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Volume 21 Issue 2 - October 2015

Vol 21 No 2 is now available for your viewing pleasure, and it's a bumper crop, right at the harvest moon. First ever Canadian opera on the Four Seasons Centre main stage gets double coverage with Wende Bartley interviewing Pyramus and Thisbe composer Barbara Monk Feldman and Chris Hoile connecting with director Christopher Alden; Paul Ennis digs into the musical mind of pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and pianist Eve Egoyan is "On the Record" in conversation with publisher David Perlman ahead of the Oct release concert for her tenth recording. And at the heart of it all the 16th edition of our annual BLUE PAGES directory of presenters profile the season now well and truly under way.


BLUE PAGES 2015/16 in that capacity at Toronto’s Knox Presbyterian Church. Our 2015/16 concert series features the beloved Christmas tradition of Josef Rheinberger’s The Star of Bethlehem in a new English version by Roger Bergs; a “Resplendent and Romantic Concert” in March featuring works by Beethoven, Buhr, Brahms, Bergs, Whiteacre, Schubert and Rossini and a concert of “Energy and Introspection” in May featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and the world premiere of Crux by Canadian Composer Alice Deardon. Most JLS concerts take place at St. Paul’s United Church in Dundas, Ontario. Debra Seeley, president, JLS Choir 905-628-5238 ●Jubilate Singers Jubilate Singers is a mixed voice chamber choir who celebrate the multicultural origins of Torontonians by performing folk and contemporary works in many languages, in addition to French and English. A few of the recent performances have included works in Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish and Zulu. The choir performs music from a wide variety of choral styles and periods, with a special focus on works by Canadian composers. Since 2001, the choir has benefited from the gifted direction of Isabel Bernaus. The talented Sherry Squires has been the choir’s accompanist for over twenty years. Every season, Jubilate Singers present a series of three concerts. Please check the listings in the WholeNote. In addition, the choir performs at community events around Toronto. Norm Martin 416-488-1571 ● Kawartha Concerts “Where Great Music Comes to Life” Located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes Region for over thirty-seven years, Kawartha Concerts is the primary live performing arts presenter of Classical, International, Classical Jazz, and more. Kawartha Concerts is a registered charitable not-for-profit organization. Kawartha Concerts presents and engages professional, established and emerging, Canadian and international artists for live performance concerts in venues throughout the Kawartha Region in the professional music series; Ovation (City of Kawartha Lakes - Lindsay), Bravo (City of Peterborough) and in the Encore Children’s Production Series in both Peterborough and Lindsay, Ontario, a family and young audience friendly performing arts series for the enjoyment and benefit of the citizens of the Kawartha Lakes Region. In addition to our main series, Kawartha Concerts offers an Artists’ Connection Series providing professional Artistin-Residence opportunities that support outreach educational activities and lectures for youth and music enthusiasts of all ages. Visit or call 705-878-5625 for more information. Julie Pettapiece 705-878-5625 ● Ken Page Memorial Trust The Ken Page Memorial Trust is a non-profit charitable fund created to support jazz and the musicians who create the music. The aims of the Trust are to encourage emerging talent, foster an understanding of the evolution of the music, promote jazz education through workshops, masterclasses and outreach programs conducted by established professionals and provide financial aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis. The KPMT holds Annual Jazz Fundraisers featuring some of the world’s leading jazz artists and honours jazz professionals with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 the Trust provided grants to University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Humber College Community Music School, Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in memory of Ron Collier, TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the All- Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope. Donations are our lifeline. Board members are unpaid and every dollar goes to further the aims of the Trust. Contributions are gratefully received and if you are currently a donor we extend our sincere appreciation. If you would like to donate please visit our website. Anne Page 416-515-0200 ● Kindred Spirits Orchestra The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed to great acclaim, sold-out audiences and standing ovations at the renowned CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in downtown Toronto. As of 2011, the KSO has also been presenting full subscription series at the Flato Markham Theatre, in addition to several community-outreach events and educational programs. The orchestra performs a wide range of pieces in all genres and styles. An ardent supporter of contemporary music, the KSO also brings to life great pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries during its annual Markham Contemporary Music Festival. Led by the charismatic maestro Kristian Alexander, the KSO continues to attract avid audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. During the upcoming 2015/2016 concert season, the KSO will welcome many internationally renowned artists at Flato Markham Theatre, will feature two gifted Canadian young pianists, and will return to the CBC Glenn Gould Studio for a special concert to celebrate the end of another successful season. Tickets and subscription packages are available through Markham Theatre at 905-305-7469 or Kristian Alexander, music director Michael Berec, associate conductor Jobert Sevilleno, president and CEO Office: 905-604-8339 Box Office: 905-305-7469 ● Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society (KWCMS) is perhaps the most active chamber music presenting organization in Canada, with some 75 concerts per calendar year. We offer concerts in a true “chamber” – a very large living room seating just 85, with a superb Steinway for concerts requiring piano. Located in central Waterloo, overlooking Waterloo Park, there are ample good restaurants and two fine hotels within easy walking distance. We have world-class, nationally known, and sometimes locally important artists. We have concerts with solo piano, guitar, and all chamber music combinations – especially string quartets. See our website for information on forthcoming concerts, subscriptions and more. Our current season includes two weekends (four concerts each) concluding our complete Haydn