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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILESeducational opportunity. In the FHYC, singersform new and lasting friendships, experiencepersonal enrichment, gain confidence anddevelop a commitment and passion for musicwhile honing their skills as choristers and musicians.Rehearsals take place every Thursday, from4:30pm to 6:30pm.Stephen Fraser, director of●●GALLERY 345Now in its fourth year, Gallery 345 has becomethe place you go to listen: to listen in an intimatesalon setting with excellent acoustics, to listento small ensembles in many different genres,to listen to the latest in musical thinking fromCanadian composers of art music, to listen tothe performers who dedicate themselves to theperformance of contemporary composition andto listen to some of the best jazz Toronto has tooffer. Anchored by two excellent pianos, a 9’ BaldwinD and a 7’ Steinway B, Gallery 345 has hostedsome of the finest pianists, singers and instrumentalistsin Toronto.Built in 1890, 345 Sorauren Ave. is a classic loftmade of brick and wood, resulting in its livelyand warm acoustic. Gallery 345 seats 120 and hasa kitchen, two baths and a patio. It is available torent for recitals, recording sessions, weddings,parties, book launches and fundraisers.Located in Toronto’s vibrant High Park andRoncesvalles community, Gallery 345 is a smallgem in the city’s west end. Please check the websitefor upcoming performances.Edward Epstein,●●GEORGETOWN BACH CHORALESince its inception, the Georgetown Bach Choralehas offered innovative programming in very distinctiveways, not only through the music itself,but also in the manner and locales in which theconcerts take place.The season begins with choristers stretchingtheir wings in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. This yearthe chorale takes its period rendition of Handel’sMessiah on tour to Goderich, Bramptonand once again to the wonderful architectureof St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church.Producing a concert series requires the effortsof many creative artists and support personnel.Our Christmas house concert would notbe complete without the decorating wizardryof Robert Hurst and the culinary wonder ofYvonne Oldaker.It is a great pleasure to collaborate with cellistMary Katherine Finch, who has performed withus in various contexts since GBC’s beginnings.Guest pianist Mathew Pope, who will demonstratehis piano prowess with music of Brahmsand Chopin, is a student in Piano Performanceat the University of Western Ontario.We look forward to sharing with you our wonderfulseason of music.Ron●●GLIONNA MANSELL CORPORATIONGlionna Mansell Corporation is a music marketingagency and concert producer in the organperformance genre. As a respected leader in theindustry, the company is an active supporter/promoterof emerging artistic talent. The activitiesoperating under the Glionna Mansell bannerinclude the Glionna Mansell Arts Foundationfor Performance Excellence, ORGANIX ConcertsInc. and Our Lady of Sorrows Organ Concerts.Glionna Mansell is also the exclusive Ontariodealer of Allen digital and digital-pipe organs.With close to 100,000 installations across five continents,Allen is the leading and most respectedorgan builder in the world and together withGlionna Mansell has a reputation for profoundquality — seen and unseen. Glionna Mansell isthe authority in organ design, installation, serviceand performance. President and artisticdirector Gordon Mansell is an executive on theToronto board of the Royal Canadian College ofOrganists. He is also music director and organistat Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, wherehe presides over a world renowned CasavantFrères mechanical-action pipe organ, Op.2805.Gordon Mansell,president and artistic director.416-769-5224,●●GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILLThere is no sound like the soaring tone of trebles,boys and girls, trained in the English cathedraltradition and singing in the superb acoustics ofGrace Church on-the-Hill. The Choir of Gentlemenand Boys and the St. Cecilia Choir of Womenand Girls sing the best choral repertoire (15th to21st century) each week in worship, in concertsand on tour. Girls and boys aged five and up arewelcome to participate. Prior musical training isnot required for children. There is no membershipfee and children receive a small stipend forsinging. Interested adult choir members shouldcontact the director of music. We look forwardto hearing from you!Stephen Fraser, director of●●GRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIRThe Grand Philharmonic Choir, based in Kitchener,Ontario, includes four choirs in oneorganization: a large adult choir, a chamberadult choir, a youth choir and a children’s choir.We perform in large concert halls with audiencesof more than 1,500 people, at free public