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Three rooms and a garden
by David Perlman
ROOM NUMBER ONE in this little story is the inverted sugar bowl at
Simcoe and King called Roy Thomson Hall, October 26 2004. Something very intimate is happening in that ordinarily cavernous space, as
Bernard Labadie leads Les Violons du Roy in Mozart’s Requiem. The
sense of danger and discovery in the performance has every performer
riveted to Labadie’s hands; the audience floats an inch off our seats.
Afterwards in the lobby, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra
conductor Alain Trudel speaks to the 150 or so high-schoolers, many at
their first concert, who are there as part of RTH’s ongoing Share the
Music program. “You may not realize it for a long time” Trudel said,
“but tonight you heard something special – not just kind of special,
more like once in a lifetime special.” And from the grins of the performers on the edge of the crowd, you know they know it too.
(The orchestra leaves RTH for the airport, straight from the
concert, facing a schedule rigorous enough to wipe the grins off most
people’s faces: land in Chicago; bus to St. Louis, bus to Kansas City,
fly to Denver. Major-league music on a minor league budget.)
Among the performers that magic night are two bassoonists,
Mathieu Lussier and Nadina Mackie Jackson.
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ROOM NUMBER TWO FEELS TINY. The notice on the door of the closet
on its north wall reads: “This cupboard is reserved for clergy vestments.” High priest, on this occasion, is San Francisco-based sound
recording engineer par excellence David v.R. Bowles surrounded by
the tools of his trade: computer, mixing board; cables running through a
hatch into an adjacent room, and speakers, on the floor, through which
come the sounds of bassoons, contrabassoon and a harpsichord.
The place is St Anne’s Anglican Church, sandwiched between
Gladstone Ave and Dufferin Street in Toronto’s downtown west. It is
Tuesday May 17 2005. The music filtering into the vestry is a sonata
by Michel Corrette, part of his Opus 20, “Les Délices de la Solitude”
written in Paris in 1739. The ensemble is called Musica Franca: harpsichordist Paul Jenkins, contrabassoon Fraser Jackson, ... and bassoonists Mathieu Lussier and Nadina Mackie Jackson.
Corrette is one of two composers that Musica Franca is here to
record. The other is Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, 20 years Corrette’s
senior, also a self-publishing Parisian composer of the early eighteenth
century. “The Corrette is music that Mathieu and I have shared for
years, carrying around to play when we have the chance” Nadina explains. “But on last fall’s tour with Violons du Roy Mathieu brought
the Boismortier along, Opus 26 and Opus 50, and this idea of “Musica Franca” fell into place.
The recording goes in little bursts – interrupted sometimes by
tonmeister Bowles, sometimes by trucks idling, like contrabassoons
(alas, not in A440) at the Cadbury Factory across the road on Gladstone. Sometimes the musicians stay in the church to listen to tonmeister Bowles’ meticulous observations after each take.“Mathieu and
Nadina you need to match ornaments at (measure) 22, I don’t mind
what but they need to match… .” Other times they crowd into the little
vestry and play the take back, scores in hand, making notes and decisions as they go: both Boismortier and Corrette expected their players
to provide their own inventions and flourishes.
They work steadily this way from eleven, past the anticipated
one o’clock deadline till nearly two, and suddenly, trucks notwithstanding, the morning’s goal is reached. Work will resume after a three hour
break, with Toronto Consort lutenist Terry McKenna joining the
evening session. It will be a long one. Tomorrow organist Richard Paré
and theorbist Sylvain Bergeron will come in from Montréal as the focus
shifts from Corrette to Boismortier, the second cd in the two-cd set.
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enormous kitchen
that takes up the
whole back of Nadina and Fraser’s home
a few blocks east and
south of St Anne’s.
The walls of the
house are covered
with paintings, many
of them (like the one
on the cover of the
magazine this issue)
Nadina’s own work.
The kitchen talk is
slow and easy.
Music that speaks to you
and the
Aradia Ensemble’s Kevin Mallon helps Fraser Jackson
get a handle on a baroque contrabassoon. “I love how
Kevin works and records,” Nadina says, “one readthrough and then we fly at it. And the strange thing is
that I come out of it feeling like I have really lived the
music rather than skimming over it.”
“Baroque and modern music have a lot in common, which is why so
many of us are drawn to both” Mathieu says. “In both it is a constant
exploration. Not like your usual symphonic work – you know, where
there are three notes to blow— short, average or long.”
“It’s even more so for our particular instruments” says Nadina.
“We are all playing the instruments that usually provide the support for
the treble instruments but because of the wide range of all our instruments, we can easily provide both roles.”
(“Easily” might not be many bassoonists’ word of choice, here,
but for this founding member of the acclaimed Caliban Quartet, after
thirty years engagement with her chosen instrument, it’s probably true.)
AND THE GARDEN OF THE STORY’S TITLE? Well, simply that July 7, Musica Franca brings Corrette and Boismortier, along with work by Mathieu
Lussier himself, to the Summer Music Garden series.
In the simplistic confines of this story, it’s only a ten minute
bike ride from the Jacksons’ kitchen to the Music Garden at the foot of
Spadina. In reality, the five perfomers will have covered tens of thousands of kilometres between now and then. For Nadina, for example,
early June takes her to Texas for the International Double Reed Conference during which she will play a recital with longtime collaborator
pianist David Swan (“Oddbird and Swan” as they style themselves).
And that’s just the beginning.
The extraordinary trans- and inter-continental criss-crossing that
makes for the summer’s myriad merry meetings is under way.
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I SPENT SOME TIME recently with Dave Young talking about festivals
and touring in general, – if anyone can speak with authority on
those subjects it is Dave. For more than three decades he has been
part of the touring circuit and has experienced the full spectrum, as
a sideman, as well as leading his own groups here and overseas.
Dave Young was out there touring with pianist Wray
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touch of masochism to go on the road. That has changed some but it
is no easy matter to become one of the favoured few who receive
money from, for example, Canada Council, and the application procedure represents something of a challenge, with absolutely no certainty that there will be a grant forthcoming at the end. David has
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subsidise his own music rather than cancel a tour. In fact he hasn’t
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As those of you who attended the
April WholeNote Salon will know,
I am among other things an avid
amateur cellist and it was my great
pleasure on that occasion to perform piano trios with two of our distinguished reviewers, John and Larry Beckwith. Those two gentlemen
have each chosen Beethoven recordings on the Bridge Records
label to review this month and you
can find their thoughts in the Discs
of the Month section. We also have
a pair of Vivaldi reviews by Frank
Nakashima and Robert Tomas, reviews of two Canadian flute discs
by John S. Gray, Bruce Surtees’
impressions of the works of two
19th century women composers,
Daniel Foley looks at two Mahler
recordings by Pierre Boulez and
Tiina Kiik gives us her take on two
new tango recordings. So all in all
things seem to be happening in
pairs this month.
But that’s not what I started out to
say. Piano Trios and String Quartets are the most common chamber ensembles and the lion’s share
of the chamber music repertoire
falls into one or other of these genres. My own amateur groups have
most often also fit these formations
but at the moment, due to the vagaries of personnel scheduling conflicts, I am performing in a hybrid
of the two, a Piano Quartet. For
this reason it was with great interest that I requested a review copy
of Sibelius – Complete Piano
Quartets (BIS-CD-1182). There
are five quartets in all, and
they are all
lovely music,
but not what I
None of the
works are for
the traditional instrumentation of
piano, violin, viola and cello. Instead we find works for 2 violins,
cello and piano, for violin, cello and
piano four hands, and even for violin, cello, piano and harmonium.
These are all very early, some even
student, pieces written between the
ages of 19 and 26 and all except
the last, the Quartet in c minor, are
recorded here the first time. One
of the most curious is entitled Ljunga Wirginia and is described as an
“opera” to a [lost] libretto by Si-
belius’ school friend Walter von
Konow, although there is no reference to a vocal line in the score
or sketches of this dramatic work.
While I did not find any material
here useful for my own music making purposes, the disc does provide
some interesting insight into another side of this great Nordic composer known predominantly for his
mature orchestral scores.
Speaking of orchestral works, I
have been enjoying a disc entitled
Color by the French composer
Marc-André Dalbavie (Naïve
MO 782162) in recent weeks. I
first came across his music at a
Continuum concert earlier this season where I was very impressed
by a piece for flute, clarinet, violin,
viola, cello and piano. Dalbavie,
born in 1961, represents a second
generation of “spectral” composers, carrying on the explorations
begun by Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail in the mid-1970s. His
work is also linked to developments in visual arts. The disc includes two recent orchestral
works, Color (2001) and Ciaccona
(2002) performed by the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach. Eiichi Chijiiwa, the orchestra’s co-principal violinist, is
featured in the
Concerto for
Violin from
1996, a work
which he premiered at the
Donaueschingen Festival.
“Color” is indeed an apt title for
the Dalbavie disc, but it could
equally apply to the music of Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Perhaps better known as a conductor than composer, he has been at
the helm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the past 13 years and
has recorded extensively with that
orchestra. His most recent release
however, Wing on Wing (Deutsche Grammophon 477 5375), features three recent orchestral scores
by the Finnish Radio
The title piece
is an eerie
work scored
for large orchestra, two wordless
coloratura sopranos (Anu and Piia
Komsi) and the prerecorded voice
of Frank O. Gehry. Wing on Wing
(2004) was inspired by, and written for the opening of, the Walt
Disney Concert Hall - new home
of the L. A. Philharmonic - a strikingly angular, yet strangely curvaceous edifice designed by Gehry.
The disc also includes the 2001 composition Foreign Bodies and 2002’s
Insomnia. This last is likened to
“the dreamlike atmosphere of
Goya’s The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters” by Corinna
Hesse, author of the CD’s liner
notes. I agree - it’s no wonder this
man doesn’t sleep much!
And staying
on the subject
of orchestral
discs, this
month sees
the re-release
of an important disc of
Canadian orchestral repertoire,
thanks to a new arrangement between the CBC and the Canadian
Music Centre. Orchestre Métropolitain 2 (CMCCD 10705) is the
first fruit of a collaboration that will
produce reissues of a number orchestral discs on the Centrediscs
label that initially appeared in the
CBC catalogue. One could ask why
our national broadcaster is divesting itself of these historically important (and musically interesting)
recordings, but at least we can be
thankful that they are finding a permanent home with an organization
committed to promoting them. It
also means an important boost to
the Centrediscs catalogue by making orchestral recordings, normally prohibitively expensive to produce, a viable option. This first offering, which features Montreal’s
Orchestre Métropolitain under
Walter Boudreau’s direction, includes dramatic, high-energy works
by five Quebecois composers: Linda Bouchard, Denis Gougeon, Brian Cherney and Boudreau himself,
along with the haunting Orion by the
late Claude Vivier. Of particular
note is Bouchard’s Élan, a fiery
overture-like work composed (as
were Cherney’s Transfiguration
and Gougeon’s À l’aventure) for the
opening of concert of the Festival
Montréal Musiques Actuelles in
November 1990.
The final release I’d like to mention this month is also on the Centrediscs label, but in this instance
a world premiere recording. 16
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Portraits: Music of MichelGeorges Brégent (CMCCD
10705) features Christina Petrowska Quilico’s live performance
from the Music Gallery which was
part of New Music Concerts’ Piano Marathon Weekend in September 2003. The Portraits, subtitled
Romantic Etudes for Piano, are exactly that. But
not portraits
of specific
people or even
places. The
titles tell us
that they are
depictions of
such nebulous concepts as “Unattainable Love”, “Ideal Romance”
or “Greatness”, or characters such
as “Misunderstood Visionaries”,
“The Beggar” and “Concealed
Refugee”. We are also presented
with such exuberant sentiments as
“Go Rocker-Gangs, Go!” and
“Race for Cash”, alongside the
poignant “Vietnam Disaster”. The
works range from naïvely anachronistic displays of Romantic pianistic fireworks, to Boogie-woogielike riffing, with many stops and
side trips taken along the way providing a kind of compendium of
“piano stylings” from the century
leading up to the composer’s birth.
Not what we might expect from a
composer of “serious” contemporary concert music, but we must
keep in mind that the cycle was
begun in 1966 when the Brégent was
just 18 years old. This is before his
formal composition studies at the
Montreal Conservatoire with
Gilles Tremblay, although he already had produced the Grande
Toccate-Sonate Barbare and the
first version of his important biblical fresco Les Testaments. Lasting
more than an hour and a half, Portraits was a project that Brégent
continued to work on intermittently until 1988, 5 years before his
untimely death. Petrowska Quilico, who was his wife for some of
this period, brings many personal
insights to her performance. It is
obviously a labour of love, and one
which we are thankful she has undertaken.
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T.O. Musical Diary
by Colin Eatock
Breeding Like Rabbits
This month’s column began with a chance meeting, one afternoon in
May, with one of Toronto’s senior piano teachers. “There are so
many good young piano students these days,” said the distinguished
pedagogue (who shall remain nameless) with a sigh. “But where will
they all find work?” Indeed, pianists have a reputation for abundance – much like rabbits in Australia. So I set out to find out what
I could about the opportunities and obstacles these hardy, prolific
creatures (the pianists, I mean) meet with in our city.
May 19, 2005: My mission begins at Remenyi House of Music on
Bloor Street. There, amidst the shiny Steinways, I find Mark, a piano technician hard at work. He tells me that business is good: these
days, a successful piano technician in this city might have as many
as 300 clients. And to account for the large number of pianos in Toronto, he offers historical reasons.
“During the 1920s and ‘30s, pianos were like colour TV sets –
everybody had one,” he observes, “and the piano is still a vibrant
part of our musical life.” He also points out that, in bygone days,
pianos were not only purchased and played in Toronto, but also
built here: Heintzman Street in the Junction remains as a memorial
to the city’s leading manufacturer.
Later the same day: The name Andrew Kwan may not be known to
many concert-goers, although many of the musicians he manages
are. Kwan’s agency has represented numerous Canadian pianists
over the years: currently, James Parker, Jane Coop, Michael Kim
and Antonin Kubalek are on his roster. In his opinion, there has, of
late, been an increase in both the “challenges and opportunities” facing pianists. As well, he notes that young pianists sometimes acquire
unrealistic attitudes.
“Most students wish for the solo-concerto career, but they don’t
understand the marketplace,” says Kwan. “When they come to me, I
ask them if they are honestly ready. I tell them that I already represent some very fine pianists, and would they feel their artistic voice
is different from what I already have?”
Kwan is also concerned about the commonly held notion that a
musician must make a big splash at a young age. “They think their
careers need to start immediately, and if they aren’t famous by the
time they’re 25, they’re washed up. Yet some of the greatest pianists – Goode, or Serkin – started much later. Success is not based on
first engagements, but on re-engagements.”
May 20, 2005: I drop in at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s temporary digs, near Bloor and Dufferin, to hear Andrew Aarons’ graduation recital. I’ve never before heard this 21-year-old pianist – who
performs Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and more Chopin – but it’s immediately apparent that he’s an accomplished musician. He’s fleetfingered, but not flashy in the way some young pianists can be.
Rather, there’s a kind of understated subtlety to his playing.
Afterwards, as he greets friends and relatives outside the hall, I
find out a little more about him. Now finished his studies in Toronto, he’ll be going to London’s Royal College of Music, to pursue a
master’s degree there. And what does he think of the notion that
there are already too many pianists in the world? “There are lots of
pianists – but not so many good ones,” he replies with a knowing
smile. He goes on to say that it’s important for a pianist to “find a
niche” – although he declines to suggest what his will be. Currently,
his interests are wide ranging: everything from contemporary music
to baroque harpsichord.
It’s of course far too early to predict what kind of career Aarons
will have. But he’s talented, intelligent and level-headed – and these
traits will no doubt serve him in good stead. I wish him luck. And if
I may say so without implying condescension – he’ll need it.
Colin Eatock is a composer and writer in Toronto who contributes to
the Globe and Mail and other publications. His T.O. Musical Diary
is a regular monthly feature of The WholeNote magazine.
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Every Monday just after noon
from May 30 to early September
you can leave the noise and teeming activity of downtown behind
and go into the cool and quiet of
Holy Trinity Church for a fortyfive minute concert, one of the
Music Mondays summer series.
The series, which began in 1992,
is now entering its fourteenth year
of providing a rejuvenating musical interlude in the heart of downtown. This year, according to artistic director, Susan Crowe Connolly, the theme of the series is
diversity. The programs on June
6, 13 and 27 are various configurations of stringed, percussion and
woodwind instruments, June 20 is
stride pianist, Bill Westcott and on
July 4 the original artistic director
of the series, pianist and harpsichordist, Paul Jenkins returns with
soprano, Andrea Gerhardt. All the
details are in our listings, so do
try to make it out at least once or
twice to hear some great music in
the summer without leaving town.
On June 4 the Oakville Chamber
Orchestra, conducted by Stephane
Potvin, will present a program that
includes Jacques Hétu’s Third
Symphony, a highly successful
work that has been played all over
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There is plenty of chamber music
to select from in June. The music
of Ravel, Takemitsu and Schubert
will be explored as a vehicle for
dance in Via Salzburg’s Phantasies and Chrysanthemums program
on June 2 & 3; a new group, the
Zonnebloem Chamber Ensemble, will perform trios by
Beethoven and Brahms on June 3.
Two string quartets perform on
Sunday, June 5: the Contreras
Quartet at 2:00 in Oakville and
the Sunrise Quartet at 3:00 in Toronto. Flutist Edward Brescacin
and pianist, Cecilia Ignatieff, will
give a recital Sunday, June 12;
another flutist, Samantha Chang,
with musical friends, will give a
recital on Friday, June 17. TSO
concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch, also with musical friends, will
give a recital on Sunday, June 19,
and on June 20 Music Toronto will
present the Gryphon Trio at Jane
Mallett Theatre performing
Brahms’ Piano Trio in C, opus 87,
with commentary by composer,
Gary Kulesha.
There will also be several fine
vocal recitals in June. June 7 soprano, Alexa Wing and pianist,
Michael Bloss do a noon-hour con-
cert of baroque music at St. James’
Cathedral. Is Bobby McFerrin’s
June 10 concert at Roy Thomson
Hall a vocal recital? I’d say so. On
June 13 the Swedish Women’s
Education Association presents
Mia Karlsson, a recipient of the
Jenny Lind Scholarship for promising sopranos, in the 5th annual
Jenny Lind Recital. Mezzo soprano, Monica Zerbe, a prize winner in 1999 in the first Yrjö Kilpinen Symposium and Art Song Competition, will perform songs by
Chausson, Rachmaninoff and
Wagner with pianist, Brahm Goldhamer, on June 17. On June 18
soprano, Patricia O’Callaghan and
friends present an intriguing program entitled “Carmen Fantasies.”
Tenor, Corneliu Montano, will
sing on June 24 at Roy Thomson
Hall as guest artist with pianist,
Richard Clayderman and on June
25 soprano, Rachel Persaud, and
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This curious musical form, usuBaroque period, including works ally with a short and simple repeatby Corelli, Castello, Biber, Schei- ed phrase in the bass part, has prodt, Purcell and Christopher Gib- vided the inspiration for many varbons (June 4 at St. Thomas’ An- iations and improvisations. Curiglican Church).
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Summer festivals provide working
musicians, students and amateurs
with chances to remember that
much of what we call “early music”, was not written for professionals to play for captive audiences, but rather for music-loving
people to play for, and with, other
music-loving people.
The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (June 1-14) takes
place at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. One of the
great benefits of this event is the
free concerts such as the opening
“Faculty Concert” (June 3) with
the Tafelmusik Orchestra and
Choir, Ann Monoyios, and Rufus
Müller, directed by Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins. There’s also
the “Faculty Chamber Concert”
(June 7), a noon-hour recital
played by members of Tafelmusik.
The student orchestra and choir
of the TBSI under the direction of
Lamon and Taurins take their turn
on June 11. The Grand Finale Concert combines the talents of the Institute choir and orchestra with that
of the parent Orchestra and Choir
on June 14. Too good to be true!
The TBSI is also open to auditors. If you are not an advanced
student, or a pre-professional or
professional player or singer, you
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participating. Auditors can register for individual classes for as little as $20, or purchase daily passes for $50. An open pass for the
events of the entire institute costs
$395. This is a wonderful opportunity for serious but less advanced
musicians, and non-musicians with
a strong interest in period performance and music.
The Grand River Baroque Festival (June 24-26) - A musicallyintense weekend is in store for all
those who attend this event not far
from Toronto.
“You walk into the barn and you
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hanging in the air, waiting,” violinist Julia Wedman, a Grand River performing returnee, says.
You can hear Bach Cantatas #12
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featuring violinists Julie Baumgartel, Farran James, Linda Melsted,
and Julia Wedman; a Baroque
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of Blow, Locke, Purcell and Handel; and Bach’s great masterpiece,
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by intimate concerts in the crypt
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passed away early last year. I woncommunity is on fire in the first
dered whether Lawrence felt that
half of June, thanks to the cuthere’d been a sense of “torchratorial prowess of Soundpassing” from Niki, who had himstreams’ artistic director Lawself organized three massive June
rence Cherney and the ingenuchoral festivals in 1989, 1993 and
ity of several of our leading
2002. Characteristically, Cherney
community choral directors.
praised the memory of Niki’s genThe major choral events of
ius for promotion and mixing and
the month are connected to the
matching world and Canadian talNorthern Voices Festival. In
ent and commented on how inspirkeeping with their mandate of
ing he found it. However, he put
bringing together Canadian and
his finger on an important differvisiting artists, Soundstreams
ence between the two gentlemen:
has gathered a stunning array of “I’m simply not interested in
choral talent from Scandinavia, putting together another performLatvia, Germany and, of course, ance of the Verdi Requiem”.
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Every evening, from June 4-12, it is the intriguing repertoire that
top notch choirs will perform in is front and centre in this festithe Festival’s home venue: Met- val. From major works by Caropolitan United Church. Canada nadians (James Rolfe, R. Muris represented by the Elora Festi- ray Schafer, Abigail Richardson,
val Singers, Pro Coro Canada Melissa Hui, Jacques Hétu and
(from Edmonton), the Elmer Isel- Harry Somers) to recent works
er Singers, the Nathaniel Dett Cho- by some of today’s leading chorale and the Tafelmusik Chamber r a l c o m p o s e r s ( T a v e n e r ,
Choir (conducted by the legendary Gorecki, Part, Penderecki, Vasks
Frieder Bernius). Guest choirs in- and Nystedt), the festival celeclude the Latvian Radio Choir, the brates contemporary music by
Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and the boldly putting it front and centre
Danish National Radio Choir.
In addition, several “cutting
edge” smaller ensembles are featured in the festival. These include
the Finnish Huutajat “Shouting
Men”, whose primal vocalizing
reminds us of the roots of vocal
utterance. Two small six-member
vocal ensembles – the popular
Rajaton and Nordic Voices –
present finely-honed intimate choral repertoire, and the virtuosic
Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
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from Purcell, Mendelssohn,
Brahms, Richard Strauss, Dufay,
Gesualdo and Bach.
On the weekends of the festival
(June 3-5 and 10-12), Trinity College is hosting a conference featuring workshops, seminars and
round-table discussions.
In short, it’s a feast. I’m going
to try to get to as many of the
events as possible. There’s nothing like a festival of choral music
to revive the spirit and feed the soul
(not to mention the brain)!! Call
416-366-7723 for tickets, or visit for more
plenty of other choral events happening this month, as well. I have
had the riveting experience of hearing the incomparable Canadian
baritone Russell Braun sing Martinu’s Field Mass twice in recent
years. He performs it again, with
the men of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto
Symphony, conducted by Jirí Belohlávek on June 1 and 2. Also on
the program is the setting of the
Te Deum by Antonin Dvorak.
On June 2, The Nathaniel Dett
Chorale performs a fascinating
work by the late Virginian composer Undine Smith Moore. Entitled “Scenes from the Life of a
Martyr”, the piece is a 16-part oratorio on the life of Martin Luther
King Jr., for chorus, orchestra,
solo voices and narrator. It was
premiered in 1982 at Carnegie Hall
and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
that year.
The Mississauga Children’s
Choir premieres a new setting of
Elizabethan texts by Vancouverite
Stephen Chatman on June 4 and
the following day sees a whole host
of events featuring familiar ensembles. The High Park Choirs, di-
• An exciting program
introducing children
ages 5 – 8 to the joys
of music and singing.
• No prior training needed
• 3 sets of 10-week terms
at $80 per term
• Commencing in September
• 45-minute Wednesday
afternoon sessions
at the Cathedral
• Opens doors to the chorister
programs at the Cathedral
and to opportunities beyond
LEADER: DIANE EDWARDS is a featured clinician and
adjudicator throughout Canada. She directed the highly
acclaimed Young Children’s Kodaly Programme in London,
Ontario for over 15 years, and lectures in the
Faculty of Education (OISE) where she teaches music
and supervises teacher candidates.
Register by email [email protected]
or phone (416) 364-7865 ext. 231
The Cathedral Church of St. James
King & Church, Toronto
VocalPoint Chamber Choir
Ian Grundy, conductor
Toronto's most dynamic semi-professional Chamber Choir
Finalists in the 2000/02/04 CBC Choral Competitions
JUNE 2005
Youth Singers of Toronto
VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto is pleased to
announce a fourth VIVA! Choir!
Experienced choral singers are invited to
apply for paid and unpaid positions in the
choir for the 2005/06 Season
S.A.T.B. Youth Choir
Dedicated to performing major choral works.
Phone (416) 461-8301 for an audition time
Co-Conducted by Carol Woodward Ratzlaff
and Brad Ratzlaff
Auditions for Preparatory Chorus (4-7), Main
Chorus I (7-11) and Main Chorus II (11-19) are
also being conducted.
Call Laura Menard for more information.
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Spadina Museum
Sunday Afternoons
from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Bring a picnic,
a blanket and
the entire family!
June 5th: Moresca will
perform featuring
voice, woodwinds &
June 12th: Jonno
Lightstone of the
Yiddish Swingtet
performs traditional
Klezmer songs on
June 19th: Vansickle
Ensemble perform
music popular in the
early 1900s
285 Spadina Road
rected by Zimfira Poloz, sample
children’s choir music from around
the world, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir perform
Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings
Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall.
The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir
offers its 79th annual Spring Concert (a remarkable achievement!)
and five downtown Toronto choirs
come together for a “community
choral summit” at Trinity-St.
Paul’s Church.
Two concerts on June 11 caught
my eye for their unique programming: Ron Cheung’s “Voices”
choir offer choral music from the
Far East, Eastern Europe and Australia/New Zealand, while the Jubilate Singers give a concert of
choral settings of the glorious
words of Federico Garcia Lorca.
And as if this all wasn’t enough,
the Tafelmusik Orchestra and
Choir are holding their annual
summer institute in the first half
of June, and June 14 sees their
culminating closing mass concert
at Grace Church on-the-Hill. The
tickets are free (though you must
reserve them at the Tafelmusik box
office). I’ve participated in a few
of these shows and they are a blast.
We have come to think of Baroque
performance as being neat and tidy
and relatively small….well, this
concert may be neat and tidy, but
there are dozens of performers on
stage: desks and desks of violins,
cellos, multiple keyboards and lots
and lots of voices. It is always a
magnificent event.
Lastly this month, I want to draw
people’s attention to a course that is
offered by choral conductor and veteran Elmer Iseler Singer baritone
David King. It’s a series of workshops offering coaching in the important art of sight-singing. For those
interested in joining a choir, it’s a
great opportunity to hone skills and
make your choral experience all the
more satisfying.
or call 416-225-2255 for more information.
Director Isabel Bernaus leads a chamber choir with an eclectic,
multilingual repertoire (Cuban, Argentinian, Italian, Finnish,
Canadian, Catalan, Spanish; classical, traditional, contemporary),
with a 3-concert series and occasional community performances.
Openings in all sections, especially baritone and soprano.
Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:30 pm at St. Leonard’s Church.
Auditions Tuesday June 14, 5:30-9:30 pm
at St. Leonard's Church
25 Wanless Ave. (near Yonge & Lawrence)
Call Diane at 416-385-1502 to arrange a time.
In Toronto’s strong and varied choral scene, there are many
constants that one imagines will simply always continue. We
experienced a rude awakening from that belief early last month,
with the death of composer and accompanist John Govedas.
John led a busy life as the director of music at the Lithuanian
Martyr’s Church in Mississauaga,
composer and arranger of music
for young singers, and accompanist for countless choirs in the
Greater Toronto Area. He will be
remembered for his tremendous
facility as a pianist, his uncompromising standards as a composer
and his unique and slightly eccentric personality and sense of humour.
I contacted a number of individuals who worked with and knew
John well. The following is a sampling of their memories:
Glenda Crawford, Music Director,
Oakville Children’s Choir: I knew
John first as a composer and accompanist who “hung around” the
Toronto Kiwanis Music festival,
checking out choirs. His music for
treble voices is quite interesting:
where the voice sits, imitative writing, developing part-singing skills,
harmonic colour. No two pieces
were alike. The kids loved his
Lee Willingham, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University;
Conductor, Bell’Arte Singers: He
was a “character”, both in personality, and musically. He was a high
energy guy, with lots of potential
mischief always looming, or so it
felt if he was a bit out of your sightlines and you were trying to earn
the respect of the singers. I loved
playing on this energy, and we
seemed to get along great, the few
times we had together. My thinking about his legacy, if you will,
is that he was a naturally excellent
musician, and had technique to
boot. Many young choirs got to
sing with his musical prowess supporting and shaping their artistic
expression... that must have been
Mark Bell, Conductor, Riverdale
Youth Singers: John not only accompanied the choir, he listened
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to all of the sounds the children
were making. He would often play
the soprano part while singing the
alto part to help the alto section to
learn their part. John loved language and poetry and would often
offer instruction to the choir (and
me) about the origins of certain
words and phrases in the texts of
the pieces we were performing.
He was excellent with German,
French and Latin pronunciations
as well....John could sight-read
beautifully....note perfect and always sensitive to the style of the
piece. He brought an amazing energy to every rehearsal. The kids
adored him. His accompaniments
to mundane vocal warm-ups (solfa scales etc.) made even these
routine and sometimes boring exercises exciting and fun. John really was always at his best with the
children...often we adults didn’t
understand him so well....but the
children certainly did.
Anne Massicotte, conductor, Riverdale Young Singers, and music
teacher, Earl Haig Public School:
When people didn’t know how to
pronounce his name, he would tell
them to say “Go with us” and then
“ Govedas”. I think that’s what he
did, he went with us, hundreds of
us, and with such intensity and
Anne is the music teacher at my
daughters’ elementary school. At
their recent Spring Concert at the
end of April, when we all knew
John was gravely ill, her Junior
Choir performed his I am the song
and dedicated it to him. The following week, they performed it at
a festival at Massey Hall. John lay
in hospital across the street and
when they played him a tape of the
performance, his eyebrows apparently raised.
John Govedas was 55 years old.
He leaves his mother Ona, brother Denis and two nephews, Evan
and Daniel.
- Larry Beckwith
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by Karen Ages
LAST MONTH, I ENDED this column
with a reference to the next in the
series of Monday evening Salons
presented by WholeNote at the
Music Gallery; so I begin where I
left off….June 6 is shaping up to
be a most exciting evening of
World Music, so if you’ve been
meaning to get to one of our salons and haven’t yet (or even if
you’ve been to all of them), you
won’t want to miss this one!
Performers include local favourites, established and emerging,
most of whom have appeared at
some point in the pages of
WholeNote. They include: Andrew Timar and Bill Parsons (of
Evergreen Gamelan fame) as Sunda Duo; the Georgian vocal ensemble Darbazi; sitar player Neeraj Prem and friends; superb vocalists Maryem Tollar, Jayne
Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis
(of Maza Meze); the OnnanoKo
Taiko Ensemble; old-time fiddler
Erynn Marshall and friends. And
to top off the evening, Alan Gasser and Becca Whitla will lead us
all in song from various parts of
the globe.
There will be CDs for sale, and
free food at intermission and after
the show. Hope to see you there!
Kiran Ahluwalia, whose specialty is Indian ghazal and Punjabi folk
song, makes three appearances in
Toronto this month: a CD release
concert June 2 at Hugh’s Room,
June 4 at the Acoustic Harvest Folk
Club, and June 26 at the Toronto
Downtown Jazz Festival (see
June 3 at the Lula Lounge, Small
World Music presents OOJAMI,
a lively belly-dance and eastern
music troupe from the UK in its
North American debut. Described
as a “visual and sonic feast of Turkish, Asian and African rhythm”, the
group’s male and female belly-dancers and
Sufi dancers will be
joined by local guests
Roula Said and her own
belly-dance troupe the
Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan Ali Bangash
and Ayaan Ali Bangash
The Raag-Mala Society presents Canadian Artists of Indian Classical Mu- Jewish Nostalgia Night, featuring
sic, June 5 at U of T’s Medical vocal soloists Svetlana PortnyanSciences Auditorium. Sitarist sky (Los Angeles), Yevgeny
Neeraj Prem (mentioned earlier in Shapovalov (Israel), and a jazz
the context of the WholeNote June ensemble from New York. The
6 salon) will be one of several per- program features songs of the
formers; he and his group Ragaf- shtetl, sung in English, Hebrew,
faire will also appear at the Muhta- Yiddish, Spanish, Italian and Rusdi International Drumming Fes- sian.
Harbourfront’s Toronto Music
tival, June 4 at Queen’s Park.
On June 5, (as mentioned in last Garden holds free outdoor conmonth’s column) the Toronto certs Thursdays at 7pm and most
Jewish Folk Choir holds its 79th Sundays at 4pm, June 23-Septemannual spring concert at the Leah ber 18. June 30 will feature tradiPosluns Theatre. They will be tional Chinese melodies, for string
joined by the Toronto Mandolin quartet, with George Gao on erhu.
Looking ahead to early July,
Orchestra and vocal soloists in a
program that will feature Max there are three world-music choicHelfman’s Di Naye Hagode (The es on July 2: an afternoon concert
New Saga) which commemorates presented by the Canada-China
the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Also Educational & Cultural Exfeatured will be songs in Yiddish change will feature 13 Chinese
and Hebrew, opera choruses in choirs at the Living Arts Centre in
Italian and Russian, some Gersh- Mississauga. Later that evening at
Roy Thomson Hall, Buena Vista
win and more.
The Rumi Arts Society, as the Social Club presents Omara Porname implies, is an organization tuondo, Havana-born diva of Cudedicated to the furthering of Ira- ban music. And the same evening,
nian art and culture. The 6th an- master of the Indian sarod Amjad
nual Rumi Ensemble concert, fea- Ali Khan graces the stage of the
turing Iranian and Canadian musi- Hummingbird Centre, along with
cians, takes place June 18 at Earl sons Amaan Ali Bangash and
Haig Auditorium. The same Ayaan Ali Bangash, and tabla playevening, the Kodály Ensemble ers Vineet Vyas and Samir Chatpresents Hungarian folk dance and terjee. Please check the daily listfolk music from the Carpathian ings for details on all of the above.
basin, in its 45th Anniversary Gala Karen Ages, a freelance oboist
concert, at U of T’s MacMillan who has also been a member of
several world music ensembles,
June 26 at the George Weston can be reached at 416-323-2232
Recital Hall, Show One Produc- or [email protected]
tions presents Beyond the Pale -
by Catherine Muir
Where will you be June 6 at
8pm? Three hundred and forty
lucky people will be at the Glenn
Gould Studio awaiting the start
of one of the year’s most
anticipated concerts, an AllMozart Gala featuring Isabel
Bayrakdarian, Michael Schade
and Russell Braun, accompanied
by the COC Orchestra under
Richard Bradshaw. Thinking you
might attend? Alas, it has been
sold out since April. So all is lost
… but wait. If on July 3 at 8pm
you’re somewhere with a radio,
you are in luck. Less than one
month after the live concert,
CBC Radio’s “OnStage” is rebroadcasting the All-Mozart Gala
for all to hear. Your front row
seat is reserved. Just sit back in
your living room, cottage, or car
and let your radio do the rest.
Welcome to “From Live to
Air”, WholeNote’s newest
column, where we highlight rebroadcasts of concerts you may
have attended, wanted to attend
but could not get tickets to, or
noticed too late and missed
completely. Whichever the case,
we are hoping this column can
supply a missing link: whether it
be reliving a great concert or
hearing the ones you missed.
Quick turnaround: Regular
concert goers are accustomed to
seeing in a programme that the
concert they’re attending is
“being recorded for broadcast at
a future date,” and then waiting
months or years for the broadcast in question to materialize.
Well, the coming month is
definitely the exception to that
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by Jason
IN THE MONTH’S ROSTER of new music concerts there is a thread that
harkens back to the theme of my
April column: how new music can
be a “free space”, outside of our daily lives, for expression and open
exploration. In the case of June’s
concerts, which all have voice as a
central aspect, we can see this same
free space being used to express or
explore questions of identity - that
bundle of human behavioral or personal characteristics that make us
recognizable as individuals and
members of a group.
If we think of music as a mirror
of society, then new music is like
a whole hall of mirrors, reflecting, refracting and sometimes distorting the identity of the composer (in the act of creation), of the
performer (in the act of interpretation), and of the audience (in the
act of listening). All three are made
to confront who they are, as they
look for something familiar and
true beyond the reflections.
Nationality, ethnicity, gender
and sexuality – all elements that
make up our sense of identity present thorny issues when viewed
within these musical mirrors.
