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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Musicians In Ordinary Salute Henry Prince of Wales on October 6

2012-13 Season Opener

Four hundred years ago, England deeply mourned the death of a philosophical, music-loving prince who might have been a brilliant king and spared the country grief and bloodshed.

The Musicians In Ordinary open their 2012-13 season with music commemorating the life and untimely death of Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612), Saturday, October 6, 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway).   Titled His Perfections Like the Sunbeams, the concert features MIO’s soprano Hallie Fishel and John Edwards on theorbo, along with Christopher Verrette, violin; and Justin Haynes, viola da gamba. 

Single tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors.  Subscriptions for four concerts – $85 adults; $68 students and seniors – offer a 15% discount.  They may be ordered by sending a cheque payable and addressed to The Musicians In Ordinary, 1585 Bloor Street W., Suite 212, Toronto ON M6P 1A6.  More information may be obtained from or, by e-mailing or by calling 416-535-9956.

History and poetry often add context to MIO’s featured music.  About the October 6 concert, John Edwards comments, “Henry, the eldest son of James I, was the best king Britain never had.  Had he not died of typhoid at age 18, his hapless brother Charles would not have come to the throne, blundered into the English Civil War, and lost his head.”

A talented young man, Henry surrounded himself with the latest avant-garde musicians.  Among them were the composers included in the concert – English-born Alfonso Ferrabosco II; Angelo Notari, an Italian composing in the new Baroque style; Giovanni Coprario, originally John Cooper, who wrote in a quite English style; and Robert Johnson, who also composed for Shakespeare’s plays.

“The poets Thomas Campion and John Donne commemorated Henry’s passing with elegies,” says Edwards.  “MIO marks the 400th anniversary of Henry with music by his household musicians.”  Songs written and composed by Campion are included in the October 6 concert.

More info about Henry, Prince of Wales, is available at,_Prince_of_Wales

The Musicians In Ordinary round out their 12th season with concerts of Italian and French music, and their annual New Year’s Day event.  Details are as follows:

A New Year’s Day Concert – Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 2 p.m. & Wednesday, January 2, 8 p.m.:  MIO’s annual concert of Baroque cantatas and sonatas has become a Toronto tradition.  Joining Hallie Fishel, soprano, and John Edwards, theorbo, are violinists Christopher Verrette and Edwin Huizinga, with Philip Fournier on keyboards.

You Who Hear These Scattered Rhymes (or) The Varied Styles in which I Speak – Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.  – Baroque settings of the great Italian poets, Petrarch, Tasso, Marino and Guarnieri. 

John Edwards states, “Vincenzo Galilei was as clever with music as his son turned out to be with a telescope.” Galilei observed, “The most important and principal part of music is the imitation of the concepts of the words” and that the best musicians would discern “the man infuriated or excited, the married woman, the clever harlot, the lover speaking to his mistress as he seeks to persuade her to grant his wishes, the man who laments…” These characters and more, given words by the greatest poets of all ages, and given voice by Monteverdi, Caccini, Sigismondo d’India and others, make their appearances, as Hallie Fishel sings and John Edwards plays theorbo.

French Cantatas Mixed With Symphonies – Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m. – Cantatas by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clerambault and instrumental music by Marais and others. 

In his book of Cantates françoises melées de symphonies, published in 1708, André Campra claimed to have “mixed with the delicacy of French music, the vivacity of Italian.” All composers of French cantata sought to meld the elegance of the Sun King’s court with the exuberance of the Italian Baroque in both the vocal and instrumental (the “symphonies” of the title) sections.  The performance unites Hallie Fishel, soprano and John Edwards, theorbo, with guests Christopher Verrette, violin; Philip Fournier, harpsichord and Justin Haynes, viola da gamba.

