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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008

Juilliard String

Juilliard String Quartet; Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards; BeauxArts Trio; violinist, Gidon Kremer; the Emerson StringQuartet; violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; baritone, SirThomas Allen; Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsChamber Ensemble; pianist, Richard Goode; cellist, Yo-YoMa; the Brentano String Quartet; violinist, Gil Shaham;cellist, Lynn Harrel; pianist, Jon Kimura Parker; flautist,James Galway; and pianist, Vladimir Feltsman.Audience members are invited to fully engage in theexperience by mingling with the artists and others at postperformanceevents. Visit our website for complete EventHorizons listings.Sunny Tsang, marketing and special projects manager519-569-7600, ext 5040www.perimeterinstitute.caPIANO PLUSPiano Plus brings Canada's finest classical musicians tocommunities throughout the country. The opportunityto experience the magic of live performances at anaffordable cost are limited or simply non-existent. Wefocus on bringing performing arts organizations tolocations which are not on the regular touring circuits ofmost groups."Connecting people with great music is what we're allabout," says artistic director Angela Cheng. "The artistsare role models, showing the children possibilities for theirown lives that they may not have known existed. Adultswho hear classical music for the first time in smallcommunities are open to experiencing it, and those adultswho already love classical music are excited to have aninternational artist come to town!"Founded as Piano Six in 1993 by Montreal-born concertpianist Janina Fialkowska, the Piano Plus touring programwas launched in Toronto in September 2004, and is therevitalized successor to Piano Six.In its fifteen highly successful seasons, the foundationhas sent 28 pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists to over164 Canadian communities.Debra Chandler, national director416-766-2229www.pianoplus.cainfo@pianoplus.caPLATINUM CONCERTS INTERNATIONAL INC.PC! was incorporated in 2004 by Andrew Witer and ErnieMcCullough to plan, promote and produce North Americanconcerts that will showcase great choral music, choirs andconductors from around the world.PC! will present the world-renowned Kyiv ChamberChoir in 11 concerts across Canada and in 4 concerts inthe USA, in the spring of 2009--presenting the 'hiddentreasure' of 1,000 years of Ukrainian choral music formainstream arts and music audiences.One tour highlight will be the choir's Toronto concert atRoy Thomson Hall, on April 24, 2009, where they will bejoined by Canada's Elmer Iseler Singers, Vesnivka Choirand St. Michael's Choir School for a rare antiphonalperformance of sacred music.At every concert, the award-winning Kyiv ChamberChoir will also present their unique and compellinginterpretation of folk songs, arranged by Ukrainianclassical composers, with choreography andinstrumentation that never fails to bring the audience toits feet.The success of this much-anticipated concert tour willallow PC! to develop other future choral musicpresentations. Concert information and tickets availableon November I, 2008.416-292-3407mccull@allstream.netwww.platinumconcerts.com816 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009QUEEN OF PUDDINGS MUSIC THEATREToronto's Queen of Puddings Music Theatre burst onto thearts scene in 1995 with its forward-thinking, absorbing,fantastical approach to classical opera. Created by John Hessand Dairine Ni Mheadhra, it was born of their desire toblend their extensive creative knowledge and vision with aperformer-based physical singing theatre aesthetic toproduce original Canadian chamber opera.From its auspicious beginning, Queen of Puddings hasproduced provocative, dramatic presentations of the highestquality that have moved audiences beyond theirexpectations and challenged the parameters of opera.Spectacular company successes include Beatrice Chancy,the opera that launched the career of Canadian sopranoMeasha Briiggergosman and The Midnight Court thatpremiered at Harbourfront Centre Theatre and went on tourto the prestigious Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House,Covent Garden, London.Our most recent production is Love Songs, a spectaculartour-de-force for solo female singer by composer AnaSokolovic, which tours Montreal and Europe in Spring 2009.Our