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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008

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which welcomes special guest artists from our communityand beyond at our concerts.Upcoming concerts include "Sing and Rejoice!" onDecember 6, 2008, 7:30 pm and "Community Sing-a-longCarol Concert" on December 13, 2008, at 4:00 pm, withguest organist Andrei Streliaev. On February 28, 2009, at4:30 pm, "It's a Grand Night for Singing I" features specialguest Erika Peck from "We Will Rock You!" Then on May23, 2009, at 7:30 pm, DCC presents "A Choral Celebration:Celebrating 15 Years of Sangi"Sarah Morrison, music directorJanet Stachow, associate music directorEileen Keown, executive director905-337-7104www.oakvillechildrenschoir.orgOrr CENTRE Mum SALONFounded fourteen years ago, Off Centre Music Salon offers aholistic musical and aesthetic experience--0 chance to playand hear vocal, chamber and solo musical repertoire in anatmosphere evocative of a !9th-century European salon.The Perkis-Zarankin husband and wife teamcomplement each Salon with four-hand piano performances,and the erudite Stuart Hamilton-CBC quizmaster, founderof Opera in Concert-hosts all five of our intimate andspontaneous concerts.As always combining traditional repertoire with rarelyperformed musical, poetic, literary and visual masterpieces,Off Centre takes audiences on a "!4th Edition World Tour"beginning in our favourite city with our inaugural Toran toSalon (September 28, 2008), then off to Schubert's Vienna(November 23, 2008), Rossini's Paris with the rarelyperformed Petite Messe Solennelle Oanuary 25, 2009), aquick trip to Russia via Hungary for some musical goulash(March I, 2009) and finally, arriving in our most Romanticprogramme of the season with one foot in Spain and theother in Germany (May 3, 2009).All concerts take place on Sundays at 2 pm at GlennGould Studio. Subscriptions: 0 (adults); 0 (seniors/students).Inna Perkis, Boris Zarankin,founders and artistic directors416-466-1870; GGS Box Office: 416-205-5555tickets@ollcentremusic.comwww.ollcentremusic.comOPERA ATELIEROpera Atelier holds a unique place in the North Americantheatre community, producing opera, ballet and dramafrom the 17th and 18th centuries. These productions drawupon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, featuringsoloists of international acclaim, period ballet, originalinstruments, elaborate stage decor, exquisite costumes andan imaginative 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 2008-09 season includes Mozart's The Abductionfrom the Seraglio (November 8-November 15, 2008) andMonteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea (April 25-May 2,2009)Marshall Pynkoski, Jeannette Zingg, artisticdirectors416-703-3767www.operaatelier.comTickets: 416-872-5555www.ticketmaster.caOPERA BELCANTOBelcantol Beautiful Singing ... the essence of our choir! Ourpassion for opera, our love of music, our dedication toexcellence is what brings our members together!Since its inception in 2006, Opera Belcanto has broughtfavorite operatic arias and choruses to audiences814 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009throughout York and Simcoe Regions, as well as the GTA.Opera Belcanto is a mixed-voice choir of some 30 choirmembers and soloists of all ages. Under the direction ofDavid Varjabed we perform regularly throughout the year,presenting 3 to 4 concerts with orchestra or pianoaccompaniment.Our upcoming 2008-09 season opens with a concert inBeeton's Trinity United Church on Saturday October 4 7:30pm, and on November 15 at 7:30 pm at Epiphany of OurLord Church in Toronto (Scarborough).This season we are especially thrilled to present aproduction of La Traviata in 2009.We invite both soloists and choir members to auditionscurrently taking place September 15 to 28 by appointment.Opera Belcanto rehearses Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at ForestRun Public School in Vaughan (Dufferin/Rutherford area).David Varjabed, music directorTel: 905-417-2802OPERA BY REQUESTOpera by Request, created in March 2007, is one of themost prolific opera-producing organizations in Canadahaving developed no fewer than 10 distinct productions in18 months and with a minimum of five more scheduledprior to its