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Volume 12 - Issue 2 - October 2006

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equest an audition at any time during the season. Openingscurrently exist for Tenors and Basses.Heather Children's ChorusOne of the world's leading choral ensembles for children,the TCC' s artistry inspires audiences and critics alike. Ittours internationally and a new recording, How Sweet theSound: Music for Treble Voices and Orc11estra, will bereleased fall 2006 by Marquis Classics. Rmnded in 1978by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the chorus has been enrichingthe lives of children for almost three decades.Concert highlights include: A Call for Peace on November11 with guest conductor Bob Chilcott and the Band of theRoyal Regiment; A Chorus Christmas on December 16 atRoy Thomson Hall, featuring all choirs and the TCC AlumniChoir; and Cities and Towns and Things All Around onFebruary 27 featuring the Training Choirs.The final concert of our 29th Season, To EverythingThere is a Season, on May 13 at Toronto Centre for theArts, will feature two world premieres: Derek Holman's ToEverything There is a Season and Ruth WatsonHenderson's When I Am Old, I'll Ut>ar Purple.For details on concerts, recordings and auditions, pleasevisit the TCC website.Jean Ashworth Bartle, C.M., O.Ont., founder/musicdirector; John Peltie~ manager of businessadministration;Heather \bod, manager of artistic administration2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4N 3K7416-932-8666info@torontochildrenschorus.comwww.torontochildrenschorus.comToronto Choral SocietyEstablished in 1845, the Toronto Choral Society was for medto encourage and nurture musical ability at all levels. Underthe artistic direction of conductor Geoffrey Butler,accompanist William O'Meara and assistant conductor,Jenny Crober, the TCS is comprised of three groups:The TCS Community Choir is a non-auditioned chorus of120 voices that offers enthusiastic choir members the chanceto sing, learn and have fun. The Community Choir performsat least two major concerts per year. Repertoire rangesfrom traditional favourites such as Handel's Messiah toAriel Ramirez' Misa Criolla.This season, the Community Choir will present aRemembrance Day tribute, The Larks, Still BravelySinging, Friday, November 10 and a Christmas concert, ABaroque Christmas in Western Europe, Wednesday,December 13, featuring excerpts from seasonal works byCharpentier, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.North 44° Ensemble (see separate listing) is a 20member auditioned choir dedicated to excellence andeclecticism in choral music. The Street Haven Wimen'sChoir is drawn from women who have used the servicesoffered at Street Haven at the Crossroads Wimen's Shelter.Geoffrey Butler, artistic director;Deborah Micucci, president255-1543 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON M4G 3B5416-410-3509www.torontochoralsociety.orgToronto City Youth BandThe Toronto City Youth Band (TCYB) includes boys andgirls from 12 to 18 years of age, and serves to enhancetheir musical talent and complement their learning of awoodwind, brass or percussion instrument.The members of the band, under the direction of RupertPrice- a graduate of the Royal College of Music inLondon- learn music from the standard band repertoireand also from jazz, film, classical, rock, and popular music,including current favourites.In the TCYB there is an emphasis on the creation,development and education of fine young musicians. Athorough grounding of elements of music based on thehighest educational standards is learned in a bandatmosphere, helping the student to excel in their currentschool's music programme, or giving them the opportunityto learn music through an instrument in the absence of aneducational opportunity at their current place of study.All are welcome and there are constant membershipregistration opportunities throughout the academic year.Some scholarships are available. fur further informationand membership details contact Rupert Price.Rupert Price32 Allenwood Cres, Toronto ON M2J Classical SingersThe Toronto Classical Singers: The 2006/07 15thAnniversary Season.Oratorios Are Us! If you love the big choral-orchestralworks, the TCS is for you. Singing great repertoire with100 + people and orchestra is exhilarating. Each seasonthe choir presents three concerts, featuring guest soloistsand the Talisker Players orchestra. The conducto~ the CBC'sJurgen Petrenko, brings an infectious enthusiasm to theproceedings. In the fifteen years, we have presented majorworks by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Gounod, Saint-Saens, andVaughan Williams.Tllis season the choir will perform Georg Friedrich Handel:Messiah (highlights) December 10, 2006; Antonio Vivaldi:Gloria Joseph