Named after the singers and lutenists who performed in the most intimate quarters of the Stuart monarchs’ palace, The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices dedicate themselves to the performance of early solo song and vocal chamber music. Soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards have been described as “winning performers of winning music.” A fixture on the Toronto early music scene for over 10 years, they have concertized across North America and lecture regularly at universities and museums. Institutions where MIO have performed range from the scholarly to those for a more general public and include the Renaissance Society of America, Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, Grinnell College, the Universities of Alberta and Toronto, the Kingston Opera Guild, Syracuse, Trent and York Universities, and the Bata Shoe Museum. They have been Ensemble in Residence at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

CHRISTOPHER VERRETTE has been a member of the violin section of Tafelmusik since 1993 and is a frequent soloist and leader with the orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University and contributed to the development of early music in the American Midwest as a founding member of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble and Ensemble Voltaire, and as a guest director with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. He collaborates with many ensembles around North America, performing music from seven centuries on violin, viola, rebec, vielle and viola d’amore. He was concertmaster for a recording of rarely heard classical symphonies for an anthology soon to be released by Indiana University Press, and most recently collaborated with Sylvia Tyson on the companion recording to her novel, Joyner’s Dream.

JUSTIN HAYNES studied cello and viola da gamba at Harvard and the Royal Dutch Conservatory under Philippe Pierlot, Anneke Pols and Reiner Zipperling. Currently based in Toronto, he has performed with Folia, Scaramella, Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier, as well as with the Boston-based Arcturus Chamber Ensemble and Les Bostonades. He is also a founding member of the baroque chamber ensemble, L’Indiscrete. Justin’s interest in the viol includes the history and construction of the instrument itself. After making the viol he currently plays on, he was awarded a Shaw traveling fellowship to study instrument making in London and explore the great Northern European viol collections. He maintains an atelier in Boston, where he is curator of Harvard’s historical instrument collection.


Tafelmusik Launches 12/13 Season September 21

TAFELMUSIK LAUNCHES 12/13 SEASON AT KOERNER HALL ON SEPTEMBER 21 Bach Brandenburg ConcertosTafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Jeanne Lamon
“…these are Brandenburgs straight from the heart.” - Gramophone Magazine
Dates + Times:  Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, The Royal ConservatoryFri Sept 21 & Sat Sept 22 at 8pm
Sun Sept 23 at 3:30pm 
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts
             Tues Sept 25 at 8pm
Free informal post-concert chats with musicians following each concert.
KH Ticket Prices  Regular: $45 - $99  65+: $35 - $89  Ages 35 & Under: $25 - $89
                                       GWRH Ticket Prices Regular: $36 - $77   65+: $29 - $69  Ages 35 & Under: $20 - $69
Venues: Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
                                       Box Office:  Weston Family Box Office416.408.0208 | 
George Weston Recital Hall Box office: 1.855.985.2787     
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Toronto, August 28, 2012 … Tafelmusik launches its 2012-13 season with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in the excellent acoustics of Koerner Hall (Sept 21-23, 2012) and George Weston Recital Hall (Sept 25, 2012). Tafelmusik musicians are in the spotlight as soloists for Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 3, and 5, as well as Bach’s Orchestral Suite no. 4.
The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach are considered by musicians, critics and audiences alike among the finest musical compositions of the baroque era. Bach presented the concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg in Berlin in 1721, with the hopes that some patronage would come his way. The music was preserved in the Brandenburg archives, and when rediscovered in the 19th century, became some of the most beloved music of all time. Tafelmusik’s 1995 JUNO Award Winning recording of the complete Brandenburg Concertos was recently re-released on the Tafelmusik Media label.
The sheer variety of Bach’s instrumentation for the Brandenburg Concertos far exceeds that of any comparable set of concertos from the period. The First Concerto is the largest of the six, scored for 13 musicians. In the Third Concerto, Bach creates an orchestra out of a group of solo string players, in this case three violins, three violas and three cellos, with double bass and harpsichord continuo. The Fifth Concerto has been described as both revolutionary and evolutionary, with the harpsichord assuming a solo role — performed by Tafelmuisk’s Charlotte Nediger — for the first time. The harpsichord overshadows the two other solo instruments (flute and violin), claiming all the virtuoso passages and culminating in a massive solo cadenza.
Each performance of the three Brandenburg Concertos is preceded by Bach’s Fourth Orchestral Suite, and will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session with members of the orchestra.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 78 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, the choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.  The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The 2012/13 touring season brings Tafelmusik’s two most recent multi-media concerts, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, to audiences across North America.
Season Presenting Sponsor:
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Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of its partners in government:
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Tafelmusik’s Season Radio Sponsor is The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.
Tafelmusik’s Tafelscene programme is supported by
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra tours North Bay and Timmins


The TSO will perform for over 10,000 students and adults in its eighth annual Northern Residency.

