Banff Center for Arts and Creativity workshop intensive where we get to work with award-winning, international composition and conductor faculty, and work with ensemble-in-residence Pro Coro Canada. The weekend aims to create exchanges between a circle of creators, leaders, and performers active in the choral music milieu. The workshop also aims to support and bring visibility to the Canadian choral community, and encourage collaboration within the Canadian network. Choirs will explore new approaches to the performance of choral music, work on pre-existing repertoire, explore new works, and further refine their craft through coaching and lectures. We are very excited to have been offered this opportunity.
Cantala is off to Banff Alberta this February 14-17th, 2020 to attend a choral Art weekend at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. We will be working with Michael Zaugg (Montreal, Canada) and Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton, Canada), Lone Larsen (Sweden), Sven Helbig (Germany) in a weekend of exploration and camaraderie.
The choral art weekend is an intensive workshop that will explore the creation and presentation of choral music in the 21st Century. Choirs will explore movement and improvisation as well as refine their sound as an ensemble through workshops and masterclasses.
It will also be a weekend where we will be immersed in the world of choral art and also have the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning, international composition and conductor faculty, and work with ensemble-in-residence Pro Coro Canada.
The weekend aims to create exchange between a circle of creators, leaders, and performers active in the choral music milieu. The workshop also aims to support and bring visibility to the Canadian choral community, and encourage collaboration within the Canadian network.
Since moving to Montreal, Swiss-native Michael Zaugg has distinguished himself as an innovative and versatile conductor on the Canadian choral scene. Active as Artistic Director, Guest Conductor, pedagogue and clinician, Michael Zaugg brings a wealth of experience and creativity to his work. He is constantly exploring new ways of integrating art forms with choral music, featuring live paintings, poetry and light /multi-media to name a few. Concepts feature traditional orchestras as well as rarely heard instruments such as the alphorn, accordion or the gamelan.
A passionate pedagogue, Michael Zaugg is strongly committed to his work not only with choirs but also with other conductors. He teaches privately and has given numerous Master Classes on conducting and rehearsal technique. Michael’s students, coming from diverse choral backgrounds, appreciate a hands-on approach when working with his ensembles.
Lone Larsen, one of Sweden’s most distinguished conductors, is an innovative choral leader with a strong musical integrity. As a teacher of conducting she is a role model for young conductors and singers.
She continues to challenge existing concert forms with the aim of creating surprise and engaging the audience. Lone Larsen invites all singers to a creative, playful platform of making music. She is highly sought-after as an inspiring leader of workshops and concert projects in different countries.
Sven Helbig is a composer for orchestra and choir music. Beside this, he is active in the field of electronic music (Dark Ambient, Noise, Field Recordings), mostly combining it with classical instruments.
In 1996, Sven Helbig and hornist Markus Rindt founded the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is specialized in new, symphonic music in unusual productions and was the first European symphony orchestra to exclusively perform contemporary music.
Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Kingsley School: Feb. 22, 1 pm
Adam Enkin (voice), Marc Enkin (guitar, piano, etc.), Paul Klein (guitar), and Jeff McNabney (drums). Family friendly fun! Bingo, games, snacks!
The concert is free to the public. Cantala is thrilled to be invited to participate in this series and to perform with the esteemed organist David Simon in the recital.
Cantala Women’s Choir: Saturday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Forest Hill United Church, 2 Wembley Road (at Bathurst, just north of Eglinton)
Join Nancy Singla and the Cantala Women’s Choir, along with guest performers, for our spring 2020 concert. It will be a celebration of wonderful music from Canada, America, Australia and Brazil. It will feature Toronto’s percussionist, David Schotzko on marimba in a piece by Toronto composer James Rolfe.
Tickets are $20 from me personally, at the door, or online at www.cantalawomenschoir.com. A reception will follow the concert. Please stay and say hello.
Parking: free, very small parking lot on site; extremely limited free street parking, plus a small Green P parking lot one block away off of Eglinton.
Here’s a quick recording that guitarist Mike Allen and I did last year. “How Deep is the Ocean” by Irving Berlin Please drop me an email to email@example.com if you want to be added to my mailing list.
Recent Past Performances
Hildegard of Bingen: Her Life, Art and Music
TriCordium Voces (Voices from the Heart): Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.
$15 advance tickets at Eventbrite online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hildegard-of-bingen-her-music-tickets-72464921531?aff=erelexpmlt.
Hildegard of Bingen embarked on one of the most creative outpourings in history after a mystical experience in her early forties.
