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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILESsolo pianist Jonathan Mak.Jennifer●●CANTEMUS SINGERSCantemus Singers, conducted by Michael Erdman,performs mainly renaissance and earlybaroque repertoire. Our 16-voice group givesequal time to religious and secular compositionsin a variety of languages and highlightsthe rich, complex five to eight part repertoire.Our choristers are a mix of enthusiastic, welltrainedamateurs and semi-professionals, allsharing a common interest in early music. Membershipis by audition.Our 2012/13 season begins November 17 and 18,as we join forces with the Community BaroqueOrchestra of Toronto to perform Buxtehude’sDas Neugebor’ne Kindelein and Charpentier’s cantataIn Nativitatem, plus seasonal madrigals andmotets. March 2 and 3, we present an all-Englishprogram, “The Virgin Queen,” featuring worksby Taverner, Byrd and Purcell. Our final programon May 4 and 5, “Song of Songs,” will feature settingsof the Bible’s sexiest verses by Palestrina,Schütz, Melchior Franck and others, along withan assortment of spicy madrigals.Performances at Church of the Holy Trinity(10 Trinity Square, Eaton Centre) on Saturdayevenings at 7:30pm; St. Aidan’s Anglican Church(70 Silverbirch at Queen St. E.) on Sunday afternoonsat 3pm.Michael Erdman,●●CATHEDRAL BLUFFSSYMPHONY ORCHESTRACathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)has been one of Toronto’s premier communityorchestras since 1985. CBSO concerts take placein the state-of-the-art P.C. Ho Theatre in the ChineseCultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183Sheppard Ave. E.Under the baton of Maestro NormanReintamm, the CBSO will present a thrillingand unique nine-concert season, including fivesubscription series concerts. This season, guestartists include acclaimed pianist Peter Longworth,Ronald Greidanus and harpist AndrewChan. The CBSO is also pleased to present theToronto premiere of Canadian composer VictorDavies’ Jazz Piano Concerto with pianist MaxineWillan in April. A chamber music concert in Octoberwill feature Trio Estonia and a choral concertin March will feature the University of TorontoScarborough Campus Concert Choir. Please visitour website for details about our season.The orchestra is noted for facilitating performanceopportunities for young musiciansand always welcomes new members. If you’reinterested in joining the CBSO, please contactus by email.Norman Reintamm,artistic director/principal conductorInes Pagliari, concertmasterPeggy Wong, orchestra managerBox Office:●●CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. JAMESThe Cathedral Church of St. James has two choirswhich enhance worship every week. The ParishChoir, a group of volunteers assisted by foursection leads, sings weekly at the 9am SungEucharist. Its repertoire consists of lighter farethat is easy to sing and compliments the modernliturgy. The Parish Choir rehearses on Thursdaysand before the service on Sundays. Singers interestedin volunteering their time are invited tocontact Vicki St. Pierre.The Cathedral Choir is a fully professionalensemble that sings the 11am Sung Eucharistand the 4:30pm Choral Evensong every Sundaythroughout the year. Its repertoire mainlyconsists of music from the core of the Anglicantradition as well as other European music.Half-hour organ recitals can be heard everyTuesday at 1pm and Sunday at 4pm throughoutthe year. The internationally renowned concertorganist David Briggs has recently joined theCathedral music staff as artist-in-residence.David Briggs, artist-in-residenceAndrew Adair, associate director of musicVicki St. Pierre, associate choral●●CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETYOF MISSISSAUGASince 1997, the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga(CMSM) has created, produced andperformed its Saturday Evening Concert Seriesand — to develop future audiences— as manyschool shows for families and young audiencesas funding permits. Currently the main educationalproductions in the CMSM repertoire arePeggy’s Violin: A Butterfly in Time, The Storyteller’sBag, Meet the Musician, The Snow Queen, The LittleMermaid (by Canadian composer Patrick Cardy)and, most recently, A Carpet of Dreams.A JUNO nomination for Best Children’sAlbum for Peggy’s Violin: a Butterfly in Time in2005 launched CMSM onto the internationalstage. Peggy’s Violin: a Butterfly in Time, Le Violonde Peggy: une histoire de papillon and The Storyteller’sBag have been recorded and the CDs aredistributed by The Children’s Group. In 2008,CMSM recorded and produced a new CD calledClassical Fairy Tales which included The SnowQueen and The Little Mermaid, both by PatrickCardy. This CD is now available