Haydn, Missa in Angustiis (Lord NelsonMass) Sunday February 25, 2007; Ralph VaughanWilliams: A Sea Symphony, Sir Edward Elgar: CoronationOde, Sunday April 29, 2007.Rehearsals: Monday nights from September to May, 7:30-9:30pm at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 'IJnge St. at HeathSt. West. (2 blocks north of St. Clair). Concerts: Sunday4pm. Dress rehearsals for the Sunday afternoon concertsare on the Saturday immediately preceding the concert,from lOam to lpm.416-443-1490torontoclassicalsingers@sympatico.cawww.torontoclassicalsingers.orgToronto ConsortThe Toronto Consort is Canada's leading ensemblespecializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissanceand early Baroque periods. Founded in 1972, the Consortpresents an annual subscription series at Trinity-St. Paul'sCentre in downtown Toronto.The Consort has toured Europe, the U.S. and Canada,has had eight CDsproduced, andhas recordedmusic for featurefilms and television.In the fallof 2006, its latestCD The Da VinciCollectionwill bereleased on Marquis Classics.The 2006/07 Toronto series features: October 27- 28:The Real Man of La Mancha, Renaissance and earlyBaroque music from Spain with guest harpist MaxineEilander; December 8- 9: The Praetorius ChristmasVespers, a festive recreation with 17th-century musicfor voices and instruments; February 23- 24: Listen,Daughters of Light, music by medieval women includingHildegard of Bingen and Birgitta of Sweden; March23- 24: The Piper in the Pantry, with the Chris NormanEnsemble and David Greenberg; April 20- 21: TheNight Games of Siena, Orazio Vecchi's madrigal comedywith musicians, actors and dancers.David fullis, artistic director/general manager820 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2006-2007427 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1X7Box Office: 416-964-6337; Admin: 416-966-1045www.torontoconsort.orgToronto Early Music CentreThis non-profit organization promotes the appreciation ofhistorically informed performances of early music in thecommunity through sponsorship of concerts and activitiessuch as lectures, workshops, exhibitions and masterclasseswith visiting and local artists.Benefits of membership include: discounts to certain earlymusic events in the city; a subscription to the quarterlyToronto Early Music News which contains a calendar ofupcoming events, reviews, profiles, essays, and more;borrowing privileges from the TEMC library of books andrecordings; participation in music circles (such as viola dagamba or vocal music circles); admission to the MusicallySpeaking presentations of early music performed on originalor replica instruments, and the Early Music Fair. Join thee-mail information list of historical performance in Toronto!The 23rd annual Early Music Fair, an all-day eventcelebrating the delights of historical musical performance,will take place on September 23, 2007 at Montgomery'sInn, 4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Ave.Annual Membership: individual; family; student/senior.lfank T. Nakashima, artistic director427 Bloor St. W., Box 17, Toronto ON M5S - temcToronto Heliconian HallA visual and acoustic gem dating from 1875, with a vaultedceiling providing excellent concert hall acoustics, seatingfor 120 guests, and a Steinway grand piano.Heliconian Hall is an ideal setting to present intimateconcerts. Warm wooden walls, Victorian carved rosewindow, fireplace, lounge, bar, patio, EA. system, and airconditioning.John Greco, manager35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto ON M5R 2E3416-922-3618Toronto Jewish Folk ChoirStarted in 1925 by immigrant needle-trade workers, theSATB Choir performs beloved Yiddish folksongs, Jewishthemedexcerpts from the classics, contemporary music inYiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), Russian andEnglish, and music from other cultures.The Choir aims to preserve and maintain our secularYiddish heritage and experience.~ also strive to enhancecontemporary Jewish culture through the commissioningof new works by Jewish-Canadian composers.Under the musical direction of Alexander Veprinskiyand accompanied on the piano by Lina Zemelman, theChoir will hold its 81st annual Spring Concert at the LeahPosluns Theatre on June 3rd, 2007. The Choir will presentthe Canadian premiere of Di Lererin Mire (The TeacherMire), a Ghetto Cantata by Vladimir Heifetz with text byAbraham Sutskever. ~ will also include a tribute to the75th anniversary of the birth of the late Toronto composer,Milton Barnes, featuring excerpts from some of his choralworks.Rehearsals: ~dnesdays, 7:30-lOpm.Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue, TorontoON M6A 2X9 (Bathurst-Lawrence) Latvian Concert AssociationThe Toronto Latvian Concert Association is one of the oldestclassical music subscription series in the city. Now in its48th consecutive season the TLCA has organized nearly200 concerts featuring the best Latvian artists from around

