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Volume 12 - Issue 2 - October 2006

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  • Toronto
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William Brown, artistic

William Brown, artistic director/manager2106-1055 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5S wwworianachoitcomOrpheus Choir of TorontoFounded in 1964, this 65-voice £\TB choir is now in its42nd year of bringing fine choral music and innovativeprogramming to Toronto audiences. Our aim is to presentmusic in a range of styles from strictly classical to jazzand beyond, and from a cappella to full orchestralaccompaniment. Expect something different!2006/07, A Season ofFirsts, features a number ofTorontopremieres: Jonathan Dove, The Passing of the Yeai; ChanKa Nin, To Cod of All Nations, Allan Bevan, Nou GothSonne Under Wide, and more.Concerts this season include PULSE, a programme ofworks for choir, piano and percussion; EMBRACE,Christmas music from a variety of traditions; A WAKEN, ameditation for Lent, and NUVO II, showcasing the best ofrecent choral works.The choir rehearses Tuesday evenings at YorkminsterPark Church. Rehearsals are open, and we are alwayspleased to audition new singers. The choir continues toprovide, through its Sidgwick Scholarship Programme,opportunities for young singers to gain experience as soloistsand section leaders.Robert Cooper, artistic director; Edward Moroney.accompanist; Helen Coxon, administratorPO Box 662, Stn. F, Toronto ON M4Y 2N6416-530-4428orpheuschoir@sympatico.cawww.orpheuschoirtoronto.comOshawa Durham SymphonyOrchestraBased in Oshawa and now in its 50th season, the Oshawa­Durham Symphony Orchestra has flourished in recentyears. Under music director Marco Parisotto, the orchestrawill perform seven subscription series programs this concertseason. The orchestra also offers special matinee children'sconcerts.The subscription series for 2006-07 features a stellararray of soloists and works including, for example,Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mahler's Fifth Symphony.Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin, Stravinsky's Firebird,great opera with Canadian soprano Marie-Josee Lord, andTchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the brilliantAlexander Markovich.Ticket prices are still a great deal at including GST(parking free!). With strong community support the ODSOis projecting to have a modern concert hall built in the nearfuture. Under maestro Parisotto, ODSO continues to attractinternational guest artists as well as major Canadiansoloists.For more information on the concerts, dates and ticketsales and subscriptions, visit ODSO's website.Marco Parisotto, music director; Sherry Bassin, chair.Box 444, Oshawa ON UH 7L5905-579-6711contact@odso.cawwwodso.caPax Christi ChoralePax Christi Chorale was founded in 1987, inspired by thesuccess of an ad hoc choir assembled for the Torontocelebrations of the 1986 Bicentennial of Mennonites inCanada.The 80 members include both Mennonites and singersfrom various faith traditions and cultures. Stephanie Martinhas been artistic director since the choir's 10th season,leading performances of masterworks with full orchestraand showcasing established and emerging soloists. Lastyear, the choir launched a choral scholarship program.For this 20th anniversary season, we debut the PaxChristi Chamber Choir (October 22) with a program ofPalestrina and Bach. Pax Christi Chorale's Christmasconcert (December 16- 17) includes children's choir andsoloists in Rodie by Ralph Vaughan Williams and otherseasonal music.The gala 20th anniversary concert (April 28-29)features Elgar's The Music Makers with full orchestra andspecial guest Catherine Robbin in a rare solo appearancesince formally retiring from the stage. All concerts are atGrace Church on-the-Hill and auditions heard regularly.Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd.Turonto ON M4V 1X4416-494-7889wwwpaxchristichorale.orgThe Penthelia Singers is a dynamic ensemble of youngwomen committed to excellence in performing a diverse,musically-sophisticated repertoire in several languages,spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century.Founded in 1997 by Mary Legge, the group was namedPenthelia after the ancient Egyptian priestess-musician.In spring 200 2 the Singers were invited to sing R. MurraySchafer's In Search of Zoroaster with the Amadeus Choirand the Victoria Scholars, and were semi-finalists in the2002 CBC Radio Competition. They also appear on thesoundtrack of the Canadian film Captive, and toured theKawarthas in the spring, 2005.The Penthelia Singers' mission is to provide singersand audiences opportunities for musical and personalgrowth through concerts, festivals and collaborations, todemonstrate the diversity of choral music, and to cross ethnicand cultural boundaries. They sang six concerts at the OntarioScience Centre's Environment Month, spring 2006.The choir strives