For over a decade, Svetlana Dvoretsky and Show One Productions have presented some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, ballet companies, dance and theatre productions in Canada. Show One is responsible for many debuts and has produced very special collaborations, including the world premiere of the exclusive – once in a lifetime – performance by Dmitri Hvorostovsky with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in an unprecedented gala evening at the COC this past season.
The upcoming season’s big ticket will be a premiere of the play Brodsky/Baryshnikov, directed by Alvis Hermanis and featuring the long-awaited return of Michael Baryshnikov to Toronto in January 2018. Show One will also feature a debut of the recent Tchaikovsky Competition winner – George Li – at Koerner Hall and highly anticipated return of the Mariinsky Orchestra with Maestro Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev to Maison Symphonique.
Further compelling projects are continually added to the roster – check the website for details.
Dvoretsky, whom the media has called “an icon in the making” and “an intuitive impresario,” holds the Order of York Centre Award by the Government of Canada.
2017 Presenter Profiles (Blue Pages)
18th ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF MUSIC MAKERS
Welcome to the Blue Pages, The WholeNote’s 18th annual directory of concert presenters. The 148 profiles that follow provide an extraordinary snapshot of the remarkable creativity and musical diversity present in the GTA and southern Ontario, as well as a brief but unique window into who’s doing what this season. The Blue Pages give us a glimpse of the roles these organizations will play in cultivating the region’s rich musical landscape this year.
We hope you enjoy this taste of what’s in store for 2017/18 as you peruse these pages of choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies and more. The ongoing support of the organizations listed here helps keep The WholeNote alive and allows us to fulfill our mission.
BLUE PAGES TEAM 2017/18
PROJECT MANAGER Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR Kevin King
PROOFREADING Sara Constant
LAYOUT & DESIGN Susan Sinclair
WEBSITE Kevin King
Presenters who missed this issue of the magazine still have the opportunity to be a part of this directory, which lives year-round here on our website. For more information on this and the benefits of WholeNote membership, contact Karen Ages at email@example.com or 416-323-2232 x26.
Whether you are in the audience or onstage, we wish you all the best for the 2017/18 concert season!
For over a decade, Svetlana Dvoretsky and Show One Productions have presented some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, ballet companies, dance and theatre productions in Canada. Show One is responsible for many debuts and has produced very special collaborations, including the world premiere of the exclusive – once in a lifetime – performance by Dmitri Hvorostovsky with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in an unprecedented gala evening at the COC this past season.
Back after a year’s sabbatical, the talented, versatile singers and instrumentalists of SINE NOMINE are passionate about the music of the Middle Ages and about bringing it to life for modern audiences. Based in Toronto since 1991, the group has also performed in other Ontario centres, as well as Alberta, Quebec, the Maritimes, the eastern USA, and England.
SINE NOMINE continues its tradition of inventive programming, blending vocal and instrumental music from medieval courts and churches with readings, drama and liturgical action to provide insight into the fascinating artistic and intellectual culture of the Middle Ages.
Concerts take place on Fridays: December 15 (“A medieval nunnery Christmas”), February 26 (“The Manuscript du Roi”), and April 20 (“Music for a royal convent: the Las Huelgas Codex”), all at Saint Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron St., at 8pm.
SINE NOMINE is ensemble-in-residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
Over the course of two decades of live music activity in Toronto, Small World Music has presented or partnered on over 600 events, ranging from contemplative traditional to cutting-edge fusions. A charitable organization, its vision is based on sharing cultural experience, and ultimately, on building bridges between cultures. 'The Beat of the Globe in the Heart of Toronto' reflects Small World's uniqueness as a presenter – celebrating international artists, while supporting the careers of emerging Canadian talent.
This year marks the launch of Polyphonic Ground, a new initiative to strengthen Toronto's culturally diverse music presenters. The shared collaborative working model aims to inspire the culturally curious while providing opportunities to connect and discover through Polyphonic Ground Presents and a Diversity & Live Music Panel Series.
The Sony Centre, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the Sony Centre’s mission is to unite the global citizens of Toronto through great artistic experiences. The Sony Centre presents year-round programming including concerts, musical theatre, family entertainment, comedy and dance. With in-house catering and many customizable spaces, Toronto’s iconic Sony Centre has also proven to be an ideal venue for product launches, town halls, holiday parties and fundraisers – it is truly where the world comes to play!
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SoundCrowd is an auditioned community a cappella ensemble led by founder and artistic director Scott Pietrangelo, with a maximum of 80 members – including a Performance Team of 16 to 20 singers and soloists for events, corporate functions and media appearances, and a Dance Team made up of various auditioned members of SoundCrowd to add visual spectacle to our main concerts. The group rehearses on Monday nights, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at Bloor St. United Church (300 Bloor St. W.) from September to May, and performs two to three major concerts per year. In an effort to be accessible to all, membership fees for the year are $200 for the Full Ensemble and $250 for the Performance Team.
SoundCrowd's vision is to enrich the Toronto community with the proven social and health benefits of participating in and experiencing choral music; to make connections through voice and movement using repertoire that is exciting, fun and meaningful to all; and to create dynamic and original performances of music from all genres using the musical language of a cappella.
