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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Blue PagestheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011Intermezzo Choir, Brio Choir, and Allegria Choir.Weekly rehearsals, held in Bloor West Village, includemusic theory and ear training. Children are engagedin the creative process through performanceof and involvement in the creation of new music. Thechoirs perform two annual concerts as well as numerouscommunity engagements, and participate inworkshops, retreats and tours. The High Park Choirsare the Children’s Choir in Residence at the Universityof Toronto’s Faculty of Music.We celebrate our 24th season with concerts on December11 and May 28, collaborations with the Universityof Toronto’s Faculty of Music, a trip to Festival500 in Newfoundland, and a variety of concertswithin the community.Auditions are held many times throughout theyear. New members are always welcome.Zimfira Poloz, artistic directorCaitlin Smith, manager416-762-0657I Furiosi Baroque EnsembleI Furiosi Baroque Ensemble is one of the world’s mostinnovative baroque ensembles, comprised of four ofCanada’s leading early music specialists: sopranoGabrielle McLaughlin, violinists Aisslinn Nosky andJulia Wedman, and cellist/gambist Felix Deak. Thesefour daring musicians bring their skill and expertiseto this edgy new voice in the early music world.I Furiosi’s Toronto concert series has been revitalizingthe face of early music in Canada, inspired bythe practice of the Baroque era while invoking the“bizarre and unnatural” aesthetic both cherishedand despised in its time. Intelligent and inspiredprogramming in addition to a captivating performancestyle has garnered this group a reputation as arevolutionary force in the Canadian and internationalearly music scene.In the 2010/2011 season IF will again welcomeworld-class soloists as guests to help ignite the stagefor each performance.416-536-2943, Resource Centre forPerforming ArtistsA charitable organization incorporated in 1985, theIRCPA has a twofold mandate. By “Bridging the Gap”the IRCPA provides mentoring to emerging artistsin auditioning, wardrobe and business, as well asother appropriate guidance for artists to focus andfulfill their career goals in their early years. Throughits “Encounters With Employers” programme, IRC-PA offers qualified assessment and direction, includingbusiness-oriented “Career Moves” workshopsthat address challenges identified by the performers,managers, producers, presenters, publicists and artsexecutives on the Board.Creating public awareness of Canada’s past andpresent icons and discovering the unique needs ofour performing artists, the IRCPA is seeking to establisha Career Development Centre. It will includea gift/souvenir shop to sustain the Centre. The memorabiliasold to tourists and fans of Canada’s greatestsingers, instrumentalists, conductors and composerswill remind us of the great contributions Canadianshave made and are making on internationalstages.Ann Summers Dossena, founder & directorsumintl@sympatico.cawww.internationalresourcecentreforperformingartists.comIrish Choral Society of CanadaWe are a small but enthusiastic group of singers dedicatedto the enjoyment of all things Irish and Celtic,as well as music with Irish roots from the Diaspora.We perform for concerts and other festive functionsand events.The Irish Choral Society of Canada was originallyestablished in 1960 and ran continuously until1970. Itwas reborn in 2002 under the leadership of Ms KarenD’Aoust, performing for concerts and other functions.The choir toured Ireland in 2007. We are presentlyplanning a 2011 tour of the east coast, and lookingforward to another tour of Ireland. You do nothave to be Irish to join us! We love to be social and wewelcome new members to our community.For more information, please contact Performance and Education CentreThe Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC)is a registered charity dedicated to the preservationand development of jazz in Canada. JPEC has identifiedas its goal the creation of a first-class, multi-purposejazz venue in Toronto which will feature performancesby local, national and international jazztalent; educational programming for fans of all ages;recording facilities; and a Hall of Fame and Archiveswhich will encompass and preserve Canada’s outstandingjazz heritage and tradition.JPEC’s 2010-2011 concert season opens on October3 with our 2nd annual Jazz Gala, this year a tributeto