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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 of Paris, and finally, by the passion of the Spaniards (and their brothers-in-ardor, the Russians). Off Centre Music Salon looks forward to welcoming you again (or for the first time) in our home here in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Boris Zarankin and Inna Perkis 416-466-6323 ●●Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound uses unusual venues to present a very eclectic range of musics, from new classical music to electroacoustic, musique actuelle and sound installation. Innovative and collaborative, the festival works closely with other organizations to co-present activities or to include activities within our schedule. Our main centre of activity takes place in the Waterloo Region. The festival promotes cross-disciplinary enhancement and the strengthening of the artistic community through joint projects. It has encouraged urban renewal through the reinvestigation of alternative spaces and rethinking our experience of architecture. In 1999, we were given an award by the Kitchener Downtown Business Association for our work in helping to renew the troubled downtown Kitchener core. In 2008, the City of Kitchener identified Open Ears as one of its ‘pillar’ festivals. In 2009 we were recognized with a KW Arts Award. 519-579-8564; 1-888-363-3591 ●●Opera Atelier Opera Atelier is a world leader in the rediscovery and revitalization of period opera and ballet, particularly works from the Baroque era. Through their historically informed productions, founding co-artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg seek to provide a thrilling theatrical experience for modern audiences. Opera Atelier produces twice a year at the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto, and is in high demand internationally. Most recently, Opera Atelier toured to the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles in France in May 2017. Opera Atelier is dedicated to the education of youth and young artists, and offers a robust slate of education, enrichment and outreach opportunities. Opera Atelier’s “Making of an Opera” was expanded in 2017 to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, leading to our first ASL-interpreted opera performance in April 2017. Opera Atelier’s exciting 2017/18 season includes our award-winning production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (October 26 to November 4, 2017) and Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses (April 19 to 28, 2018). Visit for more information. Alexandra Skoczylas 416-703-3767 ●●Opera York In our 21st season and continuing our residency as the professional opera company at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts, Opera York offers two exciting productions for our main stage with the Opera York Chorus and Orchestra. Our season opens with the great Canadian tenor Romulo Delgado, singing the role of Don José in Bizet’s opera Carmen under artistic director Denis Mastromonaco and stage director Gabriel Graziano. Opera York’s second half of the season is led by artistic director Geoffrey Butler, in the full production of Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro, with stage director Renee Salewski. Opera York continues to provide affordable and accessible lectures, operatic concerts for seniors and educational programming. November 2 and 4, 2017: Bizet’s Carmen, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts. March 2 and 4, 2018: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts. Philip Trow 905-763-7853 Tickets: 905-787-8811 ●●Opus 8 Opus 8 comprises eight of Toronto’s finest ensemble singers, dedicated to musical excellence as they strive to share the finest choral music with the widest audience possible. Their repertoire covers the breadth of history, from unpublished 14th-century chansons and 17th-century partsongs to 21st-century jazz arrangements. From the wild sound-worlds of Stockhausen, Schoenberg and Machaut to the elegant compositions of Elgar, Brahms and Bach, this versatile and invigorating group of choral soloists draws diverse audiences of all ages – experts and newcomers alike – with a motivation to inspire all through their formidable artistry. Silly and serious, sublime and audacious, Opus 8 offers an ambitious and compelling venture, spreading their love of music-making at an internationally high standard. Rebecca Claborn 647-233-5803 ●●Orchestra Toronto Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community, for the community. We offer the enjoyment of music, foster education and music appreciation and support emerging Canadian talent. Our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall. Jennie Worden 416-467-7142 ●●ORGANIX Concerts Inc. ORGANIX Concerts Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Glionna Mansell Corporation, is the producer of musical events specific to organ performance and education. Included are biweekly free lunchtime concerts in collaboration with All Saints Kingsway. These regularly scheduled free concerts offer the public an opportunity throughout the year to hear and experience rarely-performed repertoire brilliantly executed by passionate Canadian and international artists. ORGANIX Concerts is the 2017/18 recipient of the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Award of Excellence for its part in contributing to the promotion and value of the organ and its music in Canada. ORGANIX is a music festival series unlike any other! Gordon Mansell, president and artistic director 416-769-5224; 1-877-769-5224 ●●ORIANA Women’s Choir ORIANA Women’s Choir is an auditioned, amateur ensemble of about 36 female singers. Under artistic director Mitchell Pady, ORIANA promotes choral music in Canada by striving for excellence and versatility in performing compositions for women’s voices. Since 1972, the choir has expanded the repertoire for women’s voices by commissioning new works from Canadian composers. The singers delight in supporting each other and expressing their enjoyment of beautiful music, beautifully performed. ORIANA presents three subscription concerts every year in the fall, winter and spring, at Grace Church on-the- Hill. The 2017/18 repertoire includes an exploration into the combination of women’s voices and rhythmic percussion, innovative settings of sacred texts, and a cycle of compositions by ORIANA’s honorary patron, Ruth Watson Henderson. The choir is currently inviting new singers. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 10pm, at Earl Haig Secondary School. Laura Inostroza B16 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES

416-526-6257 ●●ORMTA Central Toronto Branch The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) is a not-for-profit provincial organization managed by a volunteer council and comprising more than 1,300 Registered Music Teachers and related members across Ontario. The aim of the ORMTA is to encourage and provide the highest calibre of music education possible and to promote exceptional standards of music in each community. To become a Registered Music Teacher (R.M.T.), one must hold a degree or diploma from a recognized university or conservatory, along with established credentials in teaching music, thus ensuring an exemplary level of commitment to professionalism. The ORMTA was founded in 1885, re-established in 1936, incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1946, and received charitable status in 2009. ORMTA members are divided among 9 regional zones, which are further divided into 33 local branches. The Central Toronto Branch (www.ormtactb. com) organizes and presents a wide range of programs on behalf of its members and their students. This includes performance and music writing competitions, Canada Music Week celebrations, awards to recognize outstanding teaching, recitals, professional development, and more! Liz Craig 647-466-4198 ●●Orpheus Choir of Toronto The Orpheus vision is “to celebrate the transformational power of choral music as an agent of social change and a passionate medium of artistic expression.” Now in our 54th innovative season, and under the charismatic direction of artistic director Robert Cooper, Orpheus champions the rare and different in choral performance. 2017/18 highlights: a Remembrance Day program featuring Last Light Above the World, a commissioned work from Allan Bevan; a jazz Christmas spectacular; the North American premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Nordic Light Symphony; and a joint program with the Da Capo chamber choir of Kitchener-Waterloo focused on the works of Leonard Enns. Education initiatives include our highly successful Sidgwick Scholars Program for rising vocal stars, an Apprentice Conductor position, and our high-school focused Vocal Apprentice Program. The Orpheus Choir is a vital and inclusive choral community meeting Tuesday evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. We welcome enthusiastic singers for an “expect something ORIANA WOMENS CHOIR different” experience! Lisa Griffiths, managing director Box office: 416-530-4428 ●●Pax Christi Chorale Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of Canada’s finest oratorio choirs, Pax Christi Chorale delivers stirring performances with great polish and total conviction. Under the artistic direction of David Bowser, the award-winning choir aspires to build on its strengths and accomplishments to achieve new levels of performance and audience engagement. Collaborations with outstanding guest artists and partners give audiences and performers a deep appreciation for choral masterworks and new Canadian music. In 2017/18 the choir will present four concerts: “Romantic Masters,” Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with soloists and the Toronto Mozart Players; “Gloria,” an all-French program with soloist and organ; and “The Children’s Messiah.” The choir’s most recent CD, Thirty Years of Song, features highlights from the 30th anniversary season, including the first-prize winning entries in Choral Canada’s national competition. The organization includes the 100-voice chorale, chamber choir, and a choral scholarship program. Rehearsals are on Monday nights in North York. Auditions are held in May and August. Pax Christi Chorale champions great choral music among a diverse community. We have an inclusive philosophy and welcome audience members, choristers, and volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life. Jennifer Collins 416-786-2509 ●● Penthelia Singers A vibrant ensemble of women, Penthelia Singers is committed to excellence in performing culturally diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century. Now in its 21st season, the choir has earned a reputation for presenting innovative concerts of four- to eight-part choral repertoire in a multitude of languages. The choir aims to demonstrate the diversity of choral music and to cross ethnic and cultural boundaries by connecting with its community through music. The choir works to promote contemporary choral music by talented Canadian composers. Penthelia Singers is a welcoming group of women committed to high standards of music-making, diversity, community outreach and enjoyment through the learning process. The choir adheres to the City of Toronto Declaration of Non-Discrimination. Alice Malach 647-248-5079 ●●Peterborough Singers The Peterborough Singers celebrate 25 years! From the wide range of works we’ve sung and the artists we’ve hosted, to the fun we’ve had as a community choir, it has been a wonderful journey! Come celebrate with us as we share some of our favourite music from the past quarter century. Joining in the fun will be stars “from away” as well as some of Peterborough’s finest talent. Let’s celebrate! “Yuletide Cheer” on November 25 will feature a grand selection of seasonal fare with friends the Venebrass Quintet and Ian Sadler. “Handel’s Messiah” on December 18 introduces Suzie LeBlanc and Erin Fisher to the community and renews friendships with Colin Ainsworth and Andrew theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES | B17

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