to stimulate and challenge both itselfand its audience, and to promote contemporary choral musicby talented Canadian Composers.www.penthelia.comPerimeter InstitutePerimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is a researchcentre of the highest international standing based inWiterloo, Ontario. Complementing its twin mandates ofresearch and educational outreach, Perimeter Institutepresents Event Horizons, an ambitious agenda of top qualitymusical and cultural events.Performances, talks and exhibitions capitalize on theintimacy of the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, theinnovative possibilities of the four-storey atrium and thecasual atmosphere of the roof-top Black Hole Bistro.Past and upcoming guest artists include the KronosQuartet, pianist Emanuel Ax, artist Jim Dine, photographerEdward Burtynsky, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the EmersonString Quartet, violinist James Ehn es, musician Brian Eno,the Juilliard String Quartet, Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards,Beaux Arts Trio, violinist Gidon Kremer, the Tokyo StringQuartet, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, filmmaker GuyMaddin, violinist N adja Salerno-Sonnenberg, baritone SirThomas Allen and pianist Yefim Bronfman, among others.Audience members are invited to fully engage in theexperience by mingling with the artists and others at postperformanceevents. Visit our website for complete EventHorizons listings.www.perimeterinstitute.caPlatinum Concerts InternationalPlatinum Concerts International is a Canadian companywhose goals include presenting great choral music, and816 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2006-2007specifically the "hidden treasure" of Ukrainian music, toaudiences in North America. This music dates back over1,000 years and features the works of many outstandingchoral composers.PC! will present the world-renowned Kyiv Chamber Choirand Conductor Mykola Hobdych in twelve concerts acrossCanada this fall. Winners of three Grand Prix Awards incompetitions with choirs from across Europe, this Choir isalso among the most entertaining performers in classicalmusic. Their 2004 concerts had a unique impact onCanadian audiences and PC! believes this Choir'sperformances are an ideal way to help meet its goal.PC! is working with choral federations, local choirs andcommunity groups, to help ensure the success of the Choirs2006 concerts in cities from Montreal to Vancouver.PC! is operated by Ernie McCullough, an Elmer IselerSingers' board member and 2001 Chorus AmericaConference chair, and Andrew Wier, whose DotcomRecordings' product line features six Kyiv Chamber ChoirCDs.Ernie McCullough, executive director#115, 3044 Bloor Street "'st, Toronto ON M8X of Puddings Music TheatreToronto's Queen of Puddings Music Theatre burst onto thearts scene in 1995 with its forward-thinking, absorbing,fantastical approach to the tradition we know as classicalopera. Created by John Hess and Dciirine Ni Mheadhra, itwas borne of their desire to blend their extensive creativeknowledge and vision with a performer-based physicalsinging theatre aesthetic to produce original Canadianchamber opera.Rom its auspicious beginning, Queen of Puddings hasconsistently produced provocative, dramatic presentationsof the highest quality that have moved audiences beyondtheir expectations and challenged the parameters of theopera genre.Spectacular company successes include Beatrice Chancy,the opera that launched the career of acclaimed Canadiansoprano Measha Briiggergosman and most recently, TheMidnight Court that premiered at Harbourfront CentreTheatre and went on tour to the prestigious LinburyTheatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.Other new operas in development include Vanity andthe Goddess Sarasvati, developed around the extraordinarySouth Indian Classical singer Suba Sankaran.Nathalie Bonjou( artistic producer55 Mill Street, Building 7 4, Suite 206Turonto ON M5A 3C4416-203-4149queenofpuddings2@bellnet.caRCM Glenn Gould SchoolThe Glenn Gould School ofThe Royal Conservatory of Musicis an internationally recognized centre for professionaltraining in music performance. Courses are offered at thepost-secondary and post-bachelor levels for piano, voice,and all orchestral instruments.Glenn Gould School students, faculty, and special guestsperform in a variety of settings and venues, includingorchestra, chamber groups, opera ensemble, and solorecitals. In addition, the school offers over 100 masterclasses every year, always free and open to the public,with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Kim Kashkashian,William Preucil, Regina Resnik, Jam es Markey, and more.The 2006/07 Royal Conservatory Orchestra concertseason features Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Bernstein'sSymphonic Dances from \est Side Story, John Corigliano'sSymphony No. 1, Holst's The Planets and more, withconductors Alain Trudel, Bramwell Tovey and Tania Miller.The Great Artist Series features Monica Whicher withSteven Philcox, the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet andmembers ofThe Glenn Gould School's brass faculty. The2006/07 Opera Ensemble presents Respighi's La be/la

