Volume 26 Issue 2 - October 2020


Following the Goldberg trail from Gould to Lang Lang; Measha Brueggergosman and Edwin Huizinga on face to face collaboration in strange times; diggings into dance as FFDN keeps live alive; "Classical unicorn?" - Luke Welch reflects on life as a Black classical pianist; Debashis Sinha's adventures in sound art; choral lessons from Skagit Valley; and the 21st annual WholeNote Blue Pages (part 1 of 3) in print and online. Here now. And, yes, still in print, with distribution starting Thursday October 1.

● Canadian Sinfonietta

Founded in 1998, the Canadian Sinfonietta (CS) is

a chamber orchestra led by artistic director and

founder, Tak-Ng Lai, in partnership with concertmaster

Joyce Lai. The orchestra is composed of

14-25 professional musicians who perform a series

of concerts annually as a large ensemble, as

well as a number of chamber concerts in various

intimate settings throughout the GTA and

Ontario. The mission of CS is to reintroduce live

chamber music to the growing GTA communities,

producing a new generation of concert-goers by

presenting concerts that are traditional with a

twist. The programs are innovative and often feature

world premiere works both Canadian and

international, multicultural music, non-western

instruments, and highlight diverse Canadian

artists. CS is a community-conscious group and

plays an active role through the partnership with

local community organizations in promoting the

appreciation of music across various cultures;

mentoring young artists, and using music as a

language to engage and link people of all ages

and status within the community. CS believes that

“chamber music is for everyone.” In response

to the COVID-19 pandemic, CS now also has an

online presence, with virtual projects, as well as

outdoor concerts.

Joyce Lai




● Chorus Niagara

Worth the drive to Niagara! Chorus Niagara, The

Power of 100, is Niagara’s premier 100-voice

auditioned ensemble. Conducted by artistic director

Robert Cooper (celebrating 31 years with

Chorus Niagara), Chorus Niagara has been entertaining

and enlightening audiences for 58 years.

Chorus Niagara performs traditional choral

masterpieces, modern and seldom-heard works,

new commissions and provides a showcase for

emerging Canadian talent. Attracting singers of

all ages through its various programs: the Chorus

Niagara Children’s Choir, Side-by-Side High

School Chorale, Robert Cooper Choral Scholars

program, and Conductor Apprenticeship, Chorus

Niagara provides opportunities for everyone to

experience the joy of live choral performance. All

concerts are performed at the stunning FirstOntario

Performing Arts Centre in revitalized downtown

St. Catharines.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chorus Niagara

will be engaging our singers and audience

members with online presentations, and a few

smaller sized live events if circumstances allow.

Stay well everyone and we’ll see you in-person

very soon!

Diana McAdorey




Canadian Children’s Opera Company The Monkiest King



● Church of St. Mary Magdalene

Steeped in musical heritage and assisted by a

generous acoustic, St. Mary Magdalene’s offers

a music programme strongly rooted in the tradition

established by Healey Willan. Every Sunday

at the 11am Solemn Mass the Gallery Choir sings

a mass and motet from the west gallery, while the

Ritual Choir sings the Gregorian propers from the

east end. Both choirs rehearse on Thursdays. At

the 9:30am Sung Mass, the SMM Singers sing

a motet and lead congregational singing. Membership

is informal: rehearsals are at 9am directly

before the service; regular attendance is

not mandatory.

One Sunday per month at 4:30pm, the meditative

Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung,

preceded by an organ recital at 4pm. For information,

please contact the director of music,

Andrew Adair.

Andrew Adair




● Church of St. Peter and St.


Fine music is central to life at the Church of St.

Peter and St. Simon-the-Apostle. Whether it is

our own choir that sings services in the Anglican

prayer book tradition - and whose calibre is such

that it has twice been invited to sing services in

cathedrals in Britain, most recently at Gloucester

and Chichester in the summer of 2019 - or

the many visiting ensembles and choirs choosing

us for their concerts. The church seats 300 for a

concert and has an adjacent hall, also with superb

acoustics, seating 175 for a smaller concert.

Our 1883 Jacobean Arts and Crafts building

(with exquisite windows, a beautiful sanctuary,

and a cloister-style courtyard) sits in one of the

most intensely interesting neighbourhoods in the

city. At 525 Bloor St. E. (close to subway), between

Sherbourne and Parliament, it has old Rosedale

to the north, multi-faceted St. Jamestown

to the south, and a fever of new condo developments

to the east and west. It exists as an oasis

in the midst of this, providing space as well for

local youth choral programs and music teachers.

Please join us for services, or consider our

space for your next musical event.

Rosemary Hendra, parish administrator

416-923-8714 x201

Music Program Information: music@


Rental Information: office@





● DaCapo Chamber Choir

The 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was

founded in 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo under

the direction of Leonard Enns. The mission of the

choir is to identify, study, rehearse and present

outstanding choral chamber works of the past

100 years and to champion music of Canadian

and local composers.

Our 2020/21 season has been postponed, but

we hope to present the concluding concert of our

three-year “Road to Refuge” series (cancelled this

past May) as soon as it is safe to gather in 2021.

“Illimitably Earth” will be a full-on celebration of

renewal - it will be a shout of joy (on so many levels!).

We will include two extended works for choir

and piano, with guest pianist Catherine Robertson:

Srul Irving Glick’s celebrative Triumph of the

Spirit and Thomas Nazziola’s Another Spring, a

work that is absolutely on point as the conclusion

of our three-year Road to Refuge project.

In the meantime, we are releasing archival


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