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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILESvolunteers and apprentices. The TMC has asix-concert subscription season and performsregularly with the TSO, including Handel’sMessiah.The 2012/13 season opens November 14 withTMC and TorQ Percussion Quartet performingOrff’s Carmina Burana at Koerner Hall. “Festivalof Carols” and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennellewill be held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Churchand “Sacred Music for a Sacred Space,” a GoodFriday tradition, will be held at St. Paul’s Basilica.TMC, Festival Orchestra and noted soloistsconclude the season on May 15 at Koerner Hallwith Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.The TMC’s education and outreach programsinclude the annual Conductors’ Symposium foremerging conductors, the Apprentice Programto support young singers and Singsation Saturdaychoral workshops for anyone who lovesto sing.Noel Edison, artistic director and conductorCynthia Hawkins, executive●●TORONTO OPERA REPERTOIRECelebrating its 46th anniversary with its 2013season, Toronto Opera Repertoire has delightedthe community with affordable productionsof opera classics and given students, choristersand aspiring singers the opportunity tolearn new roles, sing in the chorus and understandthe complexities and challenges of operastagecraft. Run in conjunction with the TorontoDistrict School Board’s Continuing EducationProgram, this community opera company presentstwo fully staged, professionally costumedoperas each year at the Bickford Centre Theatre,777 Bloor St. W.In February 2013, TOR will present Rossini’s TheBarber of Seville (in Italian) and Offenbach’s TheTales of Hoffman (in French). TOR invites aspiringsoloists to audition and enthusiastic choristersto join the non-auditioned chorus.Chris Lea,●●TORONTO PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRAUnder the baton of artistic director and principalconductor Uri Mayer, the Toronto PhilharmoniaOrchestra will present five exciting concertsin its upcoming season in the George WestonRecital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.The series begins on October 18, 2012, with our“Ridout, Dvořák, Strauss and Beethoven” concert,featuring Joan Watson, horn. Season highlightsinclude Haydn, Mozart and Schubert with pianistTamas Erdi (November 16, 2012); an all-Mozartconcert featuring Peter Stoll, clarinet (January 25,2013); music of Chatman and Mendelssohn, andthe Brahms Violin Concerto Op.77 in D Major withviolinist Ivan Ženatý (March 15, 2013); and operaexcerpts from the works of Verdi, Puccini andDonizetti (May 17, 2013). The season promisesto be fresh and vibrant, so please join us forthe concerts!●●TORONTO SINGING STUDIOWelcome to a new season of singing! The TorontoSinging Studio offers many ways to improve anddevelop your voice and singing skills.Interested in private singing lessons? Discoverthe unique sound that is your singing voice. Areyou more comfortable in a group class? Thesevery popular classes (for singers ages 18 and up)will be a perfect fit: “Singing Basics” for beginners,“Singers’ Repertoire Class” for experiencedsingers and the “Advanced Singing Workshop”held in July for advanced singers.TTSS has four amateur adult choirs: VocalMosaic (no audition), Celebration Choir (noaudition, for singers over age 55), Vivace Vox(by audition only), and Summer Singers (noaudition, meets June and July).The Toronto Singing Studio has locationsdowntown and midtown. For more information,visit the TTSS website.Linda Eyman,●●TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAUnder the artistic leadership of music directorPeter Oundjian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestraperforms over 100 concerts featuring animpressive lineup of guest artists and repertoirein the visually stunning and acousticallysuperb Roy Thomson Hall.This season features music for all tastes — fromblockbusters including Beethoven’s SymphonyNo.9 and Brahms’s A German Requiem, to musicinspired by art, such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures atan Exhibition, and even music inspired by words,such as Strauss’s Don Quixote. Plus, don’t missout on the classic film West Side Story with liveorchestral accompaniment!Great deals for audiences aged 15 to 35: signup for free at and get TSO ticketsfor ! Some restrictions apply.Peter Oundjian, music directorSir Andrew Davis, conductor laureateSteven Reineke, principal pops conductorAndrew R. Shaw, president and CEOLoie Fallis, director of artistic planningAdministration: 416-593-7769Box Office:●●TORONTO WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIRThe TWMVC continues to explore new horizonsunder the leadership of artistic director andconductor William Woloschuk and accompanistChristina Fey. On its latest recording, TorontoWelsh Male Voice Choir with Shannon Mercer, Live atGlenn Gould Studio, the