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Volume 17 Issue 2 - October 2011

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2011-2012 PRESENTER PROFILESinterest in the organ will benefit from this introductionto basic organ technique and useful resources.Used music and books will be available for low pricesat our music sale on September 24, 1pm to 3pm, at St.Andrew’s United Church. Our annual free Hallowe’enconcert, “Phantoms of the Organ,” is on October 28at 10pm at Metropolitan United Church. Visitingperformers will present recitals and workshops inFebruary and May and a competition on May 26 willshowcase some of Canada’s finest young organists.For details on all events, please visit our website.James Bailey, president416-537-4140Hazel Ogilvie, membership●●ROYAL CONSERVATORYAt the Royal Conservatory, performance and learninggo hand-in-hand as entertainment and education areintegrated to provide enriching experiences.The Royal Conservatory, an international leader inmusic and arts education, plays a central role in developingcreative minds and cohesive communitiesthrough 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 choosefrom! Experience performances by international artistsin the magnificent new Koerner Hall and by theinternationally acclaimed faculty and gifted studentsin the intimate Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historicIhnatowycz Hall, both located in the TELUS Centrefor Performance and Learning.Listen, experience and learn — we are sure you willbe inspired!Box Office:●●SAMANTHA CHANG PRODUCTIONSINC. & THE CANADIAN FLUTEASSOCIATIONSamantha 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 Associationbegan to operate as a division of Samantha ChangProductions Inc. Founded in 2009, the CFA existsto provide flute lovers with the opportunity to gainand share knowledge about the instrument throughmusical events.Our goals and objectives include providing qualityflute events that cater to the needs of the diverseflute community and to create performance opportunitiesfor aspiring flutists of all ages. We hope todevelop musicianship and performance skills throughparticipation in CFA flute choirs and/or competitionsand to educate flute enthusiasts on old and new repertoire,pedagogy and instruments.We welcome supporters to submit their freemembership online and email us with ideasand suggestions!Samantha Chang,●●SCARAMELLAFrom its beginnings, Scaramella’s focus has been oneof innovation and revitalization, which distinguishesit from other ensembles on the early music scene,both in Canada and abroad. Scaramella’s programmescan be likened to the “old wine in new bottles” metaphor:Scaramella showcases a wealth of repertoire thatwas written for period instruments, both in old daysand in modern times, and its presentations are stagedin a way to surprise and delight.For 2011/12, Scaramella looks back to some ofthe most beloved and extraordinary music of theRenaissance and Baroque, with its catchy tunes, capriciousvariation and clever word play. To these weadd celestial inspiration, a charming countertenor anda highly colourful clown. We’d love it if you’d join us!Scaramella performs at Victoria College Chapel.Tickets are available at the door, or you can orderthem through the mail by downloading the form fromour website.November 26, 2011, 8pm: “Hit and Run.”February 18, 2012, 8pm: “The Angel and the Devil.”March 7, 2012, 8pm: “Imagine.”Joëlle Morton, artistic●●SCARBOROUGH CONCERT BANDThe Scarborough Concert Band was founded in 1972by Paul Dunn and David Bourque.Performance venues for our 2011/12 season will includeSt. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church,Church of the Master United Church, Port UnionCommunity Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre andvarious seniors’ residences in the Scarborough area.We are not professional musicians, but rather agrowing membership (up to 45) that is an eclecticmix of all ages and genders. Our love of music is whatbrings us together.If you’re seeking a group of musicians to play withon a regular basis you’ll find the band a satisfying experience.Fees are 0 per year. The ensemble currentlyhas openings for alto clarinet, bassoon, Frenchhorn (two), drum set and trombone.Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from Septemberto July at Winston Churchill Collegiate in Scarborough.Conductor Denis Mastromonaco has made a significantcontribution to the band. The future looks verybright for SCB! The SCB, a registered charity, is a memberof the Canadian Band Association and acknowledgesthe support of the Trillium Foundation.Brian Rose,●●SCARBOROUGHPHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRANow in its 32nd season, the Scarborough PhilharmonicOrchestra continues to offer innovative programmingat affordable prices. A high-quality communityand training orchestra with a professional core, wepresent old favourites and hidden gems of the traditionalrepertoire alongside engaging new works byCanadian composers.The Scarborough Philharmonic is led by music directorRonald Royer, who will be joined on the podiumby guest conductors Howard Cable, Daniel Swiftand Geoffrey Butler. Our concerts showcase soloistsfrom our own ranks alongside internationally-renownedperformers like American trumpet virtuosoBurnette Dillon. This season we are also proud to