our two Young Artists recitals feature talented young singers on the verge of important careers. Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, artistic directors Carol Anderson, administrative coordinator 416-691-2007 Al&G~~e( Sln~crs u FJ~yeors '-.. _,. 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 quasi-professional status, acclaimed as one of the best in Toronto. Many of their productions have been Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but they have also presented Die Fledermaus, The Meny ITTdow, and Sweeney Todd. The group has a strong educational mandate and is active in fundraising for charitable causes. All company members have a strong musical foundation, and the group has 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. This coming season, they will be performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols in early December. And in May 2006, The Alexander Singers and Players will present once again the all-time favourite Fiddler on the Roof A feast to follow. Angela Hawaleshka, artistic director 54 Manor Haven Road, Toronto ON M6A 2Jl 416-787-7388 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 services, including Thursday evensong and monthly 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- Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 83 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 ON M8X 182 416-233-1125 ALL THE KING'S VOICES 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. The choir welcomes singers with (,- \ ' ..,,. .r. ' varied musical abilities and gives them the opportunity to study, practice and perform under the professional tutelage of the choir's founder and conductor, David J. King, assisted by highly trained section leads. The current concert season includes: Christmas for Kids with guest artists. St. Joseph's Morrow Park High School Choir (Sunday Nov. 27 /05); Christmas Classics, traditional songs of the season (Saturday Dec.17 /05); Songs of Love and Laugbter, music to warm the heart (Saturday Feb. 11, 2006); and An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan (Saturday, Apr. 29, 2006). All concerts are at Willowdale United Church and evening concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. The choir also offers public workshops on sight-reading and vocal technique. All The King's Voices rehearses on Tuesdays at Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue, from 7:15 - 10:00 p.m. David King, conductor Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue North York 416-225-2255 AMADEUS CHOIR The acclaimed 100-voice Amadeus Choir celebrates its 31st anniversary this season together with the 21st anniversary of its conductor and artistic director, Lydia Adams. It is considered to be in the first rank nationally, renowned for its exceptional musicality, glorious sound and high-quality programming. In 1987, Dr. Adams created the Choir's annual International Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition. The choir presents its annual subscription series at the George Weston Recital Hall (where it has been Choirin-Residence since 1993), and at selected downtown Toronto venues. It performs with full orchestra or instrumental ensembles, is noted for its stunning a cappella performances, and for commissioning choral works by prominent Canadian composers. The choir has self-produced two CDs, Ring-a the News! and Songs of the Spirit, and has collaborated with the Hannaford Street Silver Band in Voices on High. The choir has collaborated with the Elmer Iseler Singers on Everlasting Light as well as on a CD devoted to the music of Harry Freedman to be released later this year - both on CBC Records. Lydia Adams, conductor/artistic director Eleanor Daley, accompanist Judith Young, general manager Anne Kear, publicity director 416-924-3940 75 The Donway West, Suite 410, Toronto ON M3C 2E9 416-446-0188 AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Acclaimed as one of Canada's foremost ensembles, Amici CONTINUED ON PAGE 84

- -.~- ~ :a:,m was fom1ed in 1985 by Patricia Parr, Joaquin Valdepeiias and David Hetherington to foster and advance the art of chamber music. The repertoire for this combination ofinstruments is limited, but these innovative · 1 artists have overcome this by commissioning new works each year by Canadian composers, and inviting their musical "amici" to perform with them. Joining Amici in its 2005/06 concert series are pianists Leslie Kinton and Andre LaPlante, soprano Barbara Hannigan and violinist Ida Kavafian. The March 3 concert features the world premiere of Trio by Jacques Hetu, commissioned by the CBC. Amici, which is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, is praised for its exceptional ensemble-playing, blending both classic and contemporary aspects of chamber music. Earlier this year it released its 8th CD Majestic Flair, devoted entirely to the music of Chan Ka Nin. Amici's 9th CD, Trios, with music by Bruch and d'Indy, was released in August. Patricia Parr, Joaquin Valdepeiias, David Hetherington, artistic directors Wendy Limbertie, executive director Anne Kear, publicity director 1738 Front Street East, Toronto ON M5A 3Z4 416-368-87 43 ANNEX SINGERS OF TORONTO The Annex Singers is a community choir which has been singing in the Annex area for more than 25 years. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join the choir. We rehearse Mondays 7:15 - 9:30 at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall on Huron Street, one block south ofBloor Street, beginning September 12th. The choir performs a wide array of styles, from staples of the classical repertoire, to spirituals, showtunes and contemporary works. This year the choir welcomes new music director Maria Case for an exciting season of music-making. This year our Christmas Concert is on Saturday, December 3, our Spring Concert is April 1, 2006, and our Cabaret Evening is Saturday, May 27. 