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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY The Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the oldest churches in Toronto (184 7) and boasts a magnificent acoustical space and two fine concert instruments (piano and organ). Music for the active and activist congregation is led on Sunday mornings by Becca Whitla. Each December the church produces The Ch1istmas Sto1y, a magical family event (free, but tickets must be reserved in November at 416-598-8979.) From May to September, the church presents Music Mondays, a culturally diverse noon-time series of weekly concerts that reflect the variety of traditions alive in Toronto's many communities. Holy Trinity also hosts the Toronto Early Music Centre (416-966-1409) which will be holding concerts one Sunday each month from 2:30-3:30 Gan-June). Holy Trinity welcomes other musical and artistic events and also meetings or events that focus on social justice issues. 10 Trinity Square, Toronto ON MSG !Bl 416-598-4521 CITY OF TORONTO HISTORIC MUSEUMS All year long enjoy a wide variety of musical experiences at the City ofToronto Historic Museums, located throughout the city. There's always great entertainment at Montgomery's Inn's Fall Com Roast and don't miss the Eaily Music Fairthere in September. It's a wonderful opportunity to listen to the music and view the instruments of years past. The holiday season abounds with musical pleasures. Don't miss the Christmas concerts at Montgomery's Inn. Take part in Scottish New Yeartraditions at both Mackenzie House, where traditional group, Gin Lane, will perform and visit Gibson House, whose Hogmanay celebrations will be enlivened by popular musician, Ian Bell. Try English country dancing at Historic Fort York at both Dance & Dance-ability (Sept.) and Queen Char­ Jotte 's Birthday Ball Gan.). In the spring, Spadina Museum's Music in the Orchard, Sunday afternoons in June, offers a different traditional group each week. Contact us at: 416-338-0628 Events Hotline: 416-338-3888 CIVIC LIGHT OPERA COMPANY Founded in 1979, our much-heralded musical theatre company makes its home at the Fairview Library Theatre in Toronto, offering unique, professional-quality entertainment at the most affordable prices. Each season we offer four productions. Our 100 + shows have ranged from the well-loved Broadway classics to revues and concert stagings to the more obscure shows - lost and forgotten musicals also deserving of presentation. Our most prestigious recognition came in February 2004 with the first-ever Canadian production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's long-lost masterpiece, Allegro, which played to sold-out houses and phenomenal reviews and audience response. A world-premiere original musical adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with score by James P. Doyle and book by Joe Cascone, was staged in both 2000 and 2002, to audience and critical acclaim. This season, we offer Flower Drum Song on Sept. 1- 17, !Do. I Doon Oct. 27-Nov.12, Titanic The Musicalon Feb. 2-18 and A Funny Thing Happened 011 the Way to the Forum on May 25-June 11. Please join us on our theatrical journey!! Joe Cascone, artistic director Subscription information/box office: 416-755-1717 CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY Music Now in its 20'h season, Continuum presents the work of emerging Canadian and international composers as well as works by established artists. Anne Thompson (flute), Max Christie (clarinet), Benjamin Bowman (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Laurent Philippe (piano) and Ryan Scott and Graham Hargrove (percussion) form the core ensemble, often augmented by voice, other instruments or electronics. The group has toured Canada and Europe, is heard on radio and television and this season will release a CD of recent discoveries and commissions. Concerts in the 2005-06 season are curated by Juliet Palmer and James Rolfe while Jennifer Waring is on a residency in Amsterdam. The dates are November 6 and February 5 at the Music Gallery, and June 8 as part of the soundaxis Festival of Music and Architecture at a venue to be announced. New commissions are by Allison Cameron, Michael Oesterle, Peter Hatch, Patrick Saint-Denis and Paul Steenhuisen. Continuum keeps touch with the latest wave of composers through its Bien- 11ial Call for Scores- next deadline October 15. Jennifer Waring, artistic director Juliet Palmer and James Rolfe, 2005-06 guest curators 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1W3 416-924 -4945 COUNTERPOINT CHORALE Welcome to Counterpoint Chorale. We are growing and invite new singers to join our group! Counterpoint Chorale is comprised of 30 singers. We typically perform two major concerts a year. Our Winterlude performance is scheduled in December and our Main Stage performance is held in early June. December performances feature our very own Ian Gallimore String Players. Our music is selected from a wide variety of styles and languages. We pride our performances in incorporating the mosaic sounds ofToronto's diverse heritage. From its inception in 2001, Counterpoint Chorale has performed with special acclaim under its founder and current conductor, William Woloschuk. