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Volume 2 Issue 10 - July/August 1997

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20~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ July/august '97 wholenote MEMBER PROFILES, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 the 115-voice Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto will offer four · concerts in its 1997-98 Subscription Series. On November 8, 1997 the Choir will present Mass Grandeur with orchestra, featuring Schubert's Mass in B flat and Haydn's joyous Nelson Mass. Our two popular Celebrate with Brass! concerts will be given on December 14 at 3 pm and 8 pm. The Choir, with the Bach Children's Chorus as guests, will perform winning compositions of its 11th Christmas Carol and ' Chanukah Song Writing Competition, along with traditional holiday favourites. On April 4, 1998 the Glorious Mozart program will begin with the composer's Jupiter Symphony and conclude with his Great Mass in C minor. The June 7, 1998 concert, Viva la Diva, stars soprano/ comedienne Mary Lou Fallis in solo and joint repertoire with choir, including the premiere of songs by John Greer. For brochure, call: (416) 446-0188. AMADEUS ENSEMBLE Artistic Director: Moshe Hammer General Manager: Michael Boyd Mailing Address: 303-156 Front St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6 Tel: 416-977-5677 Fax: 416-971-4841 E-Mail: Combine the full, rich sound of a twelve-member string orchestra with the intimate, relaxed surroundings of Glenn Gould Studio, and you will begin to understand why people are re-discovering the Amadeus Ensemble concert series. The 1997/98 season opens with the full Ensemble on October 26, 1997, and runs until May 3, 1998. Included on the series is a very special concert on March 28, 1998 when the Ensemble will perform with the acclaimed Elmer Iseler Singers. Guest soloists have become a popular part of our series, and this tradition continues next season. On January 25, 1998 pianist Robert l{ortgaard will join violinist Moshe Hammer performing the music by Prokofiev, Mozart and Grieg, while on February 22, harpist Judy Loman will be accompanied by Moshe and members of the Ensemble. Finally, the Duke Piano Trio will appear on December 14, 1997. Join us for all six Sunday evening concerts. It's a great way to wind down your weekend! For brochure please call: 416-977- 5677. BACH CHILDREN'S CHORUS · Tel: (416) 431-0790 Fax: (416)431-7554 Artistic Director: Linda Beaupre Admin. Dir.: Jane Greenwood Mailing Address: 23 Mossbank Drive, Scarborough, M 1 G 2C 1 Founded in 1987 by conductor Linda Beaupre, the Bach Children's Chorus now totals 200 singers, aged 6 and up in four choirs. They have developed a reputation throughout Metropolitan Toronto for their beautiful, musical sound and professional approach. In September 1996, the fourth choir was started, the Bach Chamber Youth Choir. This choir is made up of eighteen young people and the objective of this choir is to provide a choir in which girls aged 15 and up and boys with changed or changing voices can experience quality SATB mUSIC. Each of the choirs regularly participates in weekend excursions involving festivals, workshops and concerts with other youth choirs. Recently, 34 members of Choir III toured to the Dekalb International Choral Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1995, the Bach Children's Chorus released their first solo CD, Here's To Song and are presently working on a second CD to be . released in 1998. Auditions for placement in the Bach Children's Chorus take place in June. Extra auditions are held in November for a limited number of positions. For more information on the Bach Children's Chorus, phone (416) 431-0790. CANADIAN CHILDREN'S OPERA CHORUS Tel: (416) 366-0467 Fax: (416) 363-5584 Music Director: John Tuttle. Pianist: ,Bruce Ubukata Manager: Ann Hartford Marshall Mailing Address: 227 Front Street East, Toronto, M5A 1 E8 The Canadian Children's Opera Chorus is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 1997-98. Last season included guest performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and The National Ballet of Canada, school outreach programs, and concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio and Orillia Opera House, culminating in 12 enormously successful performances of Gilbert and Sulli~an's operetta H.MS. Pinafore at Toronto's Hart House Theatre and in Northern Ontario. Kirkland Lake, Cobalt and Sudbury choral workshops and performances Pinafore received bravos and standing ovations from capacity audiences. In 1997-98, mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin will join the CCOC for the Winter Concert, November 29 and 30 at the Glenn Gould Studio. The chorus will ~gain sing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in June, and members of the eeoc will appear in 3 Canadian Opera Company productions-- Turandot, Hansel and Gretel and The Cunning Little Vixen. As well, the CCOC will perform Malcolm Williamson's opera, Julius Caesar Jones at the duMaurier Theatre, Harbourfront, May 7 to 10, 1998. Under the superb musical direction of conductor John Tuttle, the 70 member eeoc continues to excel. Join us in celebration of 30 years of outstanding choral music. CANADIAN MUSiC . COMPETITIONS {TORONTO) Tel: (416) 487-0345 or 512-1832 Fax: (416) 250-6633 President: Prof. Alice Rathe Co.-President: Dr. Gabriel Leung Mailing Address: 4 Trimontium Crescent, Toronto, M4C 5M7 The mission of the Canadian Music Competitions (CMC) is to assist and promote the country's most talented young people in developing professional musical careers. In the 1997-8 concert season, we are proud to expand our concert presentations to the eight-part Symphony of Celebration Op. 97 No. 8 Concert Series and the four-part CMC Newman Centre Sunday Matinees. TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

