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Volume 16 Issue 10 - July/August 2011

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58End Summer ona High

58End Summer ona High Note!There is still theopportunity to registeryour young musicians forthe 51st season ofInterprovincial MusicCampCome study with thepros in our excitingprograms:Canada’sforemostmusiC Camp 488-3316Canaries Continue To Flockif you missed our May 9th annual “Canary Pages” directory of choirs, give us a call orview the entire directory online at (click on “directories,” then “canarypages”). Below are several choirs that were not included in the May publication, and wewelcome them here:Canadian Men’s ChorusNow entering its second exciting season,the Canadian Men’s Chorus, under thedirection of artistic director and conductorGreg Rainville, is proud to share the TTBBrepertoire with Toronto audiences. The20-voice CMC has a three concert season,performing both familiar and new sacredand secular works, a capella and accompanied.With emphasis placed on the worksof Canadian composers, part of the CMC’smandate is to premiere one new Canadianwork at every concert. The CMC rehearseson Wednesday evenings at the Church ofthe Transfiguration, and concerts are held atGlenn Gould Studio. Men with vocal trainingare welcome to audition at any time.Arlene Jillard, general managerajillard@canadianmenschorus.cawww.canadianmenschorus.caCantala Women’s EnsembleThe Cantala Women’s Ensemble (SSAA) isa group of 20 singers, both emerging professionalsand amateurs who love to sing choralliterature. The singers of Cantala have astrong desire to create and share music withothers through singing. They have a longlove of choral music and value the qualityof life that singing brings to their lives.Nancy Singla, founder and artistic director,created the Cantala Women’s Ensemble in2008 to follow her own passion to learn andperform the treble choral literature. TheCantala Women’s Ensemble rehearses everyMonday evening, from 7–9pm at Forest HillUnited Church (Eglinton and Bathurst), fromSeptember until Early May.Nancy Singla, founder/artistic director416-629-8805nancy.singla@hotmail.comwww.cantalawomensensemble.comwww.nancysingla.comPeterborough SingersUnder the energetic and creative leadershipof founder and music director Syd Birrell,the Peterborough Singers has establisheditself as the premier choral experience inthe area. The 100 voice choir annually presentsa 5 concert season of diverse musicalrepertoire, from classics by Handel andBach to commissioned works by Canadiancomposers. This award winning group hasa reputation for surprising, delighting andchallenging its audiences.Office contact — Peg McCracken705-745-1820singers@peterboroughsingers.comwww.peterboroughsingers.comToronto Children’s ChorusThe Toronto Children’s Chorus, under theleadership of artistic director Elise Bradley,is recognized as one of the world’s leadingchoral ensembles for children. Founded in1978, the choir first walked onto the internationalstage in 1982, taking first prize atthe International Eisteddfod in Wales. TheChorus continues to provide an exceptionalmusical education to over 300 children inthe Toronto area and has performed undermany internationally celebrated conductors.One of only two choirs invited to representCanada, the Chorus will perform at the9th World Symposium on Choral Music inPuerto Madryn, Argentina, in August 2011.Next season, the choir gives four performanceswith the TSO as part of their 90thAnniversary season, including Mahler’sSymphony No. 8 and the premiere of a newwork by Larysa Kuzmenko commissionedfor the Chorus by the TSO.Carol Stairs, communications manager416-932-8666 x228carol@torontochildrenschorus.comwww.torontochildrenschorus.comVocal MosaicFounded in 2007, this 60-voice non-auditionedadult choir is characterized by a vibrantmosaic of vocal styles and repertoire.Choristers enjoy singing madrigals, spirituals,popular standards, classical piecesand folk songs. Two formal concerts andone community outreach event are presentedeach season. Vocal Mosaic is partof The Toronto Singing Studio and rehearsesMonday evenings from 7–pm at BloorStreet United Church, 300 Bloor St. W.from September–May. Rehearsals are livelyand sociable as is the belief that laughterleads to good singing! A seasonal membershipis paid.Linda Eyman, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cawww.thetorontosingingstudio.caWindsor Classic ChoraleThe Windsor Classic Chorale, our region’spremier chamber choir, is celebrating its35th Anniversary this 2011/12 season.We start off with “In Remembrance,”November 11, 2011, at Assumption Chapel;“Bach Christmas Oratorio” with the WindsorSymphony Orchestra, December 9–11, 2011;“Masterworks Program,” Charpentier’s TeDeum and Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee,Saturday, March 24, 2012, AssumptionChapel; “Swingin’ Spring Singin’,”May 5, 2012, Assumption July 1–September 7, 2011