Artistic director Lawrence Cherney is delighted to announce Soundstreams’ 35th season. The mainstage series features five sensational shows: “Northern Encounters,” with music and dance from Canada and Finland performed by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra; Musik für das Ende, which is an immersive experience of iconic Québécois composer Claude Vivier’s transformative work; Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew, a contemporary re-imagining of Bach’s masterpiece; “Freddy’s Tune,” featuring cross genre inspirations from the famous theme King Frederick gifted to Bach; and The Little Match Girl Passion, the provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning work by David Lang. Subscription packages for all eight shows are now on sale.
“Soundstreams started 35 years ago with a festival celebrating Igor Stravinsky’s 100th – and just as he changed the course of music in the 20th century, Soundstreams’ 2017/18 season shines a light on the movers and shakers of Canadian music in the 21st century,” says Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams artistic director.
Continuing its long tradition of musical excellence, St. Anne’s presents a season of innovative performances that befits our stunning sacred space boasting religious artwork by the Group of Seven. Throughout the year, the Choir of St. Anne’s will join other professional musicians from across Ontario. Through our newly-instituted organ and choral scholarships, emerging artists will have the opportunity to gain practical experience.
We are thrilled to welcome The Junction Trio as St. Anne’s Ensemble-in-Residence! Over the past eight seasons, The Junction Trio has presented colourful chamber music, ingeniously incorporating meditative improvisation and a wide range of guest artists. Their programming pushes the boundaries of classical music and performance art.
Each year, the St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society (MADS) presents one of the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. Founded in 1964, MADS has a fall season of rehearsals leading up to January and February performances. This season, MADS presents Ruddigore.
For more information or to participate in our music program, please contact us!
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts is an ideal venue for live entertainment as well as corporate events. With Canadian performing arts as the focus, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts takes a leadership role in providing Toronto residents, visitors and diverse cultural communities with a professional, service-oriented theatrical and entertainment facility. Varied and high quality cultural, artistic and public events are attracted, facilitated and presented continually.
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Founded 80 years ago by Monsignor John Edward Ronan, St. Michael’s Choir School has served the Archdiocese of Toronto by educating and training musicians who sing at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The school is unique – offering an enriched academic program for boys from grades 3 to 12, with extended French instruction, as well as a lively ministry of sacred music. Choirs from SMCS perform annually on tour and at many local concerts and events. From September to June, the choirs sing weekly Masses at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Auditions are held annually between January and March.
St. Olave’s, Swansea, is an Anglican church in the Prayer Book tradition, with Communion or Morning Prayer services (sung Sundays at 10:30am), Evensong (for festivals) and extras at Christmas and Easter. It’s noted for a fine organ and excellent acoustics, making it home for performing groups like the Windermere String Quartet.
Choral Evensongs (on certain Sundays at 4pm) are followed by afternoon tea and a music event, as listed in The WholeNote: visiting choirs leading the service, illustrated music talks or recitals by guest singers, solo musicians, instrumental ensembles or our Arts Guild. Sung Evensongs (various weekdays at 6pm) are followed by supper and talks on travel, history, applied religion, etc.
Our director of music, John Stephenson, is continuing our campaign to expand our choir. Anglican services include much singing (hymns, canticles, psalms, anthems), so we need a strong choir to lead the congregation. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9pm, with a warm-up Sundays at 10am. Call to ask about paid positions, or come to a rehearsal to see what it’s all about. Singers are also welcome to join us at sung Evensongs.
Symphony on the Bay is a full-size community orchestra serving Burlington, Hamilton, and surrounding areas. We perform in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre and hold an annual Young Artists’ Competition to promote upcoming talent. Our vision is to demystify classical music and make this great art form accessible. Our musicians – highly skilled amateurs, students and a core of professional players – are led by conductor and music director Claudio Vena.
Join us for our exciting 2017/18 season!
October 29, 2017: “German Masters” includes Beethoven’s Violin Romance No.2, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and Mendelssohn's Fingal’s Cave. December 10, 2017: “A Double Reed Christmas” includes Vivaldi’s Christmas Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the Weber Bassoon Concerto. February 18, 2018: “All the World’s a Stage” includes Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Canadian Louis Applebaum’s Three Stratford Fanfares. May 13, 2018: “From Rags to Riches” includes works by George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Leroy Anderson, as well as Canadian Catherine Wilson’s Sackville Street Ballad and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto. Visit www.symphonyonthebay.ca for full concert details!
Led by music director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically-acclaimed recordings.
Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the Baroque and Classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto’s Opera Atelier, and underground at our new Haus Musik series. Our musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik’s catalogue of award-winning recordings on the Sony, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNOs and numerous other recording prizes.
The Tallis Choir is a chamber ensemble of 36 voices that has earned a reputation for innovative programming and polished performances. Works from Gregorian Chant to contemporary choral music are represented, but the choir is best known as one of the few Canadian ensembles specialising in the music of the Renaissance, particularly 16th-century Italy and England.
Founded in 1977, the Tallis Choir has presented annual four-concert seasons ranging from a cappella programs to performances with small chamber ensembles, organ, and on several occasions, large-scale productions including works by Haydn and Mozart featuring choir, professional soloists and chamber orchestra.
