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Volume 17 Issue 2 - October 2011

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Elmer Iseler

Elmer Iseler SingersLydia Adams, Conductor2011 ~ 2012 Toronto SeasonEISGloria! Sounds of Thanksgiving!Sunday, October 2, 2011 4:00 p.m.All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church2850 Bloor Street West (Bloor St. W. and Prince Edward Dr.)1Revel in a glorious season opening concert with RobertVenables and Robert DiVito, solo trumpets, and organistShawn Grenke, featuring Harry Somers’ “Gloria” and anelectrifying array of works by Canadian composers PaulHalley, Srul Irving Glick, Eric Robertson, Ruth WatsonHenderson, Peter Tiefenbach and others.Special Guest Artists:Robert Venables and Robert DiVito, trumpetsShawn Grenke, organ2King James & ShakespeareFriday, November 25, 2011 at 8:00 pmYoung Centre for the Performing Arts55 Mill Street, Building 49 at the Distillery DistrictMusic and commentary inspired by the400th anniversary of the King James BibleSpecial Guests: Gene DiNovi, pianist,Dave Young, bassist , Albert Schultz, narrator3Handel’s MessiahFriday, December 2, 2011 at 8:00 pmMetropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street E.Joining forces with the Amadeus Choir and a stellar cast ofexceptional Canadian musicians, the Elmer Iseler Singerscontinue their annual holiday tradition.4The Sealed AngelFriday Feb. 3, 2012 at 8:00 pmKoerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music273 Bloor Street West, near Avenue RoadProfoundly moving, this hypnotic choral drama is oneof the most important Russian works of the 20thcentury.In collaboration with Soundstreams,The Amadeus Choir and ProArteDanza5Music of the SpheresSaturday, April 21, 2012 at 8:00 pmProcter & Gamble Great Hall, Ontario Science Centre770 Don Mills Road, south of EglintonIn collaboration with the Amadeus Choir,the Ontario Science Centre andthe Roberta Bondar FoundationSpecial Guests:Dr. Roberta Bondar, Shawn Grenke, pianoThe Aurora Opera Company Children’s Chorus performs aconcert of Broadway and Celtic music in Newmarket on October 15.And let’s not forget the extent to which hearing adults sing canalso be part of a well-rounded child’s musical education: on October16 in London, for example, the Karen Schuessler Singers presents“Lions, Tigers and Kids,” an “interactive concert for children withsongs from the barnyard and jungle.”The themes of memory and education are not however solelydirected at the young. They come to the fore in two concerts whichtake as their subject the events of the Second World War. Onegeneration after another shoulders the mantle of passing on to thenext, at whatever age the listener is ready to learn, knowledge ofboth the beauty and the savagery of the past, in the hopes that it isthe former quality that will predominate in the future.In recent years, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto has beenestablishing itself as an inventive programmer of new and littleknownworks. On October 25 they join the University of TorontoMacMillan Singers, Hamilton Children’s Choir and the OperaCanada Symphony to present the Toronto premiere of I Believe:A Holocaust Oratorio for Today, by Manitoba composer ZaneZalis. First performed by the Winnipeg Symphony, this work usesthe stories of Holocaust survivors as the basis for a 90 minute, 12movement work.On October 16, the Canadian Men’s Chorus presents “Honour:Love and Remembrance,” a concert that illuminates and pays tributeto the experience of the Canadian military, past and present. Thisensemble, just over a year old, must be one of the newest choralgroups on the scene. The concert includes the premiere of a work byHamilton composer/conductor John Laing.One of the more tiresome aspects of musical education has beenthe “Great Man” myths that have distorted our knowledge of thegreat composers. Our perception of Mozart’s professional strugglesand untimely death in Vienna has been rendered that much morepoignant by, among other things, the subsequent demonization of hiscolleague and rival, Antonio Salieri. But the evil character createdby Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and mythologized by Britishplaywright Peter Shaffer in Amadeus (a brilliant play, later madeinto a terrible movie by Milos Forman), is an utter work of fiction,one that bears no resemblance to the solidly professional Viennesemusician who also happened to teach composition to Schubert,Beethoven and Liszt.Toronto Classical SingersCelebrating Our 20th Season withTimeless TreasuresBach’s Christmas Oratorio Highlights4 pm Sunday December 4, 2011Vivaldi’s Gloria & Schubert’s Mass in G4 pm Sunday March 4, 2012Verdi’s Requiem4 pm Sunday May 6, 2012Jurgen Petrenko, ConductorThe Talisker Players OrchestraChrist Church Deer Park1570 Yonge St. @Heath St W.Canada Council Conseil des Artsfor the Arts du CanadaONTARIO ARTSCOUNCILCONSEILDES ARTS DELONTARIO ’ or 416-443-1490SUBSCRIBE NOW!416.217.0537 www.elmeriselersingers.comSAVE with Season Tickets Adult, Senior/StudentSingle Tickets Adult, Senior/Student16 thewholenote.comOctober 1 – November 7, 2011

London’s Karen Schuessler Singers.Listeners can judge for themselves if Salieri’s evil reputation isconvincingly refuted in a performance of his Mass in D major bythe Pax Christi Chorale on October 23. The concert also includesworks by Mozart.Ben Stein is a Toronto tenor and theorbist. He can becontacted at MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.comOctober 1 – November 7, 2011 17

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