the world. Thanks to a loyal subscriber base, the TLCA hasbeen able to invite performers from across Canada, theUSA, Mexico, Chile, England, Germany, Switzerland,Australia and Latvia.The 2006/07 Season begins on October 22 with Torontopianist Arthur Ozolins celebrating his 60th birthday. OnFebruary 18, 2007 we will have the rare opportunity tohear bass Egils Silins from Latvia in a solo recital. He willbe in Toronto performing with the COC and has been afrequent guest artist at major opera houses around theworld. On April 15, 2007, the TLCA presents soprano AiraRurane from the Latvian National Opera in her Torontodebut recital.All concerts take place at The Glenn Gould Studio, 250Front Street ~st, Toronto. Tickets: at the door or for three concert series (general admission). Students: .Arturs Masque TheatreToronto Masque Theatre performs multi-media workscombining music, theatre and dance. Founded in 2003,TMT has had successes with 17th century stage works(Dioclesian, The Riiry Queen), 20th century classics(Masques for a Reaney Dal}, pastiches (Tears of a Clown,Masques of Love) and commissions from Omar Daniel,Abigail Richardson and James Rolfe.TMT's 2006/07 season includes a Venus and Adonisevening, featuring the Shakespeare poem and the operaby John Blow (November 9- 11, 2006)., with MicheleDeBoer, Andrew Mahon and Rachael Harwood-Jones.Through the Eyes of a Child (February 7- 10, 2007) tellsthe story of an old man who's memories are triggered bymusic, and features chanteuse Patricia O'Callaghan anddancer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere.Our Purcell Cycle continues with Dido and Aeneas inApril, 2007 coupled with a commissioned masque calledAeneas and Dido, by Canadian novelist Andre Alexisand composer James Rolfe. With Monica Which er,Alexander Dobson and Teri Dunn."Toronto Masque Theatre deserves a permanent placein our musical life." - Toronto Star. "Artisticcollaboration of the highest order." - Guelph MercuryLarry Beckwith, artistic director; Derek Boyes, artisticassociate; Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere, artistic associate;Jennifer Ross, general manager383 Huron Street, Toronto ON M5S 2G5416-410-4561admin@torontomasquetheatre.cawww.torontomasquetheatre.caToronto Mendelssohn ChoirThe Toronto Mendelssohn Choir organization has threeoutstanding choirs- The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, TheMendelssohn Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn YouthChoir. The TMC is world-renowned, maintaining a traditionof performing and commissioning the finest choralrepertoire. The Choir is comprised of over 160 volunteersingers, and 20 members of the Elora Festival Singers,who form the rrofessional core.Under Noe Edison, the TMC presents a subscriptionseries and appears frequently with the TSO and otherperforming arts ensembles. Its repertoire stretches fromearly Baroque to world premieres of commissioned works.The season begins in November with Mozart's Requiemunder guest conductor !vars Taurins and in Decemberwith Festival of Carols with narrator John Fraser. The Choirwill also release a new CD of Christmas music then.Other performances in the season include 12 concertswith the TSO, a performance of a cappella sacred music,and Mendelssohn's Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise). TheToronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir will present threeconcerts, including Charpentier's Messe de Minuit inDecember and the music of Paul Halley in May.Noel Edison, artistic director/conductor;Lynn Janes, TMYC conductorCynthia Hawkins, Executive Director, 60 Simcoe Street,Toronto ON M5J wwwtmchoir.orgToronto Opera RepertoireCelebrating its 40th anniversary with its 2007 season,Toronto Opera Repertoire has delighted the community withaliordable productions of opera classics, and given students,choristers and aspiring singers the opportunity to learnnew roles, sing in the chorus, and understand thecomplexities and challenges of opera stagecraft.Run in conjunction with the Toronto District SchoolBoard's Continuing Education Program, this communityopera company presents two fully-staged, professionallycostumedoperas each year at the Bickford Centre Theatre,777 Bloor St. West.For its ltbruary, 2007 season, TOR will present two ofthe most popular Verdi operas in the repertoire, La Traviataand Rigoletta TOR invites aspiring soloists to audition andenthusiastic choristers to join the non-auditioned chorus.Gerald Hannon, chair416-698-9572chair@toronto-opera.comwwwtoronto-opera.comToronto Operetta TheatreFounded in 1985 by General Director Guillermo Silva­Marin, TOT is a vibrant company with a mandate toproduce classical operettas featuring