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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008


SINFONIA TORONTOSinfonia Toronto performs its seven Masterpiece Seriesconcerts at Grace Church on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Road).The orchestra travels to other Ontario centres, broadcastson CBC and holds and performs a number of communityoutreach concerts.Sinfonia Toronto's strings perform standing, in thetradition of great chamber orchestras, blending eachmusician's soloistic energy into a brilliant ensembleunder music director Nurhan Arman. A roster of windsand percussion joins the strings for programs drawn fromthe chamber orchestra repertoire. This fall the orchestrawill release a new CD on Marquis Classics and in March2009 will record another CD featuring llutist Louise diTullio. In November the orchestra will tour Germany'sHessen state performing live concerts in live cities. Itsperformances will be recorded by Hessischer Rudlunk forstate wide broadcast.Soloists for 2008-2009 include pianists Angela Parkand Darrell Zusko; violinists Alexandre Da Costa, Mary­Elizabeth Brown and Xiaohan Guo; cellists Denyse Djokicand Andras Weber; clarinetist Dorko Brlek, and guestconductor Risto Savic.Sinfonia Toronto has been acclaimed by critics. TheToronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour","ample eloquence" and "gripping authority," while LaScerra Musicale declared, "Nurhan Arman and hisorchestra literally conquered us."Nurhan Arman, music director and conductorMargaret Chasins, administrator416-499-0403sinfoniatoronto@sympatico.cawww.sinfoniatoronto.comSINGING OUT!Singing OUTI is Toronto's longest-standing LGBT chorusand is celebrating its I 7th anniversary. It remains a veryspecial group alter all these years. We tend to considerourselves "family", in many senses of the word!In the LGBT communities across North America andEurope, mixed choruses are relatively rare. The men andwomen of Singing OUTI stand united as an SATB groupand revel in this diversity. We remain a non-auditionedcommunity choir, bringing musical excellence to the stageby featuring not only our mixed chorus sound but men'sand women's choral arrangements.The 2008-09 season brings a feeling of change with ournew artistic director, Jody Malone, joining us. We are excitedto have the opportunity to continue to grow musically underJody's direction in the coming years.We welcome new members and practice on Tuesdaysfrom 7:30-IOpm at Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 662Pape Avenue (Pape, just south of Danforth). You are invitedto join us.Stuart Watson, presidentpresident@singingout.comwww.singingout.comSMALL WoRLD Music SocIETYSmall World Music Society is a not-for-profit organization.Close to 300 presentations have solidified its reputation asToronto's most adventurous and visionary world musicconcert presenter.The Small World concert experience can range frominternational giants of traditional and contemporaryworld music in the city's grandest performance spaces, toemerging local artists in intimate club settings. Supportedin part by funding from three levels of government, wepresent roughly 50 concerts annually, with the annualSmall World Music Festival being one of the highlights ofToronto's busy fall arts calendar.Many of our productions are partnerships with groupsfrom every corner of Toronto's remarkably diverse globalDiaspora. We take great pride in collaborating with these818 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009communities as they experience their cultural heroes hereat home, while exposing the entire city to new sounds andcontributing to cultural dialogue and understanding.Small World's founder and executive director is AlanDavis, who leads a passionate team working to enhanceSmall World's programming, promotion, communityoutreach and development. All of which support theobjective of using the power of music to build bridgesbetween cultures.www.smallworldmusic.cominfo@smallworldmusic.com416 536-5439SOUNDSTREAMSFounded by renowned oboist Lawrence Cherney in 1982,Soundstreams has presented hundreds of unique andcompelling concerts, from intimate chamber music eventsto multi-choral spectaculars, operas, music-theatre worksand many highly successful international festivals. Arecognized national leader and a hub of internationalmusic collaboration, Soundstreams Canada is one of thelargest and most dynamic organizations of its kindanywhere in the world.The programming, curated by artistic director