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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Tours Brockville, Ottawa and Montreal


TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO in a programme which includes Shostakovich’s Twelfth Symphony.

Toronto, October 30, 2012 – TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO and three Canadian soloists in a programme featuring the works of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Canadian composer Pierre Mercure. Joining the TSO for Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” are pianist André Laplante, TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, and cellist Shauna Rolston. Following two concerts at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto (November 14 & 15), the TSO takes the programme on tour to Brockville (November 17, 7:30pm at Brockville Arts Centre), Montreal (November 18, 2:30pm at Maison Symphonique de Montreal) and Ottawa (November 19, 8pm at the National Arts Centre).
Subtitled “The Year 1917,” Shostakovich composed his Twelfth Symphony as a portrait of Lenin, focusing on Lenin’s role as leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The piece is a programmatic work, with musical themes representing a series of tableaux in a cohesive, continuous whole as themes are shared throughout the four movements. Following its première in 1961, audiences and musicians expressed disappointment with the work, however the Soviet cultural authorities hailed it as a triumphant act of Socialist Realism. Theories about the content of Shostakovich’s Twelfth swirl about it, as listeners question if it is a sincere salute to Lenin and the revolution, or veiled satire.

Composed between 1803 and 1805, Beethoven's “Triple Concerto,” is one of his brightest works, and unique for the composer, featuring the rare combination of piano trio and orchestra. TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow is joined by two of Canada's most respected soloists, cellist Shauna Rolston and pianist André Laplante, for this collaboration of virtuosos. The “Triple Concerto” has the grand scale, heroic rhetoric, and orchestral brilliance typical of Beethoven's middle-period style, with its three soloists forming a detachable piano trio set against the backdrop of a full orchestra.

This musically varied programme begins with an atmospheric work by Montreal-native Pierre Mercure. The opening of Triptyque is dramatic and sinister, a beautiful dark tapestry of orchestral textures and colours. Its powerful and rhythmic second movement and moody third movement complete this suggestive work, filled with images and contrasts.

Following the November 14 and 15 Toronto performances in the TSO’s home at Roy Thomson Hall, stay for an audience Q&A led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian with the soloists.

Join the TSO on the road to Brockville, Ottawa and Montreal by following the TSO Tour blog at

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

Tour Cartage is provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited.

Brockville, Ottawa, Montreal Tour Transportation Sponsor is VIA Rail Canada.

TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow fills the Tom Beck Concertmaster Chair.

About TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian: Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian, noted for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality, has been an instrumental figure in the rebirth of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since his appointment as Music Director in 2004. In addition to his post in Toronto, Peter Oundjian has been named Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, starting this season. Mr. Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and played a major role at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and 2007. He has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music since 1981. In May 2009, Mr. Oundjian received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory.

About TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow: A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan Crow is in his second season as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Between 2002 and 2006 Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and notably during his tenure, was the youngest concertmaster of a major North American orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America, and Europe. He is a founding member of the New Orford String Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the promotion of standard and Canadian string quartet repertoire. In 2005, Jonathan joined the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as an Assistant Professor of Violin and was appointed Associate Professor of Violin in 2010. 

About André Laplante: Canadian pianist André Laplante, hailed as one of the great romantic virtuosos, has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has released a series of ever more impressive CDs. He garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and capturing the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  Recently honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Laplante’s history includes an extensive North American tour with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and a tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis.  André Laplante's releases include an award-winning Brahms album and a recording of Jacques Hetu's Piano Concerto No. 2 that won a 2004 Juno award.

