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Volume 20 Issue 2 - October 2014

  • Text
  • October
  • Toronto
  • Choir
  • November
  • Concerts
  • Jazz
  • Musical
  • Arts
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre
Includes the 2014 Blue Pages Member Directory


BLUE PAGES 2014/15●●Massey HallThe 2014/15 season welcomes an array of artistswho span the spectrum of entertainmentand musical genres. The legendary Jazz at MasseyHall series brings the Jazz at Lincoln CenterOrchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Medeski ScofieldMartin & Wood, and Chick Corea and HerbieHancock in a rare duo piano performance, to theMassey Hall stage. Jill Barber makes her headlinedebut at Massey Hall and we welcome the returnof Classic Albums Live, Whitehorse, Buddy Guyand Women’s Blues Revue. Live at Massey Hall, alive concert and concert filming series, goes intoits second season. The series is devoted to Canadianartists, and the films can be viewed for freeat Massey Hall presentsconcerts at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, WinterGarden Theatre, The Great Hall and the Rivoliincluding Alex Cuba, Agnes Obel, Kevin Fox andThe Good Lovelies.Meghan McCready416-593-4822 x330Box Office:●●MCS ChorusLed by artistic director Mervin William Fick, MCSChorus is a vibrant part of the performing artscommunity. Founded in 1975, the chorus performsa wide variety of choral works, rangingfrom the classical core repertoire to contemporaryclassic and popular works. MCS Chorusstrongly supports Canadian repertoire and newlycommissioned works, and provides performanceopportunities for emerging artists.The 2014/15 season includes collaborationswith community, arts and charitable organizations,such as a community-based concert insupport of the Mississauga Compass Food Bankand the TSO’s “Messiah for the City” benefit concertfor the Toronto United Way. The chorusparticipates in National Culture Days and OpenDoors Mississauga and will be participating inIgnite 2015, part of the Pan Am Games.MCS Chorus also offers two youth-based artseducation programs: a live in-school performancefor grades three to eight and a Choral Scholarsprogram for high-school students. MCSChorus provides many opportunities for singersto enhance their vocal skills through in-rehearsalcoaching, concert performances and participationin community events.Marilyn●●Miles Nadal JewishCommunity CentreThe MNjcc is a vibrant community centre at Bloorand Spadina that is open to all. We provide social,cultural, educational, fitness, aquatic and recreationalprogramming for every age and stage of life.We host concerts, theatre, film screenings andstudies, gallery exhibitions, literary events, potteryand music. Over 400 people study music inour building every week! Our vibrant choral programincludes the Community Choir, Open (nonauditioned)Community Choir, Daytime Choir andHarmonia: Jewish Youth Choir. Instrumentalistsenjoy our Adult Klezmer Ensemble and children’sSuzuki music program and summer camp. TheSummer Institute: Singers Edition presents a fullweekadult camp to build vocal and choral skillswith some of Toronto’s best instructors. We alsopresent Music and Opera Appreciation lecturesthroughout the year. Home to the Al Green Theatre,a state-of-the-art venue with a grand piano,full stage and film screen, the MNjcc is perfect forarts and corporate events. We host many festivalsand seasons, including the Toronto JewishFilm Society subscription series.Harriet Wichin416-924-6211●●Mississauga Children’s ChoirThe Mississauga Children’s Choir is an auditionedchoir under the artistic direction of Dr.Caron Daley. MCC is dedicated to providing youngsingers with an exceptional musical experiencethrough excellence in performance, education,touring and service to the community. Enteringits 35th year, the Mississauga Children’s Choirhas evolved to meet the best interests of the variedages and backgrounds of our choristers. Ourfive graded choirs: Training Choir, Junior Choir,Main Choir, Concert Choir and Boys’ Choir, provideall choristers with an opportunity to improvetheir musical education and skills, both