LawrenceCherney, focuses on music by living composers, often witha special emphasis on Canadian composers and theirinternational contemporaries. We regularly commissionnew works from both Canadian and internationalcomposers for world premiere, adding some 155 works tothe global repertoire since 1982.Projects are often accompanied by community outreachinitiatives aimed to inspire youth both locally andnationally in creating the future of music. For manyprojects, Soundstreams brings visiting composers andmusicians to GTA area schools for mentorship andcomposition workshops. The student musicians andcomposers showcase their talents in our Young ArtistOverture, a main-stage show presented one hour prior tomost Soundstreams concerts.Jennifer Winchester, director of operationsjennilerw@soundstreams.caSOUTHERN ONTARIO CHAPTER OFTHE HYMN SOCIETY (SOCHS)SOCHS is a vibrant organization supporting congregationalsong in Southern Ontario. Each season SOCHS offers threeevents, usually in the Toronto area, to members and visitorsin the Barrie, Waterloo, Pickering triangle. Anyone with aninterest in hymns and congregational song is invited to jointhe chapter and/or to participate in its public activities. Pleaserefer to the website for information on membership, upcomingevents and a summary of our past few seasons.Exciting international voices regularly inspire the group.Recently, John L. Bell (Iona comm unity in Scotland) andJimmie Abington (specialist in African American music)have brought music to our gatherings. Internationallyrecognized hymn writers Mary Louise Bringle, Carl Daw,and Brian Wren have also been our guests.To celebrate our tenth anniversary season, a magnificenthymn festival is planned for October. We recently sponsoreda hymn writing corn petition with the theme of" singing God'spraise in a strange land", and the winning entry will besung at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road,Toronto (Jane and Annette Streets), Sunday, October 26, at3 pm. Refreshments will follow.416 342 6034 (phone)info@sochs.orgwww.sochs.orgSr. ANNE's ANGLICAN CHURCHEstablished in 1862, St. Anne's has occupied its currentByzantine sanctuary since 1907. It is a National HistoricSite because it contains the only religious art of membersof the Group of Seven. The Casavant Freres organ has justbeen expanded and refurbished. Renowned for its musicand acoustics, St. Anne's is the venue for special musicalevents by our own choir (e.g., September 28 at 2 pm "JOOYears of Music") and other groups. Our dynamic newdirector of music, Daniel Norman, plans to launch a juniorchoir this year.In the 300-seat parish hall auditorium at 651 DufferinStreet, the Music and Drama Society will feature Gilbert &Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance this season. Artisticdirector Laura Schatz and music director MauraMcGroarty will present this 46th annual G&S productionfrom January 23 to February I. Parking arrangementsand TTC access to Dufferin and Dundas are excellent.Diana Schatz416-922-4415royscha tz@sympatico.cawww.stannes.on.caSr. MICHAEL's CHOIR SCHOOLThe treasury of Roman Catholic sacred music can beencountered every week at St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto,where a line choral tradition has been maintained since1937 when St. Michael's Choir School was founded. Threetreble and SATB boys' choirs sing at the Sunday Massesand for all the solemn liturgies of the Christmas and Easterseasons, as well as important archdiocesan and civicevents.The Choir School provides an enriched learningenvironment for boys in grades 3 to 12, with daily choralrehearsals, and individual instruction in piano, organ,voice, strings, and guitar. Both elementary and secondaryacademic programs have attained first place in recentFraser Institute provincial rankings. Entrance auditionsfor the school occur January through May.In addition to their Sunday choir duties, St. Michael'sChoir School presents four concerts annually, includingthe traditional Christmas concert at Massey Hall. Thechoristers are also invited to perform as featured gueststhroughout the year.For more information on all of these exciting events, orfor admission requirements, please visit our website.Dr. Jerzy Cichocki, artistic director andconductor, senior choirMs. Caron Daley, conductor, junior ChoirMs. Teri Dunn, conductor, elementary choirRev. John-Mark Missio, director416-393-5518johnmark.missio@tcdsb.orgwww.smcs.on.caSYRINX SUNDAY SALONSSyrinx Concerts Toronto was created in 1986 and in 2005,Syrinx Sunday Salons