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Volume 9 Issue 2 - October 2003

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October is a banner month for choral events in the city, with most of our best choirs "in action'' and some significant visitors passing through and giving performances, as well. HYMN SINGS Organist Michael Bloss has re~ , turned to Toronto to take up the post of Director of Music at St. James' Cathedral, arguably the most prestigious and busiest church jobs in the city. In addition to regular Sunday services, Bloss conducts the St. James' Choral Society in a good old-fashioned "hymn sing" on October 3, complete with brass quintet and audience participation. Stf,!phanie Martin's Pax Christi Chorale hosts a similar event two nights later, with brass instruments Choral Scene by Larry Beckwith and children's choir. RTH NOON-HOUR CONTINUES I'm happy to see that Roy Thomson Hall is continuing to present its free Noon Hour ch.oral and organ series, this year. It begins on October 16 with the consistently wonderful VocalPoint Chamber Choir, under Ian Grundy's d.irection. Entitled ~'Simple Gifts", the. choir's program will focus on American composers, from Copland and Gershwin to Billy Joel. MAHON AT TA~LIS AND BYRD Countertenor Peter Mahon has taken over the directorship of the Tallis Choir upon Peter Walker's retirement at the end' of last season. Mahon has alsp recently founded the William Byrd Singers and has ....--""% N:6RTH 44° _,./ . ,.,, L·al t1 11semble . // // ' "-- ·-~·,./' presents decided to run the two choirs in tandem, not as two entirely separate organizations. This makes sense; the Tudor era composers Byrd a~d Tho,; mas Tallis were in the publishing business together and clearly influenced each other's writing. Mahon leads the Byrd Singers on October 18 in a performance of the Requiem by Tomas Luis de Victo- . ria, one of the high artis- . tic achievements of the Renaissance era. SEASON HITS STRIDE Two other notable concerts take place as well on October 18: the Bell' Arte Singers offer a fascinating program called "Voices of Earth", featuring a new work by Timothy Sullivan and choral music of South America, the Caribbean and Africa. And the Amadeus Choir performs the Requiem of Maurice Durufle, 'accompanied by the brilliant organist Matthew Lar~ kin. Then it's the Elora Festival Singers' turn, making a rare early season appearance in town the following afternoon. (October 19), with a program of German Romantic choral music - a · definite specialty of conductor Noel Edison - including motets by Mendelssohn, Peter Mahon Brahms and Bruckner. The Exultate Chamber Singers and the Orpheus Choir both give concerts on October 24. The ECS tread familiar ground with some of Benjamin Britten's finest choral music. Newly appointed Orpheus conductor Robert Cooper leads the Orpheus Choir in Cartulli Carmina of Orff, with impressive soloists! The following night (Oct. 25), the Elmer I~ eler Singers kick off their season with a beautifully varied program, including works by Tallis, Mendelssohn, Willan and Har- l\ Remembrance Day Concert - featuring - Faure Requiem· and "The larks, still bravely singing ..." (McCrac 4; In Fhtnders Fields) ' - a World War II perspective - Artistic Director - Geoffrey Butler Accompanist - Jenny Grober Guest Artists: Donna Bennett, Soprano Bruce Kelly, Baritone William O'Meara, Organ Kerry Stratton, Narrator B:OO p.m. - Saturday, November 8, 2003 Runnymede United Church 432 Runnymede Road (north of Bloor) Admission price: .00 Partial proceeds to Royal Canadian Legion For 111ore information. call 905 764-5140 THE TORONTO MENDELSSOHN ~CHOIR presents YOUTH REMEMBERS with guest choir VOICES The TMYC opens its 2003/ 2004 season with a, program featuring REQUIEM, Op. 48 - Gabriel Faure & REQUIEM EBRAICO - Eric Zeis! as well as works by Eleanor Daley, Stephen Chatman and Imant Raminsh. Saturday, Nov. 1 - 8:00pm St. Anne's Anglican Church '270 Gladstone A ven ue FOR TICKETS CALL 4 16.598.0422 18 www. thewhotenote.coni October 1 - November 7 2003

y Somers. The Gerald Fagan Singers from London are their guests. ' \IVEST·KEPT SECRET One of the country's best kept choral secrets is the West Coast ensemble Musica lntima: 1 They make a rare appearance in Toronto at the Glenn Gould Studio on October 28 on the OnStage series. Unfortunately, they're oniy singing Vivialdi's Gloria and works by Arvo Part, but I'm sure their performance will be of a high quality. , They're "backed up" by Marc Destrube's Pacific Baroque Ensemble. P. .... ~< ~x • .../. C/ ..·1:-, af fi s ·ti ,. ..· C:bo.rale b" Ch.ildre~ 's Ch.oir A Harvest festival · Sundaq, October 5 11 , 3 pm Grace Church 011-the-liill. Toronto fiymns &' readil1Ss for autumn witl1 Trillium Brass Quintet Pumpkin bCJke safo. food bank do11alio11s co llect~ '-~ Toronto's Mennonite Choir Stephanie Martin, conductor 416-494-7889 Israel in Saturdaq, November 22.i ,8pm Sundaq,November23 ,3pm Grace Chnrch 011-the-liill. Toronto lia11clel~ action-packed oratorio witb orcl1estra and soloists Natc1s/UJ Cdmpbeff {1"' L ea.fl Gordon, soprano; Jemiifer fn11s &-'Leo Trottier , flito ~: ""· Will Jolwsou {..,...., Jd.1J Lll1nbie, tenor; Michael Downie {1""' Stepl1e11 f

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