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Volume 5 Issue 3 - November 1999

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Member Profiles, . .

Member Profiles, . . 1999-2000 Part Three, continued This month, we extend a warm WholeNote welcome to the following: BOURDEAU PROMOTES ... President: Andrea Bourdeau Phone: (519) 682-4143 Fax: (519) 682-2354 Email: The Focus of this innovative twenty-flrst century company is to create,-produce, promote and record the fmest quality . concert and conference endeavours. This company is a high energy, good vibe concert production house that loves the art of movement, sound and light. Andrea Bourdeau began this company with the most creative vision ... offering established clientele insights to what the focus of their creative endeavours could and perhaps ought to be. ''I have always had an inner knowing for what the next new 'Light' trend is .. .I can only promote who and what I truly love. I move forward knowing that the only aspect of life worth exploring is the passionate expression of one's soul. I have set good Christian standards for my company .. .I only create with the most highly skilled and ethically minded people. Therefore my heart always remains open to enjoy the essence of life." Her current Toronto project is John Michael Talbot, ll-19-1999, St. Paul's Anglican Church. CON FUOCO CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES Phone: 653-8304 Fax: 653-1172 Email: Con Fuoco is a new chamber music series featuring exciting musicians from across Canada. The music is chosen from the great works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth century eras as well as new works which are guiding the course of music as we enter the new millennium. The Con Fuoco Chamber Music Series is founded and co-artistic directed by clarinetist Michael Westwood, flutist Ken Hall and bassist Brian Baty. All concerts take place at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge just north of St. Clair) on Friday evenings beginning at 8:00pm. For tickets and information contact Con Fuoco at (416)653-8304, fax at (416)653- · 1172 or email at DUO Artistic Directors: Margot Rydell, flute and Ivan Zilman, guitar Address: 46 Empire Ave. Toronto M4M 2L4 Phone: (41 6) 463-1 011 Margot Rydall and Ivan Zilman created DUO in 1996, merging over twenty years of performance in Classical, Jazz, Rock _and World Music. Arranging much of therr own material their repertoire extends from the Renais~ce to the 20th century, including elegant Jazz ballads. DUO released their debut CD in 1998 to critical acclaim. DUO is receiving regular radio airplay across Canada, including . Jurgen Gothe's Disc Drive on CBC-Radto 2. DUO's September 1999 Taiwan concert tour cuhninated in a gala recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei. A recent CBC radio interview featured DUO discussing their tour and experiences d~g Taiwan's devastating earthquake, and therr subsequent Benefit recital to aid in the earthquake relief effort. Margot Rydall is a teacher, adjudicator and examiner at the Royal Conservatory and University of Toronto; Ivan Zilman, formerly a teacher at Concordia University, is also a composer, arranger and record producer, and teaches privately in Toronto's Beaches area. HERMAN ROMBOUTS, bass (416) 362-0940 Herman Rom bouts arrived in Canada in 1955 from his native Holland. He was clarinetist with the renowned Black Watch Military Band. After tenure with the band, a scholarship brought him to study voiq! at the University of Toronto. On completion of his studies he was consistently engaged by the Canadian Opera Company where he sang in Toronto and on tour all over Canada and the United States. Recently, Mr. Rombouts toured the ~aine as soloist with the Shevchenko Mustcal Ensemble where he received wide acclaim. This was followed with further success in Canada for his interpretation and characterization of Father & Narrator in Prokofiev's Peter & the Wol( He has an extensive repertoire which includes opera arias, classical Italian, French, German and Russian Songs. Herman Rombouts & Friends appear currently at Gatsby's Restaurant where one will enjoy an evening of the best of Broadway Musical Theatre & Opera. Gatsby's Restaurant, 504 Church St., Toronto, M4Y 2C8 (416) 925-4545 MISSISSAUGA CHILDREN'S CHOIR P.O. Box 41047,4141 Dixie Road Mississauga ON L4W 4X9 Phone: 905-624-9704 Music Director: Thomas Bell The Mississauga Children's Choir, now in its nineteenth season, performs a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary children's choral music. We provide a quality musical experience, including opportunities for ~~g m~i~l an~ vocal skills and professtonahsm Within a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The choir is a large lively group ages 8 to 18. Tho 80 choristers are divided into two choruses: Children's Chorus and Youth Chorus. This past year in Mississauga's Living Arts Centre the choir formed the children's chorJS,for Opera Mississauga's production of La B~heme; performed with The Canadian Children's Dance company John Rutter's Dancing Day; and premiered a new composition by Nancy Telfer, Follow Me, at our spring concert. Our December 18th 1999 concerts will be with the Mississauga Symphony at the L.A. C. Future plans include a tour to Britain in the sununer of2001. MISSISSAUGA CHORAL SOCIETY Artistic Director: Chrys Bentley Mailing address: P.O. Box 74530, 115 Lorne Park Road Mississauga ON L5H 3A5 Phone: (905) 507-9661 Fax: (905) 890-3529 E-mail: rictorres1 Contact: Rick Torres, Chair, Marketing & Promotion The Mississauga Choral Society began life in 1967, a group of amateur musicians meeting at the University of Toronto's Erindale College campus. This year MCS celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season. Its accomplishments are many: a comprehensive repertoire ofwo~ks by great composers from four centuries, including major comrnissioned_works b_y Canadian composers, an endurmg relationship with its own professional orche~U:al ensemble, the Sinfony Players, a post bon as the resident choral ensemble in Hammerson Hall at Mississauga's Living Arts Centre, and now a budding relationship with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. To mark our 25th Anniversary, we reach back 250 years for two of the benchmarks of the choral repertoire, Messiah (Decem~ 5 & 19) and the B Minor Mass (May 16); m another concert we return to the present day, for works composed in the latter 20th century (February 6); and we look fo~ard to a joint collaboration with the Victona Scholars and the Toronto Children's Chorus (April 19).

