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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008

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classical pianist Gabriel Montero, jazz giant Charlie Haydnand his quartet, pianist Christopher O'Reilly, and MichaelKaeshammer. We are also beginning a new concert seriescalled Live at the Gould, featuring Apostle of Hustle withTagaq, and a few more surprises to be announced later. Besure to check our monthly listings and updates on ourwebsite, is also our new ticketing agent. Please contacttheir box-office for ticket information. (416) 872-4255 PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHGlenview's music program plays an important part ofworship every week. The adult choir features 30members, including four soloists. Accompanying themis Glenview's powerful pipe organ, built by CasavantFreres of Quebec. A children's choir gives youngermembers a chance to raise their voice in song.Glenview is also an increasingly popular venue formusical events. The music program also features a SundayEvening concert series this year. It kicks off with aperformance by I Tromboni, October 26, 2008, andcontinues with a Celtic-style Advent/Christmas concert,December 7, 2008; a showcase of Glenview's talentedmusicians, February 15 2009; an expanded choral concert,March 15, 2009; and a Hymn sing Concert, April 26, 2009.Michael Capon, organist/director of music416-488-1156organist@glenviewchurch.cawww.glenviewchurch.caGLIONNA MANSELL CORPORATIONGlionna Mansell Corporation is a music marketing agency,concert producer and an exclusive Ontario dealer of Allendigital organs. With over 80,000 installations worldwide,Allen organs have become the most respected andrecognized brand in the organ building industry. Whetherin a concert hall, school or a church, there is only oneinstrument equal to producing a sound as elemental,eternal, and exuberant as that which it celebrates and thatis the magnificent organ ... the "King of Instruments."The majestic sound of organ music will always be the soundof devotion. It is a sound that sweeps through the audienceor congregation in a wave of symphonic power. It is asound that you feel right down through the soles of yourfeetand into the depths of your heart. It is a sound that equalsthe spirit of your worship, the excitement of the celebrationand the intensity of the emotion. It is the sound of an AllenOrgan. Available from Gordon Mansell, president andartistic director.416-769-5224, l-877-769-5224www.glionnamansell.comGRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIRThe old and new stand side by side in the 87 th season of theGrand Philharmonic Choir. Performing in Kitchener'sacoustically superb Centre in the Square, the GPC has takenits place as one of this country's leading choral institutions.In 2008-09, our family of choirs presents another excitingand varied season.The children's and youth choirs continue their wellestablishedprogrammes of performance and musiceducation. The Chamber Singers present the well-lovedHandel's Messiah, choral works from the Romantic periodand a tour of the circumpolar region with works fromEngland, Scandinavia and Canada in Love in a NorthernLand.The Grand series, featuring the 120-voice PhilharmonicChoir, opens its season with the Ontario premiere ofCanada's leading composer, John Estacio: The Houses StandNot Far Apart paired with Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2 Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise).The season continues with a veritable banquet of worksby R. Murray Schafer, Karl Jenkins and Bach. We conclude88 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009our choral feast with the most popular operetta of alltime- Lehar's The Merry Widow.Howard Dyck, artistic directorRobin Vaillancourt, general managermanager@grandphilchoir.com519-578-6885GRAND RIVER CHORUSOn April 5, 2009, the Grand River Chorus will celebrate its1 Oth anniversary with the performance of Handel's greatoratorio, Saul. "With our choir performing in top form, anda talented array of wonderful soloists from across Canada,this powerful work will hold you spellbound," says artisticdirector, Richard Cunningham. "It is certainly a fittinghighlight for our tenth season."Our season of celebration opens on November 2 with aconcert featuring requiems by Faure and Durufle. OnDecember 7 we will perform at WLU as guests of theKitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. One week later,our second concert of the season features Handel's Messiahin Brantford. In June 2009, our season concludes on a lighternote with We Sail the Ocean Blue.Our seventy voice chorus is now widely recognized as aleading artistic force in our community. The Grand RiverChorus seeks every opportunity to raise the profile of choralmusic and often partners in performance with other artsorganizations. We rehearse Monday evenings and welcomenew singers.Richard Cunningham, artistic directorDavid Neumann, president5 l 9-841-9708grandriverchorus@rogers.comctenor@rogers.comhttp:/ /www.grandriverchorus.comTHE GRYPHON TRIOThe Gryphon Trio has been delighting audiences aroundthe globe for over 15 years. Their celebrated recordingsinclude works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn,Dvorak, Lalo, Shostakovich and Schubert. With a strongcommitment to expanding the piano trio repertoire, theTrio has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Their2004 recording, Canadian Premieres, features the work ofleading Canadian composers and was awarded aJuno.As Canada's pre-eminent ensemble, the Trio continuesto be actively involved in teaching and nurturing futuregenerations of both classical musicians and audiences. Allthree members of the ensemble teach at the University ofToronto's Faculty of Music. Strongly dedicated to pushingthe boundaries of chamber music, their most ambitiousundertaking has been the groundbreaking multimediaproduction of Christos Hatzis' Constantinople which waspresented by the Royal Opera House in their Linbury Studioin March 2007. In 2008, the Gryphon Trio served theirfirst term as artistic programming directors of the OttawaInternational Chamber Music Festival.Sophie Vayro, administrative coordinator416-532-5762svayro@gryphontrio.comwww.gryphon trio.cornHAMILTON CHILDREN'S CHOIRFor over 30 years, the Hamilton Children's Choir, winnersof the 2008 CBC Radio Choral Competition-Children'scategory & the Cantabile Award, has gathered childrenand youth together in song, enriching their lives and thelives of those touched by their magnificent music.Under world-renowned Zimfira Poloz's direction anda gifted artistic team, the HCC offers a variety of choralprograms to more than 150 young people ages 5- 24 yearsthat provides the unique opportunity to learn and growthrough the study of choral music.Vocal skills and abilities are developed through the useof choir camp/retreats, rehearsals (in Hamilton),workshops, performances, and tours (local, national andinternational). By participating in these activities,choristers are able to experience the joys of singing,teamwork, musical understanding and artistic expression.Tricia Le Clair, Choir Adm in905-527-16!8www.hamiltonchildrenschoir.comHANNAFORD STREET SILVER BANDThe Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada's awardwinningprofessional brass band and resident companyof Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The Band'smission is to honour the traditions of this art form, and atthe same time place it in a contemporary context with aunique Canadian point of view. The HSSB has redefinedwhat a brass band is capable of doing by facilitatinginnovative creative projects and collaborating with the verybest of Canada's and the world's diverse cultures andoutstanding artists. The HSSB's 2008-2009 exciting seasonopens on October 19, proudly marking its 25th SilverAnniversary with a concert entitled "Made in Canada: a25th Anniversary Celebration" conducted by CurtisMetcalf and featuring the world premiere of Suite for Bandby 17-year-old Canadian composer Marcus Venables.Special guest autorickshaw will fuse with the HSSB inunique performances of world music sounds.Curtis Metcalf, artistic directorRaymond Tizzard, executive directorDavid Archer, company managerAnita McAlister, Hannaford YouthEducation program directorAnne Kear, public relations4 l 6-425-2874. Fax: 4 l 6-425-8536hssb@interlog.comwww.hssb.caBox Office: 416-366-7723 or l-800-708-6754www.stlc.comHARBOUR.FRONT CENTREFor more than 30 years, Harbourfront Centre has been onthe cutting edge of all that's current and creative. Wecontinue to bring together the best in both Canadian cultureand the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world. Anon-profit charitable organization, we attract more than12 million visits annually to our ten acres of revitalizedwaterfront land in the heart of Toronto.Harbourfront Centre presents over 4,000 events eachyear and works with more than 450 community groups. Aleader in world music presentation, Harbourfront Centrehas offered audiences their first taste of various kinds ofmusic. Our summerfestival season, in particular, featuresmusic from different cultures within weekend festivals.We also programme the City of Toronto's nearby TorontoMusic Garden with classical music concerts outdoors allsummer long, in a setting inspired by Bach. HarbourfrontCentre's exciting dance series NextSteps celebrates its thirdyear with an incredible range of home-grownchoreography that brings together an astonishing breadthof dance corn ponies in Toronto. Our many venues are alsopopular rental facilities for musical acts.4 l 6-973-4000info@harbourfrontcentre.comwww.harbourfrontcentre.comHIGH p ARK CHOIRSUnder artistic director Zimfira Poloz, the children of theHigh Park Choirs learn to work together to create abeautiful, shimmering sound. We offer four divisions:Early Bird Choir (ages 5-7), Training Choir (ages 7-10),Children's Choir (ages 9-16), Senior Choir (ages 12-19),and a Senior Chamber Choir which is selected from theSenior Choir.

