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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILESSpalding, Radio Music Society, Michael Kaeshammer,and Molly Johnson and Friends. Humoristand social commentator Fran Lebowitz speakswith Jian Ghomeshi, Ira Glass demonstrates thecreation of one of the most popular shows inbroadcast journalism (This American Life) andinfluential chef Jamie Oliver is featured in conversation.Massey Hall will present concerts atGlenn Gould Studio, Winter Garden Theatreand the Rivoli as part of “Canadian Songbook,”including Jenn Grant and Cuff the Duke, RoyalWood, Rose Cousins and Belle Starr, and Whitehorsewill make their Massey Hall headliningdebut. We welcome back Classic Albums Live,Buddy Guy, Gordon Lightfoot, Mariza, Jesse Cook,Gilberto Gil and many more. The Corporation ofMassey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is a registeredcharitable not-for-profit organization.Stephen McGrath416-593-4822 x318stephen.mcgrath@rth-mh.comBox Office: 416-872-4255www.masseyhall.comwww.soundboard.ca●●MILES NADAL JEWISHCOMMUNITY CENTREThe MNjcc is a vibrant community centre atBloor and Spadina that is open to all. We haveprograms for cultural arts, children and youth,Jewish life, wellness and active seniors, alongwith a fully equipped fitness centre and one ofToronto’s rare saltwater pools!In the arts, we have concerts, theatre, filmscreenings and studies, gallery exhibitions,music ensembles and various classes. Ourvibrant choral program includes four choirs:Community Choir, Women’s Chorus, AdultDaytime Choir and Summer Choir. Instrumentalistsenjoy our Adult Klezmer Ensemble andchildren’s Suzuki music program and summercamp. The Institute for Choral Wellness presentsmusic workshops and educational opportunitiessuch as rhythmic training for singers andAlexander Technique. The 2013 Summer Institutefor Creative Adults will offer a full-week choircamp. Home to the Al Green Theatre, a state-ofthe-artvenue with a grand piano, full stage andfilm screen, the MNjcc is perfect for dance, film,music, literary, theatre and corporate events. Wehost many festivals and seasons, including theToronto Jewish Film Society subscription series.416-924-6211 ext0www.mnjcc.org●●MISSISSAUGA CHILDREN’S CHOIRThe Mississauga Children’s Choir is a treble choirof over 140 children aged 6 to 17 years. Lead byartistic director Thomas Bell, the choir includesfour graded ensembles — Training, Junior, Mainand Concert Choirs — as well as the Boys Choir.Major performances take place at the MississaugaLiving Arts Centre: “Winter Song” onSaturday December 15 and “Voices From Far andAway” on Saturday June 1, which will includethe world premiere of a new composition byStephen Chatman. The season opens with “OnMy Journey Now!” on Saturday November 3 atEden United Church, Mississauga. The choir isvery excited about hosting Mississauga Sings!in the spring as well as their tour to Mile HighFestival in Colorado next summer.For over 30 years the Mississauga Children’sChoir has been providing young singers withexceptional musical experiences throughexcellence in performance, music education,recording, touring and service to the community.Details of our numerous activities togetherwith information on how to join us are availableon our website.Thomas Bell, artistic directorDenise Heggart, executive director905-624-9704mississaugachildrenschoir@bellnet.cawww.mississaugachildrenschoir.com●●MISSISSAUGA CHORAL SOCIETYThe Mississauga Choral Society (MCS Chorus),with artistic director Mervin William Fick, isan award-winning concert choir performingclassical, popular, jazz and Broadway music.Our 2012/13 season, “Let the Music Speak,”includes four ticketed concerts: a benefit concertfor Malawi orphans; a Christmas concert insupport of the Compass Food Bank; “Wish Upon aStar,” a gala concert of popular and inspirationalmusic; and “With Stars in Your Eyes,” a four-choirconcert of classic and popular repertoire.The choir is involved in a variety of communityevents and has been invited back as guest chorusfor the TSO’s “Messiah For The City,” a benefitconcert for United Way clients. MCS’s arts educationprogram brings interactive music, poetryand visual arts to school-aged children, and ourChoral Scholar Program invites high school studentsto sing with MCS.The organization actively supports emergingsingers and instrumentalist and is well knownfor commissioning and performing Canadianworks. Choristers benefit from opportunitiesfor vocal training. Weekly rehearsals areheld on Tuesday evenings and new singers arealways welcome.905-278-7059info@mcschorus.cawww.mcs-on.ca●●MISSISSAUGA FESTIVAL CHOIRThe Mississauga Festival Choir is a communitychoir dedicated to excellence in choral performancein a wide variety of styles and for all ages.The teaching of musicianship for all singers andthe promotion of musicians from the community,both performers and composers, is at theheart of the organization.MFC recently released its first professionalrecording, Together, Sing in Harmony, which featuresa broad