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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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ZygmuntJedrzejek, artistic director Carolyn McGee,.promotion/development 3820 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M9B 1K8 416-231-5695 TORONTO CHAMBER CHOIR David Fallis, a well-known expert in early music, is music director of the Toronto Chamber Choir. Established in 1968, the choir's season includes four concerts featuring authentic performances of baroque and renaissance music, often paired with thematically related works from later periods. The 40-voice choir rehearses Monday nights from 7:30-lOpm in the church hall of St. Patrick's Church, at the corner ofDundas and McCaul Streets, with additional rehearsals prior to concerts. Singers with good sight reading ability may request an audition at any time during the season. Openings currently exist for tenors and basses. Heather Crisp: 416-699-8121 TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS Recognized as one of the world's leading choral ensembles for children, the Toronto Children's Chorus performs with an artistry that inspires audiences and critics alike. It tours internationally, and has most recently recorded Mahler's 8th Sym- · phonyfor EM! with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the chorus has been enriching the lives of children for over two and a half decades. Highlights for the upcoming season include a concert in November with guest conductor, Stephen Hatfield and the Peterborough Children's Chorus, Maureen Harris­ Lowe, conductor. A Chorus Christmas in December at Roy Thomson Hall, features the world premiere of The Darkest Midnight in December by Kelly Marie Murphy. In February the Training Choirs present Rhymes and Rounds at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. On May 6 all choirs present Fugues. Fleas and Fantasies and on July 6, the Chamber Choir will present its Tour Send Off concert. For further details on concerts, recordings and auditions for prospective choristers, please visit the ICC website. Jean Ashworth Bartle, C.M., O.Ont., founder/music director John Peltier, manager of business administration Heather Wood, manager of artistic administration 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4N 3K7 416-932-8666 TORONTO CHORAL SOCIETY Established in 1845, the Toronto Choral Society was formed to encourage and nurture musical ability at all levels. Under the artistic direction of conductor Geoffrey Butler, the TCS is comprised of three groups: The TCS Community Choir is a non-auditioned chorus of 120 voices that offers enthusiastic amateurs the chance to sing, learn and have fun. The Community Choir performs at least two major concerts per year. with professional accompanists and soloists. Repertoire ranges from traditional favourites like Handel's Messiah to jazz musician Paul Winter's Missa Gaia. We will perform a Latin American concert on Dec. 7 which includes two works ofRamirez: Misa Crio/la and Navida Nuestra. Our spring concert features Carmina Burana with full concert band, in preparation for our Russian tour in July 2006. The Community Choir is seeking tenors and basses, regardless of experience. North 44° Ensemble (see separate listing) is a 22- member auditioned choir dedicated to excellence and eclecticism in choral music. The Street Haven Women's Choir is drawn from clients of the Street Haven at the Crossroads women's shelter. Geoffrey Butler, artistic director Deborah Micucci, president 255-1543 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON M4G 385 416-410-3509 TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS The Toronto Classical Singers are 100 people who love the choral/orchestral classics. Each season we present three concerts featuring guest soloists and the Talisker Players. Our conductor is the CBC's Jurgen Petrenko, who brings an infectious enthusiasm to the proceedings. In the past twelve years, we have presented major works by, among others, Mendelssohn, Handel, Puccini, Schubert, Saint-Saens and Vaughan Williams. This season's concerts are: Bach: Magnificatand Haydn: St. Nicolas Mass (Dec 11) Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass and Faure: Requiem (March 5) Mozart: Solemn Vespers and Coronation Mass (May 7) We rehearse Monday evenings (7:30-9:30), September through April at Christ Church Deer Park (Yonge Street, two blocks north of St. Clair). We welcome new members - please contact us for information. Jurgen Petrenko, conductor and artistic director Jane Petrenko, general manager 100 Three Valleys Drive, Toronto ON M3A 389 416-443-1490 THE TORONTO CONSORT The Toronto Consort specializes in Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music. Now in its 33rd season of musicmaking. the Consort presents an annual subscription series at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre in downtown Toronto. The Consort has toured to Europe, the U. S. and across Canada, has eight CDs to its credit, and has recorded music for feature and TV films. In spring 2005 the Consort partnered with Tafel-musik to present the Metamorpl10sis Festival, a city-wide festival of the arts. The 2005/2006 Toronto series includes: October 21 & 22: The Da Vinci Codex. an exploration of the music in the life of the most famous figure of the Renaissance - November 11 & 12: Ensemble Clement ]anequin, France's world-famous vocal group in their Toronto debut - December 9 & 10: The Monteverdi Ch1istmas Vespers- a vespers service for Yuletide from the master of St. Mark's, Venice-March 3 & 4:]ephte-Carissimi's masterpiece, with guest soprano Suzie LeBlanc - April 28 & 29: The Journey to Santiago -a musical pilgrimage to northern Spain in the 13th century David Fallis, artistic director 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M58 1X7 416-966-1045 Box office: 416-964-6337 Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2005-2006 821 TORONTO EARLY Musrc CENTRE This non-profit organization promotes the appreciation of historically •. informed performances of early ' . music in the community through , sponsorship of concerts and activi- . ties such as lectures, workshops, exhibitions and masterclass es with . visiting and local artists. Benefits of membership include: discounts to certain early music events in the city; a subscription to the quarterly Toronto Ea11y Music News which contains a calendar of upcoming events, reviews, profiles, essays, etc.; borrowing privileges from the TEMC library of books and recordings; participation in music circles (e.g. viola da gamba, or vocal music circles); admission to the Musically Speaking presentations of early music performed on original or replica instruments, and the Ea11y Music Fair.join the e-mail information list of historical performance in Toronto! The 22nd annual Early Music Fair, an all-day event celebrating the delights of historical musical performance, will take place in September 2006 at Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, at Islington Avenue. Annual membership: individual; family; student/senior Frank T. Nakashima, artistic director 427 Bloor Street West, Box 17, Toronto ON M5S 1X7 416-966-1409 - temc TORONTO HELICONIAN HALL A visual and acoustic gem dating from 1875, with a vaulted ceiling providing excellent concert hall acoustics, seating for 120 guests and a Steinway grand piano. Heliconian Hall is an ideal setting to present intimate concerts. Warm wooden walls, Victorian carved rose window, fireplace, lounge, bar, patio, P.A. system, and air conditioning. John Greco, manager 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto ON M5R 2E3 416-922-3618 Fax 416-922-2431 TORONTO JEWISH FOLK CHOIR The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir was founded in 1925 by immigrant needle-trade workers. Today, in our 80th season. our SATB choir keeps its founding spirit alive, performing beloved Yiddish folk songs, excerpts from the classics on Jewish themes, contemporary music by Jewish composers in Yiddish, Hebrew, Judea-Spanish (Ladino) and English, and music of other lands and cultures. The Choir will perform Max Helfman's Die Naye Hagode (!he New Saga) with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, Sunday. October 30, 3pm at the Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, as part of Holocaust Remembrance Week. The Choir will perform its 80th Anniversary Annual Spril1g Concert on Sunday June 4, 2006 at 7:30pm at the Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto. To celebrate the event, the choir has commissioned Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch to write a new work for choir and the Beyond the Pale klezmer band. That work will be premiered on the concert, along with a new medley maestro Veprinsky is creating for choir and narrator, of highlights from the choir's past 80th season. Alexander Veprinsky, conductor Lina Zemelman, accompanist Barbara Blaser, contact 585 Cranbrooke Ave., Toronto ON M6A 2X9 416-398-3405 CONTINUED ON PAGE 822

