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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILESFoundation, Metcalf Charitable Foundation, ArtMentor Foundation Lucerne, Yamaha Canada,Roger D. Moore and through many generousindividual donors.Rick Sacks, artistic directorartdir@arraymusic.comSandra Bell, general●●ART OF TIME ENSEMBLEThe Art of Time Ensemble creates ground-breakinglive performance through the collaborationof artists of the highest calibre from the worldsof music, theatre, dance and the spoken word.Led by artistic director Andrew Burashko, thecompany has created such landmark performanceevents as the smash-hit production of Warof the Worlds as part of Harbourfront’s WorldStage series; I Send You This Cadmium Red, featuringthe music of Gavin Bryars, presented byCanadian Stage and named in the Globe andMail’s Top 11; and the completely sold-out concertpresentation of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’sClub, all taking place in●●ARTHOUSEIntroducing ArtHouse, an Oakville based registeredcharity that provides cost-free after-school,Saturday and summer camp programs in creativeand visual arts, music, improv and theatreand dance performance to children aged 7 to 11,helping them to discover their hidden talents,experience the thrill of creative expression andenhance their team-building, communicationand social skills.ArtHouse recruits and pays professional artsinstructors who specialize in nurturing and educatingyoung children.ArtHouse is inclusive, respecting diversity inall of its expressions, reaching all socio-economiclevels, but focusing particularly on childrenwithin families that may not have the financialresources to access fee-related programs.ArtHouse Festival Series — celebrating thepower of arts in our everyday lives!• Presents seasonal events at different communityvenues.• Welcomes international, national and localperformers to the Oakville stage.• Invites young artists to share their exceptionaltalents.• Promotes awareness about ArtHouse programs.October 12 to 13: Carlos Nunez —“A scorchingflautist and piper”October 27 — Ross Wooldridge and the Tributeto Benny Goodman Sextet with special guestAlex PangmanNovember 17 — “Imagine!”Don Pangman,●●ASSOCIATES OF THE TORONTOSYMPHONY ORCHESTRAMembers of the Associates of the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra (ATSO), a registered charitableorganization, appreciate classical music andorganize musical events featuring membersof the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) andthe Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO).Our “Five Small Concerts” present affordablechamber music and the ATSO’s “Grass RootsConcerts” bring free chamber music concertsto senior citizens’ homes. We also fund two Feldbrillscholarships annually for TSYO members.ATSO volunteers work on engaging musicians,publicizing concerts, ensuring that concerts runsmoothly and fundraising to make these concertspossible. The dates for the 2013 “Five SmallConcerts” are: January 21, February 25, March 4,April 22 and May 13; all concerts are at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. In addition, members attendSunday evening “Informals” — performances byinvited musicians or presentations by informativespeakers. These are held on seven Sundayevenings between September and June.If you would enjoy working with people whopromote an interest in classical music, pleasejoin the●●ATTILA GLATZ CONCERT PRODUCTIONSAGCP’s signature event is “New Year’s Concert —Salute to Vienna,” patterned after the original“Neujahrskonzert.” It’s held on New Year’s Dayin North America’s finest venues: Toronto’s RoyThomson Hall, NYC’s Lincoln Center, L.A.’s WaltDisney Concert Hall, Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre,Montreal’s Place des Arts and others. 18 yearsstrong, this holiday series consistently delightsaudiences wanting to usher in the New Year tothe sounds of Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries.All feature a 70-piece orchestra underthe baton of renowned European conductors,stellar European singers and dancers. AnotherToronto holiday tradition at Roy Thomson Hall,on New Year’s Eve, is “Bravissimo! Opera’s GreatestHits!” Epic crowd-pleasers monopolize theprogram: excerpts from favourite historic operas.British conductor Graeme Jenkins leads OperaCanada Symphony and international stars AilynPérez (U.S.A.), Annalisa Stroppa (Italy), Canada’sown Gregory Dahl, Gordon Gietz and Koreantenor Ho-Yoon Chung perform pieces from TheMagic Flute, Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Traviata,La Bohème and more. The 7pm start allows audiencesto attend a party or dinner by 10 pm.Box Office: 416-872-4255www.roythomson.comInfo:●●AURORA CULTURAL CENTREThe Aurora Cultural Centre welcomes you