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Volume 5 Issue 1 - September 1999

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North York Singers

North York Singers Address: P.O. Box 91116, Bayview Village Postal Stn., North York ON M2K 2Y6 Phone: 905 859-1944 The North York Singers have been making music in North York for more than thirty years! The choir was founded in 1967 as a Centennial project, and over the years, has grown to become one of North York's most valuable cultural organizations. We have been distinguished in having Mayor Mel Lastman as our honorary patron. The North York Singers feel a deep commitment to the local community, and regularly perform at retirement homes, rehabilitation hospitals, and similar institutions. Our present conductor, Gary Heard, will be celebrating his 1Oth year with the choir this season. The growth and professionalism of the group may be attributed to his skill and expertise as the director. Our coming season: -Christmas at the Abbey- favourite Christmas music at the marvellous Loretto Abbey -Last Night at the Proms - patriotic and favourite music -My Favourite Things - Gary's celebratory concert, also at the Abbey New members welcome! Call 905 859-1944. North York Suzuki School of Music Address: 348 Sheppard Ave. East, Willowdale ON M2N 384 Phone: 41 6-222-531 5 Administrator: Kathryn Klos The North York Suzuki School of Music offers an exciting program of music instruction consisting of individual and group lessons for violin, viola, cello and piano. This year a flute and guitar program is being developed as well. Highly qualified teachers help students and their families to immerse themselves ill>the music. The late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's "mother-tongue" method of learning, ·by which chiidren learn to speak through constant listening and loving encouragement, is used in learning the language of music. Obser:vation of their children's lessons is an integral part of the method, as is frequent opportunities to perform for supportive audiences of peers and parents. The school also offers a Parent-Toddler program of fingerplays, songs, games and simple rhythm instruments. Snack time gives everyone a chance to make friends. Orion House Address: 11 6 Glendora Avenue North York ON M2N 2W2 Phone: 41 6-41 0-1 808 Fax: 416-730-1386 Web site: E-mail: Contact: Walter Kornelson, president ORION HOUSE Artists Management was founded in 1996 by Austrian born Walter Kornelson. The company operates offices in Toronto and Vienna, Austria and represents opera singers, as well as conductors, stage directors, and instrumentalists. The majority of the singers affiliated with the Toronto agency are Canadians, with a sprinkling of Americans, while the Vienna office concentrates mostly on artists that are based in Europe. A number of the Canadian artists have now moved to Europe and have since been placed with different houses on either a Festvertrag or guest engagement basis while some of the company's European singers have been able to secure engagements with various North American opera houses, symphonies and choirs. The agency prides itself in giving promising but untried young artists an /opportunity to have career guidance and development, while at the same time maintaining a core of seasoned professionals. Penthelia Singers Address: 1 96 Elmwood Avenue Willowdale ON M2N 3M6 Artistic Director: Mary Legge Phone: 229-0522 The Pen thelia Singers, founded by alumnae of the Earl Haig Girls' Chamber Choir to provide a challenging vocal ensemble for musical young women, now enters its third season under the direction of Mary Legge. The group will perform, in winter and spring concerts, a varied repertoire of choral music that crosses traditional cultural and linguistic boundaries. The group borrows from its multicultural base to perform works in Finnish, Yiddish, Spanish, Japanese, Romanian, German, Welsh, Latin and of course, English. In the past, the ensemble's repertoire has ranged from Renaissance madrigals to African hymns to Georgian lullabies. The Penthelia Singers is delighted to be entering this season to perform for both new and faithful audiences. To audition for the upcoming season, call 229- 0522. proVOCE Studios Directors: T. Torlone K. Scott N. DeLong Address: New Annex location TBA Phone: (416) 960-0472 Fax: (416) 921-8313 pro VOCE offers learning and performing opportunities for singers of all levels, including private lessons; Learn to Sing!; Sight Singing; Opera Workshop; French, Russian, Italian, and German diction. pro VOCE welcomes new voice faculty member Denise Williams, and guest faculty Laura Pudwell, Peter Neff, and Elisabeth Pomes. Denise Williams has performed in opera and concert around Toronto and examines for the Royal Conservatory. Laura Pudwell, member of the Toronto Consort and frequent performer for Opera Atelier, coached Early Music this summer at pro VOCE. Peter Neff, who has performed and taught extensively in Germany, will offer classes in Schumann Lieder, and a study of settings of Goethe's Mignon and Harfner texts. French Diction teacher Elisabeth Pomes is an awardwinning soprano, and a native of France with a degree in literature. Faculty and guest faculty will perform in recital on Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. at The Stone Church, 45 Davenport at Bay. Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall Address: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5 Phone: 593-4822 ext.207 Fax: 593-4224 Contact: Ingrid Silm, Marketing Assistant Web sites: w w E-mail: The 1999/2000 entertainment season is a World of Arts and Entertainment, reflecting a variety of music and entertainment from all over the globe. From classical and world music to jazz, pop, comedy and spoken word, audiences will enjoy memorable performances for every taste and age group.

Highlights of the 1999/2000 season include the worldrenowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, conducted by Riccardo Chailly; soprano Kiri Te Kanawa; and pianist Evgeny Kissin, hailed as a "living legend", performs an all- Russian program. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham makes her Canadian recital debut; and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade performs a broad spectrum of vocal music. Other star performers include bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, violinist Midori and, performing with his quartet and chamber orchestra, jazz legend Oscar Peterson. Choirs include the Vienna Boys Choir, the Caernarfon Male Voice Choir of Wales and the Boys Choir of Harlem. program featuring the premiere performance of a new work by Barbara Croall, commissioned by the SPO. Bring your flags and hats to Last Night of the Proms, featuring Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. Percussionist Beverly Johnston joins us in May. The Orchestra eagerly awaits the season's grand finale of Holst's The Planets. Truly a concert that is out of this world. For a free brochure with complete season listings, call (416) 872- 4255. Scarborough Philharmonic Address: 128 Sylvan Ave. Scarborough ON M1 M 1 K3 Tel: (41 6) 261-0380 Fax: (416) 261-0652 Our opening concert includes Duo Turgeon performing Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos, music by our composer-in- Residence John Estacio, and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Howard Cable returns with Kate Crossan and Debbie Quigley of Kitty's Kitchen, to present A Celtic Christmas, a program written for the SPO. In January, SPO musicians Bronson and Tak Kwan will perform Bach's Double Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. Our Family Concert. Ancestral Voices: A Tribute to the First Nations will focus on our aboriginal heritage. Fen Watkin guest conducts a Beverly Johnston 37 of THE . BEST CANADIAN SONGS sung by DAVID MILLS CANADIAN CLASSICAL SONGS (CD 25970) REFLECTIONS (CD 19704) on GEMSTONE RECORDS Available at fine record stores everywhere Distributed by: DISTRIBUTION FUSION Ill

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