second anniversaryAll productions are produced as a concert, or they aresemi-staged with piano accompaniment. No production is,in fact, conceived by the artistic director, WilliamShookhoff. The reason for OBR's success is in the fact thatall productions are initiated by the singers themselves andrepresent operas and roles that are considered essential,or at least desirable, to a singer's career. No one is paid toperform with DBR, instead the performers share in the boxoffice revenue. All performers have the opportunity togenerate a modest personal income, over and above thecosts of performing (coaching time, venue rental,promotional material). The high calibre of performancehas produced a large mailing list with ever-increasingaudiences. Negotiations are currently underway forproductions initiated outside the Greater Toronto Area.www.operabyrequest.caOPERA IN CONCERTOpera in Concert is a unique Canadian company dedicatedto Canadian artists and innovative programming. Defyingtraditional assumptions about operatic presentation, ourperformances rely only on the power and beauty of thehuman voice accompanied by orchestra or piano.Our 35th season begins with two Canadian premieres:Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux on October 4-5,featuring Lara Ciekiewicz, Justin Welsh and ColinAinsworth, with music director/pianist Alison d'Amato.La Vestale by Saverio Mercadante follows on November30, starring Frederique Vezina, Wendy Hatala Foley andPeter McGillivray, with music director/pianist RaisaNakhmanovich. DIC celebrates Haydn's 200thanniversary by presenting II Mondo Della Luna onFebruary I, starring Charlotte Corwin, Deanna Hendriks,Marcel van Neer and )on-Paul Decosse, with conductorKevin Mallon and Aradia Ensemble. Our season concludeswith the world premiere of Charles Wilson's Kamouraskaon March 28-29, featuring Miriam Khalil, JamesMcLennan and Alexander Dobson, with conductor AlexPauk and Esprit Orchestra. Concerts include DIC'srenowned chorus, with Robert Cooper conducting. Alsoreturning is OIC's pre-performance presentation TheBackgrounderwith host lain Scott. All performances are atthe St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.Guillermo Silva-Marin, general director416-922-2147guillermo@operainconcert.comwww.operainconcert.comOPERA YORKOur !2th season has more to offeras we become the residentprofessional opera company at the new Richmond HillCentre for the Arts. We offer two classic operas in lullproduction with the Opera York Chorus and Orchestra plusa Christmas Opera York Chorus concert. Artistic directorsGeoffrey Butler and Sabatino Vacca with stage directorMelissa Bencic create magnificent performances at thenew Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts and the MarkhamTheatre for the Performing Arts.November 6, 8 and November 14, 2008: Bizet's Carmenfeaturing Adriana Albu as Carmen; December 2008: anOpera Christmas with the Opera York Chorus; March 5, 7and 13, 2009: Puccini's Tosca featuring Mirela Tafaj asTosca.Opera York continues to provide affordable andaccessible operatic concerts for seniors and educationalprogramming through our Opera for Schools/l'opera pourles ecoles programs for students. The education programcontinues to include a curriculum based Teacher/StudentLearning Guide and a visit to the theatre for a live,interactive operatic concert.905-763-7853info@operayork.comwww.operayork.comORCHESTRA TORONTOOrchestra Toronto, one of Canada's premier communityvolunteer symphony orchestras, offers affordable familyentertainment, music education and a full repertoire in allits programs. Led by music director Errol Gay, the orchestrapresents a series of five Sunday afternoon concerts at theconveniently located and easily accessible Toronto Centrefor the Arts, Yonge Street north of Sheppard Avenue.The theme for this season, Celebrating Creative Lives,centres around one of the most critical elements of musictime.The program has been creatively presented withmusic by composers associated in some historical way withthe years 2008 or 2009. All five concerts feature familiarand less familiar works by well known and somewhat lesswell-known composers.Two of the programs are specially targeted at youngpeople with our Instrument Petting Zoo, Britten's YoungPerson's Guide to the Orchestra narrated