June’s concerts tackle all of them.
the Talisker Players present their
Rarities: The June 12 broadcast of CBC’s “OnStage”, hosted by
usual effervescent brand of vocal
Shelley Solmes (Sunday afternoon at 2:05pm on Radio Two and
chamber music with a program tiSunday evening at 8:05pm on Radio One), originally performed
tled “L’amour et la Vie”. TurnApril 19, 2005 at the Glenn Gould Studio, features early 20thof-the-century French Symbolist
century German and Austrian music. The concert includes the gifted poetry as set by French ImpresFrench-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux singing Franz
sionists like Fauré and Chausson
Schreker’s rarely-performed Five Songs for Low Voice and Orches- is placed alongside a number of
tra and two string orchestra pieces, Strauss’ Metamorphosen and
works on French texts by CanadiSchoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Schreker rose to stardom early as a
an composers Dewi Minden, Alcomposer and wrote Five Songs before he was twenty years old. He exander Rapoport and Daniel Fowas Jewish, and after the Nazis characterized his music as degener- ley. Binding the two together are
readings from The Flâneur: A
ate, performances of his works ceased, and he was forced to stop
Stroll Through the Paradoxes of
teaching music. Schreker’s work is gradually returning to public
Paris by American essayist and
consciousness and he is now known as one of the leading Austrorecently returned expatriate EdGerman post-romantics.
mund White.
Another rarity is being broadcast during “OnStage” on June 19.
For those who are unfamiliar, a
That Sunday’s program features German concerti for one and two
is an idle but purposeful
harpsichords, originally performed during a concert at the Glenn
Gould Studio on April 5, 2005. Two French Canadian harpsichord- stroller, a pedestrian who delights
in observing and recording the husists, Olivier Fortin and Luc Beausejour, play works from German
tle and bustle of his urban surroundcomposers including Bach and members of his family as well as
ings. Consequently, the flâneur is
music by Johann Ludwig Krebs and Georg Philipp Telemann.
somewhat of an outsider, an observBesides “OnStage” and “Choral Concert”, CBC shows such as
er of the crowd. And so, in the con“In Performance”,“Sunday afternoon at the Opera”, “Two New
text of this concert, our Canadian
Hours” and others, regularly rebroadcast concerts heard live by our composers assume the identity of the
lucky readers. For upcoming schedules of rebroadcast concerts on
flâneur, in comparison to the deepthese programs, visit
ly rooted national identity and “leThis column will continue to feature previously-recorded concerts gitimate” claim to French poetry and
that are being rebroadcast on radio each month. If you know of any song of Chausson and Baudelaire.
such concerts during our coming publication period, please email us
Visit or
call 416-466-1800.
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rule. Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s
festival season, but there are lots
of concerts coming very rapidly
to air.
For example, Howard Dyck’s
“Choral Concert” (Sundays at
8am, CBC Radio Two) is,
throughout June, airing highlights from Soundstreams’
Northern Voices Choral Festival,
happening only days earlier in
Toronto. June 5’s broadcast
will feature the opening gala of
Northern Voices, recorded just
one day before at Toronto’s
Metropolitan United Church.
The highlight of this concert is
Michael Schade sings the All-Mozart
two world premieres. Veteran
Gala June 6. CBC Records releases
his Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin with
Canadian composer R. Murray
pianist Malcolm Martineau June 7.
Schafer’s The Death of Shalana
and English choral composer Sir John Tavener’s Invocation are both
being performed for the first time, by the Norwegian Soloists Choir,
Latvian Radio Choir, and Canadian favourites Pro Coro Canada and
the Elora Festival Singers.
Another “Choral Concert” not to be missed is the June 12 gala
closing concert of the Northern Voices festival, broadcast June 19.
It presents another world premiere, commissioned by the festival,
by Canadian composer Melissa Hui and writer Tomson Highway,
based on Cree mythology and sung in both Cree and English. Dutch
rising superstar Peter Dijkstra conducts the concert, featuring the
Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble, Danish Radio Choir, and the Elmer
Iseler Singers.
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Wende Bartley - Music Gallery June 9
From June 3-12 Soundstreams
Canada brings together the choral forces of thirteen choirs from
eleven circumpolar countries for
its Northern Voices festival.
Soundstreams’ Artistic Director
Lawrence Cherney has had a love
affair with Scandinavia ever since
his first concert tour of the region
nearly 30 years ago. He describes
how he was drawn to the commonality of “northerness” between
Canada and our circumpolar neighbours. I have often heard Lawrence speak of how the land and
its extremes of beauty and northern climate have shaped the vision
and dreams of our people, and
made us rich in our intellectual,
spiritual and artistic lives. It will
be very interesting to see how this
common and rich identity of
“northerness” will be expressed
artistically by choirs and contemporary composers from Canada,
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Visit, or
call 416-366-7723.
D URING THE TIME of Northern
Voices, two pioneering women
collaborate to present recent electrovocal music. June 9 at the Music Gallery, Wende Bartley and
Rose Bolton offer two mini concerts with a common thread not
only of voice and electronics, but
also of compelling texts exploring
depths of psychological entanglement, as well as mythic and modern female identity. Bartley’s The
Handless Maiden, created in collaboration with playwright Claudia Dey, delves deep into the subterranean self, passing through a
mythic initiatory journey that propels the character with sonic vibrational force towards wholeness
and reunion with self, body and
soul. Bolton’s Dark Pines Under
Water is the final segment from her
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final fantasy
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The Music Gallery concert season and Pop Avant series close out the year with, appropriately
enough, Final Fantasy. The solo project/alias of prolific Toronto violinist Owen Pallett (who has
also worked and performed with Les Mouches, The Hidden Cameras, Picastro, Jim Guthrie,
Royal City and many others) has become a juggernaut of its own since Pallett toured with
Montreal phenoms The Arcade Fire as both opening act and touring string player, attracting attention from all over the globe. Final Fantasy's debut CD, Has A Good Home!!!!, is now available via
the Blocks Recording Club, but this show marks the release of two 7" singles, and the performance of FF's forthcoming album, He Poos Clouds, with string quartet.
Opening act Torngat, a Montreal ensemble, was once a quartet and is now a trio, specializing in
texture-based improvisation, melodic composition, and simple yet intricate energy music. The
band members are Pietro Amato (french horn, electronics + percussion), Mathieu Charbonneau
(keyboards + percussion) and Julien Poissant (drum kit, trumpet + percussion).
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tronic sounds, amplified found
objects, various percussion, “one
of a kind” instruments, piano and
voice, Bolton creates a unique sonic mesh to render the texts of
Gwendolyn MacEwen, Marjorie
Pickthall and others. Both composers will draw on the broad vocal
technique of internationally acclaimed soprano Janice Jackson to
achieve their unique narrative
sound worlds of multi-faceted female identity.
STARTING ON JUNE 11 and extending to June 18, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre will present
the world premiere of the long
awaited The Midnight Court, an
opera with music by Montréal
composer Ana Sokolovic and libretto by Paul Bentley. As described in the April issue of this
magazine, The Midnight Court is
based on Brian Merriman’s famous
Irish epic poem, and takes a rather comic and erotic path through a
series of principal tales, including
the predicament of young women
who lack husbands, the lackadaisical nature of young men towards
marriage, free love, and the misery of a young woman who married a withered old man. The Midnight Court of the title refers to a
fairy court, under control of the
Fairy Queen, played by the great
Krisztina Szabó. Indeed, matriarchy and the power of women figure as important themes in this
opera, reversing our more traditional understandings of gender
roles and identity. Catch this run at
the Harbourfront Centre Theatre
before the production moves to Covent Garden for its European premiere. Call 416-973-4000 or go to
CONTACT Contemporary Music tackles the issue of identity in
music head-on with its “TRANSFORMED” concert on June 21st
at the 519 Community Centre.
CONTACT contextualizes their
concert programming by saying
“Often in life we feel transformed,
undergoing a series of changes,
both physically and mentally, until we ultimately feel comfortable
in our own skin.” The collection
of works in this concert explores
this statement related to issues of
gender, including those of transgenderedness. Rodney Sharman’s
The Garden calls for a half female/
half male vocal soloist, while his
Cabaret Songs wittily subvert other ideas of expected gender roles.
Dolly Parton undergoes an aural
sex change in John Oswald’s Pretender, while Toronto Drag King
Flare delivers some spoken word
art, and transgendered Canadian
composer Deirdre Piper brings a
world premiere of her Personae.
It sounds like a charged evening
of musical mixed identities. Visit,
or call 416-902-7010.
So, go out and reflect on the musical mirror of your own identity.
Get in touch with new realities
through some thing new.
Jason van Eyk is CMC’s Ontario
Regional Director. He can be
reached at 416-961-6601 x. 207
or [email protected])
June News Roundup: Coalition of New Music Presenters
TYPICALLY, JUNE IS a fairly slow
month for regular new music programming. Notably, however,
there are two significant festivals
in southern Ontario this month.
Soundstreams Canada gives us
their Northern Voices Choral Festival from June 3rd till the 12th in
Toronto. (For more, see columns
by Jason van Eyk and Larry Beckwith in this issue.)
In Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier
University presents Quartetfest
from May 24th through June 12th,
which is presented in part with
NUMUS. This festival features the
acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet with guests Anya Alexeyev (piano), Atar Arad (viola), and the
Spanish group Trio Arbos. Quartetfest is described as “an intensive
chamber music workshop and concert series designed for the serious
student of ensemble playing.” Repertoire on the concerts include
works by a host of 20th century
masters including Shostakovich,
Kurtag, Arvo Part, Penderecki, Lutoslawski and Alban Berg. One
concert is devoted to new music
from Spain, and there are four additional matinee concerts called
“Young Artists Concerts.”
For more information, visit
Indeed, June seems to be a time
for festival announcements, and I’m
pleased to announce that Toronto
New Music Coalition has one coming up (albeit not till next year).
The soundaXis Festival, scheduled
for June 2006, is an exciting multidisciplinary celebration of architecture, music and acoustics, spearheaded by Daniel Cooper, president
of the Music Gallery and New
Music Arts Projects, and festival
manager Tania Thompson.
For two weeks next summer, Toronto will be alive with concerts,
installations, symposia, screenings
and other events. There are proposed concerts and installations
from Coalition members Arraymusic, CONTACT, Continuum, Earshot Concerts, Esprit Orchestra,
Les AMIS, the Music Gallery, New
Adventures in Sound Art, New
Music Concerts, NUMUS, Soundstreams Canada, as well as many
other groups and organizations
from across the artistic, architectural and academic disciplines: Canadian Institute of Sound Ecology,
Goethe Institut, the Institute of Contemporary Culture, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, OCAD,
the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Subtle Technologies,
the Toronto Urban Studies Centre,
and the architectural faculties of
Ryerson, U of T, Waterloo University, and the University of
SoundaXis is timed to celebrate
the great architectural activity in our
city next summer — the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Conservatory of Music and the Opera House, for example — and is placed in the middle of the City of Toronto’s proposed Year of the Arts. For more
information, or to propose a way
to participate in this exciting festival, please visit the soundaXis website at
I N OTHER NEWS , our website,, has
had a renovation and now has an
exciting new style and greater functionality. Over the summer, it will
undergo even more exciting changes, and will emerge by September
as a major centre on the web for
Toronto’s new music scene. As the
site’s webmaster, I invite your comments and input. This month I will
be working on the links section of
the site.
If you have interesting links to
music sites on the internet, please
send them to me. I can be found at
[email protected]
Keith Denning
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by Jim Galloway
Reflections on
June Jazz
IT’S THE MERRY month of June and
the festival season gets into full
The whole idea of performing
songs and dances for an audience
originated as a way to worship the
god Dionysus, who first appeared
in Greece in the area north of Attica known as Boeotia. The people honoured this son of Zeus, accepted his gift of knowledge (how
to cultivate grapes for wine) and
established a cult in his name, with
a celebration in his honour every
winter. So the first festival was a
wine one! I’ll drink to that!
At a rough count this month
there are some 40 jazz festivals
across Canada from coast to coast
and it must be obvious that the festival circuit is now an important
part of the jazz landscape.
In addition to the festivals across
Canada, there are, in the month of
June alone, 30 major jazz festivals
around the world. Whichever way
you look at it, that is a lot of gigs
and festivals are bigtime.
Musicians scramble to get bookings and/or travel grants, agents
and managers chase leads, all hoping for a spot on a festival stage.
For “name musicians” the festival
circuit is important for CD sales
and maintaining a profile; for the
hundreds of musicians who are
building a career a spot on a festival stage can be a step along the
One of the real problems in
putting a festival together is that
there are many, many more musicians than there are places to
play. It is always a question of trying to fit a quart into a pint pot,
and not being able to hire everyone who deserves to be in the event
is one of the most difficult aspects
of putting it together. For those of
you who did not get a gig this year
in Toronto, please take this as an
On top of that, reality is that jazz
festivals have become an important factor in the economy. I canJ UNE 1 - J ULY 7 2005
Top O’ the Senator’s Sybil Walker - ‘one of the best’
not speak for other cities, but the
festival in Toronto pumps more
than $20 million into the local
economy and it may be reasonably assumed that similar events in
other cities don’t exactly hurt local coffers. And it is not only employment for artists that drives the
festival engine – the service industries (hotels, clubs, restaurants,
bars, production companies, printing houses and on and on) all benefit from the jobs created at festival time. And let us not forget how
many tax dollars are generated in
all of this.
Don’t, by the way, imagine for
a minute that these benefits accrue
to the respective festivals, most of
which have budget headaches. Major jazz festivals across the country have combined forces to create Jazz Festivals Canada, a member-driven, not for profit organisation with a mandate to “represent the interests and act as advocate for the development of Canadian jazz festivals and jazz presenters.” At present there are 19 member festivals stretching from Victoria to St. John’s pooling information and in many instances submitting block booking offers.
A case in point this year is Sonny Rollins who is appearing at
three Canadian festivals – Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, all working in conjunction with each other. The same applies to Canadian
groups who have applied for Canada Council grants. The tours of
successful applicants are co-ordinated so that groups, as far as possible, travel, for example, from
west to east with a minimum
amount of doubling back. Some
critics claim that this makes for a
sameness, with identical artists
appearing across country, but it
is the only way that touring can
work, particularly in Canada
where the geographical layout
makes travel particularly challenging.
THE CLUB SCENE is an important
part of any festival as well as being a lifeline year round and there
is a sad footnote to the Toronto
Festival. When singer Sheila Jordan finishes her engagement at the
Top O’ the Senator on closing
day, it is the end of the club as a
full-time jazz venue. New owners
have taken over, and with that
comes inevitable change. Big vote
of thanks to Sybil Walker for her
tireless work over the years making the club one of the best this
city has ever had. It will be sadly
missed in the jazz community.
June 11 - 12, 2005
A free 2-day music & arts festival at
Kipling Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. W.
Lakeshore Arts presents over 20
performances on 3 stages featuring :
Guido Basso * Chris Whiteley * Hilario
Duran * Primal Therapy & more!
Children’s entertainment , Long &
McQuade’s instrument petting zoo,
buskers, a midway, & artisans.
Featuring some of Toronto’s best jazz musicians
with a brief reflection by Jazz Vespers Clergy
June 12th - 4 :30 p.m.
June 26th - 4 :30 p.m.
RUSS LITTLE, trombones; DOUG BURRELL, tuba.
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Youth Arts Movement
YAM presents a SKA—BEST of
the BANDS competition showcasing brass based SKA on
Sunday, June 12th at 1-2 pm &
3-4 pm. Hosted by CIUT Radio’s
DJ SKIP (89.5 FM).
For information 416-201-7093 or visit
Thanks to the generous support of our funders & community partners:
BAND Stand
by Merlin Williams
Diary of a Doubler
Sunday, May 8 – I can’t understand my own fascination with the
bassoon. It’s fiendishly difficult, with a key layout that requires you
be all thumbs. And once you do get the notes out, you’re lucky if
they’re heard with a full brass section doing their level best to obliterate your sound from the landscape. Yet I persist. I’m working on
passages from trumpeter/composer Allen Vizzutti’s “Montana Suite”
– a work for solo trumpet and concert band. I’m grateful that he’s
actually written interesting and challenging lines for the bassoons. And
I will get them together. I keep at it and I do. I want to be ready for the
rehearsals and concerts with him this week.
Monday, May 9 – I’m subbing in
with the Jazz Mechanics big band
on tenor sax tonight. I’ve actually
played the last several rehearsals
with them, preparing music for the
Vizzutti concert on Thursday. The
leader, Jim Lewis, calls “My Foolish Heart” for the band to warm
up on. It’s a great chart – but I
haven’t played this particular part
before. I turn the page and see 4
pages of changes to blow on! And
it’s up a tone from the standard
key. Looks like my scant personal
time this week is going to be taken up with more woodshedding.
We run through Al’s numbers after that, and he sounds incredible.
He also looks supremely relaxed.
Tuesday, May 10 – After teaching 3 flute students in the afternoon, it’s off to rehearsal with the
Brampton Concert Band. I’m
supposed to be on bassoon, but
we’re short in the clarinets. Lots
of notes, most of which I’m sightreading. Hearing the solo parts on
Vizzutti’s compositions helps –
we’ve been running them without,
which makes it difficult to hear
where you fit. At least I don’t have
to worry about the bassoon part
now…though I did have it down.
Wednesday, May 11 – I spend the
entire evening working on the
changes to My Foolish Heart in C
concert on tenor. At least worrying about chord changes keeps me
from obsessing about reeds.
Thursday, May 12 – Joint concert
with the Big Fish Jazz Orchestra,
the Jazz Mechanics and trumpet
soloist Allen Vizzutti at Earl Haig
S.S. Al sounds incredible; I get to
sit in the house for the first half to
listen to him. It’s really my only
chance, since most of the time
when I play, he’s facing the other
way. We kick off the second half
with “Foolish Heart”. I manage
not to embarrass myself. Now I’m
relaxed. Vizzutti sounds amazing,
and the crowd, though only a half
house, responds enthusiastically.
Very enthusiastically.
Friday, May 13 – Dress rehearsal
for the Saturday concert with the
Brampton Concert Band. Things
are straight-ahead.
Saturday, May 14 – This is the
big night. I look out into the audience at St. Paul’s Church in
Brampton and everywhere I look,
I see a trumpet player. They’re
practically salivating. We play
major works before Al comes out
to play “Montana Suite”. All goes
quite well. He gets called back for
an encore before intermission and
plays my arrangement of “My
Man’s Gone Now”. But during the
break, things go a bit strange. For
the first time in 30 years, I get a
swab stuck in my clarinet. It’s really jammed in there. I dash home
and grab my spare and get back
barely in time for the downbeat of
the second half. It’s hard to get
grounded again after something
like that, but I settle back in to
playing just in time for Vizzutti’s
big showpiece – “Rising Sun”. His
piccolo trumpet playing on the first
movement is so stunning that people were missing entries in rehearsal because they were so entranced.
I nearly miss one because I’m
watching the looks of amazement
on the trumpet players in the audience. Playing with him this week
has been an absolute joy; not only
is Al Vizzutti a spectacular soloist, but he’s a fine composer and
very friendly guy. The only real
downer of the evening is that there
are seats available in the house. We
had one of the top ten trumpeters
in the WORLD, and had empty
Think this was a busy week?
Most of the time I end up playing
more than four instruments in one
Summer concerts have started in
earnest. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band has five gigs
in June alone! Check the listings
section of this month’s WholeNote. And make sure you get all
of your July/August concert info
to me ASAP. I want to make sure
your audience knows where to find
you this summer.
Final note: The Toronto Wind
Orchestra is running a Summer
Band Camp at the RCM Community School, July 11-15. You can
get complete information from, or by
calling 416-461-6681 and asking
for Carol Savage or Ken Fudurich.
Merlin Williams can be reached at
[email protected] or
by phone at 416-803-0275.
by Sophia Perlman
JUNE IS always a big month for jazz
in Toronto, as the city hosts the TD
Canada Trust Downtown Jazz
Festival, which kicks off with a performance by legendary saxophonist
Sonny Rollins at Massey Hall. Even
before the festival starts, however,
there is a whole wealth of great jazz
to be heard across the city. For many
musicians, most of the month will
be business as usual.
Before immersing yourself in jazz
for the entire span of the festival,
you may want to find a way to get
your toes wet. Even if you’re not a
musician, one of the best ways to
do this is to attend a jam session.
Not only do you get to hear some
great performances, but you get to
observe the entire process happen
right before your eyes. The Rex
hosts a Tuesday night jam session,
led by a constantly changing roster
of musicians, and in addition this
month, the Rex is holding its annual Player’s Party on June 23rd. Also,
there’s a weekly jam session every
Monday night upstairs at the Poor
Alex Theatre. And of course, there
are the legendary Saturday afternoon
sessions at Grossman’s Tavern with
the Happy Pals.
Toronto also has a huge social
dancing community, and for them,
the festivals won’t mean any kind
of a shortage in places to go. Lula
Lounge continues presenting great
Latin music for their Salsa Fridays
and Saturdays, Reservoir Lounge
continues with their regular Tuesday-through-Saturday lineup, and
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by Chris Hoile
USUALLY BY JUNE Torontonians are already looking to
summer festivals for their fix
of opera and music theatre.
Yet, this June Toronto will
see one of the most highly
anticipated operatic premieres of the season—“The
Midnight Court” presented
by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre.
The music for the 70minute opera is by acclaimed
Montreal composer Ana
Sokolovic. The libretto is by
Paul Bentley, the same man
who wrote the much-lauded
Ana Sokolovic
libretto for Poul Ruders’
“The Handmaid’s Tale” seen here who refuse to marry. In response,
just last September. Conducted by an old man, dubbed “Snarlygob”
Dáirine Ni Mheadhra, directed by by O’Connor, derides the wantonMichael Cavanagh and designed by ness of women in general and of
Michael Gianfrancesco, “The Mid- his own wife in particular and calls
night Court” has only four perform- for marriage to be replaced by free
ances, June 11, 14, 16 and 18 at love. The young woman snaps back
the Harbourfront Theatre Centre. that Snarlygob’s complaint stems
A conversation with John Hess, from his inability to perform and
Co-Artistic Director with Ni calls for a ban on clerical celibacy.
Mheadhra of QoP, revealed step- Aoibheal rules that all men must
by-step the background of how the marry by age 21 and older men who
opera came to be. Ana Sokolovic don’t satisfy their wives should be
wrote the concluding sextet for punished. To his horror, the poet
QoP’s music theatre piece “Sirens/ finds he’ll be made the first examSirenes” in 2000. The success of ple of the law.
that work prompted the Co-ArtisEarthy language, frank discustic Directors to ask Sokolovic to sion of women’s sexual needs and
consider writing an opera for them. praise not condemnation of sex—
Several subjects were suggested but all this seems surprising contemnothing quite appealed.
porary in a poem written in 1780.
Then, as it happened, Hess came Hess and Ni Mheadhra were right.
across a lecture by Irish Nobel Sokolovic loved the subject.
Prize laureate Seamus Heaney in THE NEXT STEP was to find a libretthe collection “The Redress of Po- tist. Hess and Ni Mheadhra attendetry” concerning an 18th-century ed a contemporary opera symposiIrish comic poem “The Midnight um in Oslo and heard Paul Bentley
Court” by Brian Merriman (1749- speak about writing the libretto to
1805). Reading Frank O’Connor’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”. They contranslation of the poem in a Dublin tacted him and though he did not
bookstore, Hess immediately know them or the poem he agreed.
thought, “This is an opera”. The The subject clearly inspired him
larger-than-life characters, the out- because he had a first draft ready
rageousness, the humour all made by the following month. His task
it the kind of work that would suit was to take a poem that consists of
several long monologues and make
Written in Gaelic in about 1780, it dramatic. Therefore, rather than
“The Midnight Court” tells of the hearing Snarlygob describe his life
poet Merriman strolling through a with his wife, we will see it in flashpastoral setting on a summer day. back. Hess praises Bentley for his
He lies down for a nap, but before “brilliant job of bringing the charhe knows it, it is midnight and he acters to life”.
is awakened by a gigantic female
Bentley’s libretto calls for a cast
bailiff who summons him to a court of six. In performance they will be
presided over by Aoibheal, the sung by Laura Albino, Alexander
fairy queen of the north. The court Dobson, John Kriter, Shannon
hears the case of a young woman Mercer, Krisztina Szabó and Giles
who wants Aoibheal to take action Tomkins. In addition Sokolovic has
against the young men of Ireland
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created a female quartet to represent the Court and to function as a
kind of chorus. This quartet of
“Muses” has now become in a way
the lead character and in fact has
the most music to sing. The work
is scored for two percussionists,
double bass, accordion, violin and
clarinet. Hess says, that the range
of timbres Sokolovic has achieved
with this ensemble is very evocative of the text. The composer has
not attempted to create an “Irish“
sound world or to evoke the 18th
century. Rather she has responded
to the universal aspects of the story, its celebration of women, of
life, its joyousness and playfulness.
Hess assures us that Sokolovic is
“not afraid of tonality” and feels
certain that the audience will exit
“humming the tunes”. It sounds
like a remarkable poem has now
become a remarkable opera.
OPERA at Home
by Phil Ehrensaft
Collector Items
Italy’s Hardy Classic Label
WHILE SO MUCH of the classical recording industry was and is bemoaning its sad fate, two enterprising opera experts created a new
label specialized in restoring the
visual record of great performers.
In just ten years, Gianni Scotti and
Testa Armando established Hardy
Classic Video as a reference point
in working hi tech magic on old
master prints.
Scotti, whom I had the pleasure
of interviewing via a telephone call
to the Hardy office in Milan, is a
professional tenor. Scotti’s musicianship provides a good base for
Hardy’s musical integrity. As does
the spirit behind the choice of the
label’s name: two Italians’ love for
the novels of Thomas Hardy.
Step one for Hardy is the detective work: scouting out the vaults
of broadcasters, film companies
and theatres. Once a hidden treasure is discovered, and a contract
is hammered out for publication
rights, Scotti and Armando face a
double challenge. First, the master tapes and films were often not
that great to begin with. That’s
especially the case for black &
white tapes from the early days of
TV broadcasting. Second, the masters often deteriorated while poorly stored. There can be special disappointments when all the king’s
hi tech horses and men can’t put
Humpty-Dumpty together again.
The raw material ranges from
black and white mid-1950’s tapes
of the first Italian TV opera broadcasts through films and archival
tapes from the 1960’s through late
1980’s, when colour and stereo
were the norm. In the former case,
images are typically grainy but the
mono sound is surprisingly good.
It can take six months of hard work
to squeeze what can be squeezed
out of the visuals. In the latter case,
the remastered sound can be downright luscious.
The common thread in all of the
raw material is great performers
in notable performances. The earlier materials are rare and invaluable visual records of singers like
Franco Corelli, Renata Tebaldi,
Mario Del Monaco, Boris Christoff, Leyla Gencer, Renata Scotto,
Carlo Bergonzi, and Etorre Bastianini in their respective prime.
The later materials bring us Jon
Vickers, Birgitt Nilsson, Monserat Caballé, Alfredo Kraus, Leo
Nucci, Walter Berry, and Barbara
Hendricks. Conductors are the like
of Tulio Serafin and Karl Böhm.
The performances are mainly
but not exclusively core Italian repertoire. To date, the Hardy catalogue includes Il Trovatore, Aida,
Rigoletto, La Forza del Destino,
Norma, Andréa Chenier, Elisabetta Regina d’Inghilterra, L’Elisir
d’Amore, Don Pasquale, I Puritani, and two Tosca’s. The French
repertoire includes the first available DVD of Gounod’s Faust, a
1988 performance featuring Kraus
in the title role at the Teatro Regio
di Parma; Les contes d’Hoffman;
and Carmen. Vickers, Nilson, and
Berry light up a 1973 performance
OPERA at Home
of Tristan und Isolde. T h e r e ’ s
not a weak link in the bunch.
What really sets this opera writer’s heart pounding, however, are
Hardy’s five DVDs starring Franco Corelli: Pagliacci, Carmen,
Forza, Chénier, and Tosca. Just
as no man can have too much of
London, one cannot have too much
Corelli. Debates over who was the
greatest tenor of the twentieth century are not resolvable or terribly
productive. Corelli, who left this
earth two years ago, is often called
the “last of the great heroic Italian
tenors.” He may or may not have
been the last, but he was most certainly great.
Carmen, Pagliacci and Forza
date from 1954-58. A young Corelli was astonishing Italian opera audiences, and those were very tough
audiences indeed. Beyond the visceral pleasure of sharing the excitement of the times, we get invaluable insights into the mannerisms and staging practices of the
Golden Age of Opera. Remember
that a significant fraction of the
audience for these 1950’s performances actually saw a Verdi opera
while the master was still alive.
I look forward to revisiting each
of these Corelli collector items in
the future.
A final word about Hardy DVD
prices compared with those of other labels: current prices for opera
DVD’s run in roughly a $25-45
range. Hardy’s products, currently available via Amazon Canada,
are at the high end of the range.
That reflects the rise in value of
the Euro, plus the intensive work
that goes into restoring historical
performances for a niche market,
albeit a vibrant niche market.
Opera fans are much loved by
music merchants because of our
exceptional penchant for pulling
out wallets in pursuit of the Holy
Grail. Hardy DVD’s are worth
every penny of their premium
Summer music theatre around Ontario
by Catherine Muir
If Rapunzel leaves you
This summer, Stone
wanting more classic stories
Fence Theatre wants you
told with a modern musical
to step back in time. The
twist, next on your agenda
Golden Valley theatre
should be the Dora-Awardcompany is producing
nominated JOB: The Hiptwo musicals that bring
Hop Saga, which is playing
the Ottawa Valley in the
for one night only at the
early part of the 1900s to
Globus Theatre in Lindsay,
life, following the compaOntario on June 28. The
ny’s mandate of providshow, the biblical story of
ing local stories per- Cast members of Stone Fence’s Al Capone at the
Job retold through hip hop
formed by local actors. Al actual Quadeville hideout. Left to right: Lynn Davis, and other musical styles by
Capone’s Hideout is a mu- Kathryn White, Grady Franey and Peter Ritchie.
MC Cain and MC Abel, ran
sical comedy based on the true sto- ing over nature. Inspired by the previously in Toronto in February/
ry of Al Capone’s stay in the area in Barn, the setting for Westben’s March 2003 and then again in No1942, when he and his gang hid out five-week music festival which vember/December 2003 at Tarranear Quadeville. The musical’s first runs this year from late June gon Theatre. The two main charshowing since its premiere in 1992, through July, of which Finley is acters are played by none other
the show, running July 6 to August artistic director, he wanted to com- than the show’s writers and direc6, features a six-piece band.
bine this idea with “the concept of tors Jerome Saibil and Eli BatalThe life and times of famed Otta- finding one’s own natural voice, ion, recent Brown University grads
wa Valley songwriter Mac Beattie which I really believe in”. The sto- who combined their previous
are explored in Stone Fence’s sec- ry of Rapunzel embodies both of Fringe Festival hits Job: The Hip
ond musical of the season, Looking these concepts perfectly at West- Hop Musical Parts I and II to make
Back at Mac or Such is the Life of a ben. The classic tale of a woman the Hip Hop Saga. Using music
Band, running from August 10 to discovering her true voice is re- and styles from Beonce,
20 at Stone Fence. The show builds told through a modern-day adap- Prokofiev, Mozart, the Beatles,
on last year’s hit show On the Air tation, and staged in Westben’s Bizet, and more— Job appeals to
with Mac’s Melodiers.
400-seat rustic barn set in a mead- all musical tastes. Globus Theatre,
“The plays are performed in an ow, “where the best of nature and online at,
old parish hall built around 1870 music spring to life”, as the festi- can be contacted at 1-877-888in the middle of nowhere. The au- val’s website puts it.
0038 for information or tickets.
dience feels like they walked into
The present-day Rapunzel sto- URBAN LEGENDS
another century,” says Ish Theil- ry is about Zelda, “a superstar rap
heimer, producer and musical di- singer who is locked in her career For those wanting an urban alternative to the out-of-town producrector at Stone Fence.
ivory tower. The musical is mainStone Fence Theatre is based in ly about Zelda finding her true es- tions this summer, one of the most
the historic parish hall in the ghost sence and self and learning about interesting productions being
town of Brudenell, southeast of the myth of money, fame and for- staged is right in the heart of the
Algonquin Park, Ontario. For tick- tune. It is a moving, emotional city at the Poor Alex Theatre off
Bathurst Street. Running from
ets or information call 1-866-310- piece”, says Finley.
June 10 to July 3, the musical Per1004 or visit
The two-and-a-half-hour musi- fect Life takes a different look at
cal has a 60-member cast and a love. Chris and Adam were lovLET DOWN YOUR HAIR
Before coming up with the concept small orchestra. The cast includes ers once, and three years after they
for his new musical Rapunzel, 12 principal roles and the orches- break up the two meet by chance
playing this summer at Westben tra, providing live accompaniment, in Toronto. Adam is now engaged
Arts Festival Theatre, just out- includes percussion, bass, piano, to Claire, however, and must conside of Campbellford, Ontario, and synthesizers. Finley says the front his own identity and socieBrian Finley was haunted by the hip hop music was fun to work ty’s narrow definition of love. For
concept of a beautiful voice float- with, especially as a dramatic ele- further information or for tickets,
ment in contrast to the musical-the- or
atre style of music found in the rest call 416-817-7498.
of the show. Because hip hop is
proudly presents
so “urban and man-made”, in the ASTRO
Rapunzel story it represents “the A great resource for summer theablackness of success and working tre listings can be found at, the webagainst one’s own will.”
The new musical, music and li- site for the Association of Summer
bretto by Brian Finley, with Don- Theatres ‘Round Ontario. The webBook & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
na Bennett and Michael Burgess, site gives information about what is
Starring Joe Cascone & Catherine Uy
is playing June 10 to 19 at West- playing where around Ontario, along
FAIRVIEW LIBRARY THEATRE Don Mills Rd. & Sheppard Ave. , North York
ben. For more information or tick- with play synopses, ticket and conets to Rapunzel, visit Westben’s tact information, and links to each
June 9 to 26, 2005
website at or theatre’s website.
BOX OFFICE 416-755-1717
June 9-11, 15–18, 22-25 at 8:00 p.m.
call 1-877-883-5777.
June 12, 19, 25, 26 at 2:00 p.m.
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Toronto Musicians’ Association News NEWS FROM W HOLENOTE
compiled and edited
by Brian Blain
MEMBERS OF the Toronto
Musicians’ Association, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and the International
Alliance of Theatrical Stage
Employees have launched a
consumer boycott of Blue
Man Group, who are opening a new production in Toronto at the newly-renovated Panasonic Theatre (formerly the New
Yorker Theatre). Blue Man Group
producers have repeatedly ignored
requests to negotiate contracts specifying base pay, benefits and defined
working conditions with Equity, the
TMA and IATSE and a joint consumer boycott is underway in order
to pressure the producers to negotiate fair and equitable contracts with
artists and technicians. For more
info and to sign the on-line petition,
TMA Golf Tournament: The Toronto Musicians’ Association hosts
an annual golf tournament for TMA
members and guests. This year, it is
on Monday, July 11 with 9:30 11:00 am. tee-off times. Green fees
and lunch cost $63.78 each golfer.
To add a cart, the fee is $80.78 per
person. Our tournament flogging
takes place at the beautiful
Shawneeki Golf & Country Club,
18543 Woodbine Ave. (just east of
Newmarket). All golfers are eligible for prizes, but only TMA members can win the trophy! Assistance
with prizes and prize donations are
always welcome.
Contact Doriann Forrester before
July 4th at: 416 693-8778 or
[email protected] to
book tee-off times.
· June 6: “Nine Mondays” Salon # 8: an exciting evening of
World Music, hosted by World View columnist Karen Ages.
(See “World View” on page 23.)
· July 4: “Nine Mondays” Salon # 9: Jazz, hosted by
WholeNote jazz listings editor Sophia Perlman.
TMA Instrument Bank: The
TMA instrument bank continues to
capture the interest and enthusiasm
of our members and the public. We
have been receiving calls from members offering donations, for which
we are most grateful. We now have
3 violins, a set of cymbals, and the
promise of a trumpet available to lend
to deserving students. Some instruments are student quality, while others are of greater value; some will
need work to restore them. We are
developing loan agreements, and if
you know of anyone who has an instrument to lend or donate, we are
ready! Please contact Corkie Davis
at [email protected] or
In The Schools: The Music Education Committee kicked off its first
project on Wednesday April 27 at
St. Boniface School, made possible
by the generous assistance of the
American Federation of Musicians’
Music Performance Fund, the committee members, and the members
who developed this first program on
the basics of rhythm, focussed on
grades 6, 7, and 8. If you are a teacher, and would like to have this program in your school, please call Jane
Fair at 416-741-4479 or Rosemary
Galloway at 416-421-1020, ext 222.
The program has been developed by
members Jane Fair, Brian Katz, and
Alan Heatherington. It combines the
use of improvisation, dance, and latin percussion to teach basic rhythmic concepts.
· The next issue of WholeNote covers from July 1 to Sept. 7.
– Listings deadline: 6:00, Wednesday, June 15.
– Advertising booking deadline: 6:00, Wednesday, June 15.
– Camera-ready art is due Friday, June 17.