About Shauna Rolston: Award-winning Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston is considered by peers and fans alike to be one of the most compelling and unique musical voices on the stage today. She has appeared around the world, performing in major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, and was the featured artist at the 1988 Olympics. Her passion for the music of our time has led to the commission and creation for her of more than 50 works for cello, including concertos by Canada’s leading composers. The diversity of Shauna’s artistry is reflected in the many honours received, including an invitation to join the Governor-General’s State Delegation to Finland and Iceland, her appointment as Canadian Music Centre Ambassador for her commitment to the performance of Canadian music, and most recently, the Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance. Shauna is Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Artist for the Music and Sound Programs at The Banff Centre.
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.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Ontario Philharmonic Presents Anton Kuerti

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Marco Parisotto, Music Director / Anton Kuerti, pianist / December 4, 2012, 8 PM / Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning $75 - $40

or call The Weston Family box office: 416 408 0428 or visit in person: 273 Bloor Street West

“His aura of intensity, a probing musical intelligence, and utter disdain for theatrics makes him among the most enjoyable of serious musicians before today’s public.” –Boston Musical Intelligencer


October 29, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Ontario Philharmonic, led by Marco Parisotto, returns to Toronto’s Koerner Hall for the second of its Great Soloists Series, this time featuring one of Canada’s favourite pianists, Anton Kuerti, in an all-Brahms concert. 

Anton Kuerti is part of the Canadian musical landscape.  Described as “one of the truly great pianists of this century,” Anton Kuerti is one of today’s most recorded artists.  Born in Austria, Kuerti grew up in the United States and has made Canada his home for the past 35 years.  Kuerti has toured over 30 countries, and has played with every Canadian orchestra and most major North American orchestras.  His vast repertoire includes over 50 concertos.  Kuerti is an officer of the Order of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from several universities. In 2008, he was awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.   With the orchestra, his second collaboration since his OP debut in 2011, Anton will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83.  The concert is rounded out with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 93.  To see a brief film on Mr. Kuerti, please click here:

This concert (also to be performed Friday, November 30, 8 PM at Regent Theatre in Oshawa) is a joint presentation with Mooredale Concerts.

Future Ontario Philharmonic dates:
Great Soloists Series, Concert III
Toronto: Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 8 PM / Koerner Hall
(Oshawa: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8 PM / Regent Theatre)
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”

Messiah with Amadeus Choir
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8 PM  Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of St. Clair)
(Oshawa: Tuesday December 18 and Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM / Regent Theatre)
Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Leigh-Anne Martin, alto; Zachary Finkelstein, tenor; Justin Welsh, baritone
Handel: Messiah
 (*The Messiah is not part of the Great Soloists Series)

For more information:

The Ontario Philharmonic gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:
UOIT, TD Bank, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Oshawa, Ontario Power Generation, Marigold Ford
Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke, Charles & Anne Morison

Media Partners: The Wholenote, The New Classical 96.3 FM

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Marie-Josee Lord Releases New Album of Latin Songs

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Yo soy Maria
Latin Songs

Marie-Josée Lord, soprano
Simon Leclerc, Musical Direction & Arrangements

…A voice of wonderful depth and pliability casting a radiant glow. Her presence is spellbinding … a very classy singer with a bright future.
— Montreal Gazette

Following the huge success of her eponymous first recording with the Orchestre Métropolitain — which was nominated for a JUNO Award and which won a Félix at the ADISQ 2011 — soprano Marie-Josée Lord returns with Yo soy Maria, an extraordinary musical journey from the sidewalks of Buenos Aires, through the gardens of Aranjuez in Spain and into the Avenidas of Portugal. Lord’s new recording provides striking evidence of her success in achieving what she has so often said she aims to do: infuse opera into every project while respecting classical technique.

Marie-Josée Lord makes her much-anticipated Toronto recital debut at Koerner Hall on October 28 at 3:00 PM.  

Accompanied by an ensemble of ten musicians and VivaVoce Vocal Ensemble on the recording Yo soy Maria, Lord sings some of the most beautiful songs in the Latin repertoire, including Bésame mucho and Granada. She also shows the depth of her range with more lyrical pieces, such as the Kyrie from Ariel Ramirez’sMisa criolla and Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 by Villa-Lobos.

The musical director for Yo soy Maria is Simon Leclerc, who arranged ten of the eleven works on the album. Leclerc’s artistic partnership with Lord began in 2008 when they worked together at the Opéra de Montréal on the lyric version of Starmania, the hit rock-opera by Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger. Lord’s success in Starmania established her as an opera singer with popular appeal. Ever since, she has worked to bridge the gap between classical and popular music.

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Honens Competition Webcasts begin October 17



CALGARY, AB, October 16, 2012 – Webcasts of the Semifinals and Finals of Calgary’s Honens International Piano Competition will air starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17.   