TORONTO MASQUE THEATRE Toronto Masque Theatre performs works that combine elements of music, theatre and dance, created from the Renaissance to the present. Founded in 2003, TMT has had successes with 17th century stage works (The Fairy Queen, La Descente D'Orphee aux Enfers), 20th century classics (Masques for a Reaney Day), pastiches (Tears of a Clown) and commissions from Abigail Richardson and James Rolfe. TMT's 2005-06 season includes a fundraising performance ofHandel's Acis and Galatea (with Benjamin Butterfield, Teri Dunn, Colin Ainsworth, Alexander Dobson) on November 16, 2005. Masque ofLove (February 2, 3 and 5, 2006) features Renaissance madrigals and lute-songs, modern torch and blues songs, exquisite love poetry and a premiere from composer Omar Daniel. It features Patricia O'Callaghan, Colin Linden, Terry McKenna, Derek Boyes and others. Our Purcell Cycle continues with a production of Dioclesian in May, 2006 featuring dancing, singing and a magnificent play telling the story of the Emperor who abdicated his position of power for love. "Toronto Masque Theatre deserves a permanent place in our musical life." -Toronto Star Larry Beckwith, artistic director 383 Huron Street, Toronto ON M5S 2G5 416-410-4561 TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir organization has three outstanding choirs - The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Mendelssohn Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. The TMC is world-renowned, maintaining a tradition of performing and commissioning the finest choral repertoire. The Choir is comprised of over 160 volunteer singers and 20 members of the Elora Festival Singers, who form the professional core. Under Noel Edison, the TMC presents a subscription series and appears frequently with the TSO and in broadcasts on CBC. Its repertoire stretches from early Baroque to world premieres of commissioned works. The TMC's 2005/2006 season begins in November with Orffs Carmina Burana and continues in December with Festival of Carols featuring Canadian jazz vocalist Matt Dusk, and its annual Messiah performances with the TSO. In spring 2006, the Mendelssohn Singers present Bach's St. John Passion and the TMC presents the Faure and Durufle Requiems. All members of the TMC family join together on May 12 in a gala performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the world premiere of David Stone's The Prophet: "On Love". Noel Edison, artistic sirector/conductor Cynthia Hawkins, executive director 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto ON M5J 2H5 416-598-0422 TORONTO MENDELSSOHN YouTH CHOIR Founded in 1977, the TMYC's mandate is to provide a unique opportunity to its members for formal choral training and participation in performances at the highest professional level. The choir is comprised of approximately 25 singers between the ages of 15 and 25, drawn from all over the GTA. Recent TMYC engagements include its own subscription concert series, performances in the City ofToronto's Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, and appearances on the Mike Bullard and Canadian Living shows. The choir is also in demand for charity fundraising events. The TMYC's 2005-2006 subscription series begins in November with a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria. In March the choir will present a concert of sacred songs and spirituals, including John Rutter's Psalmfest, and will close its season in April with a concert of folk music from around the world. In addition, the choir will appear with the Toronto Philharmonia in December and will participate in two concerts with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir - Festival of Carols in December with jazz vocalist Matt Dusk, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphonyin May. Lynn Janes, conductor Christy Dittlice, personnel coordinator 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto ON M5J 2H5 416-598-0422 TORONTO OPERA REPERTOIRE Now in its 39th year, Toronto Opera Repertoire has delighted the community with affordable productions of opera classics, and given students, choristers and aspiring singers the opportunity to learn new roles, sing in the chorus, and understand the complexities and challenges of opera stagecraft. Run in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board's Continuing Education Program, this community opera company presents two fully-staged and professionally costumed operas each year at the Bickford Centre Theatre, 777 Bloor St. West. For its February, 2006 season, TOR will present Donizetti's L'Elisird'Amore, and a double bill of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona. TOR invites aspiring soloists to audition, and enthusiastic choristers to join the non-auditioned chorus. Gerald Hannon, chair 416-698-95 72 TORONTO OPERETTA THEATRE Founded in 1985 by general director Guillermo Silva­ Marin, TOT is a vibrant company with a mandate to produce classical operettas featuring professional Canadian artists of exceptional talent. Our 21st season features Elizabeth Beeler, Elizabeth DeGrazia, Carla Huhtanen, Gabrielle