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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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2005; Tales of a Canadian Christmas, our annual Christmas carol sing, with Dinah Christie, December 18, 2005; Music from the Venetian Ospedali, with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Stephane Potvin, conductor and special guest conductor !vars Taurins, April 8, 2006; Let the Boys Sing!!, with boys from outstanding Ontario community choirs and special guests the Cincinnati Boychoir, April 29, 2006; Spring is Bursting Out in Song. May 27, 2006; and the RHAPSODY Bon Voyage Concert, June 26, 2006. Glenda Crawford, founder/music director Liz Cloudt, executive director Janice Mc Vey, office manager 123 Maurice Drive, Suite 203 Oakville ON L6K 2W6 905-337-7104 Box office: 905-337-7104 OFF CENTRE Music SALON Eleven years ago, we founded Off Centre to create a holistic musical and artistic experience - a chance to play and hear vocal, chamber and solo musical repertoire in an atmosphere that evokes a 19th century European salon. This makes each of our afternoon concerts unique. full of surprises, spontaneity and the intimate familiarity of the salons of Schubert's day. The Perkis-Zarankin husband and wife team complement each Salon concert with a four-hand piano performance, and Stuart Hamilton, renowned CBC quizmaster and founder of Opera in Concert, returns to host all six events. This year we are extremely proud to be producing our Russian salon (March 5, 2006} in collaboration with Valery Gergiev, general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia and honorary patron of Off Centre. Join us for our 11th season! All concerts are Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. The first concert will be held at 35 Lytton Blvd. Concerts will return to the Glenn Gould Studio after the lockout ends. Subscriptions cost 0 for adults and 5 for seniors and students. Single tickets are on sale at the Glenn Gould Studio box office: 416- 205-5555. Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin, founders and artistic directors 968 Logan Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 3E5 416-466-1870 ONTARIO YouTH CHOIR The Ontario Youth Choir, founded by the Ontario Choral Federation in 1971, has been held every year but two since then. In 2005, Choirs Ontario selected 41 singers between the ages of 16 and 22 through live and taped auditions. These emerging young singers took part in an August week of intensive rehearsals, masterclasses and performances in Ottawa. The week culminated in performances at the National Gallery and Knox Presbyterian Church in Ottawa to capacity crowds and standing ovations. OYC provides an unforgettable experience: friendship and fun for the young singers. valuable connections with teachers and colleagues, and extraordinary training with skilled professionals, such as conductor Lydia Adams and voice coaches Sandra Graham and Ingemar Korjus in 2005. Next year, the University ofOttawa will again sponsor the Ontario Youth Choir as it reconvenes there in August, 2006. Sandra Graham, OYC committee chair c/o Choirs Ontario, 330 Walmer Rd. Toronto ON M5R 2Y4 416-923-1144 : OPERA ATELIER The 2005-2006 season marks Opera Atelier's 20th Anniversary Season and features the North American premiere of Lully's Armide (November 5 - 12, 2005) and a newly imagined production of the first show Opera Atelier ever performed: Monteverdi's Difeo. Lolly's Armide has always been regarded as the supreme masterpiece in the history ofFrench lyric theatre and has extraordinary resonance for us today as it deals with the conflict between the Christian world and its perceptions of the Muslim world. It will be sung in French with English and French surtitles. The second offering of the season will be a new production of the first opera ever written. Monteverdi's opera recounts the Greek myth of the poet and musician, Orfeo, who creates such beautiful music that he is able to charm his way to Hades and win the release of Eurydice who has died on their wedding day. All performances are at the Elgin Theatre {189 Yonge Street) with a pre-performance chat one hour prior to the show. Marshall Pynkoski & Jeannette Zingg, co-artistic directors David Baile, general manager St. Lawrence Hall, 15 7 King St. E., 4thfloor,Toronto ON MSC 1G9 416-703-3767 OPERA IN CONCERT Opera in Concert is a unique Canadian company dedicated to Canadian artists and innovative programming, defying traditional assumptions about operatic presentation, relying only on the power and beauty of the human voice accompanied by orchestra or piano. Our season begins with Giuseppe Verdi's I Masnadieri on October 23, featuring Arlene Alvarado, Marcel van Neer, Michael Meraw with music director. pianist