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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILESELCOME TO WHOLENOTE’S“Blue Pages,” our annualdirectory of concert presenters.This is your window onToronto and Southern Ontario’supcoming concert season, fromamateur choirs to professionalorchestras, from small chamberensembles to opera companies!We’ve been amassing profilessince the summer, 162 intotal this year, written by thepresenters themselves, concertorganizations who haveopted to become WholeNoteMembers.We hope you’ll enjoyperusing these pages for aunique overview of who’sdoing what in 2012/13. Whilewe’ve done our best to collectas many profiles as possiblein time for publication, thereare always latecomers, soplease visit our website atTORONTO CENTRE FOR THE (click on“Directories,” then “Blue Pages”)for additions and updatesthroughout the year.For presenters who missedthe October magazine butwho wish to become part ofthis directory online, or whowould like more informationon the benefits of WholeNotemembership, please contactme at the e-mail address below.All the best for the 2012/13concert season, whether youare in the audience or onstage!— Karen Agesmembers@thewholenote.com416-323-2232 x262012/13 BLUE PAGES TEAMProject Manager Karen AgesProject Editor Adam WeinmannProofreader Sharna SearleLayout & Design Uno RamatWebsite Bryson WinchesterCover Photo Ryan Jorgensen/Dreamstime●●ACADEMY CONCERT SERIESEstablished in 1991, the Academy Concert Seriesoffers high quality, authentic and intimatechamber music concerts on period instrumentsspanning the baroque, classical and romanticeras. A vast breadth of repertoire is performed,highlighting historically informed performancepractices and interpretations, and detailed programnotes give the music historical context. Theprograms are thematic and deliberately craftedto highlight a specific time, place and/or composer.The performers include both establishedprofessionals and those in the developing stagesof their careers.Our 2012/13 season features performances rangingfrom the baroque to the romantic periods.“Quintessential Brahms” (December 1, 2012) willfeature the clarinet quintet and a string quintetfrom Brahms’ late period. “Bach’s Blessings”(February 9, 2013) highlights soprano NathaliePaulin in a concert of Bach’s more intimate vocaland instrumental chamber music. “A Portrait ofPaganini” (April 27, 2013) will feature some ofPaganini’s lesser-known chamber music as wellas one of the well-loved violin caprices.All concerts are held Saturdays at 8pm, in theoutstanding acoustics of Eastminster UnitedChurch (310 Danforth Ave.).Kerri McGonigle, artistic●●ALDEBURGH CONNECTIONNow it’s more than 30 years of “Celebrating theArt of Song!” Join artistic directors and pianistsStephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, along withan array of distinguished Canadian singers —Colin Ainsworth, Benjamin Butterfield, AnitaKrause, Allyson McHardy, Shannon Mercer, NathaliePaulin, Susan Platts, Brett Polegato, DanielTaylor, Monica Whicher and many others — inour new season of five Sunday afternoon concerts(with afternoon tea) in Walter Hall: “TheLyre of Orpheus” (music in the life and work ofRobertson Davies, October 21), “Madame Bizet”(December 2), “Valse des fleurs” (Russian song,January 27), “Love among the Ruins” (Schubertiad,March 10) and “A Time There Was” (Brittensongs, May 26). In addition, two star-studdedrecitals in the Glenn Gould Studio on April 26and May 7 make up “A Britten Festival of Song”to end the season and to celebrate the centenaryof our signature composer. Find full detailson our website.Stephen Ralls, co-artistic director416-531-3330Box Office:●●ALL SAINTS’ KINGSWAYANGLICAN CHURCHThe All Saints’ Choir provides musical leadershipat weekly Sunday morning Eucharists,Festival Evensongs, community outreach projectsand concerts throughout the year. Thechoir has toured notable cathedrals in the UK,recorded two CDs and performed throughoutToronto. Recent performances includeDuruflé’s Requiem, a joint concert with the AmadeusChoir of Toronto and a thrilling Christmas

presentation, “The Call of Christmas,” with theTrue North Brass with massed choir performingtwo new world commissions.Upcoming choral concerts include “A BritishAffair” with the Elmer Iseler Singers, “Carolingon the Kingsway” and our annual Christmasconcert, “Never a Brighter Star,” featuring orchestraand massed choir. Our Passion-Tide concertcelebrates Howard Goodall’s breathtakingRequiem: Eternal Light and to finish off the season,we present an afternoon concert with theHigh Park Choirs of Toronto under the directionof Zimfira Poloz, who will take us on a musicaljourney of great delight.ASK always welcomes new members to ourmusical community. For more informationplease visit our website.Shawn Grenke, director of●●AMADEUS CHOIRFounded in 1975, the Amadeus Choir, under thedirection of conductor and artistic director LydiaAdams, is celebrating its 38th year. The choir performsa regular series of concerts, presentingwell-known artists in works by Canadian andinternational composers, including major workswith full orchestra as well as challenging a cappellaperformances.The Amadeus Choir’s 2012/13 