online or throughthe Canadian Music Centre.Peggy Hills, artistic●●CHOIRS ONTARIOChoirs Ontario is a not-for-profit arts serviceorganization that exists to promote, support andcelebrate choral music across the province. Webelieve that choral music is vital to our lives, buildsstrong communities and enriches our society.We provide growth and development opportunitiesfor choral musicians and administratorsthrough a wide variety of programs and servicesthat raise the profile and quality of choral music,support the choral community and educate thenext generation of choral leaders. Our popularprograms include borrowing privileges to ourextensive music library, VOCAL (our annual campfor adult choristers) and Choral ManagementWorkshop Days. The Ontario Youth Choir (OYC),our key program founded in 1971, has servedas a unique opportunity for young singers todevelop their vocal skills and work with some ofCanada’s finest choral conductors. Every spring40 talented young singers are selected to participatein OYC’s exceptional choral experience. Thechoristers are challenged with the finest choralrepertoire while enjoying an exciting programof rehearsals, masterclasses and voice lessons.Connect chorally — make life sing!Elizabeth Shannon, executive director416-923-1144;●●CHORUS NIAGARACelebrating 50 years!!! Chorus Niagara, thePower of 100, is a passionate group of singersof diverse ages and walks of life. As the Niagararegion’s premier symphonic chorus, CN performsclassic choral masterpieces as well as new,modern and seldom-heard works, provides ashowcase for emerging Canadian talent andattracts singers of all ages through its ChorusNiagara Children’s Choir (CNCC) and Side bySide High School Chorale (SXS). The spectacular2012/13 season features “Best of Broadway: OurFavourite Things” (November 4, 2012, Welland),“Messiah” (December 8 and 9, 2012, Grimsby andSt. Catharines) and the première of A Mighty Cry(March 2, 2013, St. Catharines), and ends witha grand finale, the Verdi Requiem (May 4, 2013,St. Catharines), under the direction of RobertCooper, C.M. Following the final concert willbe a candle lighting ceremony, where we inviteeveryone to join us for a piece of cake and celebrateChorus Niagara’s 50th Anniversary with us!Pam Gilmore, auditions: 905-357-1616Diana McAdorey, managing director:905-934-5575Lyn Hibbitt, CNCC● ● CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARKMusic plays a very important part at this busyAnglican parish church. Music for services isled by organist and director of music Eric Robertson.The Choir of Christ Church Deer Park isan auditioned mixed-voice choir that rehearsesThursday evenings and sings Sunday morningsand on special occasions from Septemberthrough June. Repertoire is medieval through21st century.The Christ Church Summer Singers is a nonauditioned,mixed-voice choir that rehearsesand sings on Sunday mornings through Julyand August. Christ Church has also hosted its“Jazz Vespers” for over ten years. At 4:30pm everysecond Sunday from September to June, thisservice offers a chance for reflection, prayersfor our community and music by Toronto’s finestjazz musicians.With its Yonge St. location (at Heath St. nearthe St. Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, full

modern facilities, flexible staging, Steinwaygrand piano, three-manual tracker organ andseating for 500, Christ Church is an increasinglypopular venue for outside concert presentersduring the year.Eric N. Robertson, organist anddirector of music416-920-5211●●CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENEThe Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (477 ManningAve., Toronto) supports a varied choralprogram. Our Ritual Choir and Schola Magdalenaspecialize in Gregorian chant. Our SMMGallery Choir won first prize in the CBC choralcompetition and last year released a recordingof original music by Canadian composer StephanieMartin. Join us for High Mass at 11am everySunday and during the week on major feast days,or at our more casual 9:30am service, includingTaizé, baroque band and Orff ensemble. SMMoffers a unique musical and spiritual experiencein this beautiful, historic and newly renovatedToronto landmark.Robert Castle,●●CITY OF TORONTO HISTORIC MUSEMSAll year long, enjoy a wide variety of musicalexperiences at the City of Toronto Museums,located throughout the city. There’s alwaysgreat entertainment at Montgomery’s Inn’sFall Corn Roast, and don’t miss the Inn’s EarlyMusic Fair on September 29, 2012! It’s a wonderfulopportunity to listen to the music andview the instruments of years past. An excitingevening concert has been added at 8pm. La TourBaroque Duo from New Brunswick will performa delightful program of music by Scottish