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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER●●HIGH PARK CHOIRSUnder artistic director Zimfira Poloz, the childrenof the High Park Choirs work together tocreate a beautiful, shimmering sound. We offerfive skills-based divisions for children ages 5 to18: Piccolo Choir, Intermezzo Choir, Brio Choir,Boys Choir and Allegria Choir. Weekly rehearsals,held in Bloor West Village, include musictheory and ear training and focus on breathingand resonance techniques. Children are engagedin the creative process through performance ofand involvement in the creation of new music.The choirs perform large-scale public concertseach year in addition to numerous communityengagements. They also participate in workshops,retreats and tours.Last year we celebrated our 25th season withconcerts in November and May, collaborationswith the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music(where we were the children’s choir-in-residence),a trip to the Podium choral conferencein Ottawa and a variety of performances withinthe community. Auditions are held many timesthroughout the year and new members arealways welcome. Details on our upcoming seasonare forthcoming; please visit our●●I FURIOSII FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble is one of the world’smost innovative baroque ensembles, comprisingfour of Canada’s leading early music specialists:soprano Gabrielle McLaughlin, violinists AisslinnNosky and Julia Wedman and cellist/gambistFelixDeak. For more than a decade, I FURIOSI’sToronto concert series has been revitalising theface of early music in Canada, inspired by thepractice of the Baroque era while invoking the“bizarre and unnatural” aesthetic both cherishedand despised in its time. I FURIOSI’s debut CDDefiled is my (Middle) Name (2005) continues togain international recognition and acclaim. Thegroup’s CD CRAZY (on the Dorian/Sono Luminuslabel) is now available in stores and online. Thegroup’s collaboration with Pilot Pocket Bookin 2010 expanded the horizons of the concertsetting and the meaning of “baroque.” I FURI-OSI continues to tour all over the world and itsnew sub-series (I FURIOSI Presents) debuted togreat acclaim in November of 2009. The members’solo discs are available on various labels.Join the drama and fun with the liveliest audiencein town.416-536-2943;●●IRISH CHORAL SOCIETY OF CANADAA Hundred Thousand Welcomes! The Irish ChoralSociety of Canada welcomes anyone enthralledby the lyrical songs originating in the Irish Diaspora,as well as Irish Canadian compositions, tojoin our small but enthusiastic and fun-lovingcommunity of singers. Family roots in the EmeraldIsle are not required for membership, butwe do revel in the enjoyment of all things Irishand Celtic. Originally founded in 1960, the societywas re-invigorated in 2002 under the musicaldirection of Karen D’Aoust. In 2007 the grouptoured and performed in Ireland. Under the currentmusical leadership of Sinead Sugrue, we areplanning a performance tour of Canada’s EastCoast in July 2013 and of Ireland in 2015. Annualactivities include participation in Toronto’s St.Patrick’s Day Parade, a musical adventure aboarda Toronto Islands boat cruise, concerts devotedto raising funds for worthy causes, informal pubnights and a host of other grand events. We lookforward to meeting you. Cead Mile Failte!Tom, general●●JEUNESSES MUSICALES ONTARIOJeunesses Musicales Ontario (JMO) is a bilingual(EN–FR) non-profit arts organization thatfosters the careers of outstanding young professionalmusicians at home and abroad, and hasenjoyed a presence in Ontario since 1979. JMOpromotes the development of the arts in Ontarioby touring some of Ontario’s and Canada’s leadingemerging artists across the province. JMOalso tours an all-inclusive opera production completewith surtitles, sets, costumes and pianoaccompaniment. JMO performs in urban, ruraland remote communities.JMO’s youth concerts feature professionallytrained musicians performing in schoolsand community centres across Ontario. Theseconcerts allow children and families the opportunityto discover the magic of live music. Allperformances are interpretive and theatrical innature and offer exceptional musical encountersbetween performers and audience, presentingmusic of various cultures and eras. Programs areoffered in English and French. JMO is affiliatedwith Jeunesses Musicales Canada and JeunessesMusicales International, deemed by UNESCOas the largest youth music NGO in the world!JMO concerts are available in Englishand French.Vanessa J. Goymour,general manager and artistic●●JOHN LAING SINGERSFounded in 1982, the John Laing Singers are aclassical chamber choir of singers from theGolden Horseshoe who have represented Canadain the USA and abroad. In addition to ourregular concerts in Hamilton and