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Volume 13 - Issue 2 - October 2007


NORTH 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 2007 /08 season includes a Christmas Tea, Sunday,November 25, 2007 at St. Timothy's Anglican Church, coproducedwith the 7th Toronto Regiment Band, RoyalCanadian Artillery, and an annual fundraiser in the springwith proceeds to Street Haven Women'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 once a year - in June. North 44°rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8pm in the Toronto core.Geoffrey Butler, artistic director;Deborah Micucci, general manager905-764-5140norlh44ensemble@rogers.comwww.norlh44ensemble.orgNoRTH TORONTO INSTITUTE or 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 lo 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 knowledgeable attendanceat the wonderful concert opportunities in the city.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, director416-488-2588info@nlimusic.comwww.ntimusic.comNUMUS CONCERTSThe 2007-2008 NUMUS season promises to stimulate,complicate, expand, enrich, and enable newunderstandings of new music, while continuing to foster alocally-grounded contemporary Canadian music identityand community in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We inviteyou to be a part of that community this season.The season begins with a collaboration betweenlegendary British percussionist Eddie Prevost and CCMC.In November, we celebrate the music and memory ofcomposer/pianist/theorist/educator, James Tenney. Thenin January, virtuoso Austrian theremin player Dori!Chrysler presents a solo concert with a screening of thefilm Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey.In March, a mini-festival exploring the turntable as amusical instrument: featured performers include Montrealturntablist Martin Tetreault, New York's DJ Olive, andturntablisl/conceplual artist/writer DJ Spooky performingwith the Penderecki String Quartet.The season concludes with the premiere of Reachingfor Nothing: Waler' s Thirst, an interdisciplinary workconceived by celebrated local composer Peter Hatch andacclaimed visual artist/architect Dereck Revington. Threeyears in the making, Reaching for Nothing will be alandmark work in Canadian music and culture that shouldnot be missed.Jesse Stewart, artistic directorJennifer O'Connor, general managerNU MUS Concerts519-896-3662info@numus.on.cawww.numus.on.caOAKVILLE CHILDREN'S CHOIRUnder the musical leadership of Sarah Morrison, musicdirector, and Janet Stachow, associate music director, TheOakville Children's Choir was established in 1994 by GlendaCrawford. Providing world-class choral, musical andperformance training lo young people in Halton, The DCCis a comprehensive music education program for auditionedchoristers aged 7- 17 years.This year, the DCC will present yet another remarkableconcert series that explores themes relevant to childrenand youth of today, and which welcomes special guestartists from our community and beyond at our concerts.December 7 & 8, 2007, 7:30pm "In pacem, Reflectionsof Peace"December 16, 2007, 3:00pm "Community Carol Sing"February 23, 2008, 4:30pm "Stories and Song inCanada and Beyond"May 24, 2008, 7:30pm "Songs of the Earth: This WeKnow"Tickets are adults, seniors and children 12 &under.Sarah Morrison, music directorJanet Stachow, associate music directorEileen Keown, executive director905-337-7104www.oakvillechildrenschoir.orgOr r CENTRE Music SALONFounded thirteen lucky years ago, Off Centre Music Salonoffers a holistic musical and aesthetic experience---a chanceto play and hear vocal, chamber and solo musical repertoirein an atmosphere evocative of a I 9th-century Europeansalon.The Perkis-Zarankin husband and wile team complementeach Salon with four-hand piano performances, andthe erudite Stuart Hamilton-CBC quizmaster, founder ofOpera in Concert- hosts all five of our intimate and spontaneousconcerts.As always combining traditional repertoire with rarelyperformed musical, poetic, literary and visual masterpieces,Off Centre takes audiences on a "13th Edition World Tour"with stops in St. Petersburg for White Nights ... in