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Volume 12 - Issue 2 - October 2006

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Early Musiccontinued from page 19haunting romances, the TorontoConsort program, "The Real Manof La Mancha" takes you on a journeyto 16th and 17th century Spain(October 27, 28). The Consort isjoined by harp virtuoso MaxineEilander. www.torontoconsort.orgScaramellaIn music of the early Italian Renaissancemasters Josquin, Compere,Tromboncino and Cara, the marriageof poetry and music createsboth beauty and emotional conflict,deliberate and coincidental, agonyand ecstasy. The Scaramella programNovemeber 4 "Such SweetSorrow" laments the frustrations oflife's many fleeting pleasures inworks by these masters as well asmodern gems by Arva Part. Performersinclude Katherine Hill (soprano/tenorviol), Daniel Cabena(countertenor), Brandon Leis (tenor),Kathleen Kajioka (violin/viola),Sheila Smyth (viola/treble viol)and Joelle Morton (violas da gamba).Website: www.scaramella.ca.Frank T. Nakashima can be reachedat franknak@interlog.com)CHORAL SceneConcerts, festivals, celebrations,anniversaries and more Mozart isthe order of the month of Octoberfor Toronto's choirs.In the only pre-Thanksgivingchoral concert of note, the Tryp­Tych Chamber Choir join forceswith the Trinity PresbyterianChurch Choir for a rare performanceof the Messe Solennelle byCharles Gounod on Oct 1. Thisorganization has earned a loyal followingfor presenting slightly outof-the-ordinary19th and 20th centurychoral and operatic repertoire.Just after Thanksgiving, on October13, the Tafelmusik ChamberChoir celebrates its 25th anniversarywith a program of choralfavourites at the George WestonRecital Hall. Bach's Cantata 191(from which he took the musicalmaterial for the Gloria of the BMinor Mass), Vivaldi's wellknownsetting of the Gloria (withsoprano and alto solos and duets)and an extended motet by the little-known18th century French violinistand composer Jean-Josephde Mondonville make up the program.The choir will then recordPRESENTS THESIXTH ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT & DINNERChristmas Oratorioby J.S. BachChorus and orchestra conducted by Jane Glover, C.B.E.Diredor of Chicago's Music of the BaroqueNathalie Paulin Soprano Norine Burgess AltoNils Brown Tenor Daniel Lichti BassDennis Giesbrecht EvangelistFriday, December 8, 2006 at 6:30 pmDinner during the 8 pm intermissionEglinton St. George's United Church35 Lytton Boulevard, TorontoCONCERT a DINNER: .00 per personWine bar availableTo reserve tickets, call 416-481-1141, ext. 250~ -.-..,, 'rBack to Ad IndexVisa and MasterCardThis is a fundraising event serving Eva's Initiatives andits programming for homeless young people in Toronto.by Larry BeckwithWWW. THEWHOlENOTE .COMthese pieces for the CBC Recordslabel. (See my Choral Life tributeto choir director I vars Taurins, nextpage).On October 14, the Toronto PoliceAssociation Male Chorusgives what promises to be an arrestingconcert at Walmer RoadBaptist Church. The choir will laydown the law with popular standardsand medleys.Maestro Rilling returns for BachFestival workout, much of it behindthe scenes, then Mozart with the TSO.More in Musical Life, page 61.The 2006 International BachFestival at the University of Torontogets under way on October15, again graced by the presenceof the eminent Bach expert HelmuthRilling. The details are available atwww.internationalbachfestival.caand include performances, workshops,lectures and gala concerts.Several cantatas will be sung, includingBWV 7, 23, 70, 100 and123. Artistic Director Doreen Raowill also lead the premiere oflmantRaminsh's "In the trail of the wind,In the shadow of God". This isRaminsh's response to the body ofwork that Bach created under theheading "cantata". It all takes placein the University's Edward JohnsonBuilding between October 15and 25. Following the Bach Festivalat the University, Helmuth Rillingmoves down to Roy ThomsonHall starting on October 25 to conductthe Elmer Iseler and MacMillanSingers with the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra in performancesof Robert Levin's edition of theMass in C Minor of Mozart. Thedistinguished fortepianist Levin willbe in attendance and will give apre-concert introduction.On October 19, LadysmithBlack Mambazo returns to MasseyHall for an evening of SouthAfrican dance and choral music.Since the mid-1960s, this outstand-ing ensemble has sung all over theworld. Indeed, two nights beforethis concert, they are appearing atCarnegie Hall, with Sarah McLachlan,Pete Seeger, the MahotellaQueens and Natalie Merchant. Theircollaborations with Paul Simon andothers are legendary, and whenNelson Mandela was presentedwith one half of the Nobel PeacePrize in 1993 in Sweden, Mambazowas by his side.St. Michael's Choir Schooltrots out its many vocal ensemblesfor a concert on October 20 featuringmusic by Sweelinck, Honegger,Rheinberger, some of theschool's former teachers and, ofcourse, Mozart.In any given year, the choralmusic of Mozart is bound to showup in programs fairly frequently.This being a celebratory year (the250th anniversary of his birth), itis extraordinary how many groupshave tipped their hats to the Austriangenius. Two of Toronto'schoirs pay homage this month, beginningon October 20 with theExultate Chamber Singers, whooffer opera choruses, the SolemnVespers and some lesser knownchoral fare. The next evening, theAmadeus Choir perform a verysimilar program at the GeorgeWeston Recital hall.On the afternoon of October 22,Stephanie Martin unveils the brandnewPax Christi Chamber Choirwho will perform a Palestrina Massand Bach's Cantata #4 at GraceChurch on-the-Hill. At the sametime, at Christ Church Deer Park,David Fallis' Toronto ChamberChoir delves into Handel's habitof borrowing musical ideas fromhimself in a program titled "Handelon Trial."Also on October 22, the Ves-BOSLEYREAL ESTATEBOSLEY ~EAL ESTATE LTD .. P.L.:.LT ;.'; ~PETER MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.com