gatheringsand in small, intimate settings.Under the direction of Mark Vuorinen, it isour mandate to present choral repertoire of thehighest standard, to share our love of music withthe public through varied outreach programsand to provide music education to our membersand enlightenment to our audiences. Weare one of a few large choirs in Canada, outsidethe major metropolitan areas, with the resourcesand community support to deliver a full choralseason with professional musicians.We celebrate our 90th anniversary thisyear. Our performances range from familiarfavourites like the Bach Passions at Easter tochallenging, innovative works such as RichardEinhorn’s Voices of Light, which is to be performedin February 2013 as the sound track of the great1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of●●GRAND RIVER CHORUS OF BRANTFORDThe Grand River Chorus of Brantford is a mixedvoice community choir which presents an annualseries of concerts featuring both masterworks ofthe choral tradition and other varied choral repertoire.We also feature guest soloists from acrossCanada. Occasionally the choir sings at communityevents and joins in performances sponsoredby other groups, including appearances with theBrantford Symphony Orchestra at the SandersonCentre in Brantford. The Grand River Chorusalso seeks out opportunities to raise the profileof choral music in the Brantford, Brant andNorfolk areas. From its inception, the GrandRiver Chorus has performed to a high choralstandard. It is a registered non-profit corporationsupported through patron and communitydonations. Its own annual gala fundraiser, the“Grand Fête du Vin,” has been successful in eachof the past thirteen years. Today, under artisticdirector Richard Cunningham, the chorus existsas a vital member of the performing arts communityin the greater Brantford area.Jane Daw,●●GREATER TORONTOPHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRAThe Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestradevelops the skills of musical students, amateurand professional musicians, and advancesthe appreciation and understanding in theGreater Toronto community of classical musicby providing an annual series of innovativelyprogrammed, high quality, and low cost concerts.At the heart of our work is the growth andshowcase opportunity GTPO provides fordeveloping our musicians who rehearse underprofessional leadership to grow through meetingthe challenges of an annual series of musicalevents. Our musicians enjoy performing withthe GTPO, driven to give their best performancein a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.As of fall 2012, the GTPO will deliver its fifthseason of concerts in three different venues:Calvin Presbyterian Church, Columbus Centreand Lawrence Park Community Church. GTPO’sseason is “unique” not only for the variety ofvenues but also for the combination of guestconductors, selection of soloists and challengingprograms that have been pooled to bringout qualitative performances.Qazim Kallushi, executive artistic directorSteven Sokalsky, board● ● GROUP OF TWENTY-SEVENgroup of twenty-seven is a chamber orchestracomprising some of Canada’s top musiciansand dedicated to exploring the classical repertoirein vibrant, world-class performances. Theirperformances present fresh interpretations of

already known masterworks and challengelisteners with new music written in our timeand commissioned for this unique orchestra.Our players include members of the TorontoSymphony and the Canadian Opera Company,soloists from across Canada and professionalchamber musicians whose expertise combinesfor an electrifying experience. Also an experimentalorchestra, g27 collaborates with a varietyof artists to present projects which include theatredesigners, new music composers, lightingspecialists, actors, creative school-age studentsand even willing audience members!Our November 9, 2012, concert, “The SubversionProject,” explores the work of Beethoven,Prokofiev, John Zorn and Glenn Buhr, with specialguest actor Vanessa AvRuskin. On February 9,2013, we join forces with the Larkin Singers atChurch of the Holy Trinity to present Schubert’sMass in G, Haydn’s formidable Theresienmesse andMichael Oesterle’s Unreasonable World.Eric Paetkau, music●●GRYPHON TRIOSince coming together in Toronto in 1993, theGryphon Trio has firmly established itself as oneof the world’s leading piano trios. With repertoireranging from traditional to contemporaryand from European classicism to New World jazzand popular song, the Gryphons are committedto redefining chamber music for the 21st century.The two-time JUNO Award winning trio toursextensively to venues large and small and its 13recordings are an encyclopedia of works for thegenre. The trio has commissioned over 50 newworks, frequently collaborating with composers,actors, writers and dancers. Committed to educatingaudiences and