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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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Blue PagestheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011certs are free! In the General Admission concerts, allyouth 18 years of age and under get in free as well. Thehighly anticipated festival is the highlight of May andevery concert is not to be missed. Organix is a musicfestival unlike any other.416-241-9785www.organixconcerts.caOriana Women’s ChoirOriana is heading into its 39th season. This auditionedchoir of 30 to 40 singers is known for its musicalexcellence, its welcoming, supportive atmosphere,its collaborations with many brilliant artists, andits significant contribution (through many commissions)to Canada’s choral repertoire. Led by artisticdirector William Brown, Oriana has released fiveCDs to critical acclaim. This year will feature severalnew Canadian compositions by Ruth WatsonHenderson, Timothy Phelan, Derek Healy and EleanorDaley! Our season’s theme, “Celebrate” will culminatein our final concert of the season in tributeto William Brown’s 15th season as artistic director.Oriana will present concerts on Saturdays – November27, March 5, and May 7, at 8:00pm, at GraceChurch-on-the-Hill. Subscriptions are available.Auditions: June and August for the new season, rehearsalsstarting September 15. Rehearsals: Wednesdays7:30-9:45pm.Samantha Clarke, manager416-236-0948info@orianachoir.comwww.orianachoir.comOntario Registered Music Teachers’AssociationORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association,founded 1885) is an association of independentmusic teachers. Membership is open to musicteachers of all instruments and voice who meet theprofessional requirements.ORMTA has branches across Ontario and is partof the CFMTA (Canadian Federation of Music Teachers)with parallel branches in other provinces. TheCentral Toronto Branch covers most of what used tobe the old city of Toronto. We hold various eventsthroughout the year for our members and guests,and provide support and networking opportunitiesincluding: workshops on a range of music-relatedsubjects, general membership meetings, studentauditions and recitals, and teacher performances.Members can also participate in zone, provincial andnational events, and attend provincial and nationalconventions. Students of members can participatein a range of competitions for both performing andcomposing, qualify for a variety of scholarships andplay for guest artists in ORMTA-hosted master classes.ORMTA teachers are listed on both a printed directoryand a website.416-694-0296www.ormtatoronto.orgOrpheus Choir of TorontoFounded in 1964, this 60-voice SATB choir celebratesits 46th season of bringing fine choral musicand innovative programming to Toronto audiences.Our aim is to present music in a range of styles fromstrictly classical to jazz and beyond, and from a cappellato full orchestral accompaniment. Our motto is“Expect something different!”Our 2010-2011 season includes a silent movie nightin which the Choir provides the soundtrack to the1924 silent movie Peter Pan; Dylan Thomas’ A Child’sChristmas in Wales narrated by Stratford star GeraintWyn Davies; Ontario premieres of works by EriksEsenvalds and Howard Goodall; and the Torontopremiere of Imant Raminsh’s new work Quaternity:a Cantata of Seasons. In addition, Orpheus hosts,and performs with, the Vancouver Chamber Choiron tour. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings atYorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. Rehearsalsare open and we are always pleased to auditionnew singers.Through its Sidgwick Scholarship Programme,the choir continues to provide opportunities foryoung aspiring professional singers to gain experienceas soloists and section leaders.Helen Coxon 416-530-4428orpheuschoir@sympatico.cawww.orpheuschoirtoronto.comPandora’s Box SalonPandora’s Box Salon is a unique event in Aurora, Ontariowhere art lovers gather to enrich themselves.Classical music, drama, dance as well as the culinaryand visual arts are showcased here and enjoyedamong friends.Included with ticket purchase is a glass of wineand a plate of local finger food to enjoy during an extendedintermission. This half-hour break from theperformance allows for artists to mingle with communitymembers, building social networks and agreater appreciation for the Arts. Net proceeds go toa local charity, The Yellow Brick House Second Shelter,Second Chances Capital Campaign.All events take place in the newly renovated concertspace at the Aurora Cultural Centre, a magnet forthe community and a jewel in the crown of York Region.Each Salon has a theme and will feature musicians,dancers and other artists from Aurora andYork Region alongside renowned artists from Torontoand abroad647-200-3975www.pandorasboxsalon.comPax Christi ChoralePax Christi Chorale, Toronto’s Mennonite Choir, wasfounded in 1987, inspired