season beginswith Rachmaninoff’s Vespers on October 27 andcontinues December 8 with “Magnificat.” Thisperformance, featuring the Bach Children’sChorus, highlights winning compositions fromthe choir’s 26th annual Seasonal Song-WritingCompetition, open this year to children andyouth only. March 23 sees the Amadeus Choirjoining forces with the Elmer Iseler Singers topresent Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor.Finally, on June 1, the Amadeus Choir finishesits season with a celebration of over 25 years ofcollaboration with the Bach Children’s Chorus,presenting Ruth Watson Henderson’s stunningVoices of Earth along with a world première byEleanor Daley.Lydia Adams, conductor and artistic directorShawn Grenke, accompanistOlena Jatsyshyn, general●●AMICIAmici’s 2012/13 “Celebrating throughCollaboration” season is full of fun and interestingcollaborations. Artistic directors JoaquinValdepeñas, David Hetherington and SeroujKradjian celebrate 25 years of Amici by openingthe season at Dr. James Stewart’s award-winningIntegral House on October 12. The event will hosttheir 11th CD launch, a luxury silent auction andintimate performances by fine musicians.As is tradition, Amici has outstanding gueststhis season — too many to list them all! Guestsinclude Isabel Bayrakdarian, Jonathan Crow,Marie Bérard, Jeffrey Beecher, Sarah Jeffrey andAndrew McCandless. This season marks two firsts,a performance with the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival (TIFF) in February and a debut atKoerner Hall in March. We hope you will joinACADEMY CONCERT SERIESus to celebrate 25 years and wonderful chambermusic this season.Concert locations are the following: MazzoleniHall, Royal Conservatory (November 2, 2012);Bell Lightbox (February 3, 2013); Koerner Hall(March 1, 2013) and Glenn Gould Studio (May 5,2013). Full series subscriptions (four concerts +Integral House Event): adult 5, senior 0.Amici office:●●ANNEX SINGERSThe Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant communitychoir delivering an eclectic repertoirewith spirit and sophistication. Now in its 34thseason, the 60-voice choir performs classicaland contemporary repertoire, including premieresof Canadian works. The Annex ChamberChoir is a 20-voice ensemble drawn from thelarger choir, presenting works from the chamberrepertoire. Director Maria Case’s dynamicleadership and programming continue to invigoratethe choir, attracting new members andwider audiences. This year we will present twoconcerts at Bloor St. United Church — “DecemberDiaries” on December 8, 2012 and “Heavenand Earth” on April 13, 2013 — and will close theseason with a cabaret, “The Food of Love,” onMay 25, 2013. Experienced singers should contactour membership coordinator through ourwebsite to arrange an audition.Richard●●ARADIA ENSEMBLEThe JUNO-nominated Aradia Ensemble presentsan innovative series incorporating old-world artistryand modern-day relevance, performing aneclectic blend of orchestral and chamber musicon baroque instruments.Fresh from its summer residency in Italy,Aradia is delighted to launch the season at HeliconianHall on September 14, with a performanceof Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. On December 22, backby popular request, is our “Dublin Messiah” atGlenn Gould Studio. Staying at Glenn Gould, onApril 5, 2013, Aradia will play excerpts from a newthree-CD set of Handel’s Concerti Grossi Op.6. OnMay 3, 2013, the Music Gallery sees the return ofthe hugely popular “BAROQUE IDOL! 2,” wherewe invite young composers to write for baroqueinstruments and the audience chooses its favourite— our Baroque Idol for the year!Aradia performs at: Glenn Gould Studio onDecember 22, 2012, and April 5, 2013; HeliconianHall, September 14, 2012; and the Music GalleryMay 3, 2013. Aradia will also present Handel’sOrlando at St. Lawrence Centre with Opera inConcert, February 3, 2013.Kevin Mallon, artistic director416-960-●●ARRAYMUSIC: THE ARRAYENSEMBLE & THE ARRAY SPACEArraymusic presents contemporary music andis dedicated to finding truth and beauty inunexpected places. Array nourishes the musicalimagination by embracing new techniques, technologiesand perspectives, committing to thehighest levels of performance. Each season,Arraymusic presents its group, the Array Ensemble,and guest artists in a series of concerts andeducational workshops, championing both writtenand improvised music.Arraymusic provides a well-equipped, affordablerental facility, the Array Space, for musicalartists to rehearse, record and present their music.Array brings a fierce spirit of exploration, profoundrespect for our contemporary composers,deep appreciation for the art of sound and opennessto the intellectual and aesthetic conceptsthat shape our time. Array provides composers,musicians and musical students with anenvironment in which they are free to take risks,challenge themselves and push the boundariesof traditional musical expression.Arraymusic is supported by the Toronto ArtsCouncil, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Councilfor the Arts, SOCAN Foundation, Ontario TrilliumtheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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