August 23, 2012 – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra embarks on its eighth annual Northern Residency, September 10 – 14, 2012, presenting both student concerts and public concerts in North Bay and Timmins. 64 artists are travelling on the Northern Residency, including TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian who will lead the public concerts, newly-appointed RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard who will lead student concerts, and Roch Carrier who will narrate The Hockey Sweater in student concerts. Three Canadian composers will join the TSO and meet with local students during the Residency: Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, whose Northern Lights Overture will be performed on the public concerts; Abigail Richardson, whose TSO-commissioned The Hockey Sweater will be performed on the student concerts; and the TSO’s newly-appointed RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau.

After popular world première performances in Toronto, The Hockey Sweater will be featured in concerts designed for students and performed in North Bay and Timmins. The TSO commissioned The Hockey Sweater from Canadian composer Abigail Richardson, who uses the orchestra to create a unique musical version of this classic children’s story. Joining the TSO for these performances is author Roch Carrier, who will narrate his childhood tale of tolerance and hockey in rural Quebec. Five student concert performances will be conducted by the TSO’s newly-appointed RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard, and will be performed in French and English. 

The Orchestra's 2012 Northern Residency will connect over 10,000 students and adults in Northern Ontario communities with live orchestral music this September. While in these northern communities, TSO musicians will travel to local schools, performing small ensemble concerts designed for young listeners, as well as leading masterclasses for student musicians. During the five-day Northern Residency, TSO musicians will also take part in 48 in-school performances (14 of which will be given in French language), and nine masterclasses for secondary school students.

Symphony-lovers in North Bay and Timmins will also have the chance to catch the TSO in public concerts presented by the local orchestra in each host city (September 11 in North Bay and September 13 in Timmins). Led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian, the programme includes Brahms Symphony No.1 and Northern Lights Overture by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha. TSO Horns Christopher Gongos and Gabriel Radford are featured in Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns, and TSO Violins Amanda Goodburn and Peter Seminovs perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins.

TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Official Airline of the TSO is Air Canada.
Tour Cartage Provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited.

This tour is made possible in part by generous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The RBC Resident Conductor and RBC Affiliate Composer positions are supported by RBC Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Hockey Sweater was jointly commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2012 Northern Residency Public Concerts and Education Programme itinerary:

Monday, September 10, Burk’s Falls/South River/Sturgeon Falls/North Bay
English language In-School Education Programmes
French language In-School Education Programmes

Tuesday, September 11, North BayEnglish language In-School Education Programmes
French language In-School Education Programmes
Public Concert 7:30pm at North Bay Capitol Centre

Wednesday, September 12, North Bay
English Student Concert 10:00am at North Bay Capitol Centre
English Student Concert 12:00pm at North Bay Capitol Centre

Thursday, September 13, Timmins
French Student Concert 10:30am at École secondaire catholique Thériault
English language In-School Education Programmes
French language In-School Education Programmes
Public Concert 7:30pm at École secondaire catholique Thériault

Friday, September 14, Timmins
English Student Concert 10:00am at École secondaire catholique Thériault
English Student Concert 12:00pm at École secondaire catholique Thériault
About the TSO:  Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

14- Year Old RCM Student Annie Zhou Wins International Piano Competition


Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and Barry Shiffman, Director of The Royal Conservatory's Young Artists Performance Academy, congratulate 14-year-old piano student Annie Zhou on winning First Prize in the under-15 category of the 13th International Competition for Young Pianists held in Enttlingen, Germany. She is the first Canadian to achieve this honour. The prize was announced on August 11.

“As we've just seen in the Olympics, achieving excellence on the world stage requires exceptional training. Annie's success in Germany is a reminder of the vital importance of investing in Canada's brightest young creative minds,” says Mr. Shiffman. “The Royal Conservatory congratulates Annie and looks forward to her continued success.”

