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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 Tees. On February 24, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor will help us present some of our best-loved music for our “Greatest Hits” concert. And on May 5 our wonderfully talented guest artists and 100+ choir present “Mendelssohn’s Elijah.” Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Singers who are interested in joining the choir are welcome to audition. Peg McCracken 705-745-1820 ●●RCCO Toronto The Royal Canadian College of Organists offers opportunities for professional certification, publishes the magazine Organ Canada/Orgue Canada, publishes new compositions for organ and/or choir, and organizes workshops and annual conventions. RCCO Toronto is a community in the GTA for professional and amateur organists, church and synagogue musicians, choral conductors and any other person who values the “King of Instruments.” This year’s activities include recitals by CIOC winner Christian Lane on November 10 at Christ Church Deer Park and by William Porter on March 9 at Knox College, U of T. Our annual free Halloween concert, “Phantoms of the Organ,” will take place on Friday October 27 at 9pm at Holy Trinity Church, Eaton Centre, and a children’s choir festival will be held on February 10 at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Full program details for our 2017/18 season can be viewed on our webpage. Stephen Frketic, president: 416-488-7884 x119 Hazel Ogilvie, membership secretary: 905-881-7266 ●●Reaching Out Through Music Now in its 10th year, Reaching Out Through Music provides musical opportunities to the children of St. James Town, one of North America’s most densely populated and ethnically diverse communities. We seek to enrich children’s lives by offering active participation in choral, instrumental and other programs, including the opportunity to attend some of the myriad concerts in the City of Toronto. We create social opportunities for children by encouraging them to share a love of music, performance and teamwork through collaboration in choral and instrumental ensembles. A critical part of child development, music education has been proven to provide children with cognitive and emotional benefits that will have a lifelong impact on learning and social skills. Reaching Out Through Music has a tradition of hosting benefit concerts every year (often with popular silent auctions), featuring both worldrenowned artists and our own students. B18 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES This year, The St. James Town Children’s Choir, under the direction of Anne Massicotte and Laura Packer and special assistant Jenny Cohen, is expanding and increasing the number of performance opportunities for its members, culminating in a spring concert scheduled for May 12 at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in north Toronto. Our talented and dedicated teachers, supported by a growing group of volunteers, look forward to an enriching year culminating in our tenth anniversary celebrations in October 2017. John Loosemore 416-605-4562 ●●Roy Thomson Hall Roy Thomson Hall continues to feature many of the world’s greatest musicians and speakers in 2017/18. This fall, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Roy Thomson Hall presents UNCONQUERED, an afternoon of military band music in celebration of Invictus Games Toronto 2017. National Geographic Live! returns for a seventh season of talks, featuring some of the world’s most adventurous explorers sharing stories of their triumphs and challenges. Roy Thomson Hall is proud to welcome back some of the world’s finest classical musicians, including the Mariinsky Orchestra, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Evgeny Kissin. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra also returns with another exciting season. Our free choir and organ concert series continues into its 21st year, and we celebrate our favourite new year’s traditions at the Hall, ringing in 2018 with “Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits,” and welcoming the year with “Salute to Vienna” on New Year’s Day. The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Box Office: 416-872-4255 ●●Royal Conservatory of Music The 2017/18 concert season at The Royal Conservatory of Music has been announced and we are excited to bring you close to 100 classical, jazz, pop, and world music concerts, including three specially-curated series – TD Jazz: The Roots of Jazz, Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage and the Invesco Piano Series – and many more inspiring artists! Visit our website to browse the full lineup of 2017/18 season concerts by date. Matthew Moore 416-408-0208 ●●Scaramella Concerts Scaramella presents intimate, one-of-a-kind period instrument chamber music concerts, bringing together accomplished and artful musicians from Canada and abroad for fresh and vivacious performances. Children 14 and under are welcomed, free of charge. For 2017/18, Scaramella’s programs are centred loosely on mythological goddesses of the arts: Terpsichore (the muse of dance, also associated with the flute), Calliope (the wise and beautiful-voiced muse of epic poetry) and Saint Cecilia (patron saint of musicians). But Scaramella’s muses are human, as well as symbolic, since in addition to beloved Toronto locals, our concerts this season feature a number of extraordinarily talented musical guests, from Quebec, Alberta and Switzerland. It’s a season of graceful, eloquent and heavenly music, and we very much hope you’ll join us! More details are available on our website: www. Tickets are available at the door, or for advance purchase using the order form on the website. November 11, 2017: “Les idées heureuses” (flute, gamba, harpsichord) January 27, 2018: “Ode to Music” (viols and theorbo) April 7, 2018: “Boccherini and Friends” (quintets with double bass) Joëlle Morton 416-760-8610 ●●Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is dedicated to enriching the musical life of the Greater Scarborough community, eastern Toronto and neighbouring regions, by presenting high-quality musical performances that offer an affordable, enriching and convenient live entertainment experience. The SPO is dedicated to educational outreach and youth engagement, including the support, encouragement and mentoring of young musicians. Supporting Canadian composers and their music is also a priority. Our 2017/18 season features the Romantic spirit in music, including three great Romantic symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Mahler. Beautiful and passionate music abounds this season. Stephen Wilson, executive director ●●Show One Productions For over a decade, Svetlana Dvoretsky and Show One Productions have presented some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras,

