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Volume 5 Issue 2 - October 1999

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  • Toronto
  • October
  • Theatre
  • Choir
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All concerts are performed at the George Weston Recital hall where the Toronto Philharmonia is Orchestra-in-Residence. Reserved seating is available by calling 416 870-8000. Ticket prices range from to . Toronto Symphony Orchestra 212 King St. W., #550, Toronto M5H 1 K5 www. tso.on.ca Contact: Katie lnverarity, Associate Director of Marketing Phone: (416) 593-7769 x341 I Fax: (416) 593-8660, (416) 977-2912 kinverarity@tso.on.ca A cultural institution better than threequarters of a century in the making, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is Canada's foremost symphonic ensemble. Each year, more than 400,000 patrons visit the Orchestra at home in Roy Thomson Hall, and an additional five million Canadians tune in to . frequent concert broadcasts on the CBC Radio networks. Highlights of the 1999/2000 concert calendar include appearances by distinguished guest artists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Kathleen Battle, the Beaux Arts Trio, Yefim Bronfman, Sarah Chang, Kyung Wha Chung, Ben Heppner, Leila Josefowicz, Kennedy, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman; a complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle; and world-premiere performances of six commissioned works. Commencing February 25, 2000, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jukka­ Pekka Saraste, reinforces its international presence by embarking on its first European tour since 1991. The Orchestra will perform concerts in Stuttgart, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and Budapest as well as three concerts in Vienna. Toronto Wind Orchestra Artistic Director: Mark Hopkins Music Director: Tony D. Gomes General Manager: Colleen Ostoforoff Mailing Address: 852 King St. W., Suite #1, Toronto ON M5V 1 P1 Phone: 416 603-9339 ocolleen@interlog.com Performing rare wind band literature of unparalleled difficulty, demands exceptional professional and musical skills of the musicians. The Toronto Wind Orchestra offers three such concerts in the 1999-2000 season, starting November 5 at the Church of the Redeemer. One of the few professional wind orchestras in the country, the TWO has been in existence for five years, with many of Toronto's best freelance woodwind, brass and percussion players. On the eve of the new millennium, we offer more exciting music and guest performers. And we welcome a new administration team headed by Colleen Ostoforoff, and a new music director, Tony D. Gomes. This season our guest conductors will include Dr. James Mark from Mount Allison University. The TWO will also share the stage with the Canadian Brass, and initiate our first recording project. Join us for a year of exhilarating music and entertainment - you will not be disappointed! The Trillium Brass Quintet 212 Beatrice Street, Toronto ON M6G 3G 1 Contact: Scott Good Phone/Fax: 416 533-9142 Trillium is a versatile tightly knit ensemble consisting of Shawn Spicer and Scott Harrison, trumpets, Cathy Stone and Scott Good, trombones, and Jennifer Schofield, hom. From renaissance vocal works to Charles Ives and beyond, Trillium explores new, interesting, and diverse music. In addition to the traditional brass quintet repertoire, our interest in new music has led to the premieres of six new works. Trillium has performed throughout southern Ontario including return recital appearances at The Kitchener-Waterloo Music Society and our infamous Brash Brass Bash at the Music Gallery in Toronto. Highlights from our upcoming season include a special Christmas collaboration with the Peterborough Singers, a return performance at Walter Hall, a recital at Hart House in February, and a third appearance at the Kitchener-Waterloo Music Society. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming concerts in WholeNote or join our mailing list. Contact: Trillium Brass Quintet (416) 538 0524 email shcs@idirect.com Tryptych Productions Contact: Edward Franko Address: Box 18-260 Adelaide Street East, To.ronto ON M5A 1 N 1 Phone: (416) 489-5349 edward@therobinsongroup.com Tryptych Productions has been formed by Edward Franko (Opera Anonymous, Opera Mississauga), William Shookhoff (Opera York, Phantom of the Opera) and Lenard Whiting (Canadian Opera Company, Opera in Concert). All are well-known performers, producers and directors (stage and music) who bring a wealth of experience to concert production. Tryptych's inaugural concert(@ Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bayview, Oct 16th @ 8 PM) is a co-production with Opera Anonymous. The program is entitled La Voix Francaise and celebrates the centennial of Francis Poulenc's birth. A staging of his "mono-opera", La Voix Humaine (in English) is featured. On Monday, November I, Tryptych presents Let's Du-et in Yorkville. This evening of operatic love duets will be performed at The Stone Church, Davenport and Yonge. On November 20, 8 PM at Trinity, Tryptych presents Memories of Vienna starring Lenard Whiting and Adele Kozak. The year 2000 will bring concerts honouring Weill, Britten and others. Vesnivka Choir Director: Halyna Kvitka Kondracki Address: 78 Brule Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 4J2 Phone: (416) 763-2197 Vesnivka Choir, established in 1965 by founding director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, has delighted audiences around the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary and traditional folk music. The choir performs at a variety of venues throughout the year, giving both its own concerts as well as participating as guest performers. Vesnivka has won several first-place awards in the CBC Radio Choral Competition and, in 1993, won first place in the folk competition at the prestigious International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. The choir plans to again compete at the upcoming Choir Olympics to be held during July of 2000 in Linz, Austria. Ve~nivka's current season includes an October concert in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Christmas concerts with the renowned men's ensemble, Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, in Toronto and St. Catharines in early January. Vesnivka can also be heard singing Christmas Mass on the morning of January 7, 1999, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto. VocaiPoint Chamber Choir 554 Davisville Ave., Toronto ON M4S 1 J5 Phone: 416 484-0185/ Fax: 416 968-1615 vpoint@idirect.com webhome.idirect.comrvpoint Contact: lan Grundy, Music Director and Conductor. Phone: 905 471-5775; igrundy@idirect.com VocalPoint, a 30 voice s'emi-professional chamber choir, is a relatively new choir on the Toronto choral scene and is quickly establishing itself as one of the country's finest chamber choirs. Known for performing mainly a cappella early music together with works from the 20th century, the choir achieves a clarity and focus of sound together with a depth of expression demanded by the choral masterpieces presented on our programs. We are proud to present the premiere of a new work by Canadian composer John Hawkins, No Stronger Than a Flower, as part of our third concert devoted to music based on Shakespeare's works. The popular Canadian soprano Patricia O'Callaghan will be joining us in our final concert to perform Mozart's Exultate Jubilate and the Requiem. Our concerts will once again be performed in the superb acoustics of the churches of the Holy Trinity and St. Patrick's.