We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this season with performances of several masterpieces of the choral repertoire, including all six of J.S. Bach's choral motets in October, and the 40-part Spem In Alium by our namesake Thomas Tallis in late November.
Tapestry is the only professional opera company in Canada dedicated solely to creating, developing and performing original Canadian opera. Tapestry keeps opera alive from one generation to the next, producing works by extraordinary living writers and composers and covering provocative contemporary stories that are unforgettably told by world-class singers. In addition, it is our mandate to support emerging artists, as well as help youth in at-risk communities give voice to their stories and learn communication and leadership skills.
Nominated for 43 Dora awards and receiving 17 over our 38-year history, this season Tapestry will present our popular Opera Briefs, returning in December; Tap Ex: Forbidden, which explores the subject of the tempting nature of the Forbidden; Overcoat: a musical tailoring in co-production with Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre March 29 to April 14, 2018; and Songbook VIII, May 10, 11 and 12, 2018.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season in 2017/18, That Choir is one of Toronto’s most exciting a cappella ensembles, combining high-calibre performance with storytelling through choral music. Conducted by Craig Pike, the ensemble now draws together 35 auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in work and study.
Each season, That Choir presents a concert series of contemporary choral works and an exciting cabaret series, workshops new Canadian choral works through their New Works Development program led by composer-in-residence Matthew Emery, undertakes a range of professional development projects, and appears at many local and provincial music festivals and arts events (recently receiving first place at the National Music Festival).
Recent performances include a featured concert in Barrie, Ontario with the Georgian Music Series, and appearances as the feature choir with the international touring concert “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” and the Hans Zimmer Live on Tour 2017 concert at the Air Canada Centre.
The ensemble will be touring to Newfoundland in July 2018 for the Podium Conference and Festival.
Visit www.thatchoir.com for more details!
Since 1993, the Toronto Centre for the Arts has welcomed thousands of visitors, patrons, performers and artists through its grand main entrance. The Toronto Centre for the Arts has four magnificent and unique stages that have hosted a pageant of world-class productions and legendary performers. The TCA began and remains as unique and diverse as the Toronto community itself, a testament to the virtues of harmony, vitality and celebration, with a spirit that embraces innovation and tradition equally.
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The Toronto Chamber Choir explores The Architecture of Music in its 49th season.
Our mission is to present Renaissance and Baroque repertoire with period instruments, as well as music from later periods that complements this core repertoire.
We present two full-length evening concerts and two Sunday afternoon Kaffeemusiks, with music, commentary or narration and slideshow. This season we present:
Fascinating moments when buildings and musical compositions inspired one another (October 29); a celebration of the 450th year of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth by exploring his glorious late sacred works, including his Magnificat (December 16); a study of the music of J.S. Bach and the family elders that helped lay its foundation (March 3); and music that inspired Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), the brilliant Italian Jesuit who mastered Mandarin Chinese using ancient ‘Memory Palace’ techniques (June 3).
We have about 40 singers and are now in our fourth season with artistic director Lucas Harris. He auditions new singers throughout the season as necessary. Interested singers should bring a rich choral background and a deep love for early repertoire.
The Toronto Children’s Chorus celebrates its 40th anniversary this 2017/18 season and its 11th under artistic director Elise Bradley. The Chorus comprises a family of choirs: KinderNotes for children aged 3 to 6 (no audition required), four Training Choirs, Main Choir (Cantare, Chorale, Chamber, and Choral Scholar levels) and Youth Choir. More than 300 choristers develop skills in vocal technique, sight-singing and music theory each year. Main Choir offers masterclasses and exceptional performance and recording opportunities, including with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Chamber Choir is the 2017 ambassador for the International Federation for Choral Music and the only Canadian act at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music. Chorus auditions are held in May and September.
The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845 to foster a positive musical environment in which members can learn and develop their musical ability and choral repertoire. In addition, TCS plays an integral part in the community, presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire, while exploring the music of the cultural mosaic that is our city. This year, as a result of years of experience, we are taking a big leap forward and we are performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, on December 6 at 7:30pm in Koerner Hall. The artistic director and conductor of three of the TCS choirs is Geoffrey Butler, who joined the TCS in 1994. Under his guidance, the choir has flourished and grown, performing choral works in a wide variety of styles, from Baroque to jazz. Being an accomplished tenor, Mr. Butler helps the members of the choir to expand both their musical horizons and their singing abilities. The accompanist of this Community Choir is William O’Meara. A talented pianist, organist and harpsichordist, Mr. O’Meara is well known for traditional solo repertoire, as well as his improvised accompaniments at international silent film festivals.
We are a community opera company with a long-standing history of 51 years. Our mission is threefold: to develop young emerging singers through an intensive voice and stagecraft training program culminating in performances of fully-staged, fully-costumed operas in their entire originality; to invite the community at large, from all walks of life, to join our non-auditioned, non-discriminatory chorus program through the Continuing Education Program of the Toronto District School Board; and to promote the intricate beauty of operas through affordable ticket price. By engaging the professional artists and amateur and non-professional artists together, we break down barriers in these two groups, promote team effort and exchange knowledge with a common goal of delivering an outstanding performance to the public.
