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Volume 5 Issue 2 - October 1999

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  • Toronto
  • October
  • Theatre
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  • Arts
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  • November


WholeNote's 1999/2000 Member Profiles continued from page 22 c with local roots! At the heart of Lakeshore lies the century old Assembly Hall. Once part of the former psychiatric hospital, the Hall is undergoing a .6 million renovation as a community cultural centre. With an intimate 325 seat penormance space with marvellous acoustics, the Assembly Hall will anchor Lakeshore arts and enhance the whole city's musical stock. Romeo and Juliet, The Godfather and La Dolce Vita. The chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Mississauga, kicks off their season at 2pm on October 17 with 176 keys and 20 fingers featuring James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton, the best loved duo-pianists. And the Pops Series blasts off with QUARTETTE which is Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Handford on October 2nd, at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. ists, under the of Debbie Fleming, specializing in upbeat jazz-pop flavoured a cappella singing, officially formed in 1996, as a nine-voice rehearsal group assembling regularly to sight-read new arrangements written or compiled by Fleming. ~ Oil u Od As the magic of the combination became obvious, the group recorded a CD entitle "All I Want For Christmas", released for the 1997 holiday season. It won runner-up award for "Best New Holiday Album" in the CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award) competitions, presented by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). In 1998, Hampton Avenue became an octet, and was voted the "Best Vocal Group of 1999" by the Jazz Report Magazine survey. This past summer, Hampton Avenue has been r,ecording their second album - non-seasonal lushly harmonized originals and standards. CD will be released late 1999 or early 2000. Lakeshore Arts Box 48555, Etobicoke ON M8W 1 P5 Box Office: 416 251-7236 Fax: 41 6 255-8043 A group of residents around a kitchen table, frustrated by the absence of opportunity in a community rich with potential, founded Lakeshore Arts-a Community Arts Council to showcase the best local talent, and to create a loeal destination so others can see what we have to offer. Music on the Lake, a chamber music series now in its third year, has already included True North Brass, percussionist Bev Johnston, The Gryphon Trio, the Chagall Quartet, and composers Sir Ernest MacMillan, Scott Irvine, Christos Hatsis, Gary Kulesha and Eric Robertson - all artists j Maureen Smith Music Studio Phone: 416 620-1231 I Fax: 416 620-591 2 w ww.globalserve.netr mebs Maureen Smith Music Studio is run by Maureen Smith, Pi~~onist/Vocalist, Piano Teacher, Music Educator, and Recording o Artist. i Ongoing Adult Evening Courses: The Musicians Way to Health and Freedom. Postural and movement techniques for RSI and related injuries, including The Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Mitzvah Technique. The Inner Game of Music. Psychology of penormance, with use of videotaping and recording. Discover Your Singing Voice. Learn how to sing. Use a microphone and sing with or without karaoke. Videotaping and recording. Hannony and Chords. Learn the basics of chords and tonality for songwriting. Theory and Rudiments. Preparation for Royal Conservatory of Music Exams. Beginning Instrumental Music. Learn to play saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, or trombone in a fun and small group setting. Also Available Private Instruction Professional Demos, Digital Recording, Grand Piano and Instrumental Accompaniment, Entertainment for Your Special Occasion, Corporate Entertainment The Mississauga Symphonic Association Tickets: 145 Save 15% for subscriptions Box Office 905-306-6000 Performing Venue: The Living Arts Centre - Mississauga Music Director: John Barnum General Manager: Erika Beatty General Office 905-615-4401 I Fax: 905- 615-4402 The MSO is a 95 piece orchestra, recognized as Canada's finest community orchestra with dynamic soloists celebrated for their musicianship and virtuosity. Opening concert is October 23/99 with Beethoven, and Schubert, plus music for the Bass, by Nino Rota, who wrote memorable movie scores such as Music at St. John's: Concerts with a Cause