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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008

Colleen O'Dwyer,

Colleen O'Dwyer, orchestra managerBox Office: 416-879-5566info@cathedralbluffs.comwww.cathedralbluffs.comTHE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF Sr. JAMESThe Cathedral of St. James has two choirs serving themusical requirements of its Sunday and special liturgies.The Parish Choir sings at the 9 am Holy Eucharist andconsists of four section leads and a group of volunteers. Itrehearses on Thursday evenings during the year and at8:15 am on Sundays, just prior to the service. Singersinterested in volunteering their time are most welcome tocontact Andrew Ager, music director.The Cathedral Choir is a fully professional, eighteenvoiceensemble which sings the l l am Holy CommunionService and Evensong at 4:30pm every Sunday. Auditionsare held each year after Easter.Andrew Ager, director of music andcomposer-in-residence4 l 6-364-7865 x224musicdirector@stjamescathedral.on.cawww.stjamescathedral.on.caCELLAR SINGERSInspired by artistic director Albert Greer with accompanistBlair Bailey, The Cellar Singers share their passion andmastery of choral music with enthusiastic audiencesthroughout Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Intheir 40th season, the 60-member auditioned grouprehearses weekly for two-and-a-half hours. They haveperformed nationally, toured internationally and producedtwo Christmas CDs (available at All choristers volunteer fororganizational duties and fundraising . The 2008-09Season launches in November with Rutter's Mass of theChildren, Dvorak's Te Deum and Willan's CoronationAnthem. Two performances of Handel's Messiah will bepresented in Bracebridge and at the Orillia Opera Housein December. April will feature seasonal selections­Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai and Bernstein's ChichesterPsalms. The 40th Anniversary (celebratory) Gala willtake place on May 9.Wayne Noble, administrator705-327-8280noble8280@rogers.comCHRIST CHURCH DEER PARKMusic plays a very important part at this busy Anglicanparish church. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill has been organistand directorof music since 1997; Dermal Muir is assistantorganist. The first-rate senior choir sings Sundays andother holy days, as well as concerts. There are two otherbeginner choirs, one for adults and one for children.Christ Church runs its thirteenth season of LunchtimeChamber Music Series on Thursdays in October­November and April- May at 12:30 pm. Admission is bydonation. An organ recital series takes place Sunday nightsin Lent.Christ Church has also hosted Jazz Vespers for over tenyears at 4:30 pm every second Sunday from September toJune. This service offers a chance for reflection and prayerfor our community with music by Toronto's finest jazzmusicians.With its Yonge Street location (at Heath, near the St.Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, full modern facilities,flexible staging, Steinway grand piano, three-manualtracker organ, 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.christchurchdeerpark.org84 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITYThe Church of the Holy Trinity is one of the oldest churchesin Toronto (1847) and boasts a magnificent acousticalspace with a Bechstein concert grand piano and the newlyacquired Deer Park Rathgeb Memorial organ. Music forthe active and activist congregation is lead 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 presentsMusic Mondays, a culturally diverse noon-time series ofweekly concerts that reflect the variety of traditions alivein Toronto's many communities. Holy Trinity also hoststhe Toronto Early Music Centre (416-966-1409) which willbe holding concerts one Sunday each month from 2:30-3:30 pm (Jan-June). Holy Trinity welcomes other musicaland artistic events and also meetings or events that focuson social justice issues.416-598-4521ht@holytrinitytoronto.orgwww.holytrinitytoronto.orgCITY OF TORONT0 1 S HISTORIC MUSEUMSAll year long enjoy a wide variety of musical experiencesat the City of Toronto's 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 see 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 bothMackenzie House, where traditional group Gin Lane willperform, and Gibson House, where the Hogmanaycelebrations will be enlivened by popular musician IanBell.Try English country dancing at Fort York NationalHistoric Site at both Dance & Dance-ability (September)and Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball (January). In thespring, Spadina Museum's Music in the Orchard, Sundayafternoons in June, offers a different