Back Lane Studios, 9 Neepawa Ave., Toronto
$20 at the door, or $40 for three lectures, in advance, on Eventbrite
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This concert/program will feature a number of melodic chant compositions from Hildegard’s 70-song cycle known as the “Celestial Harmonies”. Additionally, to celebrate Hildegard’s diversity as a highly accomplished poet, writer and visionary, readings will be presented based on her mystical poetry, medical writings from “Physica”, and the use of Hildegard’s music within the monastic setting. Themes of the ‘living light’ illuminating all, the ‘fiery essence’ of the holy spirit cleansing all, ‘viriditas’ or greening power, divine wisdom, and ‘healing through wholeness’ are an integral part of Hildegard’s opus. Trio Cordium Voces has created special arrangements of these songs, featuring solos, trios and instrumental music to highlight the relationship of text and music.
Medieval musicians Krystina Lewicki (voice, bandura plucked strings), Linda Falvy (voice, bells, bowed strings) and Rebecca Enkin (voice, recorder) first met while singing with Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir. They share a love of sacred chant, especially the mystical compositions of Hildegard von Bingen. Trio Cordium Voces bring a mix of historically informed medieval performance practices and vibrant sounds of recreated medieval instruments to revitalize the spirit of Hildegard’s music.
After more than 800 years in obscurity, Hildegard of Bingen has in recent years caught the modern imagination. Back Lane Studios has featured the 12thcentury abbess in our Extraordinary Women Series at the Revue Cinema, and on each occasion, audience members expressed the wish to learn more about this remarkable polymath and her work. She composed music, poetry and the first known morality play; she wrote theological books and was the only medieval woman to preach openly to a mixed audience; she also explored the sciences – medicine, botany and cosmology.
In a series of three Sunday afternoon lectures at our studio at 9 Neepawa Ave., we will look more closely at her life, the art in her manuscripts and her music. Space is limited. Tickets for all three lectures: $40 In advance on Eventbrite. Buy tickets to the first lecture only: $15 on Eventbrite. Tickets at the door, if available: $20 each lecture. Coffee or tea are included.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES
Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm – Heliconian Hall
$30 at the door or online in advance https://www.heliconianclub.org/concert-series, https://bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/715
Travel far and wide with Heliconian musicians, and let us take you on a musical journey around the world. From the Gamelan orchestras of Indonesia to the pop music of England, we will take you on an Eighty Minute Musical Tour that you will long remember. Cantala will be singing R. Murray Schafer’s exciting Gamelan choral work.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Music in the Atrium – Free and open to the public
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue, 7th floor, just outside the main elevators
There are little tables and chairs and you can bring something to eat and drink.
Leave a little extra time to find the performance space.
Parking: indoor lot behind hospital on Murray Street ($20); street parking may be available in the surrounding area.
TTC: a short walk south of Queen’s Park Station, on the west side of University Avenue.
Cantala and Friends present Benefit Concert for Eritrean Refugee Support
November 9, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm, Forest Hill United Church
Admission is a $20 cash donation. Reception follows.
2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario M6C 2E9 Canada + Google Map
This benefit concert featuring members of the Cantala Women’s Choir (singing Alleluia, Gamelan, and Coventry Carol), The Forest Hill United Church Choir, Skull Engineering Choir (UofT), Canadian Men’s Chorus, and Pax Christi, the choir the Rev. Stephen Fetter sings with. While there will be a few choral numbers, many of the choristers are also performers in their own right, and are looking forward to sharing some of the other kinds of music they like to make in their spare time. There will be singers and instrumentalists, and small groups.
Forest Hill United has been sponsoring Asmat and Million as refugees to Canada, There are still some medical expenses they need help with and we want to see them off to the best start possible. Please bring your friends to this gala performance.
Mike Allen (guitar) and Rebecca Enkin Jazz Duo
Saturday, November 23, 2019
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Fireside concert at the home of Mike and Erika Allen.
39 Seaton Drive, Aurora, Ontario.
$30 ticket. A fundraiser in support of the Toronto Humane Society.
Reservations at 905-726-9043
Cantala recorded “Dancing Day” by John Rutter with Erica Goodman on harp; and “Gamelan” by R. Murray Schafer, and “Alleluia” by David McIntyre.
Special guest: renowned Canadian harpist Erica Goodman
Sat, Dec. 7, 2019, 7:00 pm – $20 at the door, or in advance at this link: Tickets
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Road, Toronto
East of Keele, north of Bloor; near Keele subway and street parking
Dancing Day, John Rutter
Hodie Christus Natus Est, Kelly Marie Murphy
Les anges dans nos campagnes, Bernat Vivancos
Angel’s Carol, John Rutter
Alleluia, David L. MacIntyre
Ave Verum Corpus, Francis Poulenc
Coventry Carol, a world premier by Beverly Lewis, with oboist Donald Boere
Mezzetta Annual Holiday Show
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Featuring Rebecca Enkin Trio with Rob Thaller on keys and Pat Collins on bass, plus special guests Marc Enkin on harmonica and banjo; Joanna Reynolds on horn; and Arnold Winterhoff on snare!
Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner. Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm. Quiet listening policy during the show. $12 cover charge
Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie, Toronto
Reservations required for first set: 416-658-5687.
Click here for Mezzetta menu