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Volume 3 Issue 3 - November 1997

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It is a great pleasure

It is a great pleasure for me to be.asked to write a regular column for the wholenote on all matters choral in the GT A. The idea is that I - in my capacity as General Manager of the Ontario Choral Federation - will gently nudge wholenote readers in tl).e direction of intriguing choral events happening in and around Toronto. Given that we are a provincial organization, however, I would be remiss ifl didn't suggest one or two trips beyond the city limits from time to time. Given that this is my first column, I should begin at the beginning and' tell you a little bit about the Ontario Choral Federation. The OCF is known as an Arts Service Organization and we provide support and services to our member choirs. We have an office in downtown Toronto, we run a choral music library, publish a· newsletter, organize the Ontario Youth Choir and Children's Choir Camp every year and administer the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition and the Leslie Bell Condticting Competition, among many other things. These are increasingly difficult times for performing arts organizations, what with government support dwindling or, in some cases, drying up completely, and a big part of our job is to speak. up for choirs across the province and keep reminding people of the tremendous social, musical, spiritual and , yes, even economic value of singing together. Our membership includes ovet oae hundred choirs in the Metropolitan Toronto area, ranging-from church choirs, to community children's, youth and 'adult choirs, to professional choirs. And.all of these choirs perform regularly in churches, community centres, schools and concert halls all over the city. While I encourage all wholenote readers to get out and hear choirs in your community, there are a few choral events coming up this month that you will not want-to miss. Orpheus Choir: the dynrunic Brainerd Blyden-Taylor leads the choir in "Songs of Remembrance" November 7 at St. James Cathedral. The concert takes its name from one of the works on the program, Four Songs of Remembrance by Toronto composer, Eric Robertson. Commissioned by the choir in 1983, this work is a set of four war poems by Siegfried Sassoon. The program will also include works by two other Toronto composers, Godfrey Ridout and Eleanor Da,leyr. (Although it takes place during the Made in Canada Festival, this concert is not an official part of it. Curiously, there are no choral concerts that are part of the Festival.) Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto: Come and hear , one of the best choirs in tlJe city, directed by a fabulous musician, Lydia Adams, in a programme featuring two great choral works -Josef Haydn's Nelson Mass and Franz Schubert's Mass in B-tlat. In a~dition you'll hear four very promising young soloists, Saturday, November 8 at the Ford Centre. · Toronto Children's Chorus: Founder Jean Ashworth Bartle leads the Senior and Intermediate Choirs in a concert by and in memory of v~ctims of the holocaust, called "Terezin Remembered". This will be at Temple Sinai, on November 16 at 3:00. The Bell' Arte Singers will be giving a concert of choral music composed by contemporary Canadians, people like Ruth Watson Henderson, Eleanor Daley, Stephen Hatfield, Victor Mio, Imant Raminsh and Eric Robertson. The concert, to be held at Y orkminster Park Baptist Church on November 29 will be followed by a "meet the composer" reception. While not part of the Made in Canada Festival, which ends three weeks earlier, . it shows that musical creativity is flourishing and cannot be confined to a single ' week. (There is no doubt that the composition of choral music in Canada'was given a great boost by that great musical immigrant from Scotland, Healey Willan. Now almost ·thirty years after his death choral music composition continues to thrive, largely, I think, because of the large number of really good choirs that are flourishing in Canada, and also because of the encouragement from competitions like the Amadeus Choir's Christmas Carol and Chanukah song competition and ~ the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition.) Singing Together. Six choirs join to celebrate life, from the French, German, Ukrainian, Philippino .and Italian communities. This will be on. November 30 at 2:30 at the Columbus Centre. Elmer Iseler, with half a century of choral conducting under his belt, and choral music are practically synonymous in Canada. Completely recovered from a serious threat to his health, he is continuing his work with the Elmer Iseler Singers, with a four concert series this season. The first is a concert presented jointly with the Vesnivka Ukrainian Women's Choir of Toronto. They will present their program of Christmas music at St Patrick's Church, November 30. In addition to these events, the Tafelmusik Chru;nber Choir will give a rare free noon-hour concert at Roy Thomson Hall on November 13. Two top-notch choirs from out of town visit our city: the Netherlands Chamber Choir at the Ford Centre on November 5 and the marvellous Studio Musique Ancienne de Montreal at the Glenn Gould Studio on November 25. Another choir from out of town, the' Moscow Boys Choir, will be performing at the Church of Our Lady in Guelph on November 15. Also just a little out of town, the Burlington Civic Chorale will perform at St. Christopher's Church in Burlington on November 22. · One of the many challenges that choirs face is the rising cost of advertising, which is one reason why, a publication like wholenote is so vital to those organizations with little or no money to spend. I implore those of you interested in choral music to study the wholenote carefully, pick up brochures, remember dates and get out to concerts And if it looks like fun; join a choir yourselfl I If information on any of the concerts above,or if you are interested in becoming an individual member of the OCF, please contact me at: Ontario Choral federation 100 Richmond St. E. Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario.M5C 2P9 416-363-7488 (phone) 416-363-8236 (fax) I hope to see you at 'a concert soon. TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE . '

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