ORIANA SINGERS Address: 250 Verobeach Blvd., North York, Ontario M9M 1 R6 Phone: (41 6) 7 42-7006 Fax: (416) 742-0186 E-mail: Contact: Beverley Hurlbut, Manager Artistic Director: William Brown Accompanist: Ruth Watson Henderson Conductor Emeritus: John Ford The ORIANA SINGERS, one of the first all-female choirs iri Canada, was fonned in 1972 and has S\Ulg under the direction of William Brown since 1996. Great care is taken to choose music suited to the female voice, to present music that has already earned its lasting position in the repertoire, and to introduce audiences to new music by contemporary (including Canadian) composers, some commissioned by The Oriana Singen. Wmner of many competitions and awards, The Oriana Singers has also perfonned benefit concerts and been guest artist of many other arts organizations. The Oriana Singen presents a threeconcert subscription series annually. The 1999-2000 season includes SWEET SONGS OF CHRISTMAS with the Intrada Brass on November 27, SONG OF SURVIVAL with Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson reading excerpts from Helen Colijn's book by the same name on February 26, and EVERY­ THING'S COMING UP ROSES, a cabaret presentation of the works of Stephen Sondheim on May 6. SCARBOROUGH BEL CANTO CHOIR Mailing address: 66 Melchior Dr., West Hill ON M1E 3W5 Contact: Sid Milnes, Publicity Phone: (41 6) 284-1 509 Fax: (41 6) 284-1 509 Artistic Director: John Watkins The vision of the founding members in 1993 was to develop a community choir that would provide fun and fellowship as well as excellence in singing to experienced and committed choristers. The choir's schedule provides for two major concerts annually but the choir has also made guj!st appearances with other musical organizations, provided choral entertainment for fundraising events and presented Christmas concerts for Seniors' homes. In 1998, the choir made and marketed a CD and this year participated in the production of a commercial CD providing a choral background to some "Rock and Roll" music. The choir is self supporting via ticket sales and has been able to make charitable donations each year. The Scarborough Bel Canto Choir is "one of Scarborough's best kept secrets", according to the fonner Mayor of Scarborough who made this observation after attending one of the concerts. Through the CDs, it should no longer be a secret. TALLIS CHOIR OF TORONTO Mailing address: 1 86 Cion more Dr. Scarborough ON M 1 N 1 Y1 Phone: 691-8621 or 483-0559 Contact: Margaret Allen Now in its 23rd Season, the Tallis Choir of Toronto is one of Canada's principal a cappella choral ensembles. Under the direction of Peter Walker, the Choir is best known for its interpretation of Renaissance music and has presented the first Canadian perfonnances of many rarely-heard masterpieces of the period; however, its repertoire reaches from Gregorian chant to 20th century. The choir has recorded several collections of Renaissance music and is heard on CBC Radio. For more infonnation, call (416)483-0559 or (416)691-8621. October 23: Songs of Russia: The splendour of the Russian Choral tradition. Guest artists: George Vona & Lark Popov, piano December 4: Christmas in the Chapel Royal: Five centuries of festive musicmaking. Guest artist: Christopher Dawes, organ April 1: A Celebration of Bach and Handel: Celebrating the Bach Sesqui­ Bicentennial. Guest ensemble: The Talisker Players May 13: Victoria: Coronation Mass: A recreation of a complete Renaissance high mass. TORONTO SCHQOL OF MUSIC CANADA Artistic Directors: Mary Liu and Colin Yip Address: 349 Queen Street West, Suite 201, Toronto ON M5V 2A4 Phone: 260-1882 Fax: 222-8928 The TORONTO SCHOOL OF MUSIC CANADA is a joint effort by a large group of world-renowned musicians bringing first rate musical instruction to Canadian as well as international students. Senior faculty includes Maureen Forrester, Mary Liu, Colin Yip, and William Shookhoff. We are organizing a 1999 Christmas perfonnance of Handel's MESSIAH, with accompaniment by the Toronto School of Music Canada Orchestra and William Shookhoff as Artistic Director. Chorus members as well as soloists are needed. Audition is open to all starting November 1, 1999. We also offer a Professional Perfonnance Diploma for high school graduates, a Professional Advanced Certificate Program for professional students, General Music Education for children (ages 4 and up) and adults, and a One Year Professional Opera Training Program with William Shookhoff. Please contact the Toronto School of Music Canada, 349 Queen Street West, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A4 Tel (416) 260- 18~2Fax(416)222-8928. ..,., .. , • Only .00 per concert • 1 0 months of events • Over 1 00 eligible concerts last season • Earn "earmiles" toward free tickets • Great savings on CDs Passes available at the Canadian Music Centre (416) 961-6601 and the Music Gallery (416) 204-1080

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