allet companies, dance and theatre productions in Canada. Show One is responsible for many debuts and has produced very special collaborations, including the world premiere of the exclusive – once in a lifetime – performance by Dmitri Hvorostovsky with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in an unprecedented gala evening at the COC this past season. The upcoming season’s big ticket will be a premiere of the play Brodsky/Baryshnikov, directed by Alvis Hermanis and featuring the long-awaited return of Michael Baryshnikov to Toronto in January 2018. Show One will also feature a debut of the recent Tchaikovsky Competition winner – George Li – at Koerner Hall and highly anticipated return of the Mariinsky Orchestra with Maestro Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev to Maison Symphonique. Further compelling projects are continually added to the roster – check the website for details. Dvoretsky, whom the media has called “an icon in the making” and “an intuitive impresario,” holds the Order of York Centre Award by the Government of Canada. Svetlana Dvoretsky 416-737-6785 ●●SINE NOMINE Ensemble for Medieval Music Back after a year’s sabbatical, the talented, versatile singers and instrumentalists of SINE NOM- INE are passionate about the music of the Middle Ages and about bringing it to life for modern audiences. Based in Toronto since 1991, the group has also performed in other Ontario centres, as well as Alberta, Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern USA, and England. SINE NOMINE continues its tradition of inventive programming, blending vocal and instrumental music from medieval courts and churches with readings, drama and liturgical action to provide insight into the fascinating artistic and intellectual culture of the Middle Ages. Concerts take place on Fridays: December 15 (“A medieval nunnery Christmas”), February 26 (“The Manuscript du Roi”), and April 20 (“Music for a royal convent: the Las Huelgas Codex”), all at Saint Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron St., at 8pm. SINE NOMINE is ensemble-in-residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Andrea Budgey Tickets: 416-978-8849 Subscriptions: 416-638-9445 ●●Small World Music Society Over the course of two decades of live music activity in Toronto, Small World Music has presented or partnered on over 600 events, ranging SMALL WORLD MUSIC SOCIETY from contemplative traditional to cutting-edge fusions. A charitable organization, its vision is based on sharing cultural experience, and ultimately, on building bridges between cultures. ‘The Beat of the Globe in the Heart of Toronto’ reflects Small World’s uniqueness as a presenter – celebrating international artists, while supporting the careers of emerging Canadian talent. This year marks the launch of Polyphonic Ground, a new initiative to strengthen Toronto’s culturally diverse music presenters. The shared collaborative working model aims to inspire the culturally curious while providing opportunities to connect and discover through Polyphonic Ground Presents and a Diversity & Live Music Panel Series. Jess Cimo 416-536-5439 ●●Sony Centre for the Performing Arts The Sony Centre, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the Sony Centre’s mission is to unite the global citizens of Toronto through great artistic experiences. The Sony Centre presents year-round programming including concerts, musical theatre, family entertainment, comedy and dance. With in-house catering and many customizable spaces, Toronto’s iconic Sony Centre has also proven to be an ideal venue for product launches, town halls, holiday parties and fundraisers – it is truly where the world comes to play! Young In Turner 1-855-872-SONY (7669) ●● SoundCrowd SoundCrowd is an auditioned community a cappella ensemble led by founder and artistic director Scott Pietrangelo, with a maximum of 80 members – including a Performance Team of 16 to 20 singers and soloists for events, corporate functions and media appearances, and a Dance Team made up of various auditioned members of SoundCrowd to add visual spectacle to our main concerts. The group rehearses on Monday nights, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at Bloor St. United Church (300 Bloor St. W.) from September to May, and performs two to three major concerts per year. In an effort to be accessible to all, membership fees for the year are 0 for the Full Ensemble and 0 for the Performance Team. SoundCrowd’s vision is to enrich the Toronto community with the proven social and health benefits of participating in and experiencing choral music; to make connections through voice and movement using repertoire that is exciting, fun and meaningful to all; and to create dynamic and original performances of music from all genres using the musical language of a cappella. Scott Pietrangelo 647-281-1397 ●●Soundstreams Artistic director Lawrence Cherney is delighted to announce Soundstreams’ 35th season. The mainstage series features five sensational shows: “Northern Encounters,” with music and dance from Canada and Finland performed by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra; Musik für das Ende, which is an immersive experience of iconic Québécois composer Claude Vivier’s transformative work; Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew, a contemporary re-imagining of Bach’s masterpiece; “Freddy’s Tune,” featuring cross theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES | B19

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