Weekly rehearsals, held in Bloor West Village, includemusic theory and ear training; the choirs perform twoannual concerts as well as numerous communityengagements and participate in workshops, retreats andtours. The High Park Choirs are the Children's Choir inResidence for the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.We celebrate our 22nd season with annual concerts onDecember 7 and May 24, a concert at Roy Thomson Hallon April 30, collaborations with the University of Toronto'sFaculty of Music and a tour to Germany in July, 2009.Auditions are held in June, September and January;new members are always welcome. For more informationplease visit our website.Zimfira Poloz, artistic director/conductorJosh Grossman, choir manager416-762-0657info@highparkchoirs.orgwww.highparkchoirs.orgHUMBERCREST UNITED CHURCHHumbercrest United Church on Baby Point Road in westToronto has a long tradition of a rich liturgy and fine choralmusic. The superb acoustics in the sanctuary attract manyartists. The church has just finished a major restoration ofthe mechanical/electrical aspects of the 1952 three-manualCasavant organ.Last season the choir presented Franz Schubert's Massin G with strings and harpsichord on Palm Sunday, andMalcolm Archer's Requiem on Good Friday. This comingseason, in addition to the eclectic repertoire of the weeklyliturgy, the choir will present Vaughan Williams' Fantasiaon Christmas Carols with strings on Advent IV, along withMorton Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium. During thelenten and Easter seasons, the choir will perform majorchoral compositions.This fall season includes a major Hymn Festival onSunday afternoon, October 26 at 3:00pm in collaborationwith the Hymn Society, celebrating their tenthanniversary.Melvin James Hurst, director of music416-767-6122www.humbercrestunitedchurch.comI FURIOSI BAROQUE ENSEMBLEI FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble is one of the world's mostinnovative Baroque ensembles, comprised of four ofCanada's leading early music specialists: sopranoGabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky and JuliaWedman, and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. These four daringmusicians bring their skill and expertise to this edgy newvoice in the early music world.I FURIOSI's Toronto concert series has beenrevitalizing the face of early music in Canada, inspiredby the practice of the Baroque era while invoking the"bizarre and unnatural" aesthetic both cherished anddespised in its time. Intelligent and inspired programmingin addition to a captivating performance style hasgarnered this group a reputation as a revolutionary forcein the Canadian and international early music scene.In addition to their Toronto concert series, this TENTHANNIVERSARY SEASON of 2008-2009 will see IFURIOSI engaged at prestigious festivals in the US andabroad, as well as welcome world class soloists asguests. This year also sees the release of I FURIOSI'ssophomore album, on the Dorian SonoLuminus label,entitled CRAZY.416-536-2943; RESOURCE CENTREFOR PERFORMING ARTISTSA charitable organization incorporated in 1985, the !RCPAhas a twofold mandate.Bridging the Gap: The IRCPA provides mentoring toemerging artists in auditioning, wardrobe and business,and other appropriate guidance for artists to focus andfulfil! their career goals in their early years. Its EncountersWith Employers program offers qualified assessment anddirection. Its business-oriented Career Moves workshopsaddress challenges identified by the performers, managers,producers and presenters, publicists and arts executiveson the Board.Creating public awareness of Canada's past and presenticons and discovering the unique needs of our performingartists, the IRCPA is seeking to establish a CareerDevelopment Centre. It will include a gi!Vsouvenir shop tosustain the Centre. The memorabilia sold to fans andtourists of Canada's greatest singers, instrumentalists,conductors, and composers will remind us of the greatcontributions Canadians have made and are making oninternational stages.Ann Summers Dossena, founder/directorJell M uzzerall, IR1sH CHORAL SocIETY OF CANADA(ICSOC)The ICSOC is a community SATE choir performing sacred,secular and folk works centred around Irish and otherCeltic themes. Music from other genres and periods is alsoperformed, including, Baroque, Classical and 20thCentury.We perform three times a year, often with special guestartists including some of Ontario's finest Irish traditionalinstrumentalists. Since inception we have enjoyed an everincreasing audience; our seventh season commencesSeptember 2008.We are seeking experienced singers to join us duringthis time of growth. All voices are welcome.Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:30pm in central downtown Toronto.Karen D' Aoust416-653- 9 !}EUNESSES MUSICALES ONTARIOJeunesses Musicales Ontario OMO) is part of the JMC familyand has been bringing quality Classical music to regionalpresenters, and lo the schools since 1979. In Toronto, JMO'spresence has been defined by the Cushion Concert seriesformerly al Roy Thomson Hall, and most recently Musicwith Bite atHarbourfrontCenlre. NextseasonJMO presentsfamily concerts with Harbourfronl Centre in both Englishand French for the first time. Concerts begin at I pm andare free, October 12, December 7, February 15 and May17. JMO is focusing on awareness-raising in Toronto inthe 2008-2009 season. The upcoming season also marksthe beginning of a new Sunday matinee chamber musicseries al the Gladstone Hotel. Concert dates are October 12,November 9 and February 15. All concerts begin al 3 pmand tickets are /. JMO also begins its partnershipwith CDC Richard Bradshaw Am pi theatre, with free noonhourconcerts November 5 and May 12. For programdetails visit the website.Heidi McKenzie, director416-538-3333hmckenzie@jeunessesmusicales.cawww.jmontario.caTHE JOHN LAING SINGERSThe John Laing Singers, a Hamilton-based chamber choirrenowned for tonal beauty and interpretative excellence,perform throughout Ontario and Quebec and haverepresented Canada at international choral festivals inFrance and Switzerland. They have also presented concertsin sister-city Sarasota, Florida on Hamilton Day 1997 and2006. Their first CD, My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land,was produced in October 1998. In 2007, their 25thanniversary season, they released Merrily Sing Wei,celebrating the beauty of Christmas and the gift of music.See the website for the 2008-2009 concert series.Jennifer Wray, contact person905-689-7006jennwray@cogeco.ca905-628-52381-877-628-5238info@johnlaingsingers.comwww.johnlaingsingers.comJSL MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS" ... Bringing performers and performance opportunitiestogether!" Devoted lo the promotion, support anddevelopment of excellent community and professionalmusical and artistic talent, JSL Musical Productionsconnects talented artists with local, regional and nationaltalent and entertainment seekers. In addition, JSL MusicalProductions* creates performance opportunities for artiststo showcase their talents, develop networking opportunitiesand enhance their careers.Events and venues are as varied as the artists. Fromworld class music halls to acoustically superior churchsanctuaries; vintage jazz clubs lo elegant white linen diningexperiences; concerts-in-the-park lo 'jammin' street parties,Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009 89

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