to ourbeautifully converted 1886 schoolhouse locatedin the heart of the town, just one block east ofYonge St. Established as a centre for arts, cultureand heritage, the Centre is home to thebeautiful Brevik Hall performance venue andits resident Yamaha C7 piano. With numerousart gallery spaces and multi-purpose rooms, theCentre hosts concerts, arts classes, workshops,heritage lectures, displays, gallery exhibitions,art sales and more. Fully accessible throughout,the facility was recognized as part of the Princeof Wales Heritage Prize awarded to the townof Aurora in 2008. Contact us today to inquireabout rental space and to discover our vibrantcalendar of●●BACH CHILDREN`S CHORUSBCC consists of 190 auditioned singers in choirsat differing levels of ability: three treble choirsfor children aged 6 to 16 and an SATB choir forboys with changed voices and girls aged 16 andup. Choristers are drawn from across the GreaterToronto area. Each choir rehearses weekly ineast Scarborough and participates in weekendexcursions involving festivals, workshops andconcerts with other youth choirs and worldrenownedclinicians. Educational programsemphasize vocal technique, theory, ear trainingand music reading. The BCC is a company-in-residenceat the Toronto Centre for the Arts, wherethis season’s concerts will be held on SaturdayDecember 15 and Saturday May 11.BCC has released six solo CDs and has wonseveral provincial and national choral awards,including the prestigious CBC/ACCC Competitionfor Amateur Choirs (2004 and 2010) and theElmer Iseler Award for Best Choir at the TorontoKiwanis Festival. Founder and artistic directorLinda Beaupré is well-known throughoutToronto as a guest conductor and clinician, and isa winner of the Leslie Bell Award for Conducting.Jane●●BEL CANTO SINGERSThe Bel Canto Singers are a 40-voice community-basedSATB choir which provides good music,fun and fellowship. Auditions are required fornew members, to determine vocal range. Weperform two concerts per year, in the fall andspring. We also sing for seniors’ residences andin fund-raisers for other organizations. Repertoireis varied and includes folk, movies, swing,spirituals, Broadway, and classical selections.Rehearsals are 7:30pm to 10pm on Tuesdays, atSt. Nicholas Anglican Church, Birchcliff.Linda Meyer, directorElaine,● ● BELL’ARTE SINGERSBell’Arte Singers is a welcoming choral communitydedicated to music making and theexploration of a wide range of styles and musicalinfluences. This year, Bell’Arte is thrilled to haveBrenda Uchimaru in the role of music directoras we enter our 25th season. This milestone inthe choir’s history will be celebrated with a galaperformance reuniting choir alumni and friends,including Lee Willingham, Stephen Hatfield andother guest artists.The choir rehearses every Saturday morning atthe Toronto Mennonite Centre in the beautifulBeaches neighbourhood of Toronto, with threeconcerts a year at St. Simon-the-Apostle Churchin downtown Toronto. We invite all singers wholove creating memorable musicals to join ourchoir and we encourage prospective members tocontact our membership co-ordinator and comeout to a regular rehearsal to meet our membersand sing with us.

Tanya Berezuk, membership●●BROTT MUSIC FESTIVALNow in its 25th season, the Brott Music Festivalis the largest non-profit orchestral music festivalin Canada, the only festival with a full-time,professional orchestra-in-residence.Founded by conductor Boris Brott in 1988, BMFfeatures classical, jazz, recital, pops and educationconcerts in the greater Hamilton area.It has been lauded throughout music circlesfor its innovative approaches to music makingIts orchestra-in-residence is the NationalAcademy Orchestra, Canada’s only professionaltraining orchestra, made up of young musicgraduates who are paired with professionals,both on and off stage. The Brott Music Festivalis renowned for its extremely high artisticstandard, world class soloists and its exuberantyoung orchestra.905-525-SONG or●●CANADIAN CHILDREN’SOPERA COMPANYThe Canadian Children’s Opera Company isone of only a few in the world in its category. Itcommissions, produces, records and tours newoperas and choral music, with children as boththe principal performers and main audience. Thecompany also regularly collaborates with otherleading arts organizations and prominent individualperformers, conductors and directors.The company comprises six divisions, with 200children and youth ages 3 to 19.The 2012/13 main opera production is aremount of last year’s premiere. Laura’s Cow: TheLegend of Laura Secord, by Errol Gay and MichaelPatrick Albano, commemorates the bicentennialof Laura Secord’s 1813 journey during theWar of 1812 (May 2 to 5, 2013, Harbourfront Centre).Other highlights of this season includeour “Winter Celebrations” on