Semifinals / Recital Round performances take place twice daily at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time from October 17 to 21.  Each recital includes a 60-minute solo recital and a 70-minute collaborative concert with violinist Geoff Nuttall (of Canada’s acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet), cellist Johannes Moser and English soprano Amanda Roocroft. These performances will be broadcast by Honens on ‘Livestream’ and may be accessed through For the Finals / Concerto Round, during which five pianists perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Roberto Minczuk, Honens partners with Canada’s CBC Music and France-based webcaster  CBC Music and webcasts can also be accessed through  Select performances of the entire Competition will be available for repeat viewing through and for a limited time. 

CBC Radio 2, Honens’ National Radio Broadcast partner, will also broadcast highlights of the Competition regularly on Tempo, its weekday national classical music program. Radio 2’s popular Sunday program, In Concert will summarize the ten-day Competition on October 28 with highlights from the Semifinals and Finals.  In Concert airs coast to coast every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Seventh Honens International Piano Competition is recorded and broadcast with the participation of The Banff Centre, CBC Music, Deluxe Design Group and, and is made possible by the generous support of Honens donors including The Rozsa Foundation, in memory of the late Dr Ted Rozsa OC and Dr Lola Rozsa, long-time supporters of Honens. 


Space Is The Place: A celebration in Regent Park


A FREE Community celebration in Regent Park (first come, first served)

A Performance by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie in collaboration with
the Regent Park School of Music,
Daniels Spectrum and
Presenting Sponsor The Daniels Corporation

Saturday October 20, 2012 from 2pm - 5pm
Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto (between Sumach and Sackville Streets)

TORONTO (October 15, 2012) Space is the Place is a free theatrical performance, site-specific event and gathering rolled into one that will bring alive the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park with music and dance, and connect the newly opened Centre to its surrounding community. It takes place on the afternoon of Saturday, October 20.

Performed by the legendary 15-member Sun Ra Arkestra, students from the Regent Park School of Music and the artists of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, the event will consist of a 'lobby sound symphony,' and a special adaptation of Bill Coleman's celebrated performance Hymn To Universe, followed by a community gathering.

The Sun Ra Arkestra
, founded by African-American visionary Sun Ra and featuring three generations of musicians, is directed by Marshall Allen, considered the world's premier avant-garde saxophonist.

Choreographer Bill Coleman, best known for his ground-breaking site-specific works, will be joined by eight dancers, including Carol Prieur, voted Female Dancer of the Year by Europe's respected Tanz Magazine, and Andrea Weber of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

This wondrous extravaganza features breathtaking, sumptuous visual creations, puppetry, tap dancing and the Arkestra's trademark mix of big-band jazz and free-form, space-age improvisation. Visual design and costumes are by award-winning Métis visual artist Edward Poitras and Toronto fashion icons, Hoax Couture designers Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell.

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie:
 Based in Regent Park, CLC have performed throughout Canada and the U.S. as well as in Scotland, Brazil, China and Mongolia. The company has been an intrinsic part of the Regent Park Revitalization, presenting innovative site-specific works on construction sites and in street openings since 2009. In association with The Banff Centre, CLC most recently presented Inverted Mountains in various locations throughout Banff National Park - the results of which will soon be seen in an upcoming film featuring state-of-the-art 3D macro photography.
Regent Park School of Music: Since 1999, the Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) has offered quality, subsidized music lessons to youth-in-need from Regent Park and other neighbourhoods across the City of Toronto. This event - a once-in-a-lifetime performance utilizing many RPSM students - marks RPSM's launch in Daniels Spectrum , their new home, where they aim to expand their programs and continue to act as a leader in community music education.

