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Volume 14 - Issue 2 - October 2008


TORONTO CHAMBER CHOIRThe Toronto Chamber Choir, well known for authenticinterpretations of Baroque and Renaissance music, isentering its 4lst season with a brand new music director.Mark Vuorinen comes to us from Yale University and UofTwith a wealth of musical talent and warm enthusiasm.A 40-voice SATB ensemble, TCC holds auditions in thespring. We also have a special educational partnershipwith Rosedale Heights Secondary School of the Arts.This season the choir presents two evening and twoafternoon concerts. We will be celebrating Handel's 250thanniversary, discovering Eastern European composerssuch as Zelenka and Handt and-as always-singingwonderful Bach Cantatas.The choir has two CDs available, Welcome My Lord SirChristemas and The Voice of My Beloved.All concerts are held at Christ Church Deer Park. 15 70Yonge St.Mark Vuorinen, music directorMary Ella Magill,;www.torontochamberchoir.caTORONTO CH1LDREN 1 S CHORUSProviding life-enhancing experiences through the studyand performance of the choral art the Toronto Children'sChorus is recognized as one of the world's leading choralensembles for children.Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the TorontoChildren's Chorus is celebrating its 3lst concert seasonunder artistic director Elise Bradley. The chorus has madea unique contribution to the model of children's choirs, onethat has been duplicated the world over. With a format offive training choirs and one Main Choir (ages 6 - 16), theToronto Children's Chorus offers a comprehensive musiceducation of the highest calibre that includes sight-singing,ear-training and theory.The Toronto Children's Chorus has performed at reveredvenues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, andRoyal Albert Hall with internationally celebratedconductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling,and Sir David Willcocks. These young choral ambassadorshave represented Canada on their regular tours aroundthe world. The Chorus explores a vast repertoire thatembraces diverse cultural traditions and musical genresand is committed to celebrating national composers bycommissioning and performing Canadian works.416-932-8666www.torontochildrenschorus.cominfo@toronlochildrenschorus.comTORONTO CHORAL SOCIETYThe Toronto Choral Society was founded in 1845 as apositive environment where singers could develop theirmusical ability, expand their choral repertoire andperform concerts for the community. Today our 130-voicechoir continues that tradition, learning classical choralworks as well as music of many cultures. We present atleast two ticketed concerts a year and sing at benefits andcommunity events. Our Christmas concert on December17 will feature Celtic music and Britten's Ceremony ofCarols. "TCS at the Proms" on May 23 will feature TheMusic Makers by Elgar.TCS also includes two smaller choirs. Street HavenWomen's Choir, drawn from clients of Street Haven at theCrossroads, rehearses weekly at the shelter and sings at aChristmas concert and community events. North 44Ensemble performs by invitation on special occasions andhelps to fund Street Haven Choir.This year TCS celebrates its 15th season with artisticdirector Geoffrey Butler and accompanist WilliamO'Meara. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at820 Wholenote MEMBER PROFILES 2008-2009Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Newmembers are welcomed during September and January.Geoffrey Butler, artistic directorMarjorie Perkins, presidentErin Smith, secretary416-410-3509www. to ro n tochora lsoc iety.o rginfo@toron tochoralsoc iety.orgTORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERSThe Toronto Classical Singers is one of Toronto's mostvibrant choirs with over a hundred dedicated choristers.Jurgen Petrenko, founder, conductor and artistic directorof the TCS for the past 17 years has brought his dynamicleadership and vast musical knowledge of choral andorchestral works; he challenges the choir each year toperform the finest of classical choral repertoire.Toronto Classical Singers present three concerts perseason featuring professional guest soloists andaccompanied by the Talisker Players Orchestra.The 2008-09 concert season includes: Handel's Messiahon December 7, 2008; Rossini's Petite Messe Solenne/leFebruary 22, 2009; and Brahms' Requiem May 3, 2009.If you love big choraVorchestral