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7 :00- 9:00pm; we are located in the downtown corridor at St. Vlad's Institute, 620 Spadina at Harbord. (Parking available). William Woloschuk, conductor: 416-253-4674 COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Counterpoint Community Orchestra was formed in 1984 by gay and lesbian, and gay and lesbian positive musicians. They came together to provide fine music and create a deeper sense of community and diversity in downtown Toronto. People from all walks of life play with us and we now number over 40 players. We welcome anyone with a positive outlook towards gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and two spirit people of our community. Come hear our highly spirited orchestra in concert three times each year. We also welcome you to join us as a player, to volunteer to participate on one of our committees, or as a member of our newly incorporated board of directors. Our player levels range from beginner to professional and we will help you grow musically. Please email us for more information. Conductor/artistic director: Terry Kowalczuk 600 Church St., Toronto ON M4Y 2E7 416-926-9806 Program Info: 416-925-9872 ext. 2066 Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 87 COUNTY TOWN SINGERS CTS is a 60-70 voice auditioned SATB community choir based in Whitby but drawing talented singers of all ages from the Durham Region. Under the direction of Barbara Ouellette with Natalia Kolacz/accompanist we practise Wednesdays from 7:30- 10:00pm at the Seniors' Centre on Brock St., Whitby. Auditions are twice a year; the first two Wednesdays after Labour day and New Year's day. We are now busily preparing our 38th Christmas Concert Season with Carols 'Yule· Know. being held at The Salvation Army Temple on Thornton Road in Oshawa, Dec. 9 and 10 at 8pm. Make this a wonderful way to kick start your holiday season. Also watch for our Sp1ing Shows in early May when we will pay tribute to the music of the movies. With each new season we strive for musical excellence while presenting audiences with a wide variety of challenging choral music. We "Sing for the love of it". The County Town Singers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Citizenship and Recreation. P.O. Box 213, Whitby ON LIN 5Sl Publicity Director: Jan ice Aucoin D DCAT CHORUS The DCAT Chorus is a show chorus consisting of more than fifty women and men performing a broad repertoire of songs ranging from Broadway favourites to folk, from pop to traditional, from memory in a cappella style, and all in six to eight part harmony. Some pieces are accompanied by percussion and brass while others involve choreographed elements. Under the direction of Mr. Ted Key, and blessed with his outstanding original arrangements, the Chorus has an annual schedule of twelve to fifteen performances, including an annual trip to a US eastern seaboard location (for 2006, Boston, MA). The Chorus welcomes new singers in all voice ranges but is particularly looking for first tenor, alto and bass. Auditions are not required, but reading skills and some prior choral experience would be helpful. Rehearsals are 7:30 - 10:00pm Wednesday evenings at Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue (two blocks north ofDanforth Avenue), Toronto. 107 83 Mondeo Drive, Toronto ON MIP 5B6 Membership information: Linda N orion, 416-234-8138 or John Dickinson, business manager 905-780-6427 or DEER PARK CONCERTS Deer Park Concerts was begun to feature the famous Casavant tracker organ donated by Charles Rathgeb, Sr. It was his wish that this instrument be featured in a series of concerts which have been carried out annually since 1970. Organists of international reputation have been featured in this series with artists from Canada, United States, England, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Australia. All have expressed delight in the beauty of this instrument and Dame Gillian Weir recently selected the organ to record the Clavieriibung Ill by J. S Bach. This year concerts will feature organist Carole Terry (United States) on October 1, Thomas Trotter (England) on November 5, Erik Reinart on February 25, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 88

