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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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Orchestra, world-renowned Jewish cantors, and numerous singers and choirs. Our new annual series, Young Stars of the Young Century, boasts a gifted group of child classical musicians from all over the world. For the upcoming season, we are proud to announce the 50th anniversary tour of the acclaimed Moscow Chamber Orchestra led by Constantine Orbelian and celebrated soprano Galina Gorchakova, as well as the legendary Borodin Quartet in their 60th anniversary world tour (please see the ad). We welcome you to visit our website, and to entertain the thought of becoming a member, receiving regular show updates and discounts on concerts. Svetlana Dvoretskaia 745 New Westminster Drive, Suite 1006, Thornhill ON L4J 8J9 416-737-6785 SINENOMINE ENSEMBLE FOR MEDIEVAL Music SINE NO MINE is an ensemble of talented, versatile singers and instrumentalists, passionate about the music of the Middle Ages and about bringing it to life for modern audiences. Since 1991, the group has performed in Toronto and other Ontario centres, and has toured in Alberta, Quebec, the Maritirnes, the eastern U.S.A. and England. Concerts take place Fridays at Saint Thomas's Church, 383 Huron Street, at 8 p.m. The first concert of the 2005- 2006 season, on December 16,juxtaposes the coming of winter with the joyful expectancy of the Advent season. The second, on February 17, explores the seven deadly sins in music and readings from the later Middle Ages. The final concert of the season, on April 21, celebrates resurrection and new life in music both sacred and secular. SINE NOMINE has produced three recordings: an independent cassette, the CD-ROM The Art of the Chant (PBS/Jasmine}, and the CD A Golden Treasury of Mediaeval Music (Saydisc/ AmonRa). SINE NOMINE is the ensemble-in-residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Andrea Budgey contact 59 Queen's Park Crescent East Toronto ON M5S 2C4 416-638-9445; SINFONIA TORONTO Sinfonia Toronto performs its / ~ seven Masterpiece Series con- . certs in Glenn Gould Studio. A - J" four-concert Mozart in jeans '11 Series is presented at the Walmer Road Baptist Church (188 Lowther). The Strauss & Swing Viennese Ball is on March 27, 2006. The orchestra travels to other Ontario centres, broadcasts on CBC and holds a biennial Concerto Competition. Sinfonia Toronto's strings perform standing, in the tradition of great chamber orchestras, blending each musician's soloistic energy into a brilliant ensemble under music director Nurhan Arman. A roster of winds and percussion joins the strings for programs drawn from the chamber orchestra repertoire. Soloists for 2005-2006 include pianists Robert Silverman and Michael Esch, violinists Scott St. John, Etsuko Kimura, Leonid Peisahov, Konstantin Popovic, cellist Rafael Hoekman, percussionist Beverley Johnston, and guest conductors Carlo Palleschi and Giuseppe Lanzetta. Sinfonia Toronto has been acclaimed by critics. The Toronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour," "ample eloquence" and "gripping authority," while La Scena Musicale declared, "Nurhan Arman and his orchestra literally conquered us ." Nurhan Arman, music director and conductor Margaret Chasins, administrator 264 Bloor Street West, Box 52545, Toronto ON MSS 3C5 416-499-0403 SMALL WoRLD Music SocrnrY Small World Music is a not for profit organization dedicated to the presentation of world music, community outreach and developing the careers of Canada's diverse music community. Since 1997 Small World has grown into a year round presenter employing a wide variety of facilities ranging from Massey Hall to Lula Lounge. Our presenting cycle has evolved to include not only stand alone concerts but as many as three festivals in the 2004 and 2005 calendar years. The season has included our May participation in South Asian Heritage Montl1 with Jyafest, the July staging of Global Cafe and our premier event, the Small World Music Festival held for ten days in late September. Presentations of major touring artists such as Master of Persian Music, Zakir Hussain, Abdeli, and many more have been mixed with concerts featuring Canadian artists such as Maza Meze, Aditya Verma, autorickshaw, Eccodek