theAfternoon (Sep 23/07), Chopin and Bellini's Bel CantoVenice (Nov 4/07), the Franco-Spanish Border of Mallarmeand Garcia Lorca (Dec 2/ 07), the Germany of Bach,Beethoven and Brahms (Jan 27 /08), and, finally, Schuberlville(Feb 24/08).All concerts take place on Sundays at 2pm at GlennGould Studio. Subscriptions are 0 for adults and 0814 WholeDote MEMBER PROFILES 2007-2008for seniors and students. Single tickets are available at theGGS box office.Inna Perkis, Boris Zarankin, founders and artisticdirectors416-466-1 870; GGS Box Office: 416-205-5555tickets@ollcenlremusic.comwww.ollcenlremusic.comONTARIO YoUTH CHOIRThe Ontario Youth Choir brings together some of Ontario'sfinest young singers with some of Canada's outstandingchoral leaders. Every spring, singers from across theprovince audition for the opportunity to participate in thisexceptional programme of rehearsals, maslerclasses, andvoice lessons. This year, the choir members of OYC 2007spent ten memorable days together under the inspiredleadership of renowned conductor Robert Cooper on thehistoric campus of the University of Ottawa before travellinglo Kingston and Toronto for two final performances.There are now over 1,300 OYC alumni who continue toenrich their communities as choristers, conductors,accompanists, composers, educators and soloists. OYC isan unforgettable experience: friendship and fun for thesingers, and extraordinary training with skilledprofessionals.Check the Choirs Ontario website for information aboutOYC 20081 Application deadline: February 15, 2008.Sandra Graham, OYC committee chair416-923-ll44info@choirsontario.orgwww.choirsonlario.orgOPERA ATELIEROpera Atelier holds a unique place in the North Americatheatre community, producing opera, ballet and drama fromthe l 71h and I 81h 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 2007/08 season includes Monteverdi's The Returnof Ulysses (October 27 - November 3, 2007) and Mozart'sIdomeneo (April 26 - May 3, 2008).Marshall Pynkoski, Jeannette Zingg, artisticdirectors416-703-3767www.operaalelier.comOPERA 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 34th season begins with L........, -"--"- 1, __-'-CJGaetano Donizetti' s Anna Bolen a October 28, featuring LaraCiekiewicz, Anita Krause, Stuart Howe and Sean Watson,with music director/pianist Nathalie Doucet-Lalkens. DieDrei Pintos by Carl Maria von Weber & Gustav Mahlerfollows December 2, starring Eric Shaw, Daniel Lichti andJesse Clark, with music director/pianist Robin Wheeler.Handel's Tamerlano is next on February 3, starring LynneMcMurlry, Shannon Mercer, Marcel van Neer, and others,with conductor Kevin Mallon and Aradia Ensemble. Ourseason concludes on April 6 with Rimsky-Korsakov' s TheSnow Maiden, featuring Katerina Tchoubar, Luiza Zhuleva,

Sasha Bataligin and Neil Aronoff, with music director/pianist Raisa Nakhmanovich. Concerts include OIC'srenowned chorus, Robert Cooper conductor. Also returningis DIC' s pre-performance presentation "The Backgrounder"with host lain Scott. All performances are at the Jane MallettTheatre, 27 Front Street East, 416-366-7723 orl-800-708-6754.Guillermo Silva-Marin, general director416-922-2147guillermo@operainconcerl.comwww.operainconcerl.comOPERA YORKOur 11 th season has more to offer, more often: Two eveningsand a matinee of each production plus a Christmas OperaYork Chorus concert by Artistic directors Geoffrey Butler &Sabatino Vacca and Stage Director Melissa Bencic.Productions, with the Opera York Chorus and Orchestra,are al Markham Theatre, Markham and YCDSB StElizabeth Theatre, Vaughan.October 26, 28 & November 22007: Rossini's Barber ofSeville featuring Jennifer Elizabelta Fina as Rosina;December 2007 an Opera Christmas with the Opera YorkChorus; February 22, 24 & 29, 2008: Mozart's DonGiovanni featuring Andrew Tees as Don Giovanni, LuciaCesaroni as Zerlina and Sinead Sugrue as Donna Anna.Opera York continues to provide affordable and accessibleoperatic concerts for seniors, and education throughour Opera for Schools/I' opera pour les ecoles programs. Atour of southern Ontario is taking place in October 2007expanding the educational outreach of Opera York. Theprogram