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Volume 18 Issue 2 - October 2012

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Blue PagestheWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES●●SHOW ONE PRODUCTIONSThe Canadian media have called her “an iconin the making,” a “Russian-born superwoman.”For nearly a decade, Svetlana Dvoretskaia andShow One Productions have brought to Canadasome of the world’s biggest classicalmusic stars — among them operatic luminariesDmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky,Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, theRotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor/violinist Vladimir Spivakov,conductor/violist Yuri Bashmet, pianist OlgaKern and the musical hilarity of Igudesmanand Joo. Stunning Russian pianist Denis Matsuev,whose 2011 recital debut sold out almostinstantly, returns to Koerner Hall with an all-Russian program on December 2.Together with the Sony Centre for PerformingArts, Show One presents the Toronto debut ofthe fabulous Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg intheir stunning production, Rodin (“Outrageous,Sexy!” — San Francisco Chronicle), May 23 to 25.Ms. Dvoretskaia is particularly proud of herconcerts featuring young prodigies from theVladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation,joined by Canadian counterparts.Stay tuned for more announcements for2012/●●SILVERTHORN SYMPHONIC WINDSFounded in September 2006 and led by musicdirector Andrew Chung, Silverthorn SymphonicWinds (SSW) brings classical and contemporaryrepertoire for wind ensemble to audiencesin Toronto and York Region. The all-volunteerensemble is characterized by exceptional dedicationand a commitment to the highest possiblelevel of performance. The musicians, who are allchosen by audition, range from highly accomplishedamateurs to semi-professionals. The SSWArtist-in-Residence Program brings an establishedprofessional musician in to collaboratewith the ensemble for a one-year term. This season’sartist-in-residence, Camille Watts, flutistand piccoloist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,will perform at two public concerts and offera free public masterclass. SSW rehearses Tuesdayevenings in the Bathurst and Steeles areaof Toronto. Currently SSW has openings for thefollowing instruments: trumpet, clarinet, bassoon,euphonium, percussion and French horn.Sandra Ignaciuk, membership●●SINE NOMINESINE NOMINE is an ensemble of talented, versatilesingers and instrumentalists passionateabout the music of the Middle Ages and aboutbringing it to life for modern audiences. Thegroup has performed in Toronto and otherOntario centres, as well as Alberta, Quebec, theMaritimes, the eastern USA and England.This year, SINE NOMINE begins its third decadeof inventive programming, combining vocal andinstrumental music from medieval courts andchurches with readings, drama and liturgicalaction, to provide insight into the fascinatingartistic and intellectual culture of the MiddleAges. Concerts take place on Fridays: December 16(an Advent and Christmas program), February 22(music of medieval Spain) and April 26 (a meetingof Eastern and Western European musicalcultures), all at Saint Thomas’s Church, 383 HuronStreet, at 8pm.SINE NOMINE has produced three recordings:an independent cassette, the CD-ROM The Art ofthe Chant (PBS/Jasmine) and the CD A GoldenTreasury of Mediaeval Music (Saydisc/AmonRa).SINE NOMINE is ensemble-in-residence at thePontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.Randall Rosenfeld, Andrea●●SINFONIA TORONTO“A world-class ensemble” (Russelsheimer Echo),Sinfonia Toronto has a repertoire including allmajor works for string orchestra and has premieredmany new works. The orchestra performsat the Glenn Gould Studio, where its concertshave often been recorded for national broadcast.The orchestra has recorded for its own label,Marquis Classics EMI, Cambria and Analektaon iTunes.Sinfonia Toronto’s 13 virtuoso strings performstanding, blending each musician’s soloisticenergy into a brilliant ensemble style underconductor Nurhan Arman. The orchestra hastoured in Europe twice, travels regularly acrossOntario and performs many outreach concerts.This season Sinfonia Toronto will perform sixMasterpiece Series concerts in Glenn Gould Studioand two concerts at the Toronto Centre forthe Arts. Since 2009 Sinfonia Toronto has beenthe orchestra-in-residence of Barrie’s Coloursof Music Festival.Guest soloists for 2012/13 include the BorodinQuartet, pianists Angela Cheng and DmitriLevkovich, violinist Alexandre Da Costa, violistRivka Golani and many more. The orchestra willtour to Montreal in October with cellist NarekHakhnazaryan, winner of the last TchaikovskyInternational Competition First Prize.Nurhan Arman,music director and conductorMargaret Chasins, director of●●SMALL WORLD