and dozens of others. Alan Davis, artistic director Derek Andrews, board president Miriam Schacter, publicity Dougal Richan, sponsorship 29 Gwynne Avenue, Toronto ON M6K 2C2 416-536-4769 SOUNDSTREAMS CANADA Soundstreams Canada, established in 1982 by artistic director Lawrence Cherney, commissions and presents Canadian and international new music, generating opportunities for dynamic encounters among composers, performers and audiences. Our goal is to promote new music by creating unique and compelling experiences, and fostering awareness of a growing Canadian musical legacy. Soundstreams' primary activity is presenting chamber and choral music concerts, which are often recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio Two by Two New Hours and Choral Concert. Soundstreams concerts frequently pair Canadian composers with their international counterparts, helping Soundstreams share the excitement of Canadian new music with composers and artists from around the world. The 2005-2006 concert season includes music by: Steve Reich (USA), James Rolfe (Canada}, Abigail Richardson (Canada) with Victoria Borisova-Ollas (Sweden/Russia}, Brian Current (Canada) with H.K. Gruber (Austria}, Chan Ka Nin (Canada) with Tan Dun (USA). Notable musicians on the season include members of Nexus, the Gryphon Trio, Patricia O'Callaghan, Accordes String Quartet. Soundstreams offers extensive outreach programs in schools throughout the GTA, including student performances before selected concerts. Lawrence Cherney, artistic director 219 Dufferin Street, Suite 307B Toronto ON M6K IY9 416-504-1282 Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 8 19 Sr. CLEMENr's (EGLINTON) ANGLICAN CHURCH CHOIRS Since 1897 at the early mission, St. Clement's Choirs has been presenting special services to mark Christmas, Easter and other festival days, and giving concerts throughout the year. Highlights of the 2005-06 season include: Sept. 25, 4:30pm Choral Evensong. Nov. 6, 4:30pm Commemoration of All Souls, Nov. 27, 4:30pm Advent Carol Service-, Jan 8/06, 4:30pm Epiph;myCarol Ser vice; Jan. 29, 3:00pm Organ Recital-Jonathan Oldengarm; March 26, 4:30pm concert: The Bless~d Vilgin Ma1y. Details can be found on the church s website under What's Ne w. The Psallam Spiritu Choir is a treble voice choir for boys and girls aged 8-17 who lead the music at the 9:15am Sunday liturgy. Vocal training with emphasis on sight-reading is given. Rehearsals take place every Thursday afternoon 4:30 - 5:30pm from September to the end of May. The Senior Choir is an auditioned mixed-voice choir of about 25 singers that sing a wide range of sacred repertoire from plainsong and 16th c. to music of the 21st c. The choir sings at the 11:00am Sunday liturgy and the occasional Choral Evensongs. Thomas Filches, organist & director of music 416-483-6664 Sr.JAMES' CATHEDRAL For over 200 years a landmark at King and Church Streets, St. James' is the Cathedral to the Diocese ofToronto. It is a vibrant musical and spiritual place. Its musical life includes North America's largest peal of change-ringing bells and a fine pipe organ in beautiful acoustics, heard weekly in a Tuesday Music at Midday and Sunday Twilight Recital series in addition to liturgical settings. Currently, choral groups include the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, a community based ensemble known as The Choral Society, a volunteer Parish Choir, and a semi-professional mixed voice ensemble known as the St. James Singers. Other ensembles such as the Cathedral Girl Choristers will begin shortly. Choristers of varying ages, abilities and locations in the city come together in a wide variety ofliturgies. We invite you to become involved in these opportunities and to attend the many concerts and special events. Cathedral organist and director of music Michael Bloss and assistant organist/composer-in-residence Andrew Ager, among Canada's foremost church musicians, lead the musical voice within the Cathedral. 65 Church Street, Toronto ON MSC 2E9 416-364- 7865 www.stj amescathedral. on .ca Sr. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL ~1 ' I .\ I , ~I _t 'I\ ,•!' I fi ' I i?t Since 1937, this Catholic all-boys school has become the most renowned choir school in Canada. St. Michael's Choir School consists of auditioned students from grades 3 through 12, providing the choirs for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning masses at St. Michael's Cathedral. Distinguished alumni include Michael CONTINUED ON PAGE 820

