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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008

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spring concert will feature Loretto Reid, as well as severalother renowned Celtic musicians.We rehearse on Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm atEastminster United Church (Chester subway).Jenny Crober, artistic director/ Sr. GEORGE's UNITED CHURCHThe choir of Eglinton St. George's United Church is a mixedvoiceensemble of 50 members, with 8 professional singers.It anchors a music program of high quality and exuberanteclecticism.Highlights of the current season include: a Latin­American World Communion service, October 5; a NewOrleans Jazz service for All Saints/All Souls, November 2;a Gospel anniversary celebration, November 23; Bach'sChristmas Oratorio with the Bach Consort under Jean­Marie Zeitouni, December 5; Sing-Along Messiah,December 14; A Winter Solstice celebration, December 21;Christmas Eve candlelig hi choral services; JazzEpiphanies, Sundays February I to 22; Bach's St. JohnPassion, with the Bach Consort under Yannick Nezet­Seguin, March 29; Palm Sunday with dancers from the PiaBouman School to music by Durufle, April 5; Easter morningwith the Trillium Brass, April 12; Concert, For Peace andRemembrance, music of Durufle and Karl Jenkins, May 8.Eglinton St. George's choir is a hard-working, spiritedgroup, always delighted to welcome new members.Peter Merrick, director of music416-481-1141, ext. 340merrickmitchell@rogers.comwww.esgunited.orgELMER ISELER SINGERSThe illustrious 20-voice Elmer Iseler Singers founded bythe late Elmer Iseler, is celebrating its 30th Anniversaryand the IOth anniversary of Lydia Adams as artisticdirector and conductor.The fully-professional choral ensemble has built anenviable reputation through concerts, broadcasts andrecordings throughout Canada, the United States andinternationally, performing repertoire that spans 500years with a special focus on Canadian composers.Touring is a major component of the Elmer IselerSingers' activities. They were recently featured at theAmerican Choral Directors Association National Conventionin Miami, Florida.Annual auditions are held each April/May.Our innovative GET MUSIC! outreach initiative forsecondary school students, community choirs andconductors provides workshops and audio/video recordingmentorship culminating in shared performances betweenprofessional artists and all participants.The biography, ELMER ISELER: Choral Visionary byWalter Pitman O.C., O.On. (Dundurn Press), was releasedon September 6, 2008. This biography about the mostdecorated musician in Canada is a story that belongs tothe thousands of singers and hundreds of conductors thathave ever sung and worked with Elmer Iseler.Lydia Adams, conductor/artistic directorJessie Iseler, general managerJanet Johnson, administration manager416-217-0537inlo@elmeriselersingers.comwww.elmeriselersingers.comELORA FESTIVAL & SINGERSNestled on the banks of the Grand River lies the beautifulvillage of Elora. One of the gems of this community is theElora Festival. From July 10 to August 2, 2009, the festivalwill celebrate 30 years of offering concertgoers four weeksof beautiful music. Concerts have ranged from jazz to86 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009choral, from popular to chamber, and guest artists haveincluded performers such as Kiri Te Kanawa. Theensemble-in-residence is the Elora Festival Singers.Founded by artistic director Noel Edison in 1980, thesingers have established a reputation as one of the finestchamber choirs in Canada, contributing to the musicallife not only of the community, but also on an internationalstage. With twelve releases on the NAXOS label, the EloraFestival Singers is known for its rich, warm sound andclarity of texture, its diverse styles, from early music tospirituals to contemporary, for its commitment to Canadianrepertoire, and for its collaborations with other Canadianartists. Since 1997, the choir has been the professionalcore of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Auditions are heldeach January.519-846-0331 or l-888-747-7550www.elorafestival.cominfo@elorafestival.comENSEMBLE TRYPTYCH CHAMBER CHOIRTrypTych, Canada's Passionate Advocate of the Vocal Arts,was formed in 1999. Entering its IOth anniversaryseason, TrypTych' s mission is to present concerts, festivals,music theatre and opera featuring the best of Canadianvocal talent and to provide educational and developmentalopportunities for young and upcoming singers.Ensemble