Prata, Jackalyn Short, Katerina Tchoubar, Mark DuBois, Robert Longo, Fred Love, Peter McCutcheon, Keith Savage, Sean Watson and a host of others. There are 8 performances of Johann Strauss' Wiener Blut, December 27 to January 8, with conductor Kevin Mallon, followed by Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark, February 17, 18, 19, with conductor Jeffrey Huard, and 6 performances of Wright and Forrest's Kismetfrom April 21 to 30, with conductor Derek Bate. All productions are directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin and feature TOT's chorus and orchestra. Other special events include A Savoyard Madness Benefit Concert(November 6), TOT's annual New Years Eve Gala Party at the HotHouse Cafe and A Musical Journey to the Caribbean dinner, concert and dance at the Marriott Hotel (April 2006). All performances are at the Jane Mallett Theatre: 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708- 6754. Guillermo Silva-Marin, general director Tickets: 416-922-2912 TORONTO ORGAN CLUB In the summer of 1998, Fred Oystruk, a World War [l veteran and a Hammond organ buff purchased and restored two Hammond model X-66's. This was the largest and most advanced entertainer organ that Hammond produced and was a popular instrument in major league baseball parks. The enjoyment he experienced led him to approach organist Frank Iacino and a few other enthusiasts about reviving the popular organ clubs of the 1960's and 70's. These clubs had been started and supported by the Heintzman Piano Stores. A committee was formed "to promote the king of in- 822 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2005-2006 struments" and the first concert was at Alderwood Presbyterian Church on November of 1998. A need for ample parking was evident by the large turnout and a move to St. James United at 400 Burnhamthorpe Road East was invited and accepted in April 2004. Festival of Music Nigh/featuring the X-66 with Strings Etc. proved very popular in March of the year and will be repeated in March 2006 as will the Organ Grh1der night in April. Frank Iacino: 905-824-4667 TORONTO PHILHARMONIA The Toronto Philharmonia celebrates its 34th season with a 7-concert series of quality, affordable classical music. As orchestra-in-residence in the acoustically perfect George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the fully-professional orchestra is led by charismatic maestro Kerry Stratton. Highlights of the 2005-2006 programme: romantic Russian classics with pianist David Jalbert; a celebration of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and China with the exotic sound of erhu; great choruses for Remembrance Day with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; a Mozart Year concert with violinist Jasper Wood; opera excerpts sung by outstanding young Canadian artists; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G Minor with brilliant young Korean pianist Hong Chun Youn, back by popular demand. Concerts are Thursdays at 8:00pm, with the October concert on a Saturday and the Christmas concert on Sunday afternoon at 2:00. The Toronto Philharmonia has an active youth outreach program, as well as a busy touring schedule in Ontario communities. Kerry Stratton, artistic director 109-1210 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto ON M2K 1E3 416-499-2204 or TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Prepare to be amazed during the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 2005/2006 season! Canada's premiere symphonic ensemble, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, presents its season in the visually stunning and acoustically superb Roy Thomson Hall. Under the artistic leadership of music director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is delighted to perform over 100 concerts featuring an impressive lineup of guest artists and repertoire. This season is highlighted by pianist Lang Lang September 29, 30 & October 1; pianist Evgeny Kissin October 5 & 7; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg October 14 & 15; soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian January 18 & 19; violinist Itzhak Perlman June 10; and tenor Ben Heppner June 15 & 17.Join us as we celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday, Shostakovich's IOOth birthday, and Canadian world premieres during the New Creations Festival. Great deals for the younger generation, ages 15-29: sign up for FREE at and get TSO tickets for ! (Some restrictions apply.) For tickets call 416-593-4828; or visit; or buy in person at the Roy Thomson Hall box office at King Street West and Simcoe Street. Peter Oundjian, music director

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