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Volume 13 - Issue 2 - October 2007


CANADIAN CHILDREN'S OPERA CHORUSNow in its 40th anniversary season, the CanadianChildren's Opera Chorus remains one of the world's fewpermanent children's opera choruses. The CCOCcommissions, produces, records and tours new operas andchoral music, with children as both the principal performersand main audience. The chorus regularly collaborates withother leading arts organizations and prominent individualperformers, conductors and directors.The 2007-08 season features the March premiere of theCCOC-commissioned opera, Dragon in the Rocks, by MarieDay and Alexander Rapoport, based on the book Dragonin the Rocks by Marie Day. The show will also be presentedto Toronto area schools, followed by a planned tour toNorthern Ontario.Other highlights include the Winter Concert, "The CCOCGoes Ruby" at Glenn Gould Studio on Dec 8 and the annualSpring Concerts at the end of May. The chorus also hasguest appearances with the Canadian Opera Company,Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Street SilverBand, Toronto Philharmonia, and Soundstreams Canada.Auditions for 2008/09 take place throughout May andJune 2008. Application forms are available on the website.Ann Cooper Gay, artistic director416-366-0467inlo@canadianchildrensopera.comwww.canadianchildrensopera.comCANADIAN Music CENTRECanada's primary resource for scores, recordings andinformation about Canadian music composition, theCanadian Music Centre exists primarily to increaseawareness, appreciation and performance of Canadianmusic by making the work of over 680 Associate Composersaccessible through an array of services, programs andprojects.At its core, CMC houses a free-lending, 20,000 + piecemusic collection, which it continues to expand and digitizefor preservation, dissemination and promotional purposes.In addition, CMC manages its own award-winningrecording label, Centrediscs, and distributes over l,I 00CD and DVD titles featuring its Associates and otherCanadian independent artists.Other services include on-demand score sales and rentalsand customized repertoire consultation. CMC also leadswith several online and offline projects, including NewMusic in New Places and Influences of Many Musics.CMC is accessible at as well asthrough its five regional centres (Vancouver, Calgary,Toronto, Montreal and Sackville). The website offersadvanced features including an online library cataloguewith extended search and loan / purchase request functions,score and audio samples, interactive educational tools,news, web-links and a concert calendar.Elisabeth Bihl, executive directorJason van Eyk, Ontario regional director416-961-6601onlario@musiccenlre.cawww.musiccenlre.ca_,J )_ CONCOURS OE MUSIQUE DU CANADA~ CANADIAN MUSIC COMPETITIONCANADIAN Music COMPETITION -TORONTO CHAPTERThe year 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of theCanadian Music Competition, as well as the return of theInternational Stepping Stone.The CMC is a is a national organization working in thefield of classical music with the goal of supporting andencouraging young Canadian performers, providing themthe opportunities to measure themselves against the mostdemanding standards, and giving them financialassistance through scholarships. Since its creation in 1958,the CMC has been witness to an ongoing stream of thousandsof young musicians, among them, some of the greatestnames on the national and international scene today,including Marc-Andre Hamelin, Chantal Juillet, LouisLortie, Martin Beaver, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Marie-NicoleLemieux, Andre Laplante, Gwen Hoebig, Richard Raymond,Susan Hoeppner, Stephane Lemelin, Angela Cheng, BorisBrott, Desmond Hoebig, Angela Hewitt and JaninaFialkowska, etc.The Toronto & Ontario rounds will be held at The GeorgeIgnatieff Theatre of U of T, from May 3 to 15, 2008, and theNational Final will be held in Quebec City. Registrationdeadline: November 22, 2007. For information, check ourwebsite.Lena Ouzounian, chapter president416-441-1335cmcloronto@sympatico.cawww.cmcnational.comCANADIAN OPERA COMPANYThe Canadian Opera Company (CDC) is the largest producerof opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America.The company enjoys an international reputation for artisticexcellence and creative innovation. A not-for-profitorganization since 1950, it relies on charitable giving,sponsorship, special events and ticket revenue to offsetproduction and administrative costs. More than 