15th ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF MUSIC MAKERS
Welcome to the Blue Pages, The WholeNote's 15th annual directory of Concert Presenters. The 149 unique profiles that follow, while not encompassing the entirety of our region's live music scene, are nevertheless truly representative of the remarkable diversity of musical activity in Toronto and Southern Ontario, and of the organizations whose support of The WholeNote keeps us alive and able to fulfill our mission.
From amateur choirs to professional orchestras, chamber ensembles to opera companies, we hope you'll enjoy perusing these pages for a taste of what's to come this season.
We’re looking forward to the 2014/15 concert season – and whether you are in the audience or onstage, we wish you all the best!
– Karen Ages
Presenters who missed the magazine still have the opportunity to be part of this directory, which lives year-round on our website at thewholenote.com/blue. For more information on this and the benefits of WholeNote membership, please contact me at the e-mail address above.
BLUE PAGES TEAM 2014/15
PROJECT MANAGER Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR Sara Constant
LAYOUT & DESIGN Susan Sinclair
WEBSITE Bryson Winchester
COVER PHOTO Stephen Chung
Founded in 1975, the Amadeus Choir, under the direction of conductor and artistic director Lydia Adams, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Our 40th anniversary concert season, “Joy of Singing: The Magic of Song!” begins on Sunday, October 19 at 4pm, at Eglinton-St. George’s United Church. Revel in the joy of the season on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, with host Mary Lou Fallis and guests, Bach Children’s Chorus, and enjoy the winning compositions from the Amadeus Choir 28th Annual Seasonal Song-Writing Competition – children and youth category.
On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm (Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall), we present a multi-media event with world premiere Of Heart and Tide by Sid Robinovitch with special guest Dr. Roberta Bondar. On Sunday, May 24 at 4pm (George Weston Recital Hall/TCA), a magnificent and dramatic Gala program celebrates the Amadeus Choir’s 40th anniversary season with some of our most wonderful musical friends through the years! This season at the Celtic Celebration Gala on Saturday, February 28 at 7pm at Eglinton-St. George’s, we are joined by special guest, iconic singer from Nova Scotia, Laura Smith.
Amici Chamber Ensemble has celebrated over 25 years as one of Canada's finest and most distinguished chamber music ensembles. Clarinetist Joaqui Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian invite some of the finest musicians to join them in innovative and eclectic programming, celebrating friendship through music. Amici's recordings have placed them among the world's best chamber musicians and garnered the ensemble two JUNO awards. The ensemble has toured extensively, with performances in Canada, Mexico and Europe.
The Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant community choir delivering an eclectic repertoire with spirit and sophistication. Celebrating its 35th year of singing, the 60-voice choir performs classical and contemporary repertoire, including premieres of Canadian works. The Annex Chamber Choir is a 20-voice ensemble drawn from the larger choir, presenting works from the chamber repertoire. Director Maria Case’s dynamic leadership and programming continue to invigorate the choir, attracting new members and wider audiences. This year the choir will present two full concerts: a newly-created choral drama, The Ice Storm, on December 13, 2014 at Bloor St. United, and a performance of Haydn’s magnificent Lord Nelson Mass on April 13, 2015 at Grace Church on-the-Hill. We’ll end the season with our traditional cabaret on May 30, 2015. Experienced singers are welcome to contact our membership coordinator through our website to arrange an audition.
The JUNO-nominated Aradia Ensemble led by maestro Kevin Mallon presents an innovative series incorporating old-world artistry and modern-day relevance, performing an eclectic blend of orchestral and chamber music on baroque instruments. They have recorded over 50 CDs for Naxos.
Fresh from its summer residency at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Aradia is delighted to launch the season with a concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau: “Le Rameau” at the Music Gallery, 7:30pm on October 26. Now a Toronto tradition is our “Dublin Messiah,” at 8pm on December 20 at the beautiful St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave. In the spring on April 19 at 7:30pm we present “Nosferatu,” featuring the original movie by F.W. Murnau and in partnership with our educational and outreach program with the Kingsway Conservatory Strings. We finish our season with “The Thunderbird” on June 27 at 7:30pm featuring native Canadian dancing, drumming and themes paired with baroque music at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W.
Stay tuned for the launch of two new CDs this year on the Naxos label.
Arraymusic is passionate about contemporary art music – the creative music of Canadian composers in particular. To this end, Array has fostered, performed, commissioned, toured, promoted, recorded and taught Canadian contemporary classical music within an international context for over four decades. Arraymusic presents its premiere collective, the Array Ensemble, in an annual season of contemporary music concerts based in Toronto. Array supports young and emerging composers, fosters innovation in music and provides a space and a platform for creative music artists to call home. The Array Space is affordable and well-equipped and gives musical artists across the genres a place to rehearse, record and present their music. Array welcomes emerging composers to impact upon its processes and techniques and is constantly adapting to – and itself impacting – new technologies, instrumentations, distribution means and perceptions in society of music creation.
Array believes that it is important to invest in the future of new music and works to build deeply engaged communities around its work.
The Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way you experience music by navigating the intersection of high art and popular culture.
Under the bold artistic direction of Andrew Burashko, the company has created such landmark performance events as the widely-acclaimed stage productions of War of the Worlds and I Send You This Cadmium Red, sold-out concerts including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Songbook 7: Madeleine Peyroux” and wide-ranging music events including “The Big Band Show” and “Branford Marsalis & Andrew Burashko.”