featuresix emerging soloists through our Young ArtistMentoring Program.Our 2011/12 six-concert season features two concertsfor orchestra (An American in Paris on October 29 andBerlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on March 31), two withthe Toronto Choral Society (“Howard Cable’s CowboyChristmas” on December 3 and Brahms’ GermanRequiem on February 25), a chamber orchestra concert(Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on May 12), and music forbrass quintet (“The Red Brass” on January 21)●●SHOW ONE PRODUCTIONSThe Canadian media have called Svetlana Dvoretskaia“an icon in the making” and a “Russian-born superwoman.”For eight years, Dvoretskaia and Show OneProductions have brought Canada some of the world’sbiggest classical music stars, including operatic luminariesDmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky,Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, theRotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet Séguinand pianists Denis Matsuev and Olga Kern. The 2011/12Show One season opens October 22 and 23 with theMariinksy Orchestra and Maestro Gergiev playingTchaikovsky at the New Hall in Montreal and NationalArts Centre in Ottawa. February 23, violinist VladimirSpivakov returns for his sixth Show One visit in arecital with pianist Olga Kern at Koerner Hall. OnMay 3, celebrating its 20th anniversary, the MoscowSoloists Orchestra comes to Roy Thomson Hall, featuringvirtuoso violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet,along with cellist Mischa Maisky. And finally, in avery special project for Show One this year, broadcastingicon Larry King presents his comedy show(November 29) at Roy Thomson Hall and NationalArts Centre (November 28).Svetlana Dvoretskaia, president and●●SILVERTHORN SYMPHONIC WINDSFounded in September 2006 and led by music directorAndrew Chung, Silverthorn Symphonic Winds(SSW) brings classical and contemporary repertoirefor wind ensemble to audiences in Toronto and YorkRegion. The all-volunteer ensemble is characterizedby exceptional dedication and a commitment to thehighest possible level of performance. The musicians,who are all chosen by audition, range from highly accomplishedamateurs to semi-professional musicians.The SSW Artist in Residence Programme brings an established,professional musician in to collaborate withthe ensemble for a one-year term. This season’s artistin-residence,Christopher Gongos, associate principalFrench horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, willperform at two public concerts and offer a free publicmasterclass. SSW rehearses Tuesday evenings in theBathurst and Steeles area of Toronto. Currently SSWhas openings for the following instruments: clarinet,trumpet, percussion, bassoon, baritone saxophoneand string bass.Sandra Ignaciuk, membership● ● SINE NOMINE ENSEMBLEFOR MEDIEVAL MUSICSine Nomine is an ensemble of talented, versatile singersand instrumentalists passionate about the musicof the Middle Ages and bringing it to life for modernaudiences. The group has performed in Toronto andother Ontario centres, as well as Alberta, Quebec, theMaritimes, the eastern USA and England.This year, Sine Nomine celebrates 20 years of inventiveprogramming, combining vocal and instrumentalmusic from medieval courts and churches with

eadings, drama and liturgical action to provide insightinto the fascinating artistic and intellectual cultureof the Middle Ages. Concerts will take place onFriday December 16, “An Avignon Christmas Mass”;Friday February 24, “A Canterbury Pilgrimage”; andFriday April 27, “Music of the Spheres,” at SaintThomas’s Church (383 Huron St.) at 8pm.Sine Nomine has produced three recordings: an independentcassette, the CD-ROM The Art of the Chant(PBS/Jasmine) and the CD A Golden Treasury of MediaevalMusic (Saydisc/AmonRa).Sine Nomine is ensemble-in-residence at thePontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.Contact: Randall Rosenfeld416-638-9445Fax:●●SINFONIA TORONTO“A World Class Ensemble” (Germany’s RusselheimerEcho), Sinfonia Toronto performs its seven“Masterpiece Series” concerts in Glenn Gould Studio.The orchestra concertizes in other Ontario centres,broadcasts on CBC and performs community outreachconcerts. Since 2009 Sinfonia Toronto hasbeen the orchestra-in-residence at Barrie’s Coloursof Music Festival.Sinfonia Toronto’s strings perform standing, blendingeach musician’s soloistic energy into a brilliantensemble under music director Nurhan Arman. Aroster of winds and percussion joins the strings forchamber orchestra programmes. This fall the orchestrawill release its third CD on Cambria Records. The orchestrahas toured Spain (2010) and Germany (2008),where its performances were recorded by HessischerRundfunk for state-wide broadcast.Soloists for 2011/12 include pianists David Jalbert,Lucille Chung, Ratimir Martinovic and Dmitri Gordin;violinists Sarah Cheong and Victor Kuleshove; clarinetistJames Campbell; and Spanish trumpeter VicenteCampos. The orchestra will perform in Barrie andPort Hope.The Toronto Star writes of “a remarkable range ofcolour,” “ample eloquence” and “gripping authority,”while La Scena Musicale declared, “Nurhan Armanand his orchestra literally conquered us.”Nurhan Arman, music director and conductorHeather MacLean, general managerMargaret Chasins, director of●●SONY CENTRE FOR THEPERFORMING ARTSSony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto’s firstperforming arts centre, has played a defining role inthe cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years.Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre is home toa roster of national and international artists that reflectsthe diversity and sophistication of 21st-centuryToronto. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicatedto developing Toronto’s younger audiences throughfamily programming, workshops targeted towardsschool-aged audiences, an under-30 membership programand other community initiatives including aninternational culinary experience. For tickets and/orinformation please call 1-855-872-SONY (7669), or visit the box office at 1 Front StreetEast, Toronto.●●SOUNDSTREAMSFor almost three decades, Soundstreams has ignitedaudiences with an annual concert series that rangesfrom intimate chamber music events to multi-choralSINE NOMINEspectaculars, operas and eight highly successful internationalfestivals. Led by founding artistic directorLawrence Cherney, Soundstreams creates and programsmusic concerts that weave together globallydiverse genres, artists and eras. An international centrefor new directions in music, Soundstreams is oneof the largest and most dynamic organizations of itskind anywhere in the world.Programming focuses on music by living composers,with a special emphasis on Canadian composers.Soundstreams regularly commissions new worksfrom both Canadian and international composers andhas added over 160 new works to the global repertoiresince 1982.Soundstreams’ community outreach initiatives generatedynamic encounters among creators, performersand audiences, and inspire youth in creating thefuture of music. Soundstreams brings visiting composersand musicians to schools for mentorship andcomposition workshops. Students showcase theirtalents in the Young Artist Overture, a mainstageperformance series presented as part of our performanceseries.Jennifer Green, executive●●SOUTHERN ONTARIO CHAPTEROF THE HYMN SOCIETYSouthern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society(SOCHS) is a growing non-denominational organizationsupporting congregational song and offeringthree events each season in the Barrie, Kitchener-Waterloo and Pickering triangle. Anyone interestedin hymns and congregational song may join us orparticipate in our activities. John L. Bell and JamesAbbington have brought exciting songs to our gatherings.Internationally recognized hymn writers MaryLouise Bringle, Carl Daw, Michael Hawn and BrianWren have also been guests.Our fall social at 2:30pm on Sunday October 2, 2011,at Islington United Church features tips on supportingcongregational song. We’ll sing hymns and enjoycookies. On Monday February 13, 2012, at 7:30 pm,we’ll host a conversation at Emmanuel College about“Hymns and Church Music: Where is it all Going?”with young musicians who are students or graduatesof the Master of Sacred Music (MSMus) programat Emmanuel College. At our workshop on SaturdayJune 2, 2012, from 9:30am to 3:30pm at MetropolitanUC, Gerald Martindale will introduce the art of thecarillon. J.C. Coolen will show handbells buildingcommunity and enhancing●●ST. ANNE’S ANGLICAN CHURCHEstablished in 1862, St. Anne’s has occupied its currentByzantine sanctuary since 1907. It is a nationalhistoric site because it contains the only religious artof members of the Group of Seven. Renowned for itsmusic and acoustics, St. Anne’s is the performanceand recording venue for special musical events by ourown choir as well as other groups. Daniel Norman,director of music, welcomes new members to ourchoir, which plays an important role at the 10:30amSunday services.In the 300-seat parish hall auditorium at 651 DufferinSt., the Music and Drama Society (MADS) will featureits 49th annual Gilbert and Sullivan production, TheYeomen of the Guard, January 27, 28 and 29 and February3, 4, 5 and 6, with artistic director Laura Schatz andmusic director Daniel Norman. In 2009, MADS performedto critical acclaim at the Buxton, England,International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Parking arrangementsand TTC access to Dufferin and Dundasare excellent.To celebrate the parish’s sesquicentennial in 2012,special cultural events are being planned.Diana Schatz,● ● ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOLThe treasury of sacred music can be heard weekly at St.Michael’s Cathedral, where a fine choral tradition hasbeen maintained since St. Michael’s Choir School wasfounded in 1937. Treble and SATB boys’ choirs sing atthe Saturday evening and Sunday morning masses, atthe solemn liturgies of the Christmas and Easter seasonsand at important archdiocesan events. Join usat the Cathedral for “In Remembrance,” an eveningof sacred music, on October 14. The joyous sounds ofthe season fill Massey Hall every December as the boyspresent their annual Christmas concert, this year onDecember 10 and 11. At St. Michael’s Cathedral, preparefor Easter with the moving Tenebrae service onApril 4 and celebrate spring on May 25 (both events at7:30pm). The Choir School provides enriched learningfor boys in grades 3 to 12, with daily choral rehearsalsand individual instruction in piano, organ, voice,theWholeNote 2011-2012 PRESENTER PROFILES

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