Jose Hernandez. Camille Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila, on December 4 features Gabrielle Prata, Keith Klassen and Luc Lalonde, with music director, pianist Nathalie Doucet-Lalkens. Antonio Vivaldi's La Griselda on January 29 features Marion Newman, Carla Huhtanen, Lynne McMurtry, Colin Ainsworth and Sean Watson, with conductor Kevin Mallon and Aradia Ensemble. Our season concludes on March 26 with Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Mazepa. featuring Katerina Tchoubar, Emilia Boteva, Peter McGillivray and Nikolay Cherkasov, with music director, pianist Raisa Nakhmanovich. Concerts include OIC's renowned chorus, with Robert Cooper conducting and The Backgrounderwith host Iain Scott. All performances are at the Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East. 416- 366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. Guillermo Silva-Marin, general director 947 Queen Street East, Second Floor Toronto ON M4M 1J9 416-922-214 7 OPERA ONTARIO Opera Ontario is pleased to continue its unique multicity community mandate, offering a dynamic season which includes several Canadian operatic stars. Our performances run at Hamilton Place and Kitchener's Centre In The Square. Our season opens with debut performances of Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, with Laura Whalen and John Bellemer in the leading roles October 15, 20 and 22 in Hamilton and October 28 & 30 in KW. Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 815 The 20th anniversary of Popera Grande takes place on November 24 and 26 in Hamilton and on November 25 in KW. Maestro Daniel Lipton will again conduct this evening with Tracy Dahl. Allyson McHardy, Gordon Gietz and James Westman as soloists. The first Great Singers Recital in January brings Isabel Bayrakdarian and Russell Braun to the stage in Hamilton on January 22 and in KW on January 15. This is sure to be the highlight of the arts season. Verdi's La Traviata closes the season with Jeanine Thames as Violetta and Marc Hervieux as Alfredo. Follow your heart, come to the opera in Hamilton or Kitchener-Waterloo. Opera Hamilton & Kitchener Waterloo Opera, partners in Opera Ontario David Speers, general director 105 Main Street East, Suite 905 Hamilton ON LSN 1G6 905-527-7627 Box office (Hamilton) 905-526-6556 or 1-800-575-1381 Box office (KW) 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977 OPERA YORK Now entering our 9th season, Opera York will present the following productions in the 2005-2006 season: October 2-8 & February 5-11: Opera for Seniors Concerts. Selections from the world's best loved operas. Markham, Vaughan & Aurora; November 18, 20, 24: Mozart's The Magic Flute. Artistic director Geoffrey Butler; conductor: Alain Trudell, St. Elizabeth's Theatre for Performing Arts, Markham Theatre; Opera for the Schoo/sand L'opera pour Jes ecoles. An educational program offered in English and French to students across the GTA. Program includes a curriculum based Teacher/Student Learning Guide and a live operatic concert. Oct. 27, 28, Nov. I, 2, Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1, 2, March 28, 30. Artistic directors: Andrew Tees (English program) & Giselle Fredette (French program). St. Elizabeth's Theatre for Performing Arts. Tickets .00 (bussing included}. December 26 - 31: Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel. Artistic director: Andrew Tees; stage director: Penelope Cookson. St. Elizabeth's Theatre for Performing Arts; March 19, 21, 23, 25: Puccini's Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica. Artistic director: Sabatino Vacca. St. Elizabeth's Theatre for Performing Arts. Markham Theatre. Philip Trow (co-founder & president): Joan Sax (co-founder & fundraising): Karen Dempster, marketing: 1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill ON L4J 8G7 905-763-7853; Box office: 905-305-7 469 ORCHESTRA TORONTO Orchestra Toronto, in its 51st season, is one of Canada's premier community volunteer orchestras, providing affordable family entertainment, music education and full repertoire in all its programs. Solidifying its commitment to becoming a Sunday afternoon family destination, Orchestra Toronto presents a series of five Afternoons at the Symphony with an exciting and eclectic mix of soloists, classical and Canadian works, and with its renowned artist-in-residence, Catherine Manoukian, performing and giving pre-concert talks during the season. Orchestra Toronto's Afternoons at the Symphony. conducted by maestro Errol Gay, begin on October 23 with CONTINUED ON PAGE 816

