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.

is accomplished by: providing an opportunity for

musicians from the community to practice and

perform in a challenging and supportive ensemble

environment with a goal of developing and enhancing

the musical skills of individuals. Meeting the

needs of the community through public performances,

which present repertoire with wide appeal

that take place at a variety of locations throughout

the community.

Rob Hunter - President





● Exultate Chamber Singers

Exultate Chamber Singers is proud to be celebrating

its 40th anniversary during its upcoming

2020/21 season. The choir is enriched not

only by the excellent musicianship of its members

but also by their varied academic and professional

backgrounds. Together they form a

passionate, committed ensemble with a wideranging

repertoire. Founded and led for 30

years by conductor and organist John Tuttle, the

choir has since been under the direction of Dr.

Karen Grylls (2011 to 2012), Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt

(2013 to 2018), and its newest artistic director,

Dr. Mark Ramsay. Exultate is a three-time winner

of the Canada Council Healey Willan Grand

Prize and recently won first place in the adult

mixed-voice chamber choir category of the 2019

Choral Canada National Competition for Canadian

Amateur Choirs. The choir has appeared

in performances with Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen,

and Ola Gjeilo, and has released five fulllength

albums to date.

Vivian Moens







● Flute Street

Flute Street is Toronto’s professional flute choir,

whose players employ the full range of instruments

from piccolo through treble, concert, alto,

bass, contralto, contrabass, and even the double

contrabass flute. Audiences have been delighted

to hear the ensemble’s eclectic mix of classical,

folk, jazz, pop, and Canadian and world premieres

with featured international guest soloists, such as

Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Christine Beard, Mary

Ann Archer, Louis Papachristos, Kelly Via and

low flutes specialist, Peter Sheridan. In addition

to the regular three-concert series presented

in Toronto, Flute Street has performed as guest

artists in Quebec with Les Flûtistes de Montréal,

at both Canadian Flute Conventions, and at the

first International Low Flutes Festival in Washington

D.C. Hear our current YouTube project,

Composer Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk, with Esprit Orchestra

“Tutti Flutti” at our website, as we eagerly await

our return to the live concert stage.

Nancy Nourse





● The Hannaford Street Silver Band

The Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada’s

award-winning professional brass band. Its mission

is to honour the traditions of this art form

and place it in a contemporary context with a

unique, Canadian point-of-view. We actively facilitate

innovative creative projects and collaborate

with the best of Canada’s diverse artists. Guided

by the vision of artistic director David Pell, our

2020/21 season features streamed concerts that

will showcase such artists as guest conductors

James Sommerville and Gillian MacKay, mezzosoprano

soloist Marion Newman and world/

fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran. Add to this wonderful

mix, CBC radio host Tom Allen and the

acclaimed actor Derek Boyes. This season we

will also unveil our 10-piece virtuoso ensemble

performing music from around the world. You

simply can’t keep a good band down!

The HSSB demonstrates its commitment to

youth, outreach and education by running the

Hannaford Youth Program. Directed by Anita

McAlister, this vibrant program is a fantastic

opportunity for brass and percussion players

ages 7 to 24 to participate in three remarkable

youth bands in both live and virtual settings.

Raymond Tizzard




● Isabel Bader Centre for

the Performing Arts

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing

Arts (the Isabel) is a home for the creative arts

at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a

hub of vibrant artistic study, creation, and exhibition

in our community. The building houses the

Queen’s Department of Film and Media and the

DAN School of Drama and Music, as well as the

Isabel house season, which brings some of the

most exciting and acclaimed musicians to its

567-seat concert hall. Situated on the shores of

Lake Ontario, the Isabel brings together worldclass

arts spaces and programs with a captivating

sense of place, creating a dynamic venue for

our students and community to learn, discover,

think, do, and experience together.

Opened in September 2014, the Isabel was

designed by Oslo/New York-based firm Snøhetta

and Ottawa’s N45, with acoustics and theatre

design by ARUP and Theatre Projects Consultants.

Anchored by a transformational gift to the

Initiative Campaign from Drs. Alfred and Isabel

Bader, the Isabel was inspired by the Baders’

love - of the arts, of Queen’s, and of each other

- and is named in Isabel’s honour. For a virtual

tour, visit www.queensu.ca/theisabel/content/


Tricia Baldwin






● Jubilate SIngers

We are a community choir of about 40 voices,

who love to sing music from around the world in

the original languages. During the 2020/21 season,

we are not planning any live concerts until it

is announced that it is safe to do so, but we may


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