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Volume 2 Issue 10 - July/August 1997

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Composer-in-Residence: Chan Ka Nin General Manager: Ann Brokelman Welcome to our 18th season! Highlights of the 1997/98 season include Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite and Scarborough mezzo soprano Frances Pappas performing works under the direction of Dairine Ni Mheadra. Rimsky-Korsakov's spectacular Sheherezade will be featured in November along with soloists Maggie Moser, oboe and Jiewon Kim, violin from the SPO conducted by Gary Kulesha. Principal Pops conductor Howard Cable returns to delight our audience with his arrangements in You Must Remember This. Joining· Howard will be pianist Gene DiNovi. Our family concert is 100% Canadian this year and will include a musical setting of the children's story, Jeremy's Decision, led by Boris Brott. Our season finale features Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 with conductor Jerome Summers and pianist Jason Li, the second Canadian to ever reach the semi-finals of the Tchaikovsky international Piano competition. For more information, please call. (416) 261'·0380. SHEVCHENKO MUSICAL ENSEMBLE Tel: (416) 533-2725 Fax: (416) 533-6348 Artistic Director: Alexander Veprinsky Dance Director: Andrei Pendik Administrator: Ginger Kautto Mailing Address: 626 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M5S 2R1 Great new;! The Shevchenko Musical Ensemble, Toronto's unique combination of male chorus, mandolin orchestra and folk dancers, after 46 years now welcomes female voices to its ranks. Its mission, reflected in a repertoire of folk, classical and contemporary music of Ukraine, Canada and other lands, remains unchanged--to perpetuate the finest of Ukrainian musical traditions and weave them with those of other Canadians. With a n impressive record of performances of the highest calibre, each Ensemble component (choir, orchestra or dance troupe) can perform on its own, but the Ensemble's uniqueness lies in its exciting presentations as a unified 90-person ensemble. The highlight of the first concert of concert of the Shevchenko School of Performing Arts for children (offering classes in folk dance, mandolin, voice and drama) was Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf arranged and choreographed for mandolin orchestra, narrator and young dancers. It is already booked for further performances in Toronto and Niagara Falls. Adults and children alike are welcome to join the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble and School at Columbus Centre. Call our office for further information. SINE NOMINE ENSEMBLE FOR MEDIEVAL MUSIC Tel: (416) 638-9445 Fax: (416) 926-7292 Contact: Andrea Budgey Mailing Address: 59 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, M5S 2C4 Email: Sine Nomine (est. 1991) brings the vocal and instrumental music of the Middle Ages vividly to life. The group has appeared in Toronto and other Ontario cities, Montreal, Boston, and Leeds, England, and has been broadcast on CBC, CJRT, and American Public Radio. The group's first commercial CD, A Golden Treasury of Mediaeval Music · (Saydisc/Amon Ra, 1996), has been recommended by the American Record Guide as a first-rate introduction to the repertoire; Sine Nomine also provided the music for the award-winning PBS CD-ROM Inside the Vatican (1995). In 1997-98, Sine Nomine (with various featured guests) presents four main concerts: October 17, the Cabot voyages, and Native (Mi'kmaq) traditions; December 19, Christmas, including material from liturgical drama; February 20, King Arthur and the Round Table; April 24, Contacts with the East; Fridays at 8 pm, at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 365 College. Tickets $1017, subscriptions /25. Dates and location subject to confirmation. TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA Tel (Box): (416) 964-6337 Tel (Admin): (416) 964-9562 Fax: (416) 964-2782 E-Mail: Internet: www. July/august '97 wholenote Music Director: Jeanne Lamon Mailing Address: 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1 X7 1997/98 is Tafelmusik's 19th season of performing baroque and classical music on period instruments. Winner of the 1996 Echo Klassic Award for Best Orchestra of the Year, Tafelmusik is pleased to announce its Toronto season at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church in the heart of Toronto's Annex district. The virtuosity and artistry of Tafelmusik and Music Director Jeanne Lamon will be displayed in programmes featuring the works of Bach, Handel, Rameau, Corelli, Vivaldi and Haydn. Cellist Anner _aylsma and recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen return to Tafelmusick's season and Dutch violinist Vera Beths will perform Beethoven's beloved Violin Concerto. Among the more intriguing programmes will be a concert version of Mozart's first opera, Bastien et Bastienne. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the director Ivar Taurins, will perform Haydn's Nelson Mass and Handel's Dixit Dominus and will also be featured in a programme devoted to music by Henry Purcell with renowned British tenor Paul Agnew. The choral highlight of the year promises to be Bach's St. John Passion at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. And, of course, the Tafelmusik season would not be complete without performances of Handel's Messiah and the ever-popular Sing-Along Messiah. THEATREFIX ARTS FESTIVAL Administrative and Artistic Director: Kevin A. Janus Mailing address: 161 St. George St. #509, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M3 Tel: 416-925-8357 E-Mail: Ticket information: 416-207-0043 The 1997 season of Theatrefix Arts Festival will take place between July 17th and July 26th at Alumni Hall Theatre (121 St. Joseph St.) on the University of Toronto campus. We are thrilled to present an opera night (July 21st), an evening of jazz with George Thurgood (July 22nd), the Aubergine Wind Trio (July 23rd) and last year's hit Canadian cowpunk musical, The Yeehaa Cowboys (July 17,18,19,24,25,26). TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