“No one can put together music and musicians in a more dazzling, brilliant, and moving way than Andrew Burashko and the Art of Time Ensemble. Every concert is thrilling, inspiring, and leaves you longing for the next one. Surprise and accomplishment only begin to describe the Art of Time Ensemble’s achievements.” —The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
“An Art of Time performance is a chance to make precious contact with what music truly is – a source of revelation and wonder.” —Sarah Slean, singer
Members of the Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (ATSO), a registered charitable organization, share a love of classical music and organize musical events featuring members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Our Five Small Concerts series presents world-class yet affordable chamber music. We also fund two Feldbrill Scholarships each year for members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
ATSO volunteers work on engaging musicians, publicizing concerts, ensuring that concerts run smoothly and raising funds to make concerts possible. Dates for the 2015 Five Small Concerts series, all at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on Mondays at 7:30pm, are January 26, February 23, March 2, April 13 and June 1.
If you would enjoy working with people who appreciate and promote an interest in classical music, please join the ATSO. Please phone the telephone number for ticket and membership inquiries below, or visit our website.
Party like it’s 1899 in the City of Dreams! “Salute to Vienna” returns to Roy Thomson Hall (January 1) and Hamilton Place (January 4) for a spectacular 20th anniversary. A beloved New Year’s tradition, Salute to Vienna’s stellar cast of European singers, dancers and full orchestra showcase uplifting melodies from world-famous operettas, such as Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow, and irresistible Strauss waltzes, polkas and other musical confections. Don’t miss the magnificent Blue Danube waltz! In Toronto, VIP tickets are available for an exclusive Viennese dessert reception following the performance. In Hamilton, the concert is followed by a complimentary Viennese apple strudel reception.
Also co-produced with Roy Thomson Hall: “Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits” (New Year’s Eve, 7pm). Celebrate with excerpts from La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Carmen, Tosca and more, including works by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Offenbach. The spectacular cast of international opera superstars includes Italian conductor Francesco Lanzillotta, Russian soprano Natalia Uskakova, Hungarian mezzo soprano Viktoria Vizin, German tenor Andreas Schager, Canadian baritone Brett Polegato and the Opera Canada Symphony and Chorus.
For tickets: roythomsonhall.com or salutetovienna.com.
The Aurora Cultural Centre welcomes you to our beautifully converted 1886 schoolhouse located in the heart of the town, just one block east of Yonge St. Established as a centre for arts, culture and heritage, the centre is home to the beautiful Brevik Hall performance venue and its resident Yamaha C7 piano. With a performance hall, art gallery spaces and multi-purpose rooms, the centre hosts concerts, arts classes, workshops, heritage lectures and displays, gallery exhibitions, art sales and more. Fully accessible throughout, the facility was recognized as part of the Prince of Wales Heritage Prize awarded to the Town of Aurora in 2008. Contact us today to inquire about rental space, and to discover our vibrant calendar of events!
The Bach Chamber Youth Choir (BCYC) is the senior level of the Bach Children’s Chorus organization, formed in 1996. It is for boys with changed voices and girls aged 16 years and up, and includes singers in both high school and university. BCYC rehearses Sunday evenings at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Danforth Ave. at Chester. Music sung by the choir ranges from classical to pop, jazz and Broadway. Interested singers are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal.
Under artistic director Linda Beaupré, BCYC has earned first place awards at the local, provincial and national levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, and has earned the Elmer Iseler Award for Best Choir at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival.
Performances this season will include major concerts at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on December 20, 2014 and May 9, 2015, a coffee house at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on Sunday, October 26, 2014 and a lively performance of contemporary, popular and folk repertoire on February 20, 2015.
BCC is known widely and highly respected as an organization for its innovative programming for young singers, its education system, and the clear, lovely sound of its singers. The awards that the organization has received in both the Toronto Kiwanis Festival and the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals have given it a high profile. Through its education practices, BCC is setting a standard of musical literacy and education for community choirs.
Bach Children’s Chorus is an auditioned choir of 200 singers, founded in 1987 by artistic director Linda Beaupré, an award-winning Toronto conductor and clinician. BCC has four choirs – three treble choirs for ages six to 16 and an SATB choir for boys with changed voices and girls aged 16 and up. All treble choirs rehearse weekly in east Scarborough, perform as a Company-in-Residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, and appear regularly at Toronto events. Each choir participates in weekend festivals, workshops and concerts with other youth choirs and world-renowned clinicians. BCC has released six CDs and has won provincial and national awards.
The Bel Canto Singers are a dynamic 40-voice community-based SATB choir that provides good music, fun and fellowship. Audition, to determine voice range, is required. We perform two concerts per year. This season’s concerts are on December 7, 2014 and May 3, 2015. We also sing for senior residences and in fundraisers for other organizations. Our repertoire is varied, and includes folk, movies, swing, spirituals, Broadway and classical selections. Rehearsals are 7:30pm to 10pm, Tuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd., Toronto, ON, M1N 1R7.
Now in its 28th season, the Brott Music Festival is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence.
Founded by conductor Boris Brott in 1988, the BMF features classical, jazz, recital, pops and education concerts in the greater Hamilton area. It has been lauded throughout music circles for its innovative approaches to music-making.
Its orchestra-in-residence is the National Academy Orchestra, Canada’s only professional training orchestra, made up of young music graduates who are paired with professionals, both on and off stage. The Brott Music Festival is renowned for its extremely high artistic standard, world-class soloists and exuberant young orchestra.