neighbouringcommunities, we perform as solo guest artistsand collaboratively for special events and classicalmusic concerts. In summer 2011 we werefeatured at both the Oakville Arts Festival andthe National Convention of the RCCO. Recordingsinclude: My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land(1998), Merrily Sing We (2008) and A Noel Tapestry(2011). Since September 2011 the John Laing Singershave been under the direction of Dr. RogerBergs. In our 2012/13 concert season we look forwardto continuing our standard of excellencewith works that include Lauridsen’s O MagnumMysterium, Ešenvalds’ Passion and Resurrectionand works by Handel, Mozart and our own RogerBergs. We are excited to be performing our 30thanniversary gala concert at the beautiful ScottishRite in Hamilton on February 24, 2013, at 3pm.Janice Courtemanche,●●JUBILATE SINGERSThe Jubilate Singers is an auditioned mixedvoicechamber choir of approximately 35 singers,directed by Isabel Bernaus. Our season consistsof three concerts and one or two communityappearances. Our repertoire includes choralmusic — often multi-lingual — from all periodsand different genres. This year’s concerts includetwo collaborations: one, on November 25th, withthe Toronto Jewish Folk Choir featuring Sefaradand Dos Naye Lid by Milton Barnes; the second, inearly February, with the Chilean group ProyectoAltiplano, featuring the Chilean cantata Cantopara una semilla and other Chilean and LatinAmerican music. Our final concert in June isentitled “Rivers.” We rehearse on Tuesday eveningsfrom 7:30pm to 9:45pm at St. Leonard’sAnglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave., one blocknorth of the Lawrence subway station. We welcomenew members and encourage you to sitin on a rehearsal to check us out.David Reddin, membership● ● KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRAThe Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed togreat acclaim, sold-out audiences and standingovations for three seasons, at the renowned CBCGlenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. Lastseason, the orchestra established a six-concertsubscription series at Markham Theatre for thePerforming Arts, in addition to three communityoutreach and two educational concerts. Ledby charismatic maestro, Kristian Alexander, theKindred Spirits Orchestra is enjoying an enormouspopularity among York Region’s residentsand continues to attract avid audiences acrossthe Greater Toronto Area.The 2012/13 concert season features Brahms’Symphony No.4 and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish”and “Reformation” symphonies, Mahler’s DasLied von der Erde, piano concerti by Schumannand Brahms, violin concerti by Mendelssohn andSibelius, Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovskyand the preludes to Wagner’s operas DieMeistersinger and Parsifal. The orchestra marksLutosławski’s centennial with a performanceof his Symphonic Variations, paired with Stravinsky’sfirst symphony. Holidays’ highlightsinclude Handel’s complete Messiah, masterfullyorchestrated by Mozart.Subscriptions packages and single tickets arecurrently on sale through Markham Theatre at905-305-7469 or Alexander, music directorAndrew Cheng, associate conductorKeith Reid, assistant conductorJobert Sevilleno, chief executive

●●KING EDWARD CHOIRAfter more than 25 years as artistic director ofKing Edward Choir, Barbara McCann has retired.This season the choir welcomes Floydd Rickettsas artistic director and Lucie Veillette as associateconductor. The 75-voice SATB auditionedchoir is known for its varied repertoire and qualityperformances.The choir’s 2012/13 season includes:November 4, 2012: City of Barrie’s Choral Festfeaturing King Edward Choir, Lyrica ChamberChoir, Bravado! Show Choir, Barrie SecondarySchools Honour Choir and the Huronia Symphony,under the direction of Oliver Balaburski,will present The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace andthe Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony;December 14, 2012: At Christmas the choir willpresent Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Fantasiaon Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams andGreat Joy — A Gospel Christmas with orchestralaccompaniment, as well as our traditional audiencesing-along;May 2013: Our “Spring Sing” will feature SouthAfrican Choral Suite by Akufuna Sifuba and CarminaBurana by Carl●●KITCHENER-WATERLOOCHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETYIn its 39th season, Kitchener-Waterloo ChamberMusic Society is one of Canada’s busiest presentersof chamber music concerts with over 60concerts per year, ranging from solo recitals tosextets. Programs range from medieval to contemporary;most feature both classics and recentmusic. Concerts take place at our Music Room, 57Young St. W., Waterloo, in a private home whichholds about 