· Upcoming editorial focuses:
– July: Summer Music Festivals, Part 2; Musical Instruments,
Part 1: Musicians talk about their instruments
– September: Musical Instruments, Part 2: The concert band
– October: Members’ profiles
· Memberships
Concert presenters, take note: the time to take out or renew your
WholeNote membership is coming soon. Organizations in our
database will be contacted by July 8. If you have not received an
invitation to become a member by that date or if you think you are
not in our database or would like more information, please contact
us at: [email protected] or 416-323-2232
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Music Memorabilia: The Toronto
Musicians’ Association has a lot of
old memorabilia and some interestCOUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY
ed members have been going
through this treasure trove to begin
the long process of cataloguing and We’d like to hear from you: The DAVE SNIDER MUSIC CENTRE 23
archiving. If you have any material TMA invites WholeNote readers to ELORA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 28
of interest from the early days of the give us your feedback on this new ELORA FESTIVAL G10
Toronto music scene, please contact column. If you have any suggestions FESTIVAL DE LANAUDIÈRE 5
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ering a list of resources. Contact of the TMA, please forward them FESTIVAL WIND ORCHESTRA 37
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TSO 4, 62
“How I met my Teacher”
personal reflections on a formative relationship
by Masha Buell
June’s Child ….
My name is Jacques Israelievitch. I am a violinist, and have
been concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since
1988. I appear regularly with the
orchestra as a soloist and conductor. I teach, perform as a soloist and chamber musician, and
conduct regularly in Canada and
internationally. I’m also a member of the New Arts Trio, a
chamber group that has been
trio-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution (New York State)
since 1978. Recently I have
formed a duo with my percussionist son Michael, and we are
building a repertoire of pieces
written for us.
FROM EARLY ON I was blessed with
wonderful teachers. My first
teacher, Pierre Dupin, I got because the Director of the Le Mans
Conservatory was a customer in
my parents’ clothing store.
The next teacher, Gaston Poulet, was someone my mother had
heard on the radio when she was
a child. She took me to play for
him when I was ten, and I subsequently went to Paris once a
week by train, alone, for my lessons. After that I entered the
Paris Conservatory at thirteen
and studied with René Benedetti.
A year later, after hearing
by Masha Buell
“It’s standard rep.”
Identify this member of our
music community, an artistic
director/conductor (who is currently planning a return trip to
England with his church
choir), for a chance to win
tickets or a recording. The
photo was taken at Worcester
Cathedral during Evensong
about 37 years ago.
Henryk Szeryng, my mother
thought he would be an inspiration for me. He actually became
my mentor, gave me free lessons
for four years, and called me his
spiritual son. The lessons sometimes lasted all day.
I might arrive early in the
morning when he was still shaving, and his friend, Madame
Bertelier, would instruct me to
practise. By the time he was
ready, having heard me from the
bathroom, he proceeded to write
all sorts of instructions in my
music. We would then have a
real lesson, followed by lunch.
After running some errands for
him, I would turn pages for his
pianist while they rehearsed.
That might be followed by another lesson, dinner, and I would
finally go home around ten pm.
Robin Howell
Lessons for recorder, baroque oboe, baroque
and modern bassoon, ensemble coaching
l Bocals for all double reeds, Voicing, Tuning and Restoration
l Recorder repair specialist
188 Lansdowne Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2V9
Phone: 416-534-6538
Fax: 1 (530) 463-8524
E-mail: [email protected]
Studio Locations:
19 Ravine Park Cr., Scarborough
175 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto
Tel: 416-282-7460 E-mail: [email protected]
Think you might know who it
is? Send your best guess to
[email protected]
(Winners will be selected by
random draw among entries received by June 15th, 2005.)
May’s Child …. was Jackie Richardson
Circa 1957 (clockwise from centre) Ronnie, 5; Betty, 7; Billy (hidden), 10; Jackie, 9; Judy (hidden)
12; Barbara, 7 (Betty’s twin);
missing – Garrett, 14
AWARD-WINNING RECORDING ARTIST, singer, actor and all round uplifting
powerhouse performer Jackie Richardson was born in Donora PA “in
the Valley, outside Pittsburgh where the Allegheny, Monongahela and
Ohio rivers meet” and came to Toronto at the age of seven with her
family, two years after her father and her uncle Rich had come ahead to
set up an advertising business.
The 1957 photo of Jackie and her siblings was taken in their
first apartment, on the third floor of a building at the sw corner of Augusta and College, west of Spadina, near Kensington Market. She attended Lord Lansdowne Public School for two years (where jazz drummer Archie Alleyne had preceded her) before her family moved to
Richmond Hill, where she and they remained through her high school
years. Jackie’s singing career was under way from the time she left high
school, beginning with “The Tiaras” a Motown-style girl group who
sang at the Bluenote and with whom she first recorded. She sang jazz,
blues, and gospel music, performing everywhere, including Canadian
Forces bases in Canada, the South Pacific and the Far East, while immersing herself in (initially) amateur theatre, and the film and television
scene of the early ’80s. The rest of her extraordinary story criss-crosses
35 years of music, theatre and film and television history.
Jackie Richardson is currently starring in the CanStage production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (The Tony Award-winning Fats Waller Musical Show). It runs until June 25 at the Bluma Appel Theatre. Jackie is
also the featured guest performer with the Toronto All-Star Big Band in
their concert Cookin’, (June 4, 2pm and 7pm, St. Lawrence Centre).
And our winners…
JOHN KENT and a guest will attend Jackie’s concert Cookin’ with the
Toronto All-Star Big Band.
SUNNY WIDERMAN will receive two recordings: one of Jackie’s,
and a recording by the Toronto All-Star Big Band.
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Jackie with her mom, Ann
Richardson, at Edward Gardens
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Heard Larry Rivers Talking; Transsexuals
on Parliament; The Transgendered Beaded
— 12:30: Yorkminster Park Church.
Curtain. Paddy’s Playhouse, 161 Gerrard
Noonday Recital: Father John Palmer, orSt. East. 416-921-6112. $15 or PWYC.
gan. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. — 8:00: Nathaniel Dett Chorale/Sound— 7:30: Toronto Choral Society. Paul
streams Canada. And Still We
Winter Consort: Missa Gaia. Geoffrey But- Sing…Scenes from the Life of a Martyr.
ler, conductor. Eastminster United Church, Smith Moore: Scenes from the Life of a
310 Danforth Ave. 416-410-3509. $20.
Martyr; Goodyear: Go Down Death. Guests:
— 8:00: Talisker Players Chamber MuDr. Carl Harris, organ; Stewart Goodyear,
sic. L’amour et la Vie. Fauré: La bonne
piano; Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, artistic dichanson; Chausson: Chanson perpétuelle;
rector. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040
Rapoport: Fragments of Verlaine; Foley:
Yonge St. 416-872-1111. $26.50-$38.50,
L’amour du mensonge; Minden: Ombres.
$12(child under 12).
Melanie Conly, soprano; Vicki St. Pierre,
— 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music
mezzo; Alexander Dobson, baritone; Talisk- Community School. RCM Jazz Choir in
er Players; Peter Longworth, piano. Trinity Concert. RCM Concert Hall, 90 Croatia St.
St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West. 416- 416-408-2824 x321. Free.
466-1800. $25, $20(sr), $10(st).
— 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
— 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Czech Voices. Roy Thomson Hall. See June
Czech Voices. Morawetz: Overture to a
Fairy Tale; Janácek: Taras Bulba; Martinü: — 8:00: Via Salzburg. Phantasies and CryField Mass; Dvorak: Te Deum. Measha
santhemums. Music by Ravel, Takemitsu &
Brüggergosman, soprano; Russell Braun,
Schubert. Mayumi Seiler, violin; Caroline
baritone; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Jirí
Palmer, piano; Joel Noyes, cello; Denise
Belohlávek, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall,
Fujiwara, choreography/dance. Glenn Gould
60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4828. $32-$110.
Studio, 250 Front St. West. 416-2055555. $43, $38(sr), $29(st).
Thursday June 02
— 8:30: Hugh’s Room. Kiran Ahluwalia CD
— 12:15: St. John’s York Mills Church. Release Concert. 2261 Dundas St. West.
Music On The Hill: Douglas Tranquada, bari- 416-531-6604. $20(advance), $22(door).
tone; Sabatino Vacca, piano. 19 Don Ridge
Friday June 03
Dr. 416-225-6611. Free (donations accepted).
— 7:00: Kids on Broadway. Bye Bye Bird— 2:00: Northern District Library. Gypsy ie. By Strouse & Adams. Assembly Hall, 1
Songs. Songs by Brahms, Dvorak, de Falla
Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. 416-237& others. Livia Beysovec, soprano; Karen
9738. $14,$12. For complete run see muBender, mezzo; Brahm Goldhamer & Camil- sic theatre listings.
lia Matuk, piano. 40 Orchard View Blvd.
— 7:00: ROM Friday Nights. Muhtadi To416-393-7610. Free.
ronto International Drumming Festival. Roy— 8:00: Charnie Guettel/M.S. McDonald. al Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park.
Immigration & Transformation; Marsha: My 416-586-8000.
Life as a Transsexual – a work-in-progress. — 7:30: Tafelmusik Baroque Summer
Pieces include: Immigration Part 2 The Voy- Institute. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra &
age From the Mother’s Point of View; I
Chamber Choir. Trinity St. Paul’s Church,
Wednesday June 01
Spring Music on the Hill
Near York Mills subway. Close to Yonge and the 401.
Free parking. Beautiful venue. Great music.
With the support of the Toronto Arts Council
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Saturday June 04
Choir. A Pageant of Song. Chatman: Elizabethan Songs (world premiere). Thomas Bell,
music director. Royal Bank Theatre, 4141
Living Arts Drive. 905-306-6000. Matinee:
$12, evening: $16.
— 7:30: Oakville Chamber Orchestra.
Symphonies for Dessert. Hétu: Simphonie
#3; Sibelius: Rakastava Op.14; Beethoven:
Symphony #2 Op.36. Stéphane Potvin, music director. Central Baptist Church, 340
Rebecca St., Oakville. 905-337-1083.
$20,$15, $5(child under 12).
— 8:00: Acoustic Harvest Folk Club.
Kiran Ahluwalia. Traditional Indian ghazals;
Punjabi folk music. Opening set: Colin
Stewart. Birchcliff Bluffs United Church,
33 East Rd. 416-264-2235. $15.
— 8:00: Counterpoint Community Orchestra. Peters: I Am He; Tchaikovsky:
Romeo and Juliet Overture; Barber: Adagio
— 2:00 & 7:00: Toronto All-Star Big
Band with Jackie Richardson, vocals.
Cookin With the Toronto All-Star Big Band.
Musical salute to the Big Band era; tribute
to Ray Charles. Soul & swing. Jane Mallett
Theatre, 27 Front St. East. 416-366-7723.
$32, group rates.
— 2:00 & 7:30: Mississauga Children’s
past perfect
Baroque Chamber Music
from a brand new ensemble
June 4, 8 pm
{See Listing}
Music Mondays
Concerts begin at 12:15
At the Church of the Holy Trinity
(19 Trinity Square beside the Eaton Centre)
Five dollar suggested donation or pay what you can
May 30
June 6
June 13
Free Lunchtime Concerts - Thursdays, 12:15 pm
June 2 - Douglas Tranquada, baritone; Sabatino Vacca, piano
June 9 - Joanne Averill-Rocha, flute; Marianne Turner, piano
June 16 - Nathalie Nadon, cabaret singer; Michael Barber, piano
June 23 - Arrane, the folk music group
St. John’s York Mills Church, 19 Don Ridge Dr.
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427 Bloor St. West. 416-964-9562. Free.
— 7:30: TCDSB Staff Arts. Beauty and
the Beast. By Menken, Ashman & Rice.
Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, 36
Greenfield Ave. 416-222-8282 x2787.
$15,$10. For complete run see music theatre listings.
— 8:00: Via Salzburg. Phantasies and Crysanthemums. Glenn Gould Studio. See June 2.
— 8:00: Zonnebloem Chamber Ensemble.
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in a Op.114;
Beethoven: String Trio in G Op.9 #1. Amanda Lee, violin; Pam Bettger, viola; Monica
Fedrigo, cello; Julia Hambelton, clarinet;
Stephanie Chua, piano. Heliconian Hall, 35
Hazelton Ave. 416-922-3618. $8.
— 9:00: Lula Lounge. OOJAMI. Turkish
band; belly dancers; Sufi dancers; guests:
Roula Said & the Roulettes; DJ medicineman.
1585 Dundas West. 416-588-0307. $15.
June 20
June 27
July 4
Wind instruments – Shawms, Recorders,
Hurdy-gurdy, Percussion, Harp & Voice
Julian Knight & Etsuko Kimura
Viola & Violin
William Beauvais, Alan Hetherington,
Julian Knight & Terril McGuire
Guitar, Percussion, Viola & Dance
William Westcott
Canadian Composer/Pianist
Mark Rogers, Liz Johnston,
Angela Rudden & Guest
Oboe, Violin, Viola & Cello
Andrea Gerhardt, Paul Jenkins
Soprano & piano
for Strings; Griffes: Poem for Flute & Orchestra; Gilbert and Sullivan excerpts; Morricone:
Gabriel’s Oboe & other works. Ada Balone,
violin; Jennifer Langton, flute; Chris Wilson,
bass; Hubert Brard, oboe; Terry Kowalczuk,
conductor. St. Luke’s United Church, 353
Sherbourne St. 416-925-9872 x2066.
$15(advance), $18(door).
— 8:00: Gesher Theater. City-Odessa Stories. Stories of Isaac Babel with original
music & songs. Toronto Centre for the
Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-872-1111. For
complete run see music theatre listings.
— 8:00: Past Perfect. Outrageous Fortune. Programme of Baroque music exploring the strange and splendid. Kathleen Kajioka, violin; Daniela Pierson, baroque violin;
Nicholas Walker, gamba; Gabriel Shuford,
harpsichord. St. Thomas’s Church, 383
Huron St. 416-975-9461. $15.
— 8:00: Peter McCutcheon in Concert.
Rejoice! Sing the Mighty Power of God.
Peter McCutcheon, tenor; Alfred Kunz Singers; Alfred Kunz, conductor. Timothy Eaton
Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. West. 416-2609500. $20.
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival Opening Gala. World
premiere performances of works by
Schafer & Tavener; music by Gorecki &
Rachmaninov. Elora Festival Singers; Latvian Radio Choir; Norwegian Soloists’ Choir;
Pro Coro Canada; Tonu Kaljuste, conductor.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St.
East. 416-366-7723. $13-$40.
— 8:00: St. Jude’s Celebration of the
Arts. Vivaldi: Gloria. Haydn: Heiligmesse.
community orchestra
saturday . june 4 . 8 p.m.
late spring concert
dustin peters
St. Jude’s Choir; orchestra; John Laing, organist/conductor. St. Jude’s Church, 160 William
St. Oakville. 905-844-3972. $25,$22.50.
Sunday June 05
— 1:30: CAMMAC/McMichael Gallery.
Taffanel Wind Ensemble. Classical wind
trio. 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg. 905893-1121. Gallery admission: $15,$12,
$30(family rate).
— 1:30: Spadina Historical House and
Gardens. Music in the Orchard: Moresca.
Jen Francisco, voice & percussion; Mike
Franklin, voice, woodwinds, hurdy-gurdy &
percussion. 285 Spadina Rd. 416-3926910. Free.
— 2:00: Blue Man Group. Percussion &
Dadaist performance art. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1111. $59. For
complete run see music theatre listings.
— 2:00: Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. Youth Talent Showcase. Royal
Bank Theatre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga. 905-306-6000. $24, $18(sr),
— 2:00: Contreras Quartet. Mozart:
String Quartet in G K.387; Bartok: String
Quartet #2. The Music Room, 135 Watson
Ave., Oakville. RSVP: 905-844-6290. $35.
— 2:00: Etobicoke Community Concert
Band. Parlour Music. Concert of hits from
the 1800’s. Etobicoke Wind Quintet. Parlour, Applewood Homestead, 450 The West
Mall. 416-410-1570. $15.
— 2:00 & 7:00: Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir. Shore: Lord of the Rings
Symphony. Six Movements for Orchestra &
Chorus. Soloists; KW Philharmonic Orchestra; Youth Choir; projected images of original illustrations & storyboards by John
Howe & Alan Lee. Roy Thomson Hall, 60
Simcoe. 416-872-4255. $45-$85.
— 2:00: Oakville Chamber Orchestra.
Symphonies for Dessert. St. Simon’s
Church, 1450 Litchfield Rd., Oakville. 905337-1083. $20,$15, $5(child under 12).
See June 4.
— 3:00: Alceste Concerts. Second Annual
Viennese Concert. Schönberg: Ode to Napoleon Op.41; Suite for Piano Op.25; Wind
Quintet Op.26; Four Songs Op.2. Rachel
Krehm, soprano; Vadim Serebryany, piano;
Jonathan Krehm, clarinet; Senya Trubashnik, oboe; Atis Bankas, violin & other performers. Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm St.
416-822-0613. $20,$10.
— 3:00: Hart House. 10th Annual Rupert
Schieder Concert. Peter McGillivray, baritone. Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle. 416978-2452. Free.
— 3:00: High Park Choirs of Toronto.
Sounds of a Better World. Children’s choral
music from many countries & times. Zimfira
Poloz, artistic director. Humbercrest United
Church, 16 Baby Point Rd. 416-762-0657.
— 3:00 & 8:00: Royal Conservatory of
Music Community School. Junior and
Senior Children’s Choirs. RCM Concert Hall,
90 Croatia St. 416-408-2824 x321. Free.
— 3:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Norwegian Soloists’
Choir/Pro Coro Canada. Music by Purcell,
Mendelssohn, Bevan, Grieg, Nysetdt &
Sandström. Grete Pedersen & Richard
Sparks, conductors. Metropolitan United
Church, 56 Queen St. East. 416-366-7723.
— 3:00: Sunrise String Quartet. Mozart:
String Quartet in d K.421; Dvorak: String
Quintet in G Op.77; Rossini: Duo for cello
and double bass. Guest: Troy Milleker, double bass. College Street United Church, 454
College St. 416-782-4727. $15,$10.
— 3:30: Saint Anne’s Church. Great Cathedral Anthems. Music by Bairstow, Howells, Parry, Stanford & Wood. David Braund
& Peter J. Orme, organ; Clement Carelse &
P. John H. Stephenson, directors. 270
Gladstone Ave. 416-767-7290. Admission
by donation. Proceeds to the ongoing Organ
— 6:30: Raag-Mala Society. Canadian
Artists of Indian Classical Music. Smt.
Ramneek Singh, vocal; Harpal Singh, tabla;
Dr. Nelesh Nadkarni, harmonium; Hardial
Singh, tanpura; Neeraj Prem, sitar & other
performers. Medical Sciences Auditorium, 1
King’s College Circle. 416-281-3725.
— 7:00: Royal Conservatory of Music
Community School. Trumpet Trios Concert. RCM Concert Hall, 90 Croatia St.
416-408-2824 x321. Free.
— 7:00: Toronto Jewish Folk Choir. 79th
Spring Concert. Helfman: Di Naye Hagode
(The New Saga); songs on Jewish themes
in Yiddish & Hebrew; choruses from Verdi:
Nabucco & Borodin: Prince Igor; other music. Guests: Miriam Eskin, soprano; Steve
Szmutni, tenor; Toronto Mandolin Orchestra;
Lina Zemelman, piano; Alexander Veprinskiy,
conductor & other performers. Leah Posluns
Theatre, 4588 Bathurst St. 416-593-0750.
$22,$18, children under 12 free.
— 7:30: 5 Choirs with 1 Voice. Joint concert to celebrate the completion of the First
Annual Downtown Community Choral Summit. mnJCC Community Choir; University
Settlement Community Choir; Echo Women’s Chorus; Toronto Song Lovers; Common
Thread Community Chorus. Trinity-St.
Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West. 416924-6211 x277. $10,$8.
the music of Arnold Schönberg
Vadim Serebryany Piano Michael Friedmann Speaker
The Gould Quartet
Tom Fleming French Horn
Jonathan Krehm Clarinet
Rachel Krehm Soprano
Anya Podrezo Flute/Piccolo Predrag Stojkovic Bassoon
Senya Trubashnik Oboe
Ode to Napoleon for Speaker, String Quartet & Piano, Op. 41
Wind Quintet, Op. 26
Four Songs, Op. 2
Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 3 PM Tickets: $20 & $15—at the door
Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto
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Tuesday June 07
— 12:00 noon: Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Faculty Chamber Concert.
Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-9649562. Free.
— 1:00: St. James’ Cathedral. Music at
Midday: The Glories of the Baroque for
Voice. Alexa Wing, soprano; Michael Bloss,
piano. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865 x231.
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Huutajat/Rajaton.
Finnish a cappella. Metropolitan United
Church, 56 Queen St. East. 416-366-7723.
Wednesday June 08
— 12:30: Yorkminster Park Church.
Noonday Recital: Nicholas Schmelter, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.
— 7:45: Alchemy. An Hour of Chamber
Music. Mozart: Sonata K.292; Martinu:
Trio; Schumann: Selected piano duets
Op.85; Beethoven: Trio Wo037. Sylvia Davis, flute; Larkin Hinder, bassoon; Tricia
Balmer, cello; Marcia Beach & Meri Gec,
piano. Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Cres.
416-530-1330. Free.
— 8:00: Oasis Vocal Jazz. Concert at Lula
Lounge. Variety of jazz standards & other
popular tunes. Stuart Sladden, director.
1585 Dundas St. West. 416-588-0307.
Monday June 06
— 12:15: Church of the Holy Trinity. Music Mondays: String Duos for Violin & Viola.
Julian Knight, viola; Etsuko Kimura, violin. 10
Trinity Square. 416-598-4521. $5 suggested
— 8:00: OnStage. All-Mozart Gala. Mozart:
arias and ensembles from The Marriage of
Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and more. Isabel
Bayrakdarian, soprano; Michael Schade,
tenor; Russell Braun, baritone; Canadian
Opera Company Orchestra; Richard Bradshaw, conductor. Glenn Gould Studio, 250
Front St. West. 416-205-5555. *SOLD
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Latvian Radio Choir.
Music by Pärt, Vasks & Nysetdt. Kaspars
Putnim, conductor. Metropolitan United
Church, 56 Queen St. East. 416-366-7723.
— 8:00: WholeNote Magazine. Nine Mondays Salon: World Music. Music of Indonesia, Georgia, India, Middle East, Japan; old
time fiddle & more. Hosted by World View
columnist Karen Ages. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John. 416-323-2232.
$12,$8, family rate, 12 & under free.
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— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Nordic Voices. Music
by Dufay, Gesualdo, Stravinsky, Ravel, Messaien & Wallin. Metropolitan United Church, 56
Queen St. East. 416-366-7723. $13-$40.
— 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Debussy & Ravel. Debussy: La Mer; Prélude
à l’après-midi d’un faune; Ravel: Piano Concerto in G; Daphnis et Chloé Suite #2.
Hélèn Grimaud, piano; Peter Oundjian, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.
416-593-4828. $32-$110.
Thursday June 09
— 12:15: St. John’s York Mills Church.
Music On The Hill: Joanne Averill-Rocha,
flute; Marianne Turner, piano. 19 Don
Ridge Dr. 416-225-6611. Free (donations
— 7:00: Sherway Academy of Music.
Spring Concert. Classical, jazz & contemporary performances on piano, guitar, voice,
violin, electric bass, clarinet & trumpet;
song, dance & stage performances by The
Pop-Chops Kids. Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel
Samuel Smith Park Dr. 416-259-0251.
$5(Academy & Affiliate members),
— 8:00: Civic Light Opera Company. My
Fair Lady. By Lerner & Loew. Joe Cascone,
Catherine Uy, David Haines, Lloyd Dean,
Julie Lennick & other performers; Joe Cascone, artistic director. Fairview Library
Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall Drive. 416-7551717. $20,$17.50. For complete run see
music theatre listings.
— 8:00: Music Gallery. The Handless
Maiden/Dark Pines Under Water. Electrovocal music by Bartley & Bolton; CD release
of Bolton’s Elements. Janice Jackson, soprano; Christopher Foley, piano; Michael
Dobinson, Paul Stillwell, John Sherlock,
Rose Bolton, live electronics. St. George
the Martyr Church, 197 John St. 416-2041080. $tba.
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Erik Westberg Vocal
Ensemble/Danish Radio Choir. Pärt: Doppo
la vittoria; Brahms: Fünf Gesänge; works by
Rheinberger, Sandström, Rolfe, Witacre &
Sørensen. Erik Westberg & Flemming Windekilde, conductors. Metropolitan United
Church, 56 Queen St. East. 416-366-7723.
— 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Debussy & Ravel. Roy Thomson Hall. See
June 8.
100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000.
— 7:30: Toronto Music Competition.
Winners of the Music Competition; Jacques
Israelievitch, violin; Koffler Chamber Orchestra. Guest: Alexander Sevastian.
George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge
St. 416-733-9388. $35,$25,$12.
— 8:00: L’ensemble vocal Les Voix du
Coeur. End of Year Concert. Manon Côté,
director. Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal
JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. 905-883-7951.
— 8:00: Lakeshore Arts. First Note Brass
in the Grass Fundraising Gala. Hannaford
Street Silver Band; Alastair Kay, trombone;
Joan Watson, horn; Alicia Kay-Markson,
host. Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel
Smith Park Dr. 416-201-7093. $75. Part
of Music & Art Festival (see Announcements etc. page 42.)
— 8:00: Poor Alex Theatre. The Perfect
Life. Musical by Jet Matas. Sean K. Andrews, Susan Dunstan, Aaron Kyte,
Michael Lazarovitch, Jet Matas & other
performers; Wayne Gwillim, musical director. 296 Brunswick Ave. 416-817-7498.
$30 (opening night). For complete run see
music theatre listings.
— 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Bobby McFerrin, vocals. Jazz, folk & world. 60 Simcoe
St. 416-872-4255. $39.50-$69.50.
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Images of Canada.
Somers: Chura Churum; music by AfricanCanadian composers. Elmer Iseler Singers;
Nathaniel Dett Chorale; Chura Churum Vocal Ensemble. Metropolitan United Church,
56 Queen St. East. 416-366-7723. $13$40.
— 7:30: Bloor Street Gospel Chorus. Feel
the Spirit: A Celebration of Song. Traditional
gospel music; original songs. Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. West. 416-5363076. $10 or pwyc.
— 7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The Phenomenal Feidman! Mendelssohn:
Konzertstück #1 for Clarinet and Bassett
Horn; Bloch: Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody);
Bat Chaim: Love for Life (for 2 clarinets,
double bass & orchestra); Piazzolla: Tangos; Gershwin: Porgy and Bess. Giora Feidman, Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinets; David
Bourque, bassett horn; Joel Quarrington,
double bass; Peter Oundjian, conductor.
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-5934828. $23-$64.
— 8:00: Cantores Celestes Women’s
Choir. Looking to Summer. Music by Halley, Holst, Tormis, MacIntyre. Ellen Meyer,
piano; Bob Weir, double bass; Kelly Galbraith, director. St. John’s United Church, 2
Nobert Rd. 905-470-6628. $15. Proceeds
to the outreach at the church.
— 8:00: Jubilate Singers. Lorca. Contemporary & traditional choral music from
Catalonia; music inspired by the poetry of
Federico Garcia Lorca. Polivios Issariotis,
guitar; Isabel Bernaus, director; Sherry
Squires, accompanist. Eastminster United
Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 905-857-2152.
$20, $15(sr), $10(st), group rates.
— 8:00: L’Intemporel Baroque Ensemble.
Soho Square, 1765. Music by Mozart,
Clementi, JC Bach & Abel. Mylène Guay,
baroque flute; Laura Jones, gamba; David
Sandall, harpsichord. Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. 416-6570076. $20,$15,$10.
— 8:00: New School of Classical Vocal
Studies. 20th Anniversary Student Recital.
Verdi: Va Pensiero from Nabucco; Bellini:
Casta Diva from Norma; music by Glinka,
Gounod, Mozart, Schubert & Schumann;
presents the
20th Anniversary
Stone Church
45 Davenport Road
8:00 pm
Admission $20
Student/Senior $15.00
email: [email protected]
Saturday June 11
— 12:00 noon: Etobicoke Community
Concert Band. Brass in the Grass Family
Concert. Showtunes & themes for movie
and TV. Assembly Hall grounds, 1 Colonel
Sam Smith Park Dr. 416-410-1570. Free.
— 1:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Summer
Institute. TBSI Orchestra and Choir. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-964-9562.
— 3:00: Kristian Alexander. Recital of
Students. Green Room, Remenyi House of
Music, 210 Bloor St. West. By invitation
only: 416-804-8856.
— 7:00: Euromusic Centre. Karl Lo, pianist in a Performance of Beethoven Piano
Sonatas. Beethoven: Sonata in E Op.14 #1;
Sonata in E flat Op.31 #3; Sonata in B flat
Friday June 10
Op.106 Hammerklavier. Euromusic Recital
Hall, 2651 John St., Unit 8, Markham. 905— 7:00: ROM Friday Nights. Season Finale: Canada Sings! Royal Ontario Museum, 946-8040. $10.
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popular Italian songs. Adele Kozak, lyric soprano; Florence Maltese & Kathryn Kossow,
mezzos & other singers; Raisa Nakhmanovich,
piano accompanist. The Stone Church, 45 Davenport Rd. 416-927-9800. $20,$15.
— 8:00: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. The Midnight Court. Music by Ana
Sokolovic; Dáirine Ni Mheadhra & John
Hess, artistic directors; Shannon Mercer,
soprano; Krisztina Szabó, mezzo; Alexander
Dobson, baritone. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West. 416-9734000. $45. For complete run see music
theatre listings.
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Tafelmusik Chamber
Choir. Motets by Bach & Homilius; works
by van Buren, Schanderl & Richardson.
Frieder Bernius, guest conductor. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East.
416-366-7723. $13-$40.
— 8:00: Voices. From the Eastern Sky.
Evening of sacred & secular music from
Eastern Europe, the Far East and Down
Under; chance for audience to request a
musical selection to be sung by the choir
next season. Ron Ka Ming Cheung, conductor. St. Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron St.
416-924-0753. $20,$15.
Sunday June 12
— 1:30: Spadina Historical House and
Gardens. Music in the Orchard: Members
of the Yiddish Swingtet. Traditional Klezmer songs; American swing. Jonno Lightstone, clarinet; Tony Quarrington, guitar &
mandolin. 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910.
— 2:00: The Choralairs. Closing Concert.
Varied programme of Broadway, pop & folk
songs. Earl Bales Park Community Centre
Social Hall, 4169 Bathurst St. 416-6310029. Free.
— 2:30: Toronto Early Music Centre.
Musically Speaking: Musick’s Handmaid.
Valerie Sylvester, Sheila Smyth & other
performers. Holy Trinity Church, 10 Trinity
Square. 416-966-1409. Free.
— 3:00: Euromusic Centre. Karl Lo, pianist in a Performance of Beethoven Piano
Sonatas. Beethoven: Sonata in F sharp
Op.78; Sonata in G Op.14 #2; Sonata in c
sharp Op.27 #2 Moonlight; Sonata in A
Op.2 #2; Sonata in E Op.109. Euromusic
Recital Hall, 2651 John St., Unit 8,
Markham. 905-946-8040. $10.
— 3:00: Mooredale Youth Orchestras.
Featuring performers ages 6-18. Rosedale
Heights School, 711 Bloor St. East. 416922-3714 x103. $15,$10.
— 3:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Voices of Youth/Hamrahlid. Works by Icelandic composers. Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir, conductor. St. Paul’s Basilica,
83 Power St. 416-366-7723. $13-$40.
— 3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The Phenomenal Feidman! Roy Thomson
Hall. See Jun 11.
— 4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz
Vespers: Bruce Harvey Trio. Bruce Harvey,
piano; George Kozub, bass; Tom Jestadt,
drums. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211.
Free (donation).
— 4:30: Edward Brescacin, flute & Cecilia Ignatieff, piano. Works by Khatchaturian, Bach, Taffanel, Sancan, Schubert.
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-2411367. $5, children free when accompanied
by an adult.
— 4:30: Etobicoke Community Concert
Band. Brass in the Grass: Swing Jazz Combo. John Liddle & friends. Assembly Hall
grounds, 1 Colonel Sam Smith Park Dr.
416-410-1570. Free.
— 7:30: Brampton Festival Singers. Sarah Silverman, piano in Concert. Works by
Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin & Prokofiev. North
Bramalea United Church, 363 Howden
Blvd,. Brampton. 905-793-4600. $20,$10,
child under 5 free.
— 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Northern
Voices Choral Festival: Closing Concert.
Strauss: Der Abend; Brahms: Fest-und
Gedenksprüche; Vasks: Dona Nobis Pacem;
Penderecki: Stabat Mater; Mäntyjärvi: Four
Shakespeare Songs; Hétu: Les Illusions
Fanées. Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble;
Danish National Radio Choir; Elmer Iseler
Singers; Peter Dijkstra, conductor. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East.
416-366-7723. $13-$40.
A varied programme of original music for
men’s voices in a tribute to well-known
English composers. Works by Byrd, Britten,
Elgar, Stanford, Tallis and Vaughan Williams.
Monica Zerbe
Brahm Goldhamer, pianist
Wednesday June 15
— 12:30: Yorkminster Park Church.
Noonday Recital: Karen Rymal, organ.
1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.
— 7:00: Etobicoke Community Concert
Band. Twilight Concert in the Park.
Guests: Etobicoke Jazz Band. The green,
Applewood Homestead, 450 The West
Mall. 416-410-1570. Free.
— 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Images of Vienna. Berg (orch. Verbey): Piano Sonata Op.1; Schubert: Konzertstück
for Violin & Orchestra; Kreisler: Liebesleid;
Liebesfreud; Caprice Viennois; Tambourin
Chinois; Brahms: Symphony #4. Leila Josefowicz, violin; Peter Oundjian, conductor.
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-5934828. $32-$110.
Special Guests:
Ellen Meyer
James Xia
Jessica Jia
Ping Zhang
Sunday, June 12, 2005 8pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
victoria Adults $25 Seniors & Students $20
scholars for tickets call 416.761.7776
3055 Bloor Street West, Toronto
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Friday June 17
— 7:00: Toronto All-Star Big Band. Taste
of Little Italy Performance. College & Bathurst
Sts. 416-231-5695. Free.
Chausson, Dvorak
Rachmaninoff, Wagner
Friday, June 17, 8:00 pm
Humbercrest United Church
16 Baby Point Road
Tickets: $10 416-259-7394
5040 Yonge Street
English Composers
Images of Vienna. Roy Thomson Hall. See Jun
— 8:00: Monica Zerbe, mezzo and Brahm
Goldhamer, piano. Songs by Chausson,
Rachmaninoff & Wagner. Humbercrest United
Church, 16 Baby Point Rd. 416-259-7394.
Thursday June 16
— 8:00: Samantha Chang. Me, My Flute,
— 12:15: St. John’s York Mills Church. & I. Music by Boehm, Bozza, Mozart,
Music On The Hill: Nathalie Nadon, cabaret Prokofiev, Schubert & others. Guests: Ellen
singer; Michael Barber, piano. 19 Don Ridge Meyer, James Xia, Jessica Jia & Ping Zhang.
Dr. 416-225-6611. Free (donations accept- Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts,
Monday June 13
5040 Yonge St. 416-293-3974. $20.
— 2:00: Northern District Library. Alche— 12:15: Church of the Holy Trinity.
Saturday June 18
my. Music by Mozart, Martinu, Schumann
Music Mondays: For the Ears of Mortals.
— 7:00: Rumi Art Society. 6th Annual
William Beauvais, composer/guitar; Alan
Hinder, bassoon; Tricia Balmer, cello; Mar- Rumi Ensemble Concert. Mo Jamal, violin &
Hetherington, percussion; Julian Knight,
cia Beach & Meri Gec, piano. 40 Orchard
setar; Ghazal Raisi, Habib Nazeri & other
viola; Terril McGuire, dancer/choreogravocalists; Ariana Deda, cello; Omid
pher. 10 Trinity Square. 416-598-4521. $5 View Blvd. 416-393-7610. Free.
— 7:00: North York Concert Band. Music Moshref, tombak & santour & other musisuggested donation.
Under the Stars. Evening of jazz, show
cians. Earl Haig Auditorium, 100 Princess
— 7:30: Cantabile Chorale of York ReAve. 416-492-7292. $15.
gion. Strawberries and Song. Robert Rich- tunes & the music of Hollywood. John Edward Liddle, conductor. Mel Lastman,
— 7:00: Toronto All-Star Big Band.
ardson, conductor; Lona Richardson, acSquare, 5100 Yonge. 905-470-0272. Free. Taste of Little Italy Performance. College &
companist. Thornhill Presbyterian Church,
— 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Bathurst Sts. See June 17.
Centre Street, Thornhill. 905-731-8318.
Samantha Chang’s Recital
— 7:30: St. Lawrence Hall. Celebration of
the 1851 Jenny Lind Concert in the Great
Friday, June 17, 2005
Hall. Mia Karlsson, soprano; Jonas Olsson,
8:00 pm Studio Theatre
piano. 157 King St. East. 416-447-4454,
Toronto Centre for the Arts
416-425-2000. $25.
Tuesday June 14
— 1:00: St. James’ Cathedral. Music at
Midday: Annual Request Recital. Program of
works requested throughout the year by series
attendees. Michael Bloss & David Low, organists. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865 x231.
— 7:30: Cantabile Chorale of York Region. Strawberries and Song. Thornhill
Presbyterian Church. See June 13.