TrypTych Chamber Choir (ETCC), under thedirection of Lenard Whiling, oilers challenges andopportunities for all voices and introduces repertoireranging from early music to the new music of the 2lstcentury, traditional to pops, avant-garde to Canadianpremieres. Last season featured Gerald Finzi's Intimationsof Immortality, a challenging and beautiful piece of music.This was followed by the season closing concert, LoungeLizard's Laudations, where the individual talents of someof our choristers were showcased.This season we present three concerts featuringHaydn's St Cecilia Mass with Handel's Messiah part lat Christmas (with orchestra), Puccini's Messa diGloria with Stanford's Stabat Mater in April, and then acomplete change of pace with "An Ol'Time Radio Hour" inMay.Lenard Whiting, artistic director416 762 6077etcc@tryptych.orgESPRIT ORCHESTRAThe Esprit Orchestra is Canada's only lull-sized orchestradevoted exclusively to performing, promoting andcommissioning contemporary classical music. Founded bymusic director and celebrated conductor Alex Pauk, Espritis now in its 26th season. With innovative programming,Esprit aims to stimulate, enlighten and engage musiclovers of all ages. Esprit also gives audience members arare opportunity to explore the best contemporaryorchestral music and the newest Canadian talent.Among Esprit's activities are the Creative Sparksoutreach project, Toward a Living Art EducationProgramme, and national and international touring.Esprit has been the recipient of three Lieutenant Governor'sArts Awards, the Jean A. Chalmers National Music Award,the Vida Peene Award and the SOCAN Award forImaginative Orchestral Programming.Esprit's 2009 New Wave Composers Festival takes placeMay 1-3 primarily featuring concerts with works ofyoung composers.Alex Pauk, music director/conductorElena Koneva, operations manager416-815-7887inlo@espritorchestra.comwww.espritorchestra.comETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIRThe Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) is a mixed-voicecommunity choir founded in 1967 to celebrate Canada'scentennial year. As we enter our 42nd season, we celebratenew beginnings with our new music director, HenryRenglich. The ECC performs a three concert season, as wellas participating in community and charitable events.Our 2008-2009 concert season begins on December 12and 13 with "A Canadian Christmas", featuringcontemporary and classic Christmas music by Canada'sbest loved composers and arrangers. "Requiem" (SacredMasterworks) on March 21, 2009 will feature the etherealRequiem by Gabriel Faure, Leonard Bernstein's energeticChichester Psalms, Gustav Holst's magnificent Hymns fromthe Rig Veda and Mozart's passionate Vesperae Solennesde Confessore. Our final concert on May 30, 2009, "LoveSongs for Springtime" (Brahms to Broadway), will explorethe many facets of love.Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:15-9:45 pm atIslington United Church in Etobicoke. New members arealways welcome. Interested singers are invited to attend arehearsal. Membership is by audition.Henry Renglich, music directorLiz Fisher, president416-253-0214patrick stamper@rogers.comwww.etobicokecentennialchoir.caETOBICOKE COMMUNITY CONCERT BANDSpirited performances and thrilling sound characterizethe Etobicoke Community Concert Band, now into its seconddecade of music-making. An annual lour-part subscriptionseries showcases a fantastic range of musical genres,innovative program themes and outstanding Canadianguest artists. Highlights of the coming season include a"Radio Days" production capturing the charm andexcitement of classic radio, some seasonal sizzle and bigbrass for a lively "Christmas Pops" program, then muchpomp, circumstance and frenzied British flag waving at"Last Night of the Proms", and swinging jazz vocalistHeather Bambrick on deck for a sensational "Swing intoSpring".The Etobicoke Community Concert Band produces acrowd-pleasing series of informal open-air concerts everysummer. We also lend great music to charitable events andcommunity causes, and provide numerous intimateperformances through smaller ensembles such as the jazzcombo, brass quintet, flute choir and acclaimed EtobicokeSwing Orchestra.Dennis Locke, presidentJohn Edward Liddle, music; www.eccb.caETOBICOKE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA/ETOBICOKE YOUTH STRINGSUnder the dynamic leadership of music director RobertoDe Clara, the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra willpresent an exhilarating season of concerts crafted toentertain, inform