was established. Our focus is toencourage and promote Canadian artists by introducingone Canadian composer each year. The past six seasonshave featured the works of Srul Irving Glick, WalterBuczynski, Oskar Morawetz, Steven Gellman, JeanCoulthard and Anton Kuerti.This year we will celebrate Andre Prevost by integratingone of his substantial chamber works and his more familiarrepertoire into each concert. Andre Prevost, born inHawkesbury, Ontario (1934), spent his formative years atthe Montreal Conservatory. His compositions have beenperformed throughout Canada, Europe, the United States,India and New Zealand. He has received numeroushonours including the Prix d'Europe and is an Officer ofthe Order Of Canada. His work Terre des Hammes is basedon a poem by Michele Lalonde and marked theinauguration of Expo 67.Our live concert series will include performances byMusica Camerata Montreal, Winona Zelenka, QuatuorArthur Leblanc, Peter Longworth, Melanie Conly, ChristianPrevost, Alain Aubut, and Richard Raymond. Subscription:.00, single tickets: .00, students:.00

Dorothy Sandler Glick, artist director416-654-0877dorothyglick@hotmail.comwww.syrinxconcerts.orgTAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA &CHAMBER CHOIRExperience the music of great composers from the l 7th and18th centuries performed by Tafelmusik, Canada's ninetimeJuno Award-winning Baroque orchestra and chamberchoir. Highlights in Tafelmusik's 2008-09 30thanniversary season include: a festive anniversary concertof Handel's Water Music (February 18-22), In Praise of St.Cecilia, choral music by Handel and Zelenka (March 12-15), and Haydn's The Creation at Massey Hall, guestconducted by Bruno Weil (May 29 and 31). Also, not to bemissed are Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Les VoixBaroques (April 2-8), and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos(May 9-15).Complete the holiday season with Handel's Messiah atTrinity-St. Paul's Centre (December 17-20), and Sing-AlongMessiah at Massey Hall (December 21).Tafelmusik continues the 3-concert series at GeorgeWeston Recital Hall: Dame Emma Kirkby (October 21 ); Bach'sSt. Matthew Passion (April 7); and Bach's BrandenburgConcertos (May 12).For those ages 30 and under, the Face the Musikprogramme offers affordable tickets to Tafelmusik's hottestconcerts through Pay-What-You-Can Fridays. Other weekdayand weekend tickets start at -.Jeanne Lamon, music directorTricia Baldwin, managing director416-964-6337, box office416-964-9562, administrative officeinfo@tafelmusik.orgwww.tafelmusik.orgTALISKER PLAYERSTalisker Players is a unique ensemble of instrumentalistsdedicated to working with singers. It was founded in 1995as a choral music orchestra, and has earned an enviablereputation for excellence in the art of choral accompanying.A flexible-size group, it is available for performance withchoirs large and small, in repertoire ranging from Baroque(on original or modern instruments) to 2lst century.The ensemble also presents its own series of vocalchamber music concerts, which take its skills in vocal/instrumental collaboration into a more intimate realm.This season again offers three compelling programmes,each built around a theme, in which core members of thegroup are joined by some of Canada's leading vocal soloists."The Lost Generation" (November 11 & 12, 2008) evokesa world that vanished in the devastation of the First WorldWar. "When We Were Young" (February 10 & II, 2009),celebrates the playful side of life, with stories, rhymes andword play. "Carmina Nova" (May 5 and 6, 2009) is anevening of folk songs and ballads from ancient times, heardthrough modern ears."Good for the ears, and good for the soul" - Toronto StarMary McGeer, artistic director/managerElizabeth Shannon, administrative director(chamber music series)Valerie Sylvester, concertmaster(choral music orchestra)416-466-1800words. m usic@ ta liskerp layers. eawww.taliskerplayers.caTALLIS CHOIREntering its 3lst season, the 36-voice Tallis Choir hasearned a reputation for its innovative programming andpolished performances. Best known for its interpretationof Renaissance music, it has presented the first Canadianperformances of many rarely heard masterpieces of theperiod."A Time of Remembrance", on October 25 explores thetheme of Remembrance Day and features VaughanWilliams' Mass in G minor; Howells' Requiem and TakeHim Earth For Cherishing, as well as Barber's Agnus Dei."Handel Christmas Vespers", featuring guestartist, soprano Laura Albino on December 6 anticipatesthe 