choir exhibits the uniquesound of Welsh four-part harmony, performinga vibrant blend of traditional Welsh songs celebratingthe rich culture of the “Land of Song” aswell as contemporary works from around theglobe. Highlights from the choir’s busy scheduleinclude tours through Northern Ontario, WesternCanada, New York State and Wales. TWMVCwelcomes prospective members. “Welshness”is optional! Rehearsals are held Wednesdaysfrom 7:30pm to 10pm, at 33 Melrose Ave.,●●TORQ PERCUSSION QUARTETHailed as “outstanding — no, make that astonishing”by the Ottawa Citizen, TorQ PercussionQuartet has performed to standing ovations andcritical acclaim across the country and aroundthe world, and is recognized for engaging performancesand captivating programming. TorQ(Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drakeand Daniel Morphy) has premiered compositionsby Christos Hatzis, Eric Robertson andPaul Frehner. They have performed at the OttawaChamber Music Festival and the Indian RiverFestival, with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir inCanada and Germany and for Prairie Debut,Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada andSoundstreams Canada, amongst others. Theirevolving repertoire sees them performing musicof established composers such as John Cage andSteve Reich, and commissioning new Canadianworks. They have released two recordings onthe independent label Bedoint Records; theirfirst self-titled recording was given 3.5/4 starsby Toronto music writer John Terauds, and theirmore recent album two + two was lauded as a“landmark recording [… demonstrating] an artistrythat puts TorQ squarely on par with the bestpercussion ensembles in the world” by formerNexus member Robin●●TOYICH INTERNATIONAL PROJECTSToyich International Projects is a non-profitcharitable organization devoted to developingthe skills, professional training and musicaleducation of music students, performers,mature amateur musicians and music teachersby providing them with opportunities todevelop and present their talents nationallyand internationally.Our acclaimed Monster Concerts (pianoorchestras) have showcased many talented performersover the years and have been featuredon radio, television and print media in Canadaand Europe.TIP’s mandate is inclusive and we provide andsupport professional training on an ongoingbasis to musicians of all ages, in the form ofcoaching, master classes and performance practice(contact Boyanna Toyich for informationabout participation).TIP in collaboration with the University ofToronto’s Faculty of Music is proud to presentRomeSMARTS (Rome Summer Musical Arts) inRome, Italy, each summer offering performanceprograms, masterclasses with Canadianand Italian teachers, lectures, seminars, publicperformances and University of Toronto creditcourses for eligible students. The dates for nextyear’s program in Rome are July 15 to 28, 2013.Boyanna Toyich, artistic director,president and● ● TRILLIUM BRASS QUINTETThe Trillium Brass Quintet (Andre Dubelstenand Scott Harrison, trumpets; Katie Toksoy,horn; Cathy Stone, trombone; and CourtneyLambert, tuba) is a versatile and professionalchamber ensemble.

Formed in 1996, TBQ has performed throughoutOntario, including recital appearances forthe Boycageon Music Council, Gananoque ConcertAssociation, the inaugural Brass in the GrassFestival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festivaland the Toronto International Chamber MusicFestival, and as featured guests with the Sault Ste.Marie Symphony. The quintet has collaboratedwith, among others, Exultate Chamber Singers,Pax Christi Chorale and Cantores CelestesWomen’s Chamber Choir. TBQ maintains a strongcommitment to education with a busy scheduleof educational concerts through Prologueto the Performing Arts.By commissioning new works as well as transcribingmusic from many styles and eras, TBQhas developed a sophisticated and dynamicstage presentation.TBQ’s recordings include their debut CD,Revecy, and Seasons of the Spirit (with the PaxChristi Chorale).Please visit our website for audio and videosamples, and for more information about thisunique●●TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPELTrinity College Chapel’s tradition of excellence inliturgical music is maintained by current musicdirector John Tuttle, organ scholar Rachel Mahonand the Trinity Chapel Choir. Every Wednesday(at 5:15pm) during the academic year, the choirsings Choral Evensong, presenting music froma broad historical spectrum extending from theRenaissance to our own era. Sunday, December 9,at 4pm is the date of the chapel’s annual serviceof Advent Lessons and Carols.This year, a Monday music series (12:15pm to12:45pm) will alternate monthly presentations of“Sacred Music in a Sacred Space” (liturgical musicfrom both Eastern and Western traditions, curatedby Peter Drobac) with recitals by studentsand other musicians associated with Trinity, andrecorded music for meditation. Please