21 These series fulfill the CMC's double mandate of organizing competitions to foster musical excellence and presenting star winners on stage to enhance their performance experiences. In the past, musicians like Martin Beaver, Louis Lortie and Ofra Harnoy have all been winners of our Competitions. This proud tradition continues in our young artists featured in the Symphony of Celebration and Newman Centre concert series. May the Canadian musical heritage flourish with these young talents! CONCENTUS ARTS Tel: (416) 964-8293 Artistic Director: Mervin Fick Mailing Address: 21 0-1 05 Isabella St., Toronto, M4Y 1 N9 Concentus Arts will be carrying 'On in the same vein this year. This summer The Concentus Singers will be occupied with the remaining three concerts in the Valley Festival. These are June 22 in Arnprior, August 17 in Pembroke, and September 21 in Pakenham. In 1997/8, The Concentus Arts lf-eq}tal Series and the Ensembles in Recital Series will be combined as one series under the name High Park Recital Series. That season is being set up now, and any would be participants should get in touch with the answering machine at 964-8293. The Parlour Concert series will also be continued in 97/98. Call for brochures and information on our activities_ EAST YORK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tel: (416)467-7142 Fax: (416) 487-8484 Music Director: Douglas Sanford Mailing Address: 110 Rumsey Road, Toronto, M4G 1 P2 Our 1997-98 season will mark the 44th consecutive season of this fine community orchestra, and will feature five concerts at the Leah Posluns Theatre at 4588 Bathurst Street. Hear great orchestral music by Ginastera, Mussorgsky, Brahms, Verdi, Bizet, Offenbach, Grieg, Villa-Lobos, Respighi and Revueltas. Our first concert (October 25/97) will feature the East York Symphony's principal horn player Keith Bohlender in Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1. Tchaikovsky's ever popular Symphony No. 5 will also be performed on this program. Canadian orchestral works by Harry Somers (Picasso Suite) and Daniel Friedman (Romance for String Orchestra) will be presented during the season as well. A highlight this year will undoubtedly be a performance of Mahler's exquisite Symphony No. 3 (May 30/98). The 100 musicians of the EYSO will be joined by 150 voices drawn frQm two of Toronto's finest choirs -- The Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto and the Toronto Children's Chorus. For brochure, call (416) 467-7142. ESPRIT ORCHESTRA Tel: (416) 599-7880 Fax: (416) 599-1344 Music Director: Alex Pauk Mailing Address: Suite 410-35 McCaul Street, Toronto, M5T 1 V7 1997/98 marks Esprit's fifteenth anniversary. The season begins October 5/97 with the first of four subscription concerts. The concert features music for electric guitar and orchestra and includes the world premiere of Tim Brady's The Body Electric. Brady is featured as guitar soloist. On November 3/97, Rivka Golani (viola) and Robert Aitken (flute) are featured in a concert including world premieres of Gilles Tremblay's concerto for flute and orchestra, Traversee, (written for Aitken) and Golani's adaptation for viola of Penderecki's Cello Concerto No. 2. Pre- and post-concert celebrations are planned. On February 22/98, Esprit presents a concert of music by some of Canada's best young composers - including world premieres of new works by Jeffrey Ryan and Roger Bergs. On March 29/98, Rivka Golani returns to premiere a major new viola concerto written for her by R. Murray Schafer. Concerts are performed at the St. Lawrence Centre, 27 Front Street East. FORD CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Subscriptions: (416) 324-9333 Single tickets: (416) 872-2222 Fax: (416) 324-5729 Vice President, Concert Music Programming: Stephen Cera Mailing Address: Livent Inc., 165 Avenue Road, Suite 600, Toronto, M5R 3S4 The 97/98 American Airlines Concert Season brings the world's best together in 99 concerts over 27 series. The diverse programming includes classical, jazz, Celtic, ragtime, klezmer, gospel and special family performances. Highlights include Anne-Sophie Mutter performing all of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas (which she will do in only three other North American cities): Louis Lortie also embarks on a major Beethoven project: the 32 Piano Sonatas (which he will perform only here, in London and Milan). Watch too for: KlezmerMANIA (Finjan, Brave Old World, The Klezmatics, and The Klezmer Conservatory Band); Ashley Macisaac headlining the new Celtic Connections series; Marvin Hamlisch in Rhythms of Ragtime and Suite and Easy series; and the Family Fun series with beloved entertainers Jack Grunsky, Fred Penner, and Robert Munsch. Other musical masters include ltzhak Perlman, Thomas Hampson, Mido~i, Dawn Upshaw, James Galway, Christopher Parkening, Wynton Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Free brochure, call (416) 325-9333. HANNAFORD STREET SILVER BAND Tel: 1-905-478-1882 Fax: 1-905-4 7 8-1881 Artistic Director: Raymond Tizzard Mailing Address: 42 Jessie Cresc., Sharon, Ontario, LOG 1 V) The 1996/97 season opened with a Jane Mallett Theatre concert as part of the inaugural "Made in Canada Festival of Canadian Music". Guest Conductor Bramwell Tovey led the HSSB in world premiers works by Alex Pauk and Tovey himself. Other Jane Mallett events included concerts with the Elmer Iseler Singers, percussion virtuoso Beverley Johnston, jazz artist Moe Koffman and guest conductor Howard Cable. Concerts at the Jane Mallett for the 1997/98 season include such artists as James Curnow, Bramwell Tovey, MORE-. TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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