Toronto Classical Singers is known for its unique musical point of view and its high-quality performances, often presenting the lesser-known and rarely performed vocal/orchestral repertoire as well as the standard works. With its exuberant approach, the group celebrates the choral tradition.
For its 26th performance year, Toronto Classical Singers is presenting an exciting and timely season. Conductor Jurgen Petrenko will lead the choir, the Talisker Players Orchestra and soloists through three concerts featuring five composers.
Opening with “Noel Noel” on December 10, 2017, enjoy a French Christmas with Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel. “Music for Troubled Times,” on February 25, 2018, will feature Haydn’s wartime Lord Nelson Mass, contrasted by the comforting Mass in G by Schubert. The season will culminate with “Music of Transcendence” on May 6, 2018, with Brahms' great and humanizing masterpiece Ein Deutsches Requiem.
All concerts are on Sundays at 4pm, Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St.
Season tickets $80, single tickets $30.
Celebrating its 45th Anniversary, The Toronto Consort is Canada’s leading ensemble specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque. Founded in 1972, the Consort presents an annual subscription series at the revitalized Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto. The Consort has toured extensively and has recorded music for film and television, including the hit television series The Tudors and The Borgias, and is releasing its 14th CD recording in November 2017: The Italian Queen of France.
2017/18 marks A Season of Celebration! For our 45th Anniversary, we present concerts that highlight everything we love about Medieval and Renaissance music: “Renaissance Splendours” (November 17 and 18, 2017) with dancers from the Atelier School of Ballet; “Navidad: A Spanish Christmas” (December 8, 9 and 10); “Illuminations” (March 2 and 3, 2018) featuring Persian percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand; “Quicksilver presents Fantasticus” (April 13 and 14), and Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Charles Daniels and Kevin Skelton (May 25, 26 and 27). $15 tickets are available for ages 35 and under through Club Consort. Tickets on sale at TorontoConsort.org or by calling 416-964-6337.
Michelle Knight, managing director
Founded in 2003 by Larry Beckwith, Toronto Masque Theatre is one of the only companies in the world devoted to the performance and creation of masque, an art form that fuses music, dance and theatre. Inspired by the rich courtly tradition of the late Renaissance, we reinvent the art form for today’s audiences, speaking to contemporary Toronto.
We have produced over 60 critically acclaimed productions, ranging in repertoire from the late Renaissance to the present day, including original works from Canadian artists.
This will be our final season and the company goes out on a high, with a year of celebration featuring: “Dido and Aeneas / Aeneas and Dido” in October, a twice-told love story; “The Peasant Cantata / All the Diamonds” in February, our annual winter cabaret to warm the soul; and “The Last Chaconne” in May, a one-night-only farewell celebration of the company. We will also be presenting salons in September and April, and a special Christmas event, “Peace on Earth,” in December.
Toronto Mass Choir continues to be on the cutting edge of Canadian gospel music, bringing their distinct sound to the world stage. The choir’s music incorporates contemporary gospel, traditional gospel as well as Caribbean music influences.
The seeds of this gospel choir were sown during the choir’s initial live recording concert as part of the Association of Gospel Music Ministries workshop in October 1988. Since then the choir has recorded ten albums, including the JUNO award-winning album Instrument of Praise, which won Contemporary Christian/Gospel album of the Year in 2003.
Now 45 members along with a five-piece band, the choir consists of members from across the GTA and is led by artistic director Karen Burke.
Later this year the choir will present “Gospel & Jazz: A Family Reunion,” a rare opportunity to pull together two of Toronto’s prominent ensembles, the renowned Toronto Jazz Orchestra (TJO) and the JUNO award-winning Toronto Mass Choir (TMC) in a historic collaboration on November 4 and 5 at the Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.
Grand symphonic sound, clarity of expression, and above all emotional impact are the hallmarks of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir performances. Canada’s world-renowned large vocal ensemble performs choral masterworks from across five centuries under the leadership of artistic director Noel Edison. The 120-voice choir includes a professional core, auditioned volunteers and apprentices. The TMC presents its own concert series while also performing regularly with the TSO, including Handel’s Messiah.
TMC’s 2017/18 season includes: the Grammy-nominated Elora Singers, October 1; “Festival of Carols” with the acclaimed Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs, December 5 and 6; the free Conductors’ Symposium concert, January 27; James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross and Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe with string orchestra, March 6 and 7; and “Sacred Music for a Sacred Space,” March 28 and Good Friday, March 30 at St. Paul’s Basilica.
The TMC’s education and outreach programs include live concert webcasts of select performances, an annual conductors’ symposium for emerging conductors, and Singsation Saturday choral workshops for anyone who loves to sing.
Cynthia Hawkins, executive director
The Toronto Mozart Players, presented by the Mozart Project, are composed of professional solo, chamber and orchestral musicians dedicated to performance of the highest calibre. Specializing in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, the Toronto Mozart Players perform a varied repertoire from the early 18th century to the 21st century under the direction of David Bowser.
