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Volume 5 Issue 3 - November 1999

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y Larry Beckwith Its wall-to-wall choral music, this month, as most of Toronto s choirs ' seasons are in full swing. VocaiPoint is a relatively new choir directed by Ian Gnmdy. They specialize in English choral music throughout the ages and they give a concert of works by Harris, '?lilian, Stanford and Vaughan Williams on Nov 6. The Choir of Christ Church Deer Park give a special Remembrance Day programme at noon Nov 11. Stanford, Howells and Bruckner are on the bill. The Bell' Arte Singers' conductor Lee Willingham presents his choir in an intriguing programme featuring music by Hildegard, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Howells and others. Entitled Magnificat, the concert takes place on November 13. The following evening sees a concert of music inspired by Shakespeare and presented by the Rosedale United Church Choir, directed by Wayne Strongman. Special guest is veteran Canadian actor William Hutt, who, incidentally, is heading into his fmal season at Stratford with what promises to be a performance for the ages as Prospero in The Tempest . Conductor Lydia Adams shares the podium with Bramwell Tovey November 16 for a Massey Hall New Music Festival concert with the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Tovey is multi-talented - witness the way he juggled the varying interests and abilities of Bryn Terfel, Patricia O'Callaghan and an ad hoc "Roy Thomson H;all Orchestra" in a program ranging from Wagner. to Sound of Music last month. Here he will conduct the world premiere of his Requiem Mass for the Dead. (An attempt to take a page out of Tovey's Wmnipeg New Music Festival, by offering jazz in the informal setting of the Centuries Lounge following concerts has alas not come to fruition.) The Massey Hall Festival continues chorally two nights later, with the Elmer Iseler Singers and, all other things being equal, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in a fascinating programme of music by Harry Somers, Claude Vivier, Jeff Ryan and Gary Kulesha. Should the TSO still be strikesilenced, we can only hope that a "Massey Hall Orchestra" will miraculously step into the breach. All The King's Voices wins this year's annual Christmas Messiah derby, getting out of the gate hard on the heels of the Santa Claus Parade, November 21 with a performance of the deservedly oft-performed Handel oratorio. On the same afternoon Jurgen Petrenko's Toronto Classical Singers tuck into Handel's Alexander's Feast with a fme roster of soloists including the ~rsatile Patricia O'Callaghan. November 27 offers many choices to choral music fans. The Oriana Singers give a concert of treble Christmas music. The Calvin Church Choir and the Royal Conservatory Children's Choir team up for An Advent Wreath and the Metropolitan United Church Choir join forces with the Niagara Brass Ensemble for Christmas favourites. Early December brings Leslie Bell, please contact the Chanticleer's annual trip to the Choirs Ontario office at 923-1144. Ford Centre (December 1) and Larry Beckwith is the General the Deer Park United Church Manager of Choirs Ontario. Choir singing Distler on the 3rd. More on these (and many others) in our next issue. CHORAL QUICK PICK NOVEMBER 1 to Dec 7 1999 (An important reminder to choirs! December-January is a N ov 3 3 : 30 , 7 pm; 4 , 5 & 6 s pm;, "'' combined issue of WholeNote. Tafelmusik Chamber Choir So be sure to have information on Nov 5 Spm: Choir & Brass of the January events in to us by Ontario Christian Music Assembly November 15.) Nov 5 Spm: Victoria College Choir Nov 6 Spm: Bach Elgar Choir APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE Nov 6 Spm: VocaiPoint FOR CHOIR AND CONTEST Nov 7 7:30: Victoria College Choir It's not too early to be thinking Nov 11 12:30: Choir of Christ about the 2000 Ontario Youth Church Deer Park Choir (conducted by Ivars Nov 13 7:30: Cantabile Chorale Taurins) and the 2000 Children's Nov 13 7:30: eeoc Nov13 7:30: Mississauga Choir Camp. Both programines Children's Choir are administered by Choirs Nov 13 8:00: Bell' Arte Singers Ontario. Forty singers will be Nov 13 8:00: MacMillan Singers selected by audition in February Nov 14 3:00: Toronto & 2000. Singers must be 16-22 Syracuse Children's Choruses years old on August I 2000 to be Nov 14 3pm To. Chamber Choir eligible. The program offers a Nov 14 8pm: Rosedale Choir unque intensive summer camp Nov 16 8pm: Amadeus Choir [; II Nov 18 8pm: Elmer lseler Singers o owed by~ fa~! Ontario tour. Nov 19 7:30: St. Michael's Boys r . Apphcattons are also Nov 21 3pm: All The King's Voices bemg accepted now for the Leslie Nov 21 4pm: York U. Chamber Bell Competition for Choral Nov 21 4pm: To. Classical Singers Conductors. Awarded to a Nov 22 12pm: Exultate Chamber promising yoimg conductor, the Nov 22 8pm: La Jeu~es~e . approximately 00 prize is Northumberland G1rls Cho1r awarded out of a trust fi d Nov 26 7p~;. 27 & 28 12 noon: . . un Pax Chnst1 Chorale admlllis~ere~ by the OAC Nov 26 8:15: Te Deum (Hamilton) Foundation m memory of the late Nov 27 7:30: Metropolitan Dr. Leslie Bell. This season's United Church Choir competition will be adjudicated Nov 27 7:30: To. Welsh Male Voice in Ottawa in June 2000 and will Nov 27 8:00: TACTUS Vocal be the seventeenth tim~ since Ensemble; RCM Children's Choir; 1973 that this rize has' been Calvin Church Choir . ' P . Nov 27 8:00: Opera m Concert awarded. 1998 co-wmne~s were Nov 27 8,:00: Guelph Chamber Lynn Janes of the Canadian Choir (Hamilton) Children's Open• Chorus and Nov 27 8:00: Oriana Singers Stephanie Martin of the Pax Nov 27 8:15: Te Deum Christi Chorale. Other past Nov 28 2:30 & 7:30: winners include Robert Cooper Scarborough Bel Canto Choir Jean Ashworth Bartle and ' Nov 28 3:00: Rosedale Presbyterian . ' Church Choir; Penthelia Singers Bramerd Blyden-!aylor. . Nov 29 7:30: York University For more information Chamber & Concert Choirs about the Youth Choir or the Nov 30 & 504D 01 7:30: Oakville Hear & Now, ... continued exceptionally dramatic audience experience. Let's all hope the TSO musicians strike will be settled before the Festival so that this remarkable programme can be realized. (/'he Massey Festival concluding concert, November 19, New Music Concerts tribute to their founding artistic director Robert Aitken, is discussed in our cover story on page 12.) Lest new music afficionados think 'Breaking the Sound Barrier' is the only happening in November, rest assured there are some other exciting concerts. Two programmes highlighting contemporary piano virtuosi act as frames for this wonderful month. The Music Gallery opens its 1999/2000 season piano series with the Toronto debut of Australian pianist Simon Docking (November 5). This talented artist has always had a particular interest in contemporary music, and for several years was resident pianist of, the Australian new music ensemble Coruscations. Docking has been to this country before (but never to Toronto) with an all­ Canadian program which toured to Montreal and Ottawa in 1997. His repertoire includes music by such figures as Louis Andriessen, Pierre Boulez, Brian Cherney, Brian Ferneyhough and Torn Takemitsu. And on November 22 at Walter Hall, U ofT pianist Stephen Clarke will gives a marathon concert, featuring only one piece - Morton Feldman's 'For Phillip Guston'­ duration four and a half hours. The other instruments involved are flute, and percussion. This epic work is Feldman's loving memorial tribute to his friend, the abstract expressionist Philip Guston. David G.H. Parsons is Ontario Regional Director, Canadian Music Centre Chalmers House 20 St. Joseph Street Toronto, Ontario M4Y JJ9. Tel: (416) 961-4057 Fax: (416) 961-7198 E-mail:

