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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 We have about 40 singers and are now in our fourth season with artistic director Lucas Harris. He auditions new singers throughout the season as necessary. Interested singers should bring a rich choral background and a deep love for early repertoire. Sharon Adamson 416-763-1695 ●Toronto ● Children’s Chorus The Toronto Children’s Chorus celebrates its 40th anniversary this 2017/18 season and its 11th under artistic director Elise Bradley. The Chorus comprises a family of choirs: KinderNotes for children aged 3 to 6 (no audition required), four Training Choirs, Main Choir (Cantare, Chorale, Chamber, and Choral Scholar levels) and Youth Choir. More than 300 choristers develop skills in vocal technique, sight-singing and music theory each year. Main Choir offers masterclasses and exceptional performance and recording opportunities, including with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Chamber Choir is the 2017 ambassador for the International Federation for Choral Music and the only Canadian act at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music. Chorus auditions are held in May and September. Bonnie O’Sullivan 416-932-8666 x225 ●Toronto ● Choral Society The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845 to foster a positive musical environment in which members can learn and develop their musical ability and choral repertoire. In addition, TCS plays an integral part in the community, presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire, while exploring the music of the cultural mosaic that is our city. This year, as a result of years of experience, we are taking a big leap forward and we are performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, on December 6 at 7:30pm in Koerner Hall. The artistic director and conductor of three of the TCS choirs is Geoffrey Butler, who joined the TCS in 1994. Under his guidance, the choir has flourished and grown, performing choral works in a wide variety of styles, from Baroque to jazz. Being an accomplished tenor, Mr. Butler helps the members of the choir to expand both their musical horizons and their singing abilities. The accompanist of this Community Choir is William O’Meara. A talented pianist, organist and harpsichordist, Mr. O’Meara is well known for traditional solo repertoire, as well as his improvised accompaniments at international silent film festivals. Debby Neill Blyth 416-465-9614 ●Toronto ● City Opera We are a community opera company with a longstanding history of 51 years. Our mission is threefold: to develop young emerging singers through an intensive voice and stagecraft training program culminating in performances of fully-staged, fully-costumed operas in their entire originality; to invite the community at large, from all walks of life, to join our non-auditioned, non-discriminatory chorus program through the Continuing Education Program of the Toronto District School Board; and to promote the intricate beauty of operas through affordable ticket price. By engaging the professional artists and amateur and non-professional artists together, we break down barriers in these two groups, promote team effort and exchange knowledge with a common goal of delivering an outstanding performance to the public. Sandra Tang 416-223-8060 ●Toronto ● Classical Singers Toronto Classical Singers is known for its unique musical point of view and its high-quality performances, often presenting the lesser-known and rarely performed vocal/orchestral repertoire as well as the standard works. With its exuberant approach, the group celebrates the choral tradition. For its 26th performance year, Toronto Classical Singers is presenting an exciting and timely season. Conductor Jurgen Petrenko will lead the choir, the Talisker Players Orchestra and soloists through three concerts featuring five composers. Opening with “Noel Noel” on December 10, 2017, enjoy a French Christmas with Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel. “Music for Troubled Times,” on February 25, 2018, will feature Haydn’s wartime Lord Nelson Mass, contrasted by the comforting Mass in G by Schubert. The season will culminate with “Music of Transcendence” on May 6, 2018, with Brahms’ great and humanizing masterpiece Ein Deutsches Requiem. All concerts are on Sundays at 4pm, Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. Season tickets , single tickets . Anne Molloy 647-960-2405 (text or phone) ●Toronto ● Consort Celebrating its 45th Anniversary, The Toronto Consort is Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque. Founded in 1972, the Consort presents an annual subscription series at the revitalized Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto. The Consort has toured extensively and has recorded music for film and television, including the hit television series The Tudors and The Borgias, and is releasing its 14th CD recording in November 2017: The Italian Queen of France. 2017/18 marks A Season of Celebration! For our 45th Anniversary, we present concerts that highlight everything we love about Medieval and Renaissance music: “Renaissance Splendours” (November 17 and 18, 2017) with dancers from the Atelier School of Ballet; “Navidad: A Spanish Christmas” (December 8, 9 and 10); “Illuminations” (March 2 and 3, 2018) featuring Persian percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand; “Quicksilver presents Fantasticus” (April 13 and 14), and Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Charles Daniels and Kevin Skelton (May 25, 26 and 27). tickets are available for ages 35 and under through Club Consort. Tickets on sale at TorontoConsort. org or by calling 416-964-6337. Michelle Knight, managing director 416-964-6337 ●Toronto ● Masque Theatre Founded in 2003 by Larry Beckwith, Toronto Masque Theatre is one of the only companies in the world devoted to the performance and creation of masque, an art form that fuses music, dance and theatre. Inspired by the rich courtly tradition of the late Renaissance, we reinvent the art form for today’s audiences, speaking to contemporary Toronto. We have produced over 60 critically acclaimed productions, ranging in repertoire from the late Renaissance to the present day, including original works from Canadian artists. This will be our final season and the company goes out on a high, with a year of celebration featuring: “Dido and Aeneas / Aeneas and Dido” in October, a twice-told love story; “The Peasant Cantata / All the Diamonds” in February, our annual winter cabaret to warm the soul; and “The Last Chaconne” in May, a one-nightonly farewell celebration of the company. We will also be presenting salons in September and April, and a special Christmas event, “Peace on Earth,” in December. Vivian Moens 416-410-4561 ●Toronto ● Mass Choir Inc. Toronto Mass Choir continues to be on the cutting edge of Canadian gospel music, bringing their distinct sound to the world stage. The choir’s music incorporates contemporary gospel, traditional gospel as well as Caribbean music influences. The seeds of this gospel choir were sown during the choir’s initial live recording concert as B22 | theWholeNote 2017/18 PRESENTER PROFILES