by the success of an ad hocchoir assembled for the Toronto celebrations of the1986 Bicentennial of Mennonites in Canada.Under the inspired artistic direction of StephanieMartin since 1997, the 90 members include bothMennonites and singers from various faith traditionsand cultures. Ms. Martin leads the choir in performancesof both a cappella repertoire and masterworkswith full orchestra, showcasing both establishedand emerging soloists. The choir has a choral scholarshipprogramme, Pax Christi Chamber Choir andPax Christi Youth Choir, which is led by Lynn Janes(see below).2010-2011 will be a season of guest conductors,starting with the Fauré Requiem in October with StéphanePotvin, the Bach Christmas Oratorio (parts I &VI) and Christmas motets in December with HowardDyck, and “Prayer for Peace” in April 2011, featuringthe Youth Choir with Lynn Janes and the fullchoir with Ints Teterovskis of Latvia. All concertstake place at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Auditionstake place in May and September.Laura Adlers, general managerlaura.adlers@paxchristichorale.orgMatthew Otto, assistant conductor and auditionsmatthew.otto@paxchristichorale.orgwww.paxchristichorale.orgPax Christi Youth ChoirPax Christi Youth Choir is Toronto’s newest youthchoir, providing young singers aged 14 to 22 with arich choral education and rewarding performanceopportunities both with Pax Christi Chorale and asan independent youth choir. (See Pax Christi Choraleabove)Led by Lynn Janes, renowned music educator,conductor and singer, PCYC choristers will experiencemusic that draws from the best of classicaland contemporary musical traditions, both choralmasterworks and smaller, more intimate settings.A highlight of the 2010-2011 season will be performancesof the Fauré Requiem and parts I and VI of theBach Christmas Oratorio with Pax Christi Chorale. ThePCYC rehearses on Monday nights in North York andall concerts take place at Grace Church on-the-Hill.Auditions take place in May and September.Christine Dulude, general manager & auditionschristine.dulude@paxchristichorale.orgwww.paxchristichorale.orgPenthelia SingersA vibrant ensemble of women, Penthelia Singers iscommitted to excellence in performing a culturallydiverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanningthe Renaissance to the 21st century. Founded in1997, the group is named after the ancient Egyptianpriestess-musician, Penthelia. Entering its 14th season,the choir has earned a reputation for presentinginnovative concerts of four to eight-part choral repertoirein a multitude of languages. Costumes, masks,inventive concert venues and unique programmingcreate an original and engaging concert experience.The choir aims to demonstrate the diversity of choralmusic and to cross ethnic and cultural boundaries byreaching out to and connecting with their communitythrough music.Major Concerts 2010-2011: “Scenes from Childhood”(Sunday, November 28, 2010) and “A Night atthe Opera” (Sunday, May 29, 2011). Penthelia Singersrehearse Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm at RosedalePresbyterian Church (129 Mt. Pleasant Rd.)Alice Malach, artistic director, 416-579-7464pentheliasingers@yahoo.cawww.penthelia.comQueen of Puddings Music TheatreToronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre burstonto the scene in 1995. Led by musicians John Hessand Dáirine Ní Mheadhra, it was born of their desireto blend their extensive creative knowledge and visionwith a performer-based physical singing theatreaesthetic to produce original, provocative, fantasticalCanadian chamber opera.Spectacular company successes include BeatriceChancy, the opera that launched the career of Canadiansoprano Measha Brüggergosman and The MidnightCourt that premiered at Harbourfront CentreTheatre and went on to tour to the prestigious LinburyTheatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,London.In March 2008 we premiered Love Songs, a tourde-forcefor solo female singer by composer AnaSokolovic, currently touring internationally. In February2009 we presented the world premiere of Inês /Achamber opera inspired by Portuguese Fado, music byJames Rolfe and libretto by Paul Bentley, and in 2010Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour, a triptych sung in Mandarin,French and English (composers Pierre Klanac,Fuhong Shi and John Rea). In June 2011 Queen of Puddingswill premiere Ana Sokolovic’s new opera forsix female singers, titled Svada (The Wedding).Nathalie Bonjour, artistic producer416-203-4149www.queenofpuddingsmusictheatre.comRichmond Hill Centre for thePerforming ArtsThe Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts(RHCPA) is a 4,000 square metre multi-use facilitylocated in the heart of Richmond Hill’s downtowncore. The RHCPA provides a home for RichmondHill’s diverse arts community, and acts as a majorvenue to bring Canadian and International performingand visual arts to Richmond Hill and YorkRegion.

