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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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er, February and April, featuring symphonic favourites and exciting soloists. The first concert, featuring beloved works from the world of ballet, will include suites from Katchaturian's Masquerade, Canadian John Weinzweig's Red EaTOfCom, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Other concerts will feature works from opera, with two rising young opera stars, a new work by Toronto composer Christopher Graham, and the 2006 EPO scholarship winner playing a Mozart violin concerto. The season will conclude with a Beethoven evening. Icing on the cake will be the EPO Chamber Players concert in May. Etobicoke Youth Strings -The EYS provides an opportunity for young musicians age 10-17 to rehearse in a string ensemble with other highly motivated players and to perform concerts in the community. Rehearsals are Monday evening 7:30-9:00 at Islington United Church. Director: Shari Lundy; 416-239-0523. Tak-Ng Lai, artistic director Peggy Pinkerton, president 19 Hilldowntree Road, Etobicoke ON M9A 2Z4 416-239-5665 EXULTATE CHAMBER SINGERS Over a 24- year history, the Exultate Chamber Singers have garnered praise from all quarters for sensitive, precise and , seamless i performances. The choir was established in 1981 by conductor John Tuttle, and is enriched not only by the excellent musicianship of its members but also by their varied academic and professional backgrounds. Together, they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire, which was awarded the Healey Willan Grand Prize for a third time at the 2004 CBC Competition for Amateur Choirs. Exultate's third CD, The Present Time, was released in 2001. A fourth CD, All Around the Circle, features folk songs from across Canada and will be launched at the first performance of Exultate's 25'h anniversary season in October 2005. Exultate presents a four-concert subscription series in Toronto and makes guest appearances in various Ontario communities. Auditions are held as required to fill vacancies in the fixed-membership group. For concert information please call or visit the website. John Tuttle, conductor 416-971-9229 F FANSHAWE CHORUS LONDON/ GERALD FAGAN SINGERS Founded in 1979 by Gerald Fagan, artistic director, and Marlene Fagan, accompanist and general manager, FCL is a world-class, community-based ensemble ofllO with a sister organization, the Gerald Fagan Singers. a chamber choir of 28. Both are accompanied by the Concert Player Orchestra in a variety of concerts every year. Four CDs have been released recently, and the Chorus has twice earned a Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts. Repertoire includes all the major choral works and more contemporary works with a particular focus on Canadian composers. Singers who audition to join must read music and assist in some aspect of the organization's operation. Marlene Fagan: 519-433-9650 FESTIVAL WIND ORCHESTRA Founded in 1996, the Festival Wind Orchestra rehearses weekly and performs concerts to further its musicianship and educate the public.It's 10• season selections include classical and contemporary pieces of varying difficulty, to challenge and inspire musicians from intermediate to advanced levels including The How1ds of Spring; Rhapsody in Blue, Britannia, Suite of Old American Dances, Huapango and Faure s Pavan. The ensemble seeks to maintain its high-quality performance level and to help musicians hone their skills. The ensemble will play at local hospitals and perform three public concerts at Christ Church Deer Park: December 13, April 4, and June 20. An open clarinet competition (Weber's Concertina in B-flat) will be held in January. Musical director, Gennady Gefter, is an accomplished flautist and conductor. He currently teaches music at Earl Haig Secondary and leads the adult flute choir, Flautandia. His talent and dedication have created this high-calibre community wind orchestra. There's a feeling of family in this ensemble. New members are always welcome. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30 at Earl Haig Secondary School (Yonge & Sheppard area). Gennady Gefter, musical director Contact: Shelley Goodman, 19 Rondeau Drive, North York ON M2H 1R5 416-491-1683 FORTE - THE TORONTO MEN'S CHORUS Forte, now in its 9th season, is a non-profit, auditioned group of individuals dedicated to highlighting the talents of the gay community and building bridges to other communities through performance of a diverse repertoire of music and theatrical presentation. Under the musical direction of Edward Connell, the 30-member TTBB chorus mounts annual holiday and spring productions as well as performing at many community events. The choral season runs from the first week of September until after the annual Toronto Pride Week activities. Auditions are held in September and January. Rehearsals are held every Monday from 6:30 -9:30 pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor Street East (beside Atlantis Alliance Films). Terry Thompson, president 416-961-5 708 § ,... FRED GAVILLER MEMORIAL FUND ___., -!--- Frederick McLaren Gaviller (1937- L)fWJj 1989) was a person whose scholas- l J tic brilliance and wide range of in- ' terests resulted in several vocations, including those of teacher, lawyer, and linguist. He was intellectually astute, and his sense of humour and personality had a simplicity and charm which endeared him to many and left a marked impression on those with whom he came in contact. It is for his abiding love of music that Fred is especially remembered. Himself an amateur pianist and organist, Fred was always eager to encourage and pro- Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 89 mote musicians of talent. In 1991, a small group of people who had been close to Fred launched a music award in memory of their dear departed friend. This award provides the funds needed to cover the expenses incurred in renting an established concert venue and advertising for a debut recital by a gifted young Canadian musician, who also receives an honorarium. Recipients to date have been pianist Vadim Serebryani in 1998, soprano Dana Campbell in 2000, pianist Li Wang in 2003, and the Tokai String Quartet in 2005. Fred Gaviller Memorial Fund (FGMF). 