by Erin Cooper­Gay (October 19, 2008) and Gary Corrin's How theOrchestra Grew (February 22/09).The final May concert features our artist-in-residence,Catherine Manoukian, playing Elgar's Violin Concerto.Ms. Manoukian will also give three free pre-concert talksin October, December and February.Judy Mann, executive director416-467-7142otoronto@on.aibn.comwww.orchestratoronto.caORCHESTRAS MISSISSAUGAOrchestras Mississauga invites its audience to a season ofsymphonic brilliance. All performances are Saturdayevenings in the acoustically state-of-the-art Hammerson Hallin Mississauga's Living Arts Centre.Orchestras Mississauga is the umbrella organization forthree orchestras: the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, alarge community orchestra of volunteer musicians led by acore of professional principal players; SinfoniaMississauga, a professional chamber orchestra; and theMississauga Philharmonic, a professional ensemblecurrently performing the Pops series.October 18: "Suite Fran~ais", Winona Zelenka, cello andAndrew Ager, organ; November 8: "We Remember";November 22: "Beethoven Tool"; December 20: "Ring YourBells: A Family Christmas Concert", Cricket Vocal ensemble;January 17: "Mark Dubois-The Music Within"; January31: "The Magic of the Flute", Leslie Alli; February 14: 'Tor

the Love of Music: A Valentine's Day Concert", AndrewBurashko, piano; March 7: "Illuminating Music"; March28: "You Saw Them First!", Laura Chambers, flute andStanislav Pronin, violin; April 18: "Symphony & Silents";May 9: "Tomorrow's Diva Today", with Mark Dubois.John Barnum, music director and conductorOffice: 905-615-4401, Box Office: 905-306-6000mail@mississaugasymphony.comwww.mississaugasymphony.com0RGANIX CONCERTSOrganixConcerts is an annual music festival presenting aseries of concerts and educational events throughout themonth of May. While individual concerts may featuretrumpet, strings, percussion or a choir, the common threadthat binds the festival together is always the number onefeature ... the pipe organ, "King of Instruments!" Theformat of Organix, particularly in the Wednesday series,gives the public an opportunity to hear intriguingprograms not normally available to Canadian audiences.Organix 09 (May 1-30) will open at Holy Trinity Churchwith an inaugural solo concert from Dame Gillian Weir onthe newly installed concert Casavant organ, formerly atDeer Park United Church. The remaining concerts andevents will include several weekend and weekday concertsand will continue from last year in presenting an historicorgan concert. The highly anticipated finale is always abig event not to be missed. Organix is a music festivalunlike any other.416-241-9785www.organixconcerts.caORIANA WoMEN 1 S CHOIRORIANA Women's Choir, one of the first and finest femalechoirs in Canada, was formed in 1972 and has earned muchrecognition. In 2008-09, the Choir will present threesubscription concerts in its Out of This World concert series,release its fifth commercial compact disc, Be Thou MyVision, and perform as guest artists in the Barrie ConcertSeries.ORIANA has been awarded Best Performance of aCanadian Work- Adult Choir Category- in a CBCnational choral competition. The Association of CanadianChoral Conductors named Rose Trilogy, a 30thanniversarycommission by Eleanor Daley, "2004 Outstanding ChoralWork", and a "2007-2008 Choral Event" was awarded forthe programme Children's Voices Toof. ORIANA alsoparticipated at Festival 500 Sharing the Voices in St. John's,NL in 2005.The choir has four commercial CDs-"When MusicSounds" (2000), "Child with the Starry Crayon" (2004),"Comfort and Joy" (2005), and "Cinnamon and Cedar"(2007)Its 37th season concerts: November 15, 2008 (Carols ofthe ContinenD, March 7, 2009 (Love Thy Neighbour), andMay 9, 2009 (Our Kingdom).Tammy Gunn, management office416-538-1650info@orianachoir.comwww.orianachoir.comORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTOFounded in 1964, this 60-voice SATB choir is now in its44th year of bringing line choral music and innovativeprogramming to Toronto audiences. Our aim is to 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 2008- 09 season- A Season of Pure Passionfeaturesthe Toronto premiere of The Houses Stand Not FarApart, which is the latest collaboration from rising Canadiancomposer/librettist