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Volume 23 Issue 2 - October 2017

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In this issue: several local artists reflect on the memory of composer Claude Vivier, as they prepare to perform his music; Vancouver gets ready to host international festival ISCM World New Music Days, which is coming to Canada for the second time since its inception in 1923; one of the founders of Artword Artbar, one of Hamilton’s staple music venues, on the eve of the 5th annual Steel City Jazz Festival, muses on keeping urban music venues alive; and a conversation with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, as he prepares for an ambitious recital in Toronto. These and other stories, in our October 2017 issue of the magazine.


BLUE PAGES 2017/18 ●●Canadian Stage Canadian Stage is Toronto’s leading not-for-profit multidisciplinary performance company, sharing innovative contemporary theatre, dance and music from Canada and around the world at three historic locations: the Bluma Appel Theatre; the Berkeley Street Theatre; and the High Park Amphitheatre, home to Shakespeare in High Park. Box Office 416-368-3110 ●●Cantemus Singers Cantemus Singers was established in 2008 by our conductor Michael Erdman, to help expand Toronto’s exposure to and appreciation of Renaissance and early Baroque secular vocal music. Our 12-voice a cappella ensemble focuses mainly on the interesting and evocative madrigals, lieder, chansons and villancicos of the 16th century. We also perform religious works, often the 5- to 8-part compositions less often heard by Toronto audiences. Our 2017/18 season begins November 25 and 26, as we perform Christmas music from England and France, including Charpentier’s magnificent Messe de Minuit pour Noël. On March 3 and 4, “The Virgin Queen” explores the music of the Elizabethan period, featuring works by Tallis, Taverner and Byrd. On May 5 and 6, our program “The Glories of Rome” focuses on works of the two titans of the Renaissance, the madrigals of Marenzio and the religious masterpieces of Palestrina. Performances at Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square – Eaton Centre) and St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. E.). Check our website for times. Michael Erdman, conductor 416-578-6602 ●●Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) has been one of Toronto’s premier community orchestras since 1985. CBSO concerts take place in the state-of-the-art P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Under the baton of maestro Norman Reintamm, the CBSO will present a thrilling and unique seven-concert 2017/18 season, including five subscription series concerts. This season, the CBSO is pleased to present some of Canada’s rising stars and critically acclaimed performers, including pianists Robert Horvath and Ken Gee. In addition, we are delighted to present a fully-staged version of the seasonal favourite opera Hansel and Gretel, with Tryptych Concert & Opera. Visit our website for details about our season. The orchestra is noted for facilitating performance opportunities for young musicians, and always welcomes new members. Norman Reintamm, artistic director/principal conductor Peggy Wong, orchestra manager 416-879-5566 ●●Cathedral Church of St. James The Cathedral Church of St. James houses one of Canada’s most precious hidden musical gems. Uniquely within the city of Toronto, the fully-professional 18-voice Cathedral Choir sings as part of the Anglican worship at Eucharist (11am) and Evensong (4:30pm) each Sunday to an internationally high standard. Its repertoire spans eight centuries, and provides a balanced diet of choral delights to congregations young and old, Christians and non-Christians, and those whose ears hold an insatiable curiosity for music. The Cathedral’s majestic pipe organ can be heard in recital each Tuesday at 1pm and Sunday at 4pm throughout the year. Manuel Piazza, graduate student in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Cathedral’s new organ scholar, will be delighting audiences frequently at St. James. Choral Eucharist is also celebrated at 9am each Sunday and sung by a burgeoning group of volunteers. If you are interested in committing to the musical life of this vibrant Cathedral community, please contact the director of music, Robert Busiakiewicz. Robert Busiakiewicz 416-364-7865 x224 ●●Cellar Singers The Cellar Singers, under the direction of Mitchell Pady, is an auditioned choir based in Orillia and serving Simcoe and Muskoka Counties. Now entering its 50th season, the choir performs at least four times through a September- June program that focuses on classical major works and Canadian choral compositions. This year will include Vaughan Williams, Bach, Lauridsen and Mozart. The Cellar Singers welcome new voices willing to work, learn and strive for excellence in performance. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15-9:45pm at St. James Anglican Church in Orillia. Stan Hunter 705-764-0191 ●●Chorus Niagara Worth the drive to Niagara! Chorus Niagara, The Power of 100, is Niagara’s premier 100-voice ensemble. Conducted by artistic director Robert Cooper, Chorus Niagara has been entertaining and enlightening audiences for over 50 years. Chorus Niagara performs traditional choral masterpieces, modern and seldom-heard works and new commissions, and provides a showcase for emerging Canadian talent. Attracting singers of all ages with the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir, Side-by-Side High School Chorale and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program, Chorus Niagara provides opportunities for everyone to experience the joy of live choral performance. Our thrilling 55th season begins with “Last Light Above the World,” featuring the premiere of a commissioned work by Ontario composer Allan Bevan; followed by “Big Band Christmas,” with Canadian jazz pianist John Sherwood; St. Matthew Passion, showcasing Bach’s greatest choral work; “Amadeus,” Mozart’s lavish Mass in C Minor; plus “All Aboard,” a fun-filled musical excursion for the young and young at heart. All concerts are performed at the stunning new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in revitalized downtown St. Catharines. Experience The Power of 100! Diana McAdorey 905-934-5575 ●●Christ Church Deer Park Anglican Church Music plays a very important part at this busy Anglican parish church. Music for services is led by the organist and choir director. The Choir of Christ Church Deer Park is an auditioned, mixedvoice choir that rehearses Thursday evenings and sings Sunday mornings and on special occasions from September to June. Christ Church has hosted its “Jazz Vespers” for over 15 years. At 4:30pm every second Sunday from September to June, this service offers a chance for reflection, prayers for our community and music by Toronto’s finest jazz musicians. With its Yonge St. location (at Heath St. near the St. Clair TTC station), fine acoustics, full modern facilities, flexible staging, Steinway grand piano, three manual tracker organ and seating for 450, Christ Church is an increasingly popular venue for concert presenters during the year. Matthew Otto 416-920-9211 x28 B6 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES

●●Church of St. Mary Magdalene Steeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene offers a music program strongly rooted in the musical tradition established by Healey Willan. Every Sunday at the 11am Solemn Mass, the Gallery Choir sings a mass and motet from the west gallery while the Ritual Choir sings the Gregorian propers from the east end. At the 9:30am Sung Mass, the SMM Singers sing a motet and lead congregational singing. One Sunday per month at 4:30pm, the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4pm. For more information including music schedules and upcoming engagements, please visit the Church website. Andrew Adair, director of music 416-531-7955 ●●Contact Contemporary Music Contact combines 21st-century classical/experimental music with the sensibilities of rock and jazz to form a hybrid chamber ensemble that defies genres. Praised by The Globe and Mail as “thought-provoking” and “highly entertaining,” and by The New York Times as “mesmerizing,” Contact has premiered works by emerging and established Canadian and international composers and has performed at venues and new music festivals around the world. Contact is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, nurturing and facilitating the creation, production, presentation and engagement with new music in all contexts, forms and variations and creating outreach opportunities with Canada’s diverse communities in order to enrich people’s experience with sound. In addition to concerts, recordings and touring, Contact hosts Music From Scratch, a music creation workshop for youth, and co-presents Intersection, an annual festival of experimental music. Jerry Pergolesi 416-902-7010 ●●Continuum Contemporary Music Widely acclaimed for its inspired and innovative programming, Continuum presents chamber works by the most exciting established and emerging composers from Toronto, Canada and around the world. Continuum has performed across Canada and Europe, commissioned over 175 works, recorded CDs, generated interdisciplinary projects, and built an invaluable online archive of performance videos. For 2017/18, artistic director Ryan Scott has programmed cross-disciplinary projects in collaboration with internationally acclaimed friends. “Urgent Voices” (December 8 and 9 at Aki Studio) CHORUS NIAGARA commemorates Canada’s 150th with world premieres by Anna Hostman, Scott Wilson and James Rolfe. “Time Travels Light” (January 21 at 918 Bathurst) celebrates all things percussion with TorQ and Rob Power. And for “Hockey Noir” we team up with Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival for a multimedia opera centering around the classic Toronto/Montreal hockey rivalry – with a side order of love, lust, scandal and the mafia. Other programming includes the fifth edition of Continuum in the Classroom, our collaboration with the Toronto District School Board, and the second annual Toronto Teen Composer Award. Josh Grossman, operations manager 416-924-4945 ●●Counterpoint Community Orchestra Founded in 1984, Counterpoint Community Orchestra is an inclusive LGBTQ orchestra. As the first gay positive orchestra in the world, Counterpoint has been in the vanguard for gay rights and bringing awareness to the community’s struggle for equality and acceptance for more than 33 years. A non-profit, member-run, full symphony orchestra for amateur and professional musicians, Counterpoint welcomes all. Drawing its programming from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, Counterpoint is committed to sharing the magic of orchestral music with audiences across the country. Counterpoint’s homebase is in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village, The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Rehearsals are held there every Monday night at 8pm. Administrator ●● DaCapo Chamber Choir DaCapo Chamber Choir…giving ideas voice. Founded in 1998 by director Leonard Enns, DaCapo is dedicated to exploring unaccompanied music, primarily of the 20th century and later, with a mandate to champion music of Canadian and local composers. Each year, the choir offers NewWorks, a national choral composition competition, and is currently recording a CD based on entries to this competition. The 2017/18 concert season will focus on the theme of “displacement” and will feature collaborators such as Iranian-Canadian singer Amir Haghighi (November 11 and 12), pianist Catherine Robertson (March 3 and 4), and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto (April 28). Concerts are held in Kitchener-Waterloo – full details and tickets on our website. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir! Sara Martin 519-725-7549 ●●Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University The Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario is situated in a research-intensive university on a campus that is inviting and striking. It is an environment that enables students to grow artistically and academically. Our students are among 650 of the brightest and most talented young artist scholars, who come to study in one of our many undergraduate and graduate programs. With the faculty and staff, they are committed to excellence in creative and scholarly work. In our 2017/18 season, we invite you to experience the incredible diversity of musical styles and genres our students and faculty have to offer, including continued Canadian content theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES | B7

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