traditional or classicalgroup each LIGHT OPERA COMPANYFounded in 1979, our much-heralded musical theatrecompany is now in !is 30th season, making its home at theFairview Library Theatre in Toronto and offering unique,professional entertainment at affordable prices. Eachseason we offer four productions.Our JOO+ shows range from the well-loved Broadwayclassics to revues and concert stagings to more obscureshows also deserving of attention. Recent examples areour February 2006 Canadian premiere of Titanic: TheMusical and 2004's first-ever Canadian production ofRodgers and Hammerstein's lost masterpiece Allegro, bothof which played to sold-out houses and phenomenalreviews. A world-premiere original musical adaptationof The Wonderful Wizard of Oz-score by Ja mes P Doyle,book by Joe Cascone-was staged in 2000 and 2002, tocomprehensive acclaim.This season, we offer The Fantasticks, the world'slongest-running musical from September 3 to 20,Scrooge!- the musical! from December 3 to 21, ColePorter's Silk Stockings from February 18 to March 7, andA Class Act, a musical about the creation and creators of AChorus Line from May 27 to June 14. Join us as ourtheatrical journey continues!Joe Cascone, artistic directorSubscription information/box office: 416-755-1717www.civiclightoperacompany.comCONTACT CONTEMPORARY MusicCONTACT is one of Toronto's most innovative newcontemporary music organizations and is set to embarkupon its 6th concert season. We are pleased to have JulietPalmer on board this season as our guest curator.Our 2008-09 concert season opens on November 16 withResist!featuring Phil Kline's song cycle, Zippo Songs, basedon poems of Vietnam veterans. Our season continues witha collaborative concert on April 3 featuring the excitingElement Choir led by Christine Duncan, and wraps up withExquisite Corpse on June 26 featuring new works jointlycomposed by composers across North America.We will also be taking our production of David Lang'sElevated on the road to the Open Ears Festival of Soundand Music (May ]), and the National Archives in Ottawa(May 2).We are also establishing community outreach andaudience development programs. In addition to the secondannual Toronto (new music) Marathon on September 20,2008 at Yonge-Dundas Square we will continue oursuccessful workshop for youth in July 2009 called "MusicFrom Scratch", engaging youth with professionalcomposers and musicians to explore their creativityJerry Pergolesi, artistic directorJuliet Palmer, guest curator416-902-7010info@contactcontemporarymusic.cawww.con tactcon tern pora rym usic. eaCONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSICContinuum presents works by emerging and establishedCanadian and international composers. The coreensemble-Anne Thompson (flute), Max Christie(clarinet), Benjamin Bowman (violin), Paul Widner (cello),Laurent Philippe (piano) and Ryan Scott (percussion)­is often augmented by voice, other instruments orelectronics. The group has toured Canada and Europe andhas been broadcast on radio and television.Continuum's 2008-09 season features SHIFT, a festivalof Canadian and Dutch arts to be presented November 18-22 in Amsterdam and then February 21-March 3 inToronto. Curated by Continuum with the InternationalFestival of Authors and Images Festival, SHIFT presentsmusic, film, literature and visual arts from Canada andThe Netherlands. Continuum, the Ives Ensemble (NL), TocaLoco and Quatuor Bozzini premiere new works, amongthem five collaborations for film and live music, includingone by Guy Maddin and Richard Ayres.Concerts will be held at The Music Gallery on November11; in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre onFebruary 28 (with the Ives Ensemble); and at the BloorCinema, in collaboration with Images Festival, on April 2.Jennifer Waring, artistic directoradministrator@continuummusic.org416-924-4945www.continuummusic.orgCOUNTERPOINT CHORALE"Dedicated to the communityand to the performing arts."Counterpoint Chorale (CC) is a 45-voice and rapidlygrowing choral movement based in the university campuscorridor of down town Toronto. Founded in 2001, by currentartistic director, William Woloschuk, the choir is gainingwide-spread recognition for its passionate interpretationof classical and multi-lingual performances. The choir isaccompanied by professional soloists and orchestras. CCis affiliated with Surrey Place Centre in a teaching andlearning adult choir capacity partnership. Become part ofthe CC experience by simply contacting us. We request thatyou attend two general rehearsals in September to validateyour commitment to joining. Sectionals are scheduled onan alternating SA/TB basis: 6:15- 7 pm (Tuesdays).

General rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7: 15- 9: 15pm at St Vladimir Institute-620 Spadina Street (nearHarbord Street). Free parking and easy mass transitaccess. Wheelchair accessible.Contact: William Woloschuk416-253-4674vargar@rogers.comwww.counterpointchorale.comCOUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRACounterpoint Community Orchestra, formed in 1984 bygay and lesbian, and gay and lesbian positive musicians,came together to provide fine music and create a deepersense of community and diversity in downtown Toronto.People from all walks of life play with us; we now numberover 40 players. We welcome anyone with a positive outlooktowards gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and twospiritedpeople of the community.The 25th season celebrations begin December 6(including Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorgsky; QuietCity, Copeland); March 7, 2009 (including MagnificentSeven, Elmer Bernstein; Symphony no. S, Finale,Mendelssohn); May 30, 2009 (Beethoven's Symphony no.9with the Bell'Arte Singers)Rehearsals are held Mondays at 8 pm, downtownToronto. December and March performances are at St.Luke's United Church, Sherbourne Street at Carlton. TheBeethoven will be performed at UT MacMillan Theatre.We welcome you as a player, committee volunteer, ormember of our board of directors. Player levels range frombeginner to professional. We will help you grow musically.As a registered charity we invite gifts to support our manyprogrammes.416-925-9872, ext. 2066Terry Kowalczuk, conductor/music director416-658-5359info@ccorches tra. o rgwww.ccorchestra.orgCOUNTY TOWN SINGERSCounty Town Singers is a community choir based inWhitby but drawing talented singers of all ages from theDurham Region. Under the direction of Barbara Ouellette,with Natalia Kolacz, accompanist, we practiceWednesdays from 7:30-10 pm at the Seniors' Centre onBrock St., Whitby. Auditions are held twice a year, the firsttwo Wednesdays after Labour Day, and after New Year'sDay.We are preparing for our 2008 Christmas concerts,entitled 'Simply Christmas' and featuring three songsarranged by members of the chorus. The concerts will beheld at St. Mark's United Church in Whitby on December12 and 13, 2008 at 8 pm. Make this a wonderful way tokick-start your holiday season. Also watch for our detailson our energetic 2009 Spring Shows held in early May.With each new season we strive for musical excellencewhile presenting audiences with a wide variety ofchallenging choral music. We "Sing for the Love of It". TheCounty Town Singers gratefully acknowledge the supportof the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of theMinistry of Citizenship and Recreation.www.countytownsingers.com905-668-5743CRYSTAL J DURNEYBased in Mount Hope, Ontario, David Hickey performs with14 to 20 quartz crystal singing bowls. Each produces apure note or tone, the purest there is. They are played incombination with 8 to 18 paiste planet gongs and chimes.Planet gongs are tuned to the natural harmonic seriesbased on the orbital properties of the earth, moon, sun andplanets. All of these gongs resonate in harmony with thecelestial bodies and communicate a distinct aspect of theMusic al the Spheres, which was first written about byPythagoras in the 6th century BCE. Each planet gongcontributes a vital pitch to the total harmonic resonance ofour solar system. Crystal Journey will be performing'Journey Through The Solar System" a concert tour thatwill take listeners on a musical and vibration journeythrough our solar system. The intent of the performance isto raise consciousness; create beautiful improvised,meditative and healing music; and allow listeners to hearthe voice of each planet. For more information and tourdates please check the website.David Hickeydavid@crystaljourney.cawww.crystaljourney.ca905-928-9706CZECH COMMUNITY CENTRE(NOCTURNES IN THE CITY)After seven years of successful seasons as Nocturnes atMasaryktown, this Czech community venture is movingdown town under the new name Nocturnes in the City. Theconcerts and lectures will take place, under differentmanagement, at St.Wenceslas Church