dormente nel bosco, a modern take on the Sleeping Beautyfable.David Visentin, interim dean; Cathy Blewett, managingdirector; Sarah Cowan, student services managerJosh Grossman, performance manager416-408-2824glenngouldschool@rcmusic.cawww.rcmusic.caRenaissance SingersThe Renaissance Singers are a chamber choir dedicatedto the performance of great choral works of all periods andstyles, from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The musicof England is one of the choir's specialties, and the choirhas completed four concert tours of England, includingperformances in the prestigious Three Choirs Festival inGloucester.True to their Canadian roots, the Singers' repertoireincludes commissioned music of Canadian composers,including the renowned Iman! Raminsh. Conducted byRichard Cunningham, The Renaissance Singers haveperformed with the Kitchener-Witerloo Symphony and havebeen guest artists with the Guelph Concert Band, theBrantford Symphony Orchestra and the Brantford MusicClub.They have twice performed at the Guelph Spring Festivaland twice at the George Weston Recital Hall in the TorontoCentre for the Performing Arts. They give annualcomplimentary Christmas concerts for CambridgeMemorial Hospital and several local retirement homes.The Renaissance Singers have four CDs to their credit,the latest an acclaimed recording of carols from fourteendifferent countries, entitled Christmas Around The WJrldKatherine Lees, contact person;Richard Cunningham, conductorkathybob@golden.netwwwtherenaissancesingers.caRenee BardaRenee Barda is a mezzo soprano of remarkable versatility.Her voice is of an unusual quality as she sings in variouslanguages and styles. Theperformance is unique andincludes interaction with theaudience.Renee received herBachelor of Music inPerformance degree fromthe University of Toronto'sFaculty of Music with thecoveted Eaton Award. She entered the world of opera withher debut performance in the title role of Rossini's LaCenerentola. On the cusp of an international career, Renee,at the urging of her husband, decided to focus on raising afamily.After a thirty year absence, Renee has returned to herpassion. She released her critically acclaimed debut CD,Posterity: Timeless World Music, in 2004. Her most recentsuccesses include concerts at Hart House, the McMichaelArt Gallery, Roy Thomson Hall, and Mel Lastman Square.Her inspiring life story aired on national television in2003, on Second Chance: Making it Work It recently airedon various international markets.Upcoming concerts: November 5 at Toronto GeneralHospital and November 16 at Heliconian Hall.www.reueebarda.comRiverdale Youth SingersFounded in 1999, the Riverdale 'iluth Singers (RYS) consistsof two choir divisions: the Riverdale Young Singers(choristers ages 7- 9 years) and the Riverdale YouthSingers (choristers ages 10 and up).The RYS seeks to develop the unique talents of eachchoir member and is committed to making the experienceof learning and performing a fine choral rerertoireaccessible to interested children/youth from al ethnic,cultural, economic and musical backgrounds.Our Annual Winter Concert will be held on MondayDecember 11, 2006 at 7pm at St. Ann's Church- 120 FirstAvenue (Gerrard St and Broadview Ave). The concert willfeature some of the best examples of classical choral musicfor treble voices. Admission is free. The venue is wheelchairaccessible.Membership in the RYS is open to any student age 9 andup. A simple audition is required. Rehearsals are heldMondays from 4:30- 5:30pm for the Young Singers andfrom 6:30- 8:15pm for the Youth Singers, in the auditoriumof St.John's Presbyterian Church, 415 Broadview Ave.Laurie Smith, administrator; Teodora Georgieva,artistic director/conductor for Youth Singers;Alkiviadis Leontarakis, conductor for Young Singers;Edward Moroney; accompanist415 Broadview Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 2M9416-875-1587conductor@riverdaleyouthsingers.orgwwwriverdaleyouthsingers.orgRoyal Canadian College of Organists- Toronto CentreFounded in 1909 as the Canadian Guild ofOrganists, TheRCCO is Canada's oldest musicians' association. Today,the RCCO is a nationwide interdenominational communityof professional and amateur organists, church musicians,choral conductors, and others sharing an interest in theorgan and church music.Examinations are held annually and RCCO festivals offeropportunities to hear and meet world-class recitalists andclinicians. The RCCO works across Canada in support offine church music and organ playing. For all who careabout these arts, regardless of background, skill-level orreligious affiliation, the college has a place.The Toronto Centre maintains an active program. TheOctober event is a Halloween recital