next opera is Ines /A chamber opera inspired hyPortuguese Fado, music by James Rolfe and libretto by PaulBentley (world premiere February 2009).Nathalie Bonjour, artistic producer416-203-4149queenofpuddings2@bellnet.caRENAISSANCE SINGERSThe Renaissance Singers were founded in 1972. Thechoir's early reputation was based on its polishedperformances of Renaissance a cappella literature. Today,the choir sings music from the masters of all centuries. TheRenaissance Singers have also commissioned andpremiered the works of leading Canadian composers. Everyyear, the singers perform three Saturday and Sundayconcerts in the Waterloo Region, along with a fourth concertfund raiser. The choir was the first Canadian choir to singin the fringe of The Three Choirs Festival, the oldest musicfestival in the world. In 1989, the choir was invited toreturn, becoming the first Canadian choir to sing in themain festival. The choir has been on tour four times, andhas sung in Westminster Abbey, Yorkminster, and thecathedrals of Canterbury, Chichester, Ely, Guildford,Norwich, Salisbury, Wells, Winchester, St. George's Chapel,Lincoln, St. Alban's and Ripon. The highly regardedchamber choir has four recordings to its credit, and isunder the direction of Jurgen Petrenko.kathybob@golden.netRCM GLENN GOULD SCHOOLThe Glenn Gould School is recognized as Canada's leaderin performance-based music training and as one of thegreatest music schools at the post-secondary and postbachelorlevel.Glenn Gould School students, faculty, and special guestsperform in a variety of settings and venues, includingorchestra, chamber groups, opera ensemble, and solorecitals. In addition, the school offers over 100 masterclasses every year, always free and open to the public,with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Martin Beaver and JohnO'Conor,The 2008-09 Royal Conservatory Orchestra concertseason features Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade,Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto, Mahler's First Symphonyandmore, with conductors Uri Mayer, Peter Ound jian, and YoavTalmi.Graduates of The GGS are acclaimed on the world stageand many hold leadership positions in a variety of culturalorganizations across Canada.James Anagnoson, deanDavid Visentin, associate deanTyler Dunham, performance managerAnna Frey, student services manager416-408-2824glenngouldschool@rcmusic.cawww.rcmusic.caR1vERDALE YouTH SINGERSNow celebrating its first decade, RYS has evolved into aunique and mature organization. We provide an accessible,high-quality musical education that is rooted in communityand embraces a folk-arts approach to music-making.Collaborations with contemporary artists from diversecultural traditions and styles broaden the realm ofpossibility for choral music, creating innovative soundsand exciting performance experiences.With our dynamic new artistic director we haveembarked on an inventive season of programmingfeaturing everything from traditional folk artists to modernelectronics. We audition young people aged 6-15 yearround.www.riverdaleyouthsingers.orgROYAL CANADIAN COLLEGE OF ORGANISTS -TORONTO CENTREFounded in 1909 as the Canadian Guild of Organists, theRCCO is Canada's oldest musicians' association. Today, theRCCO is a nationwide interdenominational community ofprofessionals, amateur organists, church musicians, andchoral conductors, sharing an interest in organ and churchmusic.Examinations are held annually and RCCO festivals offeropportunities to hear and meet world-class recitalists andclinicians. The college has a place for all regardless ofbackground, skill-level or religious affiliation.The Toronto Centre maintains an active program. Octoberevents feature Dr. Todd Wilson of Indiana State Universityperforming a recital on the newly-rebuilt Casavant organat Convocation Hall, University of Toronto on Sunday,October 19 at 2 pm, and a Hallowe'en organ concert featuringscary music by student organists from the University ofToronto Faculty of Music and other well-known organists. Itwill be performed at Metropolitan United Church on Friday,October 31 at 10 pm.The Centre has published Organs in Toronto-a wonderfulbook of pictures and descriptions of pipe organsin Toronto. Check the website for the 2008-09 programand membership information.Hazel Ogilvie, president: 905 881 7266Gordon Mansell, membership -chubb/rccoTHE ROYAL CONSERVATORY SCHOOLFor more than a century, The Royal Conservatory hasbeen one of the world's