Chief Justice Warren Winkler, and featuringthe inaugural performance of the JPEC Jazz Orchestra,with special guest vocalist Ranee Lee. Five concertswill be presented at Glenn Gould Studio featuringartists Fred Hersch, Norma Winstone, LeeKonitz with the Brian Dickinson Trio, Robert GlasperExperiment, TASA, and the Seamus Blake quartet.Concerts will be supplemented by a variety of educationalprogramming for jazz fans and students of allages.Raymond Koskie, 416-595-2100info@jazzcentre.cawww.jazzcentre.caJeunesses Musicales OntarioJeunesses Musicales Ontario (JMO) is a non-profitarts organization that fosters the careers of outstandingyoung professional musicians at home andabroad, and has enjoyed a presence in Ontario since1979. JMO promotes the development of the arts inOntario by touring some of Canada’s leading emergingartists all across Ontario as well as an all-inclusiveopera production complete with surtitles, sets,costumes and piano accompaniment.JMO’s youth concerts feature professionallytrained musicians, performing in schools and communitycentres across Ontario. These concerts allowchildren and families the opportunity to discoverthe magic of live music! All performances are interpretiveand theatrical in nature and offer exceptionalmusical encounters between performers and audience,and music of various cultures and eras. Theseconcerts reach over 82,000 children nationwide –13,000 in Ontario. Programmes are offered in Englishand French. JMO is affiliated with Jeunesses MusicalesCanada and Jeunesses Musicales International,the largest music NGO in the world!Vanessa J. Goymour, general manager & , www.jmcanada.caJohn Laing SingersThe John Laing Singers is a Hamilton-based chamberchoir renowned for tonal beauty and interpretativeexcellence. They have presented concerts throughoutOntario, Quebec, France, Switzerland and in sister-citySarasota, Florida. Their CDs include My LoveDwelt in a Northern Land, produced in October 1998,and Merrily Sing We, released in 2007 to mark their25th anniversary season. The JLS have a wide choralrepertoire including original compositions by theirmusic director John Laing. For samples of repertoireand information regarding the 2010-2011 concert seriessee the JLS website.Jennifer Wray905-689-7006, 1-877-628-5238jennwray@cogeco.cainfo@johnlaingsingers.comwww.johnlaingsingers.comJubilate SingersThe Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voice chamber choirof approximately 35 singers in Toronto. Our seasonconsists of three concerts and one or two communityappearances. Our repertoire includes choral musicfrom all periods and different genres, often multilingual.This year the choir will be under the directionof Caroline Spearing while Isabel Bernaus ison maternity leave. Concerts this year will include:in November, works of Daley, Biebl, Lauridsen andothers, reflecting the human spirit, light and hope; inMarch, contemporary choral music from Canada andthe U.S.; and in May, spirituals and music from Africawith drumming ensemble Baobab Tree. We rehearseon Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:45 at St.Leonard’s Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Avenue, oneblock north of the Lawrence subway station. We welcomenew members. Please contact our membershipcoordinator below to book a friendly audition.David Reddin, membership coordinator416-286-8927Carol Chin, president416-920-3019www.jubilatesingers.caKindred Spirits OrchestraKindred Spirits Orchestra presents another spectacularseason that includes four subscription concertsat the Glenn Gould Studio, one community outreachconcert at Markham Theatre for PerformingArts, and one educational concert as part of theNorth York Music Festival. Highlights of the seasoninclude Beethoven’s Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth symphonies,masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, andHandel, as well as a Canadian premiere of Two HanukkahSongs by the American composer Adam Grossman.Led by Maestro Kristian Alexander, the KindredSpirits Orchestra welcomes back Internationally renownedviolinist Jacques Israelievitch, rising starpianist Darett Zusko, KSO principal cellist SamuelBisson, soprano Julia Morgan, mezzo soprano MartaHerman, tenor Lou d’Amore, and bass Mark Hamilton.Mozart’s grandiose “Coronation” Mass featuringthe celebrated choir Voices under the baton ofRon Cheung will close another season filled with joyand excitement. We invite you to come to our concerts,become a Friend of the KSO through donationsand volunteering, and share with us our love and appreciationfor music.Kristian Alexander, music director & principalconductorScott Harrison, assistant conductorJobert Sevilleno, chief executive officer905-489-4620info@KSOrchestra.cawww.KSOrchestra.caKing Edward ChoirKing Edward Choir is a 75 voice SATB auditionedchoir. The quality of the music and the fine leadershipare an incentive for some of the area’s best choristersand accompanists to be part of the choir. Audiencesare entertained with a varied repertoire fromdifferent traditions around the world. The 2010-2011