Burgess, Matt Dusk, John McDermott and Michael Schade. Recent tour performances include the 1997 International Choral Festival of Sacred Music (Italy). the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (Rome). and other prestigious venues across Europe and North America. At home, the choirs sang for Queen Elizabeth, and at the 2002 World Youth Day Papal Mass. SMCS has eight CD's currently available, including the most recent Christmas Ga11and. On October 14. the choristers will perform Eucaristica (St. Michael's Cathedral, 7:30pm) in honour of the year of the Eucharist, including a newly commission polychoral work by alumnus Kola Owolabi. The 66th SMCS Christmas concert- Hodie! The Glory ofChristmas - will take place December 9 and 10 at Massey Hall, featuring alumnus Robert Pomakov, plus the music ofHandel, Rutter and Rachmaninov. Brian Rae, contact 66 Bond St. Toronto ON M5B 1X2 416-393-5518 SYRINX SUNDAY SALONS Syrinx Concerts Toronto was established inl986. This year Syrinx will begin the Syrinx Sunday Salons, continuing the format established by the Chrylark Arts & Music Series, which ceased operations earlier this spring. Our focus is to encourage and promote Canadian artists and to introduce the works of one Canadian composer each year. The past three seasons have featured the works of Srul Irving Glick, Walter Buczynski, and Oskar Morawetz. This year we will feature music by Steven Gellman, integrating within each concert a substantial chamber piece of his, along with the more familiar repertoire. Steven Gellman was the first Canadian winner of the BM! award (1964); he won the UNESCO prize (1970) and was named Canadian Composer of the Year (1987). His works have been performed throughout Europe and North America. Our five concert series will include performers Coenraad Bloemendal, Valerie Tryon, Peter Longworth, Musica Camerata, Susan Hoeppner, Daniel Bolshoy and the Cerberus Ensemble. The 5-concert subscription is . Single tickets are . Dorothy Sandler-Glick, contact 135 Arlington Avenue, Toronto ON M6C 2Y9 416-654-0877 T TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER CHOIR Highlights of 2005/2006 include Bach's colossal Mass in B Minorand Mozartfest, a celebration of Wolfgang's 250th birthday. Join young Mozart and his father on their travels in Amadeo: Mozart in Italy. featuring male soprano Michael Maniaci performing Exsultate,jubilate. Experience Mozart the improvisatory pianist through fortepianist Robert Levin and rejoice in Mozart's very best - the Coronation Mass and Jupiter Symphony with soprano Karina Gauvin and guest conductor Bruno Weil. Also joining Tafelmusik is vibrant soprano Suzie LeBlanc; charming British keyboardist and guest director Richard Egarr; luminous soprano Gillian Keith; and many more. Tafelmusik's annual family matinee, on February 11, is not to be missed! This fun-filled concert features early music by Mozart and takes the audience to Italy with a young Wolfgang and his father. Join us at Trinity-St. Paul's for Tafelmusik's 25th annual performance of Handel's Messiah and top off the holiday season with Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall. Tafelmusik continues its 3-concert series at the George Weston Recital Hall as well as its regular concert series at Trinity-St. Paul's. Call for information. Jeanne Lamon, music director Tricia Baldwin, managing director 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1X7 Administration: 416-964-9562 Box office: 416-964-6337 TALISKER PLAYERS Talisker Players, the choral music orchestra, is well known to choirs and their audiences throughout southern Ontario. Since its founding in 1995 the ensemble has gained an enviable reputation for excellence in the art of choral accompanying. A flexible-size group. it performs with choirs large and small, in repertoire ranging from baroque (on original or modern instruments) to 21st century. The ensemble also presents its own series of vocal chamber music concerts, which take its skills in vocal/ instrumental collaboration into a more intimate realm. This season again offers three fascinating programmes. each built around a