Hymn to the Universe Reviews follow:

"Performance Highlight of 2010"- Montreal Mirror
" Š some of the
 best dancers in Canada Š "
 - Montréal Express
"Moments of
 reflection, moments of madness, moments of celebration Š " - Voir
" Š see this show Š "- CIBL 101.5FM
"La surprise 2010 Š irrésistible   Š "- Le Devoir
"Š nothing short of
 a gift to the senses. Š the jam of the dance matches the mystique of the music,
harnessing something distinctly
 spiritual,cosmos-oriented and eye-opening. Š
 harmonious revelation, and
a distinctly sensational place to be."
- Hour

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pax Christi Chorale Presents Bach Cantatas October 21

Bach Cantatas at Mirabilia
Sunday October 21, 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15
Pax Men & Women

Cantata BWV 147 ● J.S.Bach
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben

Three Motets, Op 38 ● Stanford
I Justorum Animae
II Coelos ascendit hodie
III Beati quorum via

My Heart is Steadfast ● Teehan

Cantata BWV 80 ● J.S.Bach
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

St. Anne's Church
270 Gladstone Ave.
Toronto, ON M6J 3L6

Sunday October 21 at 3:00 p.m. 
Pre-concert chat at 2:15 p.m.
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Experience a program of deeply human, profoundly spiritual works in the serene beauty of St. Anne's Church. Led by Assistant Conductor Daniel Norman, this concert features two beloved Bach cantatas, in addition to three Standford motets and is the final event of Mirabilia, celebrating the 150th anniversary of St. Anne's. 
  • Pax Christi Chorale & St. Anne's Choir
  • Ariel Harwood-Jones, soprano
  • Catharin Carew, mezzo-soprano
  • Andrew Haji, tenor
  • Peter McGillivray, baritone
  • and orchestra

Or contact our box office directly
About Mirabilia 
Mirabilia, meaning 'things that cause us to wonder,' is a series of arts events and worship services marking the sesquicentennial of historic St. Anne's Church, Canada's only church with art by members of the Group of Seven.

The nine day program runs from Saturday, October 13 to Sunday, October 21, 2012 and will feature visual arts, film, music, lectures on religion and the arts, and worship.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ontario Philharmonic Presents 2012-13 Season with Anton Kuerti, Shlomo Mintz and Angela Meade

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SHLOMO MINTZ, violinist
Marco Parisotto, Music Director
Tursday, November 6 at 8 PM, Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning / $85 - $40 or
or call The Weston Family box office: 416 408 0428 or visit in person: 273 Bloor Street West
 “The most ravishingly beautiful playing we mortals can hope to hear" - Milwaukee Sentinel
 “(Marco Parisotto) made the Montreal Symphony Orchestra sound like a artist who stands among the greatest” - Le Devoir, Montreal

 October 11, 2012
TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Ontario Philharmonic, led by Marco Parisotto, returns to Toronto’s Koerner Hall for the Great Soloists Series, and its opening night November 6 features the legendary violinist Shlomo Mintz in his long-awaited Toronto return.  The all-Tchaikovsky program features the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 and the Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Maestro Mintz also appears November 3, performing the same concert at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre.
SHLOMO MINTZ, violin - One of the greatest violinists of our time, Shlomo Mintz is lauded by critics, colleagues and audiences for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. Mr. Mintz regularly appears with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music concerts all around the world. He made his concerto debut with the Israel Philharmonic at age eleven and his Carnegie Hall debut, with the Pittsburg Symphony, at age sixteen. He has recorded the greater part of the important violin repertoire mostly for Deutsche Grammophon. His first CD, the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos with the Chicago Symphony under Claudio Abbado, won the Diapason d’Or in 1981. In the late 1990s due to high demand, Deutsche Grammophon re-released the complete collection of Mintz’s recordings, many of which have garnered repeat critical praise. He is the recipient of several prestigious music prizes including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award.  Since 2004 he has been recording for AVIE Records, London.
An esteemed mentor, Mr. Mintz has served on the juries of many important competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels.  For more information, please visit or
Maestro MARCO PARISOTTO - One of Canada's most distinguished conductors on the international scene, Maestro Parisotto has led major orchestras around the world, including the Philharmonia of London, the Orchestre National de France and the China National Symphony. He recently conducted the 130th anniversary concert of Paris’ oldest and distinguished orchestra, the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux; and conducted Milan’s renowned Verdi Orchestra with great success and an invitation to return.  Marco Parisotto is the winner of seven international competitions, including the elite Besançon Competition in France. or
ONTARIO PHILHARMONIC - Founded in 1957, the Ontario Philharmonic has become a notable player in the landscape of classical music in Ontario. It is comprised of players that are among the finest professional musicians in the GTA. Since the appointment of Marco Parisotto in 1996, the Ontario Philharmonic has evolved into one of the most exciting and respected orchestras in Ontario and in Canada. and