season includes four performances.November 7, 2010: “Choral Festival Spectacular,”featuring King Edward Choir, Lyrica Chamber Choir,Bravado Show Choir, Barrie high-school singers andthe Huronia Symphony Orchestra, all under the directionof John Barnum, will include choruses fromCarmina Burana, Verdi, Puccini and Borodin.December 4, 2010: “A Candlelight Christmas” willfeature Rutter’s Magnificat, carols and traditionalaudience sing-along, and a children’s choir directedby Jan Cumming.March 6, 2011: The Nathaniel Dett Chorale withconductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor will be our specialguest in a tribute to Afrocentric music and itsinfluences.May 4, 2010: “Spring Sing” will feature a previewof the Choir’s tour to Zweibrücken, Germany in August2011, and is a perfect evening for families toenjoy on Mother’s Day eve.Barbara McCann, artistic director & conductor705-726-2095barbmccann@bell.netwww.kingedwardchoir.orgKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyK-W Chamber Music Society is one of Canada’s busiestpresenters of chamber music concerts, withover 60 concerts per year, ranging from solo to sizableensembles. Programmes range from medievalto contemporary; most have both classics and recentmusic. Active since 1974, since 1980 most of ourconcerts have taken place at 57 Young St. W., Waterloo,a private home where our KWCMS music roomholds about 85 people. A superb Steinway piano,good acoustics, and a supportive audience, intimatebut informal atmosphere make for great concert experiences.Notable this year: Till Fellner, piano, performingthe final concert in his complete BeethovenSonata series; plus pianists Boris Krajny, Janina Fialkowska,Michael Lewin, Ian Hominick, many more;the Penderecki, Haussman, New Zealand, Lafayette,Aviv, Tokai, and more quartets; continuationof our Complete Haydn Trios series with the Mercer-OhTrio; Flatiron Trio, Arkel Trio, Trio d’Argento,Trio 86, many duos, etc. plus several classical guitarevents.kwcms@yahoo.cawww.K-WCMS.comKitchener-Waterloo SymphonyMake time for great music. The Kitchener-WaterlooSymphony’s 2010/11 season showcases some of thebest music ever written.The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performs over90 concerts every season to a combined audience ofover 90,000 concert-goers. Nationally acclaimed, theKWS is the cultural centrepiece of the Waterloo region.Music director Edwin Outwater has createdsome of the most innovative formats and imaginativeprogrammes in North America.The “KWS Signature” series presents classicalfavourites such as Holst’s The Planets, Dvorak’s NewWorld Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2,and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Our “Pops”series highlights include “Cirque de la Symphonie,”a “Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra,” Britishconductor and comedian Rainer Hersch, and“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony!” This season’s “Baroque”series explores Bach’s six Brandenburg concertosand their place in the baroque era. The “KWS Intersections”series has been widely acclaimed for innovativeorchestral settings. This year’s series features“Beethoven and Your Brain” with author Daniel Levitin,“Dan Deacon’s Electronic Bus” and “Frankenstein!!”with author Daniel Handler (better known asLemony Snicket).Box office 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717www.kwsymphony.caKiwanis Music Festival of GreaterTorontoThe Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, oneof 245 such organizations in Canada, is an integralpart of the GTA arts community, encouraging youngperformers in classical and contemporary music,dance and speech arts.Over 32,000 amateur musicians, dancers andspeech arts performers participate in more than1,000 competitive classes. Solo and ensemble performersrange in age from 4-50+ years, in areas includingpiano, vocal, musical