St. John's Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Avenue, Toronto Mailing Address: R.R. 1, Grafton KOK 2GO Phone: 416 763-2393 Artistic Director: Timothy Dawson Producing fine concerts in the Bloor West Village area for six years, and known citywide for its atmosphere and acoustics, St. John's has hosted many fine musicians, including members of the ISO (including conductor Jukka Pekka Saraste who traded baton for violin to play with the Bach Consort at St. John's. Lifting spirits through music is one goal of Concerts with a Cause; another is raising funds and awareness for deserving community organizations. Attend a concert, and you'll be supporting groups like University Settlement House Music & Arts School, Camphill Village Ontario, the Early Enrichment Daycare, HAADD (adults with autism), and the church itself. Join us for another remarkable season. Concerts include the Toronto Symphony Bass Quartet (November 6); La Jeunesse Northumberland Girls' Choir with Judy Loman, harp and Monica Whicher, soprano (November 22); Mary Lou Fallis with Peter Tiefenbach, piano (January 22); The Bach Consort at St. James' Cathedral (May 19). Music TORONTO Address: Suite 91 0, 8 King St. East Toronto ON M5C 1B5 General Manager: Jennifer Taylor Phone: 416 214-1660 I Fax: 416 214-1663 Music TORONTO presents chamber music and piano recitals at the St. Lawrence Centre, downtown. We have the city's most knowledgeable and best behaved audience. Our 28th season includes the Toronto debuts of the Naumburg-Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, Germany's renowned Petersen Quartet, and 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition winner, pianist Nikolai Lugansky. Returning penormers include the Tokyo and the Hagen Quartet (first Toronto concert since 1989); pianists Grigory Sokolov and Stephen Kovacevich (first Toronto recital

since 1973). Plus many wonderful Canadians: the St. Lawrence Quartet, pianists Janina Fialkowska and Eve Egoyan, and our Ensembles-in-Residence - the Gryphon Trio and the Toronto String Quartet. The George Weston Discovery series -­ tickets just -- features soprano Measha Bruggergosman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and violinist Eugene Nakamura. NEWS about prices: students -- accompanying adult half price (that's .50 or .50); between 18 and 35 -pay your age (that's 20%-42% oft). Chamber music downtown. Box Office 366-7723. Music Umbrella Music Umbrella 1999-2000 ... Another season of musical adventure: all concerts 8:00 pm, Eastminster United, 310 Danforth Avenue. Tickets and at door, subscriptions and less for six concerts. Call 461- 6681 for information, brochures and subscriptions. Nov. 6: Festival Musicians from Ottawa. Julian Armour, cello; Robert Cram, flute; Jean Desmarais, piano. Music by Pierne and Haydn. Nov. 27: A Percussion Spectacular. Mark Duggan, Bill Brennan, Alan Hetherington, John Wyre and Mika Yoshida, percussion. Jan 22: Kirk Elliott & His Instruments of Torture. Kirk Elliott, fiddle, mandolin, celtic harp, flute, bagpipes, accordion; Alison Melville and Colin Savage, recorders; Catherine Keenan, hurdy-gurdy; Garth Vogan, bass; Don Rooke, guitar. Feb. 19: An Evening of Arabic Music with Doula. Roula Said, Maryem Tollar, Debashis Sinha, Ben Grossman, Kathleen Kajioka, Ernie Tollar. Mar. 24: Music for Unoriginal Instruments. Krista Buckland, violin; Anthony Rapoport, viola; Carol Ann Savage, flute; Peter Tiefenbach, piano; and friends. Music by Barber, Mozart and others. Apr. 15: Violins in America. Mark Fewer, violin; Simon Docking, piano; music by Ives, Corigliano and Michael Osterle. Music at Willowdale Wayne Gilpin, Director of Music Willowdale Presbyterian Church, 38 Ellerslie Ave., Toronto ON M2N 1 X8 Phone: 416 221-8373 I Fax: 416 221-8875 Willowdale Presbyterian Church has an active and exciting music programme. Music in Worship is the heart of music at Willowdale, and the Willowdale Praise Choir is the core group. A mix of amateur and paid singers, it prepare~ a variety of sacred repertoire from class1cal to contemporary, and welcomes all singers for Thursday evening rehearsals (7:30-9:30 p.m.) and Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. The Willowdale Concert Series presents a number of evening concerts during the year. The first concert, Saturday, November 20 features Cantilena - the Theatrical Music Ensemble in a programme titled NightMusic 2, featuring the World Premiere of The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Canadian composer Andrew