part of the Association of Gospel Music Ministries workshop in October 1988. Since then the choir has recorded ten albums, including the JUNO award-winning album Instrument of Praise, which won Contemporary Christian/Gospel album of the Year in 2003. Now 45 members along with a five-piece band, the choir consists of members from across the GTA and is led by artistic director Karen Burke. Later this year the choir will present “Gospel & Jazz: A Family Reunion,” a rare opportunity to pull together two of Toronto’s prominent ensembles, the renowned Toronto Jazz Orchestra (TJO) and the JUNO award-winning Toronto Mass Choir (TMC) in a historic collaboration on November 4 and 5 at the Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. Karen Burke 905-794-1139 TORONTO CONSORT ●Toronto ● Mendelssohn Choir Grand symphonic sound, clarity of expression, and above all emotional impact are the hallmarks of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir performances. Canada’s world-renowned large vocal ensemble performs choral masterworks from across five centuries under the leadership of artistic director Noel Edison. The 120-voice choir includes a professional core, auditioned volunteers and apprentices. The TMC presents its own concert series while also performing regularly with the TSO, including Handel’s Messiah. TMC’s 2017/18 season includes: the Grammynominated Elora Singers, October 1; “Festival of Carols” with the acclaimed Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs, December 5 and 6; the free Conductors’ Symposium concert, January 27; James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross and Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe with string orchestra, March 6 and 7; and “Sacred Music for a Sacred Space,” March 28 and Good Friday, March 30 at St. Paul’s Basilica. The TMC’s education and outreach programs include live concert webcasts of select performances, an annual conductors’ symposium for emerging conductors, and Singsation Saturday choral workshops for anyone who loves to sing. Cynthia Hawkins, executive director 416-598-0422 ●Toronto ● Mozart Players The Toronto Mozart Players, presented by the Mozart Project, are composed of professional solo, chamber and orchestral musicians dedicated to performance of the highest calibre. Specializing in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, the Toronto Mozart Players perform a varied repertoire from the early 18th century to the 21st century under the direction of David Bowser. Concert programs include chamber, orchestral, vocal and choral works. The Toronto Mozart Players have welcomed outstanding guest artists such as soprano Nathalie Paulin and trumpeter Andrew McCandless and have partnered with the Hart House Chorus and the Cantabile Chamber Choir. During the 2017/18 concert season, performances include: a chamber orchestra version of Gustav Mahler’s Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, in collaboration with soprano Nathalie Paulin; chamber and orchestral works during the Toronto Mozart Festival, in January 2018; and will welcome the Pax Christi Chamber Choir to perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass. They will also perform in two large concert programs produced by the Pax Christi Chorale featuring Bruckner’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung. Lawrence Peddie 647-478-7532 ●Toronto ● Operetta Theatre Toronto Operetta Theatre is in its third decade as Canada’s only performing arts company dedicated to music theatre in all its variety. A Whirlwind of Entertainment! The season opens with a music comedy in cooperation with Attila Glatz Concert Productions, “Operettts.” The performances are on September 22, 23 and 24, 2017, featuring Canadian tenors Michael Barrett and Adam Fisher with Viennese tenor Thomas Sigwald. Following is a Canada 150 celebration, The Widow by Calixa Lavallée, composer of Canadian national anthem, featuring Julie Nesrallah, Diego Catalá and Stefan Fehr with music director Michael Rose. Our holiday production is Candide, a masterwork created by the composer of West Side Story Leonard Bernstein, featuring Tonatiuh Abrego, Elizabeth Beeler, Vania Chan, Cian Horrobin and Derek Bate as a conductor, December 28, 2017 to January 7, 2018. The spring production is La belle Hélène by French composer Jacques Offenbach, from April 25 to 29, 2018, featuring Beste Kalender, Adam Fisher and Stuart Graham with Peter Tiefenbach as a conductor. All performances are held at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Guillermo Silva-Marin 416-366-7723 ●Toronto ● Singing Studio Welcome to a new adventures in singing! The Toronto Singing Studio offers many ways to improve and develop your voice and singing skills. Interested in private singing lessons? Discover the unique sound that is your singing voice. Or are you more comfortable in a group class? The very popular “Singers’ Repertoire Class” for experienced singers (adults) who want to work on solo song performance may be a good fit. The Toronto Singing Studio has two non-auditioned adult choirs: Celebration Choir (Thursday afternoons, for singers over age 55) and the Summer Singers (meets in June and July). Do you love Broadway shows? Do you dream of being onstage, singing, dancing and delivering funny, serious, or romantic lines in a play? Then you are a perfect candidate for the new Musical Theatre Workshop for Adults program. The Toronto Singing Studio has locations downtown and East York. For more information, visit the TTSS website. 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