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Volume 22 Issue 2 - October 2016

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  • October
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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 ● 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 other genres, plus theatre, books, TV documentaries and the 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 ● Living Arts Centre The Living Arts Centre is a vibrant, non-profit, arts, culture and entertainment centre located in the heart of Mississauga. With our excellent facilities, we have served as an important resource for the arts, education and business for many years. The LAC houses two state-of-the-art theatres with newly updated sound systems for an exceptional theatre experience: RBC Theatre and Hammerson Hall (one of the largest in the GTA). We have hosted a wide variety of cultural, theatrical and musical performances within these walls, from ballets and symphony orchestras to comedians, plays and musicians, sure to be enjoyed by all kinds of audiences. The Centre is also home to professional art studios, as well as our very own Gallery Exhibition displaying works from local artists. Patrons may also dine at the exquisite LIVE Restaurant to enjoy a lunchtime buffet or preshow dinner. If you are driving to our facility, the LAC offers free parking throughout weekends and after 6pm on weekdays. 905-306-6000 ● Massey Hall In 2016/17, Massey Hall continues to offer audiences the ultimate experience of the finest and most compelling performers in the world, in addition to supporting and developing Canadian talent. Acclaimed concert and concert-film series Live at Massey Hall enters its fourth season, creating new Massey Hall moments for audiences and Canadian artists, and allowing them to relive – and giving music fans around the world the chance to experience – those moments through high-quality films of the performances. We launch the thought-provoking discussion series AGO Creative Minds, and present the third annual gathering of the best in indie and folk for Dream Serenade, the eighth season of Classic Albums Live, the 16th edition of the New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza and the 30th annual Women’s Blues Revue. In addition to the household names filling Massey Hall’s calendar like Loreena McKennitt and Ira Glass, we also present a range of talent at other venues, like Skydiggers, lit-meetsmusic series Torn From the Pages and the Good Lovelies’ seasonal celebration at Harbourfront Centre, plus Donovan Woods at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Lisa LeBlanc and Fortunate Ones at the Rivoli, and Jenn Grant at the Great Hall. 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 their vocal skills under the expert leadership of artistic director Mervin William Fick. The 2016/17 season includes collaborations with community, arts and charitable organizations, such as a community-based concert in support of the Mississauga Compass Food Bank and the TSO’s “Messiah for the City” benefit concert for the Toronto United Way. The chorus participates in National Culture Days and Open Doors Mississauga. MCS Chorus also offers two youth-based arts education programs: a live in-school performance for grades three to eight and a Choral Scholars program for high-school students. MCS Chorus provides many opportunities for singers to enhance their vocal skills through in-rehearsal coaching, concert performances and participation in community events. Marilyn Mason 905-278-7059 ● Meredith Potter Arts Management Meredith Potter Arts Management works with contemporary performing arts companies in Toronto, including Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Volcano Theatre. Volcano is an international award-winning theatre company based in Toronto. The company creates theatre that is stylistically and socially modern, and explores identity, politics and history. Peggy Baker Dance Projects is dedicated to offering experiences of significance, personal connection, and transformative potential to audience members through the power and beauty of the art of dance. Established in Toronto in 1990, the company has been distinguished from the outset by collaborations with extraordinary creators and performers. Since then the company has built an exceptional body of work and a growing slate of education, engagement, and enrichment programs for all ages and abilities. Peggy Baker Dance Projects began as a vehicle for solo dance expression and has grown to encompass both solo and ensemble repertoire, performed to both live and electroacoustic music, and features a company of outstanding dancers. The company’s performances have garnered 20 Dora nominations, with eight Dora wins for choreography, performance and lighting design. Meredith Potter 416-538-4436; ● Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre The MNjcc is a vibrant community centre at Bloor and Spadina, rooted in Jewish values and open to all. We provide social, cultural, educational, fitness, aquatic and recreational programming for every age and stage of life. We host concerts, theatre, film screenings and studies, gallery exhibitions, literary events, pottery and music. Over 500 people study music in our building every week! Our vibrant choral program includes the Community Choir, Daytime Choir and new 8-week Specialty Choirs (Broadway, Jazz, Motown). Instrumentalists enjoy our Adult Klezmer Ensemble and Suzuki strings program (adult and children) and summer camp. SICA Singers presents a full-week adult camp to build vocal and choral skills with some of Toronto’s best instructors; 2017 potential opera and musical theatre focus! We offer Talks on Music and Opera Appreciation lectures throughout 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 for arts and corporate events. We host many festivals and seasons, including the Toronto Jewish Film Society subscription series. Gretchen Paxson-Abberger 416-924-6211 x0 ● Mississauga Children’s Choir The Mississauga Children’s Choir is an auditioned choir under the artistic direction of Emily Petrenko. MCC is dedicated to providing young singers with an exceptional musical experience through excellence in performance, education, touring and service to the community. Entering its 37th season, the Mississauga Children’s Choir has evolved to meet the best interests of the B14 | theWholeNote 2016/17 PRESENTER PROFILES