works, the TCS is for you!Rehearsals are Monday nights from September to May,7:30-9:30 pm at Christ Church Deer Park. 1570 Yonge St(at Heath Street West 2 blocks north of St. Clair)All concerts are Sundays at 4pm (Wheelchairaccessible).To arrange an audition, season tickets, sponsorshipopportunities or further information about the choir pleasecall or go lo the website.www.torontoclassicalsingers.orgTickets: www.lotox.ca416-443-1490info@toron toclassica !singers. orgTORONTO CONSORTOne of Canada's premiere period music ensembles, TheToronto Consort breathes life into the music of the middleages, Renaissance and early Baroque. Founded in1972, the Consort presents an annual subscription seriesat Trinity St Paul's Centre in downtown Toronto.The Consort has toured extensively, recorded nine eds,and recorded music for film and television, includingthe CBC Television series The Tudors.Artistic Director David Fallis has programmeda wide range of contrasts for 2008-09: "The MarcoPolo Project", October 3, 4 with guests Kavkasia vocaltrio and a traditional Chinese ensemble; Praetorius'Christmas Vespers, December 12 and 13; "Earth, Air,Fire, Water", January 30 and 31; "Banchetto Musicale"with guest ensemble The Flanders Recorder QuartetFebruary 27 and 28; and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610,March 20 and 21. For more information, visit ourwebsite.David Fallis, artistic director/general managerAdmin: 416-966-1045; Box office: 416-964-6337www.torontoconsort.orgTORONTO EARLY MUSIC CENTREThis non-profit organization promotes the appreciation ofhistorically informed performances of early music in thecommunity through sponsorship of concerts and activitiessuch as lectures, workshops, exhibitions and masterclasseswith visiting and local artists.Benefits of membership include: discounts to certainearly music events in the city; a subscription to thequarterly Toronto Early Music News, which contains acalendar of upcoming events, reviews, profiles, essays, etc.;borrowing privileges from the TEMC library of books andrecordings; participation in music circles (e.g. viola dogamba, or vocal music circles); admission to the MusicallySpeaking presentations of early music performed on originalor replica instruments, and the Early Music Fair; andaccess to an email information list of historical performancein Toronto'The six Musically Speaking events take place onSundays at 2:30, once a month, from January to June. The25th annual Early Music Fair, an all-day event celebratingthe delights of historical musical performance, will takeplace in September 2009 at Montgomery's Inn.Annual Membership: individual; family; student/senior.Frank T. Nakashima, artistic ffELICONIAN CLUBThe Toronto Heliconian Club was founded in 1909 to givewomen in the arts and letters an opportunity to meetsocially and intellectually. It continues lo hold to its originalpurpose while responding to the changes of contemporarylife.To mark its centennial, the Toronto HeliconianClub will present a series of five 8:00 pm concerts fromJanuary through October, 2009 featuring visual artists,musicians, composers, and writers drawn from the club'smembership-at-large and the artistic and performing artscommunity across Canada."Celebrating Poulenc" (Thursday, January 22), "ArtSpeaks with Music and Words" (Friday, February 27),"Delightful Duets" (Friday, April 24), "A Time Capsule"(Friday June 5), and "It's About Time" featuring thecompositions of Mary Gardiner (Friday, October 23).Heliconian Hall, the club's visual and acoustic gemdating from 1875, is available to rent for recitals andcorporate events at reasonable rates. In celebration of theclub's IOOth year, the concert hall's seven foot Steinway"B" has been completely rebuilt and a brand new slate-oftheart stage and house lighting has been installed.John Greco, building manager:ren ta ls@he lico niancl uh. orgBarbara Fris, concert series:concerts@heliconia ncl uh .org416-922-3618info@heliconianclub.orgwww. helico nianclub. orgTORONTO JEWISH fOLK CHOIRStarted in 1925 by immigrant needle-trade workers, thisSATB choir performs beloved Yiddish folksongs, Jewishthemedexcerpts from the classics, contemporary music inYiddish, Hebrew, J udeo-Spanish (Ladino), Russian andEnglish, and music from other cultures.The TJFC aims to preserve and maintain our secularJewish heritage and experience. We also strive to enhancecontemporary Jewish culture through the commissioningof