250th anniversary of Handel's birth with a recreationof a Baroque vespers as it may have been celebrated onChristmas Eve, 1720 in Rome.On February 28, Holy Week and Easter, featuresJosquin's Missa Pange Lingua and Taverner's DumTransisset Sabbatum. Then, on May 9 Music For ThePopes, features Palestrina's Missa Pupae Marceli.All four concerts will take place in the luxuriant acousticof St. Patrick's Church, 141 McCaul St. Toronto, just northof Dundas, two blocks west of University Ave, and the St.Patrick subway station.Peter Mahon416-533-6179info@tallischoir.comwww.tallischoir.comTAPESTRY NEW OPERA WORKSTapestry is dedicated to the creation, development andperformance of new opera through its unique and highlycollaborative work process. Under the leadership offounding and managing artistic director WayneStrongman, Tapestry engages artists and audiences onsubjects relevant to contemporary society.Tapestry's 2008-09 world premiere subscriptionseason includes "Opera Briefs", "Opera to Go" and TheShadow.The Tapestry journey begins September 26-28, 2008with "Opera Briefs", the eighth installment of our annualseason opener--a string of rough-cut gems just mined fromthe Composer-Librettist Laboratory. In March 2009, engagewith provocative, often hilarious bite-sized operas in "Operato Go" in a revitalized interactive format. In May 2009,enter a world of duplicity in Omar Daniel and Alex Poch­Goldin's The Shadow. A humble postman assumes theidentity of a wealthy suitor to win a woman's love.Determined to maintain the ruse at all costs, he is hauntedby the Shadow as he spirals deeper into debt.For subscription and single ticket inquiries please callor visit our website.Wayne Strongman, managing artistic director416-537-6066information@tapestrynewopera.comwww.tapestrynewopera.comTHE THEATRE OF EARLY MUSICThe Theatre of Early Music (TEM) is comprised ofinstrumentalists and singers sharing a passion for earlymusic. TEM is an ensemble of young musicians whosedistinctive style, under Daniel Taylor's leadership, resultsin readings of magnificent but often neglected works. DanielTaylor conducts the 18-voice professional choir and 18instrumentalists of the Theatre of Early Music in concerts.The TEM has just signed an exclusive recording contactwith SONY CLASSICAL/BMG MASTERWORKS. Their firstdisc The Voice of Bach is available worldwide on OctoberI, 2008. Other recordings include Couperin's Le,;ons withcountertenor Robin Blaze, followed by the Renaissancedisc featuring actor Ralph Fiennes and duets withcountertenors James Bowman and Daniel Taylor.The 2008- 09 season includes tours to the UK, Germany,South America as well as concerts in Canada: Handel Duets,Vivaldi and Pergolesi are featured in a tour across Canadawith soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby. The choir will befeatured in works of Tallis, Purcell, Barber and Allegri.The TEM works in partnership with the Dance CompanyColeman, Lemieux and Company, with choreographerSinfonia Toronto to Timothy EatonJames Kudelka and with actors Martha Henry and RalphFiennes.temadmin@hotmail.comwww.theatreofearlymusic.com514-982-2535TIMOTHY EATON MEMORIAL CHURCHOur Sanctuary Choir sings at the 11 am services, as wellas at concerts and special events, singing mostlytraditional sacred classical music. Our Chamber Choir isauditioned, performing modern music of all styles at our9: 15 contemporary service, accompanied by aprofessional jazz ensemble. The TEMC Choir School (50members and growing) sings every Sunday performingtraditional and contemporary sacred music. If you areinterested in more information on this happy, growingmusic community, please contact our director.Saturday, December 6, 2008, at 4 pm, the TEMC Choirsand the Salvation Army North York Temple Band present"A Christmas Spectacular". Spirited renditions of festivemusic guarantee a joyful start to the season.Friday, February 13, 2009, at 7pm we present "Songsof Love and Passion" featuring the fantastic choir leads ofthe TEMC choirs. They perform music specially themedfor Valentine's Day. Come hear some of the best singing inthe country!Sunday, May 3, 2009, 4pm. "Sing Out!" is our annualchoir-school concert which features both the children andyouth choirs.Tickets - (studenVsenior) available at the dooror by calling the box office.Marty Smyth, director of music416-925-8494 x227martysmyth@ temc.netBox office 416-925-5977temc.netWholonoto MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009 819

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