Afternoon at the Fai1; with guest pianist Sara Buechner and a children's Instrument Petting Zoo; and Afternoon at the Opera on December 11, featuring Peter De Sotto, tenor & violin, and Cynthia Steljes, oboe. Concerts in the New Year are entitled Afternoon in Winte1; February 19; Afternoon with Berg & Some Other Bs, April 9; and Afternoon at the Ballet, May 28. All concerts take place in the acoustically stunning George Weston Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, Sundays at 3pm. 131 Beecroft Road, #402, Toronto ON M2N 6G9 416-467-7142 ORCHESTRAS MISSISSAUGA Orchestras Mississauga is the umbrella organization for: the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, a large community orchestra led by a core of professional principal players; Sinfonia Mississauga, a professional chamber orchestra; and the Mississauga Philharmonic, performing the Pops series. Oct. 15: Passion, Power and a Pianist Li Wang, piano, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Nov. 12: An Unlikely Affah: Frank Leahy, fiddle, Robin Lynn Braun, violin, Mississauga Philharmonic; November 26: U.K. JnspirationS'. Denise Djokic, cello, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Dec. 17: 'Tis the Season - Christmas in the City. sopranos Mary Lou Fallis, Anna Madge!, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Jan. 21: For john and George. Jeans 'n Classics Band, Mississauga Philharmonic; Feb. 11: Raum Plays Raum. Erika Raum, violin, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Mar. 4: A Mozart Celebration: Stephen Pierre, clarinet, Sinfonia Mississauga; Mar. 25: Winston Hoi - Honens Laureate: Winston Hoi, piano, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Apr. 8: Sarah Pacheco - Broadway and Beyond Sarah Pacheco, vocals, Mississauga Philharmonic; May 6: With Trumpet Blast Mike Herriot, trumpet, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. All performances are Saturday evenings in Hammerson Hall, in Mississauga's Living Arts Centre. John Barnum, music director & conductor Mike Plaus, general manager 905-615-4401 Box office: 905-306-6000 ORIANA WOMEN'S CHOIR ORIANA Women's Choir, formerly The Oriana Singers, one of the first and finest female choirs in Canada, was formed in 1972 and has earned much recognition. In 2004 alone, Oriana was awarded Best Performance ofa Canadian Work - Adult Choir Categoiyin the national live finals; and Rose Trilogy, by Eleanor Daley, a 30th anniversary commission, was awarded Outstanding Choral Work of 2004 by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. Oriana also participated at Festival 500; Sharing the Voices - an international festival of choral music in St. John's, NL from July 2-11, 2005. The choir has two commercial CDs - When Music Sounds (2000), and Child witl1 tl1e Starry Crayon (2004), and will release its third disc Comfort and joy, a Christmas CD in the fall of 2005. 34th season concerts take place November 26, 2005 (The Joys of Christmas), March 4, 2006 (Song of Surviva~ and May 13, 2006 (The Journey), all at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Tickets: regular, senior, student. William Brown, artistic director/manager 2106-1055 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5S 3A3 416 923-3123 ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO Founded in 1964, this 65-voice SATB choir is now in its 41st year of bringing fine choral music and innovative programming to Toronto audiences. Our aim is to present music in a range of styles from strictly classical to jazz and beyond. Expect something different! The exciting 2005-2006 season from artistic director Robert Cooper contains 4 Toronto premieres: the first full orchestral performance ofJenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace; Christos Hatzis' Sepulcher of Life, Mass by Steve Dobrogosz, and a new work by Mary Lou Fallis: Primadonna Choralis. The Christmas concert will feature works from some of Toronto's diverse ethnic communities. We will also be performing with the Amadeus Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers and Vesnivka, in a performance commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster. The choir rehearses Tuesday evenings at Yorkminster Park Church. Rehearsals are open, and we are always pleased to audition new singers. The choir continues to provide, through its Sidgwick Scholarship Programme, opportunities for young singers to gain experience as soloists and section leaders. Robert Cooper, artistic director Edward Moroney, accompanist Helen Coxon, administrator P.O.Box 662, Stn. F, Toronto ON M4Y 2N6 416-530-4428 OSHAWA-DURHAM SYMPHONY Based in Oshawa and now in its 49'h season, the Oshawa­ Durham Symphony Orchestra has flourished in the past four years. Under music director Marco Parisotto, the orchestra performs six subscription series concerts each year. The orchestra also offers special matinee children's concerts. The subscription series for 2005-6 encompasses light classics and pops (Last Night at the Proms in November and AJJ That Jazz