Friday, October 27 atlOpm at Metropolitan United Church, at Queen and ChurchStreets. University of Toronto Faculty of Music organstudents will play a variety of scary music!The Centre has published Organs in Toronto- awonderful book of pictures and descriptions of many of thepipe organs in Toronto. Check the up-to-date website fordetails on the 2006-07 program and for membershipinformation.Patricia Wright, Toronto Centre president;David Rosevear, membership secretary416-363-0331 x26 (Patricia); 905-773-4024 (David) - chubb/rccoRoyal Conservatory of MusicCommunity SchoolThe RCM Community School is the largest community-basedmusic school in North America. Designed for people of allages and levels of ability, it is recognized for its outstandingprivate lesson teaching, group classes and commitment tolifelong learning.The high quality instruction offered by The RCMCommunity School represents a constantly evolvingselection of musical traditions, including early music,classical, popular, folk, jazz, and world music.With a faculty of over 270 professional music educators,The RCM Community School offers something for everyone:classes for parents and babies, classes, choirs andensembles for children, classes in music theory, historyand appreciation, music technology, DJ and emceetechniques, rock band jam class, electric and acousticguitar, world music and internationally recognizedcertification courses in teacher training.In addition, The RCM Community School offers musicprograms to inner city youth at no charge through RCMOutreach: A Bridge to Toronto's Communities.Jeff Melanson, Dean; Jessica Lovett, marketingmanager/student recruitment90 Croatia St., Toronto ON M6H 1K9 (interim location);850 Enola Ave., Mississauga ON L5G 4B2416-408-2824; 273 Bloor St. West, Toronto ON M5S 1W2Wholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2006-2007 B 17(under construction until Fall 2007) from a broad rangeof genres, Scaramella'sconcerts feature Canada'sfinest early music specialists,showcased in energetic andaccessible chamber musicprograms. Scaramella combinesthe unique and subtle timbres inherent to periodinstruments with the excitement and anticipation ofperforming new, even unknown works.The programs incorporate early, classical and a varietyof folk music along with other media, and each revealssome unexpected elements, whether through choice ofrepertoire, by juxtaposing music with art and literature, orsimply the manner in which the presentation is staged.For the 2006/07 season, Scaramella presents threeprograms at Victoria College Chapel on the University ofToronto campus, with the third program repeated at theGladstone Hotel. Tickets are available at the door, or a 3-concert season subscription may be requested by completingthe form in the season brochure, or by downloading it fromthe website.Saturday November 4, 8pm: Such Sweet Sorrow, SaturdayJanuary 27, 2007, 8pm: She Ain't Heavy, She's My Sister.Saturday May 19, 2007, 8pm and Sunday May 20, 2pm:The Sound and furyJoelle Morton, artistic director478 Glenlake Avenue, Toronto ON M6P 1G8416-760-8610info@scaramella.cawww.scaramella.caScarborough Bel Canto ChoirThe Scarborough Bel Canto Choir is a 35-voice communitybasedSA TB choir, founded in 1993. Our mandate is toserve the community, raise money for charity, and promotethe performance ofBel Canto style singing, while providingfun and fellowship for the members. An audition, todetermine voice range, is required for new members.~perform two concerts per year, in the fall and in thespring. These are scheduled to not interfere with Christmasor Easter celebrations. ~ also sing for senior citizenresidences and perform fund-raising concerts for otherorganizations.Our repertoire is varied, including folk, movies, swing,spirituals, Broadway, and selections from the masters . ~are past Kiwanis Silver Medal winners on two occasions,and have recorded two CD's.Rehearsals are held from 7:30-lOpm on Tuesdayevenings at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 KingstonRoad (near Wirden), Scarborough.fuithJoel, president905-509-1883fgjoel@rogers.comSINE NOMINE Ensemble forMedieval MusicSINE NO MINE is an ensemble of talented, versatile singersand instrumentalists, passionate about the music of theMiddle Ages and about bringing it to life for modernaudiences. Since 1991, the group has performed in Torontoand other Ontario centres, and has toured in Alberta,Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern U.S., and England.Concerts take place Fridays at Saint Thomas's Church,383 Huron Street, at 8pm. The season's first concert,December 22, presents a reconstruction of a brilliant 14thcenturyMass for Christmas Day. The second, February16, explores the rich musical and cultural life surroundingthe rival popes and councils of the late Middle Ages. Thefinal concert, April 27, brings together songs andinstrumental music which might have accompanied the

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