Our main auditorium has a 631 seat capacity (thelargest of any theatre in York Region), state-of-theartacoustics suitable for large scale musical events,opera, choral music, symphonic performances, children’sprogramming and intimate solo performers. Itis a fully accessible facility featuring wheelchair seatingand infrared hearing equipment. We are also theonly theatre in York Region to have an 18-metre highFly Tower.Our plaza suite is a 150-seat hall with flexible configurationfor interactive presentations, dinner theatre,meetings and corporate events. Our main lobbyis also a gallery space used to exhibit an array of visualart. Banquet kitchen facilities are available on-siteand our plaza courtyard is perfect for outdoor exhibitions,productions, and presentations in the openair. Eli Lukawitz, marketing, development and education905-787-8471 x225elukawitz@richmondhill.caBox Office 905-787-8811www.rhcentre.caRoy Thomson HallThe 2010/11 concert season showcases a variety ofgenres and welcomes a wide range of internationally-renownedartists. Season highlights includetwo classical music series: International Vocal Recitals,featuring Toronto’s own Measha Brueggergosman,the return of sopranos Nicole Cabell and SumiJo, along with the Toronto debut of soprano AngelaGheorghiu who performs with full orchestral accompaniment;and Virtuoso Performances, bringing theVienna Philharmonic Orchestra with award-winningconductor Semyon Bychkov, The Seasons Project featuringthe Venice Baroque Orchestra with RobertMcDuffie, and Ovation - a very special evening celebrating40 years of the JUNO Awards and the best ofclassical music in Canada hosted by TSO music director,Peter Oundjian. And we continue for the 14 thseason, offering Free Noon Hour Choir and OrganConcerts. Please check our website roythomson.comfor details. The Corporation of Massey Hall and RoyThomson Hall is a registered charitable not-for-profitorganization.For tickets call 416-872-4255, buy online from,or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office(60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON)Stephen McGrath, 416 593 4822 / www.soundboard.caRoyal Canadian College of OrganistsThe RCCO is Canada’s oldest musicians’ association.Today it represents a nationwide community of professionaland amateur organists, church/synagoguemusicians, choral conductors and those who share alove for this “King of Instruments.”As part of its formal mandate, the organization offersprofessional examinations annually, circulatesits quarterly “Organ Canada/Orgue Canada” andpublishes new compositions, both solo organ andchoral. Members are encouraged to attend annualnational festivals for opportunities to meet and hearworld-class recitalists.The Toronto Centre maintains an active programme.It will be supporting concerts by ThomasMurray at Metropolitan United Church on October1 and Andreas Seiling on May 6 at the Church ofthe Holy Trinity (both at 7:30). These organists willpresent master-classes the morning subsequent totheir concerts. Our annual free concert “Phantomsof the Organ” is on October 29 at 10pm. An organ“crawl” is scheduled for September 18 and workshopsare planned for the months of November, Februaryand March (refer to our webpage for details).James Bailey, president, 416-537-4140Hazel Ogilvie, membership secretary,905-881-7266www.rccotoronto.caRoyal ConservatoryAt The Royal Conservatory, performance and learninggo hand-in-hand, as entertainment and educationare integrated to provide enriching experiences.The Royal Conservatory, an international leader inmusic and arts education, plays a central role in developingcreative minds and cohesive communities,through the translation of neuroscientific researchinto practical methods which meet the learning,health and social development needs of Canadians.The Royal Conservatory offers a wide range of educationalprograms designed to meet the creative needsof Canadians at all levels of musical training and atall stages of their lives.Each concert season, the Royal Conservatory assemblesa wide array of artists, performing a varietyof musical genres. There are more than 70 classical,jazz, world music and pop concerts to choose from!Experience performances