varied ages and backgrounds of our choristers. Our five graded choirs – Training Choir, Junior Choir, Main Choir, Concert Choir and Boys Choir – provide all choristers with an opportunity to improve their musical education and skills, both as individuals and as an ensemble, while enjoying the company of similarly-minded youth. Each season the MCC performs two major concerts in Mississauga’s renowned Living Arts Centre and is invited to perform at many prestigious events throughout the community. Miranda Forbes, choir manager 905-624-9704 ● Mississauga Festival Choir With more than 200 singers and four choirs, Mississauga Festival Choir is the largest and most spirited community choral organization in our city. Under the leadership of artistic director David Ambrose and a dynamic board, MFC’s choirs encourage young and old – and everyone in between – to come together and sing. The organization includes the original MFC, a spirited, high-quality, 150-voice non-auditioned community choir; Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir (MFCC); Resonance, a non-auditioned 50+ voice choir for people aged 15 to 25; and Raising Voices, a choir for people with dementia and their caregivers. The five-concert 2016/17 season is: A Mississauga Christmas with guests Mississauga Symphony and Hazel McCallion, in December (MFC); Festival of Friends, massed choir festival supporting Alzheimer Society Peel, in February (MFC, MFCC, Resonance, multiple guest choirs); Northern Lights, music from around the Arctic Circle, in March (MFCC); From Broadway to Hollywood, music from the Great White Way and the silver screen, in May (MFC); and Resonance in Performance, in June. We’re excited to perform for you all season long! Susan Ritchie ● Mississauga Symphony Orchestra Since 1972, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has offered the community entertaining and increasingly sophisticated programs from the classic and popular repertoires, performed to the highest artistic standards. The MSO has continued to serve its original mandate to provide performance opportunities and personal development to talented amateurs, while it has combined the strands of excellence and education by assisting young professional performers and composers through solo performance opportunities, commissions and mentoring. Ryan Tobin 905-306-6000 MOOREDALE CONCERTS ● Mooredale Concerts Mooredale Concerts celebrates its 28th season! We begin our 2016/17 season with a celebrated Canadian string quartet, followed by 20th-century music performed opera-style. An acclaimed pianist takes us through musical ages, all based on Bach. A young violin virtuoso struts his prize-winning skills. A ground-breaking British string quartet makes their Canadian debut, and a groundbreaking Canadian string quartet returns by popular demand. The Players: Cecilia String Quartet – Celebrated Canadian Ensemble; Noël Coward – A Talent to Amuse cabaret; Stephen Prutsman, piano – Bach and Forth; The Heath Quartet – Britain’s Rising Stars; In Mo Yang – New Violin Virtuoso; and the New Orford String Quartet with Adrian Fung, cello. Six-concert subscriptions for “Toronto’s Best Bargain for Great Music!” are only 0, 0 for seniors and for those under 30. All concerts are at Walter Hall, UofT at 3:15pm. Five of the featured concerts above are presented as one-hour, interactive “Music and Truffles” performances for young people aged 6 to11, Sundays from 1:15- 2:15pm. Adults are welcome! Subscriptions are and include a chocolate truffle for everyone. Christina Cavanagh 416-922-3714 x103 ● MOSAIC Canadian Vocal Ensemble The MOSAIC Canadian Vocal Ensemble is a touring and concert choir that includes singers from several active church and community choirs. It rehearses at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Toronto’s west end and participates with OLS choirs in several parish events and Masses each year. The choir is planning its second European concert tour and first to Spain for September 2017. This choir was originally formed in November 2011 as the Our Lady of Sorrows Ecumenical Choir. In 2014 it became a community and touring choir, changing its name to Toronto Ecumenical Chorale. In 2015 it settled on its final and current name with a musical focus on the performance of contemporary Canadian repertoire. Gordon Mansell, founder and artistic director 416-769-5224; 1-877-769-5224 ● Music at Metropolitan Music at Metropolitan presents a variety of concerts at Metropolitan United Church, featuring Metropolitan’s choir, soloists and guest artists. This season features a production of Oliver! on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12; The Mystery of the Partimento with Lucas Harris, Benjamin Stein and others on February 10; motets by Monteverdi, music by Daley, Martin, Enns and others, and Eternal Light by Howard Goodall on Good Friday, April 14; a Marg and Jim Norquay Celebration Concert featuring baritone Jordan Scholl and soprano Lesley Bouza on May 6; and a Celebration of Canada on May 28. The annual Hallowe’en Phantoms of the Organ is on October 28 at 9pm. Noon at Met concerts – free recitals featuring the organ and other instrumentalists/vocalists – are held every Thursday at 12:15pm. Our special Christmas events include the Deck the Halls downtown carol sing with the Metropolitan Silver Band and organ on December 4, and our Candlelight Carol Service on December 18. Metropolitan houses the largest pipe organ in Canada and the oldest tuned carillon in North America. Please contact us for a concert brochure or for more information. Patricia Wright 416-363-0331 x26 theWholeNote 2016/17 PRESENTER PROFILES | B15

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