greatest music and arts institutionsand a powerful agent for personal, social andnational development.Our mission is to develop human potential through thearts. Our vision is to be a global leader in innovativeprograms that use arts in learning and development. Trueto our aspirations, the conservatory has inspired greatcreativity, enriched learning experiences and served broadsocial needs.The Royal Conservatory School is one of NorthAmerica's largest, most reputable and diverse schools ofmusic. Each year the school delivers over 60,000 hours ofinnovative high quality instruction to students of all agesin a wide range of programs; early childhood music andarts education; fully integrated instrumental musicprograms such as the Royal Diploma Program; vocal andinstrumental ensembles in world music, jazz, urban, folk,and rock; teacher training and certification; and musicwriting, recording, arranging and production, using stateof the art computer technology.Toronto and Mississauga

416-408-2825conservatoryschool@rcmusic.cawww.rcmusic.caROYAL Sr. GEORGE'S COLLEGERoyal St. George's College, Toronto, was founded in 1961as an Anglican choir school. Composer Healey Willan wasthe first warden of the college and composed worksspecifically for the treble choir.The treble choir and the choir of men and boys haveenjoyed extremely successful tours in Austria, France,Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Scandinavia, and China.More frequent tours have been undertaken in Great Britain,where the choirs have performed concerts and sung choralservices in many of the great cathedrals of Britain.The choirs have been heard in performances with theToronto Symphony, Royal Conservatory Ochestra, and theUniversity of Toronto Orchestra. Choral Evensong is sungeach week in the college chapel, the beautiful formercathedral of Toronto, St. Alban's. The annual Service ofLessons and Carols, held in December at St. James'Cathedral, is an important event in the musical life of thecity, attracting a large and diverse audience each year.Two new CD's, one of Christmas music and anotherfeaturing music from recent tours in Spain and England,will be released this fall.Douglas Jamieson, master of the choristersGiles Bryant, organist emeritusMichael Bloss, chapel organist416-533-9481, ext. 276www.rsgc.on.caconcerts. For the 2008-09 season, Scaramella hitchhikesto northern Germany, Italy and Paris, in search of Baroquemusical treasures and revels in musical masterpieces bothrenowned and obscure from some of the world's greatestinnovators.Scaramella performs at Victoria College Chapel.Tickets available at the door or ordered through the mailby downloading the form from the website.November 29, 2008-8 pm: AbendmusikFebruary 14, 2009-8 pm: Lettera AmorosoApril 18, 2009-8 pm: Le~ons de TenebresJoelle Morton, artistic director416-760-8610info@scaramella.cawww.scaramella.caTHE SCARBOROUGH BEL CANTO CHOIRThe Scarborough Bel Canto Choir is a 40-voice, communitybasedSATE choir which serves the community, raisesmoney for charity, promotes Bel Canto style singing, andprovides fun and fellowship. An audition to determine voicerange is required. We perform two concerts per year in thefall and spring. We also sing for senior residences andfundraisers for other organizations. Repertoire is variedand includes folk music, movie themes, swing, spirituals,Broadway and classical selections. Rehearsals areTuesdays from 7:30-10 pm at St. Nicholas' AnglicanChurch, Birch Cliff.Virginia Gallop Evoy, directorDavid Ramsay, presidentElaine Joly, contact: 416-699-4585www.belcantochoir.comSAINT MARY MAGDALENE's GALLERY CHOIRSaint Mary Magdalene's Gallery choir begins their new THE SERENATA SINGERSseason inspired by success in the CBC National Choir The Serenata Singers are a 65-voice, four-part choir ofCompetition.mature ladies and gentlemen. They rehearse WednesdayOur choral tradition goes back to 1921, with the arrival mornings, mid-September to mid-May at the formerof Healey Willan who fostered a unique choral tradition in Wilmar Heights Church, 963 Pharmacy Avenue, Toronto.Canada. Our present music director, Stephanie Martin, Throughout the year the choir performs at Senior'scontinues this tradition in our weekly celebration of Anglo- residences, nursing homes and community events. ACatholic liturgies. Our Ritual Choir sings Gregorian chant matinee and evening concert in May attract largeunder the leadership of cantor Rob Castle, and Andrew audiences. The choir is