DJ usician in Our Midst John Beckwith byDavidOlds. On Saturday October 30 Walter Hall at the University of Toronto will be the setting for a concert celebrating half a century of vocal writing by one of this country s most eminent composers and a familiar presence on Toronto$ music scene, John Beckwith. Mr. Beckwith has enjoyed a long and distinguished relationship with U of T. He did his own degr-::es there, and went on to teach several generations of musicians during a tenure of nearly four decades. He served as dean of the Faculty of Music through most of the 1970s and was the founding director of the Institute for Canadian Music, established at the U of T in 1984. Since retiring professor emeritus in 1990, Beckwith has kept his hand in at the university, teaching occasional score study courses for the students in the orchestral conducting program. He has also continued his scholarly activities, publishing the book Music at Toronto A Personal Account and editing Hymn Tunes of Canada and Oratorio and Cantata Excerpts Volumes 5 and 18 respectively of The Canadian Musical Heritage for the Canadian Musical Heritage Society. In 1997 a compact disc of Beckwith's instrumental music was released on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label. Retirement has meant more time for composing and Beckwith has taken full advantage of this. Works which have flowed from his pen since leaving the hallowed halls include Round and Round, an orchestral work commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the Victoria Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic and performed by all three organizations, orchestral arrangements of organ chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach, all 45 of which have been performed by Symphony Nova Scotia under Georg Tintner's direction, several works for harpsichord in unusual pairings with banjo and Celtic harp, vocal works on texts by Margaret Laurence and bpNichol, Canadian folksong arrangements from a variety of ethnic sources, and Taptoo!, an opera which was premiered in Montreal last March by Opera McGill. Taptoo! marks Beckwith's 15th collaboration with librettist James Reaney, a relationship which grew out of a mutual interest in theatre while they were both students at U ofT. This most recent work serves as a sequel to the chamber opera Serinette which Reaney wrote with the late Harry Somers. The October 30th concert features a duet from Taptoo!, The Great Lakes Suite, a 1949 vocal chamber work which was the first Reaney/Beckwith co-production, and selections from two other operatic co-creations The Shivaree and Crazy to Kill. The concert will also include Beckwith's settings of the words of Chaucer, Keats and e. e. cummings. Vocal music has been an ongoing interest for John B11ckwith throughout his long and varied career. When asked about this he explained that as a child he had been quite a good singer himself and had been the head of a choir. An accomplished pianist, at university he was able to support himself as a vocal accompanist for the students of the respected contralto Eileen Law. Working with singers at lessons and in recital gave him an inside knowledge and appreciation of the vocal repertoire and an understanding of how singers work. His first compositions were vocal, and it is a form to which he has often returned. This is reflected in the program of the Walter Hall concert with works spanning five decades. Some of Toronto's finest singers are taking part in the presentation, including Benjamin Butterfield, Teri Dunn, Laura Pudwell, Kathryn Domoney and Doug McNaughton, joined by a variety of instrumentalists, including the composer himself at the piano. Beckwith says he has enjoyed getting back to the piano in a serious way. He has been performing with his son Lawrence, an accomplished baroque violinist, and has found satisfaction in having time to "polish" rather than just play the music. Toronto audiences will have another opportunity to hear his keyboard skills at the Art Gallery of Ontario in January and February. Beckwith will be part of an ensemble that will perform his arrangements of Music of Krieghoff's Quebec presented in conjunction with the AGO's Year 2000 Cornelius Krieghoff exhibit. Stay tuned to WholeNote for full details. David 0/ds is the producer and host of the CMC s flagship radio program Canadian Currents heard on CJRT 91.1 FM Sundays at 6 p.m. He is also the administrator of New Music Concerts. Musician in Our Midst is photographed by Michael Shaw, Ashley & Crippen, Photographers 200 Davenport Rd. 416 925-2222 · We.buy tdJll of your C£i18JIJ&fl0flil [b@s (vinyl 0 (like Beethoven, Mozart, Stockhausen) We travel anywhere for good collection MIKROKOSMOS Mail Order Company v (416) - 224 - 1956 Fax (416) - 224 - 2964 MIKROKOSMOS Ask our free, monthly set-sale catalogue: . More than [fkcmJ@ ~ £1!J>rs [fJ Z?m~ every month Many audiophile Decca & EMI reaords (Sorry~ mail or phone order only!) DR. DAVID W. 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