continues to include a curriculum based Teacher/StudentLearning guide and a visit lo the theatre for alive, interactive operatic concert.905-763-7853inlo@operayork.comwww.operayork.coma core of professional principal players; Sinfoni aMississauga, a professional chamber orchestra; and theMississauga Philharmonic, a professional ensemblecurrently performing the Pops series.October 13: "Midnight in Moscow"; Peter Longworth,piano with the Mississauga Symphony; November 24:"Mostly Mendelssohn"; Benjamin Bowen, violin with theMississauga Symphony; December 15: "Ring Your Bells";Mississauga Choral Society with the MississaugaSymphony; January 19: "Fascinating Gershwin"; JaniceMartin, violin/singer/pianist/dancer with the MississaugaPhilharmonic; February 9: "Berlioz ... with a Bang!"; TorQ,percussion quartet with the Mississauga Symphony;February 23: "Flights ofFanlasy"; Ruth Fazal, violin withSinfonia Mississauga; March 29: "Brilliance of Brahms";Gregory Millar, piano with the Mississauga Symphony;April 19: "60 Years of Broadway"; Denys Mailhiot, singer/actor with the Mississauga Philharmonic; May 10: "RitmosLatinos"; a Latin American Program with the MississaugaSymphony.John Barnum, music director and conductor;Office: 905-615-4401, Box Office: 905-306-6000mail@mississaugasymphony.comwww.mississaugasymphony.comORGAN IXORGANIX is an annual music festival presenting a seriesof concerts and educational events throughout the month ofMay. While individual concerts may feature trumpet, strings,percussion or a choir, the common thread that binds thefestival together is always the number one feature .. . thepipe organ, King of Instruments! The format of ORGANIX,particularly in the Wednesday series gives the public anopportunity to hear intriguing programs not normallyavailable to Canadian audiences.ORGANIX 08 (May 2 - May 31) will present severalweekend concerts, a dinner and wine tour with two organconcerts, as well as the very popular early-eveningWednesday series. For the first time, ORGANIX will also bepresenting an historic organ series at two places of interest.The highly anticipated and well attended finale will featureItalian organist, Massimo Nosetti and the Organix Brassensemble. ORGANIX is a music festival unlike any other.www.organixconcerls.ca416-241-9785ORCHESTRA TORONTOOrchestra Toronto, one of Canada's premier communityvolunteer symphony orchestras, offers affordable familyentertainment, music education and full repertoire in allits programs. Led by music director Errol Gay, the orchestrapresents a series of five Sunday afternoon concerts held atthe conveniently located and easily accessible TorontoCentre for the Arts on Yonge Street north of SheppardAvenue.This season's theme is Dance Capitals of the World that ORIANA WOMEN'S CHOIRexplores music and dance from five diverse cultural centres: ORIANA Women's Choir, formerly The Oriana Singers,New York, Paris, Madrid, London, St. Petersburg. All one of the first and finest female choirs in Canada, wasprograms include featured dance ensembles: formed in 1972 and has earned much recognition. In 2007-ProArteDanza (October 21 and May 25/ 08), Opera Atelier 2008 the choir will present 3 subscription concerts andDancers (December 9), Theatre Flamenco (February 17 I release its 4th commercial compact disc.08), and OMO Dance Company (April 6/08). Additional Oriana was awarded Best Performance of a Canadianguest artists: Celine Denis, harp (December 9), Amanda Work- Adult Choir Category- in the CBC national liveGoodburn, violin (May 25/08).finals; and Rose Trilogy, by Eleanor Daley, a 30thThe ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo compliments anniversary commission, was awarded Outstandingof Long & McQuade will again be featured during the Choral Work of 2004 by the Association of Canadian Choralopening concert October 21 and again February 17/08. Conductors. ORIANA also participated at Festival 500Pre-concert talks by Artist-in-Residence Catherine Sharing the Voices- an international festival of choralManoukian will be at 2:15pm on October 21, December 9, music in St. John's, NL from July 2- 11, 2005.February 17/08.The choir has four commercial CDs- "When Music416-467-7142 Sounds" (2000), "Child with the Starry Crayon" (2004), "Comfort and Joy" (2005). NEW - "Cinnamon and Cedar" (2007)36th season concerts: December I, 2007 (Patapan!)