Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Members of the Kingston Choral Society will join forces with the Kingston Chamber Choir and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in performances of Beethoven's "Choral" Symphony on March 19 at 7:30pm and Sunday March 20 at 2:30pm at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.  For further information visit the Kingston Symphony Association website.

Candlelight Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Evan Mitchell, Conductor
Kingston Choral Society
Ian Juby, Chorus Master

Ring in the season with our classical Christmas concert! An annual sell-out, it is the perfect way to begin your holiday festivities. Hear music written to celebrate the season and sing along with the Kingston Symphony and Kingston Choral Society to your favourite carols. An early gift of music the whole family will enjoy.

Tickets go on sale September 1, 2015.

Tickets:
Adult & Senior - $25
Student - $15
Child (12 years old and under) - $10

Symphonic Spooktacular

Saturday, October 31, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Grand Theatre

Evan Mitchell, Conductor

Ian Juby, Choirmaster

BOO! Join your Kingston Symphony and the Kingston Choral Society this Hallowe'en for a rollicking party where you will get your tricks and your treats! Marvel at the scary symphonic music inspired by demons, Godzilla, Edgar Allan Poe, and candy! Come in costume and you could win a prize. This is the ultimate Hallowe'en event of 2015 you won't want to miss.

 

 GILBERT & SULLIVAN SPECTACULAR SINGALONG

 

2:30 PM Sunday 31 May 2015 

Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston

 

 

Ian Juby, music director, and Clare Gordon, accompanist, are joined by hosts Richard Linley and John Hall in the roles of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

The Singalong featured Kingston Choral Society with guest soloists Lee Clapp, Elisabeth Santos, and Charlotte Stewart-Juby.

The soloists, all from Kingston, are recent graduates in vocal music from Queen's and McGill universities.

Audience Singalong favourites from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas include: "Hail Poetry," "Hark, the hour of ten is sounding," "Strange adventure," "Brightly dawns our wedding day," "We sail the ocean blue," "The Modern Major-General's Song," and the Finale of Act II of The Mikado.


 

 

Gilbert and Sullivan Memories

Ian Juby, Music Director, Kingston Choral Society

 My first exposure to a Gilbert and Sullivan performance was when I was a grade 8 student at Winston Churchill PS and our class walked to KCVI to attend a performance of The Mikado

 Leading the show was an Alfred Hitchcock look alike—the famous George Maybee, of course. He conducted two piano players—probably Betty McKendry and Christopher Hunt—and when the opening chorus hit the stage with their full Gentlemen of Japan regalia and wigs, I was mesmerized—I had never seen anything like it. I had seen a production of South Pacific sitting in the same seat in that auditorium at KC. It was great, and Joan Free singing “Happy Talk” was memorable, but the extravagance of The Mikado was extraordinary. Male chorus members snapped their fans like demons in perfect time, singing very loudly, and beautiful women’s voices soared in three parts. I remembered the great supporting characters, a romantic tenor and soprano, and a funny character who sang a song called “Willow, Tit Willow” and another in which he sang a lot of words very quickly. Little did I know at the time that this was the recipe for the success of all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas.

 The next year I entered grade 9 at KC and performed in my first G&S show, Trial by Jury, conducted by George Maybee and accompanied by two piano players. Costumes weren’t nearly as elaborate as The Mikado, and it wasn’t a very long show, but that production was my first ever G&S operetta at KC. In the years that followed, during the heyday of G&S at KC, I was lucky enough to perform in Yeomen of the Guard, Patience, and HMS Pinafore. I can remember taking one or two of the G&S shows on the road! How did they ever do that? We performed in high schools in Belleville, Brockville, Napanee and Clayton NY. In Clayton the men’s dressing room was the football locker room. When we performed in Napanee my pasted-on beard fell halfway off mid-solo so I turned around, pulled it all off, turned back and finished my solo, not skipping a beat. Many years later I returned to that school as Head of Music for 10 years.

 I didn’t get a chance to experience the joys of Gilbert & Sullivan again until I returned to Kingston from Western University, and began teaching in the area. I was asked to prepare and conduct rehearsals for a Kingston Meistersinger production of … The Mikado! Brian Jackson was going to come in two weeks prior to opening and take over but I prepared the cast until his arrival. I would later get a chance to conduct my own G&S show at the Grand Theatre in another Kingston Meistersinger production of Patience. The accompanying photo is me at a rehearsal for The Gondoliers in 1993, and the youngster I am holding is none other than my daughter Charlotte, one of the soloists at this G&S Spectacular Singalong! 