young performers alike,the Gryphons conduct masterclasses and workshopsat universities and conservatories acrossNorth America and are artists-in-residence at theUniversity of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.2012/13 will see the Gryphon Trio beginningits 20th anniversary celebrations, releasing anew recording of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour lafin du temps with clarinetist James Campbell onAnalekta, touring Canada and the US, premieringworks by Canadian composers Michael Oesterleand Jordan Pal, and producing their flagshipeducational project “Listen Up!” at FeatherstonDrive Public School in Ottawa.David●●HAMILTON CHILDREN’S CHOIRThe award winning Hamilton Children’s Choiris known for performances going far beyondtechnical excellence while dazzling audienceswith a focused sound, brilliant repertoire andcaptivating stage presence.Under the guidance of world-renowned ZimfiraPoloz and a talented artistic team, the HCCoffers a unique opportunity to learn and growthrough the study of choral music with a varietyof different choir programs available toapproximately 150 young singers ranging inages from 4 to 18 years who live in HamiltonGRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILLand surrounding areas.Our performances give us the opportunityto share our gift of song with others and ourmusical standards enable us to offer a programthat helps contribute to the world class artscommunity found in the greater city of Hamiltonand surrounding areas.Vocal skills and abilities are developedthrough the use of choir camp/retreats, rehearsals(in Hamilton), workshops, performances andtours (local, national and international). By participatingin these activities, choristers are ableto experience the joys of singing, teamwork,musical understanding and artistic expression.Tricia Le Clair, executive●●HANNAFORD STREET SILVER BANDThe Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada’saward-winning professional brass band and residentcompany of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centrefor the Arts. Its mission is to honour the traditionsof this art form and at the same time placeit in a contemporary context with a unique, Canadianpoint of view.The HSSB has redefined what a brass band iscapable of doing by facilitating innovative, creativeprojects and collaborating with the verybest of Canada’s and the world’s diverse culturesand outstanding artists. The HSSB’s 29theclectic season opens on November 3, featuringCathedral Architecture for Organ and Brass Band, aworld premiere by John Burge. The season continueswith more brilliant brass concerts onDecember 11, February 10 and April 7. Our annualFestival of Brass runs April 5 to 7.Get into brass — the Hannaford kind!Raymond Tizzard, general directorDavid Archer, administrative directorAlain Trudel, principal guest conductor416-425-2874brass@hssb.caBox Office:;●●HARMONY SINGERS OF ETOBICOKEThe Harmony Singers of Etobicoke is a 30-voicewomen’s chorus that has been in existence since1965. The group memorizes and stages songs rangingfrom pop, folk and sacred to light classical.They have performed the national anthems atBlue Jays games and appeared in a music videowith the group Down With Webster. Each yearthe singers entertain at hospitals, retirementhomes and private gatherings. Their accompanistis the renowned pianist Bruce Harvey.This season they will present “Jingle Bells” onSunday December 9 at Humber Valley UnitedChurch. They are also giving a charity concert forL’Arche on Saturday October 27 at St. John’s PresbyterianChurch. In May, the group will presenttwo evening concerts.Rehearsals are Monday evenings at MartinGrove United Church (Martin Grove and Mercury)in Etobicoke. There are a few openings fornew members; those interested should contactthe conductor.Harvey Patterson,● ● HELICONIAN CLUBThe Toronto Heliconian Club was founded in1909 to give women in the arts and letters anopportunity to meet socially and intellectually.It continues to hold to its original purpose whileresponding to the changes of contemporary life.The club runs a series of concerts featuringprofessional singers, pianists and other instrumentalistswho reside across Canada, drawnfrom the club membership. Reflecting the multidisciplinarynature of the club, select concertshighlight visual and literary artists. Please contactthe club for details about the 2012/13 series.Concert dates are September 28, October 26,February 22 and April 19.Heliconian Hall, the club’s visual and acousticgem dating from 1875, is available to rentfor recitals, parties and corporate events at reasonablerates. Recently the concert hall’s sevenfoot Steinway “B” was completely rebuilt andnew state-of-the art stage and house lightingwas installed.Emma WalkertheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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