self supporting and donates to threeAdair delights with improvisation and masterpieces from charities. Proceeds cover costs and rental of practice andthe organ repertoire.concert venues. Choristers pay an annual membership fee.Other groups include the SMM Singers leading worship The singers have diverse musical skills and come fromat 9:30 mass; the Chant Club, meeting periodically on the greater Toronto area. It is preferred that choristers haveSunday afternoons; and Schola Magdalena singing some sight-reading skills. Tenors and basses aremedieval music for women's voices.especially welcome.Season highlights include Victoria Requiem for All Souls The choir was founded in 1976 in Don Mills andNovember 3; Concert for Remembrance, November 9 at relocated to Scarborough under the new direction of AudreyChrist Church Deer Park; Festival of Chant, November 23; McLeod, winner of several volunteer awards in music.Advent Carols and Evensong, Dec. 14 at 4:30 pm; Midnight Accompanists are Phyllis Russsel and Stan Farrow. TheMass Dec. 24 at 11 pm; Holy Week services, including choir's repetoire includes folk songs, spirituals, pop andTenebrae, April 8-12. Our season concludes with Broadway tunes.Evensong commemorating 100 years of the RCCO on July In addition to commitment and challenging music,2, and Festival 500 in Newfoundland, July 5-12. rehearsals abound with humour and warm camaraderie.Stephanie Martin, director Friends are made and nourished in a relaxed and fun-lilied4 l 6-531-7955 atmosphere.Stephanie.Martin@stmarymagdalene.cawww.stmarymagdalene.caScARAMELLASampling from a broad range of genres, Scaramellafeatures Canada's finest early music specialists (andesteemed guests from abroad), showcased in energetic andaccessible chamber music programs. Scaramellacombines the unique and subtle timbres inherent to periodinstruments with the excitement and anticipation ofperforming new, or little-known works. Each programreveals some unexpected elements.The seventeenth century was a period of profoundtransformation, with radical changes in social functions,scientific enquiries, theoretical speculation, andentrepreneurship through the commercialization of publicAudrey McLeod, director416-497-5952audrey.e.mcleod@sympatico.caSILVERTHORN SYMPHONIC WINDSSilverthorn Symphonic Winds (SSW) was founded in 2006to provide musicians with advanced skills, from withinthe community, the opportunity to rehearse and performin a challenging and supportive ensemble. We presentinventive, entertaining and broad-reaching traditionalsymphonic wind band repertoire that spans classical andcontemporary music. All musicians audition to maintainthe high standards we have set for ourselves. Under themusical direction of Andrew Chung, the group rehearsesTuesday evenings in the Dufferin/Steeles area of Toronto.The 2008-09 season promises to be the most exciting yetwith several concerts and collaborative performancesscheduled. We currently have openings for the followinginstruments: clarinet, baritone saxophone, trumpet, frenchhorn, tuba and percussion.Crystal Mallory, membership coordinator416-271-2389membership@silverthornsymphonicwinds.cawww.silverthornsymphonicwinds.caSINE N OMINE ENSEMBLE FORMEDIEVAL MusicSine Nomine is an ensemble of talented, versatile singersand instrumentalists, passionate about the music of theMiddle Ages and about bringing it to life for modernaudiences. Since 1991, the group has performed in Torontoand other Ontario centres, and has toured in Alberta,Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern U.S.A, and England.Concerts take place at Saint Thomas's Church, 383Huron Street at 8 pm. On Friday, December 19, the ensemblepresents music and readings for Advent and Christmasamedieval "Nine Lessons and Carols". On Friday, February20, the focus is on time and eternity, and how medievalpoets and composers explored and expressed these concepts.Music of the 14th and 15th centuries illuminates the livesand writings of such English mystics as Julian of Norwich,on Friday, May I.Sine Nomine has produced three recordings: anindependent cassette, the CD-ROM The Art of the Chant(PBS/Jasmine), and the CD A Golden Treasury of MediaevalMusic (Saydisc/AmonRa). Sine Nomine is ensemble-inresidenceat the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.Andrea Budgey416-638-9445sine.nomine@3web.nethttp://www. pims. ca/amici/sinenomine. htmlWholenoto MEMBER PROTILES 2008-2009 B 17

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