Concert programs include chamber, orchestral, vocal and choral works. The Toronto Mozart Players have welcomed outstanding guest artists such as soprano Nathalie Paulin and trumpeter Andrew McCandless and have partnered with the Hart House Chorus and the Cantabile Chamber Choir.
During the 2017/18 concert season, performances include: a chamber orchestra version of Gustav Mahler’s Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, in collaboration with soprano Nathalie Paulin; chamber and orchestral works during the Toronto Mozart Festival, in January 2018; and will welcome the Pax Christi Chamber Choir to perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass. They will also perform in two large concert programs produced by the Pax Christi Chorale featuring Bruckner’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung.
Toronto Operetta Theatre is in its third decade as Canada’s only performing arts company dedicated to music theatre in all its variety.
A Whirlwind of Entertainment! The season opens with a music comedy in cooperation with Attila Glatz Concert Productions, “Operettts.” The performances are on September 22, 23 and 24, 2017, featuring Canadian tenors Michael Barrett and Adam Fisher with Viennese tenor Thomas Sigwald. Following is a Canada 150 celebration, The Widow by Calixa Lavallée, composer of Canadian national anthem, featuring Julie Nesrallah, Diego Catalá and Stefan Fehr with music director Michael Rose. Our holiday production is Candide, a masterwork created by the composer of West Side Story Leonard Bernstein, featuring Tonatiuh Abrego, Elizabeth Beeler, Vania Chan, Cian Horrobin and Derek Bate as a conductor, December 28, 2017 to January 7, 2018. The spring production is La belle Hélène by French composer Jacques Offenbach, from April 25 to 29, 2018, featuring Beste Kalender, Adam Fisher and Stuart Graham with Peter Tiefenbach as a conductor.
All performances are held at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
Welcome to a new adventures in singing! The Toronto Singing Studio offers many ways to improve and develop your voice and singing skills.
Interested in private singing lessons? Discover the unique sound that is your singing voice. Or are you more comfortable in a group class? The very popular “Singers’ Repertoire Class” for experienced singers (adults) who want to work on solo song performance may be a good fit.
The Toronto Singing Studio has two non-auditioned adult choirs: Celebration Choir (Thursday afternoons, for singers over age 55) and the Summer Singers (meets in June and July).
Do you love Broadway shows? Do you dream of being onstage, singing, dancing and delivering funny, serious, or romantic lines in a play? Then you are a perfect candidate for the new Musical Theatre Workshop for Adults program.
The Toronto Singing Studio has locations downtown and East York. For more information, visit the TTSS website.
Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Peter Oundjian, now in his 13th season as the TSO’s music director, leads the orchestra with a commitment to innovative programming and audience engagement through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.
Throughout its history, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has welcomed some of the greatest international artists, including James Ehnes, Maxim Vengerov, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Jessye Norman, Karen Kain, Yefim Bronfman, Angela Hewitt, Lang Lang (in his first week-long residency program in North America), and actor Christopher Plummer. Renowned composers Henri Dutilleux, R. Murray Schafer, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, John Adams and Tan Dun, among many others, have been in attendance for the orchestra’s presentations of their music.
Canada’s premier percussion ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet, continues to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations, and as the Toronto Star states “[TorQ] can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world.” Since coming together in 2004, some of their international highlights include performances at the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis) and with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. At home, TorQ has made appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, PEI’s Indian River Festival, Toronto’s Soundstreams, and Kitchener’s Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival. In 2012, they launched their first annual concert series in Toronto where they collaborated with invited guest artists, composers and dancers. As collaborative artists, the quartet has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Hamilton Children’s Choir, as well as with soloists Krisztina Szabó, Rivka Golani and composer Nicole Lizée.
Toyich International Projects (TIP) is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to developing the skills, professional training and musical education of music students, performers, mature amateur musicians and music teachers by providing them with opportunities to develop and present their talents nationally and internationally.
Our acclaimed Monster Concerts (piano orchestras) have showcased many talented performers over the years and have been featured on radio, television and print media in Canada and Europe.
TIP's mandate is inclusive and we provide and support professional training on an ongoing basis to musicians of all genres, instrumentalists and vocalists (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on participation).
TIP, in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, is proud to present RomeSMARTS (Rome Summer Musical Arts) in Rome, Italy, each summer offering performance programs for all musicians; masterclasses with Canadian and Italian teachers, lectures, collaborative studies, public performances and University of Toronto credit for eligible Faculty of Music students. The dates for next year's program in Rome are July 9 to 20, 2018.
Our fifth season starts with an exciting program of contrast with two of the greatest chamber music composers who ever lived- Beethoven and Bartók. A beautifully romantic program of Russian music in early November features the cello as star instrument, with Shauna Rolston as guest cellist. After a long break in which the Trio will be presented at Gallery 345 in a program of modern music (see New Music Concerts, February 2018) our season continues with a program with the wonderful pianist Stewart Goodyear as well as Jeff Beecher, bassist of the Silk Road Ensemble, where the centrepiece is Schubert's Trout Quintet.
Trio Arkel is the collaboration of three women at the top of the classical music world in Canada, each a soloist and leader in her own right: Marie Berard is concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Teng Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Winona Zelenka is the assistant principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 they have joined forces to bring a wide variety of classical chamber music to the Toronto public, enlisting internationally renowned guest artists for a truly stimulating and eclectic musical experience.
