Volume 6 Issue 5 - February 2001

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Tuttle and Wayne Riddell, and unique

photographic material. The article is available

for viewing on the Choral page of

WholeNote's website at

www.thewholenote.com. Let us know what

you think of this experiment. (For those of you

with no web access, call the WholeNote

editorial office at 416 603 3786 for information

on how to obtain a copy.)

A month of intriguing choral events begins

long before Feb 23 with the Elmer lseler

Singers and the Amadeus Chamber Choir

teaming up Feb 2 for a program of favourites

by Gorecki and Tavener and new pieces by

Canadians Peter Togni and Christos Hatzis. I

admire the stamina it takes to perform these

works, but I must confess I have never

connected with the "mystical" choral trends of

recent years. It seems to me to be music that

rejects both the head and the heart, going

instead for a reserved and distancing effect.

I'm going to try to challenge myself by

attending, though, and will report back next

month.

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir sings music by

the Bach family beginning on Feb. 7. It's a

chance to hear lesser-known works by CPE

and JC Bach, as well as some fascinating

instrumental works.

Another not-to-be-missed visiting artist

comes on Feb. 13, when Soundstreams

presents a rare Toronto appearance by the

Swedish Radio Choir, conducted by a living

legend. This is rumoured to be Eric Ericson's

farewell tour and the program is a marvellous

mix of challenging 20th century repertoire. I

look forward to the Swedish interpretation of

Somers' Feller from Fortune!

The impressive VocalPoint Chamber Choir

delves into J.S.Bach on Feb. 1, with performances

of two motets, a mass and a cantata,

directed by Ian Grundy and featuring the

Talisker Players.

Head to head with the Exultate Durufle,

another very interesting choral offering

occurs on Feb 23. Noel Edison and the

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir tackle a pair of a

cappella giants with the Rachmaninoff Vespers

and the Mass for Four Voices by William

Byrd.

Looking ahead to March, two choral

happenings which take place simultaneously -

though in different venues - caught my eye.

With David Fallis out of town, conducting at

the Houston Grand Opera no less, the Toronto

Chamber Choir is conducted by Giles Bryant

in one of their wonderful Kaffeemusiks, this

time celebrating the music of Henry Purcell,

the British Orpheus. Down the road, the

Concertsingers, conducted these days by the

multi-talented Peter Tiefenbach, perform Bach

with guest organist Jan Overduin.

And ending as well on an internet-related

note, our "Choral Quick Picks" usually found

at this point in the magazine will, this month,

only appear on our website. We apologize for

any inconvenience.

NEw Music

by David Perlman

New Music Concerts has announced three

"Music Speaks" events in the Toronto area

over the next several weeks. Taking place in

informal settings, each concert involves an

established soloist presenting and discussing

selections from repertoire they have 'developed

for New Music Concerts over the years.

Sunday Feb 4, for example, at

Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke

(call 416 622-5294), Joseph Macerollo

(renowned accordionist of Quartetto Gelato)

will discuss and perform selections by Alexina

Louie (Canada), Samuel Dolin (Canada),

Christos Hatzis (Canada), Morris Surdin

(Canada), Lukas Foss (USA), Arne Nordheim

(Norway), Paul Creston (USA), and Matyas

Seiber, (Hungary). Admission is free. And

Sunday February 18 at the Gardiner Museum

of Ceramics Art, David Hetherington

(assistant principal cello of the Toronto

Symphony Orchestra, and a founding member

of Amici and the Accordes string quartet) will

present and perform. Call New Music

Concerts at 416 961-9594 for more details.

continues

Long & McQuade

Musical Instruments

Where the Music Begins

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We carry a selection of woodwind,

brass and percussion in~truments ~'1::~

for students and professionals ~

Announcing the formation of a

new choir in Toronto

directed by David Jafelice

The Anno Domini

Chamber Singers

925 Bloor St. W.

Toronto, Ontario

(416) 588-7886

1133 Markham Rd.

Scarborough, Ontario

(416) 439-8001

2777 Steeles Ave. W.

North York, Ontario

(416) 663-8612

370 Main St. North

Brampton, Ontario

(905) 450-4334

a group of 16 to 30 choristers

performing sacred and liturgical music

Auditions wiH be held in February.

Sight-reading skiUs are required.

380 Simcoe St. S.

Oshawa, Ontario

(905) 434-1612

Rehearsals will be held on Monday

evenings in central Toronto.

For more information and/or an

audition appointment 1 please ca[[

416-696-0093

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