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Volume 22 Issue 1 - September 2016

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Music lover's TIFF (our fifth annual guide to the Toronto International Film Festival); Aix Marks the Spot (how Brexit could impact on operatic co-production); The Unstoppable Howard Cable (an affectionate memoir of a late chapter in the life of of a great Canadian arranger; Kensington Jazz Story (the newest kid on the festival block flexes its muscles). These stories and much more as we say a lingering goodbye to summer and turn to the task, for the 22nd season, of covering the live and recorded music that make Southern Ontario tick.

Beat by Beat | Choral

Beat by Beat | Choral Scene Forward Into Fall! BRIAN CHANG Much as I'd like to be enjoying more of summer sitting on a Muskoka chair in my backyard with the sun beaming down on me, the pull of the new arts season is beckoning us all forward into fall. Exciting things are ahead over the next few months: a 20th anniversary celebration of Noel Edison at the helm of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with Mendelssohn’s Elijah; composer Ola Gjeilo (whom I wrote about at some length in last April’s issue) is being featured as part of the third edition of Choral Encounters – “Luminous Festival”; The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring is being done by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir at the beginning of December; and this is just a taste of the big events coming up this fall for our choirs (and of the intensity of the rehearsal and preparation about to get under way). If you’re like me and want to hold on to summer a bit longer, our summer festival greats, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Shaw Festival, continue to offer some tantalizing musical theatre munchies: A Chorus Line and A Little Night Music at Stratford and Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland at Shaw. Closer to home, the Lower Ossington Theatre productions of Mamma Mia! or West Side Story may entice. Mirvish Entertainment’s Matilda continues to be the hottest ticket out there right now. Dates and locations vary. Check our listings. If you’re looking for choral concerts, most won’t be forthcoming until October or later, as ensembles return from summer and spend September adjusting and rehearsing. An exception: MOSAIC Canadian Vocal Ensemble presents a concert featuring Karl Jenkin’s Te Deum, and his well-known work The Armed Man: Mass for Peace. September 24 at 7:30pm in St George’s Cathedral, Kingston. Check into your subscription series for choral music and other artistic endeavours across the region. Subscriptions are important stabilizers in our artistic communities. From Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to the Orpheus Choir to the Aga Khan Museum, subscribers are a key component for the financial viability of our arts organizations. Subscriptions also ensure that you have access to some of the world’s best art across the region including access to the best seats, sightlines and acoustics. Make sure your subscriptions for the upcoming year are set! Noel Edison SEPTEMBER … … is a great time to join a choir! Find yours now in The Canary Pages Directory of Choirs online and searchable at 30 | September 1, 2016 - October 7, 2016

A Luminous Choral Experience As mentioned, Ola Gjeilo comes to Toronto as part of Choral Encounters 2016 – “Luminous Festival.” Gjeilo is sponsored by Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, in collaboration with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. His work is increasingly becoming part of standard choral repertoire; the GTA region routinely features many of his dozens of compositions. The majority of the festival is private masterclasses and sessions with Gjeilo and other choral teachers from the region. But the festival culminates with “Luminous Night” a gala concert on October 15 at 7:30pm in Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto. This grand celebration of his work will include a full presentation of Sunrise Mass with the Talisker Players and also includes Ubi Caritas, Northern Lights, Eternal Sky, and (one of my top choral songs) Serenity. Voices will be provided by the massing of Exultate Chamber Singers, Orpheus Choir, Resonance, the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and Women’s Chamber Choir and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir. See more at I have written on the Sunrise Mass before, a remarkable collection of Latin text set to lush beautiful melodies. Using the cycle of a day, from morning to evening to mirror that of life, Gjeilo’s work is an evocative invitation to contemplation and intimacy. It is indeed his art and skill as a composer that the music is both grand and thick in sound, yet intimate and personal in execution. He writes in the notes to his piece Contrition: “I feel that my music should be bigger than me, bigger than my everyday concerns as a human being – concerns that may seem incredibly important in the moment but, in the grand scheme of things, really don’t amount to much when compared to the great mystery of life and the universe.” Gjeilo is especially good at combining quicker, energized vocal lines (or string lines) with slower, poignant melodies. These undulating lines, such as those in Tundra, Contrition or Movement 2 of Sunrise Mass, give an insistence and texture to his music. In setting up 2016 / 2017 A Debbie Fleming Christmas Sun., Dec. 4, 2016 ~ 4:00 pm Journey Around the Sun Sun., March 5, 2017 ~ 3:00 pm Sing a New Song Sat., May 27, 2017 ~ 8:00 pm Concerts take place at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto. Box Office: 416-978-8849 NEW SINGERS WELCOME! 2016-17 Season Identities Robert Cooper, C.M. Artistic Director Edward Moroney Accompanist Stories Myths & Mysteries Nov. 19, 2016 7:30 p.m. Delve into tales of myth and music with the Toronto premiere of The Farthest Shore, by popular British composer Paul Mealor. The Celtic legend of a Welsh village cast under a young boy’s spell offers the backdrop for Ēriks Ešenvalds evocative Northern Lights, and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s riveting Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae. Guests: Young Voices Toronto Traditions Welcome Christmas! Dec. 13, 2016 7:30 p.m. Orpheus Choir and the Hannaford Street Silver Band ring in Christmas with the eagerly-anticipated return of glorious jazz and gospel songstress Jackie Richardson. Revel in our tidings of great joy in this beloved concert of magnificent seasonal music. Guests: Hannaford Street Silver Band and JUNO-nominated songstress, Jackie Richardson an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario Beginnings With Glowing Hearts Feb. 26, 2017 3:00 p.m. Awaken Canadian pride as we celebrate our nation’s 150 th birthday. Orpheus Choir’s tribute showcases Ruth Watson Henderson’s The Magic of God’s World, and Derek Holman’s Laudis Creationis, together with premieres of two specially commissioned works that reveal the 1867 and 2017 faces of our home and native land. Guests: Toronto Children’s Chorus Identities Glorious and Free May 14, 2017 3:30 p.m. A musical tribute to our Canadian values of respect and inclusion with the Ontario premiere of Larysa Kuzmenko’s The Golden Harvest. Commemorating the 125 th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, this oratorio combines with John Estacio’s The Houses Stand Not Far Apart. Guests: Soloists Andriana Chuchman, soprano, and James Westman, bass-baritone, the Vesnivka Choir Subscriptions and tickets on sale now! September 1, 2016 - October 7, 2016 | 31

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