Ukrainian Art Song Project (UASP) is a ground-breaking initiative that aims to record and publish a veritable anthology of over 1,000 art songs by 26 of Ukraine’s greatest composers for distribution to the music world. Since 2004, 352 art songs of Stetsenko, Stepovyi, Lysenko, Barvinsky, Liudkevych, Sichynsky and Turkewich have been released to critical acclaim, many of them only recently discovered and never previously recorded.
Internationally-renowned bass-baritone and artistic director, Pavlo Hunka, has assembled a stellar cast of Canadian operatic performers for both recordings and performances. The principal piano accompanist for the project is Albert Krywolt. Musical scores for Ukrainian art songs are published on the UASP website and are available for download free of charge. In 2017, the inaugural Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute was held in August in partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
2018 will see a renewed focus on completing the Galician II recordings including works by Nyzhankivsky, Salon performances and the opportunity for a Summer Institute in Munich and Toronto. Imagine, you can be part of this!
The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is a vital destination for the professional and scholarly study of music in North America. As part of one of the world’s top universities, the Faculty of Music is home to a diverse and dynamic community. With superb educators in every area of music study and dozens of areas of specialization, we offer an education that is both broad and deep. Our students and alumni have garnered honours such as the Oscar, the Leonardo da Vinci Prize, Peabody, JUNO and National Jazz Awards, and occupy prominent positions with major performing arts organizations including the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
The Faculty of Music’s annual season features students, faculty and guests in over 600 events, including more than 150 public concerts, lectures and masterclasses. This year’s guests include composers George E. Lewis, Nicole Lizée, Imant Raminsh and Howard Shore; pianists John Hess and Renee Rosnes; conductor Johannes Debus; and mezzo-soprano Judith Forst.
The Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed voice community choir in Toronto with a history of collaboration with international choirs and local children’s choirs. Performing with a wide variety of guest artists, the choir has a diverse repertoire and is committed to excellence. Cantemos is the auditioned Latin American chamber ensemble of the Choristers. Founding artistic director and conductor, Laurie Evan Fraser and accompanist, Hye Won Lee provide the professional musical leadership for this vibrant organization.
The choir performs 15-20 concerts in the community annually.
Our 2017/18 concert season opens with “Christmas Joy!” on December 1, 2017 at Grace Church on-the-Hill; the program will feature Messe de Minuit pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Our spring concert on May 11, 2018 at Grace Church on-the-Hill, “The Magic of Music,” includes Five Mystical Songs by R. Vaughan Williams with Bradley Christensen, baritone, and the world premiere of La rosa de los vientos by Venezuelan composer, César Alejandro Carrillo. On Sunday, June 17, 2018, the Choristers and Cantemos will hold our annual Strawberry Social in the Parish Hall at Grace Church, featuring light classics and show tunes.
This award-winning women’s ensemble, established by Halyna Kvitka Kondracki in 1965, has delighted audiences around the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian classical, sacred, contemporary and folk music. Vesnivka begins its 52nd concert season on October 29, 2017 with a delightful afternoon program of light romantic music by Ukrainian Canadian composer I.B. Veselowskyj, joined by the Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir, with guests Ron Cahute Trio and the renowned Canadian instrumental ensemble Quartetto Gelato. On January 14, 2018, Vesnivka presents its ever-popular annual Ukrainian Christmas concert, joined by TUMCC, guest soloists soprano Natalya Matyusheva and baritone Pavlo Fondera, and singers from the Dudaryk Men’s Choir (Ukraine) in their first North American performance. On April 28, 2018, Vesnivka will be joined by TUMCC and the Canadian Bandurist Capella in a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian independence with music taken from the Oleksander Koshyts’ North American concert tour during the early 20th century. Vesnivka also sings Christmas and Easter Liturgies on January 7, 2018 and April 8, 2018 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (Toronto).
The namesake of the Victoria Scholars, Tomás Luis de Victoria, was an outstanding Renaissance composer whose music is renowned for its spirituality and emotional expressiveness. The Victoria Scholars bring the clarity and balance of sound so characteristic of Renaissance music to all their repertoire, encompassing Medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary eras and newly-commissioned works.
Past winners of the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Victoria Scholars have performed with many exceptional arts organizations (including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Kiev Chamber Choir) and vocal soloists (including Sondra Radvanovsky, Michael Schade, Russell Braun and Norine Burgess). They have toured nationally and internationally and are heard regularly on CBC Radio 2 and Classical 96.3FM.
The 2017/18 concert series is our 25th Anniversary Season and includes “Yuletide on the Canadian Side” (December 17 and 18), “Spirit of the Renaissance” (February 25), and “Scholars' Choice” (May 27).
Volunteers are always welcome to help with operations such as website management and concert-related activities. Please contact us for more information on joining the Victoria Scholars organization.
Village Voices was formed in 1989. It is a not-for-profit adult mixed voice community choir which performs in the Markham community and surrounding area. Village Voices is member of Choirs Ontario, SOCAN, York Region Arts Council and the Markham Arts Council. Our director, Oksana Vignan, is a talented conductor and pianist. Winter and Spring programs are presented each year. We also serve the community by performing in senior homes.
