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Volume 22 Issue 2 - October 2016

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  • October
  • Toronto
  • Choir
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  • Orchestra
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  • Concerts
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In this issue: David Jaeger and Alex Pauk’s most memorable R. Murray Schafer collabs, in this month’s installment of Jaeger’s CBC Radio Two: The Living Legacy; an interview with flutist Claire Chase, who brings new music and mindset to Toronto this month; an investigation into the strange coincidence of three simultaneous Mendelssohn Elijahs this Nov 5; and of course, our annual Blue Pages, a who’s who of southern Ontario’s live music scene- a community as prolific and multifaceted as ever. These and more, as we move full-force into the 2016/17 concert season- all aboard!


BLUE PAGES 2016/17 wonderful, adventurous new music. Through Array’s Creative Music Hub, we utilize the Array Space to foster a creative music hub and a thriving contemporary art scene, supporting many Guest Resident Groups and collaborators, as well as a diverse community of music artists looking for affordable, well-equipped space to rehearse, record and present their music. Through Array For All, Array offers patrons fun, often ‘hands-on’ participation and outreach opportunities. Sandra Bell, general manager 416-532-3019 ● Art of Time Ensemble Art of Time Ensemble was formed by worldrenowned concert pianist Andrew Burashko as an outlet for his vision to explore the intersection between high art and popular culture. For over 15 years, Art of Time’s performances and collaborations have been revealing the universal qualities and surprising connections that lie at the heart of all great music. In 1997, with the support of a small group of like-minded musicians and prominent figures in other art forms including literature, dance and theatre, Art of Time presented one-off concerts to enthusiastic audiences. Word of Art of Time began to spread through Toronto’s cultural scene, and the company has since become a beacon for groundbreaking multidisciplinary performing arts and artists in Canada and abroad. The ranks of Art of Time Ensemble’s artists are deep and their talents unmatched; featured collaborators include authors Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, The Cowboy Junkies’ Margo and Mike Timmins, jazz legend Branford Marsalis, vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman and Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, composers Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Goldsmith and many more. Kate Bangay, marketing and communications manager Box office: 416-973-4000 ● Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Members of the Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (ATSO), a registered charitable organization, share a love of classical music and organize musical events featuring members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. “The Small Concerts Series” presents affordable, worldclass chamber music, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been most supportive in our efforts to bring these concerts to the public. In 2017 “The Small Concerts Series” features Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Elgar, Haydn, Heidrich, Ivanovici, Knussen, Luedeke, Piazzolla, Poulenc, Ravel, Schubert and Stravinsky. Concert dates: Mondays at 7:30pm, January 23, February 13, March 6, May 29 and June 5 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. Please phone 416-282-6636 for subscription/ticket inquiries, or visit our website. If you would enjoy working with people who appreciate and promote an interest in classical music, become a volunteer of the ATSO. Our volunteers work on engaging musicians, publicizing concerts, and ensuring that all aspects of concerts run smoothly. 416-282-6636 ● Attila Glatz Concert Productions Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall, January 1, 2:30pm) and Hamilton (Hamilton Place, January 2, 2:30pm) to celebrate with the ageless beauty of uplifting Viennese music. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert, in a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow, performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, and ballet and ballroom dancers. Also co-produced with Roy Thomson Hall, Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits (New Year’s Eve, 7pm) features an all-Italian cast of couples this year: baritone Lucio Gallo returns with mezzo-soprano Diletta Rizzo, and soprano Donata D’Annuzio Lombardi joins star tenor Leonardo Caimi, backed by Opera Canada Symphony and Chorus. Hear your favourite arias, choruses and duets from La traviata, The Magic Flute, and more. AGCP co-presents the Cinematic Series with the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Upcoming performances include Amadeus Live (October 28, 7:30pm and October 29, 2pm), and E.T. Live (December 29 and 30, 7:30pm); films presented in stunning HD with live orchestra. ● Aurora Cultural Centre The Aurora Cultural Centre is an 1886 heritage building that began its life as the Aurora Public School. It has been transformed into a centre for the arts, culture and heritage. With a full roster of concerts, special events, gallery exhibitions and instructional programs, as well as a beautiful rental space, the Aurora Cultural Centre proudly showcases local, emerging and professional talent for our community to enjoy. Aurora Cultural Centre. Be Engaged. Be Inspired. Jane Taylor 905-713-1818 ● Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir BCC/BCYC is widely known and highly respected as an organization for its innovative programming, its education system, and the clear, lovely sound of its singers. The children and youth of BCC/BCYC develop a love of music and singing through enjoyable learning and performing experiences. Awards that the organization has received at both provincial and national levels have given it a high profile. Through its education practices, BCC/BCYC is setting a standard of musical literacy and education for community choirs. Founded in 1987 by artistic director Linda Beaupré, an award-winning conductor and clinician, BCC/BCYC is an organization of four choirs with singers aged six through university age: three treble choirs for ages 6-16 and a mixed-voice choir for boys with changed voices and girls aged 16 and up. All treble choirs rehearse weekly in east Scarborough and BCYC rehearses Sunday evenings at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Danforth Ave. at Chester Station. BCYC performs music that ranges from classical to pop, jazz and Broadway. Interested singers are welcome to drop by on a Sunday evening. Jane Greenwood 416-431-0790 ● Barrie Concert Association The Barrie Concert Association, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization, presents ten live performances of mainly Classical/Baroque music, with performers from across Canada and beyond. There are six Barrie Concerts and four Georgian Music concerts during the fallspring months. Barrie Concerts are two-hour events held Saturday evenings starting at 7:30pm. Georgian Music concerts are two-hour events held Sunday afternoons starting at 2:30pm. The 2016/17 season of Barrie Concerts includes: Talisker Players – October 22, 2016; Project Aria – November 26, 2016; Sinfonia Toronto and Pianist Kariné Poghosyan – January 28, 2017; Pianist Dmitri Levkovich – February 18, 2017; The Toronto Concert Orchestra, with flutist Kaili Maimets and harpist Andrew Chan – March 4, 2017; and Canada’s internationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Choir – April 8, 2017. All are at Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie. Georgian Music includes: Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Piano Trio – November 6, 2016; Duo Turgeon – January 8, 2017; Craig Pike conducts That Choir – March 19, 2017; and the Cecilia String Quartet with Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice – April 23, 2017. All concerts are at Grace United Church, 350 Grove St. E., Barrie. Bruce Owen 705-726-1181 B4 | theWholeNote 2016/17 PRESENTER PROFILES