MUSIC SOCIETYSmall World is a celebration of cultural diversityexpressed by one of the most potent toolsavailable — music. A charitable organization, itsvision is based on sharing cultural experienceand, ultimately, building bridges between cultures.It is about discovery and “opening ears.”In this role, the company has presented close to400 events since 1997. It has hosted many Canadiandebuts by international performers, hasgiven a platform to dozens of developing Canadianartists of diverse backgrounds and hasestablished an international reputation for presentinginnovative, risk-taking programmingthat uniquely represents Canada and Toronto,providing a space for cross-cultural bridge-building,education and●●SOLDIERS’ TOWER CARILLON,UNIVERSITY OF TORONTOThe Soldiers’ Tower stands as a memorial to the1,185 members of the University of Toronto whogave their lives during the two World Wars. Thetower is situated at the west end of Hart Houseon the St. George Campus in downtown Torontoand is a recurring part of campus life. The bellscan be heard during convocation in June andNovember, at Remembrance Day and other specialevents, for short interludes between classesand on some weekends. Special hour-long recitalseries are also offered, which are free and open tothe public. These recitals feature distinguishedlocal carillonneurs, as well as visiting carillonneursfrom the US, Europe and Britain. Chairsare set outside for listeners and a printed programis distributed. Musical selection rangesfrom classical music to traditional folk songsto contemporary pieces. These recitals typicallytake place on Canada Day, and throughout Julyand September. Contact our office for a completeschedule and to be added to the mailing●●SOUNDSTREAMSLed by artistic director Lawrence Cherney andexecutive director Chris Lorway, Soundstreamsis a Toronto-based music presenter that commissions,develops and showcases the work ofcontemporary Canadian composers and theirinternational counterparts.These innovative collaborations are performedby the finest artists from Canada andaround the world, and are presented in anannual concert series at Koerner Hall, in nationaland international tours and through a variety ofeducation and outreach activities. To mark our30th anniversary season in 2012/13, Soundstreamswill also launch SoundMakers, an innovativewebsite and smartphone app that will invitemusic lovers to explore and create with Soundstreams’commissioned works.Over the past three decades, Soundstreamscommissions have added more than 150 worksto the musical repertoire worldwide, reflectinga diverse variety of genres and culturaltraditions. Projects have included festivals andconferences as well as new productions such asThomson Highway and Melissa Hui’s Cree operaPimooteewin: The Journey and R. Murray Schafer’sDora Award-winning site-specific opera The Children’sCrusade.Lawrence Cherney, artistic directorChris Lorway, executive● ● SOUTHERN ONTARIO CHAPTEROF THE HYMN SOCIETYSouthern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society(SOCHS) is a non-denominational organizationsupporting congregational song and offeringthree events each season in the Barrie, Kitchener-Waterlooand Pickering triangle. Anyoneinterested in hymns and congregational songmay join us or participate in our activities. JohnL. Bell and James Abbington have brought excitingsongs to our gatherings. Internationallyrecognized hymn writers Mary Louise Bringle,

Carl Daw, Michael Hawn and Brian Wren havealso been guests.Our fall social at 2:30pm on SundaySeptember 23, at Kingsway-Lambton UnitedChurch, featured tips on planning hymn festivals.At 2:30pm on Sunday October 21, at HumbercrestUnited Church, we are supporting the congregation’s100th Anniversary Hymn Festival directedby Melvin J. Hurst. On Friday February 15 andSaturday February 16, 2013, at Emmanuel College,we co-sponsor PsalmsFest, an explorationof “Psalms for all Seasons”. A liturgy and songretreat guided by the Sisters of St. John the Divine,on the evening of Friday June 14 and SaturdayJune 15, 2013, takes place at the convent on CummerAve.,●●ST. ANDREW’S CHURCHSt. Andrew’s Church is a dynamic, historic congregationlocated at 73 Simcoe St., across fromRoy Thomson Hall. Founded in 1830, this Presbyterianchurch has a rich history of musicalinnovation and excellence. A professionaleight-voice choir performs most Sundays at the10:30am worship service, accompanied on a KarlWilhelm tracker organ. The magnificent newBősendorfer Imperial concert grand piano furtherenhances worship services, along with thecongregational choir. The piano also benefits thewider downtown community and inspired the2011 launch of “Life and Music at St. Andrew’s,”which offers exceptional musical performancesfor minimal or no cost. Jamie Parker, Canadianclassical pianist and Gryphon Trio member,launched the inaugural 