85 people. A superb Steinway piano,good acoustics, a supportive audience and anintimate but informal atmosphere make forgreat concert experiences. Notable performersthis year include Eric Himy, Janina Fialkowska,Till Fellner and many more pianists, in additionto ensembles including the Penderecki,New Orford and Alcan quartets. Specials thisyear include “Viennese Quartets — Old and New,”starting with the Dali and Cecilia quartets, followedby the Aviv quartet with the complete lateSchubert quartets and Quintet in C (February 15and16), and finishing with the complete “SecondViennese School,” played by the Lafayette andMolinari quartets (February 25 to 27). See ourcontinually updated website for●●KOFFLER CENTRE OF THE ARTSKoffler Centre of the Arts is Canada’s only multidisciplinary,contemporary Jewish culturalinstitution presenting cutting-edge exhibitionsof new Canadian and international art,and diverse programs in music, dance, literature,film, spoken word and theatre open toeveryone from every background. The Kofflerengages local and visiting artists to teach studentsof all ages and stages.Our music department of dedicated andaccomplished faculty members offers privateand group lessons in piano, violin (includingSuzuki), cello, viola, guitar, voice, flute, clarinet,saxophone, percussion and drums. The Koffler isKING EDWARD CHOIR FLOYDD RICKETTShome to the Koffler Chamber Orchestra, directedby former TSO concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch.Music classes include Get Your ChopsBack, Rock Band and Chamber Music. The Koffleralso produces concerts and music events,from the Koffler Chamber Orchestra concertsto a performance this year by Argentinean sensationSimja Dujov.The Koffler’s music classes take place in thestate-of-the-art Prosserman JCC on the ShermanCampus at Bathurst and Sheppard. Check ourwebsite for full details.Serra Erdem,development and education associate416-638-1881●●LAWRENCE PARKCOMMUNITY CHURCHLawrence Park Community Church has a longtradition of fine music, both in worship and inconcert. Sunday services are held at 10:30amin the recently renovated and air-conditionedsanctuary. Musical groups include the AdultChoir (volunteer and professional singers) andthe Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers. There areongoing children’s and youth music programs.This fall saxophonist and percussionist KennyKirkwood will be conducting a number of Sundayevening sessions. “Fridays @ 8” concerts willinclude a performance on March 1, 2013, by theGreater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, featuringDenis Bédard’s Organ Concerto with organistMark Toews and Michael Conway Baker’s HarpConcerto with harpist Andrew Chan.Mark Toews416-489-1551●●LIVING ARTS CENTREServing as an important resource for the arts,education and business, Living Arts Centrefeatures over 225,000 square feet of multipleperformance venues, studio spaces and exhibitiondisplay areas. The two main performingarts venues — Hammerson Hall and the RBCTheatre — are the site for a range of arts, culturaland entertainment events presented byboth the Living Arts Centre and community partners.The Centre’s seven craft/arts studios are thehome of professional resident artists and alsofeature dozens of recreational classes for allages. Laidlaw Hall features constantly changingart exhibitions. The meeting and conferencerooms are utilized by community organizationsand businesses for a variety of events, fromchurch services, to luncheon meetings, to internationalvideoconference business meetings.The Living Arts Centre was built with generouscontributions from hundreds of corporations,community organizations, individuals, as wellas support from the City of Mississauga and thefederal●●LUMINATOFor ten extraordinary days in June, Toronto’sstages, streets and public spaces are illuminatedwith arts and creativity. Luminato is an annualmulti-disciplinary celebration of theatre, dance,classical and contemporary music, film, literature,visual arts, design and more.Luminato features highly acclaimed Canadianand world premieres, exciting new works,unexpected collaborations, widely accessiblefree celebrations and respected education andcommunity outreach programs which togetherresult in unforgettable creative experiences.Now in its seventh year, Luminato welcomesvisitors and Toronto residents each June toengage in more than 200 events, many ofthem free.Luminato 2013 is June 14 to● ● MASSEY HALLThe 2012/13 season welcomes a wide range ofinternationally renowned artists and speakers,old favourites and new sounds. The ever-popularJazz @ Massey Hall series kicks off with “Jazzat Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis”and includes performances by EsperanzatheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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