Quartets series by the famed Attacca Quartet of New York; we will also have a three-concert Weinberg Festival in late February-early March by the Amernet Quartet. And more! E-mail us at the email address listed below. Our website includes an easy tab for getting on our email list, keeping you informed on all near-future events. Jan Narveson 519-886-1673 ● Lawrence Park Community Church Lawrence Park Community Church has a long tradition of fine music, both in worship and in concert. Sunday services are held at 10:30am in the renovated and air-conditioned Sanctuary. Musical groups include the Adult Choir (volunteer and professional singers) and the Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers. There are monthly music sessions “Sundays with Kenny” for young people with saxophonist and percussionist Kenny Kirkwood. New members are warmly welcomed in all the groups. Special music services in the fall (all beginning at 10:30am) include The Rockin’ Dawgs on November 1 and the Brian Barlow Quartet on November 15. On December 20 the choir leads in a Service of Lessons and Carols. Mark Toews 416-489-1551 x28 B12 | theWholeNote 2015/16 PRESENTER PROFILES ● Li Delun Music Foundation The Li Delun Music Foundation was established in 2002 in Toronto as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural exchange between the East and the West through musical events. Named after the renowned Chinese conductor Li Delun, who founded the first symphony orchestra in the People’s Republic of China, the foundation is now well known in the community as a presenter of high quality musical events such as the annual “East Meets West New Years Concert” at the Toronto Centre for the Arts each year, and recitals by acclaimed musicians. Aside from forming the Toronto Festival Orchestra, which gives talented young aspiring musicians a chance to work along side seasoned professionals, the foundation also provides a platform for young upand-coming soloists to play on the concert hall stage accompanied by a professional orchestra in front of a live appreciative audience. The Li Delun Music Foundation also holds Master-classes and workshops given by internationally acclaimed artists such as Lang Lang, Sa Chen and Prof. Lee Kum-Sing. Rosalind Zhang 647-281-8768 ● Linda Litwack Publicity Having begun her career as a summer reporter on the Winnipeg Tribune, arts publicist Linda Litwack is a long-practised matchmaker between artists and the media. Her services include various forms of writing and editing – from media releases and bios to radio spots and CD booklets – working with designers, photographers and other professionals, and, of course, liaising with the media. In addition to media, music and other contact lists, she maintains a list of Friends, who receive notices of special events, often with a discount offer. Since leaving CBC Publicity (20 years in Radio and three in TV), she has collaborated with a host of creative people on intriguing projects, mostly in classical music but also in theatre, books, TV documentaries and visual arts. Among her longtime clients have been Mooredale Concerts, The Musicians In Ordinary, Show One Productions, One Little Goat Theatre Company, and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico. Linda ran the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir for several years, and is a Board member of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Linda Litwack 416-782-7837 LI DELUN MUSIC FOUNDATION ● Living Arts Centre The Living Arts Centre serves as an important resource for the arts, education and business. We feature over 225,000 square feet of multiple performance venues, corporate meeting rooms, studio spaces and exhibition display areas. The two main performing arts venues – Hammerson Hall and The RBC Theatre - are the site for a range of arts, cultural and entertainment events presented by both the Living Arts Centre and community partners. The grand Hammerson Hall, stage to some of the finest names in music, received a new .2 million dollar sound system earlier this year, taking the LAC experience to a whole new level. “A cutting edge installation, using the most advanced audio solutions on the planet, the Living Arts Centre has just taken a huge step forward in the live performance venue market.” –Mark Radu, Senior Systems Designer. A not-for-profit organization, The Centre proudly serves as the performance outlet for dozens of Mississauga arts organizations and community cultural groups, including the Mississauga Choral Society, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga International Children’s Festival and 30 Community Organizations. ● Lula Music and Arts Centre Lula Music and Arts Centre is a non-profit organization with the mandate to support Canadian world music through presentations, festivals, education, artist support and audience development. Lula Music and Arts Centre is dedicated to maintaining diversity at the board, committee and programming levels. We strive to make programming inclusive and accessible to diverse cultural communities and to foster an environment of mutual respect in all partnerships. Tracy Jenkins 416-588-0307 ● Massey Hall In 2015-2016, Massey Hall once again presents a diverse range of the world’s most compelling performers. Concert and film series Live at Massey Hall wraps up its second season with Sloan and kicks off its third (and hosts the documentaries that result at with Bahamas and later in the season features Chilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartet; the multinational Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma and the classic duo Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell perform on the storied stage; while returning series include Dream Serenade, Women’s Blues Revue and Classic Albums Live. Other can’t-miss concerts include Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Mariza, Ringo Starr, Steve Reich at 80 and more. Our reputation for presenting the best jazz the world has to offer continues this year, with The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (at the Winter Garden Theatre), Emilie-Claire Barlow with Orchestra, Michael Kaeshammer and more. Literary-musical series Torn from the Pages returns to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre where, along with the Winter Garden Theatre and the Rivoli, we also present artists we think you should hear, including Donovan Woods, JP Hoe, Old Man Luedeke, Good Lovelies and more. 416-872-4255 ● MCS Chorus MCS Chorus is a chamber choir of 30 auditioned voices, performing a wide variety of choral music, with an emphasis on classical repertoire. Choristers are committed to creating a unified ensemble sound, dedicated to bringing the choral arts into the community, and engaged in improving theWholeNote 2015/16 PRESENTER PROFILES | B13

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