Who isSeptember’s Child?“Growing up with my father’srecord collection, whichhad tens of thousands ofrecordings, I could listen tothirty interpretations of the samepiece …”Who played her professionaldebut at age ten with the BoydNeel Orchestra, in Toronto, has aCanadian engagement for the firsttime in a decade this Septemberin Toronto, and still prefers toplay from memory, with hereyes closed?Think you know who ourmystery child is? Send yourbest guess to Please provideyour mailing address just in caseyour name is drawn! Winnerswill be selected by random drawamong correct replies received byAugust 20, 2011.Circa 1973, Toronto.We Are All Music’s ChildrenJuly/August’s Child Mary Lou FallisMJ BUELLBorn in toronto, sopranoand comedienneMary Lou Fallis hasenjoyed an extraordinarycareer as a lyric coloratura,choral soloist, teacher, andspeaker.She has touredextensively with heraward winning solo showPrimadonna, its varioussequels, and several otheroriginal one-woman creations.As music producerof the Gemini award winningBathroom Divas shewas part of a jury selectinga winner from hundredsof nation-wide hopefuls.Ms. Fallis continues toperform, and teachesprivately, having taught atYork University, the RoyalHamilton Conservatory ofMusic, Queen’s University,and the University ofWestern Ontario.Mary Lou Fallis lives in Toronto withher husband — double-bassist and artist PeterMadgett, and a woolly dog named Percy.Mary Lou Fallis and grandchildElizabeth, singing in The WholeNoteoffice: If you’re happy and you know it …About your childhood photo? I’m wearing acorsage — it was my 3rd birthday. My momsmocked that yellow dress for me: smockingwas all the rage with 50s mothers, like acompetitive sport. She hated sewing so it’svery touching she did that for me. There wasalways music and singing at birthday parties:Musical Chairs, The Farmer in the Dell, ATisket a Tasket, a Green-and-Yellow Basket …If a little child asked “What do you do?” I singfor people, and I usually wear a long sparklyevening gown. Sometimes I sing with a big orchestra,sometimes with a piano. I sing musicyou’d hear at a fancy concert but I try to makepeople happier. So I like a lot of music inmajor keys. That’s the music that sounds happy(sings: My Bonnie LiesOver the Ocean). Musicin minor keys sounds sad(sings Volga Boatmen).If an adult asked? I am amusical comedienne … doyou know about VictorBorge or Anna Russell? Ido that sort of thing withopera. I send up the personaof the diva, and prickthe balloon of pretension!Your absolute earliestmusical memory? Playingthe piano at 2 or 3 withmy wonderful grandmother,Jennie Bouck.She played the bottomand I played the top.Your first memoryof singing? There wasalways lots of singing atchurch. At the cottage we sang around thecampfire: My Paddle’s Keen and Bright, She’llBe Coming ‘Round the Mountain, Kumbaya.Driving with my parents — the younger kidswould sleep and we sang to stay awake so Ilearned their songs: Just a Song at Twilight,It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.Your first solo performance? A garden party forThe Institute of Child Study, where I attendedNursery School. I sang “Oh isn’t it a bit of luckthat I was born a yellow duck, with yellowsocks and yellow shoes, that I may wanderwhere I choose, quack, quack, quack …And so you did! I know this country like apolitician. I have sung for people, know people,in every corner of it, and I feel so very verylucky …Read the full interview at TO OUR WINNERS! HERE’S WHAT THEY WONSandra Newton (Pickering) and Margie Bernal (London) each won a pair of tickets to A Serenadefor Maureen Forrester (July 25) presented by Stratford Summer Music, celebrating the life and careerof the late Canadian contralto. With production support from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, whereMs. Forrester played characters she considered among the highlights of her career, this tribute will include live performancesby Mary Lous Fallis and many other Canadian singers and musicians of note, seldom seen video excerpts of Ms. Forrester, andpersonal reflections on her life. Rita MacKinnon (Oakville) won the CD More or Less Live at theGould — Mary Lou Fallis with frequent musical co-conspirator, pianist Peter Tiefenbach. Recorded at the Glenn Gould Studiothis performance includes “Why Isn’t Love Like It Is In the Opera,” “Bingo Night In Berlin,” a medley from Nebraska, and“I’ve Got Faust Under My Skin” (2009). Joe Orlando (Toronto) won the CD Primadonna on a Moose featuring music fromone of Mary Lou Fallis’ immensely popular one-woman Primadonna shows. These Canadian popular songs from 1840–1930,with members of the TSO and the Victoria Scholars, are arranged and conducted by John Greer and include “Paddle Your OwnCanoe,” “Take Your Girl Out to the Rink” and “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise”Music’s Children gratefully acknowledges John, Leslie, Elizabeth, Bob, Linda and Stratford Summer Music.July 1–September 7, 2011 59SN BIANCA

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