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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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  • Toronto
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and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and BCC's own major concerts on December 10 and May 13 at the TAC. BCC has released four recordings, including the latest, Go Where You Wm (2005). Linda Beaupre, founder and music director Jane Greenwood, administrator 23 Mossbank Drive, Toronto ON MIG 2Cl 416-431-0790 BATA SHOE MUSEUM As one ofToronto's most unique attractions, the Bata Shoe Museum is raising the tempo this year with classical and jazz concerts during our Steppin' Out Thursdays. . In partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Remenyi House and the Glenn Gould School, the Museum will have feet tapping to Millimba Magic, November 10; the swinging sound of Ambur Braid performing Spanish cabaret songs, solo voice and piano, November 17; Two Harps A-Dancing, January 26; and many more. From Debussy to Obradors, the Bata Shoe Museum's concerts will appeal to our music lovers. In addition to the classical concerts are Two-Tone Jazz Nights, with Lina Allemano & Friends on October _6, Andrew Downing & Band on February 16, and Tim Postgate & Band on March 2. Two-Tone Jazz Nights wouldn't be complete without mini-displays of the twotone footwear associated with the jazz period. All of the musical concerts are free, as is admission on these evenings. Phone or email for specific event times and more information about all of the concerts and Steppin' Out Thursdays. 327 Bloor St. West, Toronto ON M5S 1W7 416.979.7799 x242 BELL' ARTE SINGERS Our commu- . nity of singers is pleased ~~~~ . to join us for our 2005 - 2006 concert season. The season starts Saturday, November 12 at Christ Church Deer Park: Concert for Peace and Remembrance, presenting music and words which. focus on living_ in. peace with each other with our envlfonment and w1thm ourselves. The rep~rtoire includes works by Bach, Du~ufl~. Eric Robertson, Blitheman and more. The orgamst 1s the renowned Ian Sadler and guest reader is Robert Fisher. Children and Christmas ... a perfect combination. We proudly present Christmas with the York Region C/Jildren 's Choir, with our own Teri Fowler as their conductor. This merry, festive concert takes place at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Saturday, December 10, 2005. The featured organist is Edward Moroney. The Bell' Arte singers completes their season Saturday, April 22, 2006 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre: Hear the Merry Pipes/With Ian Sadler at the console, the inspiring music includes works by Swayne, Argento, Vaughan Williams and more. Subscribe to our email newsletter by contacting or call 416-699-5879 for concert information and group rates. Dr. Lee Willingham, artistic director 39 Osborne Avenue, Toronto ON M4E 3A8 416-699-5879 c CADENCE Four Men. Four Microphones. No Instruments. Start with a playlist that covers jazz, popular music, even classical. Add in four guys who can't help but have fun. The result has something for everyone: instrumental_irnita~on, sop~isticat~d harmonies, and engaging audience mteract10n. This winning formula has earned Cadence international recognition as "one of the finest quartets to make an appearance in the a cappella scene". In the journey from four-guys-in-the-living-room to international touring band, Cadence has performed for many of the greatest names in vocal music including Quincy Jones and Manhattan transfer. Cadence has also had the honour of singing with vocal maestro Bobby Mcferrin in 2003 in Montreal, and in 2005 at Roy Thomson Hall. Cadence has performed across the world, delighting audiences across North America, Asia, and Europe. Wherever they go, Cadence delivers its mandate: to explore and demonstrate that the voice has no limits. Their new CD, Twe11ty For 011e, is a balance of hip jazz, cool pop, and clever and thoughtful original songs, and can be purchased through their website. 416-652-3318 CANADIAN CHILDREN'S OPERA CHORUS Welcome to the magical world of opera and children! The CCOC has been commissioning and producing exciting opera for children for over 35 years. The core of the artistic team includes Ann Cooper Gay, Teodora Georgieva, Bronwen Low.Joanne Mitchell and Errol Gay. The 2005-6 season features A Dickens of a Christmas, world-premiere opera (music: Errol Gay, libretto: Michael Patrick Albano), a brand new adaptation of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Shows are on December 8 and 9 (school shows - groups only) and December 10 and 11 (public shows) at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. The Food o!Love (music by Brahms, Lehar, Vivaldi and others) takes place on February 11, 2006 at George Weston Recital Hall - Toronto Centre for the Arts. Saliit Printemps ~eaturing Debussy's Sa/ill Printemps and Vivaldi's GJ01ia, with chamber orchestra, and the Apprentice Choruses' Spring Concert(annual m~s(c~l/dramatic presentation by the three youngest d1V1s10ns of the CCOC) are planned for May. For further details on concerts, recordings, and auditions for prospective choristers, please visit our website. Ann Cooper Gay, artistic director Drasko Petkovic, administrator Ken Hall, company manager 227 Front St. E Toronto ON M5A 1E8 416-366-0467 CMG CANADIAN MuSIC CENTRE The CMC exists to stimulate awareness, appreciation, and performance of Canadian music by making the music of over 620 associate composers available and accessible. As Canada's primary place to find scores, parts and recordings o~ Canadian compositions, the CMC houses a 20,000 +-piece collec- Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 85 tion, available through its lending libraries. The CMC continues to digitize and expand this collection. The CMC produces recordings on its own label, Centrediscs; more