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Volume 12 - Issue 2 - October 2006

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audiences locally and abroad.SOUNDplay, in the fall of each year, is a meeting pointfor experimentation in new media and sound art, rushingthe boundaries and encouraging new fusions o image,sound and text (September 20- 0ctober 20, 2006).Deep Wireless, a month-long celebration of radio artevery May, features performances, a radio art compilationCD, the Radio Without Boundaries conference, and gettingradio art on the air!Sound Travels is a Toronto Island summer event thattakes the concert out of the hall and places it within thenatural beauty of Toronto Island and St. Andrew by-the­Lake Church, with outdoor and indoor performances,installations, and SOUNDwalks.New Music Concerts416-910-7231naisa@naisa.cawwwnaisa.caNMC's mandate is to bring the world's best musical artforms to Toronto. Internationally-renowned composers andsoloists work with local musicians and then spread theword of our excellence abroad.NMC's 36th season opens October 15 with Generation2006, a program of music by emerging Canadian composersperformed by Montreal's !'Ensemble contemporain. TheSlowind Quintet returns from their native SloveniaNovember 5 to provide dynamic new wind music.NMC contributes to a much-anticipated festival of thevisionary music of Sofia Gubaidulina (November 27). Riena voir II is a stimulating program of historic tapecompositions and new 16-channel acousmatic worksOanuary 13). International pipa virtuoso Wei-\ei Lanushers in the Lunar New Year with music by Beijingcomposers (February 16).The Penderecki Quartet presents an evening ofinnovative Canadian works for strings, electronics andvoice (March 10). The Mather-Lepage Duo presentsexceptional microtonal compositions on their speciallydesigned16th-tone piano (April 28). The season closeswith virtuosic cello solos and duets featuring Rohan deSaram and David Hetherington Oune 3).Robert Aitken, artistic director;David Olds, general manager157 Carlton Street, Ste. 203, Toronto ON M5A 2K3416-961-9594nmc@interlog.comwww.newmusicconcerts.comNew Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV)Headquartered in Toronto, NTDTV Canada hascorrespondents in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver,providing Canadian-content-rich programs for the globalNTDTV networks. NTDTV is currently the producer forMandarin Time for Rogers Television in the G TA.What is NTDTV Gala? The NTDTV Chinese New YearGala is a spectacular concert celebrating the beauty ofancient Chinese culture through a compilation of worldclassmusic and dance performances.The 2006 Chinese New Year Gala was performed inseventeen metropolitan cities worldwide including the mostrenowned theatre in the world, Radio City Music Hall inNew York, and attracted over 350 corporate sponsorsand greetings from 250 world leaders, including StephenHarper, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and John Howard.In Canada, the NTDTV New Year Gala has sold out threeyears in a row. Dozens of modest and corporate Canadiancompanies including CITY TV, CFRB Radio, MitsubishiMotors of Canada, and Yamaha Music recognize theimportance of participating in our event to celebrate thebeauty of culture with the Chinese community.Carolyn Jin416-248-1114Newman Centre ("Music at Newman")The Newman Centre is more than a parish and Catholicchaplaincy at the University ofToronto, it also has one ofthe best up-and-coming music programmes in Toronto!With two exceptional choirs, which include a number ofprofessional Toronto artists, Newman's Music Ministryprovides a vibrant and prayerful worship experience.Our Sunday Morning Choir is composed of 20 men andwomen, performing a mixture of traditional and modernrepertoire, in a variety of styles. Our Sunday Evening MusicMinistry focuses on mostly contemporary Praise &Wirship music.Once again, we are pleased to announce the secondseason of the Newman Concert Series. This series wascreated to highlight the many talented artists in the Newmancommunity and in Toronto and to renew awareness ofmusic's value and importance in our lives. This concertseries is a unique experience for any concert-goer. With awide variety of concerts and recitals- including themagnificent St. John Passion- there is definitely somethingfor everyone!Matthew Otto, director of 44° EnsembleNorth 44° Ensemble is a 20 member auditioned vocal groupdedicated to excellence and eclecticism in choral music.Under the artistic direction of Geoffrey Butler andaccompanist/assistant conductor, Jenny Crober, North 44°aims to offer a diverse and distinctive musical repertoirethat will enrich and educate both the members of theensemble and the community in which they perform.The 2006/07 season includes a Christmas concert, coproducedwith the 7th Toronto Regiment Band, RoyalCanadian Artillery, and an annual fundraiser in the springwith