— 7:30: Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Grand Finale Concert. Baroque extravaganza. Combined forces of the TBSI Orchestra, Tafelmusik Orchestra, TBSI Choir &
Tafelmusik Choir. Grace Church on-the-Hill,
300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-964-9562. Free.
Program Includes:
Boehm, Bozza,
Mozart, Prokofiev,
Schubert, etc.
My Flute,
and I
Tickets: $20
Info: 416-293-3974 or
[email protected]
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— 7:30: Kodály Ensemble. 45th Anniversary Gala Concert. Fekete Föld Folk Music
Ensemble; Scola Cantorum; Duvo Folk Music Ensemble; Eletfa Folk Music Ensemble;
Kecskeszem Folk Music Ensemble. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-4395323. $25.
— 7:30: Oratory Children’s Choir. Concert of Sacred Music. Guests: Natalie Mahon, soprano; Simon Waegemaekers, organ.
Holy Family Church, 1372 King St. West.
416-532-2879. $10(suggested donation).
Fundraising effort to purchase music for
the Oratory Children’s Choir.
— 7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Images of Vienna. Roy Thomson Hall. See
Jun 15. $25-$65.
— 8:00: Beaches Presbyterian Church.
Carmen Fantasies. Bizet: Carmen (selections); Saint-Saens: Fantaisie; Schafer: Wild
Bird; Louie: From the Eastern Gate. Patricia
O’Callaghan, soprano; Lori Gemmell, harp;
Etsuko Kimura, violin; Tom Allen, storyteller. 65 Glen Manor Dr. 416-699-5871. $25
or 5 for $100.
— 8:00: Brassfully Yours. Ewald: Quintet
#2; Barber: Adagio; music by Wagner, Mozart, Purcell, Joplin & others. Bloor Street
United Church, 300 Bloor St. West. 416409-4637. $10.
— 8:00: Singing Studio of Deborah
Staiman. Feast of Show Tunes. Broadway
& popular classics. Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Rd. East. 416-4839532. $10.
— 8:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Bagher Moazem, guitar. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s
Park Cres. 416-922-8002. $25,$10.
Sunday June 19
— 1:30: CAMMAC/McMichael Gallery.
Richard Whiteman, jazz vocals. 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg. 905-893-1121. Gallery
admission: $15,$12, $30(family rate).
— 1:30: Spadina Historical House and
Gardens. Music in the Orchard: Vansickle
Ensemble. Music of the early 20th century
for woodwinds & strings. 285 Spadina Rd.
416-392-6910. Free.
— 2:00: Juan Tomás. Variety Show. Music by ABBA, Nat King Cole, Ellington, Orbison & others. Juan Tomás Show Band; Rea
Piano Recital
— 12:15: Church of the Holy Trinity.
Music Mondays: William Westcott, jazz/
blues piano. 10 Trinity Square. 416-5984521. $5 suggested donation.
Tuesday June 21
Liszt, Beethoven
Chopin and more
Heliconian Hall
Sunday June 19, 2:30 pm
— 1:00: St. James’ Cathedral. Music at
Midday: John Clodig, organ. 65 Church St.
416-364-7865 x231. Free.
— 7:30: Koffler Centre of the Arts. Koffler Adult Band. Selection of pieces ranging
from Broadway tunes, popular folk songs,
traditional music & pop. Resa Kochberg,
conductor. Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588
Bathurst St. 416-636-1880 x228. $5.
— 7:30: Music Toronto. Brahms – Echoes
of the past, gateways to the future. Illuminating commentary on and complete performance of Brahms: Piano Trio in C Op.87.
Featured artists: Gryphon Trio, Gary Kulesha. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St.
East. 416-366-7723. $20, $5(st), $10(accompanying adult).
— 7:30: Thornhill Community Band.
Broadway, classical, popular, traditional &
commissioned works. Denny Ringler, music
director. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge.
416-223-7152. Free.
— 8:00: CONTACT contemporary music.
Transformed. Music by Sharman, Piper,
Oswald, Wolman. Patricia Green, Bob Wiseman, Flare, Andy Morris, guest performers.
The 519 Church Street Community Centre,
performs Brahms
June 25 at 8 p.m.
Thursday June 23
— 12:15: St. John’s York Mills Church.
Music On The Hill: Arrane, the Folk Music
Group. 19 Don Ridge Dr. 416-225-6611. Free
(donations accepted).
Friday June 24
— 12:30: St. Andrew’s United Church,
Markham. Noonday Organ Recital: William
Maddox, organ. Music by Bach & Handel.
32 Main St. North, Hwys 48 and 7,
Markham. 905-294-0351. Free.
— 7:00: Harbourfront Centre. La Reine
Soleil. Marie-Monique Jean-Gilles, musical
storyteller. For children & adults. CIBC
Stage, 235 Queens Quay West. 416-9734000. Free.
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519 Church St. 416-902-7010. $15, $10(sr),
— 8:00: Festival Wind Orchestra. Summertime Pops Concert. Selections from
Chicago; Sinatra medley; Light Cavalry
Overture; Disney Movie Magic and more.
Guests include Mark Ruhnke, baritone; Gennady Gefter, conductor. Christ Church Deer
Park, 1570 Yonge St. 905-881-4255.
Monday June 20
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Paulite; guest: Gladys Ho, piano. Scarborough
Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive. 416-9280111. Free.
— 2:30: Bruce Vogt. Piano Recital. Music by
Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin & others. Heliconian
Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-769-6440.
— 4:00: Jacques Israelievitch & Friends.
Father’s Day Concert. Music by Mozart, Colgrass, Honegger, Piazzolla & Glick. Jacques
Israelievitch, violin; Michael Israelievitch, percussion; Winona Zelenka, cello; Teng Li, viola.
Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson Ave.
416-487-4161. $15.
— 4:00: University Settlement Choir,
Chamber Choir & Children’s Choir. It’s a
Grand Time for Singing. Show tunes, folk &
classical music from around the world.
Bellefair United Church, 2 Bellefair Ave.
416-598-3444 x243/244. $5.
Gennady Gefter, Conductor
S um m ert i me po p s
Light music selections for all ages! Special guests
including baritone vocalist Mark Ruhnke.
Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street
(at Heath, 2 blocks north of St. Clair,
close to TTC & municipal parking)
Adults $15; Students $10
To reserve call 905-881-4255
or visit
— 8:00: Harbourfront Centre. Diouf. Senegalese percussion group. CIBC Stage, 235
Queens Quay West. 416-973-4000. Free.
— 8:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Richard Clayderman, piano. Guest: Corneliu Montano,
tenor. 416-872-4255. $56-$76.
— 8:00: TD Canada Trust Toronto
Downtown Jazz Festival. Sonny Rollins,
tenor saxophone in Concert. Massey Hall,
15 Shuter St. 416-872-4255. $49.50$89.50.
— 9:00: Harbourfront Centre. Paul Piché,
singer/songwriter. CIBC Stage, 235 Queens
Quay West. 416-973-4000. Free.
trumpets; Terry Promane, Russ Little, trombones; Doug Burrell, tuba. 1570 Yonge St.
416-920-5211. Free (donation).
— 7:00: Show One Productions. Beyond
the Pale – Jewish Nostalgia Night. Songs
of the shtetl. Svetlana Portnyansky, vocals;
Yevgeny Shapovalov, tenor; Jazz Quartet
led by O. Butman. George Weston Recital
Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 416-870-8000. $35$55.
Monday June 27
— 12:15: Church of the Holy Trinity.
Music Mondays: Mark Rogers, oboe; Liz
Johnston, violin; Angela Rudden, viola;
guest cellist tba. 10 Trinity Square. 416Saturday June 25
598-4521. $5 suggested donation.
— 8:00: TD Canada Trust Toronto
— 7:30: Milton Choristers. Catch the
Downtown Jazz Festival/House of
Sound of Swing. Music from the 40s &
50s. Guests: Festival City Band; Sonja van Blues. Diana Krall, singer/songwriter/piande Hoef, director; Becky Windhager, accom- ist in Performance. Hummingbird Centre, 1
Front St. East. 416-872-2262. $69.50panist. Gambrel Barn, Country Heritage
Park, Milton. 905-876-3203. $18, $15(sr), $125.50.
Tuesday June 28
— 7:30: Victoria-Royce Church. Rachel
Persaud, soprano in Recital. Works by Han- — 8:00: TD Canada Trust Toronto
Downtown Jazz Festival/House of
del, Ravel & others. Peter Treen, piano.
190 Medland St. 416-769-6176. $20,$15. Blues. Diana Krall, singer/songwriter/pian— 8:00: Anno Domini Chamber Singers. ist in Performance. Hummingbird Centre.
See June 27.
Spirit and Light. Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna;
spirituals. David Jafelice, conductor; ChrisThursday June 30
topher Dawes, accompanist. St. Thomas
Music Garden. Moon
Church, 383 Huron St. 416-696-0093.
Mirrored on Water – Faces of the String
— 8:00: Canadian Sinfonietta. CS Mem- Quartet I. Traditional Chinese melodies.
George Gao, erhu; Phoebe Tsang & Sacha
bers Chamber Concert. Bowen: Phantasy
Quintet; Brahms: Piano Quintet in f Op.34a. Barlow, violins; Carol Gimbel, viola; Cherry
Kim, cello. 475 Queens Quay West. 416Joyce Lai, violin; Stephen Fox, bass clari973-4000. Free.
net, Michael Esch, piano. Newtonbrook
United Church, 53 Cummer Ave. 905-707- — 8:00: Harbourfront Centre. Pier Party
Concert: Cesaria Evora, vocalist. CIBC
1200. $30,$25.
Stage, 235 Queens Quay West. 416-973Sunday June 26
— 3:00: Alceste Concerts. Cycle of 32
Friday July 01
Beethoven Piano Sonatas: 3rd Concert.
— 1:00: Thornhill Community Band.
Vadim Serebryany, piano. Arts & Letters
Club, 14 Elm St. 416-822-0613. $20,$10. Broadway, classical, popular, traditional &
commissioned works. Denny Ringler, music
director. McMichael Gallery, 10365 Isling— 3:00: Upper Canada String Quartet.
Ravel: String Quartet; Haydn: String Quar- ton Ave., Kleinburg. Free with Gallery admission: $15,$12, $30(family rate).
tet Op.64 #6; Papineau-Couture: String
Quartet #1. Etsuko Kimura & Janetta Wilc- — 9:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orcheszewska, violins; Carol Gimbel, viola; Jonath- tra. Canada Day Concert. Tchaikovsky:
1812 Overture; National Anthem & other
an Tortolano, cello. Lambton House, 4066
music. Guest artists & conductors. Spencer
Old Dundas St. 416-604-9748. $20,$15.
Smith Park, Lakeshore & Brant St., Burling— 4:00: Toronto Music Garden. Cello
ton. 905-526-7756. Free.
Voce. Music by de Falla, Bernstein & others. Cherry Kim, Peter Cosbey & other celSaturday July 02
lists; Roberta Janzen, cello/director. 475
Educational &
Queens Quay West. 416-973-4000. Free.
Cultural Exchange. Songs of Harmony.
— 4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz
Vespers: Barlow Brass & Drums. Brian Bar- World art songs. 13 Chinese choirs. Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mislow, drums; Steve McDade, Brian O’Kane,
Amjad Ali Khan
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sissauga. 905-306-6000. $8.
— 8:00: Buena Vista Social Club. Omara
Portuondo Flor de Amor Tour. Latin music.
13-piece band; Omara Portuondo, guest performer. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.
416-872-4255. $39.50-$79.50.
— 8:00: Toronto Star/Asian Television
Network. Amjad Ali Kahn, sarod. Guests:
Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash,
sarod; Vineet Vyas & Vijay Ghate, tabla.
Hummingbird Centre for the Performing
Arts, 1 Front St. East. 416-872-2262.
Sunday July 03
director. Amphitheatre, Earl Bales Park,
Bathurst St. & Sheppard Ave. 416-2237152. Free.
— 8:00: Toronto Summer Chamber Music Festival. Precocious geniuses who died
young. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St.
West. 416-205-5555. See Summer Festival
listings, page G16.
Allison Lynn and the
Wyndham Regency
— 4:00: Toronto Music Garden. True
North Brass. Barton Woomert & Raymond
Tizzard, trumpets; Joan Watson, horn;
Alastair Kay, trombone; Scott Irvine, tuba.
475 Queens Quay West. 416-973-4000.
Monday July 04
— 12:15: Church of the Holy Trinity.
Music Mondays: Andrea Gerhardt, soprano;
Paul Jenkins, piano. Music by Schubert,
Brahms, Debussy & Wolf. 10 Trinity
Square. 416-598-4521. $5 suggested donation.
— 8:00: WholeNote Magazine. Nine Mondays Salon: Jazz. Hosted by WholeNote jazz
listings editor Sophia Perlman. St. George the
Martyr Church, 197 John. 416-323-2232.
$12,$8, family rate, 12 & under free.
Tuesday July 05
— 7:30: Thornhill Community Band.
Broadway, classical, popular, traditional &
commissioned works. Denny Ringler, music
CD Release Party
“Allison Lynn ...
Live in Toronto!"
Tuesday, July 5, 9:00
Montreal Jazz Bistro
— 9:00: Allison Lynn/Wyndham Regency
Orchestra. CD Release Concert. Cabaret,
torch & jazz. Guest: Leigh Graham, vocals.
Montreal Bistro, 65 Sherbourne St. 416-3630179. $10.
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Wednesday July 06
— 7:00: Etobicoke Community Concert
Band. Twilight Concert in the Park. Applewood Homestead. See June 15.
— 8:00: Toronto Summer Chamber Music Festival. Brahms. Glenn Gould Studio,
250 Front St. West. 416-205-5555. See
Summer Festival listings, page G16.
Thursday July 07
Délices de la Solitude. Music of the French
Baroque; recent works by Lussier. Musica
Franca: Nadina Mackie Jackson, Mathieu
Lussier, Catherine Carignan & Fraser Jackson,
bassoons; Paul Jenkins, harpsichord. 475
Queens Quay West. 416-973-4000. Free.
— 8:00: Toronto Summer Chamber Music Festival. Folk Music. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West. 416-205-5555.
See Summer Festival listings, page G16
— 7:00: Toronto Music Garden. Les
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In this issue:
Barrie, Brockville, Cambridge, Canton, Cobourg, Collingwood,
Drayton, Gananoque, Golden Lake, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kincardine, Kitchener, Lindsay, London, Midland, Niagara-on-theLake, Orillia, Oshawa, Paris, Penetanguishene, Peterborough, Port
Dover, Sonya, Uxbridge, Waterloo)
For GTA Concerts see pages 33-39.
For Music Theatre and Opera Listings see pages 40,41.
For Jazz Listings see pages 41,42.
For Festival Listings see pages G14-G16
Wednesday June 01
cert Choir & Girls Choir; guests: Northern Lights
Barbershop Quartet. Central Presbyterian Church,
Hamilton. 905-527-1618. $10.
— 7:00: Red Barn Theatre. Beneath the
Banyan Tree. Fusion of theatre, traditional
Indian & contemporary dance, movement &
music. For ages 8 to 15. 991 Lake Dr. East,
Friday June 03
Jackson’s Point. 888-733-2276, 905-7223249. $15.
— 7:00: Collingwood Music Festival.
— 7:30: Kitchener Waterloo PhilharmonPre-season Concert by Youth Players.
Young people from the area in a profession- ic Choir. Shore: Lord of the Rings Symphony. Six Movements for Orchestra & Chorus.
al-style concert. New Life Church, 28
Soloists; KW Philharmonic Orchestra &
Tracey Lane, Collingwood. 888-283Choir; Youth Choir; projected images of
1712. $10,$5.
— 7:00: Oriana Singers of Northumber- original illustrations & storyboards by John
land. Love Me Tender. Music of the fifties. Howe & Alan Lee. Centre in the Square,
101 Queen St. North, Kitchener. 519-578Batterwood Estate, Canton. 905-3721570, 800-265-8977. $60-$70.
2210. $25(in advance only).
— 7:30: Orchestra London/Pacific Opera — 7:30: Serenata Choir. Last Night at the
Proms. Music by Handel, Vaughan Williams,
Victoria. Puccini: Tosca. Christiane Riel,
soprano; Marc Hervieux, tenor; John Avey, Gilbert & Sullivan; Proms repertoire. Victobaritone; Timothy Vernon, conductor. Grand ria Thompson, soprano; Ross Darlington,
Theatre, 471 Richmond St., London. 519- bass-baritone; Gary Heard, conductor; Cher672-8800, 800-265-1593. $45-$125. For yl Lynn Dutton, accompanist. St. Paul’s
United Church, Midland. 866-461-1830.
complete run see music theatre listings.
— 8:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. Quar- $15,$10.
— 8:00: Hamilton Philharmonic. Blue
tetFest: Penderecki Quartet. Guest: Anya
Alexeyev, piano. Maureen Forrester Recital Eyes and Broadway – A Tribute to Frank
Sinatra. Guest: Michael Hope, vocals;
Hall, WLU, Waterloo. 519-884-0710
x2631. $25, $20(sr), $15(st), series pass- Michael Reason, conductor. Great Hall,
Hamilton Place, Summers Lane. 905-526es available.
7756. $53, $49(sr), $10(st), $5(high
Saturday June 04
school & younger).
— 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
Water Music. Planet Baroque; Linda Melsted,
leader & violin; James Mason, oboe. First
United Church, 16 William St., Waterloo.
519-578-1570, 800-265-8977. $26,$12.
— 3:00: Wilfrid Laurier University.
QuartetFest: Young Artists. Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, WLU, Waterloo. 519884-0710 x2631. $10, $5, series passes
— 7:00: Hamilton Children’s Choir. 30th
Anniversary Concert. Prelude Choir, Con-
Sunday June 05
— 3:00: Wilfrid Laurier University.
QuartetFest: Young Artists. Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, WLU, Waterloo. 519884-0710 x2631. $10, $5, series passes
Tuesday June 07
— 8:00: Lighthouse Festival Theatre.
Sitting Pretty. Musical by Foster & Thomas. 247 Main St., Port Dover. 519-5832221. $18(preview). For complete run see
music theatre listings.
Wednesday June 08
— 2:00 & 8:00: Drayton Festival Theatre. The World Goes ‘Round. Songs of
Kander & Ebb. David Rogers, director. 33
Wellington St. South, Drayton. 888-4494463. For complete run see music theatre
Lorne Scots Pipes & Drums; Hamilton Police
Pipes & Drums & other performers. Copps
Coliseum, 101 York Blvd., Hamilton. 905523-1753, 905-546-4040. $27, $22(sr),
$18(st), $15(child under 13), group rate.
— 3:00: Wilfrid Laurier University.
QuartetFest: Young Artists. Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, WLU, Waterloo. 519-8840710 x2631. $10, $5, series passes available.
— 7:00: Amis du Jazz. Bernie Senensky,
piano; Andrew Scott, guitar; Jake Wilkinson, trumpet; Joel Haynes. The Church at
Sonya, Simcoe Street 13 k north of Port
Perry. 705-357-2468.
Wednesday June 15
Regards To Broadway. Created by & starring
David Rogers; musical arrangements by Mark
Camilleri; Alex Mustakas, director. 97 Jury
Dr., Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene.
888-449-4463. $34, $20(18 & under), group
rate. For complete run see music theatre listings.
— 8:00: Theatre Cambridge. Five Guys
Named Moe. Book & lyrics by Louis Jordan;
starring Denis Simpson, Joe Sealy & Matthew Brown. Cambridge Arts Theatre, 47
Water St. South. 800-265-8977. To
$29.50. For complete run see music theatre listings.
Wednesday June 29
— 12:15: Viola Camp 2005 Concert. VioFriday June 10
— 2:30 & 8:00: Thousand Islands Playla Inflections. Golden: Inflection; Klezmer.
— 7:00: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. house. Dads 2: The Toddler’s Revenge.
Dan Golden, viola; Marg Stowe, guitar; the
Finley: Rapunzel. Donna Bennett, soprano;
Musical by More & Doyle. Springer TheaViola Campers. The Chapel, First United
Michael Burgess, tenor; Gabrielle Prata,
tre, 690 Charles St. South, Gananoque.
Church, King & William Sts., Waterloo.
mezzo; Robert Longo, baritone & other per- 866-382-7020. $30,$28, $15(child/st). For 519-743-8946. Freewill donation.
formers; Brian Finley, music director. The
complete run see music theatre listings.
— 7:30: Oshawa Civic Band. Summer
Barn, 3 km northwest of Campbellford on — 7:30: Oshawa Civic Band. Summer
Concert. Guest artists; Barrie Hodgins, diCounty Road 30. 705-653-5508, 877-883- Concert. Guest artists; Barrie Hodgins, director of music. McLaughlin Bandshell, Me5777. $20-$40. For complete run see murector of music. McLaughlin Bandshell, Me- morial Park, Oshawa. 905-579-2220.
sic theatre listings.
morial Park, Oshawa. 905-579-2220.
— 8:00: Brad Halls. Words and Music –
Thursday June 30
Movie Music Masters: The Songs of Henry
Saturday June 18
Mancini and Michel LeGrand. Music from
— 12:15: Viola Camp 2005 Concert. Cartheir movies. Guests: Blair McFadden &
— 7:30: Lauren Roy & Friends. Ang/Tish- men Moggach and Viola Camp Faculty. BritChristine Vanderbank, vocalists. The Conler: One More Memory; contemporary, jazz ten: Elegy; Biggs: Invention for viola and
cert Hall at Victoria Hall, 55 King St. West, & original music. Sara Westbrooke; Nicole
tape; Clarke: Sonata. The Chapel, First
Cobourg. 905-372-2210.
Tishler; Lauren Roy and her Jazz Ensemble. United Church, King & William Sts., Water— 8:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. Quar- Paris Presbyterian Church, 164 Grand Riv- loo. 519-743-8946. Freewill donation.
tetFest: Penderecki Quartet. Guest: Atar
er St. North. 519-442-5763. $15. Portion
— 2:00 & 8:00: Sunshine Festival TheaArad, viola. Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, of the proceeds to Alzheimers Society of
tre Company. Jesus Christ Superstar. By
WLU, Waterloo. 519-884-0710 x2631.
Lloyd Webber & Rice. Orillia Opera House,
$25, $20(sr), $15(st), series passes available.
Wednesday June 22
Saturday June 11
— 8:00: Brockville Arts Centre. They’re
— 2:00: Collingwood Music Festival.
Playing Our Song. By Neil Simon; music by
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.
Pre-season Concert: Prokofiev: Peter and
Marvin Hamlisch. 235 King St. West,
Bluewater Summer Playhouse. By Dean
the Wolf. Douglas Nadler & the WestminBrockville. 877-342-7122. For complete
Regan. June 23-July 9, various times.
ster Ensemble. New Life Church, 28 Tracey run see music theatre listings.
Kincardine Centre for the Arts, 707A
Lane, Collingwood. 888-283-1712.
Queen Street. 877-396-5722. $22(eve),
Thursday June 23
— 3:00: Wilfrid Laurier University.
— 8:00: Bluewater Summer Playhouse.
QuartetFest: Young Artists. Maureen ForAin’t Misbehavin’. Canstage. Music by
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. By Dean
rester Recital Hall, WLU, Waterloo. 519Fats Waller; starring Jackie Richardson. To
Regan. Kincardine Centre for the Arts,
884-0710 x2631. $10, $5, series passes 707A Queen Street. 877-396-5722. $22.
June 25. Mon-Sat: 8:00, Wed: 1:30; Sat:
For complete run see music theatre listings. 2:00. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St.
— 8:00: Brad Halls. Words and Music –
East. 416-368-3110. $36-$80.
Friday June 24
Movie Music Masters: The Songs of Henry
Al Capone’s Hideout (in Quadeville!)
Mancini and Michel LeGrand. The Concert
— 7:00: MusicMakers. Fit For A Queen.
Stone Fence Theatre. Musical. July 6-Aug
Hall at Victoria Hall, Cobourg. See June
Gilbert & Sullivan: excerpts from The Gon- 6: 7:30. Golden Lake ON. 866-310-1004.
doliers, H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mi$20 before July 1, $22 after.
— 8:00: Uxbridge Music Hall. Jack de
kado, Patience & other operettas. Victoria
Beauty and the Beast. Huron Country
Keyzer: The Silver Anniversary Concert.
Hall Concert Hall, 55 King St. West, CoPlayhouse. By Menken, Ashman & Rice.
Jack de Keyzer, guitar, vocals, songwriter; bourg. 905-372-2210. $20. For complete
Alex Mustakas, director. To July 2. RR #1,
Tony Ajo, drums; Al Duffy, bass; Chris Mur- run see music theatre listings.
B Line, Grand Bend. 888-449-4463. $34,
phy, sax; Martin Aucoin, piano/organ; Kelly
$20(18 & under), group rate.
Sunday June 26
Craig, trumpet. 16 Main St. South, Uxbridge. 416-686-1616.
— 11:00am: Shaw Festival. Sunday Cof- Beauty and the Beast. TCDSB Staff
Arts. By Menken, Ashman & Rice. Cardinal
fee Concert. String Quartet in Residence.
Sunday June 12
Carter Academy for the Arts, 36 Greenfield
Lobby, Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Pa— 2:00: Alchemy. An Hour of Chamber
Ave. June 3,4, 9-11: 7:30, June 5: 2:00.
rade, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 800-511Music. Mozart: Sonata K.292; Martinu:
416-222-8282 x2787. $15,$10.
7429. Free.
Trio; Schumann: Selected piano duets
Beneath the Banyan Tree. Red Barn
Op.85; Beethoven: Trio Wo037. Sylvia DavTheatre. Fusion of theatre, traditional
is, flute; Larkin Hinder, bassoon; Tricia
— 7:15: Barrie Concert Band. Daniel
Indian & contemporary dance, movement &
Balmer, cello; Marcia Beach & Meri Gec,
Johnston, conductor. Barrie City Hall Romusic. For ages 8 to 15. June 4: 7:00. 991
piano. Royal Gardens Retirement Home,
tunda, 70 Collier St. 705-721-6863. Free. Lake Dr. East, Jackson’s Point. 888-7331160 Clonsilla Ave., Peterborough. 705— 8:00: Globus Theatre. Job: The Hip-Hop 2276, 905-722-3249. $15.
741-6036. Free.
Saga. Written & performed by Jerome Sable
Blue Man Group. Percussion & Dadaist
— 2:30: Hamilton International Tattoo.
& Eli Batalion. Academy Theatre, Lindsay.
performance art. Previews begin June 5,
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band; Argyll 877-888-0038. $25,$20(st), group rate.
regular run June 14 to mid-August. Tuesand Sutherland Highlanders of Canada
— 8:00: King’s Wharf Theatre. Give My
Thurs: 8:00; Fri, Sat: 7:00 & 10:00pm;
Drums; Town of Dundas Pipes and Drums;
corner of West & Mississaga Sts. 800-6838747. $30,$27. For complete run see music
theatre listings.
Monday July 04
— 12:15: Viola Camp 2005 Concert. David Rose, viola and Ann Rose, piano. Kreisler:
Midnight Bells; Praeludium and Allegro; Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantella; works by
Telemann, A.Rose, Arad. The Chapel, First
United Church, King & William Sts., Waterloo. 519-743-8946. Freewill donation.
— 8:00: Gryphon Theatre. They’re Playing
Our Song. By Neil Simon; music by Marvin
Hamlisch. Georgian College, 1 Georgian Dr.,
Barrie. 705-728-4613. $28. For complete
run see music theatre listings.
Tuesday July 05
— 12:15: Viola Camp 2005 Concert. Kelvin Enns, viola. Stravinsky: Elegy; jazz
standards. The Chapel, First United Church,
King & William Sts., Waterloo. 519-7438946. Freewill donation.
— 8:00: Bill Askew and his Orchestra.
Summer Concert. McLaughlin Bandshell,
Memorial Park, Oshawa. 905-579-2220.
— 8:00: Concert Band of Cobourg. Victoria Park Bandshell, Cobourg. 888-2626874, 905-372-0679. Free.
Wednesday July 06
— 7:30: Stone Fence Theatre. Al Capone’s Hideout (in Quadeville!) Musical.
Golden Lake ON. 866-310-1004. $20 before July 1, $22 after. For complete run
see music theatre listings.
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Sun: 2:00. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge.
416-872-1111. $59.
Bye Bye Birdie. Kids on Broadway. By
Strouse & Adams. June 3 & 4: 7:00.
Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith
Park Dr. 416-237-9738. $14,$12.
City-Odessa Stories. Gesher Theater.
Stories of Isaac Babel with original music &
songs. June 4: 8:00, June 5: 2:00 & 7:00.
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge
St. 416-872-1111.
Dads 2: The Toddler’s Revenge.
Thousand Islands Playhouse. Musical by
More & Doyle. June 15-July 16. Tues-Sat:
8:00, Wed, Sat, Sun: 2:30. Springer
Theatre, 690 Charles St. South,
Gananoque. 866-382-7020. $30,$28,
Dads! The Musical. Victoria Playhouse
Petrolia. To June 11. Victoria Hall,
Greenfield St., Petrolia. 800-717-7694.
Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate
Adventure. Hummingbird Centre for the
Performing Arts. Musical for children.
June 1-3: 7:00, June 2: 10:30am; June 4:
10:00am, 1:30 & 5:30; June 5: 10:00am
& 1:30. 1 Front St. East. 416-872-2262.
$25-$52, group rates.
Evita. Mirvish Productions. By Lloyd
Webber/Rice. Starring Kathy Voytko,
Bradley Dean, Philip Hernandez, Gabriel
Burrafato & Kate Manning. To June 5.
Tues-Sat: 8:00, Wed & Sun: 2:00. Princess
of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West.
J UNE 1 - J ULY 7 2005
872-1212. $46-$94.
Fit For A Queen. MusicMakers. Gilbert &
Sullivan: excerpts from The Gondoliers,
H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado,
Patience & other operettas. June 24: 7:00;
June 25, July 1,2: 8:00; June 25,26, July
2: 2:00. Victoria Hall, Concert Hall, 55 King
St. West, Cobourg. 905-372-2210.
$20(eve), $18(mat).
Five Guys Named Moe. Theatre
Cambridge. Book & lyrics by Louis Jordan;
starring Denis Simpson, Joe Sealy &
Matthew Brown. June 28-July 16.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 47 Water St.
South. 800-265-8977. To $29.50.
42nd Street. King’s Wharf Theatre. By
Warren & Dubin. Alex Mustakas, director.
Song and dance extravaganza. To June 25.
97 Jury Dr., Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene. 888-449-4463. $34, $20(18 &
under), group rate.
Give My Regards To Broadway. King’s
Wharf Theatre. Created by & starring
David Rogers; musical arrangements by
Mark Camilleri; Alex Mustakas, director.
June 28-July 9. 97 Jury Dr., Discovery
Harbour, Penetanguishene. 888-449-4463.
$34, $20(18 & under), group rate.
Gypsy. Shaw Festival. By Styne &
Sondheim. Starring Nora McLellan & Julie
Martell; Paul Sportelli, musical director. To
October 30, various times. Festival
Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-onthe-Lake. 800-511-7429. $42-$82.
Happy End. Shaw Festival. By Weill/
Brecht. Featuring Glynis Ranney, Benedict
Campbell & Jay Turvey; Paul Sportelli,
musical director. To October 28, various
times. Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen St.,
Niagara-on-the-Lake. 800-511-7429. $42$82.
Heaven’s Little Honky Tonk. Port
Stanley Festival Theatre. By McHarge &
Stewart. Tribute to Hank Williams, Patsy
Cline, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl & others.
To June 11. Tues-Sat: 8:00, Wed & Sat:
2:00. 302 Bridge St., Port Stanley. 519782-4353. $25(eve), $23(mat).
Hello Dolly. Stratford Festival. Music &
lyrics by Herman. To November 6, various
times. Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St.,
Stratford. 800-567-1600. $55-$100.
Into the Woods. Stratford Festival.
Music & lyrics by Sondheim. To October
30, various times. Avon Theatre, 99
Downie St., Stratford. 800-567-1600.
Jesus Christ Superstar. Sunshine
Festival Theatre Company. By Lloyd
Webber & Rice. June 30-July 30, various
times. Orillia Opera House, corner of West
& Mississaga Sts. 800-683-8747.
Job: The Hip-Hop Saga. Globus Theatre.
Written & performed by Jerome Sable & Eli
Batalion. June 28: 8:00. Academy Theatre,
Lindsay. 877-888-0038. $25,$20(st),
group rate.
My Fair Lady. Civic Light Opera
Company. By Lerner & Loew. Joe
Cascone, Catherine Uy, David Haines, Lloyd
Dean, Julie Lennick & other performers;
Joe Cascone, artistic director. June 9-
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11,15-18,22-25: 8:00; June 12,19,25,26:
2:00. Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview
Mall Drive. 416-755-1717. $20, $17.50(sr/
st, Tues-Thurs).
Rapunzel. Westben Arts Festival
Theatre. By Brian Finley. Donna Bennett,
soprano; Michael Burgess, tenor; Gabrielle
Prata, mezzo; Robert Longo, baritone &
other performers; Brian Finley, music
director. June 10,14,17: 7:00; June
11,12,16,18,19: 2:00. The Barn, 3 km
northwest of Campbellford on County Road
30. 705-653-5508, 877-883-5777. $20$40.
Seussical – The Musical. Etobicoke
School of the Arts. June 1,2,3: 7:30. 675
Royal York Rd. 416-394-6910. $20,$15.
Sitting Pretty. Lighthouse Festival
Theatre. Musical by Foster & Thomas.
June 7-25. 247 Main St., Port Dover. 519583-2221. $19, $18(previews/Sat mat),
group rates.
Stardust Follies. Sanderson Centre for
the Performing Arts. Song-dance-comedy
revue. To June 29. Wednesdays: 2:00. 88
Dalhousie St., Brantford. 519-758-8090,
800-265-0710. $30.
The Midnight Court. Queen of Puddings
Music Theatre. Music by Ana Sokolovic;
Dáirine Ni Mheadhra & John Hess, artistic
directors; Shannon Mercer, soprano;
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo; Alexander Dobson,
baritone. June 11,14,16,18: 8:00.
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens
Quay West. 416-973-4000. $45.
The Perfect Life. Poor Alex Theatre.
Musical by Jet Matas. Sean K. Andrews,
Susan Dunstan, Aaron Kyte, Michael
Lazarovitch, Jet Matas & other performers;
Wayne Gwillim, musical director. June 10July 3. Thurs to Sat: 8:00; Sun: 3:00
except Pride Sunday: 7:00. 296 Brunswick
Ave. 416-817-7498. $30(opening night),
$12(Tues with Industry ID), $20(Wed-Sun),
The World Goes ‘Round. Drayton
Festival Theatre. Songs of Kander & Ebb.
David Rogers, director. June 8-July 9,
various times. 33 Wellington St. South,
Drayton. 888-449-4463.
They’re Playing Our Song. Brockville
Arts Centre. By Neil Simon; music by
Marvin Hamlisch. June 22-July 3. 235 King
St. West, Brockville. 877-342-7122.
They’re Playing Our Song. Gryphon
Theatre. By Neil Simon; music by Marvin
Hamlisch. July 4-9: 8:00; July 6: 2:00.
Georgian College, 1 Georgian Dr., Barrie.
705-728-4613. $28.
Tosca. Orchestra London/Pacific Opera
Victoria. By Puccini. Christiane Riel,
soprano; Marc Hervieux, tenor; John Avey,
baritone; Timothy Vernon, conductor. June
3,5,7,9,11: 7:30. Grand Theatre, 471
Richmond St., London. 519-672-8800,
800-265-1593. $45-$125.
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Chris Plock’s band continues their rin will host a Q&A with the sturegular Tuesday night swing ex- dents afterwards.
And speaking of wonderful (and
travaganza at Alleycatz. In addition, Swing Rosie has a regular affordable) opportunities for stuSunday afternoon gig this month dents.… After July 3rd, The Top
at the Rex (although anyone want- O’ the Senator will finish its reguing to dance may be hard pressed lar programming. I would like to
personally thank the wonderful peoto find the space!)
ple there. Half-price student
Share the Music is an initiative
Wednesdays will be sorely missed
which provides free concert tickby me, and many other students tryets and workshops for selected
ing to hear world-class jazz on a
shows at Roy Thomson/Massey
tight budget!
Hall, to high schools across the
GTA. Lucky students were given Finally a quick note to presenters:
the opportunity to go to the Chick WholeNote publishes a double isCorea concert back in October, and sue for July/August. Our deadline
now they will wrap up the year for both months is June 18th.
Listings should be sent to:
with an opportunity to see worldjazznotes
renowned vocalist Bobby McFerCheers!
rin (June 10). In addition, McFerAlleycatz
2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865
Every Mon Salsa Night. Every Tue Chris
Plock Swing Extravaganza. Every Wed
Joni Nehrita & Co. Every Thu The Flow.
Every Fri and Sat Funk, Soul, Reggae,
R&B, Top 40.
Jun 3,4 Soular. Jun 10, 11 Soular Jun
17, 18 Lady Kane. Jun 25 Lady Kane.
Alto Basso
718 College Street, (416) 534-9522
Every Sun Trans Mod Airways.
Ben Wicks
424 Parliament 416-961-9425
All shows start at 8 or 8:30. No cover.
First Sat/month Myrna & Nick Van
Weezerdenburg & the Downtown Jazz
Band. Every 2nd Sat/ month Fern Lindzon
Trio. 4th Sat/month Janine Blanchard.