302 Pacific Avenue, Toronto ON M6P 2M9 416-769-6278 FRIDAYS AT EIGHT Celebrating its tenth season, Fridays at Eight presents three evening concerts. An outstanding Casavant organ (1998) is featured in the series. As a concert venue, Lawrence Park Community Church has excellent acoustics for music and has the advantage of ample free parking. Dates for the 2005-06 season are: Friday, November 25 at 8pm with the acclaimed Toronto Children's Chorus conducted by Jean Ashworth Bartle, founder/music director, in a concert celebrating the 60 1 h anniversary of Lawrence Park Community Church. Music of Bach, Mozart, Halley and the premiere of a hymn by Bob Chilcott. Friday, February 10, 8pm: an organ recital by Ryan Jackson, winner of the 2005 RCCO National Organ Playing Competition - co-presented by the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College ofOrganists. Friday, May 12, 8pm: the choir & soloists of Lawrence Park Community Church, Mark Toews, director of music, organist Ronald Jordan and harpist, Erica Goodman will present Mass for a New MilleJJnium by American composer Richard Nance. Soloists are Glyn Evans, tenor; Kimberley Briggs, soprano; Peter Fisher, baritone; and Jo-Anne Bentley, mezzo soprano. Mark Toews, artistic/music director 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4N 3K7 416-489-1551 ext.21 G GEORGETOWN BACH CHORALE Now entering its 6th season, the Georgetown Bach Chorale offers audiences a unique programme of choral, orchestral, chamber and solo performances. The choir, comprised of 18 auditioned members, focuses on music of the baroque and classical periods. In addition to the choral concerts this vibrant organization hosts others during the season, ranging from vocal recitals to chamber and orchestral repertoire. In keeping with the baroque style, the ensemble is led from the harpsichord by its music director, Ronald Greidanus. Although the choir concentrates on the major works of J. S. Bach, the music of Handel, Allegri, Purcell, Byrd, Buxtehude and Mozart are often featured on the programme. Highlights for the coming year include Cantata No. 79, The Coffee Cantata and the BraJJdenburg Concerto No. 2 by Bach, Handel's Water Music, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 and Missa Assumpta est Maria by Charpentier. Guest artists this year are Baroque trumpeter Norman Engel, cellist Mary-Katherine Finch and violinist Parmala Attariwala. Ronald Greidanus, music director 47 Main Street South, P.O. Box 91556 Georgetown ON L7G 5M9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 610

GLENN GOULD STUDIO With its intimate at mos - phere and superb acoustics, GI en n Gou I d Studio is home to many of _ Toronto's favourite concert series and performance groups, including Amici, The Latvian Concert Association, New Music Concerts, Off Centre Music, Soundstreams and Via Salzburg. As well, many more jazz, world music and classical concerts make up our concert season. Be sure to check our monthly listings, brochure calendar or website. OnStage at Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Radio's flagship live performance concert series, presents its 12th season with 16 exciting concerts in 5 different series: Celebrations, Studio Jazz, World, the already sold out Vocal series and the new Russian series featuring chamber music that was created under both Imperial and Soviet rule. This season we also branch out to embrace the craft of the contemporary singer/songwriter, in a special OnStage/CBC Radio 3 presentation of Sarah Harmer and The Weakerthans. Join us, OnStage, for some of Toronto's most innovative concert experiences. 250 Front St. West, Toronto ON M5V 3G5 416-205-5555 GMP PRODUCTIONS GMP Productions is an independent live music promoter situated in Toronto. We produce a broad range of performances crossing over many different genres of music. We pride ourselves on creating a magical atmosphere for the concert-goers and the performers. Having produced a countless number of concerts in the Toronto region including the Toronto Progressive Jazz Concert Series, GMP strives to bring the brightest and best performances to the city. This fall GMP Productions is proud to present: John Scofield, playing the Music of Ray Charles Oct. 14 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre; bass virtuoso Victor Wooten (bela fleck and the Flecktones) Oct.16 at The Opera House; vocal jazz phenom Sara Gazarek Oct.IS at The Speakeasy; and a special performance by legendary Blood Sweat and Tears vocalist David Clayton-Thomas Oct.26 & 27 at The Opera House. This intimate performance will be recorded for a new live double disc album set to be released in the spring. Hope to see you at the shows! Mark Finkelstein, executive director 79 Millersgrove Dr., Toronto ON M2R 3Sl 416-736-6122 GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILL Grace Church on-the-Hill has welcomed singers for over 125 years. This year, under the leadership of Melva Treffinger Graham, director, and Ron Jordan, organist, we will perform some of the best of Anglican liturgical music and have the opportunity to participate in concerts and other events. Our Choir of Gentlemen & Boys, a professional-calibre choir, sings at the 11:00am services. The St. Cecilia Girls' Choir sings at the 9:15am services, and the Women's Choir has a flexible schedule. Boys and girls receive an exceptional music education; adults with musical training are welcomed to both adult choirs. Scholarships are available for both boy and girl choristers. A performance ofJohannes Brahms' Requiem in May 2006 will celebrate Melva Graham's 20'h