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Volume 5 Issue 10 - July/August 2000

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With the exception of a few indefatigable choirs, like the Iseler Singers (as noted in this month's cover story) local choirs tend to take a break from concertizing in Toronto over the summer and a few special events, · tak~ over. , "This is going to be one humungous mob!", says Cooper. "The potential is unlimited. With Robert Sund - who is one of the world's greats - conducting, I think that the collective result will be quite phenomenal,,.. On the evening of July 6, Sund has chosen some intriguing repertoire for the Soundstreams Canada and CBC group to sing, including Alleluia Radio are presenting what is · by the Eastern European billed as the most spectacular composer Romuald Twardowski choral event of the summer, and Warning to the Rich, by Encounters 2000: International Scandinavian Thomas Jennefelt. Youth Choirs Unite! This is a The latter piece will feature solo one-night-only COf\Cert featuring baritone Curtis Sullivan. 10 youth choirs from all over the In addition, the programme world. They will all assemble at will feature Sieben Lieder by the Atrium of the CBC Broad- . Johannes Brahms, Feller from casting Centre, which. has be~n Fortune, arranged by Harry the site of some impressive · Somers and Imant Raminsh' s massed choral events in the p(\st. : Come My Light. Internationally renowned choral With participating youth conductor Robert Sund will choirs· from Spain, New Zeatravel from Sweden to conduct land, Slovenia, Ireland, ·Albania, the massed ensemble. Iceland and Estonia, as well as A driving force behind the three Canadian choirs, it should event is CBC Executive Pro- be a roof-raising. experience. ducer for Choral Music , Thanks go out once again to Robert Cooper, conductor of the impresario Lawrence Cherney, Toronto Mendelssohn Youth whq is-gaining a great reputation Choir, who are participating in for exposing Toronto audiences the concert. Cooper says that he to significant choral groups from has wanted to create an event around the world, and to specifically around the young Cooper, who is a one-man adult singer for quite some time answer to why we should keep now. funding the CBC at a high level! . ~ -~ .. ~ ) = ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ \ ~ ' ~ Auditions Experienced choristers are invited to join Concertsingers and our newly appointed music director, Peter Tiefenbach, in an unforgettable chorar adventure. To learn mote, call Lynda at 416-769-7991. . · ~ THE CHORAL STORE INC. Perform With the Best 170 The Donwoy West, .Suite #411 Toronto, Oniorio M3C 2G3 Telephone: (416) 446-7440 •Fax: (416) 446-7640 · Toll free: (800) 394-6527 E-mail: chorolstore@idirecl.com Choral Scene LA~RY BECKWITH He has produced countless topnotch choral ·spe_ctaculars over the years and prorn.ises that July 6 will be another great one. With Howard Dyck hosting from the stage, the event will be recorded for future broadcast on Choral Concert. Edmonton is hosting the biennial Podium conference of ·the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors from July 13-16. Lydia Adams' Amadeus Choir, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor's Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Toronto Children's Chorus, conducted by Jean Ashworth Bartle, will be travelling to Edmonton to give spec,ial conference concerts. Ivars Taurins, the conductor of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and this year's Ontario Youth Choir, will be giving masterclasses in -J?aroque performance practice. The 21st Annual Elora Festival' opens on July 14 with the Bruckner Te Deum and continues through the rest of July and into the beginning of August. Highlights include Orff' s Carmina Burana, the Te Deum and Jubil~te of Henry Purcell, an afternoon of masterpieces by Byrd and Palestrina and yet another Last Night at the Proms. For information and tickets, call 519-846-0331. For anyone who enjoys a comic look at the art and life of the singer, Mary Lou Fallis' Prima Donna's First Farewell Tour should be right up your alley. Fallis is appearing ' throughoi,tt July at the Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre, accompanied by the talented and droll Peter Tiefenbach at the 88s. Finally, this year's Child~en's Choir Camp, which we run here at Choirs Ontario, is gearing up for its residency at the Albion Hills Field Centre near Bolton, Ontario. It's an unauditioned camp for young people between the ages of 9 and CONTINUES XXXIst International Competition «Vincenzo Bellini» for Singers and Pian.ists North A1J1.erican Preliminary Competition Organized by the Toronto School of Music Canada Prizes & Awards: Prizes for the top three finishers in both disciplines. First Prize: £it 10.000.000 and a conc!;rt, Second Prize: £it 7.000.000, Third Prize: £it 5.000.000 and a special prize «Maria Callas»' of £it 10.000.000 .. All non-winning finalists will receive a lump sum of £it l .OOO:OOO. Eligibility: Open to singers aged 35 or born after IO'h Dec 1965, and to pianists aged 32 or born after IO'h Dec 1968. · Process: The.preliminary competition will be held from September 6 to September 11, 2000 in Toronto, Canada. The top IO winners in the North American preliminary competition will participate in the semifinals in Caltanissetta, Italy, October 6-11, 2000. ' Application: To apply, please ·send a resume with photo and a nonrefundable application fee ofUSD 60.00 to the Toronto School of Music Canada. Candidates residing outside ofTororito should send a tape pf two contrasting pieces that can best highlight their talents. Successful candidates will be invited to participate in the competition in Toronto in · September. Repertoire: Singers: I . an opera aria, 2. a chamber aria of the 17•h or 18th Century or a lied, 3. a piece of sacred music, either cantata or.oratorio. Piano: I. a piece by Chopin (except op. I 0 no.6, op.25 no. 7 and posthumous wprk), 2. a piece by Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofieff (also tlie toccata op.I I), Bartok (op.18), or Casella (op.70), 3. a sonata by Beethoven (except op.14, 49, 54, 78, 79). Deadlinefor,.app/ication: July 31, 2000. For details and application, please contact, Toronto School of Music Canada, No. I Bowan Court North York, Ontario, Canada M2K 3A8 Tel. (416) 260-1882-or (416) 346-6963 Fax (416) 222-8928

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