than 700 CD titles feature its associate composers and other Canadian independent artists. Other core services extend to on-demand score printing & binding, and repertoire consultation. The CMC also engages in several outreach projects, including the Professional Readings Project, Composer Companio11s, and New Music in New Places. The CMC is accessible through its website and five regional centres (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Sackville). CMC website advanced features include: a new online library catalogue with extended search functionality, score & audio samples, and online ordering; an interactive introduction to Canadian compositional trends of the 20th century (Sow1d Progression); and an early educational introduction to Canadian music (Sound Adventures). Elisabeth Bihl , executive director Jason van Eyk, Ontario regional director Chalmers House, 20 St. Joseph Street Toronto ON M4Y 1J9 416 -961-6601 CANADIAN Music COMPETITIONS Toronto Chapter Founded in 1958, the Canadian Music Competitions is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting young Canadian classical music students. Through competitions, CMC provides opportunities for them to measure themselves against the most demanding standards and gives financial assistance through scholarships. It also offers a wide range of performance opportunities including international exposure. Competitions are held in cities across _Canada for candidates between the ages of 7 and 29 m more than nine instrument categories or voice. A mark of at least 80% in the flfst round enables candidates to play in the provincial round and a minimum mark of 85% allows them to perform in the national fmals. Every two years, the International Stepping Stone (ISS) comp~titions are held for older, advanced students prepanng professional careers in music. In 2006, the Toronto and Ontario competitions will be held at The George IgnatieffTheatre, U ofT, from May 4 to May 17 and the national finals will be held in Rimouski, Quebec, from June 19 to July 5 Lena Ouzounian, Chapter president 97 Larkfield Dr., Toronto ON M3B 2H6 416-441-1335 I Now in its 7th season, the Canadian Sinfonietta is a professional chamber orchestra led by music director Tak-Ng Lai. Concerts: Family Furr. Nov 27, Glenn Gould Studio, 2pm features two CMC winners, eight year old pianist Victoria Wong and Juilliard School student, Karen Ouzounian. Also featured is Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. Love in the New lear. Feb 11, Newtonbrook United Church, 8pm celebrates Chinese New Year with bamboo flautist, Zhou Wei and Teng Li, principal violist of the TSO. A Schubertiad Wi11e and Cheese: March 25, Heliconian Hall, 8pm featuring Schubert songs and Trout Quintet, including a work by composer in residence, Michael Pepa. CON TI NUED ON PAGE 86

Romantic Wo1ks for String Orchestra: April 29, Newtonbrook United Church 8pm features concertmaster Joyce Lai and pianist Michael Esch performing Mendelssohn's Duo Concerto. 20th Century Classics. June 10, Glenn Gould Studio, 8pm features pianist Alexander Tselyakov performing Shostakovitch Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program, Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and Copland's Appalachian Spring. Call or visit our website for information about Early Bird Tickets! Tak-Ng Lai, music director and conductor Joyce Lai, concertmaster 55 Proctor Ave., Thornhill ON L3T 1M6 905 707-1200 CANADIAN SINGERS The Canadian Singers is a group of eight experienced vocalists brought together by Harvey Patterson in 1994 to perform a repertoire of all-Canadian music, ranging from pop to folk to serious choral works. The group has performed in Roy Thomson Hall, the Skydome, Hart House, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and Markham Theatre with such artists as Mark DuBois, Peter Appleyard, Dave Broadfoot, Liona Boyd and Natalie McMaster. Recently the singers appeared at the Markham Village Festival, Scarborough Civic Centre and Sharon Temple, performing world premieres of music by Canadian composers Horace Beard, Patricia Duffey-Spilker, Ralph Fraser and Vern Kennedy. In April they presented their revue Will the Real Canada Please Stand Up?as part of the Newtonbrook Nights Concert Series. They will join Lachan Chamber Choir and The Harmony Singers for a joint concert in the Leah Posluns Theatre on Wednesday, December 7 and will present their annual Christmas concert in Montgomery's Inn, Etobicoke, on Friday, December 9. Check out our web site for future performances and activities ofThe Canadian Singers. Harvey Patterson, music director 20 Sunnylea Avenue West, Etobicoke ON M8Y 2J7 416-239-5821 strings, and french horns. Kelly Galbraith, director 12 Gordon Park Dr., Toronto ON M9B 1J6 416-236-1522 CATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and maestro Robert Raines present its 21" season. CBSO is a Scarborough-based, 70-member community orchestra. This season, in partnership with community groups, CBSO presents seven enticing concerts. CBSO, noted for facilitating performing opportunities for young musicians, is now welcoming new musicians. The Young Artists Concert, a free admission concert featuring five gifted young soloists, including Zubaida Azezi, CBSO/RCM Competition Winner, will be presented on Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre. A five-concert subscription series will be presented at Stephen Leacock Collegiate at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings November 5, December 10, 2005, February 4, March 4, and April 22, 2006. A stellar line-up of concertos and soloists include Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 3 with Peter Longworth, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with Aaron Brock, Ewazen's Concerto for Tenor Trombone with James Lebens, and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with Eugene Shon, CBSO/ CMC Competition