professionalCanadian artists of exceptional talent.Our 22nd expanded Seasonbegins with Gilbert andSullivan's Patience, October27- 29, with Keith Klassen,Robert Longo and conductorDerek Bate. Leonard Bernstein'sCandide, with JeanStilwell, Carla Huhtanen,Peter McCutcheon, Ian Funkand conductor JulianWachner follows, with eightperformances from December27 to January 7.Imre Kalman's Gypsy Violins (Der Zigeunerprimas)has its Canadian premiere February 16- 18, withElizabeth DeGrazia, Katerina Tchoubar and conductorJose Hernandez. The season concludes with sixperformances of Franz Lehar 's The Merry Widow, withElizabeth Beeler, Gisele Fredette and conductor KevinMallon, from April 22-29.Other special events include The President'sReception (October 29), TOT's New Year 's Eve GalaParty at the HotHouse Cafe and our Musical Journey AToast to Vienna Dinner, Concert and Dance at the MarriottHotel (April 14, 2007). All performances are at the JaneMallett Theatre, 416-366-7723 or 800-708-6754.Guillermo Silva-Marin, general directorTickets: 416-922-2912tot@torontooperetta.comwww.torontooperetta.comToronto PhilharmoniaThe Toronto Philharmonia celebrates its 35th season withan eight-concert series of quality, affordable classicalmusic. As orchestra-in-residence in the acoustically perfectGeorge \eston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, theWholenote MEMBERS' PROFILES 2006-2007 821fully-professional orchestra is led by charismatic MaestroKerry Stratton.Highlights of the 2006/07 programme: A great choralprogram featuring the Mozart Requiem and Handel'sCoronation Anthems for Remembrance Day with the 1lrontoMendelssohn Choir, Canadian cellist Denise Djokic returnsby popular demand performing Haydn's Cello Concerto inD major, Donizetti's Don Pasquale will be performed inconcert with an all-Canadian cast.A night at the Italian cinema will be presented bycomposer Alessio Vlad with selections from his own awardwinningmusic scores, plus Rota, Morricone and others.Concerts are Thursdays at 8pm, with the October concert ona Saturday and the Christmas concert on Sunday at Zpm.The Toronto Philharmonia also has an active youthoutreach program.Kerry Stratton, music director;Linda Rogers, executive director109-1210 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto ON M2K, www.kerrystra!ton.comToronto SinfoniettaSince its inception 20 years ago, Toronto Sinfonietta haschallenged its musicians and audiences by presentingclassical music with innovation and creativity.It explores classical music and performs it with a "spiritededge". At its concerts, it is common to hear a fusion of jazzwith classical, to witness silent movies with live symphonicmusic, to listen to opera excerpts (with a comic twist), anoratorio, or music from different cultural traditions.Artistic collaboration with Canadian composers resultedin many performances of new music and brought a criticallyacclaimed CD, Romancing Chopin, featured numerous timeson classical radio stations.This season's Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competitionis opening new performing opportunities for youngmusicians. The 180th anniversary of Beethoven's death isthe reason for a new look at his violin concerto (played ona clarinet). Artistic collaboration with Oakham House Choirof Ryerson University gives a rare opportunity to listen toPuccini's Messa di Gl01ia.Matthew Jaskiewicz, music director400 St. Clair Ave. E., Toronto ON M4T 1P5416-488-8057www.torontosinfonietta.comToronto Symphony OrchestraPrepare to be amazed during the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra's 2006/07 concert season! Canada's premieresymphonic ensemble, the Toronto Symphony Orchestrapresents its season in the visually stunning and acousticallysuperb Roy Thomson Hall.Under the artistic leadership of music director PeterOundjian, the TSO is delighted to perform over 100 concertsfeaturing an impressive lineup of guest artists andrepertoire.This season is highlighted by performances of all nineBeethoven Symphonies, all five Mozart Violin Concerti, allfour Brahms Symphonies, and special visits from othergreat Canadian Orchestras from Montreal, Quebec and theNa ti on al Arts Centre Orchestra.Great deals for the younger generation, ages 15- 29:sign up for FREE at and get TSOtickets for $12! (Some restrictions apply.)Peter Oundjian, music director; Sir Andrew Davis,conductor laureate; Loie Rtllis, director artisticadministration; Andrew R. Shaw, president and CEO#550-212 King St. W., Toronto ON M5H 1K5, RoyThomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. at King St. W.416-593-7769, Box office: 416-593-4828wwwtso.caToronto Theatre Organ SocietyThe Toronto Theatre Organ Society (TTOS) was for med inthe late sixties to rescue from Maple Leaf Gardens the Mighty

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