William Wright (resident organist} on April 1. All concerts are on Saturday evenings and begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are each with a complete series available for . William Wright, artistic director Howard Aitken, administrator 129 St. Clair Ave West, Toronto ON M4V INS 416-481-2979 E EARSHOT CONCERTS Now entering our sixth season, Earshot is making a bold stride into its future. Join us in November for our fundraiser, Music for Music's Sake JI, and continue to follow us through our regular season, a tantalizing creation from our artistic director Scott Good. Our season this year starts in February 2006 with a new score by David Ogborn, for the seminal and increasingly important film Metropolis, presented at the Bloor Cinema, followed by an unusual and exciting duo Bassic Reeding, comprising Wallace Halladay (bari sax) and Michele Verheul (bass clarinet}, our production of Kalka Fragmente by Kurtag, and finally, the introduction of the newly established Earshot Ensemble at the soundaXis symposium in June 2006, where we will explore the music and ideas of Iannis Xenakis in ways you've neither heard nor seen before. Join us on our quest to create and present the most exciting and fascinating music of today by emailing us at 23 Herman Avenue, Toronto ON M6R lYl 416-655-6556 EAST YORK CHOIR The East York Choir, founded in 1988 is a mixed-voice, auditioned ensemble which performs an eclectic mix of choral works, featuring selections from a wide range of musical genres. The Mozart Requiem, Orffs Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah are examples of larger works that have been performed with orchestra or instrumental ensemble. Our season consists of two concerts, as well as several performances at a variety of community events. Last spring, led by artistic director Jenny Crober, the EYC performed The Legend of the Musical Fiiends, featuring a guest children's chorus. African drumming and narration. This December, we will be performing Vivaldi's Gloria with the Talisker Players, as well as other seasonal music and a carol sing. Our spring '06 concert will feature Celtic music accompanied by traditional instruments. Come and join us in song and camaraderie (and the occasional after-rehearsal refreshment') on Monday evenings, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, at Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Ave. (at Hanna), just east of Bayview Ave. Jenny Crober, artistic director 416-752-3860; 416-463-8225 eastyor ELMER ISELER SINGERS The Elmer Iseler Singers, under the baton of Lydia Adams, is a twenty-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto. It has built an enviable international reputation since its debut in 1979. In 2004, the choir celebrated its 25th anniversary and, as the successor of the Festival Singers of Canada, it marked the 50th anniversary of professional choral singing in Canada. With repertoire spanning 500 years, the Elmer Iseler Singers are acclaimed for their beauty of tone and wide interpretive range. The choir has had invitational appearances at national and international festivals and ll: is best known for fostering and premiering the • works of contemporary Canadian composers in live performances. It extends this work through frequent radio and television broadcasts and a variety of recording projects. The choir represented Canada at the International Symposium for Choral Music in Minneapolis USA in 2002, ranking it among the twelve most prestigious choral ensembles in the world. We invite you to become a subscriber for our 2005- 2006 season. Please join us as we celebrate the fine art of choral singing! Lydia Adams, conductor/artistic director Jessie Iseler, general manager JanetJohnson, administration manager 2180 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON M4N 3K7 416-217 -0537 ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS The Elora Festival Singers are . considered one of the world's finest professional chamber choirs, according to British reviewer David Vernier. The Singers, founded by Noel Edison in 1980, form the principal vocal ensemble for the Elora Festival. The choir's activities have expanded to include the popular Winter Series in Toronto and Elora, as well as touring and recording. Rich, warm sound and clarity of texture are their hallmarks. The Singers' second CD, The Mystery ofChristmas was nominated for a Juno Award and has sold more than 135,000 copies. An outstanding new recording featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams is now