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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 genre inspirations from the famous theme King Frederick gifted to Bach; and The Little Match Girl Passion, the provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning work by David Lang. Subscription packages for all eight shows are now on sale. “Soundstreams started 35 years ago with a festival celebrating Igor Stravinsky’s 100th – and just as he changed the course of music in the 20th century, Soundstreams’ 2017/18 season shines a light on the movers and shakers of Canadian music in the 21st century,” says Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams artistic director. Dusty Moreira-Lima 416-504-1282 ●●S.O.C.H.S. Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society (SOCHS) is a non-denominational organization supporting congregational song and offering events each season in the Barrie, Kitchener-Waterloo and Pickering triangle. Anyone interested in hymns and congregational song may join us or participate in our activities. Ruth Watson Henderson, Lydia Pedersen and Paul Stott have brought exciting songs to our gatherings. Internationally recognized hymn writers John Bell, Dan Damon, Carl Daw, Michael Hawn and Brian Wren have also been guests. Upcoming S.O.C.H.S. events – please join us: Sunday October 15, 2017 – “Songs from a Luther Pilgrimage.” Join Rev. Joan and Rev. Dr. Peter Wyatt as they reflect in word, image and song on their pilgrimage to Martin Luther’s homelands. Church of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Square, Toronto Eaton Centre. Refreshments 2:30pm. Program 3pm to 4:30pm. Sunday April 22, 2018 – “How Can I Keep From Singing?” Mark W. Ruhnke. What do the hymns we sing tell us of our journey as a singing people? St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E., Toronto. Refreshments 2:30pm. Program 3pm to 4:30pm. Ila Vaculik 416-694-6436 ●●St. Anne’s Anglican Church Choir Continuing its long tradition of musical excellence, St. Anne’s presents a season of innovative performances that befits our stunning sacred space boasting religious artwork by the Group of Seven. Throughout the year, the Choir of St. Anne’s will join other professional musicians from across Ontario. Through our newly-instituted organ and choral scholarships, emerging artists will have the opportunity to gain practical experience. We are thrilled to welcome The Junction Trio as St. Anne’s Ensemble-in-Residence! Over the past eight seasons, The Junction Trio has presented B20 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES colourful chamber music, ingeniously incorporating meditative improvisation and a wide range of guest artists. Their programming pushes the boundaries of classical music and performance art. Each year, the St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society (MADS) presents one of the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. Founded in 1964, MADS has a fall season of rehearsals leading up to January and February performances. This season, MADS presents Ruddigore. For more information or to participate in our music program, please contact us! John-Luke Addison, director of music 416-536-3160 ●●St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts is an ideal venue for live entertainment as well as corporate events. With Canadian performing arts as the focus, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts takes a leadership role in providing Toronto residents, visitors and diverse cultural communities with a professional, service-oriented theatrical and entertainment facility. Varied and high quality cultural, artistic and public events are attracted, facilitated and presented continually. Young In Turner 416-366-7723 / 1-800-708-6754 ●●St. Michael’s Choir School Founded 80 years ago by Monsignor John Edward Ronan, St. Michael’s Choir School has served the Archdiocese of Toronto by educating and training musicians who sing at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The school is unique – offering an enriched academic program for boys from grades 3 to 12, with extended French instruction, as well as a lively ministry of sacred music. Choirs from SMCS perform annually on tour and at many local concerts and events. From September to June, the choirs sing weekly Masses at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Auditions are held annually between January and March. Angela Barbieri 416-397-6367 ●●St. Olave’s Anglican Church St. Olave’s, Swansea, is an Anglican church in the Prayer Book tradition, with Communion or Morning Prayer services (sung Sundays at 10:30am), Evensong (for festivals) and extras at Christmas and Easter. It’s noted for a fine organ and excellent acoustics, making it home for performing groups like the Windermere String Quartet. Choral Evensongs (on certain Sundays at 4pm) are followed by afternoon tea and a music event, as listed in The WholeNote: visiting choirs leading the service, illustrated music talks or recitals by guest singers, solo musicians, instrumental ensembles or our Arts Guild. Sung Evensongs (various weekdays at 6pm) are followed by supper and talks on travel, history, applied religion, etc. Our director of music, John Stephenson, is continuing our campaign to expand our choir. Anglican services include much singing (hymns, canticles, psalms, anthems), so we need a strong choir to lead the congregation. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9pm, with a warm-up Sundays at 10am. Call to ask about paid positions, or come to a rehearsal to see what it’s all about. Singers are also welcome to join us at sung Evensongs. Judy Beal, church secretary 416-769-5686 ●●Symphony on the Bay Symphony on the Bay is a full-size community orchestra serving Burlington, Hamilton, and surrounding areas. We perform in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre and hold an annual Young Artists’ Competition to promote upcoming talent. Our vision is to demystify classical music and make this great art form accessible. Our musicians – highly skilled amateurs, students and a core of professional players – are led by conductor and music director Claudio Vena. Join us for our exciting 2017/18 season! October 29, 2017: “German Masters” includes Beethoven’s Violin Romance No.2, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave. December 10, 2017: “A Double Reed Christmas” includes Vivaldi’s Christmas Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the Weber Bassoon Concerto. February 18, 2018: “All the World’s a Stage” includes Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Canadian Louis Applebaum’s Three Stratford Fanfares. May 13, 2018: “From Rags to Riches” includes works by George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Leroy Anderson, as well as Canadian Catherine Wilson’s Sackville Street Ballad and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto. Visit www. for full concert details! Liz Delaney 905-320-4697 ●Tafelmusik ● Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Led by music director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik

engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically-acclaimed recordings. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the Baroque and Classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto’s Opera Atelier, and underground at our new Haus Musik series. Our musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik’s catalogue of award-winning recordings on the Sony, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNOs and numerous other recording prizes. Tim Crouch 416-964-6337 TORONTO CITY OPERA ●Tallis ● Choir of Toronto The Tallis Choir is a chamber ensemble of 36 voices that has earned a reputation for innovative programming and polished performances. Works from Gregorian Chant to contemporary choral music are represented, but the choir is best known as one of the few Canadian ensembles specialising in the music of the Renaissance, particularly 16th-century Italy and England. Founded in 1977, the Tallis Choir has presented annual four-concert seasons ranging from a cappella programs to performances with small chamber ensembles, organ, and on several occasions, large-scale productions including works by Haydn and Mozart featuring choir, professional soloists and chamber orchestra. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this season with performances of several masterpieces of the choral repertoire, including all six of J.S. Bach’s choral motets in October, and the 40-part Spem In Alium by our namesake Thomas Tallis in late November. David Martin 416-286-9798 ●Tapestry ● Opera Tapestry is the only professional opera company in Canada dedicated solely to creating, developing and performing original Canadian opera. Tapestry keeps opera alive from one generation to the next, producing works by extraordinary living writers and composers and covering provocative contemporary stories that are unforgettably told by world-class singers. In addition, it is our mandate to support emerging artists, as well as help youth in at-risk communities give voice to their stories and learn communication and leadership skills. Nominated for 43 Dora awards and receiving 17 over our 38-year history, this season Tapestry will present our popular Opera Briefs, returning in December; Tap Ex: Forbidden, which explores the subject of the tempting nature of the Forbidden; Overcoat: a musical tailoring in co-production with Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre March 29 to April 14, 2018; and Songbook VIII, May 10, 11 and 12, 2018. Linda Rogers 416-537-6066 ●That ● Choir Celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season in 2017/18, That Choir is one of Toronto’s most exciting a cappella ensembles, combining high-calibre performance with storytelling through choral music. Conducted by Craig Pike, the ensemble now draws together 35 auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in work and study. Each season, That Choir presents a concert series of contemporary choral works and an exciting cabaret series, workshops new Canadian choral works through their New Works Development program led by composer-in-residence Matthew Emery, undertakes a range of professional development projects, and appears at many local and provincial music festivals and arts events (recently receiving first place at the National Music Festival). Recent performances include a featured concert in Barrie, Ontario with the Georgian Music Series, and appearances as the feature choir with the international touring concert “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” and the Hans Zimmer Live on Tour 2017 concert at the Air Canada Centre. The ensemble will be touring to Newfoundland in July 2018 for the Podium Conference and Festival. Visit for more details! Colin Frotten 416-419-1756 ●Toronto ● Centre for the Arts Since 1993, the Toronto Centre for the Arts has welcomed thousands of visitors, patrons, performers and artists through its grand main entrance. The Toronto Centre for the Arts has four magnificent and unique stages that have hosted a pageant of world-class productions and legendary performers. The TCA began and remains as unique and diverse as the Toronto community itself, a testament to the virtues of harmony, vitality and celebration, with a spirit that embraces innovation and tradition equally. Young In Turner 416-250-3708 ●Toronto ● Chamber Choir The Toronto Chamber Choir explores The Architecture of Music in its 49th season. Our mission is to present Renaissance and Baroque repertoire with period instruments, as well as music from later periods that complements this core repertoire. We present two full-length evening concerts and two Sunday afternoon Kaffeemusiks, with music, commentary or narration and slideshow. This season we present: Fascinating moments when buildings and musical compositions inspired one another (October 29); a celebration of the 450th year of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth by exploring his glorious late sacred works, including his Magnificat (December 16); a study of the music of J.S. Bach and the family elders that helped lay its foundation (March 3); and music that inspired Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), the brilliant Italian Jesuit who mastered Mandarin Chinese using ancient ‘Memory Palace’ techniques (June 3). theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES | B21

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