● Barrie Concert Band The Barrie Concert Band, under the direction of Rick Pauzé, was founded in 1869 and currently has 55 members. The band’s annual schedule includes a spring and a seasonal holiday concert, and a series of community concerts for seniors, veterans, and charitable causes such as food bank drives at several venues in Simcoe County. As of September 2016, the band is seeking trombone players and percussionists. The 2016/17 season will feature the 14th annual Veterans Salute on October 18 with the Base Borden Brass and Reed Band. On November 19, “Christmas at the Movies” will kick off the holiday season with arrangements from classic Christmas movies. On June 3, the band will be joined by the chamber ensemble A Little Wind Music, directed by Rita Arendz. This concert entitled “Made in Canada” will feature prominent arrangements by Canadian composers for Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Barrie Concert Band looks forward to its own sesquicentennial in 2019, and to providing music to the community for the next 150 years. Betty Lillow, former president/advisor Laurie McLeod, administrator 705-481-1607 ● Bel Canto Singers Bel Canto Singers is an SATB community choir with singers of various ages and abilities directed by Linda Meyer/Michael Gomiega. Each week we meet to sing and laugh and grow. Members share a love of choral singing and enjoy the challenges of a widely varied repertoire, mixed with friendship and fun. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Scarborough. We are currently looking to strengthen our tenor and bass sections. If you have ever wanted to participate in a group that values music, fun and fellowship please consider joining us. Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of September 2016 or January 2017, during our regular Tuesday night practice. Website: www. Contact Elaine at 416-699-4585. Julia Peck 416-286-8260 ● Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts is a not-forprofit organization dedicated to presenting the world’s finest Canadian and international artists in innovative, inspiring multi-sensory concert experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding wine country. Bravo Niagara! has featured some of the world’s greatest classical artists and the top names in jazz, including James Ehnes and the Ontario debut of the Ehnes Quartet, Mari Kodama, ATTILA GLATZ CONCERT PRODUCTIONS Emily Bear, Wycliffe Gordon, Molly Johnson and many more. Bravo Niagara! creates a “symphony of the senses” by presenting world-class music while showcasing the fine wine, local culinary experiences, awe-inspiring wonders and historic riches of the Niagara region. The 2017 season includes a Bravo Winter! Festival, Spring into Music Series, and fall North Star Freedom Festival. Endorsed by the UNESCO Slave Route Project, the North Star Freedom Festival will give voice to Niagara’s significant Black history through the arts. Highlights of the 2017 season include performances by R&B Queen Divine Brown, internationally-acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, classical guitar sensation Miloš Karadaglić, Canadian jazz icon Molly Johnson, and superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman performing her “Songs of Freedom.” Christine Mori 289-868-9177 ● Canadian Art Song Project Canadian Art Song Project (CASP) promotes and preserves Canadian art song through commissions, recordings, research and publication. Following the tremendous success of our first ticketed recital series last year, in 2016/17 we are thrilled to present two concerts. The first, which is to be held November 18, 2016 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, will showcase the fruits of our ongoing research activities, as Martha Guth, Peter Barrett, Allyson McHardy and Helen Becqué present some of the more than 100 unpublished songs by Healey Willan, “Dean of Canadian Composers.” Our second concert will be presented as a part of the Royal Conservatory of Music 21C Festival on May 25, 2017 and will feature our latest commission, Dawn Always Begins in the Bones, by Ana Sokolović. The Sokolović work will receive its premiere at the Canadian Opera Company’s free noontime concert series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre May 17, 2017 with COC Ensemble Studio artists. On October 25, 2016, we will release our third full-length recording on the Centrediscs label. Lawrence Wiliford ● Canadian Children’s Opera Company The Canadian Children’s Opera Company occupies a unique position as the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada, and one of only a handful in the world. It commissions, produces, records and tours new operas and choral music, with children as both the principal performers and main audience. The company also regularly collaborates with other leading arts organizations, including acting as the children’s chorus for the Canadian Opera Company. The group includes six divisions plus an outreach arm (OPERAtion KIDS), involving hundreds of children and youth ages 3 through 19. Now in its 49th season, the CCOC is led by artistic director Dean Burry, managing director Ken Hall, and music director Teri Dunn. The CCOC offers children and youth a unique experience, giving members unparalleled performance opportunities and life skills along with age-appropriate vocal and dramatic training. Opera is simply storytelling with music, and those are two things that kids and youth love! Highlights of the 2016/17 season include a major production and tour of the Czech children’s opera Brundibár. Ken Hall 416-366-0467 theWholeNote 2016/17 PRESENTER PROFILES | B5

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