and inspire. The 2008-09 subscriptionseries, "Those Great Romantics", opens with HighDrama-music emotionally charged and theatricallyinspired including Rimsky-Korsakov' s Scheherezade andoperatic show-stoppers. Then be swept away by rivetingrhythms and enchanting melodies in "A Symphony ofDance" with David's Concertina No.4 for trombone &orchestra and Beethoven's Symphony No.7. Dvorak's divineCello Concerto forms the centerpiece of "Passionate S !rings",a program of nostalgic, romantic and universally exaltedworks. Rounding out this romantic season, Mozart'sbeloved Clarinet Concerto meets Tchaikovsky'scaptivating Symphony No.4 in a masterworks program,"from Russia with Love". New this year, 'Jubilant

Overtures" promises just-for-Christmas repertoire forfamilies to celebrate the festive season.Keeping the "young at art", the EPO promotes the greatwork of the Etobicoke Youth Strings-a uniqueopportunity for string players aged 10-18 to perform asan ensemble and to shine individually through solo work,conducting and composing.EPO: Carolyn McGee, Pat Butler, co-presidentsRoberto De Clara, music director, 416-239-5665info@eporchestra.cawww.eporchestra.caEYS: Shari Lundy, music director, 416-239-0523the.lundys@sympatico.caTHE EroBICOKE SuzuKI ScHooL OF MusicThe Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music, founded in 1982, isa co-operative of teachers with music degrees andspecialized Suzuki method training obtained in NorthAmerica, Europe and Japan. Our program includes privatelessons and group classes for violin and cello, music andmovement, rhythmic reading, orchestra and a daylongworkshop with guest teachers and a variety of activities.We also offer a Heads tart class for toddlers. Private lessonsare held throughout Etobicoke, Brampton and West Toronto.Group classes are Wednesday evenings in Etobicoke. ESSMholds school-wide group concerts in the fall and springand solo recitals in June, with many other performingopportunities throughout the year. ESSM believes everychild can learn and enhance their quality of life throughthe study of music. Parentalinvolvement is key to the Suzukiapproach. The parent attends lessons with the child andacts as "home teacher" in practice sessions. Thus a strongco-operative relationship between teacher, parent and childis established, and they can grow together through themutual experience of learning to play an instrument.Ann Balmer, YOUTH STRINGSThe Etobicoke Youth Strings mission is to develop atraining orchestra for young musicians in the community,inspire musical creativity for dedicated young stringplayers, and encourage students to enjoy performance in aconcert setting.We aim to keep the young at art! The Etobicoke Youthfocuses on learning in a caring and sensitive atmosphereto foster young talent and to develop the musicians to theirfullest potential. Students practice weekly in a stringensemble with other highly motivated players and performin two concerts yearly to showcase their talents. Privatelessons are recommended to optimize this experience.Approximate age of the performers is 10-18.The Etobicoke Youth Strings invites new members toattend any Monday rehearsal in October to discover a newand exciting musical experience. Potential guestmusicians should contact Shari Lundy to confirm theirattendance. Rehearsals are held at Islington UnitedChurch, 25 Burnamthorpe Road from 7:30- 9:30 pm.Shari Lundy, artistic director416-239-0523the.lundys@sympatico.cawww.eporchestra.caExuLTATE CHAMBER SINGERSOvera 28-year history, the Exultate Chamber Singers havegarnered praise from all quarters for sensitive, preciseand seamless performances. The choir was established in1981 by conductor John Tuttle, and is enriched not only bythe excellent musicianship of its members but also by theirvaried academic and professional backgrounds. Together,they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a widerangingrepertoire, which was awarded the Healey WillanGrand Prize, for a third time at the 2004 CBC Competitionfor Amateur Choirs.Exultate's fourth CD, All Around the Circle, features folksongs from across Canada and was launched at the firstperformance of Exultate's 25th anniversary season inOctober 2005.Exultate presents a four-concert subscription series inToronto and makes guest appearances in various Ontariocommunities. Auditions are held as required to fillvacancies in the fixed-membership group. For concertinformation please call or visit the website.John Tuttle, conductorElana Harte, operations manager416-971-9229exultate@exultate.netwww.exultate.netFESTIVAL