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Volume 21 Issue 3 - November 2015

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"Come" seems to be the verb that knits this month's issue together. Sondra Radvanovsky comes to Koerner, William Norris comes to Tafel as their new GM, opera comes to Canadian Stage; and (a long time coming!) Jane Bunnett's musicianship and mentorship are honoured with the Premier's award for excellence; plus David Jaeger's ongoing series on the golden years of CBC Radio Two, Andrew Timar on hybridity, a bumper crop of record reviews and much much more. Come on in!

Oakville Children's

Oakville Children's Choir at the World Choir Olympics in Latvia (2014) worked for him. For a person untrained in music, who cannot usually tell the difference in sound between a trombone or a horn, or what a cadence is, he understood because he felt it. And this is where the great power of instrumental music lies, in common experience. His vocabulary didn’t need to be RCM certified to convey the commonality of experience. So the languages trained musicians use to communicate widely should not exclude others. The languages of what we could describe as music in the widest sense are as varied and many, as diverse as the living things that make up this planet. One doesn’t need to analyze the pitch and program of toads in the Caledon Hills during mating season to appreciate that something grand and exceptional is happening. Similarly, one can listen to A Sea Symphony and interpret a military sound without knowing that trumpets and snare drums are creating that sound. It is also worth considering the information we get as to the state of choral music making in our communities not by what the established choirs are doing, but by what is happening on the fringes, and anywhere children and young voices are concerned. Where are younger people engaging with music? EDM, DJ Skratch Bastid, Choir!Choir!Choir, Pentatonix, music theatre and film soundtracks are just some of the sources of music I find my friends going to that aren’t mega-scale, heavily produced pop concerts. And for this, and an even younger crowd, Disney movies continue to be a source of deep and powerful musical tradition (That Choir recently Festival of Carols WED, DEC 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM YORKMINSTER PARK BAPTIST CHURCH The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Canadian Staff Band welcome the season with traditional and contemporary carols and music for Christmas. Noel Edison conductor Jennifer Min-Young Lee associate conductor David Briggs organ Canadian Staff Band John Lam bandmaster Concert photo by Brian Summers BACH CHILDREN’S CHORUS BACH CHAMBER YOUTH CHOIR Linda Beaupré, Conductor Eleanor Daley, Pianist TICKETS – $ 76 VOX TIX FOR 30 AND UNDER TMC BOX OFFICE 416-598-0422 ext 221 SATURDAY DECEMBER 12, 2015 AT 7:30PM and at the Toronto Centre box office or TicketMaster at 1-855-985-2787 (ARTS) Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge Street Photo by Flickr user Daniel S Used under Creative Commons licence Design by David Kopulos 24 | Nov 1 - Dec 7, 2015

had a Disney-themed cabaret). In September, That Choir did a season launch that wasn’t a choral performance. This is unusual and welcome in an attempt to build a community of relationships that support a choir and its work. The TSO does this as well, with donors of much more privileged wallets. One day I might make it through the doors of the Maestro Club or the fancy Amex lounge at Roy Thomson Hall. For now, having a drink at No One Writes to the Colonel and singing “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you” by the Weeknd with 100 other people hits the spot pretty well. And importantly, it does for a lot of other people as well. Children’s Choir Concerts The Toronto Children’s Chorus is going on tour to Boston and New York City in March 2016. These talented kids will light up the hallowed walls of Carnegie Hall in the Choirs of America National Competition. The Toronto Children’s Chorus presents “Spectral Contrasts” on Saturday November 7, at 4pm, in Calvin Presbyterian Church. Proceeds will go towards the competition. The Hamilton Children’s Choir will be part of the City of Hamilton’s Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 8, at 10:30am in St George’s Church. The VIVA! Youth Singers present “Shanti!: Our Native Land” on November 29, at 3:30pm in Trinity-St Paul’s Centre. The Oakville Children’s Choir presents “Songs for a Winter Night” on Saturday December 5 at 7pm in St. John’s United Church in Oakville. Chorus Niagara’s Children’s Choir presents “The Time of Snow” at Beacon Christian School on Saturday December 6 at 2:30pm in St Catharines. Other Concerts Chorus Niagara is pulling together the McMaster University Choir and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in presenting “CELEBRATE!: The Explosive Power of 160 Voices in Partridge Hall” on November 7, at 7:30pm in FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St Catharines. Further east, another conglomeration of choirs is assembling for “Choralpalooza,” featuring the Kingston Chamber Choir, She Sings, the Kingston Townsmen, the Kingston Choral Society and Open Voices Community Choir. This will take place November 8, at 12pm in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston. Bel Canto is just one of many choirs in Scarborough. They perform “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on December 6, at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, in St. Dunstan’s of Canterbury. Two sets of German choral works are being presented: one by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on November 25, at 7:30pm in Koerner Hall; the other by the Hart House Chorus on November 29, at 4pm in the Great Hall of Hart House. THAT CHOIR CAROLS GJEILO. RAMINSH. WHITACRE. LAURIDSEN. WILLAN. PENTATONIX. with a reading of Dylan Thomas' 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' by Jim Mezon Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 | 8pm Metropolitan United Church 56 Queen St. East, Toronto TICKETS: | | Please stay in touch! Feedback: or Twitter @thebfchang MESSIAH DIRECTED BY JOAN ANDREWS Guest Artists Rebecca Whelan, soprano Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano Asitha Tennekoon, tenor Jesse Clark, bass/baritone Gerald Loo, organist The Talisker Players Sat, Dec 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm Markham Missionary Church 5438 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham Adult Senior Student Child under 12 FREE For tickets call (905) 763-4172 or at the door Nov 1 - Dec 7, 2015 | 25

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