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Volume 17 Issue 2 - October 2011

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2011-2012 PRESENTER PROFILESwe infuse the familiar with the new and move both theensemble and our audience into exciting and sometimeschallenging musical waters.416-972-9193info@viasalzburg.comwww.viasalzburg.com●●VICTORIA SCHOLARS MEN’SCHORAL ENSEMBLEThe namesake of the Victoria Scholars, Tomás Luis deVictoria, was an outstanding renaissance composerwhose music is renowned for its spirituality and emotionalexpressiveness. The Victoria Scholars bring theclarity and balance of sound so characteristic of renaissancemusic to all their repertoire, encompassingmedieval plainchant, works from the baroque, classical,romantic, and contemporary eras and newlycommissionedworks.Past winners of the Healey Willan Grand Prize inthe CBC Radio National Competition for AmateurChoirs, the Victoria Scholars have performed withmany exceptional arts organizations (including theToronto Symphony Orchestra and the Kiev ChamberChoir) and vocal soloists (including Michael Schade,Russell Braun, Sondra Radvanovsky and NorineBurgess). They have toured nationally and internationally,have three widely acclaimed recordings, and areheard regularly on CBC Radio 2 and Classical 96.3 FM.The 2011/12 concert series includes “Solace — Songsof Remembrance and Peace” (November 6), “Natusest nobis” (December 16 and 18), “The RomanticGentleman” (March 4), and “Sea Fever” (June 3and 10).We welcome interested singers at our auditionsevery September and January.Jerzy Cichocki, music director416-761-7776info@victoriascholars.cawww.victoriascholars.ca●●VILLAGE VOICESVillage Voices is a not-for-profit, adult mixed-voicecommunity choir of about 70 voices, now in its 23rdseason. Under the direction of Joan Andrews, thechoir provides fellowship for its members and producesa high standard of achievement in all typesand eras of choral music: classical, sacred and secular.Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights in Unionville.Village Voices raises its artistic level and expands itsrepertoire through vocal workshops and by includingprofessional guest soloists and instrumentalists. Thechoir performs at various venues in Markham and thesurrounding area. It continues to honour its commitmentto the community by entertaining at local retirementand group homes.Village Voices will perform its annual Christmasconcert on November 26 and Handel’s Messiahon December 15 as guests of the Kindred SpiritsOrchestra. The spring concert on May 12 will honourmotherhood. All performances take place in Markham.Joan Andrews, conductor and artistic directorGerald Loo, accompanistMarg Clark, membership information905-472-6435marg.clarke39@yahoo.cainfo@villagevoices.ca●●VISUAL & PERFORMINGARTS NEWMARKETVisual and Performing Arts Newmarket was organizedin 1988 with the aim of bringing together artslovers and campaigning for a performing arts facility.In 1997, VPAN was able to take advantage of anew state-of-the-art theatre in Newmarket and created“Three For The Show,” a three-concert seriesof classical music on Sunday afternoons during thewinter months. Most recent artists appearing includeJanina Fialkowska, the Gryphon Trio, Joel Quarrington,Rivka Golani, André Laplante, Quartetto Gelato,Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elmer Iseler Singers andthe Bach Children’s Choir.Eleven years ago, VPAN added a popular fourth concert,“Young Artists’ Showcase.” In 2011/12 VPAN celebratesits 15th season by presenting The Zodiac Trio(violin, clarinet, piano) on October 30, 2011, PentaedreWind Quintet on March 4, 2012, and soprano comedienneMary Lou Fallis on April 1, 2012.All concerts take place Sundays at 2pm at theNewmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres. Subscriptiontickets are (adults), (seniors) and (students).Single tickets can be purchased by callingthe theatre box office or online. See contact informationbelow.Judy Craig 905-895-8713Box Office: 905-953-5122;www.newmarkettheatre.caart_judycraig@rogers.comwww.vpan.ca●●VIVA! YOUTH SINGERS OF TORONTOLeading innovators in choral education, VIVA! YouthSingers of Toronto is a vibrant choral organizationfor children and youth aged 4 to 25. 