new works by Jewish-Canadian composers.The choir will hold its 83rd annual Spring Concert inlate May or early June, 2009. We plan to celebrate the workof the late distinguished Toronto composer, Srul IrvingGlick. We will perform selections from his Four YiddishSongs, that we commissioned, written for chorus and violasoloist; Yiddish Suites 1 and 2 written for choir and cellosoloist; and his stirring Lo Yisa Goy.Our main work will be a staged version of the Yiddishfolk operetta, Album lider, arranged by Max Reifman,which features beloved folk melodies of Jewish life inCzarist Russia. We will also perform Sid Rabinovitch'sMosaic of Jewish Folk Song, Canadian folksongs, and JohnWeinzweig's To the Lands Over Yonder, based on Inuitmelodies.Alexander Veprinsky, music directorLina Zemelman, accompanist h tm ITHE TORONTO LATVIANCoNCERT AssocIATIONThe Toronto Latvian Concert Association is one of the oldestclassical music subscription series in the city. Celebratingits 50th anniversary season in 2008- 09, the TLCA hasorganized more than 200 concerts featuring some of thefinest Latvian artists from around the world. Thanks to aloyal subscriber base, the TLCA has been able to inviteperformers from across Canada, the USA, Mexico, Chile,England, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Latvia.The 2008-09 season begins on November 8 with aconcert by The New York Latvian Concert Choir. On March15, 2009, baritone Armands Silins makes his Canadiansolo recital debut with pianist Elizabete Sirante. We willcelebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of TLCA founderand well-loved Latvian-Canadian composer TalivaldisKenins on April 19, 2009. This concert will featureperformances of his works by some of his former studentsand colleagues, including William Aide, JoaquinValdepenas, David Hetherington, Robert Aitken, ArthurOzolins, Artur Jansons, Vilma Indra Vitals, Peter Zarins,George Juris Ken ins, Peter Seminovs, Andrei Strelaiev andUna Tone.www.torontolatvianconcerts.comArtur Jansons, MASQUE THEATREToronto Masque Theatre's mission is to bring thecenturies-old art form of the masque alive forcontemporary audiences. TMT presents multimediaperformances combining elements of theatre, music, anddance from the Renaissance to today. Highlights of pastproductions include:Masques of Orpheus, major works by Marc-AntoineCharpentier and James Rolfe, broadcast on CBC Radio 2;commissions of live new works by Abigail Richardson,Omar Daniel, James Rolfe and Dean Burry; The FairyQueen, Indian Queen, Dido and Aeneas and Dioclesian:critically-acclaimed productions of Purcell's major musictheatre works; and Masques of Love, a Valentine's Daycelebration at the Gladstone Hotel, with blues guitars, lute,a madrigal group, and cabaret singer.Audiences and critics have praised TMT for the highstandards of its shows and the warm and inclusiveperforming atmosphere. Our 5th anniversary seasonincludes Masques of War, works by Monteverdi andStravinsky, November 20- 22, 2008 at Winchester StreetTheatre, and King Arthur- the culmination of TMT'sfive-year Purcell Cycle, April 22- 24, 2009 at theTanenbaum Opera Centre, with Teri Dunn, Daniel Taylor,Benjamin Butterfield and Giles Tomkins.Larry Beckwith, artistic directorDerek Boyes and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere,artistic associates416-410-4561admin@ torontomasquetheatre.cawww.torontomasquetheatre.caTORONTO MASS CHOIRCanada's premiere contemporary gospel choir, the Junoaward-winning Toronto Mass Choir has been excitingaudiences both at home and overseas for 20 years. Theirsixth album, Going Home is a tribute to the Caribbean rootsof this 30-member choir and their 4-piece band.Exhilarated from their two-week 2008 tour of Poland,performing for over 10 OOO people, the TMC continuesunder the leadership of Karen Burke, who also teaches vocalmusic education and gospel music at York University. Nostranger to television and radio broadcasts, TMC continuesits unique brand of powerful gospel music in another busytouring season.Season highlights include our 20th anniversaryfundraising gala on November 20 at the Crowne PlazaHotel, December l 7 at Roy Thompson Hall as part of theFree Noon Hour Choir & Organ Cancer/series and February27-March !, "Power Up 2009", a weekend open to thepublic teaching them how to sing gospel music.Karen Burke, director905-794- l l 39info@ tmc.cawww.tmc.caTORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIRThe Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is Canada's worldrenownedlarge vocal ensemble. With over 150 voices, theTMC is uniquely able to perform symphonic choral worksthe way they were intended.TMC audiences enjoy masterpieces drawn from fivecenturies, including world premieres. The TMC alsoappears with other performing arts ensembles. Over thisseason, our singers will appear in more than 30 concertsin the Greater Toronto Area.The Elora Festival Singers, with 20 members, form theprofessional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir andMendelssohn Singers, a 70-voice ensemble formed fromthe ranks of the TMC. The TMC also includes the TorontoMendelssohn Youth Choir.Under the direction of Noel Edison, this 115thanniversary season includes a Remembrance Day tributein November, Festival of Carols in December, a casualafternoon of popular music and favourite hymns inFebruary, the annual Sacred Music for a Sacred Space inSt. Paul's Basilica on Good Friday, and an anniversarycelebration of Mendelssohn's Elijah in May. The TorontoMendelssohn Youth Choir will perform a Christmas programin December and a spring concert called North Meets Southin February.Noel Edison, artistic director & conductorLynn Janes, TMYC conductorCynthia Hawkins, executive director4!6-598-0422manager@ tmchoir.orgwww.tmchoir.orgTORONTO OPERA REPERTOIRECelebrating its 42nd anniversary with its 2009 season,Toronto Opera Repertoire has delighted the communitywith affordable productions of opera classics, and givenstudents, choristers and aspiring singers the opportunityto learn new roles, sing in the chorus, and understand thecomplexities and challenges of opera stagecraft.Run in conjunction with the Toronto District SchoolBoard's Continuing Education Program, this communityopera company presents two fully staged, professionallycostumed operas each year at the Bickford Centre Theatre,777 Bloor St. West.For its February, 2009 season, TOR will presentRossini's Cinderella and Bizet's Carmen. TOR invitesaspiring soloists to audition and enthusiastic choristersto join the non-auditioned chorus.Gerald Hannon, chair4 l 6-698-9572chair@ toronto-opera.comwww.toronto-opera.comTORONTO OPERETTA THEATREFounded in 1985 by general director Guillermo Silva-Marin,TOT is a vibrant company with a mandate to produceclassical operettas fea turing professional Canadianartists of exceptional talent.Our 24th season begins with "Glamourous Nights: ATribute to lvor Novello", November l- 2. Carl Zeller's TheBird Seller (Der Vogelhiindler), starring Allison Angelo,Miriam Khalil, James McLennan and Keith Klassen, withconductor Derek Bate, follows with seven performancesfrom December 26 to January 4. Kurt Weill's KnickerbockerHoliday is up next with lour performances February I 8-22, starring Curlis Sullivan and David Ludwig, withconductor David Speers. The season concludes with sevenperformances of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, starringElizabeth DeGrazia, Wendy Hatala Foley and Stuart Howe,with conductor Robert Cooper, from April 17- 26. Allproductions are staged by the renowned Guillermo Silva­Marin.Other special events include "The President's Reception"(November 2), TOT's New Year's Eve Gala Party at theHotHouse Cafe and "A Musical Journey on the Blue Danube"dinner, concert and dance at the Marriott Hotel (April 6).All performances are at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.Guillermo Silva-Marin, General Director4!6-922-2912guillermo@ torontooperetta.comwww.torontooperetta.comTORONTO PHILHARMONIAThe Toronto Philharmonia (the former North YorkSymphony) now in its 37th season offers an eight-concertseries of quality, affordable classical music, very accessibleto northern Toron to and York Region audiences. Asorchestra-in-residence in the acoustically perfect GeorgeWeston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the fullyprofessionalorchestra is led by charismatic Maestro KerryStratton.Highlights of the 2008- 09 programme: Celebratemusic at the George Weston Recital Hall at the TorontoCentre for the Arts as the vibrant orchestra brings you atribute to Czech culture and history thro ugh a fullperformance of Smetana's Ma Vias!, September 18;celebrate new talent with an orchestral debut on October16; ring out the Ode tofoywith Beethoven's Symphony No.Wholenote MEMBER PROF1LES 2008-2009 821

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