see thechapel website for more detailed information.The chapel is available for rental at reasonablerates. Its excellent acoustics and elegantGothic interior make it an ideal venue for choraland chamber performances, and it is equippedwith a single-manual chamber organ. The naveis wheelchair accessible.The Rev’d Andrea●●UNIVERSITY OF TORONTOFACULTY OF MUSICThe Faculty of Music at the University of Torontois regarded as a top destination for the professionaland scholarly study of music in NorthAmerica. As part of one of the world’s top universities,the Faculty of Music is home to a diverseand dynamic community of scholars, performers,composers and educators. With superbeducators in every area of music study and dozensof areas of specialization in our degree anddiploma programs, we offer an education that isboth broad and deep. Our students and alumnihave garnered such awards as Prix Italia, the Peabody,Juno and National Jazz Awards, and occupyprominent positions with such ensembles asTRILLIUM BRASS QUINTETthe Toronto Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra,Boston Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic.The Faculty of Music’s annual concert seasonfeatures students, faculty and guests in over 100public concerts, lectures and masterclasses. Thisyear’s featured guests include pianist MenahemPressler, the Tallis Scholars, composers StevenMackey and Lesley Barber, saxophonist DavidLiebman, vocalists Stephanie Blythe and MichaelSchade, Cecilia String Quartet and the Berlin PhilharmonicWind Quintet, among others.Dr. Don McLean, deanBox Office:●●UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENTMUSIC & ARTS SCHOOLThe University Settlement Music and Arts Schoolhas been providing quality, affordable musiclessons and group classes for over 90 years indowntown Toronto. We believe that the arts are aright, not a privilege, and we offer music and artsprograms to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity,perceived talent, disability or ability to pay.Individual lessons are available from a facultyof highly qualified professionals on a wide varietyof instruments, in voice and theory. Groupactivities include Children’s Choir, CommunityChoir, Chamber Music, Ear Training, RCMRudiments, Harmony and History, Dance for Children(ballet, jazz and tap) and Computer Music.New this year is our jazz program with lessonsin jazz piano, guitar and saxophone. There willalso be opportunities for more advanced playersto work in ensembles.Lesson fees are modest and we offer subsidiesto children of low-income families who qualify.Scholarships, practice facilities and instrumentrentals are also available to our students. Regularstudent recitals offer excellent performanceopportunities in a family environment. Call us,email us or check us out on Facebook!Anne Yardley, director, Music and Arts SchoolMichelle Simmons, program assistant416- 598- 3444 x243/●●UPPER CANADA CHORISTERSThe Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed-voicecommunity choir in Toronto committed tomusical excellence, community service and collaborationwith both local and internationalchoirs. The choir’s diversity is reflected in itswide range of repertoire and the variety of itsguest artists. Cantemos is the auditioned Latinchamber ensemble of the choristers. Foundingartistic director and conductor Laurie Evan Fraserand accompanist Nicole Bellamy providethe professional musical leadership for thisvibrant organization.The choir performs two programs annuallyin a variety of community venues.Our 2012/13 season opens with “TomorrowShall be My Dancing Day,” a concert onDecember 7, 2012, at Grace Church on-the-Hill,featuring John Rutter’s musical fable The ReluctantDragon. Our spring concert on May 10, 2013,at Grace Church is “Sure on This Shining night:Music of the Americas.” The program featuresprevious commissions of the choir by StephenChatman, Mark Sirett and David Tomlinson, andincludes music by Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barberand Morten Lauridsen, as well as music fromChile, Argentina and Venezuela.Laurie Evan Fraser, artistic● ● VESNIVKA CHOIRFounding director Halyna Kvitka Kondrackiestablished Vesnivka Choir in 1965. This awardwinning40-member women’s ensemble hasdelighted audiences around the world withits rich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical,contemporary and traditional folk music.Vesnivka, in partnership with the Toronto UkrainianMale Chamber Choir, begins its concertseason October 21, 2012, with a musical tributeto the late Marta Krawciw-Barabash, founderof Toronto’s Ukrainian Music Festival, featuringrenowned guest artists including RomanBorys of The Gryphon Trio and piano duo Lubaand Ireneus Zuk, as well as a new music premiere.Vesnivka brings in the New Year withits ever-popular Ukrainian Christmas concerttheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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