proceeds to Street Haven Wimen 's Choir. In additionto performing at a number of benefits and fundraisingengagements throughout the year, North 44° also performsregularly with its affiliate, the Toronto Choral SocietyCommunity Choir.Auditions are held twice a year- in June and September.North 44° rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings,6:30- 8pm in the Toronto core.Geoffrey Butler, artistic director;Deborah Micucci, general manager200 Royal Orchard Blvd, Thornhill ON 13T 3E7905-764-5140north44ensemble@rogers.comwwwnorth44ensemble.orgNorth Toronto Institute of MusicThe North Toronto Institute of Music offers instruction inmost instruments, voice, and theory classes by highlyqualified teachers. New programs this year include JazzPrograms, Jazz and Pop Guitar and Chamber Choir.The philosophy of the school is to provide musical literacyto students in a caring but challenging environment.Students may work towards the goal of a musical career, ortowards self-expression and more knowledgeableattendance at the wonderful concert opportunities in thecity.A new space, The Bart6k Room, is now available forrental to hold small concerts or masterclasses. The room isequipped with a 6' Boston grand, an upright piano, andseats 30-40.The Institute runs the Leaside Concert Series, in therecital hall of the Briton House Retirement Centre, 720 Mt.Pleasant Rd. just south of Eglinton Ave. Several concerts ofchamber music, jazz and solo piano are held on Sundays,the first taking place in November. Listings will be availablein WholeNote. Tickets are and at the door.Mary Kenedi, director550 Eglinton Ave. East Toronto ON M4P 1N9416-488-2588info@ntimusic.comwww.ntimusic.com8 14 wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2006-2007Oakville Children's ChoirEstablished in 1994 by GlendaCrawford, The Oakville Children'sChoir has achieved tremendoussuccess. Holding fast to its missionof providing world-class choral,musical and performance trainingto young people in Halton, TheOakville Children's Choir is acomprehensive music educationprogramme for 140 auditioned choristers aged 7- 17 years.This year, the OCC will present yet another remarkableconcert series that explores the far reaches of the choralworld: a season rich with international flavour and sound.Bringing the World Home Through Song features all of theChoirs ofThe OCC in a presentation of choral works fromFinland, Norway, Germany, Africa, and Latin America.2006: December 8 and 9, 7:30pm, Christmas AroundThe World; December 17, 3pm, Community Christmas CarolConcert.2007: February 24, 7:30pm, Great Day! A ChoralCelebration of Black History Month; May 10, CelebrateOakville- Around The Wirld In 80 Days!! Join us for our6th Annual Fundraising Gala; May 26, 7:30pm, Fiesta!Ihturing Latin American rhythms and folksongs withflamenco guitarist Johannes Lindstead. Tickets are each, Seniors and Children are Glenda Crawford, founder/music directorJanice Mc Vey, office manager123 Maurice Drive, Suite 203, Oakville ON 16K 2W6905-337-7104; Box office: 905-337-7104info@oakvillechildrenschoir.orgwww.oakvillechildrenschoir.orgOff Centre Music SalonFounded twelve years ago, Off Centre offers a holisticmusical and aesthetic experience- a chance to play andhear vocal, chamber anil solomusical repertoire in anatmosphere evocative of a 19thcenturyEuropean salon.This makes our concertsunique and full of thespontaneity and intimacy of thesalons of Schubert's day. The Perkis-Zarankin husband andwife team complement each Salon with a four-hand pianoperformance, and Stuart Hamilton- CBC quizmaster,founder of Opera in Concert- hosts all six events.This year we are proud to present our Shostakovich salon(November 5, 2006) in honour of the composer's lOOthbirthday, featuring guest musicians from the MariinseyTheatre in Shostakovich's native city of St. Petersburg.Other highlights include Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi(December 3), based on Shakespeare'sRomeo and Juliet,and a Mozart celebration (February 25, 2007).All concerts are Sundays at 2pm at the Glenn GoulpStudio (Shostakovich celebration is at lpm). Subscriptionsare 0 for adults and 0 for seniors and students.Single tickets are available at the GGS box office.Inna Perkis, Boris Zarankin, foundersand artistic directors968 Logan A venue, Toronto ON M4K 3E5416-466-1870; GGS Box Office: 416-205-5555tickets@offcentremusic.comwwwoffcentremusic.comOntario Youth ChoirThe Ontario Youth Choir, founded by Choirs Ontario in 1971,provides a unique opportunity for young singers from acrossOntario to work with some of Canada's outstanding choralleaders.Every summer these talented young singers audition totake part in an exciting week of rehearsals, masterclassesand voice lessons culminating in two or three public concertperformances.This year the choir members of OYC 2006 spent ten'

