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 April 2009 - Nr. 4
Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern

Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 12 Noon

Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto

FREE Admission

Call 416-872-4255 for further information

The concert is suitable for ages 6 and up

The Hamilton Children’s Choir and High Park Choirs of Toronto join forces for a one-hour concert of enchanting choral music on Thursday, April 30 at 12 Noon as part of Roy Thomson Hall’s Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts.  The combined two choirs featuring 80 young choristers, are led by conductor Zimfira Poloz and accompanied by organist-pianist Shawn Grenke, who will also perform several pieces for solo organ.  The program will take listeners on a musical journey to Spain, Denmark, England, Israel, Czech Republic, USA and Canada with works by Pablo Casals, Benjamin Britten, Stephen Hatfield, Karl Jenkins, Javier Busto, Josef Hadar and others.

This popular noontime series, currently enjoying its 12th season, showcases Canada’s finest choral ensembles and organists in concert, and spotlights Roy Thomson Hall’s magnificent Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ. The four-manual, dual-console organ has 5,207 pipes and 71 stops and is one of the largest mechanical action instruments in Canada. This performance marks the fourth and final free noon-hour concert of the 2008-2009 season.

The Hamilton Children’s Choir, celebrating nearly 35 years of choral singing, has been invited to participate in the "Let the Future Sing" 70th Choral Festival in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2009, an exclusive festival featuring 10 of the world’s best children’s choirs. And as a result of winning both the Grand Prize at the CBC Radio National Choral Competition (April 2008) and the Le Mondial CBC Radio Cantabile Award (May 2008), the choir will compete in the World International Choral Competition to be held in Laval, Quebec in July 2009. As well, the choir is a finalist in the prestigious "Let the Peoples Sing" International Choral Competition and will compete in Oslo, Norway via satellite in October 2009.

Established 22 years ago, The High Park Choirs of Toronto has been under the direction of conductor Zimfira Poloz since 2004 and has been the Children’s Choir in Residence for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music since 2005. The choir has toured Europe, performed throughout Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and can be heard on several Classical Kids recordings, including the Juno Award-winning A Classical Kids Christmas. The choir, which includes five divisions of girls and boys ranging in age from 5 to 20, presents two major annual concerts, and participates in many community performances and workshops. In July 2009, the choir tours to Germany and France.

Zimfira Poloz
is a highly respected conductor, educator and adjudicator with an international reputation. She is the artistic director and conductor of both the Hamilton Children’s Choir and the High Park Choirs of Toronto. Her many accolades include the Honoured Representative of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Award, the City of Hamilton's V.I.P. Award, and the Leslie Bell Prize Award for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council. She first established her musical credentials in her native Kazakhstan, where she founded the country's first Choir School; and under her direction the school’s concert choir "Koktem," attained international status and won top prizes in choral competitions and festivals around the world.

Shawn Grenke
holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto. He has served as organist and music director for eight churches in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and is presently the Director of Music at All Saints’ Kingsway Anglican Church in Toronto. He is currently the accompanist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto and assistant conductor and accompanist for the Hamilton Children’s Choir.

Roy Thomson Hall’s Choir & Organ Concerts are generously supported by Edwards Charitable Foundation.

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