Black Swan
154 Danforth Avenue, (416) 469-0537
Boiler House
55 Mill Street (416) 203-2121
C’est What 67 Front St. E. 416-867-9499
Saturday afternoon traditional jazz from the
Hot Five Jazzmakers.
Chick N’Deli
744 Mount Pleasant Rd (416) 489-3363
Big Band Music every 1st and 3rd Monday
of the month.
Gate 403
403 Roncesvalles 416-588 2930
Graffiti’s Bar & Grill
170 Baldwin St. 416-506-6699
Every Wed. (6-8pm) James and Jay.
Grasshopper Jazz & Blues Bar
460 Parliament St. 416-323-1210
Music starts at 10 No Cover.
Grossman’s Tavern,
379 Spadina Ave, 416-977-7000.
Founded and led by Kid Bastien until his
death in early 2003, the Happy Pals are
still rocking the house Saturdays 4:00 to
8:00 pm, or later.
Jun 1 Mike McDonald Jam. Jun 2 Kirk
Broadbridge. Jun 3 D’Nile Blues Band. Jun
4 Happy Pals. Jun 5 Nicola Vaughan Jam,
The Nationals. Jun 6 Laura Hubert Band.
Jun 7 Chris Caddell. Jun 8 Mike
Macdonald Jam. Jun 9 Healthy Scratch.
Jun 11 Happy Pals. Jun 12 Nicola
Vaughan Jam, The Nationals. Jun 13 Laura
Hubert Band. Jun 14 Chris Caddell. Jun
15 Mike McDonald. Jun 16 Straight
Shooter. Jun 17 Steve Grisbrook Band.
Jun 23 The Fire Numbers. Downtown
Jazz Jun 24 The Swinging Blackjacks.
Jun 25 Happy Pals. Jun 26 Nicola
Vaughan, The Nationals. Jun 27 Laura
Hubert Band. Jun 28 Pete Schmidt &
Shane Scott. Jun 29 Mike McDonald Jam.
Jun 30 Clifton David.
Home Smith Bar
The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Road,
Jun 3 Lorne Lofsky Duo. Jun 10 Jake
Langley Trio. Jun 17 Mike Murley Trio.
Jun 24 Sean Bray Trio.
Hot House Café
Market Square 416-366-7800
Jazz brunch every Sunday, alternating
weeks: Ken Churchill Quartet, 5spot.
Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas West 416-531-6604
Le Saint Tropez
315 King St W. 416-591-3600
Live music, 7 days a week.
Liberty Bistro
25 Liberty St. 416-533-8828
Jun 3, 4 Karen Manion.
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas West.
Jun 1 Feast of the East. Jun 2 Music
Africa. Jun 3 Oojami. Jun 4 La Salsa De
Hoy. Jun 5 Jane Bunnett Presents. Jun 7
Borealis Records Presents Le Vent Du Nord.
Jun 9 Franco Fete with Chango Family.
Jun 10 Brazilian Dance Party. Jun 11
Salsa Saturday W/ Marron Matizado.
Jun 15 Red. Jun 17 Salsa Friday w/
Cache. Jun 18 Salsa Saturday w/ Café
Cubano. Jun 19 Norman Amadio. Jun 20
Bury the Dead. Jun 21 Sky’s the Limit
Fundraiser Featuring Matisse. Jun 22
Eliana Cuevas Quintet. Jun 23 Hilario
Duran All Star Big Band +Trio. Jun 24
Salsa Friday W/ Café Cubano. Jun 25
Salsa Saturday w/ Ricky Franco. Jun 29
Evaristo Machado +Friends. Jun 30 Adam
Solomon &Tikisa in Concert.
681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687
“Wednesday Concerts in a Café” Sets at
9:00 and 10:15 pm. Reservations
recommended for first set.
Jun 1 Richard Whiteman, Lee Wallace. Jun
8 Bernie Senensky, Bill McBirnie. Jun 15
Kevin Barret Duo.
1546 Queen St. W. 416-535-4906
Parkdale neighborhood pub featuring jazz
and blues on Saturday afternoons, Sunday
evenings and a live jam every other
Michelle’s Brasserie
162 Cumberland St 416-944-1504
Montreal Bistro
65 Sherbourne 416-363-0179
May 31-Jun 4 Phil Nimmons Quartet. Jun
6 June Garber Quintet. Jun 7-11 Peter
Appleyard Quintet. Jun 13 Neil Donell
Sextet. Jun 14 Bett and Braid. Jun 15
Billy Newton Davis Quartet. Jun 16-18
Lori Cullen Quartet. Jun 20 Angela
Scappatura Quartet. Jun 21 Richard
Whitehouse Trio. Jun 22 Nimmons ‘N’ Nine
NOW. Jun 23 Canadian Jazz Quartet.
Downtown Jazz. Jun 24-26 Kenny
Barron and Anne Drummond. Jun 27 Dick
Hyman. Jun 28 Dick Hyman and Peter
Appleyard. Jun 29 Dick Hyman and Randy
Sandke. Jun 30 Sophie Milman Quintet.
N’Awlins Jazz Bar and Dining
299 King St. W. 416-595-1958
Cajun style cooking and New Orleans style
Orbit Room
508A College St. 416-535-0613
Every Fri The Stickmen. Every Sat The
Dexter. Every Sun Dave Murphy Band.
Every Mon Kevin Breit and the Sisters
Euclid. Every Tue School of Roots. Every
Wed LMT Connection. Every Thu De La
Pilot Tavern
22 Cumberland 416-923-5716
One of Toronto’s oldest watering holes,
established in 1944 with a tradition of live
jazz every Saturday afternoon.
The Queen Of Hearts
390 Steeles Ave W. 905-881-7732
Reservoir Lounge
52 Wellington 416-955-0887
Every Tue. Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm.
Every Wed Bradley and the Bouncers.
Every Thu Janice Hagen. Every Fri. Chet
Valient. Every Sat Tory Cassis.
783 College St.
Rex Jazz and Blues Bar
194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475
Sun-Fri 2 shows/evening, Sat, 3 shows/day
Jun 1 Andrew Boniwell Trio, Nathan Hiltz
Sextet. Jun 2 Kevin Quain, Amanda
Martinez Latin Jazz Ensemble. Jun 3
Avram Fefer and Bobby Few, Exitman. Jun
4 Ed Vokurka Swing Ensemble, Pat Carey’s
Jazz Navigators, Adam Smale Trio, Kieren
Overs Septet. Jun 5 Uof T workshop, Les
Singes Bleus, Swing Rosie, Christine
Bougie. Jun 6 Michael Skeete Quartet,
John Cheesman Big Band. Jun 7 Richard
Whiteman Trio, Classic Rex Jam. Jun 8
Exitman, Rob Mosher Quartet. Jun 9 Kevin
Quain, Norman M. Villeneuve Quintet. Jun
10 Melissa Stylianou, Victor Bateman
Quartet. Jun 11 Ed Vokurka Swing
Ensemble, Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot
Orchestra, Adam Smale Trio, Jennifer Ryan
and Cash Cow. Jun 12 Humber College
Music School, Swing Rosie, Michelle
Gregoire Quintet. Jun 13 Michael Skeete
Quartet, TJO. Jun 14 Richard Whiteman,
Classic Rex Jam. Jun 15 Exitman, David
Hutchinson Trio. Jun 16 Kevin Quain,
Manuel Vallera. Jun 17 Melissa Stylianou
Triol Manuel Vallera. Jun 18 Ed Vokurka
Swing Ensemble, Jerome Godboo, Cam
McCarroll Trio, Emilie-Claire Barlow. Jun
19 UofT Workshop Jam, Upper Canada Big
Band, Swing Rosie, Jean Baudet Trio. Jun
20 Tim Hamil Quartet, David Braid. Jun 21
Richard Whiteman Trio, Rex Jazz Jam. Jun
22 ExitMan, Annual Rex Player’s Party.
Jun 23-30 Downtown Jazz Festival. Jun
26 Swing Rosie.
Safari Bar & Grill
1749 Avenue Rd 416-787-6584
Every Tue Encore Jazz.
100 Cumberland 416-964-2222
Thu-Sun Washington Savage. Sat, Sun
(brunch) Roy Patterson Trio.
Spezzo Ristorante
140 York Blvd Richmond Hill
Live Jazz every Thursday.
1055 Restaurant and Bar
1055 Yonge St. 416-482 8485
Top O’ the Senator
253 Victoria St. 416-364-7517
Jun 2-5 Brian Dickinson Trio. Jun 9-12
Hilario Duran Trio. Jun 16-19 Steve Coven
Trio. Jun 22-26 Tim Ries Rolling Stone
Project. Jun 27-30 Benny Green/Russel
Malone. Jul 1-4 Sheila Jordan.
The Trane Club
964 Bathurst St. 416-913-8197
Every Tue Acoustic Soul Tuesdays. Every
Wed The Blue Trane Sessions. Every Thu
Doug Richardson Quartet.
Jun 17 Southbound2. Jun 20 [email protected]
featuring the York Jazz Ensemble.
The Tranzac
292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137
315 King St. W.
Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday.
*June 2 6:30: RCM Community School.
BayStock: Baystreet’s charitable battle of
the bands! Beverages, food, auction; featured performers: The Biznoids, the Dynamics, Unitholder, The Sound Solutions, the
Bay Street Rollers; Gord Martineau, Master
of Ceremonies. Design Exchange, 234 Bay
Street. 416-599-2550. $100. In support of
the RCM Community School & several other children’s charities.
*June 4 3:00: Neeraj Prem’s Ragaffaire. Performance at Muhtadi Drumming
Festival, Queen’s Park. 416-895-3624,
905-529-7865. Free.
*June 4 8:00: Universal Music Canada/
Warner Music Canada/TSO. 3rd Annual
Sonic Bloom. Gala fundraising concert and
party in support of the TSO. Performers
include Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist; Ron
Sexsmith, singer/songwriter; Esthero, singer/songwriter/dancer. Roy Thomson Hall,
60 Simcoe. 416-593-4828, www. $30-$150, group rates.
*June 5 1pm-9pm: Bellefair United
Church. Bach-a-thon. Senior Choir and
Friends, led by Mervin Fick, Minister of
Music, in varied hourly programs (Coffee
Cantata at 4pm). Choral works, solos, ensembles, organ & piano. 2000 Queen St. E.
416-691-3951. $20. Church fundraiser.
*June 6 11am: Amadeus Choir. Fore!
2nd Annual Golf Tournament. Round of 18
holes. Includes cart, lunch, 6:30pm dinner,
shower, locker & prizes. Guest: Dave
Devall. Cardinal Golf Club, Hwy 9, 2 kilometres east of Hwy 400. 416-446-0188.
$180. In support of the Amadeus Choir.
*June 10 6:30: Lakeshore Arts. Brass in
the Grass Fundraising Gala. Silent/live auction; performances by Hannaford Street Silver
Band with guest artists Al Kay, trombone &
Joan Watson, horn; Alicia Kay-Markson, host.
Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith
Park Drive. 416-201-7093. $75.
*June 11 11am-8pm & June 12 11am6pm: Lakeshore Arts. Brass in the Grass
Music & Art Festival. 2-day community
event with performances on 3 stages, children’s activities, strolling musicians &
buskers, open air market place & midway.
August 29- September 2
Ages 4-18 (ages 4-6, mornings only)
Singing, instrumental music, drama, crafts
Experienced instructors
Fees $120/60 for the week, subsidies available
Contact: Dr. Patricia Wright
Metropolitan United Church
56 Queen St. East, Toronto 416-363-0331
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Lakeshore Grounds, Kipling Ave & Lake
Shore Blvd. West. 416-201-7093. Free.
*June 12 2pm-5pm: Toronto Early Music Players’ Organization. 20th Annual
Tea & Silent Auction. 85 Glengrove Ave.
West. 416-322-7879.
*June 17 7:00: Collingwood Music Festival. Pavlo Gala Fundraiser. Food, drink &
entertainment by Pavlo: Flamenco, Latin, classical & Mediterranean guitar music. New Life
Brethren in Christ Church & Firehall Pizza Co.,
Collingwood. 888-283-1712. $45.
*June 18 7:00: Toronto Starlight Orchestra. United Way Fundraising Banquet
Performance. Westin Harbour Castle Hotel,
1 Harbour Square. 416-616-8998.
*June 19 4:00: Peterborough Folk Festival. Father’s Day Blues Cruise. Featuring
the Rick Fines Trio: Rick Fines, singer/songwriter; Rob Phillips, piano; Richard Simpkins, bass. Liftlock Cruises, next to the
Holiday Inn on Little Lake. 705-745-8364.
*June 21 8:00: 2005 National Jazz
Awards. Hosts: Joe Sealy & Heather Bambrick; Jake Langley Septet; performances
by Marc Jordan, Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, David Braid Sextet & others. Dinner
6:00. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. 416-870-8000. $65-$95.
*June 25 10am-2:00: Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Sale
of Used Music. Out-of-print items, old favourites, music of by-gone days, choral
music, sheet music, collections, white elephant items. St. John’s Norway Church,
470 Woodbine Ave. 416-694-5969. Proceeds will benefit students in such activities as recitals and scholarships.
*June 25 1pm-5pm (raindate June 26):
Elora Centre for the Arts. Jazz on the
Grand Fundraiser. Kaitalin Kiss Band and
friends. Jazz, art, food. Princess St. by the
Grand River, Elora. 519-846-9698. $30(advance), $35(door).
*June 26 12 noon-4pm: Spadina Historic House and Gardens. Strawberry Festival. Performances by James Thompson,
flute & Pearl Schachter, harp; participatory
music & movement workshop for children.
285 Spadina Road. 416-392-6910. $3.
*June 27 8:00: Toronto Alliance for the
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Performing Arts. Dora Mavor Moore
Awards. Honouring the creators of over
200 theatre, dance and opera productions.
6:00: Pre-Show; 10:30pm: After party.
Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. (PreShow: Holiday Inn, 370 King St. West.)
416-536-6468 x26.,
*June 30: Opera Ontario. 10th Annual
Golf Classic. Beverly Golf & Country Club.
905-527-7627 x233.
*Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition/Choirs Ontario. Biennial competition for new choral works; 2005:
4-8minute works for SSA treble voice choirs.
Winning entry announced Nov 2005. Scores
must be postmarked no later than Sep 1,
2005. For more information please contact
Choirs Ontario: [email protected];
*June 28,29,30 all day: RCM Community School. Art of Teaching: Conference for
Music Educators. Annual conference to
discuss and share ideas & issues relevant
to today’s teaching environment. Discounts
available for ORMTA members, & teachers
who work in the Toronto District School
Board. 90 Croatia St. 416-408-2825.
JULY 11 – JULY 15, 2005: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Toronto’s summer band day-camp
for more advanced players
(3 or more years experience)
*June 19 11am-12:30: Toronto English
Country Dancers. Musicians’ Master
Class in the playing of English Country
Dance Music. Aspiring and accomplished
musicians w. good reading skills or a quick
ear are welcome; no previous knowledge of
English Country Dance music required; players of contra music welcome. Led by Debbie Jackson, Anne Ogren & Martha Stokely
of Childgrove. Venue TBA. 416-762-0598,
*July 5,6,7: Westben Arts Festival
*June 3-5: Soundstreams Canada.
Northern Voices Choral Conference, Week- Theatre. Sound Haven: Chamber Music
end One: Creation. Panel discussions, work- Master Classes with the Penderecki Quarshops, etc.: Is there a northern aesthetic?/ tet. For adult amateur musicians. The Barn,
National identity in an age of global culture/ 3k northwest of Campbellford on County
Road 30. For details: 877-883-5777. $10.
Why write choral music?/The relationship
between composers, performers and audiWORKSHOPS
ences. Opening Address: Governor General
*June 4 9am-11am: Commission Project.
Adrienne Clarkson; Key Note Address: R.
Swing ‘n Jazz VIII: Jazz Vocal and InstrumenMurray Schafer. Designed for the choral
community – choristers, conductors & edu- tal Education Workshops. For students of all
cators. Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.; Wal- ages. Bring your instruments and friends to
ter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park; Trinity-St. Paul’s listen to, play with & learn from some of the
world’s leading musicians. Featuring David
Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-504-1282, Antonetti, Aleck Brinkman, Paquito D’Rivera,
Sean Joseph, Josh Rutner, Tim Sullivan &
$133.75(one weekend), $214.00(two
many others. 7 venues in Rochester New
York, including Eastman, Arcadia High School,
*June 10-12: Soundstreams Canada.
Hochstein Music School & other locations.
Northern Voices Choral Conference, Week585-377-1566, [email protected] Free.
end Two: Community Engagement. The
Choir as Paradigm for the Creative City/
Cross-Cultural Collaborations/ Educational
Perspectives from North America and Europe. Key Note Address: Ann Meier Baker;
Weekend to
other participants. Trinity College, 6 Hoskin
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Ave.; Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park; TrinityBENEFITING
St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416Princess Margaret Hospital
conference05.html $133.75(one weekend),
Keeping the Headlites Brite presents
$214.00(two weekends).
*June 15 6:30: Toronto Public Library.
Featuring members of the
One Love! Musicologist Norman Otis RichOrpheus Choir of Toronto
mond examines the works of R&B artist,
Sunday July 10, 4 pm
singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield and the
The Music Gallery
Impressions and Reggae artist, singer/song197 John Street, Toronto
writer Bob Marley & the Wailers. Theatre
lobby, York Woods Library, 1785 Finch
Tickets $25 Call 416-204-1080
West. 416-395-5980. Free.
Ensemble coaching, full band, plus individual
instrument workshops
Ear training and skills development
Camp participants receive a free season pass to
attend the 2005-2006 Toronto Wind Orchestra
concert season.
Music Director Tony Gomes, Camp Director Ken
Fudurich, plus coaches and clinicians from Toronto
Wind Orchestra including Carol Savage, Wallace
Halladay, Ira Zingraff …
Camp fee: $350 full week tuition. Camp Venue: The
Royal Conservatory of Music, 90 Croatia Street,
Info and application forms at:
By Fax: Send the completed form to 416-408-1955
By Phone: Call 416-408-2825 for phone registration.
In Person: At RCM Registration Office Mon – Fr, 10– 5:30
Camp information: 416-461-6681
Band Camp 2005 is hosted by
The Royal Conservatory of Music Community School
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No Strings Theatre Productions
A professional musical theatre training camp
for teens (13-19 yrs) is now registering
for its summer program, July 6 - 28.
This year’s production, July 26 & 27,
is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at
the Al Green Theatre (Spadina and Bloor).
Register now for Early Bird rates!...
For details: 416-588-5845
or visit
Final Auditions (lead roles) June 19, 2005
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*June 4 1:00: The Beach Garden Party.
Come sing along to the songs you know &
love. Song sheets provided. Kew Gardens,
2075 Queen St. East. 416-699-4238. Free.
*June 5,12,19,26 1:00: RCM Community School. Drop-in Workshops & Open Rehearsal/Performances by Escola de Samba
de Toronto. Escola de Samba 1 – Iniciantes
(Beginner music lesson); Aula de Samba
(Samba dance lesson); Open Rehearsal:
Ensiaro da Bateria (Bateria rehearsal by
members of Escola de Samba de Toronto).
Concert Hall, 90 Croatia St. 416-408-2824
x321. Workshops: PWYC, rehearsal free.
*June 5 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players’ Organization. Workshop with Larry
Beckwith, baroque violin & vocal performer.
Bring your early instruments and stand; music available at the door. Lansing United
Church, 49 Bogert Ave. 416-487-9261. $20,
members & first-time visitors free.
*June 12: CAMMAC. Full Day Orchestral
Workshop. Led by Tony D. Gomes. 416-3562303 416-421-0779 *CANCELLED*
*June 13-15, 20-22: All The King’s
Voices. Sight Singing Workshops Level
Two. Provides amateur singers w. opportunity to review & strengthen their vocal technique and sight-reading skills, and to build on
concepts acquired in Level One. David J.
King, instructor. Willowdale United Church,
349 Kenneth Ave. 416-225-2255. $95.
*June 15 7:30: Toronto Shapenote Singing from Sacred Harp. Beginners welcome.
St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave.
416-922-7997 or pleasancecrawford
*June 18: Grand River Baroque Festival. Read-a-thon. Amateur musician workshops: 9am-4:30: Getting a Handle on Handel.
Led by James MacKay. 12:30-4:30: Recorder
workshop w. Alison Melville. Buehlow Barn,
Twp Rd. 12, Ayr. 519-743-3799.
*June 27 7:30: Toronto Early Music
Centre. Vocal Circle. Recreational reading
of early choral music. Ability to read music
desirable but not essential. 12 Millbrook
Cres. 416-920-5025. Members free,
*June 28 8:00: Toronto Folk Singers’
Club. Informal group that meets for performance & exchange of songs. Tranzac Club, 292
Brunswick Ave. 416-532-0900.
*July 4-6, 11-13: All The King’s Voices.
Sight Singing Workshops Level Three. Provides amateur singers with opportunity to
review & strengthen their vocal technique
and sight-reading skills. Builds on concepts
acquired in Level One. David J. King, instructor. Willowdale United Church, 349
Kenneth Ave. 416-225-2255. $95.
“How I met my Teacher” continued from page 32
After I graduated from the Paris
conservatory, it was Szeryng
who arranged for me to study
with Josef Gingold, at Indiana
University. I got there on November 22nd, 1965, arriving on
the same plane as David Oistrakh, whom I met at the Chicago
airport. Gringold and his wife
were at the Bloomington airport
to pick me up, and Oistrakh
thought they were there for him!
I was seventeen years old. I
had just won a prize at the Paganini Competition. I had developed my technique quite a bit.
But from my first lesson with
Gingold it was obvious that music was the main focus, technique just being a means to an
end. Musicianship, music-making, and chamber music became
my new life.
Under Gingold’s guidance being “only a soloist” could no
longer be my goal. For him it
was all the same: orchestra parts,
chamber music parts, solo parts
all got the same great attention,
enthusiasm and love. So even
though I had been groomed to
become a soloist, my new ambition was to become a well-rounded musician. After three years of
study I was appointed to the faculty as his assistant. In 1972, at
the age of 23, I joined the Chicago Symphony, as assistant concert master. I was the youngest
member of the symphony at the
time. I also became the conductor of a chamber orchestra and I
invited Gingold to play the Bach
Double Concerto with me.
I am now about the same age
as Gingold was when I met him.
My hope is to be even half as in-
spiring to my students
and colleagues as he
was to me.
What advice, above all,
would you give to someone looking for a teacher for a young person,
or for themselves?
For a young person I
would say look for a
teacher with a lot of experience teaching children, because it’s quite
a different thing. Although I have had students from the age of 5
to the age of 75, my inclination would be to
refer very young people
to teachers who specialize in starting young
musicians. I feel that it’s
a special skill. And it’s Jacques Israelievitch with Josef Gingold, circa 1967, at Indiana University
never to late to begin.
For an adult I would say
look for somebody who
will approach the playing of the
instrument mostly from a musical/philosophical point of view –
as an extension of life rather than
Organic and functional
taking a purely technical focus.
vocal training to gain
Jacques Israelievitch will be giving a concert with his son, percussionist Michael Israelievitch
on Fathers’ Day, Sunday June
19 at 4pm. They will be joined
by Winona Zelenka (cello) and
Ting Li (viola), at Temple Sinai.
Jacques and Michael are also
giving a recital at Long & McQuade on Bloor Street West
(2pm June 18th), and are in the
process of making a recording of
music for violin and percussion.
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eclectic music program at Leaside United
Church, 822 Millwood Road, Toronto. Thursday
evening rehearsals and Sunday morning
Worship. Contact Sharon Beckstead, Music
Director at 416-696-6051, Sharon.beckstead for more information.
Join our musical/cultural tour of Salzburg/
Vienna with host Rick Phillips (CBC Radio’s
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experience: RCM, UofT, York. 416-924-8613.; [email protected]
ELEGANT PIANO MUSIC for special events.
Beautiful improvisations of 1,000 classics,
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Classes for Babies, Toddlers
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standards, light jazz. M.Mus. & 2,500
appearances. [email protected]
EVE EGOYAN seeks advanced,
([email protected] or 416-504-4297).
– over 30 years experience. Experienced
playing ALL styles (jazz, Latin, pop, rock,
etc.) plus cabaret shows and musical theatre.
Excellent sight-reader. Call Marty Namaro
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ROB CARROLL Jazz and classical guitar
instruction, theory, ear training 416-9773531,
VIOLIN TEACHER, European trained, 20 yrs.
experience. Student average mark at RCM
exams – 85%. Call Martin 416-494-3366.
WANTED: SINGERS interested in joining a
small Toronto-based (mostly) a cappella choir.
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John Browne - Music from the
Eton Choirbook
Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips
Gimmell CDGIM 036
The music from the Eton Choirbook
is perhaps some of the most sublime in the canon of English Renaissance vocal polyphony, and this
recording by the Tallis Scholars
makes a powerful and moving case
for the musical genius of John
Browne, a composer whose name
isn’t exactly a household word today.
The program of this disc comprises five works by Browne (who
flourished around 1490), including the two pieces for which he is
best known, a Stabat Mater and
Salve Regina I. Also included is a
Stabat iuxta for four tenors and
two basses – and Browne’s use of
six voices, all within two octaves
of each other, makes for an extraordinary richness of texture and
sound. The closing work, a stunning, 8-part O Maria Salvatoris,
creates a riveting impact from start
to finish, making it easy to understand why the compilers of the
Eton Choirbook gave this piece
pride of place as the first item in
the collection.
Browne’s music is remarkable
in many ways – clever harmonies,
fluid melodic lines, expressive and
varied textures - and blends qualities of detached austerity and great
tenderness in an evocative and
mystical way. This is truly a musical reflection of ‘the many being
parts of one whole’.
And the Tallis Scholars, under
the direction of Peter Phillips, once
again demonstrate why they
number amongst the superstar
interpreters of Renaissance repertoire for voices.
Alison Melville
Vivaldi – Bajazet
Europa Galante; Fabio Biondi
Virgin Classics5 45676 2
Artfully assembled, arranged and
adapted by Vivaldi who composed all
of the recitatives himself as well as
some of the arias, this “musica di
autori diversi” Bajazet was first performed in Verona in 1735.
It’s difficult to imagine assembling
as fine a cast as to be found on this
recording! Bass-baritone Ildebrando
D’Arcangelo (Bajazet), quickly establishes a noble and commanding
presence. Soprano Patrizia Ciofi
(Idaspe) is capable of delicate purity and the kind of acrobatics normally only associated with alien
spacecraft. American countertenor David Daniels (Tamerlano)
stands respectably amidst several
excellent mezzo-soprani, especially the dramatically intense Marijana Mijanovi (Asteria), vocally assured Elina Garan a (Andronico) and
the absolutely stunning pyrotechnics
of Vivica Genaux (Irene) in her performance of the great castrato
Farinelli’s signature tune Qual guerriero in campo armato.
Many listeners are already wellacquainted with Fabio Biondi’s vibrant interpretations of Vivaldi’s
music. Together with a bonus (30minute) DVD, filmed during the
recording last April, offering an opportunity to observe the singers
working with Biondi, extensive historical program notes, full libretto
with translations, photos of the singers and musicians, this is an amaz- Schubert – Die schöne Müllerin
ing package!
Jan Kobow; Kristian BezuidenFrank Nakashima
hout (fortepiano)
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Vivaldi – Virtuoso Cantatas
Philippe Jaroussky; Ensemble
Virgin Classics 5 45721 2
Of all the instruments, voice is the
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excited by a Stradivari or Steiner
violin or cello. It is, however the
human instruments that cause fist
fights. After all, even today, some
30 years after her death, Maria
Callas’ voice galvanizes the audience. In its time, the vocal colour
of the castrato voice had that power over the listening masses. The
voice of the castrato apparently had
the unique blend of a soprano and
countertenor sound, so unique that
for the film “Farinelli” the two timbres were digitally “mashed” to
create a synthetic equivalent.
A new countertenor is on the
scene and his voice is likely to
evoke emotions on the scale of
Farinelli. His name is Philippe Jaroussky and his second solo recording is important not only for
what it contains (a fantastic rendition of some of Vivaldi’s 40 cantatas), but also for what it promises. Mr. Jaroussky is only 25 and
just 7 years ago he forsook the violin in favour of voice training.
There is already every indication
that his will be a career to be reckoned with. The flawless technique,
effortless delivery and fully controlled breathing, combined with
intelligent reading of music, great
diction and attention to detail,
render each of his recordings almost too perfect.
As age and experience add emotional nuance to his singing, I am
happy to predict that his will be
the “non plus ultra” countertenor
voice. And you, a discerning reader of this fine magazine, should get
your own copy of this Vivaldi recording, before the listening masses discover Mr. Jaroussky and buy
up all the available discs.
Robert Tomas
Controversy and argument will
strain friendships among those who
dare play this CD and debate its
merits (or transgressions). Berlinborn organist turned tenor, Jan
Kobow teams up with fortepianist
Kristian Bezuidenhout to perform
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what may be the most daring and
unconventional Schubert “Müllerin” cycle you’ve ever heard.
Kobow’s vocal style immediately suggests that he’s an experienced
early music performer. Notes citing his First Prize win at the 1998
International Bach Competition in
Leipzig confirm it. Frequent
straight tone singing with transitions
to vibrato (gratefully) and use of
articulate ornamentation make this
“Müllerin” interpretation unlike
any yet recorded.
Kobow and Bezuidenhout have
chosen what they argue is an authentic performance style based on
early publications and manuscripts
that show a free use of embellishment and improvisation by both
singer and accompanist. They take
this course with conviction and a
high degree of musicality. To their
credit, their presentation is artistic and intelligent.
While plenty of their creative alterations prove tasteful, I’m left
wondering whether Kobow’s style
that repeatedly evokes Schütz and
Palestrina really works for this
Romantic cycle of poetry. I do,
however, admit that the more I
heard the more curious I became
to discover how he’d treat the next
song. I confess - they hooked me.
Whether you end up lunging for
the CD player muttering epithets
or sit back and explore this most
unusual interpretation will be more
self-enlightening than a session
with a good therapist.
Alex Baran
Gow Collection of Scottish Dance
Music, Alison Melville has skillfully mined the results of this proliferation, choosing 25 ‘traditional
airs in an educated style’ for her
fourth recording of solo recorder
and flute music.
With evocative titles such as
Busk ye my bonnie bride, The
sneez-wort and A rock and a wee
pickle Jon, these tunes provide a
glimpse into everyday life of the
Scottish folk of this period. As always, Alison Melville’s playing is
exquisitely executed with warmth,
wit and tenderness. Joined by
Mary-Katherine Finch, baroque
cello; Kirk Elliott, harp and guitar;
Ben Grossman, bodhrán, tambourine and snare drums and harpsichordists Michael Jarvis, Paul
Jenkins, and Charlotte Nediger,
these airs, dance tunes, variations
and sonatas are performed with the
grace, humour and touching sensitivity inherent in the music. So pour
yourself a wee draught to have with
your Bannocks of Beer Meal and
sweetly recollect The Braes of
Dianne Wells
Rameau - Les Cyclopes
Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord
Avie AV 2056
She Sweetest when she’s Naked
Alison Melville
Due partly to Scotland’s union with
England in 1707, the 18th Century
was a time of tremendous publishing activity in Scotland, as the Scots
sought to preserve their cultural
heritage. From sources such as
James Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket
Companion, Captain Simon Fraser’s
Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the
Highlands of Scotland and The
Isles, Bewick’s Pipe Tunes and The
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Canada, as the former music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Trevor Pinnock has recently defected from the podium to
resume his career as a keyboard virtuoso with these brilliant performances on the 18th-century GoermansTaskin French harpsichord from the
collection of the University of Edinburgh. The generous selection of 80
minutes includes two 1728 Suites in
A minor and E minor flanked by six
selections (L’Entretien des Muses,
Les Tourbillons, Les Cyclopes,
L’Enharmonique, L’Egyptienne and
La Poule) from Rameau’s most beguiling character pieces.
Avie’s recording of this remarkably well-voiced instrument is exemplary. Special recognition is due to
the exquisite tuning of the instrument
in French unequal temperament by
John Raymond, which allows us to
truly appreciate the boldness of Rameau’s tonal excursions.
Daniel Foley
La Casa del Diavolo
Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni
Naïve OP 30399
Il Giardino Armonico’s new CD,
“La Casa del Diavolo” is my kind
of disc. It contains works of Gluck,
Locatelli, Boccherini and two of
the Bach boys. All of the pieces ride
on the theme of the furies and hell;
spectres are mentioned at one
point, Hades and horrible monsters
seem to recur frequently. Fabulous. The arc of the programming
on this recording works very well,
and draws the listener in to the very
depths it generates.
Il Giardino Armonico has a signature sound, and has found its
niche. Directed by Giovanni Antonini, the group has soared to its
current height on its tremendous
vulgarity, which it has nurtured
and cultivated over the years.
Many people will remember, or
indeed own, the orchestra’s recording of Vivaldi’s “Quattro Staggioni”, the cover of which depicted a violin being shot through with
a bullet. The violence portrayed on
the jacket was revealed fully in the
sound on the disc. The same is
found here, and the orchestra does
not wimp out on the extremity of
violent insanity it can articulate.
The pieces are stunning and rarely performed, the soloists are passionate and unreserved, the orchestra is energetic and virtuosic. What
more can I say? Il Giardino Armonico represents the Baroque
purely and skillfully. If you don’t
like this disc, call me at home, and
I’ll change your mind.
Gabrielle McLaughlin
some ten years after the final version of the concerto. Clara toured
with her own piano trio and these
well crafted four movements demonstrate her real gift for writing for
this combination. At Naxos prices,
this Trio alone repays the cost of
the disc.
Bruce Surtees
Alice Mary Smith
London Mozart Players;
Howard Shelley
Chandos CHAN 10283
Chopin – Concertos
(chamber version)
Janina Fialkowska; Chamber
Players of Canada
ATMA ACD 2 2291
Clara Schumann Piano Concerto; Piano Trio
Francesco Nicolisi
Alma Mahler Sinfonietta;
Stefania Rinaldi
Naxos 8.557552
Surely we all know about Clara
Schumann, nee Wieck. She was the
daughter of Schumann’s teacher in
Leipzig who strongly opposed her
marriage to the young Robert. Bottom line: they did marry, had many
children, he achieved fame as a
composer and she became the
greatest woman pianist of her time
who, it is said, was Liszt’s equal.
Also she appeared with the legendary Jenny Lind in Vienna in 1846.
She championed her husband’s piano music but, as was posthumously revealed, she often changed the
tempo markings on Robert’s scores
in order to display her virtuosity.
We gather that musicologists have
now restored the originals.
She was a facile composer who
managed to write quite a host of
works while keeping house, rearing her eight surviving children and
coping with Robert’s declining
mental condition. The Concerto in
A minor started off as a single
piece which she gave to Robert to
orchestrate. Later she prefaced it
with two more movements which
she orchestrated herself. It is somewhat Schumanesque in scoring, as
were most of her compositions, but
I don’t hear any attributes that just
might have advanced it to first rate.
Incidentally this 20+ minutes opus
was premiered with Felix Mendelssohn conducting. The major
work on this disc turns out to be
the Piano Trio, op.17 from 1846,
Chamber Version? Correct. We
know historically that Chopin, like
many other composers, had versions of his orchestral works set for
performance with smaller forces
where budgets couldn’t provide for
full orchestras. Documents also
show that he even played these two
piano concertos as solos pieces!
Based on careful research, Fialkowska and friends found early
scores for piano and string quintet.
Wind parts are marked as cues for
the string players to parcel out as
they wish. Major brass passages,
however, appear absent suggesting
that perhaps Chopin may have improvised them from the keyboard
when more power was needed.
Happily, these familiar orchestral items in chamber version fare
much better than expected. In fact
it’s the familiarity of the piano part
that helps “sell” the quintet as a
creditable orchestral partner- albeit
a modest one.
The greatest impact of this setting is its significantly heightened
sense of intimacy. In the slow
movements of both concertos, the
E minor especially, these sparse
strings make the piano line compellingly poignant – breathtaking
at times. Expect a sniffle and some
tears. This is wonderful playing.
What’s more remarkable and
equally moving is the memory that
Janina Fialkowska has made an astonishing comeback from a recent
bout with a cancerous tumour in her
left arm. Surgical removal, a muscle transplant and determined recovery have succeeded in bringing
her back to the performing world.
Judging by this recording, we are
listening to a miracle.
Alex Baran
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Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884) was
the first British woman to have written a true symphony and heard it performed. In her day, women were
considered incapable of writing music of more substance than a nice little item to be played during afternoon
tea. An accomplished pianist, she
was a symphonist who wrote several concert overtures, a movement for
piano and orchestra, string quartets
and a fully scored operetta. She wrote
a clarinet sonata, the Adagio movement of which she orchestrated as a
concert piece.
The Symphony in C minor was
written when she was 24 years old
and was very favourably reviewed
at the first performance in November 1863. The Illustrated London
News said that “Miss Smith’s symphony, especially coming from the
pen of a young lady, was a striking
proof of the sound studies and high
attainments of the female votaries
of the art in this country.”
The later Symphony in A minor is
equally resolute and effective.
Almost a century and a half later,
thanks to pianist turned conductor
Howard Shelley, Chandos offers
convincing proof of Smith’s authoritative mastery of orchestral writing.
None of the three works is derivative although without knowing the
author, a listener would guess at an
unfamiliar piece from the time of
Mendelssohn and Schumann.
Presented in excellent sound,
these works reward repeated hearings.