Future Ontario Philharmonic dates:
Great Soloists Series, Concert II
Toronto: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 8 PM / Koerner Hall / (Oshawa: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8 PM / Regent Theatre)
MAJESTIC BRAHMS: THE 2ND PIANO CONCERTO WITH ANTON KUERTI / Brahms: Piano Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 83 and Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 93 A joint presentation with Mooredale Concerts

Great Soloists Series, Concert III
Toronto: Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 8 PM / Koerner Hall / (Oshawa: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8 PM / Regent Theatre)
STAR DIVA ANGELA MEADE SINGS STRAUSS / R. Strauss: Four Last Songs and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”

Messiah with Amadeus Choir
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8 PM  Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of St. Clair) / (Oshawa: Tuesday December 18 and Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM / Regent Theatre)
MESSIAH WITH AMADEUS CHOIR / Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Leigh-Anne Martin, alto; Zachary Finkelstein, tenor; Justin Welsh, baritone / Handel: Messiah (*The Messiah is not part of the Great Soloists Series)

The Ontario Philharmonic gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:
UOIT, TD Bank, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Oshawa, Ontario Power Generation, Marigold Ford, Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke, Charles & Anne Morison
Media Partners: The Wholenote, The New Classical 96.3 FM

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jubilate Singers & Toronto Jewish Folk Choir Celebrates Composer Milton Barnes and Jewish Music

L’Chaim! Music in Ladino, Yiddish & Other Languages

The Jubilate Singers and Toronto Jewish Folk Choir unite in L’Chaim: A Celebration of Jewish Music – Featuring the Music of Milton Barnes,Sunday, November 25, 3:30 p.m. at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto.  

Isabel Bernaus of the Jubilate Singers and Alexander Veprinsky of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir conduct works in Yiddish, Judeo Spanish (Ladino), Hebrew and other languages.  The klezmer ensemble Shtetl Shpil joins the choirs in this concert, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the late Milton Barnes, a prolific and leading composer of both Jewish music and works in diverse styles.  He would have been 80 in December 2011.

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $15 seniors; $10 students; 12 and under free.  They may be booked online at or by calling 416-485-1988 or (905) 669-5906, or purchased directly from choir members.  More information will be posted at and

Under the baton of Isabel Bernaus, the joint choirs will perform Sefarad, a three-part a capella suite in Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), written by Milton Barnes in 1996 to celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the City of Jerusalem.  The words are from popular Sephardic texts.

Alexander Veprinsky will lead both choirs and Shtetl Shpil in Barnes’ Dos Naye Lid (The New Song), a five-movement klezmer suite sung in Yiddish.  The work, commissioned by the late Myrna Levine for the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, was finished shortly before the Toronto composer’s untimely death at 69 in 2001.  

Both conductors will also direct their own choirs in additional Jewish music, which will include songs for the upcoming Chanukah season.  

Accompanists are pianists Sherry Squires of the Jubilate Singers and Lina Zemelman of the TJFC.

The November concert is presented with the assistance of the Toronto Arts Council, and members and friends of both choirs.

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Upper Canada Choristers Holiday Season Concert December 7

Friday, December 7 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

The Upper Canada Choristers ring in the holiday season with Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day. Founder Laurie Evan Fraser conducts the 40-voice choir of men and women, Friday, December 7, 8 p.m. at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road. 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, children and high school students free.  To order, call (416) 256-0510.  More information is available

The concert features music by British composer John Rutter, including The Reluctant Dragon. With both words and music by Rutter, this charming musical fable was written originally for the King’s Singers. It tells the story of a poetry writing dragon, misunderstood by the terrified villagers who send for St. George to slay the “fire-breathing, fearsome, fabulous, fairytale, scaly, taily, green-bodied, red-eyed dragon.” A young boy rounds out the cast of characters. Toronto actor and director Valerie Abels joins the Choristers as narrator.