memorable days together under the inspired leadership ofconductor Gerald Fagan at the University ofOttawa in thenation's capital. OYC provides an unforgettable experience:friendship and fun for the singers, valuable connectionswith teachers and colleagues, and extraordinary trainingwith skilled professionals.There are now over 1,300 OYC alumni who continue toenrich their communities as choristers, conductors.accompanists, composers, educators and soloists. Checkthe Choirs Ontario website for information about OYC 2007!Sandra Graham, OYC committee chairChoirs Ontario, 330 Wilmer Rd., Toronto ON M5R 2Y 4416-923-1144info@choirsontario.orgwww.choirsontario.orgOpera AtelierOpera Atelier holds a unique place in the North Americatheatre community, producing opera, ballet and drama fromthe 17th and 18th centuries. These productions draw uponthe aesthetics and ideals of the period, featuring soloists ofinternational acclaim, period ballet, original instruments,elaborate stage decor, exquisite costumes and animaginative energy that sets Opera Atelier apart.Opera Atelier is not in the business of "reconstruction";rather each production is original, providing a thrillingtheatrical experience for modern audiences.The 2006/07 season includes Mozart's The Magic Flute(November 17-26, 2006) and Gluck's Orpheus andEurydice (April 28-May 5, 2007).Marshall Pynkoski,Jeannette Zingg, artistic directorsSt. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. East, 4th fl., Toronto ONM5C 1G9416-703-3767www.operaatelier.comOpera Bel Canto of South Simcoe2006/07 will be Opera Bel Canto of South Simcoe's first fullyear as an Opera Company! Opera Bel Canto was foundedand is under the artistic direction of Maestro DavidVarjabed.~ are made up of a 30-person chorus with residentsoloists and our concerts are accompanied by orchestra.New members are welcome and can call 905-417-2802 forauditions.Our 2006/07 Season includes performances onNovember 18, 2006, April 7, 2007 and May 18- 19, 2007at the Barrie First Christian Reform Church and March 3,2007 in Woodbridge.P.O. Box 767, Beeton ON LOG lAO705-435-3730Opera in ConcertOpera in Concert is a uniqueCanadian company dedicated toCanadian artists and innovativeprogramming, defying traditionalassumptions about operaticpresentation, relying only on thepower and beauty of the human voiceaccompanied by orchestra or piano. \Our 33rd Season begins with :;:- ,Giacomo Puccini's La Rondine, --. 11.1!"'October 1, featuring Arlene Alvarado, Kurt Lehmann andLydia Skourides, with Music Director, Pianist JoseHernandez. Francis Poulenc's Les Dialogues des Car meliteson November 19 features Isabel Bayrakdarian, LynneMcMurtry, Jenny Cohen, Ashley Becker and DeannaHendriks, with Music Director, Pianist Alison d'Amato.Mozart's Zaide on January 28 features Nils Brown,Lawrence Wilford, Michael York and Vasil Garvanliev, withConductor Kevin Mallon and Aradia Ensemble. Our seasonconcludes on April 1 with Erich Korngold's Die Tote Stadt,featuringJoni Henson and Peter Barrett with Music Director,Pianist Robin Wheeler. Concerts include OIC's renownedchorus, with Robert Cooper conducting and TheBackgrounderwith host lain Scott.All performances are at the Jane MaUett Theatre, St.Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E.Guillermo Silva-Marin, general director947 Queen St. E., 2nd Floor, Toronto ON M4M 1J9416-922-2147Box Office: 416-366-7723, 800-708-6754oic@operainconcertcomwww.operainconcert.comOpera OntarioOpera Ontario is pleased to continue its unique multi-citycommunity mandate, offering a dynamic season withperformances at Hamilton Place and Kitchener's CentreIn The Square. Soloists Daniel Okulitch, Lyne Fortin, SallyDibblee and Scott Scully launch our season in Mozart'sDon Giovanni. Stage Director Allison Grant and CanadianMaestro Robert Tweten team up to create this newproduction for Opera Hamilton.Camille Saint-Saens' rarely-heard Samson et Delila willbe performed in concert by an international cast, includingAllyson McHardy, and baritone Gordon Hawkins. MaestroDaniel Lipton will lead the Kitchener-Wdterloo Symphony.and the joined forces of the Opera Ontario Chorus and theMississauga Choral Society.Puccini's Tosca, a dramatic season finale, will featureeminent Canadian soprano Frances Ginzer in the title role.Directed by Valerie Kuinka and conducted by MaestroLipton, this new production is designed by Michael Yearganof the Virginia Opera.Our Great Singers Recital Series includes two eventsthis season- the incomparable Measha Brueggergosmanin Kitchener-Wdterloo and revered Canadian tenor MichaelSchade at Hamilton Place.David Speers, general director105 Main Street East, Suite 905, Hamilton ON L8N 1G6905-527-7627, Box Offices: Hamilton: 905-526-6556,800-575-1381; KW. 519-578-1570, 800-265-8977.www.operaontario.comOpera YorkCelebrating our 10th great season, Opera York will presentthe following full productions in the 2006/07 season:November 16 & 18: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.Artistic Director and Conductor: Geoffrey Butler, featuringLucia Cesaroni as Susanna with the Opera York Orchestraand Choir. Markham Theatre, Markham and St. ElizabethTheatre. Vaughan.March 1 & 3: Verdi's La Traviata Artistic Director andConductor: Sabatino Vacca, featuring Sinead Sugrue asVioletta with the Opera York Orchestra and Choir MarkhamTheatre and St. Elizabeth Theatre, Vaughan.Opera York provides affordable and accessible operaticconcerts for Seniors and Students through our Opera forSeniors and Opera for Schools/L'opera pour Jes ecolesprograms. Opera for Schools and L' opera pour Jes ecol es isan educational program offered in English and French tostudents across the GTA. Program includes curriculumbasedTeacher/Student Learning and a visit to the theatrefor a live, interactive operatic concert. Programs are offeredfor elementary schools and secondary schools.Philip 'frow, co-founder/president;Joan Sax, co-founder/fundraising;Karen Dempster, marketing and media1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill ON L4J 8G7Karen:;;; karend@passport.cawww.operayork.comOrchestra Torontoaccessible Toronto Centre for the Arts on Yonge St. north ofSheppard Ave.This season focuses on some of the true masterworks ofthe past and features Johannes Brahms in at least onepiece per performance. Guest performers include Artistin-ResidenceCatherine Manoukian playing the Berg Violinconcerto, October 22; Doug Riley Quartet with PrinceEdward Island Suite, December 10; Amadeus Choir,rebruary 18; Jacques and Michael lsraelievitch performingmusic for violin and percussion, April 15; pianist NedaNavaee, May 27.The ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo for childrenwill be a special feature during the December 10, 2006 andApril 15, 2007 concerts. And artist-in-Residence CatherineManoukian will give Pre-concert talks prior to the October22, 2006 and May 27, 2007 performances.131 Beecroft Road, #402, Toronto ON M2N 6G9416-467-7142otoronto@on.aibn.comwww.orchestratoronto.caOrchestras MississaugaOrchestras Mississauga invites its audience to a season ofsymphonic brilliance. All performances are on Saturdayevenings in the acoustically state-of-the-art HammersonHall in Mississauga's Living Arts Centre.Orchestras Mississauga is the umbrella organizationfor three orchestras: the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra,a large community orchestra of volunteer musicians led bya core of professional principal players; SinfoniaMississauga, a professional chamber orchestra; and theMississauga Philharmonic, a professional ensemblecurrently performing the Pops series.October 14: Adrian Anantawan, violin, with theSymphony Orchestra; November 25: Beethoven's FifthSymphony. Gryphon 'frio with the Symphony Orchestra;December 16: A 'fruly Mississauga Christmas: MississaugaChildren's Choir and Gregory Ward, narrator, with theSymphony Orchestra.January 20: John McDermott, tenor, with thePhilharmonic; February 10: Austrian Masterpieces:dancers Anna Kus and Winson Tu!, with the SymphonyOrchestra; March 24: Honens Laureate: TBA with theSymphony Orchestra; April 21: Hauntings for Orchestra:Eric Robertson, piano, with the Symphony Orchestra; May5: Into the ~st: A Cowboy Concert: Alvin Tung, guitar,and the Mississauga Youth Orchestra with the SymphonyOrchestra.John Barnum, director/conductor;Mike Plaus, general managerOffice: 905-615-4401, Box Office: 905-306-6000mail@mississaugasymphony.comwww.mississaugasymphony.comORIANA Women's ChoirORIANA Women's Choir, formerly The ORIANASingers, one of the first and finest female choirs inCanada, was formed in 1972 and has earned muchrecognition. In 2007 the choir will present a lunch hourconcert at Roy Thomson Hall (Tub 14). and performwith the Scarborough Philharmonic (May 26).ORIANA was awarded Best Performance of a CanadianWlrk- Adult Choir Category- in the CBC national livefinals; and Rose Trilogy, by Eleanor Daley, a 30thanniversary commission, was awarded OutstandingChoral Wlrk of 2004 by the Association of Canadian ChoralConductors. ORIANA also participated at restival 500Sharing the \Jices- an international festival of choralmusic in St. John's, NL from July 2- 11, 2005.The choir has three commercial CDs- When MusicOrchestra Toronto, one of Canada's premier community Sounds(2000),ChildwithtlieStarryCrayon(2004), Comfortvolunteer orchestras, offers affordable family and joy (2005).entertainment, music education and full repertoire in all 35th season concerts: December 2, 2006 (Cinnamon andits programs.Cedar)- Jane Mallett Theatre; March 3, 2007 (CanadianLed by music director Errol Gay, the orchestra presents Canvas); and May 12, 2007 (Children's Voices Too!)­eclectic, challenging repertoire in a 5-concert series of Grace Church on-the-Hill. Tickets: regular, senior,Sunday afternoons at the conveniently located and student.Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2006-2007 B 15

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