Winner. An elegant season finale Pops Fundraiser, at the Metropolitan Centre, features Coenraad Bloemendal playing Popper's Cello Concerto No. 4, on Friday May 26, 2006. Robert Raines, principal conductor Peter van Gijn, assistant conductor Ines Pagliari, concertmaster Ian Clarke, president Ananda Umar, orchestra manager PO Box 51074, 18 Eglinton Square Scarborough ON MIL 2K2 Box Office: 416-879-5566 resource. Our organization aims to support the growth and raise the profile of Ontario choral music, strengthen the network among choirs and choral musicians, provide outstanding information to our members, and achieve a sustainable future. With huge support from donors, volunteers, and members, the thirteen-member Board of Directors and the office staff have weathered the acute financial crisis of 2004, restructured the organization, and developed a new three-year plan. For help with any choral inquiry, or for more information on becoming a member, get in touch! Connect chorally. Make life sing! Melva Treffinger Graham, president 330 Walmer Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2Y4 416-923-1144 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Music plays a very important part at this busy Anglican parish church. Christ Church is home to the only recent-vintage tracker organ in a Toronto Anglican church, a three-manual instrument built by Karl Wilhelm in 1982. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, organist and director of music, has been organist since 1997; Dermot Muir is assistant organist. The first-rate senior choir sings Sundays and other holy days, as well as concerts. There are two other beginner choirs, one for adults and one for children ages 7-14. Christ Church runs a Lunchtime Chamber Music Series on Thursdays in October - November and April - May. This is the ninth season for these concerts, all of which begin at 12:30. Admission is by donation. An Organ Redial Series, which has featured organists from across Canada, takes place Sunday nights in Lent. With its Yonge Street location (at Heath, near the St Clair TIC station), fine acoustics, full modern facilities, flexible staging, and seating for 500, Christ Church is an increasingly popular venue for outside concert presenters during the year. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, organist/director of music 1570 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4T 128 416-920-5211 CANTORES CELESTES WOMEN'S CHOIR Founded in 1989, Cantores Celestes is an auditioned women's ensemble, presenting interesting thematic programs with a variety of good music. They sing to create musical excellence and joy, and to make a difference in the community, donating thousands of dollars to various Toronto charities. The choir has produced three well-received CDs, Bright Shining as the Sun; Wassail!, and Love's Pure Light. A 4th will be released next year. Cantores Celestes has performed live on CBC Radio, has been featured on a CBC video and three films for the History Channel, and participated in Festival 500in St. John's NFLD 2005. Upcoming concerts: Dec. 3, 8:00pm: Go Tell it on the Mountain -the Hills of Bethlehem meet the Blue Mountains of Kentucky Music by Purcell and special guests, Foggy Hogtown Boys. A donation will be made to the charity UrbanPromise. Feb 17, 2006, 8:00pm: Concert with Women's Choir of Univ of Toronto, Robert Cooper conducting. April 29, 8pm: Spring Celebration, music by Michael Haydn with organ Qurgen Petrenko), CENTENARY UNITED CHURCH CHOIR The 30-member auditioned choir of Centenary United Church in Hamilton sings weekly services and presents regular concerts from September to June. The choir has collaborated in the past with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Hamilton Philliarmonic Orchestra presenting a world premiere work for both chorus and orchestra. This past year the CCH performed an Ontario premiere of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace with chamber orchestra. Our choral scholarship program established by the late Mr. James Morrow annually gives up to five students the opportunity to sing while continuing their secondary or postsecondary education. For information on the 2005-2006 concert series please visit our website. Shawn Grenke, minister of music 24 Main Street West, Hamilton ON L8P 1H2 905-5 22-6843 CHOIRS ONTARIO This association oflovers of choral music, known since 1999 as Choirs Ontario, was founded in 1971 as the Ontario Choral Federation. Our mission: to strengthen choral music and celebrate its power. Our vision: for Choirs Ontario to be your ul ti mate choral 86 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006 CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGADALENE CHOIRS Dr. Healey Willan (1880-1968) started the Gallery and Ritual Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in 1921 as part of the Anglo-Catholic liturgical revival. At the weekly llam solemn mass, the Gallery Choir sings a polyphonic Miss a Brevis and motet {all a cappella), while the Ritual Choir sings the minor propers in Gregorian chant. The choirs also sing at special weekday services, monthly Evensong and Benediction, and at concerts. The repertoire of the Gallery Choir consists of liturgical choral music primarily of the Renaissance and 20th century, with a significant focus on the music of Healey Willan. One of Canada's greatest composers, Willan was organist and choir director at SMM for over 46 years. Willan's music and performance style have made this venue a significant influence throughout the Anglican Communion. Visitors are regularly welcomed from around the world. New members are always welcome to join the choirs by audition. Please contact the director. Practices are on Thursday evenings and before the services. Dr. Willis Noble, organist & director of music 477 Manning Avenue, Toronto ON M6G 2V8 416-978-3611

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