WIND ORCHESTRAFounded in 1996, the Festival Wind Orchestra rehearsesweekly and performs concerts to further its musicianshipand educate the public. Its 12th season includes classicaland contemporary selections of varying difficulty, tochallenge and inspire musicians from intermediate toadvanced levels including Hounds of Spring, Lara's Va/se(from Dr. Zhivago), Latin Celebration, Russian ChristmasMusic, White Christmas, Salute to American Jazz, andSymphonic Gershwin.The ensemble seeks to maintain its high-qualityperformance level and help musicians hone their skills.This year the ensemble will expand their concert serieswithin local retirement homes and perform public concertsin December 2008 and Spring of 2009.Musical director Gennady Geller is an accomplishedflautist and conductor currently teaching music at EcrrlHaig Secondary School and leads the adult flute choir,Flautandia. His talent and dedication have created thishigh-calibre community wind orchestra. There's a feelingof family in this ensemble, including a great social network.New members are always welcome!Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:30- 9:30 pm at Earl HaigSecondary School (Yonge and Sheppard area).Heather WrightGennady Geller, musical director416-809-4263www.festivalwindorchestra.comFORTE - THE ToRONT0 1 S MEN 1 S CHORUSForte - The Toronto Men's Chorus, a semi-finalist in Choral2008,the CBC National Radio-Canada Competition forAmateur Choirs, is a 24-voice men's chamber choir underEdward Connell, one of Canada's finest choral directors.The choir is now in its l 2th season.This holiday season, Forte presents "Midnight Clear"at Metropolitan United Church, commemorating WorldAIDS Day, performing traditional and contemporaryholiday music, songs of HIV/AIDS, spirituals and aselection of African music. In the spring of 2009, Fortepresents two original one-act musical productions writtenand produced by the chorus.Forte's membership is drawn from Toronto's talented anddiverse gay community, performing a broad spectrum ofrepertoire, from Renaissance motets to Mo town, from Bachto Broadway. This TTBB chorus mounts two productionsannually as well as performing at many community eventsacross Ontario. The season runs from the first week ofSeptember until late June.Auditions are held in Septemberand January. Rehearsalsare held every Monday from 6:30-9:30pm at St. Andrew'sUnited Church, 117 Bloor Street East.Vince J. Ciarlo, president416- 763-3783forte-chorus@ rogers.comwww.forte-chorus.comTHE GEORGETOWN BACH CHORALEThe Georgetown Bach Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of20 choristers and celebrates a decade of music-making.The chorale was formed by a group of local singers wishingto perform challenging choral music, beginning with Bach'sSt. Matthew Passion. This year the chorale will come fullcircle, offering a Good Friday performance of that samepiece.Under the direction of Ron Greidanus, who often conductsfrom the harpsichord, the chorale offers a uniquecombination of choral, orchestral and solo works in a varietyof settings. The group specializes in Baroque repertoireand is often accompanied by period instruments.Churches and galleries are the standard performingvenues but the chorale also offers several more intimateconcerts throughout the year in a private home.The chorale will present six concerts for this, its !OthAnniversary season. Highlights include Handel's Messiahand an Evening of Early Music with selections by Byrd,Allegri and Pergoles i. The season finale performance willbe the St. Matthew Passion. Guest artists featured inchamber concerts this year are Conrad Chow, violin; PheobeTsang, violin; and Mary-Katherine Finch, cello.Tickets: down town Georgetown Foodstuffs 905-877-6569The Freckled Lion 905-873-1213 or 905-877-8657www.georgetownbachchorale.comGLENN GOULD STUDIOWith its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics, GlennGould Studio is home to many of Toronto's favourite concertseries and performance groups, including Amici, TheLatvian Concert Association, Off Centre Music, and ViaSalzburg. As well, many more jazz, world music, pop andclassical concerts make up our concert season .This year we are pleased to announce our partnershipwith Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. RTH-MH willbe presenting a variety of concerts in GGS, including theconcert season for the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, virtuosicWholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009 87

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