baroquecomposers.Try English country dancing at Historic FortYork, at both Dance & Dance-ability in the falland Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball in January.In the spring, Spadina Museum’s Music in theOrchard, held Sunday afternoons in June, offers adifferent traditional or classical group each week.The holiday season abounds with musicalpleasures. Don’t miss the Christmas carols atMontgomery’s Inn! Take part in Scottish NewYear traditions at both Mackenzie House andGibson House, where you will enjoy traditionalmusic and festivities. Join us on Facebook andfollow us on●●CIVIC LIGHT OPERA COMPANYFounded in 1979, our much-heralded musicaltheatre company is now in its 34th season, makingits home at the Fairview Library Theatre inToronto (this year, temporarily re-located to YorkWoods Library Theatre, during Fairview’s renovation)and still offering unique, professionalentertainment at affordable prices, with fourproductions each season.Our 100+ shows range from well-lovedBroadway classics to more obscure shows alsoCITY OF TORONTO MUSEUMSdeserving recognition. We have presented theCanadian premieres of Titanic: The Musical, Rodgersand Hammerstein’s lost masterpiece Allegro,Irving Berlin’s As Thousands Cheer, Kander andEbb’s The Rink and Cole Porter’s High Society, toname a few. Our world-premiere new musicaladaptation of The Wizard of Oz was staged in 2000,2002 and 2010 to incredible popular receptionand repeated demands for return engagements.This season, we proudly present a returnengagement of the off-Broadway musical comedyThe Big Bang, one of the most popular showswe’ve ever presented, followed by Rodgers andHammerstein’s classic The Sound of Music, a marvellousHollywood musical retrospective withThe MGM Revue and the ever-popular Broadwayhit, Mame.Joe Cascone, artistic●●CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSICDescribed as “sublimely skilled” by the DutchBrabants Dagblad, Continuum presents emergingand established Canadian and internationalcomposers. The ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin,cello, piano and percussion is often augmentedby voice, other instruments or electronics. Continuumengages in interdisciplinary projects,records, tours and broadcasts.Communication and the historical lens are atthe core of “Finding Voice” (October 22, MusicGallery), a concert that presents a new theatricalwork by Dutch composer Martijn Voorvelt.In “Jump Start” (February 10, the Citadel) NAISAjoins Continuum to give an electronic boostto the ensemble in new works by Scott Wilson,Scott Smallwood and Rose Bolton. “Out of theApartment” (April 24, Gallery 345) is a solo pianoconcert featuring Philip Thomas, of the notedUK ensemble Apartment House, in works byCanadian and British composers commissionedespecially for the tour. He joins Continuum’sensemble for “Correlation Street” (April 25, MusicGallery), a concert of works further demonstratingcorrespondences between Canadian andBritish new music, including a new work byCanadian Trevor Grahl.Jennifer Waring, co-artistic directorRyan Scott, co-artistic directorJosh Grossman,●●COUNTERPOINT SYMPHONYORCHESTRACounterpoint Symphony Orchestra, formerlyknown as Counterpoint Community Orchestra,was formed in 1984 by gay and lesbian musicians.Together we provide fine music and createa deeper sense of community and diversity indowntown Toronto. People from all walks of lifeplay with us and we welcome any person witha positive outlook toward lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgendered and two-spirited people.Our 29th season includes three concerts dates:December 1, 2012, March 2, 2013, and the final concerton June 1, 2013.Rehearsals are held Mondays at 8pm at the519 Church Street Community Centre. Concertperformances are at Saint Luke’s UnitedChurch, Sherbourne St. at Carlton, in Toronto.We welcome players, committee volunteers andvolunteers for our board of directors. Player levelsrange from beginner to professional. We willhelp you grow musically. Come and join a fungroup of people and make great music! Our firstprogram features Mozart’s Symphony 39, Sarasate’sZiguenerweisen with Emma Vachon-Tweneyon violin and Enescu’s Roumanian Rhapsody.As a registered charity for tax purposes wewelcome donations.Holly● ● COUNTY TOWN SINGERSCTS started as a small community choir tocelebrate Canada’s centennial year. Under thedirection of Michael Morgan, we are still “singingfor the love of it” 40+ years later. We are a 60to 70 adult all-voice auditioned choir with a variedrepertoire, from show tunes to spirituals, folkmusic to classical. We hold two major concertstheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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