range of music from Handel toHammerstein. MFC has been under the leadershipof artistic director David Ambrose since 2005and has recently added a smaller auditionedChamber Choir to its programming.Our current season consists of four concerts:“A Winter Rose” in December, “Festival of Friends”in February, the MFC Chamber Choir’s “The FourSeasons” in March, and “The World Beloved” inMay.As a special event, MFC welcomes the worldfamous Harvard Glee Club on its Canadian tour.For more information about the choir, please visitour website or email our choir administrator.Susan Ritchie, choir administratorinfo@mississaugafestivalchoir.comwww.mississaugafestivalchoir.com●●MISSISSAUGA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAJoin us for a season like no other with the MississaugaSymphony Orchestra! With six concerts,six conductors and five fabulous soloists, you willbe treated to wonderful music-making throughoutthe season.October 13: “A Touch of Tchaikovsky,” withviolinist Stanislav Pronin and guest conductorJudith Yan.November 24: “An die Musik,” with pianistAndrew Burashko and guest conductor StephenSitarski.December 15 (at the special family time of4pm): “Bells are Ringing!” — a one-hour familyconcert with guest conductor Matthew Jones.February 9: “The Profound Logic,” withpianist Kati Gleiser and guest conductorDenis Mastromonaco.March 23: “The Romantic Clarinet,” with clarinetistPeter Shackleton and guest conductorDaniel Warren.May 11: “Songs from the Auvergne,” with guestsoprano Lesley Bouza and interim music directorand conductor John Barnum.MSO performances are held on Saturdayevenings in the acoustically state-of-the-art HammersonHall in Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre.Susan Grohmann, administrator905-615-4405Box Office: 905-306-6000info@mississaugasymphony.cawww.mississaugasymphony.ca●●MOOREDALE CONCERTSOur 24th season starts with “Stars of the TSO” —nine principal players performing special works,including the Schubert Octet — followed by a concertfeaturing the New Orford String Quartet.Anton Kuerti performs Brahms’ Piano ConcertoNo.2 with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestraand Maestro Marco Parisotto at a special Tuesdayevening performance, December 4, at KoernerHall. Next, we welcome the Canadian debutof the Dali String Quartet, a young ensemblenurtured in both Venezuela’s “El Sistema” andclassical conservatory traditions. Renownedpianist Hung-Kuan Chen performs the completeChopin preludes. Last is a special concert titled“Pierrot Moonstruck: A Festival of Song, PianoMusic, Poetry and Mime.” 2012/13 six-concertsubscriptions are only 0/0 ( for patronsunder 30), including tickets for the three MooredaleYouth Orchestra concerts.Five of the featured concerts will also be presentedas one-hour, interactive “Music andTruffles” performances for youth 6 – 15 and adultswishing to learn more about music-making. Alltake place at Walter Hall, Sundays at 1:15pm, withsubscriptions at .416-922-3714 x103www.mooredaleconcerts.com● ● MUSIC AT METROPOLITANMusic at Metropolitan presents a variety of concertsat Metropolitan United Church, featuringMetropolitan’s choir, soloists and guest artists.This season features “Baroque and Beyond!” — aseries of four concerts: “Monteverdi Vespers of1610” on September 22, “Music by Chopin andRachmaninoff” on November 24, “Music from theFrench Baroque” on March 9 and “Requiem aeternam:Grant them eternal rest” on Good Friday,

March 29. The annual “Hallowe’en Phantomsof the Organ” is on October 26. Co-sponsoredwith ORGANIX is an organ recital by Ryan Jacksonon May 31. “Noon at Met” concerts — freerecitals featuring the organ and other instrumentalists/vocalists— are held every Thursdayat 12:15pm. Our special Christmas events includethe “Carols United” carol sing with the MetropolitanSilver Band and organ on December 9 andour “Candlelight Carol Service” on December 16.Metropolitan houses the largest pipe organ inCanada and the oldest tuned carillon in NorthAmerica. Metropolitan also has a variety of children’s,youth and handbell choirs which areopen to all. Please contact us for a concert brochureor for more information.Patricia Wright, artistic director416-363-0331 x26patriciaw@metunited.orgwww.metunited.org●●MUSIC GALLERYThe Music Gallery is Toronto’s centre for creativemusic, founded in 1976 by Peter Anson and AlMattes of the legendary free-improvising collective,CCMC. Led by artistic director David Dacks,the Music Gallery is a centre for promotingand presenting innovation and experimentationin all forms of music, and for encouragingcross-pollination between genres, disciplinesand audience. Since 2001, the Music Gallery hasfound a home at St. George the Martyr Church(197 John St. at Stephanie St.), at the southernedge of Grange Park.www.musicgallery.org●●MUSIC TORONTOMusic TORONTO’s 41st season includes two concertsof Bartok quartets in the Tokyo Quartet’sfinal season and a special farewell benefit performancein April. Don’t miss the Tokyo Quartet;they’re retiring and you won’t hear them again!The world’s