in April) to more serious programs featuring Mussorsky (Pictures at an Exhibition) and Bruckner (Mystical Sounds.) Ticket prices are still a great deal at (parking free!). With strong community support the ODSO is projecting to have a modern concert hall built in the near future. Under maestro Parisotto, ODSO continues to attract international guest artists as well as major Canadian soloists. For more information on the concerts, dates and ticket sales and subscriptions, visit ODSO's website. Marco Parisotto, music director Sherry Bassin, chair Box 444, Oshawa ON. UH 7L5 905-579-6711 p PALESTRINA CHAMBER CHORUS The Palestrina Chamber Chorus was founded in September 1997 at the initiative of Alberto Di Giovanni, director of Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana Columbrrs Centre. Since then it has quickly become a leading choir for young professionals in Toronto. This vocal ensemble is comprised of over thirty-five gifted singers, many of whom are beginning their professional music careers. The choir has traveled to Italy several times and choristers have had the remarkable opportunity to perform for audiences in cities including Assisi, Padova, Loreto, I:Aquila and Roma. The Palestrina Chamber Chorus has an annual Ch1istmas Concert at the George Weston Recital Hall and also performs twice a year at churches in North York and the GTA. The choir specializes in Italian repertoire including 816 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006 sacred and operatic works and new arrangements of Italian pieces. Choristers are accepted by audition only. New members may join the group at the beginning of each season in September or January. Please contact Franca or Michelle at Sabatino Vacca, musical director Adolfo DeSantis, assistant director Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana, Canadian Centre for Italian Culture and Education 901 Lawrence Ave. West, Suite 212, Toronto ON M6A 1C3 416 789 4970 PATRIA Music THEATRE PROJECTS (PMTP) Patria Music Theatre Projects has entered a five year partnership with the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve to present the Patria cycle works of Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer. Ecologically sensitive, Bone Lake provides a natural setting for those theatrical productions that require the peace, tranquility and acoustical envelope of a lake and a forest. The first joint production was Patria 9: The Enchanted Forest where a children's choir (La Jeunesse of Cobourg) leads an audience throughout the forest in search of Ariane. The response was overwhelming with a sell-out for eight performances. Subsequent works include The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix (2006), and Princess of the Stars (2007). Producer Joseph Macerollo acknowledges the onerous risks of undertaking such outdoor challenges, but results are immensely satisfying when the weather co-operates. Patria is supported largely by The Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, foundations, individuals and corporations. With a skeletal staff administratively, the greatest part of the funds is directed to the artistic production costs. Why not make the pilgrimage to next year's work? PAX CHRISTI CHORALE Pax Christi Chorale has maintained a tradition offine choral singing since its founding in 1987, exploring masterpieces by such composers as Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Britten, and showcasing talented Canadian guest artists. Many of the choristers are local Mennonites, but the choir has grown to include singers from several faith traditions and cultures. Conductor Stephanie Martin, who has led Pax Christi Chorale since 1996, is dedicated to performing the great works of choral literature, with a view to honouring the composers' intentions, achieving musical excellence, as well as sustaining a healthy and supportive choir community. Ms. Martin is an assistant professor at York University, where she teaches conducting and leads the early music ensembles. Plans for the 2005-06 season: a Christmas concert of works by Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten and Holman; and Mendelssohn's St. Paulin May. Membership is open to anyone interested in serious choral singing. Rehearsals are Monday nights. Toronto's Mennonite Choir Stephanie Martin, conductor 416-494-7889 PENTHELIA SINGERS Penthelia Singers is a dynamic ensemble of 20 young women committed to excellence in performing a diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire in many languages, spanning the Renaissance to the present. Songs of Mary, a varied perspective of music accompanied by Andrew Tees, bass-baritone as narrator, cantor and soloist will be presented in a uniquely theatrical setting

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