­ORCHESTRAS MISSISSAUGAGrace Church on-the-Hill; March I, 2008 (Praise My Soul)­Orchestras Mississauga invites its audience lo a season of Grace Church on-the-Hill; and May 10, 2008 (Puttin' Onsymphonic brilliance. All performances are Saturday the Ritz)- Jane Mallett Theatre - St. Lawrence Centre forevenings in the acoustically state-of-the-art Hammerson the Arts. Tickets: regular, senior, student.Hall in Mississauga's Living Arts Centre.William Brown, artistic director/managerOrchestras Mississauga is the umbrella organization416-923-3123for three orchestras: the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra,inlo@orianachoir.coma large community orchestra of volunteer musicians led bywww.orianachoir.comWholeDote MEMBER PROFILES 2007-2008 815ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTOFounded in 1964, this 65-voice SATE choir is now in its43rd year of bringing fine choral music and innovativeprogramming to Toronto audiences. Our aim is lo presentmusic in a range of styles from strictly classical to jazzand beyond, and from a cappella to full orchestralaccompaniment. Our motto is 'Expect something different!'Our 2007-2008 season - A Season With Sizzle - featuresthe Canadian premiere of Ecce Cor Meum, the newclassical work by Paul McCartney, in partnership withChorus Niagara and London Pro Musica; a Christmas programmefeaturing music from around the world; the Torontopremiere of Derek Holman's Requiem, and a fullorchestral performance of Handel's Joshua, plus a performanceas part of Roy Thomson Hall's free lunchtimechoir and organ concert series.The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings at YorkminslerPark Baptist Church. Rehearsals are open, and weare always pleased to audition new singers. The choircontinues lo provide, through its Sidgwick Scholarship Programme,opportunities for young singers to gain experienceas soloists and section leaders.Robert Cooper, artistic director;Edward Moroney, accompanist; Helen Coxon,administrator416 530-4428orpheuschoir@sympalico.cawww.orpheuschoirtoronlo.com0SHAWA DURHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRACurrently in its 5lst season, the Oshawa DurhamSymphony Orchestra has established itself as one of themost highly respected professional regional orchestras inCanada. It is under the musical direction of one of Canada'smost brilliant conductors, Marco Parisotto.The 2007-8 subscription series features a stellar arrayof soloists and works including Stravinsky's Rite of Spring,Borodin's 2nd Symphony, Respighi's Pines of Rome,Bartok's Viola Concerto with Alexander Zemtsov andBrahms' Violin Concerto, with Kolja Blacher. With strongcommunity support the ODSO is projecting to have a modemconcert hall built in the near future.For more information on the concerts, dates and ticketsales and subscriptions, visit ODSO's website.Marco Parisollo, music directorEdmond Vanhaverbeke, chair905-579-6711conlact@odso.cawww.odso.caPAX CHRISTI CHORALEPax Christi Chorale, Toronto's Mennonite Choir, was foundedin 1987, inspired by the success of an ad hoe choir assembledfor the Toronto celebrations of the 1986 Bicentennial ofMennonites in Canada.Under the direction of Stephanie Martin since 1997, the80 members include both Mennonites and singers fromvarious faith traditions and cultures. Ms. Martin hasbrought the choir to a new artistic level, leadingperformances of masterworks with full orchestra andshowcasing established and emerging soloists. The choirlaunched a choral scholarship program in 2005 and thePax Christi Chamber Choir for its 20th anniversary seasonlast year.The concert season begins with the "Buxtehude SuperConcert" in commemoration of the 300th anniversary ofthe composer 's death. The choir will give threeperformances of Handel's Messiah in December, andcomplete the season with the Bruckner Mass in E minor inApril 2008. In March 2008, the choir will hold its biennial

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