team John Estacio and John Murrell;Sir David Willcocks guest conducting son Jonathan's LuxPerpetua; Gordon Pinsent narrating A Child's Christmasin Wales; British composer Ivan Moody's Passion andResurrection, and a final concert that will showcasefavourites selected by choir and audience members.The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings atYorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street.Rehearsals are open and we are always pleased to auditionnew singers.Through its Sidgwick Scholarship Programme, thechoir continues to provide opportunities for young aspiringprofessional singers to gain experience as soloists andsection leaders.Robert Cooper, artistic directorEdward Moroney, accompanistHelen Coxon, administrator416 530-4428orpheuschoir@sympatico.cawww.orpheuschoirtoronto.comOsHAWA DURHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRACurrently in its 52nd 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 2008- 09 subscription series features a stellararray of soloists including internationally acclaimedopera singers Hasmik Papian and Jose Luis Duval andGrammy nominee violinist Philippe Quint.Maestro Pa risotto will conduct major symphonic worksincluding Richard Strauss' Don Ouixote, Mahler's 4thSymphony, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Brahms' 3rdSymphony and a special evening dedicated to the 150thanniversary of Puccini.For more information on the concerts, dates, ticket salesand subscriptions, visit ODSO's website.Marco Parisotto, music directorMonica Anguiano, executive director905-579-671 lcontact@odso.cawww.odso.caPAX CHRISTI CHORALEPax Christi Chorale, Toronto's Mennonite Choir, was foundedin 1987, inspired by the success of an ad hoe choirassembledfor the Toronto celebrations of the 1986 Bicentennial ofMennonites in Canada.Under the direction of Stephanie Martin, since 1997,the 80 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 seasonin 2006.The concert season begins with Fanfare of CanadianHymns, with guest host Howard Dyck The choir will givetwo performances each of Haydn's Creation in Decemberand Bach's B minor Mass in April 2009. All concerts takeplace at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Auditions take placeannually.Laura Adlers, general managerla ura .ad lers@paxchristichorale.orgStuart Sladden, auditionss _ sladden@ hotmail.comwww. paxch ris tichora le.orgPENTHELIA SINGERSPenthelia Singers is a dynamic women's choir committedto excellence in performing a diverse, musicallysophisticatedrepertoire in several languages, spanningthe Renaissance to the 2lst century.Founded in 1997 the group is named Penthelia after theancient Egyptian priestess-musician. The PentheliaSingers' mission is to provide singers and audiencesopportunities for musical and personal growth throughconcerts, festivals and collaborations; to demonstrate thediversity of choral music; and to cross ethnic and culturalboundaries. The choir strives to stimulate and challengeboth itself and its audience and to promote contemporarychoral music by talented Canadian composers.Major concerts in 2008-2009 include: "LoveSong" at Rosedale Presbyterian Church (February 8,2009) and "Penthelia: Live at Lula" at Lula LoungeQ une 14, 2009).Penthelia Singers rehearse Wednesdays at 7:30 pmat Rosedale Presbyterian Church (129 Mt. PleasantRoad).Alice Malach, artistic director416-579-SING (7464)pentheliasingers@yahoo.cawww.penthelia.comPERIMETER INSTITUTEPerimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is a researchcentre of the highest international standing based inWaterloo, Ontario. Complementing its twin mandates ofresearch and educational outreach, Perimeter Institutepresents Event Horizons, an ambitious agenda of topquality musical and cultural events.Performances, talks and exhibitions capitalize on theintimacy of the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, theinnovative possibilities of the four-storey atrium, and thecasual atmosphere of the roof-top Black Hole Bistro.Past and upcoming guest artists include the KronosQuartet; pianist, Emanuel Ax; artist, Jim Dine;photographer, Edward Burtynsky; Bang on a Can All­Stars; violinist James Ehnes; musician, Brian Eno; theWholenote MEMBER PROf1LES 2008-2009 815

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