One of the world's most prestigious competitions for young pianists, the International Competition for Young Pianists counts among its past winners internationally-acclaimed performers Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. Held every two years, it is open to talented pianists under 20 years old. This year’s competition attracted over 250 musicians from 40 countries. Annie was one of only two Canadians to advance to the finals.

Annie began her piano studies at The Royal Conservatory at age four. She is currently a full scholarship student at the Young Artists Performance Academy, The Conservatory's training program for gifted classical musicians aged 9 to 18. Academy alumni include pianists Stewart Goodyear and Jan Lisiecki, as well as violinist Martin Beaver. Annie is taught by Marietta Orlov, an educator known for nurturing some of Canada’s most promising young talents.

Annie has won awards at several national and international competitions, including three consecutive first prizes at the Canadian Music Competition. In 2011 and 2012, she was the youngest prizewinner at the Minnesota International e-Piano Competition and the Cooper International Piano Competition, respectively. She has graced stages across North America, including iconic Carnegie Hall. She has also made many television and radio appearances, including a performance with Lang Lang on Canada AM. She will debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on October 27.

Now in its 125th anniversary year, The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Artscape Video Promotes Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre

For immediate release: Toronto, Canada, Monday, August 13, 2012
Five new videos explore how creative expression has made an impact on Regent Park youth
For more than 25 years, Toronto’s Artscape has pioneered the concept of creative placemaking by leveraging the power of art, culture and creativity as a catalyst for change, growth and transformation. To celebrate the September 2012 launch of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, Artscape has commissioned a series of short video documentaries that explore the role that arts and culture play in the lives of the neighbourhood’s youth. The videos can be seen at and Artscape is inviting viewers to share their own stories on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag#regentparkarts.
Andrew Gunadie was commissioned to create a trailer and five short videos introducing viewers to young people from Regent Park who have found their voices through creative expression — from music to theatre to visual arts to poetry: Mustafa Ahmed, a poet; Cecilia NuguyenTran, a pianist; Fathima-Husna Fahmy, a visual artist; Tony Le, an actor; Steve Harmony, a singer-songwriter; and Matthew G. Brown, an actor and musician.
“Without art, I wouldn’t see myself as being as expressive as I want to be. It makes me more of a well-rounded person. Art gave me the drive to contribute to my community; it was art that connected me with Regent Park.”— Fathima-Husna Fahmy
A new cultural hub, the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is part of the 15-year revitalization of Regent Park and has been envisioned to showcase and incubate creative voices like those captured in the documentary series. Artscape, Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and members of the local community have partnered to develop the innovative 60,000 square foot, purpose-built facility. Designed by the award-winning Diamond & Schmitt Architects, the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be the newest addition to downtown Toronto’s thriving cultural landscape when it opens its doors to the public in September.
Today, the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre welcomed seven dynamic tenant organizations to their new home: ArtHeart Community Art CentreCentre for Social Innovation (CSI)COBA Collective of Black Artists,Native Earth Performing ArtsRegent Park Film FestivalRegent Park School of Music and the most recent addition, Regent Park Community Health Centre Pathways to Education Program. These tenant organizations were selected for their proven ability to engage with communities, to encourage artistic creation and education, to advance learning and offer an inter-cultural experience.
Regent Park is one of the most dynamic cultural neighbourhoods in Toronto — with 56 different countries of origin and 47 different languages spoken — but historically, has lacked the facilities to showcase its talent. The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social heart of the revitalized neighbourhood, and will offer a new platform for creativity and cultural exploration while encouraging the community to tap into its rich creative potential.
Located on Dundas Street East just east of Parliament, the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is the result of more than seven years of consultation and collaboration with members of the Regent Park community and project partners. Toronto Community Housing’s plan for the Regent Park revitalization includes replacing 2,083 social housing units, adding more than 3,000 new condominium units, a new aquatic centre, a community centre, and a new six-acre park. The revitalization is more than the sum of its parts, and is an ongoing catalyst for other changes in the community including The Citadel, home of dancers Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie and YogaBeat community yoga studio, which opened its doors in 2011 and is now a fully integrated and thriving member of the Regent Park neighbourhood.
For more information on the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre visit