 The Kingston Meistersingers would continue to mount a G&S production every now and then, but the high school shows were replaced by Broadway musicals and the annual Kinsmen musical was never a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. My wife Hollie Stewart did direct another production of The Mikado at KCVI which was remounted during that school’s 200th anniversary celebration, with alumni joining the cast of high school students on stage for one performance. In my last few years of teaching I had the privilege of being musical director for a KCVI production of The Pirates of Penzance. What a thrill it was for me, not only to be teaching singing back at KC, but teaching soloists and chorus the music from probably Gilbert and Sullivan’s greatest musical achievement. The Pirates of Penzance at KCVI was, and still is, a great memory for me.

 As you see, Gilbert and Sullivan have always been a part of my life. I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to present the Kingston Choral Society in concert with soloists Charlotte Stewart-Juby, Elisabeth Santos and Lee Clapp—three young artists at the beginning of their careers—and two seasoned veterans of the Kingston Stage, G&S in particular, Richard Linley and John Hall, for an afternoon of singalong songs and choruses.

 No need to dust off those scores, you can if you want to, but we will have words for you and a few musical scores for altos, tenors and basses to sing from. It would be a wonderful occasion to meet and catch up with some former school chums, cast members, and maybe even some young people who, like myself in grade 8, might be exposed to Gilbert and Sullivan for the first time.

 See you all on May 31st at 2:30 in Sydenham Street United Church.

 Ian Juby with daughter Charlotte Stewart-Juby rehearsing The Gondoliers in 1993 

 


 

Richard Linley, Savoyard and Host "W. S. Gilbert" 

Richard is an ex-pat Hamiltonian who lives in Kingston with his wife, Heidi, and a couple of cats. He has been active in community theatre for many years, and currently serves on the board of directors at Lennox Community Theatre in Napanee. His interest in Gilbert and Sullivan began during his time as a student at York University when he was stuck for an essay topic for a drama course called "Music In the Theatre." While working at York after graduation, he directed a couple of G&S shows there, and soon became involved in the rather extensive Toronto Savoyard Opera scene. It was at the first rehearsal for a production of Princess Ida that he met Heidi. On moving to Kingston in the early 80s, and finding G&S productions rather harder to come by, he broadened his interests a little and dabbled in performing in or directing a few newer (but not really new) musicals and non-musical stage plays. With Heidi and a group of friends he formed the local murder mystery company, Partners In Crime, and contributed several scripts to that effort. More recently, he has written and directed a few holiday pantomimes, a stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and, in 2012, an historical drama about the War of 1812 (next due for production in 2112, perhaps).

 

John Hall, Savoyard and Host "Arthur Sullivan"
 
Blame it on the production of Pirates of Penzance that sparked John’s interest in theatre. While a first-year student at Western University in 1968, he responded to an audition notice for the G&S society, was cast as a pirate and “caught the bug.” The following year John played an off-beat Dick Deadeye in a contemporary version of HMS Pinafore; then it was the Jester in Yeomen of the Guard; and then the Major-General in another production of Pirates. In 1975, when John visited Kingston, he was impressed with the many possibilities for theatre involvement. He moved here and immediately got involved in a production of Once upon a Mattress at the “tent theatre” in the park. That was the beginning of many roles with the Domino Theatre, Kingston Summer Theatre, the Kinsmen Club of Kingston, Thousand Islands Playhouse and, most importantly, the Meistersingers. In 1986 he again played the role of Jack Point in Yeomen of the Guard and had the pleasure of performing with Richard Linley. In 1988, John took up Richard’s challenge to serve as Musical Director for Kiss Me Kate and continued in that capacity for several productions after. When not involved in theatre, John has taken on the roles of church organist, choir director and piano technician. In 2009, John set up a piano museum in Napanee and became involved in productions at the Lennox Community Theatre in Selby with shows written and directed by his friend—and, on May 31st, his G&S co-host—Richard Linley.

 



Mendelssohn's Elijah

Sunday, March 15, 2015

at 2:30 p.m.

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

 

Leslie Ann Bradley, Soprano
Krisztina Szabó, Mezzo-soprano
Adrian Kramer, Tenor
Jeremy Bowes, Baritone

Kingston Symphony: Evan Mitchell, Conductor
Kingston Choral Society: Ian Juby, Chorus Master

From its first performance in 1846 Elijah was hailed as the greatest oratorio since Handel's Messiah.

In 1896 George Grove confirmed that view and asked, "What more does any work of musical art require?" Grove continued: "Fortunately every additional fact that is elicited about this great composer testifies all the more to his insight, to the depth and warmth of his feelings, and to the indefatigable earnestness with which he worked until he had  the entire meaning of his text and expressed it in music to the utmost of his power and with all the dramatic force that it was capable of."

Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece recounts the story of Biblical prophet Elijah with imposing grandeur through inspired orchestration, beautiful arias, dramatic recitatives, and uplifting choruses.

The program notes, in a pdf file, for the March 15th performance of Elijah are available to be viewed here.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Concerts

 

Candlelight Christmas

Tuesday & Wednesday,

December 16 & 17, 2014

at 7:30 p.m.

St. George's Cathedral

 

Evan Mitchell, Conductor
Kingston Choral Society
Ian Juby, Chorus Master 

The Kingston Choral Society, together with the Kingston Symphony, has for many years performed the Candlelight Christmas concert at St. George's Cathedral.

Evan Mitchell, as the new conductor and music director for the Kingston Symphony, begins his collaboration with the Choral Society in December 2014 with this much-loved tradition, an annual sold-out event.

Familiar festive music, including favourite carols and the Hallelujah Chorus, provide audience members the chance to join in. Other inspiring orchestral works will be offered by the Symphony.

At the two Candlelight Christmas concerts this December the Choral Society will be performing three pieces specially prepared for the occasion, "Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas" by Craig Courtney,  John Rutter's "What Sweeter Music," and Eric Whitacre's "Sleep."

Candlelight Christmas is a celebration for the entire family to enjoy, promising once again to raise our spirits.

ADULT $30 | SENIOR $25 | STUDENT $15 | CHILD $10
TICKETS | (613) 530-2050 | www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca

Please print and post our poster! 

 

 

 

 

 

Mozart's Requiem

Sunday, March 23, 2014

2:30 p.m.

Kingston Gospel Temple

Allison Angelo, Soprano
Jennifer Routhier, Mezzo-Soprano
Christopher Mayell, Tenor
Bruce Kelly, Baritone
Glen Fast, Conductor
Kingston Choral Society

Mozart: Requiem

Mozart's Requiem is both his last and one of his greatest works. Incomplete at his death, the subject of the movie Amadeus, and of plays by Pushkin and Peter Shaffer, it remains shrouded in mystery and speculation. A powerful experience for listeners, this is a masterpiece for all time.

Choralpalooza

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Ian Juby, Conductor

The Urban Dictionary defines a "palooza" as "an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there's no tomorrow." A CHORAL-palooza, by extension, is an all-day party of choral music with a ton of choirs participating. On October 26, 2014 local choirs performed for about twenty minutes each, then joined in a mass choral performance at 3:10 p.m. featuring 400-500 singers singing Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom." But despite the trendy title for this extravaganza, the Kingston Choral Society continued its tradition of excellence in vocal music, singing for the first time in the magnificent setting of the newly opened Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Kingston Choral Society performed three works: 

       'O Magnum Mysterium" a motet by Jacob Gallus, first published in 1586;

Felix Mendelssohn's "He, Watching over Israel" from Elijah;

Ola Gjeilo's "The Ground" an anthem from the last movement of Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass.

 

 

 

 

 


 

'Till the Boys Come Home

Saturday, June 7, 2014 3:00 p.m. 
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, Ontario

The North Lakeshore Mass Chorus featured the Kingston Choral Society and guests in a band and choral tribute to the soldiers of the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who sailed to Europe 100 years ago in October 1914. The afternoon included such favourites as:
"Farewell to Nova Scotia," "Keep the Home Fires Burning," "The Maple Leaf Forever" and "Let there be Peace on Earth."

Music Directors Ian Juby and Judy Scott-Jacobs took the large and appreciative audience on a journey through music of the era, with everyone joining in the singing of well-known tunes of the day such as: "It’s a Long Way to Tipperary," "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag," "K-K-K-Katy" and "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning!" Clare Gordon accompanied a choir of 120 singers from  Kingston, Cobourg and Toronto on the piano, and Sgt. Sylvain Gagnon conducted the Communications and Electronics Vimy Band.

Carmina Burana

Saturday, November 9, 2013  

7:30 p.m.

Kingston Gospel Temple

Carla Huhtanen, Soprano
David Trudgen, Tenor
Michael Nyby, Baritone


Richard Lee, Guest Conductor
Kingston Choral Society
Queen's Choral Ensemble
Cantabile Children's Choir

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

As a chorus of medieval fair maidens once uttered forth "a thousand joys," so too did the Kingston Symphony, Kingston Choral Society, Queen's University Choral Ensemble, and Cantabile Children's Choir, as they unleashed the musical gusto of Orff's Carmina Burana. With over 200 musicians performing, the vitality of the driving rhythms and powerful melodies were shared in this popular 20th-century masterpiece.