2011/12 marksVIVA!’s 12th season as a downtown, non-profit groupof choirs whose mission is to provide children andyouth with artistically excellent musical opportunitiesin a supportive, inclusive environment. Founded byCarol Woodward Ratzlaff in response to widespreadcuts to school arts programmes, VIVA!’s diverse programmingfeatures age-appropriate choral trainingthrough weekly instruction in vocal technique,regular private vocal instruction and comprehensivetheory. Through a valuable mentoring program, youngsingers learn from university and high school students.VIVA!’s unique Inclusion Program providesspecialized support for youth with disabilities in allchoirs. Our 2011/12 season includes performances withthe National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker throughoutDecember, “Carols by Candlelight” at Trinity-St. Paul’s on December 18, our annual gala featuringAdrianne Pieczonka on April 11, 2012, a concert inspiredby the muses on June 3, 2012, and the “GreeceTour Farewell Concert” on June 26, 2012.416-788-8482www.vivayouthsingers.com●●WINDERMERE STRING QUARTETThe Windermere String Quartet was formed in thespring of 2005 to perform the music of Mozart, Haydn,Beethoven, Schubert and their contemporaries onperiod instruments. Violinists Rona Goldensher andElizabeth Loewen Andrews, violist Anthony Rapoportand cellist Laura Jones share a wealth of experience inbaroque and classical styles. Individually, they havebeen acclaimed for their performances with suchgroups as Sinfonia Toronto, Talisker Players and theklezmer ensemble HuTsaTsa.The quartet’s first CD, The Golden Age of StringQuartets, is to be released during the 2011/12 season.The Windermere String Quartet Concert Serieswas founded in 2006. In addition to the quartet’score classical repertoire, the series occasionally featuresnewly commissioned works. Concerts takeplace in the warm acoustic and intimate atmosphereof St. Olave’s Anglican Church in Toronto’s westend and have been recorded for broadcast by CBCRadio. The quartet has also performed at Toronto’sAcademy Concert Series, the Toronto Music Garden,Nuit Blanche, Musically Speaking, Stratford ChamberMusic, The Lake MacDonald Music Centre and Musicat Port Milford.416-769-0952info@windermerestringquartet.comwww.windermerestringquartet.com●●WOMEN’S MUSICAL CLUB OF TORONTOThrough its “Music in the Afternoon” concert series,the 113‐year‐old Women’s Musical Club of Torontopresents chamber music concerts featuring musicianson the threshold of international recognition as wellas established artists and ensembles.Concerts are held Thursday afternoons (oneWednesday and four Thursdays for the 114th season)at 1:30pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building,80 Queen’s Park.Artists for the 114th (2011/12) season are: WeilersteinTrio and Barry Shiffman, viola (Wednesday September28); Robert Aitken, flute, Simon Fryer, cello, andWalter Delahunt, piano, with the premiere of a newwork by Chris Paul Harman commissioned by theWMCT (Thursday October 27); Adrianne Pieczonka,soprano, and Stephen Ralls, piano (ThursdayDecember 1); Roger Chase, viola, and Michiko Otaki,piano (Thursday February 23); and Banff StringQuartet Competition winner Cecilia String Quartet(Thursday March 29).Member/subscriber benefits include “Tuning YourMind,” a free pre‐concert lecture series presentedin partnership with the Faculty of Music, Universityof Toronto, on a topic related to the day’s concert.Susan Corrigan, arts administrator416-923-7052wmct@wmct.on.cawww.wmct.on.ca● ● YORK UNIVERSITYDEPARTMENT OF MUSICYork’s Department of Music showcases its residenttalent in more than 100 public events each season. Anannual highlight is the Faculty Concert Series, thisyear spotlighting percussionist Trichy Sankaran, sopranoJanet Obermeyer, violinist Jacques Israelievitch,pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and improv pianistCasey Sokol. Classical chamber concerts and performancesby the York U Concert, Chamber and Men’sChoirs are offered alongside cutting-edge electroacousticexplorations and original works by studentcomposers. The annual world music festival celebratesdiverse global traditions, from Caribbean andMiddle Eastern music to West African drums, flamencoguitar and Chinese orchestra. Each term concludeswith performances by the York U SymphonyOrchestra, Gospel Choir and Wind Symphony, and afour-day jazz festival featuring small ensembles, jazzchoirs and jazz orchestra. Professional masterclassesare open to observers.The “Music at Midday” series offer free lunchtimeperformances, often featuring guest artists. Otherconcerts are held weekday evenings and occasionalweekends. Performances take place in the TributeCommunities Recital Hall or the informal settingof the Martin Family Lounge in the Accolade EastBuilding at York’s Keele campus.Dr. Louise Wrazen, chairWilliam Thomas, associate chairDr. Lisette Canton, graduate program directorJudy Karacs, events and promotions coordinatormusicprg@yorku.ca416-736-5186Box Office: 416-736-5888; www.yorku.ca/performwww.yorku.ca/finearts/music

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