theme, in which core members of the group are joined by some of Canada's leading vocal soloists. Rumours of Peace (November 9) offers reflections on the costs of human conflict, and the hope for lasting peace; Vox Humana (February 15), an unusual callee- . tion of"songs without words", explores the human voice as a pure instrument, an equal with other instruments; An die Musik (May 31) presents treasures from the art of song in its purest form, the German Lied. Mary McGeer, artistic director Stephanie Moore, operations coordinator 105-678 Broadview Ave. Toronto ON M4K 2P2 416-466-1800 TALLIS CHOIR Over the past 27 years, the 36-voice Tallis Choir has earned a reputation for its innovative programming and polished performances. Best known for its interpretation of Renaissance music, it has presented the first Canadian performances of many rarely-heard masterpieces of the period. This season features four different programmes, including two commemorative concerts marking the 500th anniversary of our namesake, Thomas Tallis (December), and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart (May). Featured works include Tallis' masterpiece, Spem In Ali um, and Mozart's Coronation Mass with the splendid young soprano. Laura Albino. The Mozart concert also marks the renewal of the choir's collaboration with the Talisker Players. The season opens with a survey of Renaissance and Tudor music from the choir's recently re-released double CD, Splendours of The High Renaissance and in 820 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006 March they present a programme of music for Holy Week including Palestrina's Stabat Mater and the Allegri Miserere. The first three concerts take place at St. Patrick's Church, 141 McCaul St., and the final concert is at St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph St. Peter Mahon, director 416-533-6179 TAPESTRY NEW OPERA WORKS Tapestry New Opera Works is the leading company in Canada dedicated to the development and production of original Canadian opera and music theatre. Since 1995, Tapestry's annual Composer-Librettist Laboratory (Lib-Lab) has introduced composers and writers, through a core programme of activities, to the essential ingredient for creating successful music theatre: meaningful collaboration. On September 27 and 28, 2005, Tapestry opens the new season with Opera Briefs 5- staged readings from this year's highly successful Lib-Lab. In February 2006, Tapestry premieres 5 new short operas by 5 new teams in the popular Opera to Go format at the Distillery District. Also in February, Christos Hatzis's Constantinople has its UK premiere at Covent Garden, London. On April 9, 2006, Tapestry proudly presents the world premiere of a new Canadian opera for children in New York City: Elijah's Kite, by James Rolfe and Camyar Chai, will be staged at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). under the direction of Gordon Ostrowski, head of MS M's opera division. Soon to be announced: the fall 2006 Toronto premiere of Elijah's Kite. Wayne Strongman, managing artistic director 55 Mill Street, Toronto ON M5A 3C4 The Cannery (Building 58), Studio 316 416-537-6066 TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band "cooks" with its powerful tributes to the hits of the 1930s and 40s. Riveting performances and swing savvy have earned this ensemble widespread acclaim and an impressive roster of engagements throughout Ontario and in the US. Drawing the "cream-of-the-crop" of young musicians aged 16 to 22 from across the GTA. the Toronto All-Star Big Band is a spectacular incubator for Canada's emerging young professionals. This season, a thrilling series of Toronto-based productions offers a fresh. youthful spin on nostalgia. In October, They 're Playing Our Song turns back time to the chart-toppers of the swing era in a "favourites" program built exclusively on requests. A very cool Yule production, A Ch1istmas Special, features jazzy big band arrangements by Louis Armstrong, Les Brown, and Harry Connick Jr. In 2006, artists of international renown share the band's stage, including a rare Toronto performance by dazzling clarinetist Eddie Daniels. And a five-part series of Big Band Tea Dances at Harbourfront revives the Toronto tradition of lakeside dancing.

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