2011 season. This season,watch for Canada’s premier jazz pianist, OliverJones, in concert on October 13, plus free noonhourrecitals by University of Toronto musicstudents. The church’s superb acoustics, downtownlocation and large capacity seating makeit the perfect setting for musical events rangingfrom jazz to classical vocal performances.Daniel Bickle, director of music416-593-5600,●●ST. ANNE’S ANGLICAN CHURCHEstablished in 1862, St. Anne’s has occupied itscurrent Byzantine sanctuary since 1907. It is anational historic site because it contains theonly religious art of members of the Group ofSeven. Renowned for its music and acoustics, St.Anne’s is the performance and recording venuefor special musical events by our own choir aswell as other groups. Daniel Norman, directorof music, welcomes new members to our choir,which plays an important role at the 10:30amSunday services. To celebrate the parish’s sesquicentennialin 2012, special cultural eventsare scheduled for October.In the 300-seat parish hall auditorium at 651Dufferin St., the Music and Drama Society (MADS)will feature its 50th annual Gilbert and Sullivanproduction, The Gondoliers (January 25, 26,27 and 31, and February 1, 2 and 3), with artisticdirector Laura Schatz and music director BrianFarrow. Parking arrangements and TTC access areexcellent. In 2009, MADS performed to criticalST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOLacclaim at the Buxton, England, InternationalGilbert and Sullivan Festival, and in the summerof 2013, MADS will return to perform thecurrent production.Diana●●ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOLThe treasury of sacred music can be heard weeklyat St. Michael’s Cathedral, where a fine choraltradition has been maintained since St. Michael’sChoir School was founded in 1937. Treble andSATB boys’ choirs sing at the Saturday eveningand Sunday morning masses, at the solemn liturgiesof the Christmas and Easter seasons andat important archdiocesan events. Join us at theCathedral for “In Remembrance,” an evening ofsacred music, on October 19. The joyous soundsof the season fill Massey Hall every Decemberas the boys present their annual Christmasconcert, this year on December 15 and 16. At St.Michael’s Cathedral, prepare for Easter with themoving Tenebrae service on April 27 and celebratespring on May 24 (both events at 7:30pm).The Choir School provides enriched learning forboys in Grades 3 to 12, with daily choral rehearsalsand individual instruction in piano, organ,voice, strings and guitar. The Fraser Institutehas ranked both elementary and secondaryacademic programs highly. Admission is basedon a musical audition, entrance examinationand interviews.Barry White, principalJerzy Cichocki, conductor, Senior ChoirsTeri Dunn, conductor,Senior and Elementary ChoirsCharissa Bagan, conductor, Junior ChoirGilda Tarantino, executive●●ST. PHILIP’S ANGLICAN CHURCHThe Church of St. Philip in Etobicoke (25 St. PhillipsRd.) is one of the oldest Anglican churchesin Toronto. Established in 1828, St. Philip’s welcomesall people to vibrant celebrations onSunday mornings at 8:30am and 10:30am andto an eclectic series of Sunday afternoon concerts(4pm) that include jazz, blues, polka, fado,mariachi, klezmer and Latin music. Performancesfeature some of Toronto’s finest musicians.Come and celebrate with us in our beautiful andhistoric church!Rev. Canon Allan●●SYRINX CONCERTS TORONTOSyrinx Concerts Toronto was established in2004 as a series of chamber music concerts toencourage and promote Canadian musicians.Each concert will feature the works of Canadiancomposers integrated within a more traditionalrepertoire. The performers, some of Canada’s finestmusicians, have been requested to programa Canadian work they especially enjoy playingor a new work they haven’t had the opportunityto perform before.The featured composers this year will be: TalivaldisKenins, James Rolfe, Norbert Palej, JacquesHetu, Malcolm Forsyth and Robert Fleming.Our season usually consists of five concerts;however, this year we will have an added concert,a fundraiser offering a special tribute tothe works of Dr. Oscar Peterson.Dorothy Glick, tickets and● ● TAFELMUSIK BAROQUEORCHESTRA & CHAMBER CHOIRMusic of the 17th and 18th centuries, performedon period instruments with Tafelmusik’srenowned “passion and refinement.”— The Globe and MailSeveral guest artists make their Tafelmusikdebuts this season, including world-renownedFreiburg Baroque Orchestra director Gottfriedvon der Goltz, riveting French soprano SandrinePiau and Toronto’s own Vesuvius Ensemble. Celebratedreturning guest artists include conductorBruno Weil and pianist Janina Fialkowska forone of four programs at Koerner Hall this season,and guest director and violinist ElizabeththeWholeNote 2012/13 PRESENTER PROFILES

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