wholenote JUly/august '97 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 25 I Theatrefix is truly' unique. There is Mailing Address: 65 Rivercove Drive, Bach and Dvorak and the moving In 1 no other organization of its type in Toronto, especially in the downtown core in mid-summer. We are run exclusively by youth volunteers, who have devoted their time to bring the ·talent of their peers to both the artistic community and the community at large. Islington, M9B 4Y8 memoriam Primo Levi by John Reeves with mezzo Susan Boyes. The TSS is also booked to play three out of town concerts in Brockville, Durham and Port Perry. The event itself is also markedly different than anything else offered. How many endeavours provide so much diversity for so little co~t ( adult; $10 student/senior)? Where else could you find Ellington, Mozart and St;ompin' Tom Connors references in one place? Only Theatrefix can provide such delights. TORONTO EARLY MUSIC CENTRE Tel: (416) 966-1409 E-mail: Artistic Director: Frank Nakashima Mailing Address: 427 Bloor St. West, Box 17, Toronto, M5S 1 X7 This non-profit organization promotes the appreciation of historically-informed performances of early music in the community through sponsorship of concerts and activities such as lectures, workshops, exhibitions and masterclasses with visiting and local artists. Benefits of membership include: ' discounts to several early music events in the city; a subscription to the quarterly Toronto Early Music News, which contains a calendar of upcoming events, reviews, profiles, essays, etc.; borrowing privileges from the TEMC library of books and recordings; participation in music circles (e.g. 'vocal music circle); free admission to the Musically Speaking presentations of historical or early music, performed on original or replica instruments, at the Royal Ontario Museum at 2:30pm on the Second Sunday of the month (September to June). The annual Early Music Fair also takes place at the ROM, on Saturday, September 13th, from 10 am to 4 pm (free admission to TEMC members). Membership - individual; family; student/senior. TORONTO LATVIAN CONCERT ASSOCIATION Tel: (416) 481 -8616 Artistic Director: Arvid Purvs Administrator: Arturs Jansons The Toronto Latvian Concert Association returns to Jane Mallett Theatre next fall to celebrate its 39th consecutive season with some of the finest Latvian performers from around the world. On October 22, we present The TransAtlantic Trio featuring pianist/composer Peteris Plakidis, cellist lvars Bezprozvanovs, both from Latvia and American clarinetist Eric Mandat. Expect at least one premiere! Pianist Armands Abols, from Chile, performs on November 26. This multiple competition winner returns after a very successful appearance here in 1993. On March 11, 1998 we will hear Toronto's own Vilma lndra Vitols, mezzo soprano. This wonderful singer is quickly establishing a solid reputation, both here and in England, with her expressive performances and her intelligent and imaginative programming. The final concert features soprano lnese Galante (Date TBA). I:Ier recent CD of opera fvorites received rave reviews from Europe and landed her leading roles at Covent Garden. TORONTO SENIOR STRINGS Tel: (416) 488-9452, 769-5071 Fax: (416) 488-9452 Artistic Director: Victor Feldbrill Mailing Address: 204 Airdrie, Toronto, J\!14G 1 M8 Toronto's most well-loved orchestra, this 14-strong string group is made up of former TSO, Opera, Ballet and Hamilton Philharmonic musicians. Our Toronto concert 2pm start time has proven popular, as has our tradition of featuring a gifted young artist at each performance sponsored by George Heinl and Co. Conductor Victor Feldbrill will continue to delight. Three Thursday afternoon concerts in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (King and Simcoe) comprise the upcoming Toronto season. Stephen Tam, flute is featured October 23 (Boyce, Bach, Brahms and Britten). Handel, Haydn, Bocherini, and· Arensky will be heard April 6 with special guests, the Children's Choir from Willowdale Middle School. And the June 4 concert presents works by THE WOMEN'S MUSICAL CLUB OF TORONTO Tel: (416) 923-7052 Fax: (416) 923-2863 President: Esther McNeil Mailing Address: 1255 Bay Street, Suite 202, Toronto, M5R 2A9 Concert Hall: Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, U of T Music on Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm. Join the excitement of our lOOth season. Founded in 1898, the Women's Musical Club of Toronto is dedicated to presenting chamber music performances of the highest quality. Our Centennial Season starts with Heidi Grant Murphy on October 23, 1997. This shimmering soprano has appeared with the world's finest opera companies and symphony orchestras. On November 27, 1997, we are proud to present Jeanie Chung, piano, winner of our prestigious Career Development Award. On January 22, 1998, we are the first to present the Paris Piano Trio in Toronto. Described as the best in France, this trio has won acclaim throughout Europe. On February 19, 1998, hear the Talich String Quartet, as scintillating as champagne, featuring music by great. Czech composers. On March 19, 1998, we present Sophie Rolland, cello, and Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano. A duo performance by these two outstanding Canadians is a rare and special occasiOn. Five concerts for only .00. Single tickets .00 at the door.

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