at 496 GladstoneAvenue (near the Dufferin subway station).The trademark of these series is that we have beenpresenting only Czech and Slovak artists living in Canadaor elsewhere (including Czech Republic and Slovakia). Thelectures have speakers with connection to Czech and Slovakmusic. This year, in the eighth season we are presentingfour classical concerts: The famous Panocha string quartetfrom Prague, Zemlinsky quartet (second-prize winner ofBanff competition 2007), violinist Ivan Zenaty withpianist Katarina Zenata and Milan Brunner, flutist withpianist Marta Laurincova, two classical jazz concerts byGeorge Grosman and Drew Jurecka and two musicallectures (Smetana's Ma Vlast by conductor Kerry Strattonand Dvorak's Rusalka by Prof. lain Scott) will round upthe series. All concerts take place in acoustically superbSt.Wenceslas Church at 5 pm on Sunday except for theZemlinsky quartet which will take place on Thursday.www.nocturnesinthecity.com905-232-3092DACAPO CHAMBER CHOIRThis year the DaCapo Chamber Choir celebrates its I Othanniversary season. This 20-voice ensemble is dedicatedto exploring unaccompanied music, primarily of the 20thcentury and later, with an emphasis on Canadianrepertoire.The performance season consists of three annualconcerts in Kitchener-Waterloo: in the fall aroundRemembrance Day, in late winter, and in late spring.The 2008- 2009 season will centre around the fourelements: Earth (November 15, 2008), Water (March 7,2009), and Fire & Air (May 9, 2009). They will also beperforming at the Open Ears festival in Waterloo and willbe recording their second CD, tentatively entitledShadowLand.For more information about the choir, its current season,or to purchase tickets online, please visit the website.Leonard Enns, directorSara Martin, manager519-725-7549info@dacapochamberchoir.cawww.dacapochamberchoir.caDARBAZIFounded in I 995, Darbazi is a Toronto-based ensemblethat focuses exclusively on performing traditional musicfrom the Caucasus Georgia.With repertoire ranging from sacred chants to exuberantdrinking songs, Darbazi seeks to broaden the awarenessCathedral Church to East Yorkof Georgia's ancient and beautiful polyphonic heritage andits generous culture. Over the years, the choir-presentlymade up of three women and seven men, two of whom arefrom Georgia-has striven for a deeper understanding ofthis unique music. Through cultural exchanges and travel,the members have had a chance to work with legendaryGeorgian singers and to experience the depth of Georgianhospitality.Darbazi has performed in and around Ontario at BlueSkies Folk Festival, Toronto's Fete de la Musique and FirstNight events, Montreal's World Music Festival, Festival500 in St. John's, Newfoundland, and in New York City.Attending and singing at the Second and ThirdInternational Symposium on Georgian Polyphony in Tbilisiin October 2004 and 2006 were high points for Darbazi.Shalva Makharashvili, musical directorNick Moss Gillespie, contact647-897-6995njmoss@sympatico.cawww.darbazi.comEAST YORK CHOIRThe East York Choir, founded in I 984, is a mixed-voice,auditioned ensemble which performs an eclectic mix of choralworks, often in collaboration with other artists andensembles. Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana,Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's Gloria are among thelarger works the choir has performed with orchestra orinstrumental ensembles. Our season consists of twoconcerts, as well as performances at benefits andcommunity events. Our artistic director is Jenny Crober,and our accompanist is Elizabeth Acker.EYC guest artists have included the Latinband, Cassava; jazz bassist, Rob Clutton; percussionistsLarry Graves and Fule Badoe; storyteller and dancerAdwoa Badoe; the Talisker Players orchestra; as well assome of Canada's finest Celtic performers, includingLoretto Reid, Sharlene Wallace and Anne Lederman.On Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm, at EastminsterUnited Church, our "Winter's Night" concert will featuresaxophonist, Daniel Rubinoff. Our choir's 25th anniversaryWholoDoto MEMBER PROF1LES 2008-2009 85

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