In its own set, the accomplished Latin ensemble Cantemos sings music from its newly released Christmas CD, El Nacimiento. Repertoire includes aguinaldos (carols) from Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

In its 19th year of operation, the Upper Canada Choristers promote and celebrate musical excellence and diversity, sharing the love of singing through education and community service.  The choir performs widely throughout the GTA for seniors, at chronic care facilities and schools, as well as at such events as Nuit Blanche and Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays.


Musicians in Ordinary Perform New Year's Concert of Baroque Music

A Toronto New Year’s Tradition

Alessandro Scarlatti - youngThe sounds of the European Baroque ease music-lovers elegantly into the New Year, when The Musicians In Ordinary present their annual New Year’s Day Baroque concert.

Soprano Hallie Fishel and John Edwards, lutenist and theorboist, have made their concert of Baroque cantatas and sonatas an annual Toronto New Year’s tradition.  This year, violinists Christopher Verrette and Edwin Huizinga join them for two concerts, with Philip Fournier on harpsichord, Tuesday, January 1 at 2 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway). 

The concert will be repeated Wednesday, January 2 at 8 p.m. 

Tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door.  More information may be obtained, by e-mailing or by calling 416-535-9956.

Among the featured music will be cantatas and trio sonatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, Bonporti and Vivaldi, and an anonymous sonata for the nearly six-foot-long archlute and continuo.

This season, The Musicians In Ordinary are also St. Michael’s College Ensemble in Residence ( This position serves as base for their mission to place the music of the Renaissance and Baroque in a cultural context for colleges, universities and museums across North America.


Christina Petrowska Quilico Launches CD at Glenn Gould Studio Concert January 22 2013

Launching World Premiere Centrediscs CD Set - January 22 at the Gould





Christina Petrowska Quilico - 30 by Marco Grazzini - for website.jpgPiano
virtuoso Christina Petrowska Quilico performs a concert launching the world
premiere of a two-CD Centrediscs recording, Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias,
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front
Street W., Toronto.

The concert featuring the evocative, exhilarating and profoundly individual
music of Constantine Caravassilis.

Tickets, $20, $15 students and seniors, are available from the Roy Thomson
Hall box office,, phone 416-872-4255.  Information is
also available on the website.

Released on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label, the two-CD
recording is the result of the awarding of the inaugural Harry Freedman
Recording Award jointly to Petrowska Quilico and Caravassilis in 2010.  It
is also made possible by a recording grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

The January 22 concert promises to be an extraordinary evening of music and
art.  It features works from Constantine Caravassilis' complete books of
Rhapsodies and Fantasias for solo piano - most receiving their world
premieres. As Petrowska Quilico describes them, "They are visions in sound,
transcending lyricism to become a dramatic opera for the keyboard."


image004.jpgPetrowska Quilico - who brings a rare combination of virtuosity,
adventurousness and dedication to contemporary music - has created some 100
paintings, all inspired by the music.  They will be projected before and
after the concert and during intermission, and some will be printed in the
CD program book.  The Canadian Music Centre in Toronto will subsequently
display them in an exhibition.  (Details are still being organized.)
Petrowska Quilico is also the author and artist of Opera Illustrated, a
critically acclaimed book of drawings, published in 1994.

It is no surprise that the composer's virtuosic piano works should inspire
these paintings.  In Caravassilis's synaesthetic* musical "vision", musical
sounds are linked to color and movement.

His music is also intimately connected to his Hellenic roots, drawing
inspiration from ancient Greek mythology and Byzantine music, while also
reflecting his strong affinity for classical music that ranges from the
baroque to impressionism.

Caravassilis praises Christina Petrowska Quilico for not only her vast
experience in premiering and recording new music, but also for her command
of the standard repertoire, as well as her formidable technique.  He adds,
"Discovering the odd wrong note in the scores and choosing to keep it for
its 'spicier' sound has been one of the many moments of joy in working
together with this singular artist."

The January 22 Visions CD launch concert is a production of Summers

More information on Christina Petrowska Quilico is at  Constantine Caravassilis' website is <> .  The Canadian Music
Centre's Centrediscs catalogue is at