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Volume 5 Issue 1 - September 1999

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Shevchenko Musical

Shevchenko Musical Ensemble Address: 626 Bathurst Street Toronto ON M5S 2R1 Phone: 416-533~2725 Fax: 41 6-533-6348 Artistic Director: Alexander Veprinsky Dance Director: Andrei Pendik Administrator: Ginger Kautto Toronto's unique combination of mixed choir, mandolin orchestra and folk dancers - the 90-member Shevchenko Musical Ensemble - has been around for almost 50 years. It boasts a wide repertoire of folk, classical and contemporary songs, music and dances. The Ensemble's busy season includes scheduled monthly appearances which will culminate in the annual Ensemble presentation at the end of May. Domra virtuoso, Tamara Volskaya, will appear as guest artist on that program. Looking to the future and the millennium, the Shevchenko Guild has commissioned Canadian composer Alexander Rapoport to create a work for choir, orchestra and dancers celebrating the contribution of Ukrainians to the life of Canada. Anyone, regardless of ethnic origin, is welcome to join the mixed choir, mandolin orchestra or adult dance group of the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble. All children are welcome to register with the School. Call 416 533-2725 for more details. St. James' Cathedral /Organ Alternatives Tel: (416) 364-7865 I (416) 360-8480 Fax: (416) 364-0295 I (41 206 Web site: I E-mail: I Toronto's cathedral and its resident production company dedicated to the King of Instruments tum the millennia! page with a continued commitment to creativity and excellence in tile arts of organ perfonnance, choral singing and sacred expression. Under the direction of Christopher Dawes, Organist and Director of Chris Dawes Music assisted by Michael Bloss, Associate Organist and Choral Director, St. James' enters an exciting new phase, building upon its distinguished musical history. Organ Alternatives' quarterly newsletter now covers organ concerts, conferences, schools, recordings and other culture right across Canada, and is published exclusively to the Internet from St­ Hyacinthe, Quebec by Publications Assistant Andrew Forrest. Visit St. James' at the comer of King and Church Streets for its 20th anniversary season of free lunch hour concerts on Tuesdays at 1 pm featuring the complete works of J.S. Bach perfonned by the Cathedral organists. Watch Organ Alternatives, the websites, Wholenote, and other publications for more ... Tafelmusik Contact: Alex Skoczylas 427 Bloor St. W., Box 14 Toronto ON M5S 1 X7 Ph: 416 964-9562 x228 Fax: 416 964-2782 E-mail: Tafelmusik, under the leadership of Music Director Jeanne Lamon; launches its 21st season in 1999/ 2000. The season includes a 3- concert tribute to Bach in the 250th year after his death: The Spirit of Bach, Mass in B Minor and Brandenburg Concertos. Guest artists include contralto Nathalie Stutzmann in The Glory of Handel and Malcolm Bilson, fortepianist, and Jean-Fran~ois Rivest, conductor, in Mozart Masterworks. Conductor Herve Niquet leads the orchestra in Boismortier: Master of the French Baroque and Andrew Manze doubles as conductor and soloist in Music in Venice. A Tafelmusik Feast and Vivaldi: The Red Priest feature Tafelmusik orchestra members as soloists. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and soloists join with the Orchestra in a concert version of Purcell's King Arthur, as well as in the annual performances of Handel's Messiah and the Sing-Along Messiah, to complete the season. Call the Tafelmusik box office at 964-6337 to subscribe today! WholeNote's 1999/2000 member profiles continue on page 41 N t Fourth f- Annual ewmarKe Voice Festival ,000 Scholarships To Be Won! Two 0 Scholarships 1999 Aqjudicator: Ingemar Korjus Categories for Solo Voice and Choirs November I 5-20, 1999 Concert of the Stars, November 26, 1999 Newmarket, Ontario For more information or to obtain a syllabus call: {905! C30-6932 Deadline for Applications is October 4, 1999

[Mihoral Scene The month of September brings with it a sense of renewal and getting back to old routines, and perhaps starting some new ones. For choirs, it certainly means getting all the music together and organized for the first rehearsals of the season. We at Choirs Onlario have been inundated with music orders, with choirs taking advantage of our extensive choral music lending library and, judging from the orders placed, I feel certain that choral audiences in and around Toronto are in for some treats, this fall. September is also a very special month for the Ontario Youth Choir, as it embarks on its annual tour of Ontario. The choir is made up of 40 exceptional young singers between the ages of 16 and 22 and, this year, is being conducted by the noted London-area choral conductor and educator Ken Fleet. As always, they gathered for a week in August, at Queen's University in Kingston, to rehearse and study intensively and put together a wide-ranging programme, including music by Victoria, Mozart, Brahms, Bainton, Martin Lauridsen and arrangements by Ruth Watson Henderson and Nancy Telfer. bY Larry Beckwith I was transported as I observed Fleet's rehearsing of the choir in Kingston. His energy is endless and he possesses a precious quality that makes him the perfect conductor of this choir. It's a quality that is almost indescribable, but shone clearly one night as he took the choir through Rachmaninoff's Ave Maria setting from the Vespers. This tall, wiry man humbly coaxed an exquisite sound colour from the young people. As I looked round the room at the beautific, concentrated expressions on the faces of the choristers, I had another of those periodic life-flashes that momentarily give us a glimpse of eternity. The music was full - full of love and humanity and a little bit of sadness. It's yet another unique year for the Ontario Youth Choir and Toronto-area audiences will have a chance to hear them a few different times culminating in the final concert of the tour at Eastminster United Church at 3:00pm on September 26. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale continue to show up in important places. Last September they performed at SkyDome for Nelson Mandela. This September Choral Scene continues ... 97le' £7heau.ictd~ (J~ Wayne Gilpin, Conductor AUDITIONS Cantilena is a 12-member vocal ensemble which performs a variety of repertoire (classical, folk, gospel, musical theatre, etc.) with elements of staging added. Canti!ena rehearses Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm at Willowdale Presbyterian Church, 38 Ellerslie Ave., Toronto (1 block north of the Ford Centre, offYonge Street) Paid Performances: 0 each To arrange an Audition: 1-800-867-3281 .:A({71ie Xina's Yoices 5\uditi.ons for sofoists, cfioristers ana section feadS THE BEST OF MESSIAH With Mooredale Orchestra and soloists Metropolitan United Church Sunday, November 21, 1999 3:00p.m. tfjristma..§ing '99 Carols from around the world Catch a Song and Sing along Willowdale United Church Sunday, December 19, 1999 8:00p.m. Global Voices Celebrate our Multiculturalism Willowdale United Church Saturday, May 6, 2000 8:00p.m. 5\lf'11i.e Xinn's 'Voices· -·. - 349 Kenneth Avenue ·' North York, Ontario M2N 3V9 ~(416)225-CALL (2255) · email Toronto Choral Society Seeks Experienced Singers. Are you a chorister looking for a home ? Are you keen to improve your vocal skills ? Toronto's oldest (non-auditioning) choir offers opportunities to improve your vocal and musical skills while enjoying the sheer delight of singing Perform in Toronto's most famous venues Recent engagements include: Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Convocation Hall Under the direction of Geoffrey Butler Building a Chora Society to make Toront6 & The World take note! From Mozart to The Movies From Barber to The Beatles From Sibelius to Sinatra to The Sex Pistols (WeD maybe not a whole lot of Sex Pistols) Rehearsals, Wed, 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. 205 John St. Toronto For Information Call: 416 410 3509

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