Bruce Surtees
Brahms – Concertos and
Piano Pieces
Anton Kuerti
Analekta AN 2 9205-7
Toronto pianist Anton Kuerti’s new
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recording of Brahms’ late piano
pieces confirms his place in the top
rank of pianists today. These brief
works are ‘spontaneous, simple and
natural’, as Kuerti writes in his
enjoyable booklet notes. Kuerti’s
restrained tempos, judicious use of
pedal, and natural-sounding rubato
emphasize the poetic aspects of
these exquisite works.
Kuerti is a warm, persuasive artist. By going beyond Brahms’ surface complexities and getting at the
heart of his introspective yearning,
Kuerti achieves ineffable poignancy. He brings out Brahms’s constantly shifting perspectives, from
the playfulness of the Capriccio
Op. 76 no. 2, the soul-searching
of the Intermezzo Op. 76 no. 7,
the tumultuous passion of the
Rhapsodie Op.79 no. 2, and the
profound tranquility of the Intermezzo Op. 119 no. 1.
In Brahms’ two piano concertos,
the relationship with the orchestra
tends to be intense and volatile.
Kuerti forges a real dialogue.
Rescigno and the Orchestre Métropolitain provide responsive support, with fine solos, especially
from the timpani in the first concerto, and the cello in the second.
This is a most attractive and desirable set. Yet there is no mention in the booklet or on the case
that the piano concertos were previously released by Analekta in
1998. Only the disc of solo works
is a new release. The photo of
Kuerti on the cover is terrific.
Pamela Margles
Dvorak – Symphonies (complete)
Prague Radio Symphony
Orchestra; Vladimir Valek
Supraphon SU 3802-2
With influences from Brahms,
Smetana, Mendelssohn, Schubert
and Czech folk music, Dvorak is a
distinctive composer with a natural freshness and a great gift for
melody. Unlike Brahms, his chief
mentor, Dvorak didn’t procrastinate in composing his first symphony, forging ahead in youthful fashion unconcerned about the consequences. His first two symphonies
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ness that increase with each successive work.
The 2nd symphony is already a
vast improvement over the meandering 1st. It is over 50 minutes
long with an abundance of melodies, in a restless, rhapsodic, ever
pulsating style full of dynamic contrasts and great forward momentum sustained very well by this conductor. The heavenly melody in the
last movement will win many converts to this neglected work. By the
heroic 3rd Symphony, his originality and exuberance begin to assert
themselves and he gets into full
stride with the “Pastoral” 5th, noticeably different even in the very
first notes. His final 5 symphonies
show fully developed compositional strength and a masterly handling
of the orchestra, especially the
woodwinds and the brass.
By this time Dvorak had established an international reputation
and the 6th symphony was commissioned by the Vienna Philharmonic. Much inspired by the Brahms
2nd, this a wonderfully relaxed
work and is a joy to listen to. At
the beginning the full orchestra
bursting out ff is like the sun coming out from the clouds. The very
Brahmsian second subject truly
sings on the cellos and the flutes in
the development section sound like
birds twittering. Valek builds solidly to a Coda where his brass rings
out in full glory. After the lovely
cantilena, a long sustained string
melody in the 2nd movement,
comes a typical Dvorak scherzo,
this time a Furiant, a wild country
dance played with full-blooded
spirit. In the last movement the
playful second subject goes through
many ingenious transformations
and the symphony builds to an exciting finale. A fine performance.
Vladimir Valek is a talented, energetic conductor passionately in
love with Czech music. Unfortunately his exuberance sometimes
backfires like the last movement
of the sombre 7th. It is so furiously driven it harms the performance.
The beautifully idyllic account of
the 5th symphony is eroded by the
long awaited final punch of the
main subject not accentuated
enough. But just listen to those four
glorious trumpets at the first bars
of last movement of the marvelous
8th symphony…! And at the end
of the set we are amply compensated by a vivid, exciting performance of the New World Symphony
that I will not hesitate to listen to
over and over again.
Janos Gardonyi
Concert Note: The TSO performs
Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.
2 on June 8 and 9 at Roy Thompson
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4;
Berlioz - Le Corsaire;
Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe
Suite No. 2
New Mexico Symphony
Orchestra; Guillermo Figueroa
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
NMSO 5 (
These live recordings were made at
the first concerts given by the New
Mexico Symphony under music
director Guillermo Figueroa. Clearly, there was immediate rapport
between them. The orchestra is terrific, and the conductor dynamic.
In Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.
4 Figueroa builds up exciting dramatic momentum. Yet even in the
most emotionally weighty passages, his phrasing is graceful and his
textures clear. Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture effectively contrasts
the tenderness of Berlioz’s gorgeous melodies with the extravagantly propulsive rhythms. Figueroa’s brilliant handling of the evocative colours, sumptuous harmonies and intricate rhythms of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2
recalls the origins of this score,
with its detailed scenario, in an
extended ballet. The spectacular
sunrise is accompanied by the
sounds of bird songs and splashing waterfalls. Daphnis and Chloe
enact the story of Pan and Syrinx,
ending with Pan’s mournful flute
solo, splendidly played here. The
orchestra brings down the house
in the increasingly wild Dance
The natural, realistically balanced sound does justice to Figueroa’s carefully shaped textures. But
it also reveals that audiences in
balmy Albuquerque cough as much
as freezing Torontonians.
This recording certainly creates
an awareness of a committed and
spirited ensemble. Other, more
well-known orchestras, like the
London Symphony, have successfully produced their own recordings, and the Philadelphia Orchestra is apparently about to try. The
rejuvenated Toronto Symphony,
now sounding better than ever,
should take note.
Pam Margles
[the music will] degenerate into the
confused, chaotic, disoriented motions of an oaf!” This strikingly
brisk and sure-footed account is a
welcome breath of fresh air, the
perfect antidote to the habitually
cloying interpretations this work
has attracted in the past. The excellent pacing of the lengthy, turbulent first movement and the superbly controlled crescendo of the
slow, ecstatic finale has rarely
sounded so architecturally convincing. The vocal fourth and fifth
movements feature exceptional
singing by soprano Anne Sophie
von Otter and the Vienna Boys
Daniel Foley
Mahler – Lieder
Quasthoff; Urmana; von Otter
Wiener Philharmoniker;
Pierre Boulez
Deutsche Grammophon 00289
477 5329
Mahler Symphony No.3
Anne Sophie von Otter; Wiener
Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez Caprice
Deutsche Grammophon 474 038-2 Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, piano
Arktos 200482
This Mahler Lieder album is
among the many outstanding new This disc is indeed a great DISCovreleases from Deutsche Grammo- ery. Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is a
phon in celebration of Pierre Boul- young, very talented virtuoso pianez’ 80th birthday. There is both ist from Alberta who has toured
genuine sorrow and unfeigned ela- Canada, US, Germany and Japan
tion in baritone Thomas Quast- and even played Carnegie Hall.
hoff’s moving interpretation of the This, her third CD, is an ambitious
youthful Lieder eines fahrenden and extremely difficult yet enterGesellen. Soprano Anne Sophie taining programme. As the unifyvon Otter brings a similar intensi- ing title suggests the ten pieces
ty to the disturbingly morbid played here are “caprices” or “caKindertotenlieder song cycle; her priccios”. They are all whimsical
heart-felt interpretation of the cat- and light hearted, sometimes
aclysmic finale, In diesen Wetter, dreamy, even passionate and none
is particularly harrowing. Regret- are easy - a great way to showcase
tably, the Latvian contralto-turned- pianistic talent.
She immediately captivates with
soprano Violeta Urmana does not
delicate touch and freewheelrise to the same dramatic standard
with her pedestrian reading of the ing spirit in Moszkowski’s Caprice
5 Rückert-Lieder. Boulez proves Espagnol especially in the “leggiyet again what a superb vocal ac- eramente” central part with its
companist he is in these perform- Spanish rhythms.
Pieces by Mendelssohn and Weances, which are stunningly reber
follow but with her delectable,
corded and authoritatively played
idiomatic playing of the Brahms
by this supreme orchestra.
Boulez’ previous recording with Capriccio it seems as if she is pokvon Otter dates back to the 2003 ing fun at good old Brahms. Comrelease of Mahler’s Third Sympho- ing from this pianist, I am sure he
ny. This is not your grandfather’s would not have minded at all.
From this point on the disc
Mahler. Pierre Boulez’s lucid interpretation of the sprawling, six- seems to take off like a bird and
movement work exemplifies the her youthful exuberance is catchstand he outlined in his 1976 es- ing. In Gottschalk’s Caprice de
say on the performance of Mahl- Printemps she shapes the rondo
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quers all technical difficulties and
is truly inspired although the length
and difficult overall shape of this
work may require more maturity.
She sails effortlessly through
Dohnanyi’s incredibly difficult
Konzertetude where the already
fast tempo just keeps doubling and
tripling as it goes on. Wow!
Need I say anything more? Most
enjoyable and satisfying indeed.
Janos Gardonyi
Le Sacre du Printemps A silent movie to the music
of Igor Stravinsky
A film by Oliver Herrmann
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra;
Sir Simon Rattle
Arthaus Musik 100333
Oliver Hermann’s 2002 silent movie, accompanied by Le Sacre du
the archaic
maxim that
“Heaven is
our House,
Earth is our
Here is an
outline of the plot: God is a black
woman working in her kitchen
making little people from goop
poured into pastry moulds and
popped into oven until done. The
balance of the movie follows these
now human creations as they go
about their every-day, albeit outrageously bizarre lives, while God,
at her kitchen window, keeps an
eye on things through a telescope.
A 75 minute collection of illustrations and explanations intended
to clarify what is going on includes
a long interview with conductor
Rattle. Sir Simon does his best to
respect the concept and the completed film, but to these eyes the
movie is an elaborate example of
Euro-trash. Or could it be that the
events are too enigmatic to be understood by a nonmember and the
music is actually irrelevant? An
interesting question. The production, which has garnered many
awards, has been exhibited to appreciative audiences around the
world, including Calgary.
The performance of Le Sacre,
recorded specially for this film, is
quite exceptional… worlds beyond
Rattle’s 1987 recording with his
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Birmingham Orchestra on EMI. In
5:1 sound, every line of Stravinsky’s score can be heard without
any spotlighting or exaggerated
balances. We hear what Rattle
heard. As it is unlikely that this
performance will be issued in any
other way, if you want to own an
uncommonly persuasive Le Sacre
that hold’s your attention, get this
DVD and if you don’t wish to
watch the movie again, don’t look,
just listen.
Bruce Surtees
ferent), Boulez is said to call the
third concerto the ‘Cinderella of the
family’. Its ‘mildness’ makes it his
least favorite. While it may be the
least innovative, in Hélène
Grimaud’s strongly characterized
performance with the vibrant London Symphony Orchestra, it is
anything but mild. The gorgeously
meditative Adagio religioso, and
the thrilling final Allegro vivace
makes it every bit as great.
Pamela Margles
Concert Note: Hélène Grimaud
performs Ravel’s Concerto in G
Major with the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra on June 8 and 9 at Roy
Thompson Hall.
Bartòk – The Piano Concertos
Krystian Zimerman; Leif Ove
Andsnes; Hélène Grimaud
Chicago Symphony; Berliner
Philharmoniker; LSO;
Pierre Boulez
Deutsche Grammophon 00289
447 5330
Nightingales for Katy
Karin Aurell, flute
Independent KA001
(Canadian Music Centre DistriAs a young composer who called bution
all non-progressive music useless, If you are one of the fortunate who
Pierre Boulez was considered out- have experienced the New Brunsrageously radical. But today the wick-based Motion Ensemble’s
French conductor and composer is wonderfully balanced sound when
– rightly - venerated as one of the they were on tour, then you cannot
dominant figures of twentieth cen- be unaware of the sonic mastery
tury music. This disc is part of the of flautist Karin Aurell. Her CD
ongoing celebrations of his eighti- of solo flute pieces is a thing of sineth birthday. It presents Boulez gular beauty. Repertoire on this
conducting three of today’s most disc ranges from the very old, of
interesting pianists, each with a Bach and Telemann, to the very
different orchestra, in Bartok’s new, works by Gilles Tremblay
three piano concertos.
and New Brunswick’s own RichKrystian Zimerman gives a po- ard Gibson.
etic, intense performance of the
Aurell opens with Debussy’s
first concerto. He is never harshly Syrinx, in a marvelous performaggressive, no matter whether the ance that rivals Debost and Ramtextures are highly energized and pal. Gibson’s Nightingales for
percussive, as in the dynamic first Katy is a sparkling, imaginative
movement, or rhapsodic, as in the work that explores much of the
stringless Andante, where the su- flute’s resources, and Aurell mainperb winds and percussion of the tains admirable control throughout
Chicago Symphony represent the even the most taxing of the pasorchestra.
sages. Tremblay’s 1994 Envol
Leif Ove Andsnes humanizes might well have one of its best
the spiky edges of the second con- readings here. The late Swedish
certo with insightful subtlety. The master Sven-Erik Back’s Sonata
extended duet with the timpani in for Flute Solo is one of the major
the Adagio is thrilling, and the works on the disc, and Honegger
ending of the final movement is and Ibert are represented.
splendidly boisterous, with the
Recorded in the peaceful sancBerlin Philharmonic in its element. tuary of the Mount Allison UniIn the English and German ver- versity Chapel in Sackville NB,
sions of the booklet notes, (the one could get the impression that
notes in French are altogether dif- Aurell has played there all her life;
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(specializing in recording
classical & jazz artists)
warm acoustic room
wonderful grand piano
high quality demos and CDs
live concert recording
editing & mastering
it seems so very apt. High praise
is owed to producer Gibson and engineer Kevin Herring for their contributions. The accompanying booklet has notes by Karin Aurell herself, complete with a full French
translation. The flute maker is
credited. A fine, fine CD.
John S. Gray
usual allegiance to conventional
tonality. Harry Freedman and Harry Somers also contribute exceptionally fine pieces. Popular composer Michael Conway Baker’s Op.
2 Sonata is interesting as it comes
from very early in the composer’s
canon, yet strongly foreshadows his
later output.
The balance between the instruments is, to my ear, weighted a
just little too much in favour of the
flute, but it is well within the normally accepted practice of producers. The Maureen Forrester Recital
Hall in Waterloo proves to be an
excellent recording venue, and this
to be an exceptionally fine disc.
John S. Gray
Canadian Music for
Flute and Piano
Amy Hamilton;
Beth Ann de Sousa
CML Productions CD 101
(Canadian Music Centre Distribution
Who could have imagined a collection of Canadian works giving so
much pleasure? Hamilton and de
Sousa chose the entire repertoire
from within our own borders, and
on this meretricious point alone
they should be awarded a medal.
One work that invites repeated
hearings is Srul Irving Glick’s 1983
Sonata. Jacques Hétu is represented twice, with his 1965 Quatre
Pieces, Op. 10 and his later Aria,
Op. 27. The 1958 Sonatina is from
the earliest part of R. Murray
Schafer’s output, and in view of
later developments, it displays un-
take it on your own to understand.
The heart has its reasons is a
risky project launched among
countless floundering pseudo spiritual recordings. Honest and serious musicianship is what keeps it
afloat. It demands an honest listening and is worth hearing when
you’re in the right frame of mind.
Alex Baran
Morceaux de Machines
No Type IMNT 0413
Rose Bolton - Elements
Janice Jackson, soprano; Rose
Bolton; John Sherlock; Paul
Stillwell; Michael Dobinson;
Christopher Foley
Independent RB0401
(Canadian Music Centre Distribution
The Heart Has Its Reasons
Sanctuary (Jeff Reilly; Peter Togni; Christoph Both)
Sanctuary String Orchestra;
Alain Trudel
Warner Classics 2564 62019-2
New Age noodling has done serious damage to East-West musical
crossovers. At issue is not so much
the actual music as its structure and
intent. We Westerners expect and
prefer the statement-argument-conclusion approach to our music. It’s
linear, logical and takes us neatly
from one point to the next. Remember, getting there is half the fun.
The intent to dwell upon and explore the “moment” is where other musical forms become foreign
and usually lose us. It takes really
fine musicians to pull this off successfully and the ensemble “Sanctuary” fortunately has them. Reilly, Togni, Both and Trudel are creative and refreshing in their collaboration. Whether playing, composing
or directing there is always a sense
of purpose in the music. It’s definitely
contemporary and complex at times
but frequently evokes a simpler past.
There’s good arranging with balanced and effective use of instrumental colour.
Using jazz influences as tools to
open periods of improvisation supported by both harmony and countermelody, this Suite for organ,
cello, bass clarinet and strings is a
deliberately and artfully crafted
journey. Where? Best I can say is
“there and back”. You’ll have to
Award-winning young composer
Rose Bolton has finally produced
her own CD. It is vintage Music
Gallery in general idiom, but executed with the most exquisitely delicate poise. Instruments, many of
them unconventionally played,
whispered and/or spoken text, are
the rule.
The five tracks are movements
of the work Elements, and as a
whole it runs over 50 minutes.
Poetry by Gwendolyn MacEwen
and Marjorie Pickthall form the
foundation of the vocalizations,
with a guest appearance by singer
Janice Jackson. Bolton’s colleagues from the Canadian Electronic Ensemble all make contributions to this effort, notably Paul
Stillwell and Michael Dobinson on
electronic instruments. Pianist
Christopher Foley’s playing adds
and supports at various intervals.
If there’s one criticism I can venture, it is only that Bolton’s own
fluid violin playing, so riveting in
the CEE concerts, is seldom heard
on Elements.
Hats off to engineer Paul Hodge
for this one: most of us have heard
wonderful music at the Church of
Saint George the Martyr, only to
have a noisy car or truck interrupt
the quietest passage in a concert.
They must have blocked off McCaul Street to record this, or done
most of the work at 5 AM on a
Tuesday. The cover drawing is
Congratulations, Rose!
John S. Gray
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I was warned - the music of Montreal duo Morceaux_de_Machines
would be loud. What I wasn’t told
was just how unbearably surprising
it could be. The duo made up of
long-time radio collaborators on
Montreal’s CKIA, Aimé Dontigny
and Erick D’Orion, obviously enjoy their noise with a side of the
twitchings. Ever-shifting landscapes
permeate their music from beginning
of the disc to its’ closing 75 minutes
later. Turntables, prepared CDs, live
electronics, computers, samplers,
drum machines - it’s all here in its
most primal glory.
Sampling queen Diane Labrosse
appears on three tracks, as do turntable artists Otomo Yoshihide and
Martin Tetreault. I don’t think the
word noise does this duo proper justice. After all, what is defined as
noise by one person is not necessarily noise to others. I found many of
the pieces calming in their own bizarre way. The drones and highpitched squeaks are in some strange
way oddly appealing. Weird structure actually exists in this madness
if you’re willing to listen. Feedback
and ear-piercing sounds need not be
your enemy. These can actually be
your friends. The question remains,
are you willing to take the first step
towards cementing this relationship?
If your answer is yes, then “Estrapade” [French word for a cruel form
of torture used in medieval times] is
waiting for your friendship now.
Tom Sekowski
Norman Granz’ Jazz In
Montreux: Solo ‘75
Oscar Peterson
Eagle Eye DVD EE39090-9
Oscar Peterson’s power and energy
at the piano has always come through
on his records, and it has always
sounded easily-done. To some, even
glib. The hard work that was involved
wasn’t evident on disc, but this
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DVD from
July 17,
‘75 shows
you the
sweatinghard work
that well
takes. The
of hours of study, etudes, practice
and rehearsal that made the pianist
are on screen in this programme of
standards and jazz tunes. At 39, looking fit in a cream-coloured suit, and
at his playing peak, a relaxed Peterson absolutely cruises through an hour
of highlights. On display is his greatest quality, knowledge: of the piano,
and the music.
You want range?: the delicacy of
The More I See You or the unmaudlin If I Had You is matched by the
stompingly authentic 8 Bar Boogie
Blues (his own composition), or the
stride of Indiana. Oscar’s overview
of the arc of a composition is displayed on At Long Last Love. He
starts slowly, accelerates into overdrive and comes full circle to end
calmly. Two great musical minds
are at work on a medley of seven
tunes from the world of Ellington
which includes the rarely-heard
beauty Lady Of The Lavender Mist.
Minor caveats: The source is
thirty years old, so the sharpness
of the video is not up to current
standards; the sound is sometimes
a little fluttery on sustained notes.
Ted O’Reilly
Solos and Duets
Jay McShann
Sackville SK2CD-5012
Another in Sackville’s welcome reissue series, this two-CD set contains
all the music from the three solo (and
duet) albums Jay McShann made for
the label. The original LPs were A
Tribute to Fats Waller, Kansas City
Hustle and Tuxedo Junction. (The
latter’s the one with the duets: Don
Thompson plays bass on four titles.)
Most interesting is the Fats Waller
tribute. This one offers a fascinating take on Waller’s own compositions, and an assortment of tunes
associated with the Harlem stride
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master. Jazz pianists of every school
have played Waller’s pieces but generally the powerful influence of Fats
himself has coloured their interpretations. Not so with Jay McShann.
His mastery of the southwestern piano style frees him to play Waller’s
music in a forthright, bluesy manner that displays Waller’s music in
a fresh light. It’s sort of like Harlem
stride with a Kansas City accent.
Most of the performances from
the Kansas City Hustle and Tuxedo
Junction albums are steeped in the
blues. But while McShann is a consummate master of blues piano, he
also happens to be a highly sophisticated jazz musician, for too many
years stereotyped as “just another
blues player”. Check out his explorations of ‘Round Midnight, Rockin’ Chair, and Willow Weep For Me
to hear the full breadth of McShann’s
talent. And the veteran’s duet performances with Don Thompson are
pure delight. Mary Lou Williams
would be delighted with their treatment of Froggie Bottom.
Don Brown
KC style blues-jazz with the puckish
trumpeter Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison
leading a great sextet highlighting
Ben Webster’s excellent tenor. The
rhythm section keeps great relaxed
time, and contributes great solos
from guitarist Barney Kessel and
Jimmy Rowles on piano. The band’s
also comfortable with the three
standards, heard alongside the six
blues compositions. (That balance
seems j-u-s-s-t right!)
While “Sittin’ In” has trumpeter
Dizzy Gillespie’s name on it as leader this time around, it’s a pure JazzAt-The-Philharmonic-style jam sesAl Cohn Quintet featuring Bob sion for Verve from mid-1957 with
tenors abounding. Included is Paul
Gonsalves, rarely heard outside the
Al Cohn
Ellington orchestra, and often disapVerve B0003935-02
pointing in those different circumSweets
stances. Not this time: he seems to
Harry Edison and his Orchestra have taken a look at the other saxes
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— merely Coleman Hawkins and
Stan Getz — and distinguishes himSittin’ In
self. There’s a solid trio featuring a
Dizzy Gillespie
young Wynton Kelly (how under-acVerve B0003937-02
knowledged he remains!), Wendell
Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements
Gene Krupa
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Marshall and that fine swing-to-bop
drummer J.C. Heard. There are
only 4 tracks, but 12 tunes: two ballad medleys of five tunes each; and
two lengthy burners, Gillespie’s riffy Dizzy Atmosphere and The Way
You Look Tonight.
For many, Gene Krupa was the
first name that came to mind as a
drummer. His breakthrough with
Benny Goodman at the beginning of
the swing era as a flashy entertainer
launched a thousand drum solos, for
better or worse. His own big bands
from the late ‘30s through the early 1950s were very popular, and
fairly successful at keeping up to
date with some boppish arrangements by a young Gerry Mulligan
in the late ‘40s. Those charts were
dug out again for a Verve stereo
taping in late 1958.
“Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements” has Mulligan
directing a top-line big band of
New York players, the likes of Phil
Woods, Hank Jones, Doc Severinsen, Marky Markowitz, Jimmy
These four CDs, replica reissues of
the original LPs, are a good indication of the depth of the vaults of the
Universal Records monolith. This
group of albums draws on the catalogues of the Coral, Clef and Verve
labels. (We’ll look at four more from
the current release next month).
From the east coast Coral Records
firm, originally a part of Decca,
comes Al Cohn Quintet, a late 1956
set of a dozen tunes under the helm
of a master musician, Al Cohn. The
tenor man did half the arrangements,
including three originals; and valve
trombonist Bob Brookmeyer did the
same. A great sense of humour is on
display here, from the entire band,
which includes Mose Allison’s thentrio as the rhythm section. Can you
‘ease along briskly’? That’s the feeling I get from this enjoyable set.
“Sweets” may have been recorded in Los Angeles (in 1956 for Clef,
a Norman Granz label), but it is pure
Cleveland and others. Unfortunately, it’s Krupa who’s not quite
up to par, to my ears, sounding
tired and a bit out of date. It’s nice
to hear those charts well-recorded
— they stand up well — but this
needn’t be on your must-have list.
When it comes to Compact
Discs, I must say I like the jewel
box packaging. It keeps the discs
and booklets safer than sleeves, and
while they certainly are breakable,
they are easily replaceable and
your package looks like new. The
cardboard replica packaging of
these reissues looks fine at the beginning, but favourite albums soon
get the covers abraded, and the little grippers that hold the discs always break on me. That said, the
designer has done something to
overcome the tiny booklets: these
all have a folded replica of the back
cover, measuring about 9½ inches
square. Would that they had done
it double-sided, and reproduced the
front, too…
Next month, some more releases from this series, by Max Roach,
Joe Newman, Buddy Rich and
Xavier Cugat(?!).
Ted O’Reilly
Silver Rain
Marcus Miller
Koch Records KOC-CD-5779
Since the early 1980s, bass guitarist/producer Marcus Miller has
been a Tour de Force on the American and international music scene,
working with industry icons Miles
Davis, David Sanborn, and Luther
Vandross, to name a few. In addition to bass, Miller also plays keyboards, drums, and bass clarinet
throughout his latest solo release
“Silver Rain”. The list of guests
is long, with appearances from
behind the scenes session players
to pop stars Macy Gray and Eric
“Silver Rain” showcases all of
Miller’s musical talents in stellar
fashion and almost makes one
wonder why the electric bass is so
often ignored as a legitimate instrument, particularly in the world of
Original compositions comprise
half of the disc, with Donny Hathaway’s daughter Lalah offering a
haunting vocal performance on La
Villette, a tribute to the Parisian
‘hood’ where part of the album was
Miller’s cover material includes
Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated
Lady, Stevie Wonder’s Boogie on
Reggae Woman, Ludwig van
Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata,
and Prince’s Girls and Boys. Eclectic? You bet!
As with all of Marcus Miller’s
efforts, his signature funky, percussive bass work is the driving
force throughout. An unmistakable voice, often imitated, never duplicated. Check out this disc!
Eli Eisenberg
also mentions her classical training
which is obvious in her interpretation of the songs’ melodies.
It will be interesting to see if
“Standard Time” motivates other
cellists to take on the unfamiliar
world of jazz improv. Not for the
faint of heart. Time will tell!
Eli Eisenberg
Editor’s note: Of course Kye
Marshall is not the first to play jazz
on the cello. Many jazz bass players, including Oscar Pettiford, Ray
Brown and Ron Carter have used
the instrument on occasion, and in
the 1950s cellist Fred Katz worked
with Chico Hamilton’s chamber
jazz groups. “Googling” Jazz Cello I found quite a thorough article
on the subject by Chris White at I would also
mention that Toronto’s Cheryl O
is another example of someone
who uses the cello in a variety of
improvisational settings – check
her out at
Standard Time
Kye Marshall Trio
Zephyr/Westwind Productions
Hats off to cellist/psychotherapist,
that’s right, cellist and psychotherapist Kye Marshall, for perhaps
being the first on her instrument to
ever tackle the standards of the
American songbook.
With the help of veteran bassist/pianist Don Thompson, guitarist Dan Ionescu and percussionist
Mark Duggan, Marshall’s aptly
titled “Standard Time” contains
Have You Met Miss Jones, Here’s
That Rainy Day, Thelonious
Monk’s ‘Round Midnight, Herbie
Hancock’s Dolphin Dance, George
Gershwin’s Summertime, and four
others of equal renown. As always,
Don Thompson’s technique and
interpretation is magnificent.
It’s refreshing to hear a cello
playing the melody in a jazz setting. No doubt Marshall is challenged by the task, as timing, note
choice, and intonation occasionally fall into question, but it’s intriguing to hear an instrument that
hasn’t been a part of the jazz tradition improvise on the changes.
A quick trip to
reveals how she has incorporated
music and improvisation into her psychotherapy practice. The website
Milonga d’automne
Norteño Tango Nuevo quintet
Independent CD3917
…au parfum de tango
L’art de passage featuring Helmut Lipsky
BuschFunk/Eclectra Buschfunk
Ah, the sultry appeal of tango. Who
would have thought that the tangos
my parents danced to such as La
Cumparsita and El Choclo would
become the springboards for Tango Nuevo, a musical genre loved
worldwide by musicians, dancers
and listeners alike? This is undoubtedly due to the remarkable performance and compositional skills
of Astor Piazzolla, a prolific composer whose multilayered works
have sparked a creative flame in
countless musicians.
“ parfum de tango”, featuring the amazing Montreal-based
Swiss expatriate Helmut Lipsky on
violin, is a high-energy, joyous and
at times hilarious take on tango.
Lipsky and his bandmates Tobias
Morgenstern on accordion, Stefan
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Kling on piano and Wolfgang Musick on double bass are strong classical players who take these influences and successfully incorporate
them into tangos. There are numerous classical musical references in
their improvising which act to solidify their collective massive technique. But mostly, one just wants
to dance and chuckle.
Recorded both live and in studio
in Berlin, both players and audience
are exuberant in their responses. The
Piazzolla tracks are amazing (of note
La Muerte del Angel) but it is Tobias Morgenstern’s Sons et parfums
aux quatre vents which is the highlight of the disc. This 17 minute track
is a showpiece for each band member to shine and enjoy themselves
as a soloist.
In contrast, Norteno’s “Milonga d’autome” is a carefully executed, well thought through and
highly contemplative take on Piazzolla’s work. This Canadian
band’s recording is more traditional in approach and instrumentation.
Pierre-Paul Provencher’s lyrical
bandoneon playing is in the forefront of a gifted ensemble featuring Laurie Rosewarne on piano
(who is an accomplished accordionist in her own right), Sylvie
Rocheleau on violin, Garry Elliott
on electric guitar and Nicolas
Tremblay on double bass. This is
a group that excels in tight ensemble playing and a more symphonic
sense of Tango Nuevo. A sense of
calm and control radiates throughout this high quality recording
done at the Auditorium of Ottawa’s
Library & Archives Canada. Even
though there are originals by Provencher and Elliott, it is Norteno’s
vision of Piazzolla’s music that
drives this release.
Different in so many ways, L’art
de passage and Norteno are two
groups who are successfully expanding and elaborating on Tango
Nuevo and specifically, the compositions of Astor Piazzolla. Both
recordings should be heard and respected. Take out your dancing
shoes and enjoy!
Tiina Kiik
How I Feel
Orange Music OMCD-5537
Samina is a Quebec-based jazz singer with no last name and a really
lovely voice. She’s from the Peggy Lee/Sade school of singers,
leaning as she does to sultry,
moody ballads like Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love,
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Jobim’s Corcovado, and Porter’s
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home
To. Her breathy tone and laid back
style suit the slow tunes, but even
on the more up-tempo tunes, of
which there are only a few on this
disc, she still manages to chill out.
The production on “How I Feel”
is top-notch and the musicians lend
lots of variety to even the tunes that
have been done to death. When I
first read the liner notes and saw
that “programming” was credited
on nearly every tune, I thought, “uhoh”. But the electronica is used judiciously and lends an appealing modernity, especially to some of the
chestnuts. I love what they’ve done
with Day by Day, with bossa-style
acoustic guitar, double-time congas
and an electric guitar solo giving it a
kind of 60’s Latin American feel.
Very cool.
This feels like a very collaborative record and I like how Samina
and the musicians make an effort
to enhance the songs rather than
overwhelm them. Producer credit
is given to Guy Debuc and Marc
Lessard, (who also play keyboards
and drums and percussion respectively) as well as Louis Côté (guitars and keyboards) and Claude
Simard. Particular mention also
must be made of Guy Kaye who
turns in some really interesting
guitar work. It is refreshing to hear
performers focusing on the music
and the lyrics rather than their own
performances, and “How I Feel”
will be in heavy rotation on my CD
Cathy Riches
Silk Road Journeys - Beyond
the Horizon
Yo-Yo Ma; Silk Road Ensemble
Sony Classical SK 93962
and directed by the eminent cellist
Yo-Yo Ma. From its informal beginnings at the Tanglewood Music
Festival in 2000, where a number
of musicians from different cultures began to share their music
and ideas, the Silk Road Project has
blossomed into a dynamic enterprise involved in concert tours, festivals, and workshops, as well as
its impressive recordings.
The music and musicians featured on “Beyond the Horizon” are
incredibly diverse, which is not surprising given the vastness of the Silk
Road, stretching from the eastern
Mediterranean, through Iran and
Central Asia and into China. Rather than presenting a traditional
musical portrait, this CD introduces fifteen new works (including one
ensemble improvisation) by composers/arrangers from India, Armenia, Iran, the U.S. and China.
One of China’s leading composers,
Zhao Jipin — featured here on four
tracks — will be familiar to readers who know his film scores for
Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell My Concubine.
We are treated to a fascinating
array of instruments that are masterfully played by these excellent
musicians. Each track presents a
different eclectic ensemble, some
of them quite large: for example
track 1, Mohini (Enchantment) includes tabla and sarangi (fiddle)
from India, Japanese shakuhachi
(flute), Chinese pipa (lute), Persian ney (flute), Central Asianstyle singing, Tibetan prayer
bowls, Armenian duduk (shawm)
as well as Western violins, viola,
cellos, bass, vibraphone and other
An ambitious and imaginative
recording that takes the concept of
fusion in world music to new levels. Enjoy!
Annette Sanger
name by Eugène Labiche and
Marc Michel, is the second recording by The National Ballet Orchestra. The ballet premiered last
month at the Hummingbird Centre
to rave reviews. Michael Torke
was commissioned to compose
this, his second score for James
Kudelka and the National Ballet of
Canada. In 2002 Mr. Torke collaborated with Mr. Kudelka on the
ground-breaking ballet, The Contract, and a CD of the music was
released in 2003. A number of New
York choreographers, including
Peter Martins, Alvin Ailey, Jiri
Kylian and Glen Tetley, have created dance to Torke’s compositions. Kudelka also created Terra
Firma to three movements of his
Color Music for San Francisco
Ballet in 1995, which was staged
for The National Ballet of Canada
in 1997.
Like all farces, the story begins
with a mishap which threatens to
expose an indiscretion. On the way
to his wedding, Ferdinand takes his
horse on a ride in the park. The
horse eats a straw hat belonging to
Anaïs, a married woman meeting
her lover. If Anaïs returns home
without the hat, her husband will
become suspicious and so she declares that Ferdinand’s wedding
will not take place until the hat has
been replaced. Chaos ensues.
The music vacillates between the
cartoonish, frenetic pace inherent
in farce, to lyrical passages depicting tender moments between lovers. Conducted by Ormsby
Wilkins, the National Ballet does
a fine job on this recording.
Dianne Wells
Beethoven - Sonata in f minor,
Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Lambert Orkis
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Unlike the many previous recordings of this favorite Beethoven
work, this CD includes no other
music. Orkis plays Opus 57 three
times, on three different instruments in turn: a replica of a Viennese fortepiano of 1814-20; a modern Bösendorfer concert grand;
and a second replica, also VienHeard in sequence with the
nese, after a model of circa 1830. modern grand, the two historic
Torke – An Italian Straw Hat
National Ballet Orchestra;
Ormsby Wilkins
Ecstatic Records
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This is the third CD produced by An Italian Straw Hat, a ballet adaptthe Silk Road Ensemble, founded ed the French farce of the same
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replicas illustrate sharp differences — wood, not steel, frames;
leather, not felt, hammers.
Beethoven’s score contains no specific indications for the soft pedal,
but Orkis applies the device in the
opening bars of the sonata and elsewhere in pianissimo passages; its
silvery color in the fortepianos is
perfect for the Appassionata’s wild
contrasts. For the theme of the central Andante con moto variations,
there is even something called a
bassoon stop, an interesting period rattle perhaps veering towards
quaintness. The sonata relishes the
bunching of low bass notes into
chords, especially at loud moments, and here the 1830 instrument offers surprising force and
clarity. The equivalent effects on
the modern piano are, of course,
wonderfully resonant but require
careful control: Orkis says he was
surprised that his Bösendorfer performance was marginally slower
than the other two.
Beethoven Sonatas at the
Library of Congress
Henryk Szeryng;
Gary Graffman
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These performances have been remastered from original Library of
Congress LPs, recorded in the early 1970s. Henryk Szeryng is one
of the great “worldly” Eastern
European violinists, born near the
beginning of the 20th century and
deeply connecting music with life
experience, especially during
World War II. During his charmed
upbringing near Warsaw, he studied with an assistant of Leopold
Auer’s, knew Paderewski and
eventually moved to Berlin to study
with Carl Flesch. A few years later (early 1930s) he was in Paris,
studying violin with Gabriel Bouillon and composition with Nadia
Boulanger. He is quoted in the liner notes of this recording as saying “violinists should obtain a good
general education, particularly in
the humanities, in history, and languages. The study of music should
include the sciences of acoustics
and mathematics. Their musical
education should include harmony, counterpoint, piano, orchestra,
opera, etc. A violinist can learn a
good deal from singers and from
pianists.” Here, here.