120,000patrons annually attend mainstage performances, withover 16,000 active subscribers.The CDC presents full operas and 90 free concerts alToronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.The Four Seasons Centre features R. Fraser Elliott Hall, atraditional five-tiered, European horseshoe-shapedauditorium, specifically designed for opera with excellentacoustics and unparalleled intimacy between the audienceand the stage.The CDC encourages the creation of operatic works, andfosters the training and development of young artists. TheCDC Ensemble Studio is Canada's pre-eminent trainingprogram for young singers, directors and coaches. Worldrecognized alumnae from this program include BenHeppner, Wendy Nielsen, Gidon Saks, John Fanning, andIsabel Bayrakdarian.Rob Lamb, managing director:General inquiries: inlo@coc.caAdministration telephone: 416-363-6671Ticket Services telephone: 416-363-8231Websites: and lourseasonscenlre.caCANADIAN SINFONIETTANow in its 9th season, the Canadian Sinfonietta is aprofessional chamber orchestra led by music director Tak­Ng Lai.Concert l: Young Artists (Saturday Nov.3, Glenn GouldStudio, 8pm) features CMC winners Laurien Gibson,soprano and James Zhang, flute.Concert 2: (Saturday Nov. 17, 8pm, Toronto Centre forthe Performing Arts- Studio Theatre). Guest conductorRaitcho Christov from Bulgaria will premiere a piece byCanadian composer-in residence, Michael Pepa.Concert 3: Chinese New Year Concert (SaturduyFebruary 9, 8pm, Newtonbrook United Church).84 WholeDote MEMBER PROFILES 2007-2008Featured soloists are Beijing opera singer Lili Zhang andHK pop singer, Ricky Chan.Concert 4: Chamber Players Wine and Cheese (SaturdayMarch 8, 8pm Heliconian Hall). Guest artists: The RiverdaleEnsemble performing both classic and modern works forclarinet, piano and violin.Concert 5: Music from Italy (Saturday April 5,Newtonbrook United Church, 8pm) includes works byVivaldi and Rossini, and Italian folk songs.Concert 6: Celebrating Beethoven (Saturday May 3,Glenn Gould Studio, 8pm) features Michael Esch, piano,Andras Weber, cello, and Joyce Lai, violin performingBeethoven's Triple Concerto.Tak-Ng Lai, artistic director and conductorJoyce Lai, concertmaster905-707-1200canadiansinlonietta@gmail.comwww.canadiansinloniella.comCANTORES CELESTES WOMEN'S CHOIRAuditioned women's ensemble founded in 1989, presentingthematic programs ranging from classical (van Bingen,Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi) to Celtic, gospel and bluegrass.They sing to create musical excellence and joy, and to makea difference in the community, donating thousands of dollarsto charities.They have released four CDs, as well as two recordingswhich will be available in early 2008 lo begin thecelebrations of their 20th anniversary. They haveperformed live on CBC Radio, have been featured on a CBCvideo, three films for the History Channel, and participatedin Festival 500 in St. John's. Cantores Celestes will betouring the Maritimes in 2008 with a concert planned atthe beautiful Imperial Theatre in Saint John.Upcoming concerts: !Espiritu! Cantores Celestes andCassava with Rodrigo Chavez. An evening of SeasonalMusic & Song in the Latin Tradition - Spain to SouthAmerican .. .from Medieval to Contemporary. A ,000donation will be made to the charity 'The Jean Tweed Centre'(Sat. Dec l, 8pm) Runnymede United Church;Sat. April 26, 2008 details TBAKelly Galbraith, director416-236-1522www.cantorescelestes.comCATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRACathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), one ofToronto's premier community orchestras since 1985,will be performing its 2007-2008 concert season at anew venue, the newly constructed P. C. Ho Theatre, inthe Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183Sheppard Avenue East.After a year long search, the orchestra is thrilled toannounce Maestro Norman Reintamm as the new Artisticdirector and Principal Conductor.CBSO will celebrate its inaugural season in its newconcert hall with a season-opening gala matinee on Sunday,September 30 in the P. C. Ho Theatre. A five concertsubscription series will be presented Saturday evenings at8 pm on November 10, December 15, March I, and at 2 pmSunday April 20, and 8 pm Friday May 30.The Orchestra is noted for facilitating performanceopportunities for young musicians and is now welcomingnew musicians.Norman Reinlamm,artistic director/principal conductorPeter van Gijn, assistant conductorColleen O'Dwyer, orchestra managerBox Office:

Inspired by artistic director, Albert Greer with Blair Baileyaccompanist, The Cellar Singers share their passion andmastery of choral music with enthusiastic audiencesthroughout Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Intheir 39th season, the 60 member auditioned grouprehearses weekly for three hours. They have performednationally, toured internationally and produced twoChristmas CDs available at Allchoristers volunteer for organizational duties andfundraising.The 2007-2008 season is a celebration of Albert Greer'smusicianship, as a conductor and tenor soloist in his 3lstyear with the choir. The season launches in November withthe Brahms Requiem in a joint collaboration with theHuronia Symphony and will honour the memory of a muchlovedchoir member. "Christmas with The Cellar Singers"will feature a commission to re-score for SATB and Children'schoir, The Last Straw by Ruth Watson Henderson. InMarch, guest Robert Cooper will conduct the St. JohnPassion with Greer in the role of the Evangelist. "The CellarSingers meet Voices-Relyea" (Gary Relyea, Anna Tamm­Relyea and Deanna Relyea) will be the season finale inMay.Wayne Noblenoble8280@rogers.com705-327-8280CENTENARY UNITED CHURCHThe 30-member auditioned choir of Centenary UnitedChurch in Hamilton sings weekly services and presentsregular concerts from September to June. The choir hascollaborated with the Hamilton Philharmonic YouthOrchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Ourchoral scholarship program established by the late Mr.James Morrow annually gives up to live students theopportunity to sing while continuing their secondary orpost-secondary education.This years concerts include; Requiem by M.Durufle/Glick Triumph of the Spirit Sunday Nov.I I at 3pm,"Magnilicat" a celebration of Christmas music with theHamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sunday December9, 3pm. Our last program features E. Daley's Requiem andFranz Liszt's Via Crucis, a meditation on the fourteenStations of the Cross.Centenary Church is an affirming congregation whohave chosen to make a public commitment to being a safeand positive family of faith which extends acceptance, offerssupport and seeks divine justice for all.Shawn Grenke, minister of music905-522-6843centenarychurch@bellnet.cawww.cenlenaryunited.comCHOIRS ONTARIOChoirs Ontario, founded in 1971 as the Ontario ChoralFederation, is a not-for-profit arts service organizationdedicated to the promotion and celebration of choral music.Our members include choirs, conductors, choristers,composers, arts administrators, and educators as well asindividuals and businesses who share our commitmentand passion for choral music. Our mission: to strengthenchoral music and celebrate its power. Our vision: to beOntario's ultimate choral resource.We support the growth and raise the profile of Ontario'schoral activities through a wide variety of programmesand services including; the Ontario Youth Choir, the VOCALworkshop for adult choristers, the Ruth Watson HendersonChoral Composition Competition, the President's LeadershipAward, an extensive choral library, reduced choirinsurance rates, free concert listings on our popularwebsite, and informative newsletters. We strengthen thenetwork among choirs and choral musicians and providemanagement information to choir administrators.For help with any choral inquiry, or for more informationon becoming a member, gel in touch! Connect chorally.Make life sing!Ken Fleet, president416-923-1144info@choirsontario.orgwww.choirsontario.orgCHRIST CHURCH DEER p ARKMusic plays a very important part at this busy Anglicanparish church. Christ Church is home to the only recentvintagetracker organ in a Toronto Anglican church, athree-manual instrument built by Karl Wilhelm in 1982.Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, organist and director of music, hasbeen organist since 1997; Dermo! Muir is assistant organist.The first-rate senior choir sings Sundays and other holydays, as well as concerts. There are two other beginnerchoirs, one for adults and one for children ages 7- 15+Christ Church runs a Lunchtime Chamber Music Serieson Thursdays in October- November and April-May. Thisis the twelfth season for these concerts, all of which begin at12:30pm. Admission is by donation. An Organ RecitalSeries, which has featured organists from across Canada,takes place Sunday nights in Lent.With its Yonge Street location (at Heath, near the St.Clair TTC station), line acoustics, full modern facilities,flexible staging, and seating for 500, Christ Church is anincreasingly popular venue for outside concert presentersduring the year.Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, organist/director of music416-920-5211www.chrislchurchdeerpark.orgCHRISTMAS OPERA COMPANY OF TORONTOThe Christmas Opera Company of Toronto, a not-for-profitcorporation, was formed with the goal of producing twentyperformances every year of Gian Carlo Menotti' s Christmasopera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors". The opera is abouta poor crippled boy who lives alone with his mother. Oneday they are paid an unexpected visit by the wise men whoare following the eastern star in a quest to see a child theybelieve to be the King of Kings. Inspired by the wise men,and in the true spirit of Christmas, Amahl offers his crutchas a gift to the newborn king and is miraculously healed.Venues/dates: Showplace Theatre, Peterborough - Dec 4and 5 (2 & 7pm); Rose Theatre, Brampton - Dec 7 (2 &8pm); Meadowvale Theatre- Dec 8 (2 & 8pm), Dec 9 (3pm);MacMillan Theatre, U of T - Dec 12,14,15 (2 & 8prn);Oakville Theatre- Dec 16 (2 & 7); St Luke's United Church- Dec 22 (8pm).A fully staged production with sets, costumes, andorchestra. Please visit our website or phone for information.416-927-9800www.cocol.caCHURCH OF Sr. MARY MAGDALENE CHornsBeginning in 1921 with the arrival of Healey Willan, theChurch of Saint Mary Magdalene has fostered a choraltradition unique in Canada. Stephanie Martin nowcontinues this tradition as our latest music director. Theweekly celebration of Anglo-Catholic liturgies includesparticipation from several ensembles. The Ritual Choir singsGregorian chant under the leadership of our Cantor, RobCastle. The acclaimed Gallery Choir, whose EM! recordingsgarnered international praise, specializes in a cappellarepertoire, both ancient and modern. Informal groupsinclude the SMM Singers and the Chant Club. The newlyformed Schola Maria Magdalena sings medieval andrenaissance music for women's voices, particularlyHildegard, and Birgitta of Sweden.Highlights include Michaelmas Sept 30; All Saints andAll Souls Nov I and 2; Mozart's Requiem on Nov. 11 atChrist Church Deer Park; Festival of Chant Nov. 25; AdventCarol service Dec. 16 at 4:30pm; Midnight Mass onChristmas Eve beginning at 11 pm; and our particular HolyWeek services, including Tenebrae, March 16-23. Ourseason concludes with a concert and tour to WashingtonDC.Stephanie Marlin, director416-531-7955Stephanie.Marlin@slmarymagdalene.cawww.stmarymagdalene.caCHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, MusicMONDAYSThe Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the oldest churchesin Toronto (184 7) and boasts a magnificent acoustical spaceand two line concert instruments (piano and organ). Musicfor the active and activist congregation is led on Sundaymornings by Becca Whitla. Each December the churchproduces "The Christmas Story", a magical family event(free, but tickets must be reserved in November at 416-598-8979).From May to September, the church presents MusicMondays, a culturally diverse noon-time series of weeklyconcerts that reflect the variety of traditions alive inToronto's many communities.Holy Trinity also hosts the Toronto Early Music Centre( 416-966-1409) which will be holding concerts one Sundayeach month from 2:30-3:30pm (January- June). HolyTrinity welcomes other musical and artistic events cmdalso meetings or events that focus on social justice issues.416-598-4521www.holylrinilyloronlo.orgCITY OF TORONTO HISTORIC MUSEUMSAll year long enjoy a wide variety of musical experiencesat the City of Toronto Historic Museums, located throughoutthe city. There's always great entertainment atMontgomery's Inn's Fall Corn Roast and don't miss theEarly Music Fair there every September. It's a wonderfulopportunity to listen to the music and view the instrumentsof years past.The holiday season abounds with musical pleasures.Don't miss the Christmas concerts at Montgomery's Inn.Take part in Scottish New Year traditions at both MackenzieHouse, where traditional group Gin Lane will perform, andGibson House, whose Hogmanay celebrations will beenlivened by popular musician Ian Bell.Try English country dancing at Historic Fort York atboth Dance & Dance-ability (October) and Queen Charlotte'sBirthday Ball (January). In the spring, Spadina Museum'sMusic in the Orchard, Sunday afternoons in June, offers adifferent traditional or classical group each week.416-338-0628Events Hotline: MEMBER PROFILES 2007-2008BS

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