nivka Choir and the TorontoUkrainian Male Choir join forcesto commemorate the 150th anniversaryof the birth of the Ukrainianpoet Ivan Franko. The programincludes a new piece by the Toronto-basedcomposer ZenobyLawryshyn. Bass Pavlo Hunka isannounced as the guest soloist, buthis recent well-publicized maladiesmay prevent him from appearing.On October 23, the legendary Canadiansoprano and voice teacherMary Morrison will be feted atWalter Hall in celebration of her 80thbirthday. Lots of music and tributesare promised.Three intriguing early-Novemberconcerts caught my eye:Nov 3: Four Toronto choirs teamup for The Sounds of Ukraine atthe George Weston Recital Hall.The same night, Soundstreamspresents another installment ofUniversity Voices, this time featuringthe English conductor MartinNeary (he of Westminster Abbeyfame) and the premiere of a pieceby James MacMillan entitled SunDogs. This concert will be repeatedtwo nights later in Montreal.Finally, also on November 3, atYorkminster Park Baptist Church,the Mendelssohn Choir sings theRequiem of Mozart (Robert Levinedition) . Under guest conductorIvars Taurins, the choir and audienceare probably in for a treat.CHORAL LIFE:Ivars TaurinsEnergy, elegance and a scrupulousattention to detail are threeaspects of I vars Taurins' musicmakingthat account for his greatsuccess and that I have appreciatedover the many years I've knownhim and watched him work.Whether he's in front of theTafelmusik Chamber Choir, theCalgary Philharmonic Orchestraor one of the many ensembles ofyoung people he has guest-directed,one always has the sense thatI vars is giving his all for everysingle minute of a rehearsal orconcert. His energy is legendaryand contributes to creating anexciting atmosphere in which towork. He is able to convey thesense that important work is beingdone with a wide array ofbody gestures and a varied vocabularyof images and encouragingwords. CONTINUES PAGE 60~f~~~Lydia Adams, Conductor 28th Season2006-2007 Concert SeriesREQUIEM- Mozart; Mass No. 2 in C- SchubertFriday, November 10, 2006 8:00 pmMetropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E., TorontoSoloists: Rebecca Whelan, sopranoAndrea Ludwig, mezzo-sopranoMark Dubois, tenorNelson Lohnes, basswith orchestraHANDEL'S MESSIAHFriday, December 1, 2006 8:00 pmMetropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E., TorontoSpecial Guest Artists: THE AMADEUS CHOIRSoloists: Monica Whicher, sopranoChristine Stelmacovich, mezzo-sopranoDavid Pomeroy, tenorAlexander Dobson, bassRobert Venables and Robert DiVito, trumpetsPatricia Wright, OrganCELEBRATION with True North BrassFriday, February 2, 2007 7:30 pmGlenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, TorontoCelebrating Howard CableSpecial G11est Artists: Jim Gardiner, tr11mpetRaymond Tizzard, trumpet; Alastair Kay, tromboneJoan Watson, French horn; J. Scott Irvine, tubaCONCERT OF 100 CANDLESFriday, April 27, 2007 8:00 pmSt. Mary Magdalene Church, Manning and UlsterWorld premiere of Lamentations of Jeremiah,new major work by Canadian composer andJuno nominee, Peter Togni.Special Guest: Jeff Reilly, bass clarinetAll programmes and locations subject to changeViolins, violas, cellos, and bowsComplete line of strings and accessoriesExpert repairs and rehairsCanada's largest stock of string musicFast mail order service~ ,,--r--www.thesoundpost.cominfo@thesoundpost.comSubscriptions to our 4-concert Toronto series are $125for regular tickets, and 0 for seniors and students.Single Tickets are reg11lar and Seniors/Students,except for Messiah, for which tickets are and .Pre-Messiah dinner at the Albany Club 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3K7 ·\Bf8 canadaCouncil ConselldesArts torontdartsbouncil ~~for the Arts du Canada An ar m's lengthbcdyo!the Cltyof T01onto < ...:~·.:;:::;:,;~,:-.._CTOBER 1 -Back to Ad Index

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