Well, this recording, with its
slightly inferior sound quality and
rough edges, is a joy. Gary Graffman, a fine American pianist born
Orkis is an experienced and versatile U.S. artist. He plays the sonata with a fine appreciation of its
special expressive ambience, its insistence, and its exaggerated loud/
soft swings. Appassionata was not
the composer’s title, but “passionate” seems the right word for those
terrific sweeps up and down the
keyboard in movements 1 and 3,
and for that whirling gypsy song
just before the end. Orkis delivers
it all with impressive precision, and
follows Beethoven’s sometimes-eccentric pedal markings – with strikingly different results in the three
instruments. However, his interpretation of movement 2’s tempo (Andante con moto = “moving along”)
reduces this oasis of tranquility to
mere plainness, at least in the fortepiano versions: the modern-piano
performance inserts a few personal rubato touches.
All in all an uncommonly worthwhile release.
John Beckwith
One frequently asked question, in Canada at least,
is “What happened to Ofra Harnoy?” Ofra is a
cellist who was front and centre throughout the
1980’s until she withdrew to raise a family in
the early 1990s. For RCA Red Seal her first
undertaking was to record Vivaldi cello concertos with ‘The Toronto Chamber Orchestra’,
an ad hoc group assembled for the occasions by
conductor by Paul Robinson. Paul was familiar voice on CJRT-FM and
also conductor of the CJRT Orchestra and The Toronto Philharmonic
Orchestra. The recordings received enthusiastic reviews everywhere.
BMG has a new four disc set which happily returns these gems, which
have lost none of their sparkle, to the catalogue at budget price
The late Claudio Arrau’s admirers will
be pleased to know that Music & Arts has a
new CD [CD1158] of the two Chopin concertos. The first with Otto Klemperer and the Cologne WDR Orchestra from 25 October 1954;
the second with Fritz Busch and The New York
Philharmonic from the U.N. Human Rights Day
Concert of 10 December 1950. Arrau was not
the usual titan of the keyboard who felt the need
to flaunt his considerable technique but a thoughtful musician who did
not put himself between the composer and the listener. He treated every note as important and one has only to listen to these performances to
know exactly what that means. Klemperer is rather gruff for Chopin
but it is Arrau on whom we focus. No complaints about the sound which
is remarkably clean and clear and not restricted in dynamics.
Another artist who plays more than just
the notes is violinist Ida Haendel, well known
for her recording of the Sibelius concerto on
EMI. Supraphon has a new CD of recordings
made in 1959 and 1965 in Prague [SU3782]. The
pleasure in hearing her play results from her
sensitivity to what the music is saying and passing it on to us. Included is the Glazunov and the
Wieniawski 2nd concertos, and for violin and
piano, Stravinsky’s Divertimento and Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata. An
exceptional disc.
Louisville First Edition recordings are back! The original First
Edition LPs were just that, introducing music-hungry collectors to composers and compositions which they would never hear in concert nor
find elsewhere on the dealers’ shelves. They commissioned works from
famous and not so famous composers, introducing us to composers
Tobias Picker, Joan Tower, Christopher Rouse, Lou Harrison, John
Harbison, and others. There are about 50 CDs out now. An excellent
17 track sampler [FEDC0032] has music by all the above composers
and others. Mostly in stereo, each of the tracks samples a disc that,
quite likely, would be passed over on a dealer’s shelf. My instant reaction to each track was that I must have this disc.
Five more Mercury Living Presence hybrid SACDs are out
and I must say that I was startled by the sound of the CD tracks. Audiophiles tumbled over each other fawning over the original digital transfers while invoking the name of Wilma Cozart Fine. The DSD transfers, employing new three-track playback heads to read the original
tapes, are superior. I listened to the five of them as CDs and find it
difficult to prefer one over the other… the Roumanian and Hungarian
Rhapsodies, or Janos Starker’s Dvorak. Byron
Janis’s mighty Prokofiev 3rd and Rachmaninoff
1st were recorded in Moscow, as was Balalaika Favorites with the Osipov State Russian Folk
Orchestra. “Screamers and March Time” with
Frederick Fennel is a riot.
Bruce Surtees
in 1928, gives solid partnership in
these remarkable pieces, but my
biased ears keep turning to Szeryng. I’ve never heard the famous
opening of the Kreutzer sonata
played with such a magnificent
mixture of technique and soul…
and in fact the two become one
throughout this recording. Szeryng’s expression through dazzling technique is intriguing and
wholly satisfying to listen to.
That’s not to say the performances are not without their flaws.
They’re live recordings, after all,
with a certain “seat of the pants”
excitement which occasionally
elicits some bloopers, but these
are wonderfully in the spirit of the
whole thing. Ultimately, the genius of Beethoven shines through:
what tremendous and deep insight
that man had, and what a miracle
it is that we are able to connect to
it so fully and intimately in this very
Editor’s Note: Reviewer John Beckwith will
different day and age.
take a closer look at the Louisville Orchestra
Larry Beckwith First Edition re-issues next month in DISCoveries.
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toured with a grant for
more than five years.
Three years ago he
toured with his Mingus
quintet, the group that
will play at this year’s
Downtown Jazz Festival,
but did not get a grant.
He was able to find an
‘angel’ who donated several thousand dollars so
that the tour would not
collapse. By the end of
the tour the exercise had
cost Dave an equal
amount of money, so that
he was in fact subsidising his own music. Unfortunately, his is not a
unique experience. The old joke of how to make $1 million in jazz –
start with $2 million – has a grain of truth in it.
David likes festivals and thinks that they are a good thing for
the music, but definitely feels that there should be more support
available for travelling in this country. Geographically Canada is a
very difficult country in which to tour. The United States and Europe have much more concentrated areas of population, whereas
we have something like a ‘thin red line’ of target destinations spread
out over 3000 miles, often making travel costs prohibitive.
It’s also a lot easier to tour as a member of a group than as
leader and Dave certainly knows the truth of that from experience.
Let’s face it, when he tours as Oscar Peterson’s bass player, all he
has to think about is the music. Somebody else takes care of setting
up the tour dates, arranging travel, accommodation and taking care
of the finances. But when he tours across Canada with his own quintet, all of those responsibilities fall on his shoulders and sometimes
the last thing on your mind is the music. Another important lesson
that all of us who spend time on the road have learned: every time
you go on to play, no matter how you might be feeling, you have to
be ‘up’ for your audience, because you only have one shot at it and
the impression that audience leaves with is one that will stay with
them. They don’t know or care about any problems you might have.
If that sounds hard, it is reality. In recent years Dave has spent three
to four months a year on the road, down from the six months he
used to. He remains committed to it. He feels that being on the road
helps to give that edge to his playing.
Dave Young is one of the best bassists in the world and a
completely rounded musician. He comes from the school that believes a musician owes something to his audience and no matter how
large or small that audience, you always give your best. He has been
treated like a king in, for example, Brussels and a couple of weeks
later, might be playing some small town in Saskatchewan, but you
focus on your music in exactly the same fashion, no matter where.
He offered Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, with whom he has often worked, as good examples. Every time they play, it’s for keeps.
His very sound advice to younger musicians is to get as
much experience as possible and not to confine it to jazz. Accept
different types of engagements. Be aware of different styles; build a
repertoire; play with as many of your peers as possible, as well as
experienced players. By the same token, he believes established
players should spend time with younger musicians. The learning experience can go both ways. It is also important to try and develop a
personal sound. All the greats had it and in any case why would you
want to sound like 100 other musicians off a production line?
One other thing is perhaps worth mentioning. Don’t go into
a career in jazz expecting to get rich.
My talk with David was, in fact, very timely. On July 1 he
is off to Europe for five weeks with Oscar Peterson. This time he
won’t lose money.
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Welcome to the “green pages”, WholeNote’s annual summer music
festival guide in our June issue. “Let your fingers do the hopping” this
summer and use our guide to choose which festivals to jump around to.
This is your one-stop resource. It includes: a 4-page, 102-festival chart
listing information (and websites) for each summer festival; profiles, in
their own words, of 17 diverse festivals; detailed concert listings for
festivals taking place between June 1 and July 7; and several short
feature articles to whet your appetite. There is also summer festival
coverage in the other parts of the magazine this month, including our
cover stories, mention of festivals in many of our regular columns, and
advertising throughout.
A word about “A la Carte” — our festival chart, commencing on page
G4. It covers festivals in Canada, mainly in Ontario and Quebec but also
major festivals in other provinces. It includes mainly classical, jazz, and
world music festivals, but we also incorporated folk, blues, celtic festivals
and more. Festivals are listed alphabetically within each region. The
Ontario region, because it is our home base, is divided into four zones, as
you can see from the adjacent map – southwest, central, east, and north.
One of the four zone numbers on the map appears next to the name of
each Ontario festival in the chart. This way you can use the zones for
deciding which festivals to get sidetracked by along the way if you are
planning a trip to a certain part of Ontario this summer!
We’re aware that alphabetical listings are not as helpful as dates when
planning a musical excursion. So we’ve also included, below, a list of
festivals by starting date. Note that a dash (–) between the dates refers to
a festival that is inclusive of those days and an ellipsis (…) between the
May 25… Jun 18 Montreal Chamber Music Festival, PQ
Jun 02– Jun 05 Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, ON
Jun 03–Jun 05 Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, ON
Jun 03– Jun 12 Northern Voices Choral Festival, ON
Jun 05...Jun 19 Music in the Orchard, ON
Jun 10–Jun 19 Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, ON
Jun 10–Jun 12 Brass in the Grass, ON
Jun 12 Hamilton International Tattoo, ON
Jun14...Jun 18 The Enbridge Mozart Effect, AB
Jun 17... Aug 12 Banff Summer Arts Festival, AB
Jun 17–Jun 19 Barbados on the Water, ON
Jun 17... Aug 12 Collingwood Music Festival, ON
Jun 17–Jun 19 Markham Village Music Festival ON
Jun 17... Sep 25 Music at Sharon, ON
Jun 17– Jun 19 Taste of Little Italy, ON
Jun 18 Brampton Folk Festival, ON
Jun 18 UpTown Country Festival, ON
Jun 23– Jun 26 Montreal Baroque Festival PQ
Jun 23–Jul 03 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, ON
Jun 24–Jun 26 Grand River Baroque Festival, ON
Jun 24–Jul 03 TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown
Jazz Festival, ON
Jun 24– Jun 26 Tottenham Bluegrass Festival, ON
Jun 25... Aug 27 Domaine Forget International Festival, PQ
Jun 25– Jul 03 Festival de Musique Anglaise, PQ
Jun 26... Jul 31 Festival Alexandria, ON
Jun 26...Sep 18 Summer Music in the Garden, ON
Jun 29... Jul 27 Festival Mozart Plus, PQ
Jun 29– Jul 06 Waterloo Viola Camp Concerts, ON
Jun 30– Jul 10 Montreal Jazz Festival, PQ
Jul 01...Aug 18 Brott Summer Music Festival, ON
Jul 01– Jul 03 Extravaganza! A Feast for the Senses, ON
Jul 01...Sep 05 Unionville Summer Concert Series, ON,
Jul 02–Jul 24 Huntsville Festival of the Arts, ON,
Jul 02–Aug 01 Westben - Concerts at The Barn, ON,
Jul 03–Jul 10 Festival 500: Sharing the Voices, NF,
Jul 03...Aug 28 Indian River Festival, PEI
Jul 05...Aug 23 Jazz in the Park, ON
Jul 05–Jul 08 Toronto Summer Chamber Music Festival, ON
dates refers to a festival that has concerts intermittently between the
listed dates, for example once a week or only on weekends.
Summer music festivals offer a wonderful opportunity to hear
extraordinary music in out-of-the-ordinary settings: barns, like Westben,
Grand River and Elora; the open air, like Lanaudière; outdoors in the city,
such as the Downtown and Uptown Toronto Jazz Festivals, and
Baroque Montreal. We hope these green pages will help you take
advantage of the summer’s bounty! Hop to it! A glorious summer awaits!
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102 Festivals: by start date
Jul 07–Jul 10 Baie des Chaleurs Int’l.
Chamber Music Festival, NB
Jul 07–Jul 17 Festival d’été de Quebec, PQ
Jul 07–Jul 10 Sunfest ‘05: Celebration of World Cultures, ON
Jul 07–Jul 10 UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, ON
Jul 07–Jul 10 Winnipeg Folk Festival, MN
Jul 08...Aug 20 Artspring Festival: Sizzling Summer Nights, BC
Jul 08–Jul 10 Beats, Breaks & Culture: Electronic Music, BC
Jul 08–Jul 10 Canterbury Folk Festival, ON
Jul 08–Jul 10 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, ON
Jul 08–Jul 17 Cisco Systems Toronto Bluesfest, ON
Jul 08–Jul 10 Corso Italia Toronto Street Festival, ON
Jul 08...Jul 31 Elora Festival, ON
Jul 08–Jul 10 Mariposa Folk Festival, ON
Jul 08–Jul 10 Northern Lights Festival Boréal, ON
Jul 08...Aug 13 Orford Festival, PQ
Jul 08–Jul 10 Uptown Jazz Festival, ON
Jul 09–Aug 07 Festival de Lanaudière, PQ
Jul 09–Jul 10 Great Canadian Town Band Festival, ON
Jul 09...Aug 13 Music at Port Milford, ON
Jul 14–Jul 24 Beaches International Jazz Festival, ON
Jul 15–Jul 17 All Over the Map:
A Feast of Global Sounds, ON
Jul 15–Jul 17 Almaguin Music Festival, ON
Jul 15–Jul 24 Atlantic Jazz Festival, NS
Jul 15–Aug 7 Festival of the Sound, ON
Jul 15–Jul 17 Home County Folk Festival, ON
Jul 15–Jul 17 Stewart Park Festival, ON
Jul 17...Aug 28 Festival des grandes Orgues
de Notre-Dame, PQ
Jul 17...Aug 13 Musique Royale, NS
Jul 21–Jul 24 Calgary Folk Music Festival, AB
Jul 21–Jul 24 London Early Music Festival, ON
Jul 21–Jul 31 Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, BC
Jul 22–Jul 24 Dim Sum:
Sampling Contemporary Chinese Culture, ON
Jul 22–Jul 24 Hillside Festival, ON
GEORGIAN Parry Sound
Jul 22–Jul 24 Mission Folk Music Festival, BC
Jul 22–Jul 24 Wine, Blues And All That Jazz, ON
Jul 23–Aug 06 Ottawa International
Chamber Music Festival, ON
Jul 24–Aug 13 Vancouver Early Music Festival, BC
Jul 25–Aug 17 Niagara International
Chamber Music Festival, ON
Jul 27–Jul 31 Festival International
de Musique de Lameque, NB
Jul 27–Aug 14 Stratford Summer Music, ON
Jul 29–Jul 31 Festival Mémoire et Racines, PQ
Jul 29–Jul 31 Mill Race Festival
of Traditional Folk Music, ON
Jul 31–Aug 13 Kincardine Summer Music Festival, ON
Jul 31–Aug 14 Mountain View Festival
of Song and Chamber Music, AB
Aug 01–Aug 14 Festival Vancouver, BC
Aug 02–Aug 13 Muskoka Lakes Music Festival, ON
Aug 05–Aug 07 Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival, ON
Aug 05–Aug 07 Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, ON
Aug 05–Aug 07 Live From the Rock Folk Festival, ON
Aug 11...Aug 20 Southern Ontario
Chamber Music Institute, ON
Aug 12–Aug 14 Trout Forest Music Festival, ON
Aug 18–Aug 21 Prince Edward County
2005 Jazz Festival, ON
Aug 19–Aug 21 Alexander Keith’s East Coast Rhythms, ON
Aug 19–Aug 21 Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, ON
Aug 25–Aug 28 CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival, ON
Aug 26–Aug 28 Eaglewood Folk Festival, ON
Aug 26–Aug 28 Peterborough Folk Festival, ON
Sep 02–Sep 04 Fiesta del Sol ‘05, ON
Sep 07–Sep 11 Guelph Jazz Festival, ON
Sep 22–Sep 24 Prince Edward County
Classical Music Festival, ON
Sep 23–Sep 25 All Canadian Jazz Festival, ON
Sep 23–Sep 25 Sweetwater Music Weekend, ON
Sep 24–Oct 03 Colours of Music, ON
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Olivier Fortin: Continuo motion
E-mail interview by Masha Buell
Hello Olivier!
Where are you now? And what
does your summer look like?
Thanks for your email! I’m on the
road in northern Ontario, but I am
happy to let you know what my
“crazy” schedule will be in the
next few months! May 23rd: a
three-harpsichord concert with
Skip Sempé and Pierre Hantaï in
Brest, France; June 3-10: teaching at the Tafelmusik Baroque
Summer Institute; June 22-29:
concerts - Montreal Baroque Festival and Domaine Forget; July 10: concert in St-Michel-en-Thierarche
(France) with Capriccio Stravagante; July 16: concert in Madrid (Spain)
with Capriccio Stravagante; July 28-31: 4 concerts at Stratford Summer
Music Festival with Masques Ensemble and soprano Cassie Webster;
August 2- 4: Christmas recording in Montreal with Masques for Analekta; August 13- 22: US tour with Tafelmusik; August 31- September 5:
Germany (Irsee) with Tafelmusik. I think that’s most of it. Have to find
some time to practice here and there and also enjoy the sun!
Home is… ?
Home is Montréal, in our beautiful Little Italy area. But my partner lives
in Paris, where I spend lots of time during the year, especially in summer.
Who are you expecting to encounter over the summer?
In Europe I’ll be working with Skip Sempé’s ensemble, Capriccio
Stravagante. It’s more or less always the same people, some of whom I
met when I studied in Amsterdam 6 years ago. I also work with a fantastic young ensemble, Opera Quarta, which specializes in trio sonata repertoire. They are based in London/Amsterdam. The first violinist of this
ensemble, Sophie Gent, also works with my Montreal ensemble,
Masques; I work with Sophie on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Christmas CD and the Stratford concert, Masques with Cassie Webster, will include musicians I work with in Toronto, like violinist
Geneviève Gilardeau (we made our “debut” together more than 10
years ago), luthenist Lucas Harris, and violinist Aisslinn Nosky. I also
work with Aisslinn occasionally and her ensemble I Furiosi.
Compare summer to the rest of the year?
Summer is a great time for musicians. For those like me who teach – I
teach in Quebec’s Conservatory of Music – it’s a time you don’t have to
worry about being home every week or so for your students. I don’t
want to be misunderstood – I love teaching! But in the summer so many great
festivals happen all around and we get fantastic opportunities to travel. I play
70 percent of my concerts during the summer season. The best thing is
that you get to know people over the years and then you keep working
with the ones you like the most, wherever they live!
How is it, travelling as a harpsichordist?
Sometimes you have great surprises, like sometimes an instrument that
can barely be called a harpsichord. You usually don’t have time to explore
the instrument and anyways, in the case of a bad instrument, it is better
not to fight with it for too long....You take a deep breath and make the
best you can out of it. I am very, very difficult with the choice of instruments and sometimes I get quite unhappy. And tuning – tuning is just
part of the job. All this is part of a harpsichordist’s life: if you travel, you
have to accept it.
So what’s your idea of a holiday?
One great thing is that I sometimes use the opportunity of summer concerts to stay where work brings me. For instance, after the concert that I
have in Madrid this summer, I will probably go for a few days in the Sevilla region and enjoy a few days off.
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Brampton Folk Festival
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Canterbury Folk Festival
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Collingwood Music Festival
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Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival
Eaglewood Folk Festival
Elora Festival
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Festival Alexandria
Festival of the Sound
Fiesta del Sol ‘05
Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
Grand River Baroque Festival
Great Canadian Town Band Festival
Guelph Jazz Festival
Hamilton International Tattoo
Hillside Festival
Home County Folk Festival
Huntsville Festival of the Arts
Jazz in the Park
Kincardine Summer Music Festival
Live From the Rock Folk Festival
London Early Music Festival
Mariposa Folk Festival
Markham Village Music Festival
Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Music at Port Milford
Music at Sharon
Music in the Orchard - City of Toronto
Muskoka Lakes Music Festival
Niagara International Chamber Music Fest.
Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Northern Voices Choral Festival
Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival
Ottawa International Chamber Music Fest.
Ottawa International Jazz Festival
East Coast, Celtic
Bluegrass, Jazz
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Classical, Jazz, Chamber, Pops
Folk, Roots
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Classical, Salsa & more
Classical, Jazz
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Latin American
Wind, Brass, Military Bands
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Folk, Pop, Jazz, World
Classical, Jazz, Choral & more
Jazz, Classical, Blues & more
Folk, Blues
Early Opera, Chamber
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Traditional Folk
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Toronto (3)
Fri Aug 19–Sun Aug 21
Port Hope (4)
Fri Sep 23–Sun Sep 25
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 15–Sun Jul 17
Sundridge (2)
Fri Jul 15–Sun Jul 17
Toronto (3)
Fri Jun 17–Sun Jun 19
Barrie (2)
Fri Jun 10–Sun Jun 19, many concerts and venues daily
Toronto (3)
Thu Jul 14–Sun Jul 24, many concerts and venues daily
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Brampton (1)
Sat Jun 18
Toronto (3)
Fri Jun 10–Sun Jun 12
Hamilton & area (1) Fri Jul 1–Thu Aug 18
Ingersoll (1)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 17, many concerts and venues daily
Ottawa (4)
Thu Aug 25–Sun Aug 28
Collingwood (2)
Fri Jun 17–Fri Aug 12, 13 concerts, mainly on weekends
Barrie (2)
Sat Sep 24–Mon Oct 3, 44 concerts in total
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 22–Sun Jul 24
Oakville (1)
Fri Aug 5–Sun Aug 7
Georgina (2)
Fri Aug 26–Sun Aug 28
Elora (1)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 31, concerts mainly on weekends
Toronto (3)
Fri Jul 1–Sun Jul 3
Alexandria (4)
Sun Jun 26–Sun Jul 31, Sundays at 3pm
Parry Sound (2)
Fri Jul 15–Sun Aug 7
London (1)
Fri Sep 2–Sun Sep 4
Goderich (1)
Fri Aug 5–Sun Aug 7
Ayr (1)
Fri Jun 24–Sun Jun 26
Orono (3)
Sat Jul 9–Sun Jul 10, Tattoo Jul 10 at 8pm
Guelph (1)
Wed Sep 7–Sun Sep 11
Hamilton (1)
Sun June 12
Guelph (1)
Fri Jul 22–Sun Jul 24
London (1)
Fri Jul 15–Sun Jul 17
Huntsville (2)
Sat Jul 2–Sun Jul 24, concerts almost every day
Wasaga Beach (2)
Tue Jul 5–Tue Aug 23, Tuesdays at 7pm
Kincardine (1)
Sun Jul 31–Sat Aug 13, concerts daily
Red Rock (2)
Fri Aug 5–Sun Aug 7
London (1)
Thu Jul 21–Sun Jul 24
Orillia (2)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Markham (1)
Fri Jun 17–Sun Jun 19
Cambridge (1)
Fri Jul 29–Sun Jul 31
Toronto (3)
Fri Jun 3–Sun Jun 5
Prince Edward Co. (4) Sat Jul 9–Sat Aug 13, concerts on weekends
Sharon (3)
Fri Jun 17–Sun Sep 25, weekend concerts, & Sundays 2pm
Toronto (3)
Sun Jun 5–Sun Jun 19, Sundays at 1:30pm
Port Carling (2)
Tue Aug 2–Sat Aug 13, daily concerts
Niagara-on-the-Lake (1) Mon Jul 25–Wed Aug 17, concerts daily
Sudbury (2)
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Toronto (3)
Fri Jun 3–Sun Jun 12, concerts daily
Orangeville (1)
Thu Jun 2–Sun Jun 5
Ottawa (4)
Sat Jul 23–Sat Aug 6, 120 concerts in total
Ottawa (4)
Thu Jun 23–Sun Jul 3, concerts daily at many venues
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$25-$38, subscriptions available
gold circle pass $250, w/end $60, day $25
all-event pass $55/$65
$32-$45, youth concerts $5-$10, pass $160
$20-$40, festival passport $20-$55
free, $35 Molly Johnson
passes: day $20-$30, w/end $40-$60
$10-$45, passports and memberships available
$10-$15; season tickets $75 and $50
$30, passes $130-$575
day pass $20-$25, w/end $40-$55
adults $15-$30, students $10-$20
free, tattoo $10
TBA, tickets go on sale July 2
w/end pass $60-$80, day/eve pass $30-$50
$20-$45; free offerings daily
$15-$20, 13-concert series available
passes - $35 day, w/end $40-$65
$15, $12 students/seniors, festival pass $40
$40-$45/day, w/end pass $29-$75
$8-$15, 4-concert pass $24-$45
$20-$35, season pass $175, double pass $300
$50 w/end pass, $7 daytime, $20-$25 evening
adult passes $70-$80, student passes $40-$50
$10-$47.50, passes $90-$175
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Thu Aug 11–Sat Aug 20, four concerts over nine days
Fri Jul 15–Sun Jul 17
Wed Jul 27–Sun Aug 14, 56 concerts over three weeks
Sun Jun 26–Sun Sep 18, Thu at 7pm & most Sun 4pm
Fri Aug 19–Sun Aug 21
Thu Jul 7–Sun Jul 10
Fri Sep 23–Sun Sep 25
Fri Jun 17–Sun Jun 19
Fri Jun 24–Sun Jul 3, concerts daily at many venues
Tues Jul 5–Fri Jul 8
Fri Jun 24–Fri Jun 26
Fri Aug 12–Sun Aug 14
Fri Jul 1–Mon Sep 5, weekends and holidays
Sat Jun 18
Fri Jul 8–Sun Jul 10
Thu Jul 7–Sun Jul 10
Wed Jun 29–Wed Jul 6, four weekday concerts
Sat Jul 2–Mon Aug 1
Fri Jul 22–Sun Jul 24
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Sat Jun 25–Sat Aug 27, many concerts
Sat Jul 9–Sun Aug 7, concerts daily
Sat Jun 25–Sun Jul 3, classes and concerts
Sun Jul 17–Sun Aug 28, Sundays at 7pm
Thu Jul 7–Sun Jul 17
Fri Jul 29–Sun Jul 31
Wed Jun 29–Wed Jul 27, Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Thu Jun 23–Sun Jun 26
Wed May 25–Sat Jun 18, concerts mainly on weekends
Thu Jun 30–Sun Jul 10, concerts daily at many venues
Fri Jul 8–Sat Aug 13, 18 concerts-1 opera-mainly w/ends
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passes:$100/$75/$50; individual $25/$20/$10
tickets $25/$20/$10, 350 free concerts
$12-$50, subscriptions available
Fri Jul 15–Sun Jul 24, many concerts and venues
Thu Jul 7–Sun Jul 10
Sun Jul 3–Sun Jul 10, concerts most days
Wed Jul 27–Sun Jul 31
Sun Jul 3–Sun Aug 28, concerts mainly on weekends
Sun Jul 17–Sat Aug 13, travelling through Nova Scotia
Fri Jul 8–Sat Aug 20, eleven concerts on various days
Fri Jun 17–Fri Aug 12, over 50 concerts
Thu Jul 21–Sun Jul 24
Mon Aug 1–Sun Aug 14, 50 concerts over two weeks
Fri Jul 22–Sun Jul 24
Sun Jul 31–Sun Aug 14
Tue Jun14, Thu Jun 16 & Sat Jun 18
Thu Jul 21–Sun Jul 31
Sun Jul 24–Sat Aug 13, concerts most days
Thu Jul 7–Sun Jul 10
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$25-$100, passes $35-$110
adults $15, seniors $12, students $5
$18 per ticket, discounts available
$8-$20, some just donation, passes available
4-day pass $75-$130, day/evening $40-$50
free and ticketed concerts from ticketmaster
day, evening and w/end passes available
$10-$15, noon concerts free, festival passes $40-$50
$16-$56, package of all concerts $78-$129
daily passes $30-$60, 4-day pass $65-$150
Peterborough Folk Festival
Peterborough (4)
Philipsville Summer Arts
Classical, Acoustic, Early
Philipsville (4)
Prince Edward Co. Classical Music Festival Classical
Picton (4)
Prince Edward County Jazz Music Festival. Jazz
Fri Aug 26–Sun Aug 28
Sun Jul 10 at 3pm
Thu Sep 22–Sat Sep 24
Thu Aug 18–Sun Aug 21
Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute Chamber/Classical
Stewart Park Festival
Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz & more
Stratford Summer Music
Classical, Cabaret, Opera
Summer Music in the Garden
Classical, New, Jazz, World
Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival
Sunfest ’05: A Celebration of World Cultures World, Jazz
Sweetwater Music Weekend
Taste of Little Italy
Classical, Salsa & more
TD Canada Trust TO Downtown Jazz Festival Jazz
Toronto Summer Chamber Music Festival Classical/Chamber
Tottenham Bluegrass Festival
Trout Forest Music Festival
Bluegrass, Gospel, Folk
Unionville Summer Concert Series
Swing, Jazz, Opera & more
UpTown Country Festival
Uptown Jazz Festival
UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival
Waterloo Viola Camp Concerts
Westben - Concerts at The Barn
Classical, Jazz & more
Wine, Blues And All That Jazz
Jazz & Blues
Oakville (1)
Perth (4)
Stratford (1)
Toronto (3)
Owen Sound (2)
London (1)
Owen Sound (2)
Toronto (3)
Toronto (3)
Toronto (3)
Tottenham (1)
Ear Falls (2)
Unionville (1)
Waterloo (1)
Toronto (3)
Waterloo (1)
Waterloo (1)
Campbellford (4)
Woodstock (1)
free and ticketed events
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$10-$20, passes $25-$50
$15-$25, 4-concert series $45-$75
free-$25, all-performance pass $200
day $25-$45, w/end pass $50-$80
$20, $50 w/end pass
free to $125.50; passes $40 to $280.50
$30, stud./arts workers $10, $110 series pass
w/end pass $50-$65, $15-$25 day/night
day and w/end passes $10-$60
free (July 9-10), gala $40-$45
July 7 gala $25, July 8-10 free
admission by donation
$15-$40, jazz w/end pass $75
one day $25, two days $40, three days $60
Domaine Forget International Festival
Festival de Lanaudière
Festival de Musique Anglaise
Festival des grandes Orgues de Notre-Dame
Festival d’été de Quebec
Festival Mémoire et Racines
Festival Mozart Plus
Montreal Baroque Festival
Montreal Chamber Music Festival
Montreal Jazz Festival
Orford Festival
Classical, Jazz
Classical, Popular, Electronic
Traditional Quebec
Jazz & more
Atlantic Jazz Festival
Baie des Chaleurs Chamber Music Festival
Festival 500: Sharing the Voices
Fest. International de Musique de Lamèque
Indian River Festival
Musique Royale
Artspring Festival: Sizzling Summer Nights
Banff Summer Arts Festival
Calgary Folk Music Festival
Festival Vancouver
Mission Folk Music Festival
Mountain View Festival
The Enbridge Mozart Effect
Vancouver Chamber Music Festival
Vancouver Early Music Festival
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Classical, Jazz, World & more
Early, Traditional
Choral, Jazz, World, Classical
Classical, Jazz & more
Classical, World, Jazz
Early, Chamber
Old Montreal
Quebec City
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Dalhousie, NB
St. John’s, NF
Lamèque Island, NB
Indian River, PEI
Nova Scotia
Salt Spring Is., BC
Banff, AB
Calgary, AB
Vancouver, BC
Mission, BC
Calgary, AB
Edmonton, AB
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Winnipeg, MN
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bout 180 music presenters are members of WholeNote
magazine. Annually, in our October issue, we publish profiles of
these members in our “blue pages”. For the presenters which are
only active during the summer months, however, we print the profiles
in our June issue. Following are seventeen short profiles of summer
music festivals, in their own words. This is not meant to be a
comprehensive group of festivals; see our “A la carte” chart of 102
festivals across Canada for a better overview of all summer 2005
festivals. These descriptions will give you a taste of what summer has
to offer musically this year, however, as the festivals profiled here
are representative of the spectrum of what is happening this summer:
they range from jazz to classical, from urban to country settings, and
from downtown Toronto to rural Quebec settings.
Hamilton, Ontario
Brott Music Festival, from July 1
to August 18, 2005, celebrates its
18th season as Canada’s largest
orchestral music festival and opens
Boston Pops-style. Its “boutiquestyle” programming also includes
jazz, chamber music, pops and
throughout the Hamilton, Burlington, and Muskoka regions.
Founded in 1988 by conductor
Boris Brott, the 2005 program
includes a “Connect the Classics”
series, which explores the musical
connec-tions between composers
over the centuries. Package
subscriptions available. The 2005
lineup includes world-class
soloists, jazz artists and the
National Academy Orchestra. The
orchestra, founded by Brott, is
recognized as Canada’s National
Orchestral School for its pairing of
young music graduates with
seasoned professionals from
Canada’s finest orchestras.
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squarely on Canada’s musical map.
This is the first time the Elora
Festival Singers have released their
full season schedule along with
announcing the line-up for the Elora
The Singers’ 26th season features
a collection of choral masterworks
including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s
St. John Passion and Handel’s
Messiah, along with innovative
programs such as Mozart’s
Letters, Amahl and The Night
Visitors, and a salute to composers
from the British Isles.
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Joliette, Quebec
Festival de Lanaudière is the largest
classical music festival in Canada,
enjoyed by more than 50,000
visitors each year. Lanaudière is
proud to have presented in the past
the likes of Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim
Vengerov, Renata Scotto, Itzhak
Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Karita
Mattila, Mstislav Rostropovich
and so many others. Located in the
city of Joliette, about thirty
minutes from the eastern tip of the
Island of Montreal, its covered
2000-seat Amphitheatre is truly
unique. The site takes the form of a
shallow basin in a vale belted by
hundred-year-old trees, where
open-air symphonic concerts are
transformed into truly exceptional
musical and acoustical experiences.
The 2005 season runs from July
9 to August 7, hosting superstars
such as pianists Nikolaï Lugansky
and Alain Lefevre, singers Ben
Heppner and Deborah Voigt in
romantic opera duets, Angela
Hewitt with the Autralian Chamber
Orchestra, and mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Larmore and soprano
Mary Dunleavy in bel canto duets.
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Parry Sound, Ontario
Welcome to the 26th annual
Festival of the Sound! The Festival
of the Sound is a treasure,
combining the beautiful landscape
of the Parry Sound waterfront with
world-class chamber music. The
Charles W. Stockey Centre for the
Performing Arts, a spectacular new
concert hall on the shores of
Georgian Bay, is home to the
James Campbell, artistic director
with the festival for over two
decades, is carrying forward with
many of our traditions in the 2005
summer season, promising
“musical offerings that will stimulate
your mind and open your heart.”
Throughout the festival, you will
discover “collaboration” concerts.
Each of these introduces an exciting
meeting of creative musical minds.
Elora, Ontario
The Elora Festival and the Elora
Festival Singers start their next 25
years on July 8, 2005, with
Haydn’s masterful Creation as the
annual summer Elora Festival
brings to southern Ontario an
unmatched programme celebrating
the best of the human voice.
From the vivid beauty of Haydn
to the power and joy of the Harlem
Gospel Choir and the serene
luminescence of Christine Brandes,
the month-long 26th Elora Festival
presents a showcase of singers and
songs in a tradition that has put the
beautiful Ontario village of Elora
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These unique musical innovations
are a festival specialty! You will
notice an intensification of “Music
from the Inside Out.” This program
gives you the opportunity to enjoy
learning as well as listening while
becoming more intimate with the
musicians and the music they play
while at the Festival of the Sound.
Join us for over 70 performances
in three-and-a-half weeks, from
July 15 to August 7, 2005.
James Campbell, Artistic Director
42 James Street, Parry Sound,
Ontario P2A 2Z1
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Ayr, Ontario
The Grand River Baroque
Festival’s fourth exciting season in
the rustic Buehlow Barn begins
Friday with a spectacular selection
of J.S. Bach’s greatest works and
culminates Sunday with the St.
Matthew Passion conducted by
Victor Martens. Saturday’s period
instrument concerts focus on the
Realm of Nature, with Vivaldi’s
Four Seasons, Boismortier’s Fall
and Spring and works by Rameau,
Tartini, Zavateri and Biber. Friday
and Saturday evening’s Moonlight
Concerts feature solo harpsichordist
David Louie presenting Bach’s
Well-Tempered Clavier, preceded
on Saturday by the “WellTempered Trifles” reception. This
year’s petting zoo features the
bassoon. The annual Festival Feast
and Baroque Coffee House add a
special culinary touch to the
weekend. Artists include Julie
Baumgartel, Pascal Charbonneau,
Farran James, Daniel Lichti, James
Mason, Linda Melsted, Jennifer
Enns Modolo, Sharla Nafziger,
Laura Pudwell, Gary Relyea,
Joseph Schnurr, Dominic Teresi,
Julia Wedman, and the GRBF
Ensemble and Chorus. The annual
Readathon (amateur musician
workshops) is June 18, 9am-4:30pm,
with James McKay “Getting a Handle
on Handel” and Alison Melville’s
recorder workshop.
Buehlow Barn, Twp Rd 12, Ayr, ON
Box Office: Centre in the Square,
101 Queen St. N, Kitchener, ON
N2H 6P7
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James Campbell
Artistic Director
Charles W. Stockey Centre
for the Performing Arts
Parry Sound, Ontario
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Parry Sound’s world renowned summer
Festival offers classical music and jazz in a
spectacular new concert hall right on the
Parry Sound waterfront!