as individualsand as an ensemble, while enjoying thecompany of similarly minded youth. Each seasonthe MCC performs two major concerts in Mississauga’srenowned Living Arts Centre and isinvited to perform at many prestigious eventsthroughout the community.Denise●●Mississauga Festival ChoirMississauga Festival Choir is a 130-voice adultnon-auditioned community choir dedicated toexcellence in choral performance with variedrepertoire for all ages. A small auditioned chamberchoir (MFCC) performs separately.Our mission is to be a “community choir thatenriches lives through music by way of performance,education and outreach.“MFC, under the direction of David Ambrosesince 2005, performs each season at the LivingArts Centre and other venues in Mississauga.MFC ‘s 2014/15 season consists of four excitingconcerts: the Shannon Butcher Trio will be joiningMFC in December for “Jingle Jazz”; massedchoir Festival of Friends in February; and theMFC Chamber Choir in a March Lenten program“Psalms and Solitude.”In May, MFC celebrates the Pan Am games witha concert “¡ Con Espiritu ! With Spirit!” devoted tothe music of the Americas, featuring Eliana Cuevasand her Latin ensemble along with the MississaugaFestival Youth Choir.Rehearsals are 7:30pm Monday evenings atCawthra Seniors’ Centre. For more informationabout the choir, please visit our website or sendus an email.Agnes●●Mississauga Symphony OrchestraSince 1972, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestrahas offered the community entertaining andincreasingly sophisticated programs from theclassic and popular repertoires performed tothe highest artistic standards. The MSO hascontinued to serve its original mandate to provideperformance opportunities and personaldevelopment to talented amateurs, while it hascombined the strands of excellence and educationby assisting young professional performersand composers through solo performanceopportunities, commissions and mentoring.Susan●●Mooredale ConcertsMooredale Concerts celebrates its 26th season!The Canadian debut of famed New York-basedJupiter Symphony Chamber Players performsBeethoven’s beloved Septet. The New OrfordString Quartet returns with TSO principal violaTeng Li performing String Quintet No. 4 in G minor.The virtuosic Piano Dialogue of pianists WonnySong and David Jalbert performs Schubert andRachmaninoff on two pianos. Four leading soloists(Erika Raum, Scott St. John, Sharon Wei, TomWiebe) combine to perform Goldberg Variationsfor String Trio by J.S. Bach (arr. Sitkovetsky). Thelush Vienna Piano Trio performs Schumann’sPhantasiestücke and Mendelssohn’s Piano TrioNo. 1 in D minor. Lastly, one-of-a-kind Dublin GuitarQuartet also make their Canadian debut, performingnew world works.2014/15 six-concert subscriptions forB14 | theWholeNote 2014/15 PRESENTER PROFILES

“Toronto’s Best Bargain for Great Music!” areonly 0 (20 for seniors and for thoseunder 30). All concerts are at Walter Hall, UofTat 3:15pm.Five of the featured concerts above are alsopresented as one-hour, interactive “Music andTruffles” performances for young people agedsix to 15, Sundays from 1:15pm to 2:15pm. Adultsare welcome! Subscriptions are and includea chocolate truffle for everyone.Christina Cavanagh416-922-3714●●Mozart ProjectThe Mozart Project is a new, nationally recognized,not-for-profit organization inspired by theuniversality, accessibility, diversity and beautyof Mozart’s vast repertoire. Toronto is the homechapter where a range of activities and initiativesis planned; in time, local chapters will beestablished in regions across the country. Thepurpose of the Mozart Project is to engage audiencesin innovative concerts of music by Mozartand related repertoire; to provide learning andperformance opportunities to children, youngmusicians and emerging artists; and to buildconnections within and between communitiesthrough the unifying and universal qualities ofMozart’s music.In our inaugural season, our planned activitiesinclude: a fundraising concert on November 30,2014, the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition onFebruary 14 and 15, 2015, the Toronto MozartComposition