anniversary as music director. Plans are underway for a tour to the United Kingdom in August 2007 in which choristers from all choirs will participate. The choir's latest CD featuring the world premiere of There Was Setting, There Was Dawning, jazz composer/ arranger Brian Barlow's interpretation of the Creation story is now available. Melva Treffinger Graham, M.Mus., music director 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto ON M4V IX4 416-488- 7884 XI 7 GRYPHON TRIO Touring internationally since 1993, the Gryphon Trio is recognized as one of North America's premier , chamber ensembles. This season, they will tour cen- 1 1-' , tral Canada, Europe and the States. This Juno awardwinning ensemble has released five celebrated recordings for the Analekta label and they recently recorded the six major piano trios by Mozart, which Analekta plans to release in early 2006. The Trio-produced Constantinople, which fuses numerous vocal and chamber music traditions with staging and state-of-the-art projection and surround-sound technology had its U.S. premiere in June at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. Further U.S. and European touring plans for Constantinople are now being confirmed. Ensemble-in-residence at Music Toronto, the Trio performs at the Jane Mallett Theatre Oct 25, Nov 15 , Mar 7 and Mar 28. Jamie Parker, Annalee Patipatanakoon and Roman Borys all teach at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. 50 Wellington St. East, Top Floor Toronto ON M5E IC& H HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Celebrating 120 years in the Hamilton community, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra present their 05/06 concert series offering some of the finest classical and pops music for all to enjoy. Enjoy five great shows in two distinct performance series. Masterworks and Pops. Performances take place at Hamilton Place with the exception of Pops 4 Broadway Beauties. a concert co-production with Theatre Aquarius. In Michael Reason's final season with the HPO as artistic director, three guest conductors are welcomed: Alain Trudel, Stephane Laforest, and Jamie Sommerville to conduct Masterworks Concerts 2, 3 and 4, performing the works of Brahms, Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven. Each conductor is auditioning for the future artistic director role. Masterworks performances start in October. Theseries will see significant works by Sibelius, Grieg, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff as well as those previously mentioned. HANNAFORD ~ I STREET SILVER :·j!j9=.. ;--; BAND -· M_ ~ ···:· Since 1983, the award- ~-!· ~ 1 ' · winning Hannaford ,_,,,,.....__ Street Silver Band, formed by professional musicians who love the brass band repertoire ,, , / l} '[ and ensemble-playing, · · Ii has been stirring up critical and popular acclaim. It has increased in size and is far more active now in its 22nd season than in its early days. The HSSB's name is associated with high-quality musicians, excellent performances, and has a reputation for commissioning works for brass band by prominent Canadian composers. While the self-produced annual series at the Jane Mallett Theatre forms the nucleus of its activities, the HSSB is equally at home in a variety of community venues in Ontario, and is invited back for return engagements at numerous festivals across Canada, with distinguished guest conductors. In 2003, the HSSB was awarded its second Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts in recognition of its accomplishments. It has made ten recordings of which the most recent CD is Connections in Brass. The HSSB's 2005/06 season opens October 16 with Sound the Trumpet, featuring the Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann as guest soloist. Curtis Metcalf, artistic director Raymond Tizzard, executive director David Archer, company manager Anne Kear, public relations 42 Frater Avenue, Toronto ON M4C 2H6 416-425-2874 Box office: 416-366-7723 (St. Lawrence Centre) or 1-800-708-6754 HARBOURFRONT CENTRE For more than 30 years, Harbourfront Centre has been on the cutting edge of all that's current and creative. We continue to bring together the best in both Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world. A non-profit charitable organization, we attract more than 12 million visits annually to our 10 acres of revitalized waterfront land in the heart of Toronto. Harbourfront Centre presents over 4,000 events each year and works with more than 450 community groups. A leader in world music presentation, Harbourfront Centre has offered audiences their first taste of various kinds of music. The Music with Bite series introduces our family and younger audiences to music, from classical to world roots, in an interactive fun environment. Our summer festival season, in particular. features music from different cultures within weekend festivals. We also programme the City of Toronto's nearby Toronto Music Garden with classical music concerts outdoors all summer long, in a setting inspired by Bach. Harbourfront Centre's many venues also act as popular rental facilities for musical acts. 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON M5J 2G8 4169734000 Starting in November, the Pops series offers themes including the best of Broadway. Latin music, another outstanding co-production with Theatre Aquarius, a HUMBERCREST ~ salute to Tin Pan Alley and artistic director Michael UNITED CHURCH , ~ .. Reason's farewell concert A Personal Collection, with Humbercrest United Church in west "??' " ...,; surprise guest performers. Toronto has had a long tradition of . _,, Alex Baran, general manager fine choral music. The superb Michael Reason, artistic director 905-5 26-1677 Box Office: 905-526-7756 acoustics in the sanctuary are legendary. The CBC has recorded • info there extensively over the years and 810 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006

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