String Quartet
Gala Opening Concert, Les Violons du Roy ~ july 15
Winston Choi, Stockey Young Artist ~ july 17
Gryphon Trio performs the complete cycle of
Mozart Piano Trios ~ july 27 ~ 29
collaborations ~ unique meetings of musical minds
Winston Choi
Quartetto Gelato with the Arthur LeBlanc
String Quartet ~ july 19
Jane Bunnett and Spirits of Havana &
Penderecki String Quartet ~ july 31
Dancetheatre David Earle with
Penderecki String Quartet ~ august 5
sunset on the bay ~ musical cruises
West Side Stories: Bernstein, Joplin and Gershwin ~ july 17
Music of the Swing Era ~ august 1
Elmer Iseler Singers ~ august 7
For a brochure, call
705-746-2410 FAX: 705-746-5639
BOX OFFICE: 42 James Street, Parry Sound
E-MAIL: [email protected]
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Huntsville, Ontario
For the past twelve years, the
Huntsville Festival of the Arts has
hosted top-notch local, national,
and international artists. From its
early beginnings as a classicallybased music festival at Deerhurst
Resort, the festival has grown and
diversified to present artistic
offerings in jazz, pop, choral, celtic,
country, orchestral, and classical
music as well as theatre, written
word, poetry, and the visual arts.
The 2005 season includes Quebec’s
renowned Les Violons Du Roy,
Sinatra-style crooner Matt Dusk,
Michael Burgess, the smooth jazz
sounds of Carol Welsman and
Denzal Sinclair, the Canadian
Tribute to Glenn Miller, and the
sultry vocals of Amy Sky and Marc
Jordan. For the thirteenth straight
season Maestro Kerry Stratton will
conduct the fully-professional
Festival Orchestra over two
evenings, the first featuring Spanish
music, including the Rodrigo
Concerto played by celebrated
The attractions at Huntsville
include Jazz artist Carol Welsman
guitarist Daniel Bolshoy and
Carmen arias sung by Julie
Nesrallah. The second concert, ‘The
Last Night at the Proms’ features
the Warsaw Concerto. Also look for
comedy duo Bowser & Blue, South
American flute group Sisa Pacari,
and an evening with retired General
Romeo Dallaire.
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ages can rent and learn the
instrument of their choice,
experienced students can develop
their skills, and advanced students
can challenge themselves in jazz,
chamber music or vocal classes.
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Cambridge, Ontario
Join us in celebrating traditional
forms of folk music and dance from
various world cultures. Set in the
historic and downtown core, this
festival is inspired by similar events
in the UK and Europe. There are
four stages, including a dance stage,
a children’s stage, arts and crafts,
and two concert stages. One concert stage is located in the historic
civic square adjacent to one of Canada’s oldest farmer’s markets. The
other is set in an outdoor amphitheatre built on the ruins of a stone
mill overlooking the Grand River.
This year’s festival includes both
local and international performers.
Performers this year include the
Anna Massie Band, Crucible, Hair
of the Dog, Nancy Kerr and James
Fagan, Roger Scannura and Ritmo
Flamenco and many more, including various dance groups.
All this is within easy walking distance in this attractive historic setting. For festival information, see the
contact information below. For information regarding directions, accommodations, etc., phone 1-800749-7560
[email protected]
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Kincardine, Ontario
One of the largest music festivals
in Ontario, the Kincardine Summer
Music Festival, July 31 to August
13, 2005, has been a prime
destination for musicians of all ages
and proficiency from all over North
America since 1992.
Highlights at the festival include
Renee Rosnes, Jazz Artist in
Residence and four-time Juno
award winner, performing during
the Jazz Concert series August 1–
5, and the Gryphon Trio joining
Artists in Residence ArthurLeBlanc Quartet, and Peter Allen,
piano; in the Chamber Music and
Orchestral Concert series August 8–
The Jazz Program is led by
artistic director Alex Dean, and
faculty this year includes artists
Mike Malone, Dave McMurdo,
Brian Dickinson, Pat Collins, Barry
Elmes, Lorne Lofsky, and Lisa
KSMF offers daytime classes and
evening concerts to aspiring
Participants choose from 18
instrumental and vocal classes,
including new class “Scottish
Fiddle Orchestra”. Beginners of all
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i Verdi’s Requiem
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i Mozart’s Letters
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Montreal, Quebec
Montreal Baroque is an initiative
of Susie Napper, Montreal cellist
and gambist who was nominated
“Personality of the Year 2002” by
the Conseil Québecoise de la
Musique. Old Montreal’s Early
Music Festival, Montreal Baroque
offers a unique opportunity to hear
music of the 17th and 18th
centuries, performed by Canadian
and international celebrities, in
appropriate and unusual settings.
Snaking through the narrow streets
of the Old City to the sound of a
hundred flutes at the festival’s
Grand Parade, relaxing at a garden
concert, catching a choral concert
in a chapel or simply enjoying a
street performance, this original
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festival gives a new cultural identity
to Old Montreal, attracting
international tourists and local
music lovers as well as novices to
early music.
Thirty events at the festival
include fireworks, parades, dances,
exhibition, a baroque fair, open air
concerts, garden concerts, main
concerts, intimate concerts,
banquet, Festival cafe, and Galaxie
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Simon Blanchet: 1-800-845-7171
Sharon Temple
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Sharon, Ontario
The summer concerts at Music at
Sharon, presented at the Sharon
Temple of Peace, National Historic
Site, offer musicians and audiences
an experience that is truly unique.
Performers and visitors from around
the world praise the combination of
the historic temple’s extraordinary
architecture and sublime acoustics.
This season we feature a diverse
program that ranges from classical
to folk to jazz. Stephen Fearing, an
exceptional guitarist whose rich
voice and spellbinding lyrics have
earned him four Juno nominations,
will perform a benefit concert at the
Temple. Music Alive will showcase
some of its most promising
participants, and the Canadian
Singers will present a medley of
contemporary Canadian songs.
New this season are our Acoustic
Afternoons, offered to artists
interested in presenting a casual
performance in the Temple. These
informal afternoon concerts will
feature some of the Greater Toronto
Area’s young, upcoming talent.
Come early and enjoy a picnic lunch
under the Temple maples and tour
our historic buildings. As we like to
say, the Sharon Temple is “music
and history in perfect harmony”.
18974 Leslie Street
Sharon, Ontario L0G 1V0
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Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
Canadian authors Robert Munsch
and Bill Richardson. Other
highlights at Stratford Summer
Ottawa, Ontario
The 12th Ottawa International Music this season are Montreal’s
Chamber Music Festival, from July Renaissance ensemble Masques,
23 to August 6, the world’s largest presenting the music of Shakeschamber music festival, presented peare, and After-Theatre Cabarets
by the Ottawa Chamber Music in The Church Restaurant featuring
Society, promises to be outstanding, stars of the Festival Theatre.
with 120 concerts featuring cutting- Monday August 1 is a special
Tattoo tribute to veterans.
edge, innovative programming.
Sunday night, August 14,
One of the greatest music ensembles
of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Stratford Summer Music wraps up
Borodin Quartet from Russia, will with From Motown to Heaven, a
perform the complete string quartets great choral celebration with the
Brazeal Dennard Chorale and
of Shostakovich in five concerts.
Other highlights include the world- guests Measha Brueggergosman
renowned Emerson String Quartet; and Doug Riley.
the legendary Canadian Brass; Peter [email protected]
Wispelwey, one of the world’s
leading cellists, with pianist Dejan
Lazic; Britain’s Nash Ensemble; the
Gryphon and Vienna Piano Trios; S WEETWATER M USIC W EEKEND
Daniel Taylor with the Theatre of Meaford
Early Music; and P.D.Q. Bach.
& Owen Sound, Ontario
Canadian superstars pianist Louis The annual SweetWater Music
Lortie and the St. Lawrence String Weekend is happening this year on
Quartet will combine forces in their September 23, 24 and 25, 2005. As
first-ever collaboration.
in 2004, organizers will be
Adult Festival passes are $80 each presenting three chamber music
and student passes are $50. Special concerts, two of which will occur
advance prices of $70 for adults and again at the acoustically-precise
$40 for students will be available historic Leith Church (in the
until Thursday, June 30. Pass-Plus picturesque Municipality of
tickets are an additional $20 per Meaford) and the third in a new
location, St. George’s Anglican
Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Box Church (in the scenic city of Owen
20583, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1A3 Sound). The tradition of the highest
[email protected] quality of performers will
613-234-8008 continue—this year ’s roster includes Scott St. John, violin, viola;
Mark Fewer, violin; Douglas
McNabney, viola; Virginia Barron,
viola; Matt Haimovitz, cello;
Stratford, Ontario
Rosanne Wieringa, flute; and Peter
Stratford Summer Music is a Longworth, piano –with some
comprehensive festival of fifty-six performances on instruments
concerts spread over three weeks created by Canadian luthiers. The
from July 27 to August 14, 2005. program reads like a Who’s Who of
The festival features Canadian musical history: Brahms, Britten,
Brass, soprano Measha Bruegger- Bach, Bach/Busoni, Dohnanyi,
gosman, and Vatican organist Dvorak, Glick, Haydn, Ligeti,
James Goettsche, who played for Mozart and Schulhoff. Luna Pearl
the recent ceremonies in Rome. Woolf of Montreal has been
Quarteto Gelato is also playing with commissioned to compose a new
Featured Artists
Thom Allison | Brazael Dennard Chorale
Measha Brueggergosman with Cameron Stowe
Canadian Brass | Anne-Julie Caron & Joelle Saint-Pierre
Dan Chameroy | Andrew Craig
Alexandre Da Costa with Matt Herskowitz
Bruce Dow | Jonathan Goad | James Goettsche
Kokopelli Choir | Masques | Robert Munsch
nancy ray-guns | Quartetto Gelato
Bill Richardson | Doug Riley
Campbell Trowsdale (Harry Somers Lecture)
Laura Vinson & Free Spirit
Tattoo bands including Tivoli Boys Guard Band, Copenhagen
48th Highlanders and Dancers | Royal Regiment of Canada
Canada's National Band of the Naval Reserve
july 27 to
august 14
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work for the event. Another feature
of this remarkable weekend will be
the free workshops and master
classes hosted by the performers.
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Toronto, Ontario
The TD Canada Trust Toronto
Downtown Jazz Festival takes
place June 24 to July 3, 2005 in the
heart of downtown Toronto. From
Nathan Phillips Square it spreads
out to over 30 clubs and restaurants
across Toronto. From cool jazz to
future jazz, see Diana Krall, Arturo
Sandoval, Sonny Rollins, Joshua
Redman, Toronto’s Real Divas, Dr.
John and so much more.
Come spend the day on the square
where jazz is in the air. Free daytime
concerts to delight all music lovers,
open air patios, an artisan’s village,
intimate artist workshops, Canada
Day festivities and more.
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416-928-2033 (information)
416-870-8000 (tickets)
Toronto, Ontario
The Toronto Summer Chamber
Music Festival will take place July
5–8, 2005 at the Glenn Gould
Studio, 250 Front Street West in
Toronto. Under the artistic direction
of celebrated violinist Michael
Guttman and managing director
Marilyn Gilbert of Marilyn Gilbert
Artist Management, this thrilling
new festival will include four themed
concerts including “Precocious
Geniuses Who Died Young” on July
5, “An Evening of Brahms, Masterpieces of the String Repertoire” on
July 6, “Composers Inspired by
Folk Music” on July 7 and “The
Sounds and Colours of French
Music” will close the festival on July
8. The Toronto Summer Chamber
Music Festival will feature some of
Canada’s finest soloists and chamber
musicians including pianist Richard
Raymond, violist Rivka Golani,
bassist Joel Quarrington, harpist
Judy Loman, flutist Susan
Hoeppner, clarinettist James
Campbell, and cellist Yegor
Dyachkov. Also appearing at the
festival are the Arriaga Quartet, the
leading string quartet in Belgium, and
Cajun music from Toronto’s own
Swamperella. Tickets are $30 and a
series subscription is $110.
33 Isabella St., Suite 112, Toronto,
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Lastman Square (Yonge &
Sheppard) on July 8, 9 and 10,
2005. This family affair is in its
second year and continues to build
on last year’s buzz with an
unforgettable line-up. The festival
opens with a Gala night on Friday
July 8 at 8 pm, when Sue Vinnick,
Liberty Silver and North York’s
own Carol Welsman take over the
stage at the George Weston Recital
Hall. Tickets are $39.95–$44.95
(Ticketmaster: 416-870-8000). The
Gala sets the stage for the rest of
the weekend. On Saturday and
Sunday, enjoy free entertainment at
Mel Lastman Square, where artists
tantalizing both 416’ers and 905’ers
Uptown with the smooth sounds
of jazz include Alex Walker, Rick
Lazar’s Montuno Police, and
newcomer Jillian Cameron. Also
listen for the infectious beats of the
Demo Cates Band, Kalabash and
Eddie Bullen and Friends.
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Toronto, Ontario
This summer downtown comes
uptown with hot moves and smooth
grooves for a Toronto jazz festival
that’s like no other. The Uptown
Jazz Festival changes the concept
of the city’s core by bringing its
distinct sound and style to Mel
The Barn at Westben
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Campbellford, Ontario
Imagine…an “out-of-city” experience! Welcome to world class music
in wide open countryside. The
Westben Arts Festival Theatre just
outside of Campbellford, Ontario is
home to Concerts at The Barn,
where the best of music and nature
spring to life in your company.
Season 2005 highlights include
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and
the world premiere of artistic
director Brian Finley’s new musical
Rapunzel featuring Donna Bennett
and Michael Burgess. Other artists
include Gerald Finley, Mark
DuBois, the Gryphon Trio, the
Montreal Guitar Trio, and Rob
Nestled amongst the peaceful hills
of Northumberland County, ninety
minutes east of Toronto, Westben’s
primary performance venue is a
custom-built, timber-frame barn.
The Barn seats 400 and combines
state-of-the-art acoustics with a
rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere.
On sunny days from June
to September, massive walls
and doors roll away
allowing music to waft over
the surrounding meadow. Our
picnic grounds are open 90
minutes prior to each
performance, so pack a lunch
or better still pre-order a
Westben picnic basket.
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Some Jazz With Your Festival?
by Eli Eisenberg
FOR THOSE WHO JUST can’t get enough jazz during the summerFor more information, log on to,
time, there are ample opportunities to attend festivals across Ontario phone 1-800-663-ARTS, or e-mail [email protected]
from early June right up to the Labour Day weekend.
Two more festivals that take place in mid-July are The Great CaBut if you prefer your jazz in moderation, or if you like to mix it in nadian Town Band Festival in Orono, Ontario, and the Elora Music
with other musical styles, notably classical music, there are many
Festival in Elora, Ontario.
chances during the warm months to enjoy a cross-section of Canadian
As the name implies, The Town Band Festival specializes in band
jazz artists throughout Ontario and Western Quebec.
music with a jazz appearance by a band called The Dixieland Jazz
The first such festival, Brass In The Grass, begins its jazz proCats on Saturday, July 9. Information is accessible on the internet at
gramming on Saturday, June 11 at 2pm with a show by Canadian, by calling the toll-free number 1-800trumpet icon and all-round gentleman Guido Basso. Basso will be fol- 294-1032, or emailing [email protected]
lowed at 6pm by jazz-rock outfit Primal Therapy. And on Sunday,
The Elora Festival has a generous supply of classical, choral, and
June 12, Cuban born pianist Hilario Duran showcases his unique
baroque performers along with five shows by Starlight Jazz and Blues
blend of salsa-tinged jazz at 2pm. Additional information is available on July 15, 16, 22, and 23. For more information, go to their website
on-line at, by phone at 416-201-7093, or by at, telephone 1-519-846-0331, or e-mail
e-mail at [email protected]
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Three weeks later, on Sunday, July 3, Canadian piano legend Oliver Domaine Forget is a Quebec music festival that ‘has re-united
Jones comes out of retirement to perform at Hamilton’s Art Deco
world-renowned musicians… and has earned an enviable reputation
Railway Station as part of the renowned Brott Music Festival. Go
…’ From mid-July to early August, various Quebec jazz artists will
to, and you will find that Brott is entering its
be performing, including Trio Daniel Marcoux, David Jacques, Car18th season as Canada’s largest orchestral music festival.
men Genest and Sylvain Neault. Domaine Forget’s website is
Nearly three weeks after Oliver Jones, on Friday, August 12, young and their toll-free number is 1-888-336vocal sensation Dione Taylor will no doubt delight fans at Hamilton’s 7438.
Carnegie Gallery.
Also in Quebec, at Festival de Lanaudière, legendary Montreal
Further information is offered toll free at 1-888-475-9377, or by e- bassist Michel Donato will be playing with Fortin Leveille, a ‘gypsy
mailing [email protected]
jazz’ quintet on Sunday, July 17 at 2pm. This festival takes place in
A three-hour drive north of Toronto will take you to the HuntsJoliette, Quebec, approximately 90 minutes north-east of Montreal.
ville Festival of the Arts, which features two of Canada’s most
Lanaudière’s website is, and their telephone
prominent jazz vocalists, Denzal Sinclaire on July 8, and Carol Wels- number is 1-800-561-4343.
man on July 16. Both shows take place at Huntsville’s Algonquin
Back in Ontario, a quintet led by Toronto saxophonist Paul PacTheatre.
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anowski will play at the Collingwood Music Festival on Friday,
July 15 at 2pm. Further information is available at, by calling 1-888-283-1712,
or emailing [email protected]
Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2004, and will begin its jazz programming with a concert by trombonist Alistair Kay on July 15. The mid-summer long
weekend hosts the Jazz Canada Weekend in Parry Sound, and jazz
concerts will take place from July 29-31. Performances will include Dave Young, Ranee Lee, Phil Nimmons, Peter Appleyard,
and Jane Bunnett. For more information, go to , call toll-free 1-866-364-0061, or
e-mail [email protected]
The event that could be the highlight of the summer is the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, which combines classical and
jazz concerts as well as a series of workshops and educational
events designed for students of all ages and levels. This vacation
destination on Lake Huron will feature jazz vocalist Lisa Martinelli on Monday, August 1, Malone, McMurdo, and Dean on August
2, guitar great Lorne Lofsky on August 3, pianist Renee Rosnes on
August 4, and a jazz student concert on August 5.
Kincardine’s toll-free number is 1-866-453-9716, their website
is, and the festival’s email address is [email protected]
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Presenters’ plans change; and we occasionally make mistakes!
Please always use the phone numbers provided to call ahead.
For Concerts in the Greater Toronto Area see pages 33-39.
For Concerts Beyond the GTA see pages 39,40.
For Music Theatre and Opera Listings see pages 40,41.
For Jazz Listings see pages 41,42.
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18 12:00 noon-11:00pm: Mainstage line-up:
Murray McLauchlan; The Three Headed Trio;
Finest Kind; Doula; Aditya Verma; General
Store; Lady Racers; Alfie Smith; Eve Goldberg;
Shawn Sage; Ken Brown, host. Free
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Howard Hanson Hall HH
Kilbourn Hall KH
26 7:30: Practical Harpist Recital. Kathleen
Bride, harp. Free. HH
27 7:30: Dave Kivello Jazz Ensemble. Free.
Many, if not all of these festivals have something to offer fans
27 7:30: Eastman Trumpet Rising Stars.
from a variety of musical backgrounds, including jazz. The towns
Free. CL
are rural, picturesque, and the music will no doubt be sweet and
27 7:30: Practical Harpist Recital. Jan
swinging. A definite consideration for summer leisure activities.
Jennings, harp. Free. HH
29 7:30: Practical Harpist Recital. Kerry
Liuna Station:
Renzoni, harp. Free. HH
360 James St. North, Hamilton LS
30 7:30: Gene Bertoncini, jazz guitar & guest
Dofasco Centre for the Arts:
Frank Vignola. Free. KH
190 King William St., Hamilton DC
01 7:30: New Music Concert. Free. KH
03 7:30: Hot Jazz with Oliver Jones. Jazz
01 7:30: Practical Harpist Final Student
standards. $30-$35. LS
Concert. Free. HH
06 7:30: Connect the Classics I: The Legacy
02 7:30: Brazil, Guitar, and Friends. Peter
of Beethoven. Brahms, Beethoven. $25-$30.
by Phil Ehrensaft
Kodzas, guitar. Free. KH
GREATER TORONTO’S Golden Horseshoe is spilling across the
Concerts continue in July & August. 02 4:00: Eastman Bass Day Concert. Free.
Rm 120
Canada-U.S. border and joining forces with a corridor that runs from
02 4:00: Eastman Drum Set Day Concert.
Buffalo through Syracuse along the southern shore of Lake Ontario. DOMAINE FORGET
Free. Rm 120
Music lovers in Canada’s economic capital are well advised to
05 7:30: Eastman Summer Sing: Mozart:
keep abreast of the rich opportunities that await us in the
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Coronation Mass. Free. KH
Horseshoe’s southern wing, particularly during the summer music
05 7:30: High School Jazz Students open
Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall,
masterclass/performance with Ralph Lalama.
festival season. On the western tip of the corridor, there’s the
Saint-Iréneé, Charlevoix, Québec
Free. Rm 120
venerable Chautauqua Institute, an hour’s drive from Buffalo. The
06 7:30: Bob Sneider, jazz guitar. Free. KH
landmark Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y., located in
18 8:00: Domaine Forget Horn Quartet,
07 3:00: High School Jazz Studies Student
Syracuse’s eastern hinterland, anchors the other tip.
Brass Quintet & Brass Ensemble. Auger,
Combo Concert. Free. KH
To put the driving time into perspective, the distance from
Sibelius, Strauss, Tippett, Turina. $20.
07 7:30: Paul Hofmann, faculty recital. Free.
25 8:30: Les Violons du Roy. Bach, Locatelli, KH
WholeNote’s offices at Bathurst and Bloor to Montreal’s Place des
Monteverdi, Purcell. Maurice Bourgue, oboe
Concerts continue in July & August.
Arts is actually a bit longer than the distance to the farthest point
d’amore; Shannon Mercer, soprano; Jeanof the Horseshoe, Cooperstown (542 km vs. 517 km).
Marie Zeitouni, conductor. $34.
Log in another 130 km beyond the Golden Horseshoe South and
29 8:30: Toronto Consort; Les Voix
519-578-1570, 1-800-265-8977
you’re in Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s resplendent
Humaines; Théâtre Lavallière et Jabot. Vecchi:
summer home. Make that 160 km and you’ve arrived at the Bard
Un Bal Masqué. $27.
Buehlow Barn, Twp Rd. 12, Ayr ON
Music Festival, a highlight of New York’s musical season. Its
concerts and seminars focus on the works and larger cultural context
24 7:30: Incomparable Bach. Suite #3 in D;
of a specific composer. Last year featured Shostakovich. This year
Cantatas 12 & 21. $25,$15.
Franck, Lachner, Strauss. $29.
24 11:00pm: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
it’s Aaron Copland.
02 8:30: Jean-Philippe Collard, piano. Chopin
Book 2/Part 1. $15,$10.
The closest gem is the 25th anniversary of the University at
& Moussorgski. $30.
25 2:30: Nature: Idyll and Tempest. Vivaldi,
Buffalo’s eminent new music festival (June 6-11). Morton Feldman 06 8:30: Roland Dyens, guitar; Quartet
Tartini, Biber, Zavateri, Rameau. $20,$12.
Arthur-LeBlanc. Sor, Chopin; Barrios, Gillespie,
created this concert/workshop festival during his 15-year stint at
25 5:00: Festival Feast (3-course dinner.)
Porter, Garner, Kern, Dyens. $28.
the university. Now called June in Buffalo, the 2005 edition
features a most impressive roster of composers: Simon Bainbridge,
25 7:30: Nature: The Changing Seasons.
Trio “Tulipe 2005”. Jazz group from Holland.
Vivaldi & Boismortier. $20,$12.
David Felder, Brian Ferneyhough, Alvin Lucier, Philippe Manoury,
Casino Charlevoix. Free.
25 11:00pm: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
Concerts continue in July & August.
Book 2/Part 2. $15,$10.
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Exploring the other horseshoe
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23 8:30: Harry Connick, Jr. & National Arts
Centre Orchestra CP
and Christopher Rouse. The university also hosts an international
23 10:30pm: Jonas Kullhammar Quartet
flute festival and training institute, Pantasmagoria (July 7-15).
24 6:30: Mark Ferguson & Hugh O’Connor
Chautauqua was, and is, an important force in creating an American
passion for continuing education and the democratization of high
24 8:30: Hugh Fraser’s Vancouver Ensemble
culture. Founded in 1874, the Institute provided a bucolic setting
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of Jazz Improvisation CP
where vacation time was devoted to a heady mixture of literature,
24 10:30pm: Andrew Scott Sextet NAC
Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main St., Huntsville
music, art, religion and physical exercise. On an average summer day,
25 4:00: Ed Thigpen Scantet LA
7,500 people attend an event or a class. The musical component
25 6:30: Lorraine Desmarais: le Big Band CP
02 8:00: The Glengarry Bhoys. Celtic music.
25 8:30: David Murray & The Gwo-Ka
includes a resident symphony orchestra, opera, and chamber music. I
Masters Creole Project CP
especially recommend Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera,
03 2:00: Canadian Tribute to Glenn Miller.
25 10:30pm: Ensemble en pièces NAC
The Crucible, based on the Arthur Miller play (July 22 and 25).
26 4:00: Moutin Reunion Quartet LA
Rochester hosts the Eastman School, the serious contender to
06 8:00: Bowser & Blue. Comedy & music.
26 6:30: Blues Gitan CP
Julliard as America’s premier conservatory. That crown jewel is the
26 8:30: Sonny Rollins CP
07 8:00: Sisa Pacari. South American Andes 27 4:00: Bud Shank & Bill Mays LA
nucleus of a musical life which could not be imagined in any other city
flute music. $22.
27 6:30: Michel Côté Lapon Baleze CP
of equivalent size, or even larger. Watch their web site, listed below,
Concerts continue in July. 27 8:30: Benny Golson Quartet CP
for summer concert listings.
27 10:30pm: Robert Marcel Lepage’s Tribute
Jazz, however, is the big news in Rochester’s summer season. First
to Pee Wee Russell NAC
a benefit, Swing ‘n Jazz, for The Composer Project, a
28 4:00: Dave Young Mainly Mingus LA
wonderful foundation that brings professional musician/composers
into high schools and colleges (June 3-5). That’s followed by
28 8:30: Trio! Stanley Clarke, Béla Fleck,
Jean-Luc Ponty CP
Rochester’s new jazz festival, founded by Canadian jazz saxophonist
June 30-July 10
28 10:30pm: Trio Derome-GuilbeaultJohn Nugent. It has achieved heavy-hitter status in just four years,
150 indoor concerts, 350 free outdoor
Tanguay NAC
concerts at various venues in Montréal
featuring the likes of Sonny Rollins, Bill Frisell, Chick Corea and John
2000 jazz musicians including Pat Metheny,
Scofield (June 10-18).
29 5:00: Bernard Primeau Montréal Jazz
Mark Knopfler, Madeleine Peyroux, Charlie
My personal favourite in the Golden Horseshoe South corridor is
Haden, Paul Anka, John Mayall & Omara
the king of summer opera in the U.S. The
29 8:30: Diana Krall CP
Cooperstown High School auditorium was the humble site of the first
29 10:30pm: Octurn NAC
Glimmerglass productions in 1975. Since 1987, home base is an
30 4:00: Jon Ballantyne 4tet LA
acoustic and visual jewel, the Alice Busch Theater, featuring sliding
30 6:30: Flight of Whimsy CP
side walls that permit the hall to open up to the great outdoors.
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The rise of Glimmerglass from a community event to national
30 9:00: Terence Blanchard CP
is inextricably linked to the unusual career path of its
17 8:00: Stephen Fearing, guitar. $20.
brilliant artistic director, Paul Kellogg. Originally a French teacher in
19 2:00: Acoustic Afternoons: In The Mood. July:
Manhattan, Kellogg resigned in 1975 to write and manage his farm in
Vivace sings jazz gems & big band favourites. 01 4:00: Lynne Arriale Trio LA
01 10:30pm: Quartettones NAC
Cooperstown. Glimmerglass asked him to become its general manager
02 2:00: Bonobo CP
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in 1978, and the rest is history. Kellogg’s innovations at Glimmerglass
musicians from across York Region. $15,$10.
led to an appointment as both general and artistic director of a
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floundering New York City Opera in 1996. The City Opera is very
August and September. 02 4:00: Herbaliser CP
02 6:30: Galaxie Winners CP
much revived and enjoys close links with Glimmerglass, where
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Kellogg continues to work his wonders.
02 10:30pm: Sophie Milman & Group NAC
The aesthetic emphasis at Glimmerglass is a delightful reversal of
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usual priorities in opera house programming: 1) modern; 2) lesser
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known; and 3) familiar operas. The modern works this year are
03 7:00: David Sanchez CP
Britten’s Death in Venice and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. The lesser
03 9:00: Joshua Redman CP
03 10:30pm: Steve Haines Quintet NAC
known are Lucie de Lammermoor, the revised Paris version of
23 8:00: Kuerti, Colours and Contrasts.
Donizetti’s Lucia, and Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon. The familiar
Beethoven: Sonata Op.27 #1; Schubert:
is Cosi Fan Tutti. Lead roles are typically allocated to excellent vocal
Sonata D.958; Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies Op.79;
talents on their way up, but not yet marquee names.
Klavierstücke Op.119; Mendelssohn: Andante DOWNTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
and Rondo Capriccioso Op.14. Anton Kuerti,
Glimmerglass is also a mentoring experience for over 200 young
piano. $30.
professionals in every dimension of activity that makes opera tick.
Mainstage events: Toronto Star Stage, Nathan
30 8:00: Mozart and Lortie in Concert.
The atmosphere is permeated by the wonderful optimism of young
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Mozart: Serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik;
talent about to tackle the world.
Piano Concerto #16 in D; Piano Concerto #17 Hummingbird Centre: 1 Front St. East HUM
Massey Hall: 15 Shuter MH
in G; Wolf: Italian Serenade. Louis Lortie,
Golden Horseshoe South web sites:
conductor/piano. 7:00: Pre-concert lecture by Phoenix Concert Theatre: 410 Sherbourne St.
Carol Bergeron. $30.
June in Buffalo
Pantasmagoria (Buffalo)
22 8:00: RJD2. $20,$16.50. PH
23 9:00: Antibalas. $15(advance), $18(door.)
24 7:30: Matt Dusk/Jacksoul. SOLD OUT.
Library and Archives Canada: 395 Wellington 24 8:00: Sonny Rollins.$49.50-$89.50. MH
St. LA
25 8:00: Keren Ann/Arturo Sandoval. $30.
Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown)
National Arts Centre Studio: 53 Elgin St.
Tanglewood (Lennox, MA)
25 11:59pm: Jimmy Bowskill Band. $10.
Bard Music Festival (Annandale-on-Hudson)
Confederation Park: Elgin St. at Laurier Ave.
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26 10:30am: Baroque Coffee House. Blow,
Locke, Purcell, Handel. $30.
26 2:00: Bach: St. Matthew Passion.
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Guy Few: Have trumpet, will travel
interview by Masha Buell
Where are you now? And what
does your summer look like?
Home, practising – preparing for
the first two festivals. This involves about 8 or 9 hours a day,
trumpet and piano… then May 27June 13: Halifax. Nova Scotia
Summer Music Festival (“Scotiafest”) piano and trumpet; June 1620: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Provincial Music Festival - Brass
Judge; June 24-July 12: Eugene,
Oregon Bach Festival – 10th year as principal trumpet with Helmut Rilling; July 13: Toronto - recording with Nadina Mackie Jackson and Caliban; July 23: ORMTA Provincial Young Artist Competition - Judge;
through to August 6: Ottawa Chamber Festival
Home is…?
Lovely Elora; conservation area, artistic community, and a tourist town.
Today I’m practising Bach on piccolo trumpet, “entertaining” the patrons
on the Desert Rose Café patio. But every summer festival becomes home.
I stay in a house or university with other performers, perform as well as
socialize, spend positive time together, go to the same gym, for example.
Festivals have “families” – we drop right back into friendships from the
year before – like summer camp. At ’Scotiafest I often share a house
with Mark Fewer and Alain Trudel. I see Alain all the time (Kiosk, Bellows and Brass) but not Mark, who’s the concert master for the Vancover
Symphony. So we spend time together, chat, drive to the grocery store at
At Ottawa Chamber Festival: I’ll be playing trumpet and piano, also
piano 4 hands with collaborative pianist Stephanie Mara. Any night after
a concert wherever the performers are going, I’ll see Julian Armour cellist and the artistic director.
Festivals have special events that connect students, soloists, and other
musicians – like the lobster party at ’Scotiafest or the Patrons Dinner at
the Bach Festival. An event might be called a “reception”, including audience, but usually transcends this. Unsung festival heroes keep everybody
happy and organized: people like amazing Chris Wilcox, co-director with
Mark Fewer at ’Scotiafest, and all the volunteers. These are maybe the
people I most look forward to seeing again. They are the spirit and the
energy. Each festival’s different personality reflects the core group. These
people are my good friends.
Compare summer to the rest of the year?
I decided not to be so crazy this summer. It’s the first time I’ve ever not
done Festival of the Sound. Last summer I played 35 concerts, this year
25. The regular season is more a combination. I teach trumpet, piano, and
conducting at Wilfred Laurier, trumpet at Western. I play about 40 concerts September to May, around university schedules, travel and rehearsals. Other people are busier!
How is it, travelling with a trumpet ?
Staying in a house with other performers you have to be aware of their
needs and schedules - make sure you don’t practice really late or early!
I usually travel with at least two trumpets. For Halifax I’ll need two
trumpets. Oregon - I’ll have three trumpets and a corno. Traveling with
more than two I have a big rolling case that goes in cargo. The corno da
caccia - like a modern hunting horn - is always my carry on. It’s very
very fragile - built for me, and has to be handled like a baby.
So what’s your idea of a holiday?
I may go back to Saskatchewan in August: I can’t really visit with family
when I’m working there. My parents are coming to celebrate their 50th
anniversary and enjoy some of the Bach Festival. You know, I work in
such great places with wonderful musicians and conductors that going
somewhere doesn’t feel like a holiday. For “time off” I really do like to
come home. It’s more restful. I have friends to dinner, go to the gym,
watch the flowers grow.
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Gillespie All-Star Tribute Band. $40. TSS
27 8:00: Diana Krall. $69.50-$125.50.
27 8:00: Folk Alarm Trio/Medeski, Martin &
Wood. $30. TSS
28 8:00: Diana Krall. $69.50-$125.50.
28 8:00: Roberta Gambarini/Roy Hargrove’s
RH Factor. $35. TSS
29 8:00: Robi Botos Trio/Stanley Clarke/Bela
Fleck/Jean-Luc Ponty. $40. TSS
30 8:00: Kenny Garret Quartet/Joshua
Redman’s Elastic Band. $35. TSS
01 8:00: Real Divas. $25. TSS
02 8:00: Madeleine Peyroux/Lhasa. $30.
02 11:59pm: Rita Chiarelli. $10. TSS
03 8:00: Carlos del Junco/Dr. John. $30.
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The Barn, 3 km northwest of Campbellford
ON on County Rd. 30
10,14,17: 7:00, June 11,12,16,18,19:
2:00: Finley: Rapunzel. Donna Bennett,
Michael Burgess, Gabrielle Prata, Robert
Longo, Anthony Paton & others. $20-$40.
30 7:00: Young Musicians on the Horizon.
Members of the Campbellford District High
School Band & friends.$10.
02 2:00: 2 Fifths of Bach & Beethoven. Bach:
Brandenburg Concerto #5; Beethoven:
Symphony #5 & other music. Westben
Festival Orchestra, soloists & chorus. $30Michael Guttman, artistic director
03 11:00am: Für Elise: Beethoven Lives at
Westben. Favourite piano music of Beethoven.
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West
Brian Finley, piano. $12-$25, family rates.
05 8:00: Precocious geniuses who died young. 03 2:00: 2 Fifths of Bach & Beethoven. See
July 2.
Music by Arriaga, Lekeu & Mendelssohn.
05 7:00: Strings of the Night. Haydn: String
Richard Raymond, piano; Joel Quarrington,
Quartet Op.54 #2; Shostakovitch: String
double bass; Michael Guttman, violin. $30.
Quartet #13; Beethoven: String Quartet
06 8:00: Brahms. Sextet #2 for strings;
Op.131. Penderecki Quartet. $15-$30.
Quintet #2 for strings. Rivka Golani, viola;
Westben Arts Festival Theatre events
Yegor Dyachkov, cello. $30.
continue in July.
July 31 to August 13
RENEE ROSNES, Jazz Artist in
Residence, pianist and composer;
ALEX DEAN, Jazz Artistic Director,
sax; MIKE MALONE, trumpet/
composition, DAVE MCMURDO,
trombone/composition; PAT
drums; Lorne Lofsky, guitar;
Chamber Music Artists in
Residence; PETER ALLEN, piano;
GRYPHON TRIO, Guest Artists
Jazz & Blues • Chamber Music
Intermediate Adult Chamber Music
Strings & Bands: beginner- advanced
Senior Choir, Junior Choir
Guitar • Children's Music
NEW! Scottish Fiddle Orchestra
07 8:00: Folk Music. Music by Dvorak,
Piazzola & Bloch. Richard Raymond, piano.
Concerts continue July 8.
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