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.

company is dedicated to the education of youth

and young artists, and offers a robust slate of

education, enrichment and outreach opportunities.

Opera Atelier’s reimagined 2020/21 season

features a new creation called Something Rich

and Strange (Oct 28, 2020) and Handel’s The

Resurrection (April 1, 2021) both livestreamed

from Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre. Visit our website

for more information.

Alexandra Skoczylas, executive director

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● Orchestra Toronto

Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by

passionate musicians within the community, for

the community. Under the direction of music director

Michael Newnham, we offer the enjoyment

of music, foster education and music appreciation

and support emerging Canadian talent. We

perform five annual concerts with repertoire

from great symphonic classics to new delights, in

the acoustically splendid George Weston Recital

Hall, at the Meridian Arts Centre. Our organization

of volunteers is committed to making symphonic

music accessible to a broad and diverse

public beyond the concert hall.

We are proud to be offering a full, five-concert

season, in venues around the city of Toronto.

Check our website for concert details.

Jennie Worden






● Oriana Women’s Choir

Oriana Women’s Choir is an auditioned ensemble

of 30 amateur female singers with a long history

of performance at a high artistic standard.

Led by artistic director Mitchell Pady since 2011,

Oriana explores the possibilities in choral music

for the female voice, collaborating with a diverse

range of artists to push the boundaries of typical

expectations for women’s choir performances.

We foster the creation of Canadian choral music,

regularly commissioning works from Canadian

composers for women’s voices.

Oriana typically presents a three-concert series,

in November, February and May. In this anything-but-typical

year, we are starting the season

virtually, and continuing our focus on Canadian

repertoire, including our collaborative project

with the composition students in the Claude Watson

Senior Arts program. We continue to monitor

developments to determine when we may be

able to gather safely in-person again, but in the

meantime we are looking forward to engaging

with you online!

Lido Pimienta, in Road to Miss Colombia, at the Music Gallery (Oct 2019)

Choir Administrator







● Orpheus Choir of Toronto

The Orpheus Choir’s vision is to celebrate the

power of choral music as an agent of social

change and a passionate medium of artistic

expression. The 65-voice choir under artistic

director Robert Cooper, champions the new

and unusual in choral performance, commissioning

and introducing new works and performing

overlooked masterpieces. Regularly

working with living composers, and singing a

wide range of repertoire in concerts with high

production values, Orpheus has introduced audiences

to many accessible works from the current

generation of leading composers. Orpheus also

supports young emerging vocal talent through

its highly respected Sidgwick Scholars Program

and its newer Vocal Apprentice Program for high

school singers. Winner of the 2018 Choral Canada

Award for Outstanding Innovation, Orpheus

continues to present an “expect something different”


The 2020/21 season will begin virtually, with

livestreamed performances in November and

December, moving to live performances when

circumstances permit. Planned projects include a

program of favourites selected by the choir members,

and an exploration of music and mental

health in Allan Bevan’s Ancient of Days.

Helen Coxon




● Pax Christi Chorale

Pax Christi Chorale delivers stirring performances

with great polish and total conviction.

Under the leadership of artistic director David

Bowser, the award-winning choir aspires to build

on its strengths and accomplishments to achieve

new levels of performance and audience engagement.

Collaborations with outstanding guest artists

and partners give audiences and performers

a deep appreciation for choral masterworks and

new Canadian music.

The Pax Christi Chamber Choir placed first

in its category in Choral Canada’s 2017 national

competition for amateur choirs. We champion

great choral music among a diverse community.

We have an inclusive philosophy and welcome

audience members and choristers from all backgrounds

and walks of life.

Pax Christi Chorale has moved its activities

online for the 2020/21 season. Visit our website

for more information on audition and concert

information, or email interim executive director

Cynthia Hawkins.

Cynthia Hawkins




● The Piano Lunaire

The Piano Lunaire is a contemporary classical

music organization based in Toronto, pursuing

the presentation of artistic excellence in the 21st

Century. The company’s portfolio is three-fold: we

produce monthly full moon performances, house

a record label (“Lunaire Records”), and collaborate

with the Canadian musical community at

large, in the capacity of both fundraising and

pedagogical platform. Correspondingly, our

mission comprises three mandates: 1) to present

new, dynamic and piano-centric music from the

last fifty years to present; 2) to give voice to emerging

professionals in the vibrant scene that is


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