available. In addition, their recording of Arvo Part's Berliner Messe reached number six on the UK Classical Charts. The Singers make up the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the newly established Mendelssohn Singers. Noel Edison, conductor 519-846-0331 ESPRIT ORCHESTRA Esprit is the only Canadian orchestra devoted exclusively to contemporary classical music, featuring new and established composers from Canada and around the world. Formed in 1983 by music director/conductor Alex Pauk, Esprit Orchestra plays an important role in shaping the future of Canadian musical culture. Esprit's diverse and adventurous programming is over 80 percent Canadian and includes many newly commissioned works. Impulse outreach concerts, the Toward A Living Ar/education programme and national as well as international touring are important aspects ofEsprit's activity. Esprit has been the recipient of three Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards, the Jean A. Chalmers National Music Award, and the SOCAN Award for Imaginative Orchestral Programming. Esprit will be recording a new CD of works for voice and orchestra by Murray Schafer (one of which you'll hear in our opening concert) and we'll have broadcast premieres for two films with soundtracks featuring Esprit- Burnt Toast (short operas for television produced by Rhombus Media and marblemedia) and The Face of 88 Whole note MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006 Victory (History Channel - October 24, 2005). Alex Pauk, music director and conductor Emily Wilkinson, executive director 603-174 Spadina Ave Toronto ON MST 2C2 416 -815- 7887 ETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIR The sixty-voice Etobicoke Centennial Choir is entering its 38'h season of bringing the joy and beauty of choral music to our community. Under the skilled direction of Dr. Harris Loewen, the choir is challenged to pursue choral excellence. The choir is a welcoming group in which choristers share a great camaraderie. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays (7:15-10:00pm) from September through May. Our 2005-2006 season begins on December 2 and 3 with a performance of Christmas carols from Europe and North America. On March 25 we will perform Dubois' oratorio Seven Last Words of Ch1ist and works by Mozart including Ave Verum, Te Deumand excerpts from the Requiem and Vespers. The season concludes on May 27 with a concert of Canadian musical classics including arrangements of folksongs and popular music. All concerts will be performed at 8pm at the Royal York Road United Church, 851 Royal York Road, Etobicoke. New members are always welcome! Interested singers are invited to contact the choir through our website or the numbers below, and/or attend a rehearsal. Dr. Harris Loewen, music director Anne Marie Leonard, accompanist Mary Thornton, president 416-620-1855 c/o Islington United Church, 25 Bumhamthorpe Rd. Toronto ON M9A 1G9 416-239-1131 ext 49 ETOBICOKE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Spirited performances and magnificent sound characterize this vibrant ensemble, now celebrating 10 years of extraordinary music-making. Through its 4-part Concert Hall series. the ECCB showcases outstanding Canadian talent, explores a range of genres and offers innovative concert themes. Along with its acclaimed spin-off ensemble, the Etobicoke Swing Orchestra, the band also produces an informal summer series of "al fresco" programs and is a major performing partner in charitable events and community causes. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band's season opens with grand fanfare and musical wit in a Gala lfJ" Anniversary Concert featuring the celebrated True North Brass - fabulously entertaining! Then a light and jazzy Christmas show, Christmas Pops, will combine the exceptional artistry of guest trombonist Russ Little with the warm resonance of this remarkable 40-piece band. Scheduled for 2006 is a British Invasion program exploring the Beatles' incredible range of musical works, plus a fascinating, environmentally themed program, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. And back by popular demand, the Etobicoke Swing Orchestra's candlelit Big Band Dance returns to Toronto's beautifully restored Assembly Hall. John Edward Liddle, artistic director Bob Dobson, president 17 Arbroath Cr., Etobicoke ON M9C 2T2 416-410-1570 ETOBICOKE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra has been a vibrant part of the Etobicoke cultural community for over 40 years. Under maestro Tak-Ng Lai, the orchestra will perform four subscription concerts in October, Decem-

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