2006. Membership fees are .00 for each of the Fall and Winter terms, and .00 for the Cabaret. For further information, please call our president, Richard Partington. at 416-968-7747 Maria Case, music director Anita Steiner, publicity 416-604-4259 or Susanna Jacobs 416-538-3108 ARRAYMUSIC Currently in our 34th season, Arraymusic is a virtuosic chamber ensemble that exists to take risks and push the boundaries of musical expression. Offering affordable studio rates for rehearsals and concerts, Arraymusic is also home for many of Toronto's improvisational.jazz and experimental musicians. Arraymusic commences its 34th subscription series on November 10, 2005, with a festive CD launch and concert at the Lula Lounge featuring works by Tenney, Zimmerman, Smith, Wolff and Kondo, all featured on the CD. Arraymusic presents four concerts this year under the new artistic directorship ofRobert Stevenson, a longtime Ensemble member with over 25 years as a performer, composer and conductor. The season includes the innovative SCRATCH! Festival of experimental music as well as the Young Composers Workshop. which directly mentors new composers. Departing from our usual concert venues to explore new locations, we welcome Hart House and Lula Lounge as our new partners. Arraymusic will participate in a venture with Toronto's new music presenters when we stage our concert as part of SoundaXis, a festival celebrating music and architecture. Robert Stevenson, artistic director Sandra Bell, general manager 60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 218, Toronto ON M6K 1X9 416-532-3019 ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE Now celebrating its seventh season, Art of Time has garnered critical acclaim by promoting the popular sensibilities inherent in the music of serious composers such as Schoenberg, Prokofiev and Brahms, and by creating programs that include a mixture of classical and popular genres thus appealing to a new and younger audience for classical music. The 2005-2006 season opens on November 4 & 5, 2005 with That Crazy American Music, with songs of Bernstein, Gershwin, Kern, Mercer, Waits and others arranged by Bruce Cassidy, Phil Dwyer, Steve McKinnon,Jon Goldsmith and Carl Wilson. The February 3 & 4, 2006 concert includes choreography by Peggy Baker and James Kudelka to music by Cage, Bryers and Prokofiev. March 24 & 25, 2006 sees Shostakovich's I00 1 h Anniversary - his life and work are remembered with some of his rarely performed pieces complemented by readings by Ted Dykstra. The season closes on April 21 & 22, 2006 with Dorothy Livesay: The Woman I Am, featuring Jennifer Dale and music by Mozart, Ginastera, Albeniz, Weil, Ichianagi, Rzewski, Tchaikovsky and others. Andrew Burashko, artistic director Frances Shakov, general manager ARTS RICHMOND HILL Arts Richmond Hill was founded in 1968 as a community based arts council whose mandate is the advancement of arts and culture through promotion, awareness and education. It is our goal to create an "Integrated Living Arts Community" with associate liaisons with all members of the public, and to perpetuate arts and culture within our community for the next generation. We organize a music festival, Festival of Lights, Heritage Village Day and concert series. In addition, we sponsor special projects such as Arts in Education, Studio Tour and partnering workshops with Opera York. We provide the Roy Clifton Bursary to graduates of Richmond Hill publicly funded high schools each year. Mary Vautour, president 10266 Yonge Street, Suite 201 Richmond Hill ON UC 387 905-508-0789 ASSOCIATES OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra are people who share a love of classical music and organize events that showcase the talents of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO). The Associates sponsor the Five Small Concerts chamber music series at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre in downtown Toronto. The 2006 concerts begin in February and run through June. Performances are wide ranging in scope and feature members of the TSO. Members of the TSYO perform one of the five concerts. 84 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006 In addition to our concerts, members gather monthly in an informal social setting to enjoy performances by invited guests, either established professional musicians or young classical musicians who enjoy performing to small audiences. Jazz artists have also performed. From time to time, informative speakers are invited to enhance members' knowledge on all aspects of the world of classical music. Lively discussions ensue. For further information on the 2006 Five Small Concerts performances and/or membership in the Associates, call 416-221-8342. Paul Whittaker, Bill Teichman, music program chairs 900 Yonge Street, Suite 1404, Toronto ON M4W 3P5 416-221-8342 (Alan & Geraldine Sperling) autorickshaw Suba Sankaran - voice. piano, vocal percussion; Ed Hanley - tabla, percussion, vocal percussion; Rich Brown - electric .. bass, pandeiro; J,,.il."1111, ·-..-~ Debashis Sinha - multikit autorickshaw is a perfect collision of styles as contemporary jazz and funk easily rub shoulders with the classical music oflndia. Formed in 2003, autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the world music landscape. autorickshaw's album Four Higher was nominated for a 2005 JUNO award for world music album of the year, and the ensemble won the 2005 Canadian Independent Music Award. autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada the past three years including appearances at Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Atlantic Jazz Festival. The versatile and highly trained members of autorickshaw also present authoritative, interactive workshops. "... authentic and - spiritually- nearly overwhelming" - NNNN, Now Magazine "Vocalist and pianist Suba Sankaran emanates ribbons of sound, traversing the continuum between traditional south Indian classical and jazz" - Andrew Craig, CBC Radio Suba Sankaran and Ed Hanley, artistic directors Suba Sankaran 416-686-2370 Ed Hanley 416-597-8705 B BACH CHILDREN'S CHORUS AND BACH CHAMBER YOUTH CHOIR The Bach Children's Chorus totals 180 singers, aged 6 and up in four choirs which include both treble and mixed-voice youth. The choirs are known throughout Toronto for their beautiful, musical sound and professional approach. BCC's educational approach ensures a well-rounded programme of skills-building for every chorister. Latest awards include first prizes in the CBC choral competition (2004) and Provincial Music Festivals (2004 and 2005). This season BCC will host five Youth Choirs from Canada and the US for a weekend of workshops and singing. They will also host six Ontario senior treble choirs with composer Malcolm Dalglish as guest clinician. This festival will culminate in a concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (TAC) on April 1, featuring all the choirs and the music of Mr. Dalglish. Other highlights of the season include singing as guest artists of the Amadeus Choir

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