Competition and a concert by theToronto Mozart Players on April 12, 2015.Lawrence●●Music at MetropolitanMusic at Metropolitan presents a variety of concertsat Metropolitan United Church, featuringMetropolitan’s choir, soloists and guest artists.This season features a series of four concerts:“An Evening with Schumann & Rachmaninoff” featuringArnold Tirzits, Matthew Coons and JanetObermeyer on November 29, “Sei Solo” Bachfor unaccompanied violin featuring six violinistson January 9, Music by Buxtehude, Rheinberger,Charpentier, Distler and Fauré on GoodFriday, April 3, “Bach in Time” with organist PatriciaWright and poet Patricia Orr on May 3 and“Charles Davidson sings Schubert, Schumann,Weill...” on May 30. The annual “Hallowe’en Phantomsof the Organ” is on October 31. Noon atMet concerts – free recitals featuring the organand other instrumentalists/vocalists – are heldevery Thursday at 12:15pm. Our special Christmasevents include the “Carols United” carol singwith the Metropolitan Silver Band and organ onNEW MUSIC CONCERTSDecember 7 and our “Candlelight Carol Service”on December 21. Metropolitan houses the largestpipe organ in Canada and the oldest tuned carillonin North America. Please contact us for aconcert brochure or for more information.Patricia Wright416-363-0331●●Musicians In OrdinaryNamed after the singers and lutenists who performedin the most intimate quarters of the Stuartmonarchs’ palace, the Musicians In Ordinaryfor the Lutes and Voices dedicate themselves tothe performance of early solo song and vocalchamber music. Led by Hallie Fishel, soprano andJohn Edwards, lutenist, the ensemble has been afixture on the Toronto early music scene for overten years, performs across North America, at universitiesand museums and is ensemble-in-residenceat St. Michael’s College. Audiences delightin the liveliness of their innovative concerts andthe infectious passion of the performers for puttingtheir repertoire in cultural context.Their Heliconian Hall series includes readingsof John Donne’s poems with contemporarylute songs, the annual “New Year’s Day Baroque”concert, music by avant-gardists Monteverdiand Rossi and solo French lute music of theRenaissance. The Principal’s Music Series at St.Michael’s College presents consorts, motets andsonatas, including the complete Dowland LachrimaePavans, with a violin band led by ChristopherVerrette. Read The Wholenote for other St.Michael’s events with orchestra and choir.John●●The Music GalleryThe Music Gallery is a centre for promoting andpresenting innovation and experimentation in allforms of music, and for encouraging cross-pollinationbetween genres, disciplines and audiences.Established in 1976 by members of the CanadianCreative Music Collective (CCMC) as a not-forprofit,charitable artist-run centre, the Music Galleryoccupies a unique and valued position withinToronto’s musical ecology that allows them topresent, encourage and promote leading-edgecontemporary music in all genres. For the last38 years, we have welcomed diverse audiencesto explore and engage with this music throughapproximately 50 live concerts each season, aswell as via outreach events, exhibitions, recordings,publications, and increasingly, a growingonline multimedia hub.This year our X Avant Festival explores thetheme Transculturalism: Moving Beyond Multiculturalismand runs from October 16 to 19. Furtherhighlights include our tribute to William S. Burroughson November 7, the participatory holidayshow Unsilent Night on December 20, and percussionist/composerAdam Rudolph on March 28.Monica●●Music TORONTOThe world’s best chamber ensembles and pianistsplay here. Accomplished, eclectic, always interesting– you can’t afford to miss music this good!Music TORONTO’s 43rd season includes sevenfine string quartets – and a trio. The St. Petersburg,from Russia and the US; the Belcea, fromHungary, Europe and the UK; the Daedalus fromNew York; the legendary Juilliard; the Elias fromthe UK, making its Toronto debut; the Lafayettefrom BC; our perennial favourites the St.theWholeNote 2014/15 PRESENTER PROFILES | B15

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