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Volume 8 Issue 7 - April 2003

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April 9

April 9 is the first of a fivenight run featuring the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and their special guest, the legendary En.glish soprano Emma Kirkby. With the orchestra, she'll sing the n:ewlydiscover~d Handel solo setting of the Gloria. The choir performs strong works by lesser-known Baroque composers: the Bohemian Jan Dismas Zelenka and Jean­ Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville, who lived in the shadow of Jean­ Phillipe Rameau. Halyna Kondracki's . wonderful Vesnivka Choir teams up with the Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir on April 11 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the birth ofMykola Leontovych. Leontovych is known to most of us as the composer of the Carol of the Bells,_one of the classier Christmas ditties. The anniversary concert will explore his impressive list of works, including a one-act opera entitled The Feast of the Water Nyinphs and selections ofliturgical and folk music. Several performances of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion take place in or around Toronto this month including Pax Christi Chorale's intriguing semi-staged · version at Grace Church on-the- , Hill on April 16 and 18. The British director Jonathan Miller made an impact several years back with a film version of the St. Matthew Passion featuring character interaction and confrontation, picking up on the idea that Bach's passions are indeed sacred operas. Local director Graham Cozzubbo tries a simiiar approach with the Pax Christi folks. The performances, which are in English, should be intriguing. The choir of Metropolitan United Church carries on its proud tradition of Good Friday concerts - the whole city used to show up for Melville Cook's annual performances in the ·good old days. Their-performance of the St. John Passion features the redoubtable Albert Greer as evangelist. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir introduces a new choir to its family on April 18, with the Mendelssohn Singers' performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor. I had a chance Tl)€ PA.l€STR1NA. Cl)A.ITTB€R Cl)ORUS SABATINO VACCA, Music Director Concerto di Primavera Saturday, April 5, 8:00 .pm Opera choruses by U?rdi, Donizetti and Mascagni Tickets .00 St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, 1789 Lawrence Ave. West (at Jane) ~ Centro Scuola Centre for Phone 416-789-4970 m Italian Culture and Education A ~Ii) TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS Choral Conductor Required ' Jean Ashworth Bartle, Founder/Music Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus is looking for an experienced and successful children's choir director- either school, church or comm~nity - to augment the current Artistic Staff of the Chorus. The ideal candidate will have had at least five years' experience training children's choirs and presently works full time in the schools. The candidate will work closely with the Music Director and will be assisting in the implementing of programmes. There will be many opportunities for growth for the successful candidate in this exceptional organization. The Toronto Children's Chorus is one of Canada's major Arts Organizations. This is a part-time position. If interested, please send resume, three reference letters, copies of programmes conducted and if possible a tape or video to: Jean Ashworth Bartle, Toronto Children's Chorus, 2 180 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4N 3K7by April 15, 2003. Gondwana Voices to speak with conductor Noel Edison widening the scop_e and repertoire the other day about this new choir. of the organization. It's a hot­ "I'm so heartened and humbled by sounding group. I'm thrilled with the progress of the Mendelssohn it." Choir", Edison said, "It gets better and better and I felt that we needed The Metropolitan Washington to introduce a new vehicle to Baha'i Chorale stops in at the broaden the core of the choir. So, Living Arts Centre in Mississauga there are 60 choristers in the on April 19 with a program entitled Mendelssohn Singers and they're "If we ever needed peace". all singing at a very high standard." They're an acclaimed gospel choir Edison went on to say that the whose message is one of smaller choir gives him the fellowship, racial harmony and flexibility to perform Baroque world peace. Those sound to me works with a little more clarity of like the core values of almost every sound and to explore more choir I know! chamber repertoire. "It's all about AUDITIONS Between the ages of 5 and 7 9? Interested in the opportunity to develop your vocal and dramatic talents? Come and check us out! ~ The Canadian Children's Opera Chorus will be holding auditions for our 2003-2004 season / during May and June 2003. Please visit our website or call 416.366.0467 fqr more details. Canadian Children's Opera Chorus 227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1 E8 . Phone: 416. 366.0467 Fax: 416.366. 9~04 Net: 18 www April 1 - May 7 2003

On April 26, The Toronto Children's Chorus welcomes the Gondwana Voices, Australia's national children's choir. Th~ program includes a world premiere, entitled Kungala Rainbird by well-known Australian composer, cellist and choral conductor Stephen Leek. As.well, the choirs will perform music by Hungarian Gyorgy Ligeti and Canadians Imant Raminsh, Keith Bissell and Harry Freedman. We too Often take Jean Ashworth Bartie's choir for granted. As they head toward their . 25th anniversary ·next year, they remain dedicated to high standards, rigorous music education and are Canada's musical ambassadors, forging human connections and friendships with children's choirs all around the world. Next month, in WholeNote's special Choral Edition, I'll have a slightly expanded column, taking a look at a sensational three-choir performance of Berlioz' Requiem, talking with Ruth Watson Henderson as she reaches a life milestone and examining the role of choral music in the lives of Torontonians. Larry Beckwith can be reachedat Mississauga Children's Choir AUDITIONS 2003 - 2004 SEASON are being held in April and May GIRLS AND BOYS (unchanged voices) TRAINING CHORUS Ages 6 - 8 CHILDREN'S CHORUS Ages 8- 12 YOUTH CHORUS Ages 12 - 17 For information or an Audition Appointment Telephone: 905-624-9704 Email: The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Music Director David Low Accompanist Susan Ball Spring Concert Guest Soloist Robert Stewart, baritone Claire Preston, accompanist Guest Organist, Peter Merrick Saturday, May 3, 2003, at 7:30pm Eglinton,Saint George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. (1 block west of Yonge St., 4 lights south of Lawrence) Tickets: Information: 416-760-8723 The TWMVC proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of the mountains and valleys of Wales. Yet . it also emphasizes a multicultural context ifl its broad repertoire: .spirituals, operatic arias, North American folk songs as well as Broadway show tunes. .

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