“Here's to Song,” our May 2017 concerts, were a celebration of Canada 150th Anniversary. Village Voices was joined by Men of Note as well as the Jubilate Singers to present a 120-voice extravaganza of Canadian music surrounding the central piece, Missa Pax by Timothy Corlis, at St. Maurice and St. Verena Coptic Church in Markham. We were proud to present our second concert in front of this acclaimed Canadian composer himself.
Our December 2017 and May 2018 concerts will offer the same blend of well-loved traditional scores and new contemporary scores, to at the same time engage and challenge our faithful audience.
Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket (VPAN) was organized in 1988 with the aim of bringing together arts lovers and campaigning for a performing arts facility. In 1997, VPAN was able to take advantage of a new state-of-the-art theatre in Newmarket and created Three For The Show, a three-concert series of classical music on Sunday afternoons during the winter months. Most recent artists to appear include Janina Fialkowska, the Gryphon Trio, Andre Laplante, Quartetto Gelato, Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, Mary Lou Fallis, Penderecki String Quartet, Grand Philharmonic Choir and TorQ Percussion Quartet, Adi Braun and Martin Beaver.
Eighteen years ago, VPAN added a popular fourth concert, “Young Artists Showcase,” where young up-and-coming artists are invited to perform. We are entering our 21st season by presenting Cecilia String Quartet on November 5, 2017, Broadsway (vocal and piano) on March 4, 2018 and Vandikas Family of 6 (instrumental ensemble) on May 6, 2018.
All Three For the Show concerts take place Sundays at 2pm at the fully-accessible Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres. with ample free parking. The Young Artists' Showcase takes place at the newly refurbished Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. Subscription tickets are $75 (adults), $60 (seniors) and $24 (students). Single tickets can be purchased by calling the 24-hour theatre box office at 905-953-5122 or online at www.newtix.ca or www.vpan.ca.
A vibrant choral organization for singers from age 4 to adults. VIVA! offers members the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence in a singer-centred, collaborative choral community, featuring youth mentoring programs and the TD Bank Group Inclusion Program which provides support for all singers with disabilities.VIVA!’s choirs include: Preparatory Chorus (ages 4-6); Junior Choir (ages 6-10); Main Chorus (ages 9-16); SATB Chamber Choir (senior high school, university students and adults); and the non-auditioned VIVA! Community Choir (SATB) which incorporates Everyone Can Sing (ECS), an auditioned group for those aged 13 and up with disabilities. Recent highlights include a tour to Spain in July 2017 and the VIVA!-commissioned premiere of Dean Burry’s opera The Sword in the Schoolyard (June 2016). This season, VIVA! will explore music/arts that are inspired by the northern Canadian landscape, First Nations and Indigenous peoples, and by their respect for nature and the environment. Monday rehearsals for all choirs except Chamber (Sundays). Annual appearances in The Nutcracker with The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and two Series Concerts in Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s. Auditions: January, April, June, August and September.
The VOCA Chorus of Toronto is a dynamic, auditioned ensemble that performs a wide range of repertoire, including premieres of arrangements by our artistic director, Jenny Crober, in collaboration with guest artists from a variety of disciplines. Our season consists of two concerts, a cabaret, community performances, workshops and retreats. Our talented, versatile accompanist is Elizabeth Acker.
Several remarkable artists have joined VOCA as guest clinicians, including composer Ola Gjeilo, conductor Ivars Taurins and jazz musician Dylan Bell, and as guest performers, including tenor Andrew Haji, TorQ Percussion Quartet and actor Deborah Drakeford.
Our December 9 all-Canadian program will feature works (including world premieres) by some of this country's finest composers, arrangers and songwriters (Elise Letourneau, Mark Sirett, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn and others), with guests Michael Occhipinti, guitar, Rob Clutton, bass and Jamie Drake, percussion. Our spring 2018 concert will feature several works by Ola Gjeilo and others for choir, piano, strings and guitar. In April 2018, several of our choristers will perform in a massed choir concert with Mr. Gjeilo at NYC’s Carnegie Hall
Rehearsals: Mondays at Eastminster United (Chester subway).
VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert is Canada’s only company dedicated exclusively to the presentation of rare opera programming. Our performances rely on the power and beauty of the human voice, the dramatic inflection of text and poetry accompanied by orchestra or piano.
The 2017/18 season opens with a 40th Anniversary celebration of the OIC Chorus under chorus director Robert Cooper, “Chorus Fire,” featuring artists Isabel Bayrakdarian and Russell Braun on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Rodelinda by George Frideric Handel is next on November 26, 2017, with orchestra conducted by Larry Beckwith, featuring Christina Raphaëlle Haldane and Charles Sy. I Due Figaro by Saverio Mercadante follows on February 4, 2018, featuring Beste Kalender and Ilana Zarankin with music director Narmina Afandiyeva. The finale of the season is the world premiere of Canadian work The Ecstasy of Rita Joe by Victor Davies on March 24 and 25, 2018, featuring Marion Newman, Everett Morrison and Evan Korbut.
