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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008


wholenoteMEMBER PROFILESBLUE PAGES 2008-2009WELCOME rn WHoLENorE's "BLuE PAGES", our annual directory ofconcert presenters! We've been collecting profiles since July (178in total, at the time of printing), written by the presenters themselves.This is your window on Toronto and Southern Ontario's upcomingconcert season, from amateur choirs to professional orchestras, fromsmall chamber ensembles to opera companies! We hope you'll enjoyperusing these pages to see who's doing what this season, and we'veadded an additional incentive: you'll notice that there's a photo oneach spread of the Blue Pages, pertaining to a particular concertpresenter. Identify the photos, and win a prize! See contest details onpage 25 of the main magazine. We wish you best of luck with thecontest, and a happy concert-going season. Don't forget to pick up acopy of the magazine each month, or visit us on line for full details and updates on the activities ofour Blue Pages presenters, as well as the many other concertpresenters in our region who are not listed below.Karen AgesACADEMY CONCERT SERIESThe Academy Concert Series has presented innovativechamber music programmes of exceptional artistic qualitysince 1991. By using period instruments and authenticperformance styles, we recreate an historical atmosphereso that we may treat our audiences to music that echoes thesound the great composers intended us to hear.For our 2008/09 season we have selected musical gemsfrom some of the most celebrated Masters: November!­Mozart's chamber works (composed in Paris during thesummer of 1778); February 7-Handel's Trio Sonatas(written when he was just eighteen); April 25-A colourful,contemporary blending of sound that pays homage to Greekmusical culture (one of the oldest in the world).All performances will be held at 8 pm on Saturdays atEastminster United Church (310 Danforth Avenue), whereoutstanding acoustics contribute to an exquisite concertexperience. Come and discover for yourself what's so specialabout the Academy Concert Series!Nicolai Tarasov, artistic directorAcademy Concert Series416-927-9089nicolait@sympatico.cawww.academyconcertseries.comTHE ALDEBURGH CONNECTIONOur 28th season, celebrating the art of song, opens onOctober 26 at 2:30 pm in Walter Hall with a concert of thesongs of Ravel. Our popular Sunday series, with tea atintermission, continues with afternoons devoted to thecentenary of the Arts & Letters Club (November 30); thebicentenary of Mendelssohn (February l); settings ofJames Joyce, including a new work by James Rolfe (March15); and "The chantant" (April 26). We will host fineCanadian singers including Nathalie Paulin, MonicaWhicher, Gillian Keith, Allyson McHardy, ElizabethTurnbull, Colin Ainsworth, Michael Colvin, LawrenceWiliford and Peter Barrett, with artistic directors StephenRalls and Bruce Ubukata at the piano. Our Discovery Seriespresents dazzling young stars in Walter Hall at 7:30 pm onNovember ll and February 10. A highlight of our seasonis Schubert's Winterreisewith Brett Polegato and StephenRalls in the Glenn Gould Studio at 8 pm on March 25.416. 735. 7982 (tickets)Stephen Ralls, co-Artistic director416.531.3330416.531.0797s.ralls@utoronto.cawww.aldeburghconnection.orgALEXANDER SINGERS & PLAYERSThe Alexander Singers and Players, started 22 years agoas a summer choir, directed by Angela Hawaleshka, hasevolved to presenting highly acclaimed performances ofsuch shows as Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, DieFledermaus, The Merry Widow, Sweeney Todd, MostHappy Fella, Fiddler on the Roof, and Guys and Dolls.The group has a strong educational mandate and isactive in supporting charitable causes. Members worktoward a strong musical foundation, and an ensemble ofexperienced singers presents staged and costumed excerptsfrom operettas and Broadway musicals throughout theyear.On Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 142008, The Alexander Singers will present a seasonalconcert, performing Mozart's Coronation Mass, folk songs,spirituals, opera excerpts, and an opportunity for all tosing along with Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, andthe Hallelujah Chorus!In May 2009, The Alexander Singers and Players willpresent Beauty and the Beast at a venue to be announced.Angela Hawaleshka, artistic directorinfo@alexandersingers.comwww.alexandersingers.com416-324-1259.ALL SAINTS' KINGSWAYANGLICAN CHURCH'ASK', located in thewestendofToronto, continues a faithfultradition of music and worship. ASK is very excited tointroduce a 2nd choir to the music program. Currently thereare choral opportunities at two services: 9:30 am for SAvoices and 11:00 am for SATB mixed voices. New voicesare always welcome.The choirs provide music leadership at Sunday morningservices, Evensongs and concerts. ASK also holds monthly"3rd at 4": Each 3rd Sunday of the month there is a specialconcert at 4 pm followed by beverage, dinner and socialtime. This year the ASK choirs will perform at the "Out ofThe Cold" concert with massed neighbourhood choirs onSunday November 30, 'Magnificat' an annual Christmasconcert with massed choir and guest instrumentalists(Sunday, December 2 l), massed choir performance inScarborough of Mahler's 2nd Symphony with theCathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra on Saturday April4, "Organ Dedication and Evensong" on Sunday April 19with guest choirs. This service will showcase the newlyinstalled 3-manual Casavant organ of ASK.Shawn Grenke, director of musicmusic@allsaintskingsway.cawww.allsaintskingsway.caALL THE KING 1 S VOICESAll The King's Voices is a mixed-voice semi-professionalchoir that performs a wide variety of music from classicalto contemporary.Singers are given the opportunity to study and performunder the professional leadership and direction of thechoir's founder and conductor, David J. King, assisted byhighly trained section leads.All The King's Voices has performed at Roy ThomsonHall, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto Centre for the Arts andBlack Creek Pioneer Village, and were featured on CBCRadio, JAZZFM and CityTV. The choir has presented severalgreat classical works with Mooredale Orchestra andTalisker Players and for Symphony Orchestra of Canada.They have also appeared with such internationallyacclaimed singers as soprano, Measha Brueggergosman;tenor, Ben Heppner; and jazz singer, Salome Bey.Their 2008-09 season includes "Cathedral Carols","Great Choruses from Oratorios" and a "15th AnniversaryGala Cabaret".All The King's Voices also offers public workshops onvocal technique and sight-singing throughout the year.David J. King, music director416-225-2255king44@sympatico.cawww.allthekingsvoices.caWholenote MEMBER PROF1LES 2008-2009 81

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