Gilpin. Willowdale Players, the musical theatre ensemble at Willowdale Presbyterian Church, presents full-scale musical productions annually. This year's productions will be Amah/ and the Night Visitors and A Little Princess. MUSIC at WILLOWDALE - Come and be a part of it! The New Guitar 218 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto ON 20 Queen Victoria St., Toronto ON M4J 1 E9 M2N 3A9 Contact: Raymond Bisha Tel: (416) 252-4792 Fax: (416) 229-9237 Phone: 461-9752 Artistic Directors: Michael Bracken and James Brown Founded in 1992 The New Guitar is establishing itself as a innovative concert series dedicated to showcasing the talents of Canadian guitarists and composers. This year's season features three concerts each held at Heliconian Hall 35 Hazelton Avenue. October 22, 1999 welcomes the Canadian Guitar Quartet for their Toronto debut as well as a special performance by William Beauvais. On February 4, 2000 Jeffrey McFadden and Michael Bracken take the stage to premiere new compositions by Canadian composers Edward Arteaga and James Brown. A highlight will the performance of John Weinzweig's whimsical Conversations for three guitars. Closing the season on April 28, 2000 the Connor/Parnes voice and guitar duo present a varied program including a specially commissioned work by Peter Tiefenbach. Contemporary jazz guitarists James Brown and Justin Haynes present a engaging duo of their own compositions and improvisations. Call the New Guitar at (416) 252-4792 or visit our web site to order tickets. The North Toronto Women's Chamber Choir 18 Brownlow Ave. #607, Toronto M4S 2K8 Contact: Anne Yardley, Director Phone: 416 485-2259 The North Toronto Women's Chamber Choir was formed in January 1999. Our goal is to provide a friendly, comfortable environment in which to prepare music of various styles while maintaining a high standard of musicality. The choir is directed by Anne Yardley, who is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music in Voice Performance. Her extensive choral background includes working with such conductors as Wayne Riddell (Tudor Singers of Montreal), Charles Dutoit, Helmuth Rilling, and Elmer Iseler. We are presently preparing for our December 17th Winter Concert which promises to be a very eclectic and interesting programme - everything from plainsong to Jingle Bells - traditional and non-traditional. In January we will begin rehearsals for our Spring Concert. Our rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 at the Church of the Transfiguration. For information re auditions and concerts, call Anne Yardley at 485-2259. Off Centre Music Series New Venue: GLENN GOULD STUDIO Artistic Directors: lnna Perkis and Boriz Zarankin Mailing address: 968 Logan Ave., Toronto ON M4K 3E5 The Off Centre Music Series, in its fifth season, blends music, poetry, art, European delicacies and romance in their unique homage to the 19th century Salon. This superb musical bouquet of six concerts, each with a distinctive theme, offers an intimate venue for the finest international performers, as well as rising young Canadian artists. The season includes debuts, premieres and revivals by such internationally acclaimed artists as Michael Schade, Norine Burgess, llya Kaler, Monica Whicher, Alexander Anisimov, Annamaria Popescu, Boris Zarankin and Inna Perkis. Some of Canada's finest actors including Don McKellar, William Webster, Patricia Hamilton and Albert Schultz will present poetry and prose readings. Radio hosts Catherine Belyea, Eric Friesen, Stuart Hamilton, Rick Philips and Stephen Cera will provide distinctive and entertaining program introductions. Off Centre creates a unique theatrical -and sensory experience for connoisseurs and novices alike. For information call 416 466- 1870. For tickets call 416 205-5555 The Ontario Folk Harp Society Contact: Angelica Ottewill, President Phone: 416 494-4919 I Fax: 41 6 494-1 504 The Ontario Folk Harp Society, a chapter of the International Society of Fol~ Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC). promotes folk harpers and harp makers, amateur and professional. We have sponsored harp festivals and numerous workshops, featuring such prominent harpers as Sylvia Woods, Kim Robertson, Tina Turin and Mary Anderson. Many members play Celtic music, but we encompass a wide variety of styles: classical, Latin, medieval, renaissance, sacred, jazz and even Jewish. Our newsletter keeps members informed of events and is a good

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