December 1, 2012,a school concert tour of A Dickens of a Christmas,and appearances with Orchestra Toronto, and atthe Glenn Gould Variations. If you are interestedin auditioning for the CCOC, call us or downloadan application form from our website.Ann Cooper Gay, executive artistic●●CANADIAN MEN’S CHORUSAfter two highly successful seasons, the CanadianMen’s Chorus and artistic director GregRainville will present three concerts at the GlennGould Studio this season. The first, “Honour: WeRemember,” is a tribute to veterans and thosecurrently in uniform, on November 10, 2012, at8pm, featuring the world premieres of Canadiancomposer Mark Sirett’s settings of HighFlight and Here Again. The second concert, “AGentlemen’s Christmas: Carols by the Fire,” onDecember 16, 2012, at 4pm, will feature the worldpremiere of a Christmas carol by up-and-comingToronto composer Patrick Murray. A thirdconcert, “Music: the Food of Love” will be heldMay 10, 2013, at 8pm. Tickets for all 2012/13 concertsare available on our website and seasonCANADIAN SINFONIETTAtickets are available by contacting general managerArlene Jillard.The CMC performs classical repertoire and premieresat least one new Canadian compositionat each concert. By providing male voices withopportunities to perform TTBB repertoire, theCMC raises the profile of this beautiful musicwithin the choral landscape. Men with choralexperience and vocal training are welcometo audition.Greg Rainville, artistic directorgrainville@canadianmenschorus.caArlene Jillard, general●●CANADIAN MUSIC CENTREThe Canadian Music Centre holds Canada’s largestcollection of Canadian concert music. TheCMC exists to promote the works of its AssociateComposers in Canada and around the world.The Centre makes available on loan over 22,000scores and works of Canadian contemporarycomposers through its public lending library.The CMC has its own label, Centrediscs, and sellsmore than 1300 CD titles featuring music of itsover 800 Associate Composers and other Canadianindependent recording producers. TheCentre is an on-demand publisher of its AssociateComposers’ music and provides professionalrepertoire consultations. It recently renovatedits national office located in Toronto to includean intimate venue perfect for meetings, workshops,rehearsals and chamber performances.Come visit this hub for Canadian music!Emma Jenkin416-961-6601●●CANADIAN OPERA COMPANYBased in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company(COC) is the largest producer of opera in Canadaand one of the largest in North America, andmaintains an international reputation for artisticexcellence and creative innovation.The COC’s 2012/13 mainstage season is: Il Trovatore,Die Fledermaus, Tristan und Isolde, La clemenzadi Tito, Lucia di Lammermoor, Salome and Dialoguesdes Carmélites.The COC performs in its own opera house, theFour Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,hailed internationally as one of the finest in theworld. The company enjoys a loyal audience support-baseand one of the highest attendance andsubscription rates in North America.The COC is an active participant in the culturalcommunity by presenting an annual series offree concerts and a wide array of education andoutreach events, encouraging the creation ofoperatic works and fostering the training anddevelopment of young Canadian artists throughits renowned Ensemble Studio program.A not-for-profit organization since 1950, theCOC relies on charitable giving, ticket revenue,sponsorship and special events to offset all costs.Alexander Neef, general directorAdministration: 416-363-6671Box Office:●●CANADIAN SINFONIETTAThe Canadian Sinfonietta is a professional chamberorchestra led by father-daughter duo Tak-NgLai (artistic director and founder) and Joyce Lai(concertmaster). The 2012/13 season consists offour concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio and fourwine and cheese concerts at the Heliconian Hall.The orchestra’s mission is to bring live chambermusic to the GTA, focusing on multi-culturaland youth outreach. To engage a new generationof concert goers, programming is “traditionalwith a twist.” Programs consist of ethnic music,interdisciplinary arts, intimate chamber musicand new Canadian works, all interspersed withtraditional repertoire.Highlights this season include a young artists’concert featuring violist Rivka Golani, thepremiere of a chamber opera by Erik Ross andPhoebe Tsang, guest conductor VoloidymyrSyvokhip and pianist Marianna Humetska fromLviv, Ukraine, and an all-Beethoven concert featuringpianist Peter Longworth. The wine andcheese concerts will feature CS members as wellas NYC’s Mivos String Quartet and 15-year-oldtheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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