by international artists inthe magnificent new Koerner Hall, and by the internationallyacclaimed faculty and gifted students inthe intimate Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic IhnatowyczHall, both located in the TELUS Centre forPerformance and Learning.Listen, experience, and learn – we are sure youwill be inspired!416-408-0208www.rcmusic.caRoyal St. George’s CollegeRoyal St. George’s College was founded in 1961, withrenowned composer Healey Willan serving as thefirst Warden of the college. The treble and TTBBchoirs perform their own programmes but elementsof both combine to form the college’s principal ensemble,the Chapel Choir, which sings choral evensongeach Thursday in term time in the college chapelof St. Alban-the-Martyr.The choir has toured extensively throughout Europeand China and has made frequent visits to tosing choral services in many of the great cathedralsof Britain. We have also maintained close overseasconnections with a number of outstanding choirs,including the Winchester College Quiristers and theMaîtrise de Nîmes.A programme of choral and organ scholarshipsprovides generous support to gifted young musicians.The annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols(December 15, 2010) held at St. James’ Cathedral, is ahighlight in the musical life of the city. We are veryhappy to welcome visitors at any time. You can arrangean informal tour simply by calling 416 533 9481.Douglas Jamieson, master of the choristersGiles Bryant, organist emeritusGraham Davies, Wilkinson Organ ScholarMichael Bloss, chapel organist416-533-9481 x276www.rsgc.on.caSamantha Chang Productions Inc. &Canadian Flute AssociationSamantha Chang Productions Inc. strives to promotemusic development and education in Canada.Founded by Samantha Chang in 2010, the companywill focus most of its effort on putting forth qualityevents in Ontario.In July 2010, the Canadian Flute Association beganto operate as a division of Samantha Chang ProductionsInc. Founded in 2009, the CFA exists to provideflute lovers with the opportunity to gain and shareknowledge about the instrument through qualitymusical events.Our goals and objectives include providing qualityflute events that cater to the needs of the diverseonly what’s new?search community and to create performance opportunitiesfor aspiring flutists of all ages. We hopeto develop musicianship and performance skillsthrough participation in CFA flute choirs and/orcompetitions and to educate flute enthusiasts on oldand-newrepertoire, pedagogy and instruments.Our 2010-2011 season include events featuringMarc Grauwels, Bill McBirnie, Dmitriy Varelas andmore. We welcome supporters to submit their freemembership online and email us with your ideas andsuggestions!Samantha Chang 416-293-1302samantha.flutist@gmail.comwww.samanthaflute.comcanadaflute@gmail.comwww.canadaflute.comScaramellaFrom its beginnings six years ago, Scaramella’s focushas been one of innovation and revitalization, whichdistinguishes it from other ensembles on the earlymusic scene, both in Canada and abroad. Scaramella’sprogrammes can be likened to the “old winein new bottles” metaphor: Scaramella showcases awealth of repertoire that was written for period instrumentsboth in old days, as well as in moderntimes, and its presentations are staged in a way tosurprise and delight.For the 2010-2011 season, Scaramella takes the“Celebrate Diversity” slogan as its mantra, with programmesreflecting a cross-cultural fertilization, exploringmusic of unusual cultures (Sweden, Brazil,Catalonia, maritime Canada and the ‘natural’ world),incorporating pop culture elements with modernand traditional high art music. Several programmesinclude literary elements.Scaramella performs at Victoria College Chapel.Tickets are available at the door, or order themthrough the mail by downloading the form fromthe website. November 20, 2010, 8pm: Old World/New World. February 5, 2011, 8pm: Birds Bewigged.March 12, 2011, 8pm: Fiddle Me ThisJoëlle Morton, artistic director416-760-8610info@scaramella.cawww.scaramella.caryan scott, rick sacks; new music concerts at the music gallerytheWholeNote Presenter Profiles | 2010-2011

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