Children's Choir Nov 30 8:00: York University Dept. of Music Jazz Choir Dec 1 8:00: Chanticleer Dec 2 & 3 8pm: Nathaniel Dett Dec 2 8pm: Gospel choir Dec 3 8pm: Deer Park Vocal Enserrble Dec 3 8pm: Elmer lseler Singers Dec 3 8pm: Exultate Chamber Dec 3 & 4 8pm: HarTl>ton Awnue Dec 3 Spm: Boys Choir of Harlem Dec 3 8pm: Mohawk College D'ec 4 8pm: Cantores Celestes Dec 4 8pm: Jubilate Singers Dec 4 8pm: Tallis Choir Dec 4 8pm: To.Chamber Choir Dec 4 8pm: Voices Dec 5 3pm: Amadeus Choir; Bach Children's Chorus Dec 5 3pm: Concertsingers Dec 5 3pm: Mississauga Choral Dec 5 3pm: Penthelia Singers~ Dec 5 3pm: Vienna Choir Boys Dec 5 4pm: Amarilli Singers Dec 5 7pm: Hart House Singers Dec 6 8pm: Cantabile Chorale Dec 7 8pm: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Dec 7 Spm: The MadriGALS Music at Metropolitan presents Liftu? t1 CJU r A festive entry to the Christmas Season. Metropolitan Choir } Niagara Brass Ensemble 11-e~l{s November 27, 7:30 pm Tickets , seniors & students Metropolitan United Church Queen and Church Streets 363-0931 AUDITIONS for the 1999 Christmas Perfonnance o{Handtl's MESSIAH with the Toronto School of Music Canada Orchestra David J. King conducts All The King's Voices and the Mooredale Festival Orchestra Katerina Papadolias, Soprano Marcel van Neer, Tenor • Sl{!JefS Liyan Sun, Alto Paul Grindlay, Bass Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E. Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 3:00p.m. John Tuttle. Conductor Adults: Students/Seniors: Phone (416) 922-3714 or 225-2255 srioov, December 3, .1 ggg 8:00pm Saint t:homas' s Church 383 nuron Street Cove Cawe ~.Down : .-'' ;{"· at Chris'fn)as .An evening of carols and seasonal mu~ic wifu our Master in Jhe Hall, Canadian media pundit John Fraser. Tickets/ ( 4 16) 4 1 0-3929 lnfonnatwn: organized and sponsored by the Toronto School of Music Canada WiUiam Shookhoff, Artistic Director is open to all starting November 1, 1999. CHORUS MEMBERS as well as SOLOISTS are needed. For information, please contact Toronto School of Music Canada 349 Queen Street West, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario, M5V2A4 Tel. (416) 260-1882 Fax ( 416) 222-8928 We also otTer superb training in Opera (with William Shookhoffi and music education with world-renowned musicians. Saturday; December 11, 1999 at 7:30p.m. George Weston Recital Hall, Ford Centre for the Performing Arts Tickets: and at the Ford Centre box office or TicketMaster at (416) 870-8000 For more information about the Bach Children's Chorus, call (416) 43Hl790. BA(H ILDR£N'S _..d The Bach Children's Chorus, a member of the Ontano ORUS ~ Choral Federation, is grateful for funding received from --..-~ the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto. Lb==~~~~~~~~~~~==~~~--------------------------~ ·

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