best play here: the Brentano, theBerlin and the St. Lawrence string quartets and,for variety, the Gryphon Trio and the Fauré Quartett,one of the world’s few ensembles dedicatedto piano quartet repertoire.We feature pianists too, from the Irish grandmaster John O’Conor to the young Americansensation George Li, in addition to the greatMarc-André Hamelin; the exotic Gabriela Montero,who improvises on themes you suggest;and BC pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, who playsBeethoven, Mozart and works by four contemporaryCanadian composers.Our Discovery Series (tickets just .50) comprisesthree concerts of younger Canadian artists,including the wonderful soprano Erin Wall.Join the best audience in the city: serious aboutmusic (but not solemn), and casual and friendlyat intermission!“A chamber series with a pedigree”— David Perlman, publisher of The WholeNote.You can’t afford to miss music this good!Jennifer Taylor, artistic producer416-214-1660Box Office: 416-366-77231-800-708-6754; www.stlc.comwww.music-toronto.com●●MUSICIANS IN ORDINARYNamed after the singers and lutenists whoMISSISSAUGA SYMPHONYperformed in the most intimate quarters ofthe Stuart monarchs’ palace, the Musicians InOrdinary for the Lutes and Voices dedicate themselvesto the performance of early solo song andvocal chamber music. Led by Hallie Fishel, soprano,and John Edwards, lutenist, the ensemblehas been a fixture on the Toronto early musicscene for over ten years and also performs acrossNorth America, lecturing at universities andmuseums. Audiences delight in the livelinessof their innovative concerts and the infectiouspassion of the performers.This year, MIO’s season opener features musicfor the young Henry, Prince of Wales, son ofJames I.Each New Year‘s Day, MIO provides Messiahwearyand polka-shy audiences with a programof 17th- and 18th-century cantatas and sonatas.For this season’s concerts, MIO, who are ensemble-in-residenceat St. Mike’s College, are joinedby frequent collaborator Christopher Verrette(violinist and occasional concertmaster withTafelmusik), violinist Edwin Huizinga and others.MIO are located at 212–1585 Bloor St., W., Toronto.John Edwards416-535-9956www.musiciansinordinary.camusiciansinordinary.blogspot.com●●NATHANIEL DETT CHORALEThe Nathaniel Dett Chorale is an SATB professionalchoir of more than 20 voices based inToronto and dedicated to performing Afrocentricmusic of all genres, including classical, spiritual,gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Founded byartistic director Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in1998 and named after internationally-renownedAfrican-Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett,the chorale is Canada’s premiere performer ofAfrocentric composers and a touchstone forthe education of audiences and communitiesregarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choralmusic. The mission of the chorale is to buildbridges of understanding, appreciation andacceptance between communities of peoplethrough the medium of music. The chorale hasa three-concert subscription series, tours extensivelyeach season and has released several CDsand DVDs. Membership is by audition.The Nathaniel Dett Youth Chorale is a trainingchoir that meets weekly for instruction inAfrocentric history, music theory and ensemblesinging. The Youth Chorale comes togetherwith the Nathaniel Dett Chorale for workshops,mentoring and occasional public performances.Graduates of the training choir program willhave the opportunity to become apprenticeswith the professional ensemble.Heather Ostertag, manager416-340-7000heather@nathanieldettchorale.orgKaren Scovell, youth choir416-340-7000; karen@nathanieldettchorale.orgwww.nathanieldettchorale.org●●NEW MUSIC CONCERTSNew Music Concerts’ 42nd season openedSeptember 23 with “Cellos Galore,” which featureda world premiere by James Rolfe and arecent work by Elliott Carter, still active at 103!It continues November 11 with “Generation 2012,”featuring the Ensemble contemporain deMontréal and new works by four young Canadians.On December 9 there will be two events:“The Korean Music Project” (2:30pm), featuringmusic performed on distinctive Koreaninstruments, and “Sukhi Kang and His Class”(8pm), with senior Korean composer Kang andhis protégés.On January 19 Ensemble SurPlus from Freiburgperforms works by three original mid-careerGerman composers and a premiere by Hungarian-bornDániel Péter Biró, now based inVictoria. “Canadian Music — Past, Present andFuture” (February 3) features a centennial tributeto John Weinzweig, works by Schafer and Cherneyand commissions from rising stars BrianHarman and Adam Scime.“Six Hundred Year Anniversaries” (April 6)celebrates the centennials of Cage, Pentland,Nancarrow, Weinzweig, Lutosławski and Brantand in “Le Jardin Musical” (April 27) pianistLouise Bessette honours Gilles Tremblay’s 80thbirthday.Robert Aitken, artistic directorDavid Olds, general managertheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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