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Volume 4 Issue 2 - October 1998

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19 HORAL HAPPENINGS AND HIGlll.JGHTS Mendelssohn· goes to the moVIes, Elora comes to town a BY LARRY BECKWITH Many thanks to all who attended the 1998 Ontario Youth Choir's extraordinary end-of-tour concert, Sept. 26, at Eastminster United Church. I'd like to thank publicly the members of the choir for the tremendous professional effort they put into all the concerts on the tour. And a special debt of gratitude is owed choir director Diane Loomer and . accompanist Ruth Watson Henderson. The 1999 Ontario Youth Choir will be conducted by Ken Fleet, of London ' Ontario .. If you are 16 - 22 years of age and are mterested in auditioning, please contact me at the OCF office at 416-363-7488. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Interim Conductor Noel Edison, now beginning the second year' Here are some choral highlights for the month of October: TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR - October 3 ~he .choir presents a screening of the classJc.sJlent film The Passion of J~ of Arc. American composer Richard · Emhorn has composed a score entitled Voices of Light, for choir, sol~ists and orchestra, which accompanies the fil~. The film is absolutely,riveting and the music, while at times a little too melodramatic, aptly underscores the powerful issues of the story. NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE­ October 5 The choir gives its first full-length Toronto concert, after having performed at the Nelson Mandela event at the SkyDome in late September. Conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor has been working overtime to found Canada's first professional chamber choir dedicated to the performance of "Afrocentric" choral music. The choir performs on the CBC's OnStage series. Let's hope that hpst Eric Friesen keeps the babble to a minimum. THE TALLIS CHOIR - October 17 Conductor Peter Walker serves up a feast of renaissance polyphonic choral music with his marvellous choir. TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS - October 18 This concert, called From Slovenia, With Love, marks the beginning of the choir's 20th anniversary season. Conductor Jean Ashworth Bartle has recently been named to the Order of Canada - a fitting start to a celebratory year. of his mandate. series of concerts in Elora for the past several years and are now widening their audience base. This is largely due to the huge success of their first CD for Naxos Records and the good reputation of the Elora Festival. The choir hits the Toronto choral scene with a concert entitled Pacem, with guest cellist Kirk Worthington. ALL THE KING'S VOICES This choir, which performs at Willowdale United Church in the north end of the city, gives a concert of light Canadian repertoire, called Canadian, Eh! There are many choral events to be looking forward to at the beginning of November, including the Amadeus Choir's special concert, In Remembrance, on November 1, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir's performances of Bach's Magnificat beginning November 4 and the E~ultate Chamber Choir's appearance With Peter Gzowski at the Glenn Gould Studio on November 6. Choirs in Toronto usually have a fiercely loyal following, which is wonderful. Part of the raison d'etre of this column is to try to encourage fans of choral music to try out new choirs once in a while. Finally, I'd like to welcome Nicholas Goldschmidt as the new Hononary Patron of the Ontario Choral Federation. Keep on supporting our Toronto area choirs!! ELORA f S Larry Beckwith is the Genenral Manager ESTIVAL INGERS- October of the Ontario Choral Federation. He can 23 The choir has been presenting a winter be reached at (416) 363-7488. PHOTO: MICHAEL SHAW CHORAL QUICK GUIDE OCTOBER 98 03 7:30: Cantabile Chorale 03 8:00: Tapestry Chamber Choir 03 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 03 8:00: U of T Choirs 07 7:30: High Park Girls' Choir & Boys' Choir of Toronto 07 8:00: Nathaniel Dett Chorale 16 8:00: Canadian Opera Company Chorus 17 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir 17 8:00: Tallis Choir 18 3:00: Choir of All Saints Kingsway 18 3:00: Toronto Children's Chorus· Training Choirs II & Ill; Carmina' Slovenica; Guelph Children's Singers; St. Mary's Children's Choir· 20 1 2:00 noon: Exultate Chamber Singers 21 7:00: Etobicoke Youth Choir 23 8:00: Elora Festival Singers 24 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir 24 8:00: All The King's Voices 24 8:00: Canadian Singers 25 3:00: Elora Festival Singers 26 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir; Dursley Male Voice Choir 30 8:00: Orpheus Choir of Toronto NOVEMBER 01 3:00: Toronto Chamber Choir 01 7:30: Amadeus Choir 04 7:00: Tafelmusik Chamber Choir 06 8:00: Chanticleer Vocal Ensemble 06 8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers 07 8:00: MacMillan Singers 07 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir 07 8:00: VocaiPoint Chamber Choir TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAl & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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