theatre, strings, chamber,speech, woodwind, brass, percussion, classicalguitar, bands, choirs, orchestras and many danceforms. Over ,000 in scholarship support wasawarded in 2010.Through a combination of stage and adjudicationopportunities, we offer participants extraordinarypossibilities for performing, learning and sharingthis musical experience with an unrivalled group ofnational artists and educators. Likewise, the generalpublic will have the opportunity to be enriched aseach of our venues fills with the sounds of wonderfullive music.The Festival’s affiliation with both the Provincialand National Federations of Music Festivals allowsyoung performers the opportunity to also compete atprovincial and national levels.Pam Allen, general managerGiles Bryant, artistic director416-487-5885kiwanismusic@bellnet.cawww.kiwanismusictoronto.orgKoffler Centre of the ArtsA world of ideas, discovery, passion, inspiration,creativity, and fun. The Koffler Centre of the Arts’mission is to create a more civil and global society byfostering mutual understanding through the explorationof arts and culture.The Koffler offers private and group lessons forchildren, teens and adults in piano, violin (includingSuzuki), cello, viola, guitar, voice, flute, clarinet,saxophone. The Koffler is home to the KofflerChamber Orchestra directed by former TSO concertmaster,Jacques Israelievitch. Music classes include“Get Your Chops Back–Guitar” (ages 18+) and “RockBand with Scott” (Ages 11-18), both with instructorScott Cassels; Chamber Music, Cello Ensemble andThe Shalom Singers. The Koffler Centre of the Artsalso produces a number of concerts and music eventsranging from the Chamber Orchestra concerts, toa performance this year by Israeli jazz superstarAvishai Cohen.The Koffler is located in the brand new, state-ofthe-artProsserman Jewish Community Centre onSherman Campus. Class registration is now takenonline, check our website for more details.Anya Laskin, education coordinator416-638-1881 x4269registration@kofflerarts.orgwww.kofflerarts.orgLa Jeunesse ChoirsLa Jeunesse Choirs are entering their 23rd season inNorthumberland County. Markus Howard is the artisticdirector.The full choir consists of girls from 12-18. This auditionedensemble studies, rehearses and performsmusic from many genres of the traditional and contemporarychoral repertoire including classical,world music and various jazz styles.STAB is our senior chamber choir for mixedvoices. This choir is intended for singers who wishearly music, period!search further their vocal skills and sing at an exceptionallyhigh level while exploring repertoire for combinedmale and female voices. The children’s chorusis an auditioned choir of male and female singersfrom 7-12. Basic theory, sight singing and ear trainingare included in each rehearsal, building the choir’smusicianship. The 2010 Christmas concert is at TrinityUnited Church, Cobourg on Saturday, December4 and the 2011 spring concert is on Sunday, May 1,also at Trinity United Church.Auditions are welcomed through the year andcan be arranged by contacting the administrativeassistant.905-355-3634ljchoirs@eagle.cawww.lajeunessechoirs.comLake Field MusicLake Field Music is new in name but not experience.For 33 years (formerly as CAMMAC OntarioMusic Centre) we have offered outstanding instructionin classical/chamber, jazz, world and folk traditionsto those inspired by playing and singing withlike-minded people. In addition to year-round specialmusical events and networking opportunities,we run a fabulous summer music camp for adultsand families each August. Housed on the stunningwaterfront grounds of Lakefield College School just1.5 hours from Toronto, creativity and camaraderieabound.Come and work directly with our world-classmusical faculty led by artistic director (8-time Junonominee)Michael Occhipinti. The camp offers twojam-packed weeks that will encourage you to newlevels of proficiency and performance. Lake FieldMusic welcomes recreational, novice and semi-professionalmusicians – instrumentalists and vocalists– to enhance your skills in this supportive and unforgettableenvironment.We offer family packages with a special arts programmefor children and inclusion in our adult musicclasses for talented youth.To learn the latest, visit and sign up for our newsletter. Make music yourdestination!1-866-273-7697musicians in ordinarytheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011

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