Performances are held at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, a part of Civic Theatres Toronto.
Drawn together by a shared enthusiasm for early string quartets, the members of the Windermere String Quartet came together in 2005 to perform the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and their contemporaries on period instruments, as well as new works inspired by the WSQ’s historically-informed style. The quartet has drawn notice for “sparkling, straightforward interpretations” and “an attractive earthy honesty.” Their Concert Series has been presenting exciting and innovative programming for over a decade. Over the years, the WSQ has premiered ten new quartets, nine by Canadian composers. Over the same period, they have performed all 16 of Beethoven’s quartets, and have introduced their loyal audiences to the works of underrepresented composers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Georges Onslow, Carl Loewe, Juan Chrisóstomo Arriaga, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and many others. Their recordings, The Golden Age of String Quartets and Inner Landscapes, have been praised in The WholeNote for “period performances that blend life, spirit and soul with a perfectly-judged sensitivity for contemporary style and practice,” and for “depth, conviction, emotional range and intensity.”
Through its Music in the Afternoon concert series, the 120-year-old Women’s Musical Club of Toronto presents chamber music concerts featuring musicians on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles. Concerts are held Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto. Concerts in the 120th (2017/18) season include Lara St. John, violin (Thursday, October 5); Zodiac Trio (Thursday, November 9); Elias String Quartet (Thursday, March 8); soprano Sylvia Schwartz (Thursday, April 12); and Cellodrama! featuring WMCT Artistic Director Simon Fryer and special guest Sarah Slean (Thursday May 3). Member/subscriber benefits include Tuning Your Mind, a free pre-concert lecture series presented in partnership with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, on a topic related to the day’s concert. Masterclasses this season are to be announced.
Established in 2009, the Wychwood Clarinet Choir is directed by clarinetist and conductor Michele Jacot. Members of the choir include skilled clarinetists who share a love of music-making, friendship and fun. The group rehearses weekly and performs on a regular basis in Toronto’s St. Clair and Wychwood area.
The instrumentation of the WCC extends from the contrabass clarinet to the E-flat sopranino. The choir’s repertoire includes many compositions and arrangements written by the group’s own Composers’ Collective, and by the choir’s late Composer and Conductor Laureate, Howard Cable.
The Wychwood Clarinet Choir embraces the ideal of “music for life” and is committed to sharing the musical experience in educational settings and in the wider community.
Choir members are admitted by audition and pay a modest annual membership fee.
The York Chamber Ensemble (YCE) has been presenting concerts to Aurora audiences since 2001. This season we invite three guest conductors: Michael Berec, Trevor Dearham and Sasha Weinstangl. Join us for our 2017/18 season Masterpiece Series.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm: Michael Berec, conductor, “Classical Masterpieces,” featuring Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major (Michael Adamson, Ian Clarke soloists), and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 (Charissa Vandikas, soloist).
Saturday December 9, 2017 at 7:30pm: Trevor Dearham, conductor, “Christmas Masterpieces: Sing-along,” featuring Boyce’s Symphony #1, choral selections from Handel’s Messiah and carols with York Festival Chorus.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm: Sasha Weinstangl, conductor, “J.S.Bach: The Master,” featuring Brandenburg Concertos 3 and 6, a keyboard concerto (Hilary McLaughlin, soloist), and selections from Cantata BWV 209 and St. Matthew’s Passion with Irene Ilic voice, Susan Barak, violin.
Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30pm: Sasha Weinstangl, conductor, “European Masterpieces,” featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2 with soloists from YCE, Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No.8 and Fauré’s Requiem with York Festival Chorus.
Tickets available at the door: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students.
Concert location: Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St., Aurora.
York University’s Department of Music presents more than 100 public events each season. This year our Faculty Concert Series spotlights jazz bassist Al Henderson, as well as mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin. Classical chamber concerts and performances by the York U Concert and Chamber Choirs are offered alongside electroacoustic explorations and original student compositions. Our annual world music festival celebrates a wide variety of musical practices including Caribbean, Middle Eastern, West African and Chinese traditions. The Music at Midday series offers free lunchtime performances featuring guest artists, faculty, and student talent. Masterclasses by leading Canadian and international artists are frequently open to observers. Each term concludes with showcase performances by the York U Symphony Orchestra, Gospel Choir and Wind Symphony, as well as a four-day jazz festival. Performances take place in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall or the informal setting of the Martin Family Lounge in the Accolade East Building at York’s Keele campus.
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The senior choir, under organist and music director William Maddox, enjoys a reputation as one of the best congregational choirs in the city of Toronto.
Yorkminster Park presents a series of free organ recitals at 12:30pm, every Wednesday from September through June, with performers from around the world.
We have a wide variety of unique musical events throughout the year but Yorkminster Park is renowned for its special seasonal concerts. The quality and dedication of the music ministry at YPBC is never more evident than during Advent and Holy Week and these services have become community traditions: City Carol Sing, Carols by Candlelight, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Passiontide Devotion during Holy Week and traditional Evensong services three times a year.
Our sanctuary is frequently made available to other choral and concert groups, which draw appreciative audiences from all over Southern Ontario.