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Volume 10 Issue 4 - December 2004

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for music students to improvise with a Chim:se pipa soloist, pertormances by the Dunhuang Ensemble of traditional Chinese instruments, a ltl\:ture by Alice Ho and Law Wingfai on "East meers West", and a final concert of works by Canadian composers Alice Ho and Chan Ka Nin alongside several works by Law Wing-fai. The concen portion of the lt:stival then travels to Toronto January L4th at the Music Gallery and then Montreal. For details, visit www. mus1cgallery .org. (It should also be noted that the Pcnderecki arc soon off to Turin, luily to pt:rlorm two concerts that include works by Canadian composers Peter Hatch, Alice Ho and John Oswald. Before they head overseas, they will test some of their Italian repertoire on Canadian audiences, namely Giacinto Scelsi's Quarte1 No. 4. This performance takes place on January 8th at the Music Gallery, as pan of a Scelsi Centenary concert co-presented by Music Umbrella and the Music Gallery. The Pend- -,,, / ONTARIO REGION - -- Canadian composers and professional musicians showcase contemporary works in development · November ereckis appellr in place of the Madawaska Quartet, who were to perform Scelsi's Quartet No. 3. On January 22nd, Ensemble Noir will launch their 2004/2005 Sonic Revival concert series at the Winchester Theatre. The opening concert, titled "Contact". features the work of Alice Ho and African composer Kevin Volans. as well as pieces by Volans' teacher, European avant-garde pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen. This programme promises the sort of cross-cultural intersections that the Toronto new music scene could create as its hallmark. where Africa meets Europe meets Asia. For more details visit www .ensemblenoi r. org (Jason van Eyk is the CMC's Oniario Regional Director. He can be reached at 416-961-6601 x. 207 or jasonv@musiccemre.ca.) New Music Quick Picks, David Olds' shortcut to new music in WholeNote's concert listings, appears on page 68 a unique chance to see the creative process in action 2004 to March 2005 ifulr. details at www.musiccentre.ca 416.961.6601 * THC ONT .. IUO L" FONOATION TRILLIUM l,: TIULt..IUM FOUNOA'tlON 1 oa L'ONTAftlO ! News Roundup Coalition of New Music Presenters by Keith De1111i11g DECEMBER 1s A VERY busy time for musicians in Toronto. A number or years back I was ai a friend's pany in December, and he was gening alarmed because it was geuing late and very few people had arrived. All at once, a large number of well-dressed n1usicians arrived. They had all been involved in one or another of the legion performances of Handel's Messiah rhat happen in the holiday season! Now I love Handel's Messiah, but my ears. like yours, I hope, crave something a bit more challenging from time to time. So, in this edition of the roundup, may I humbly submit .... Earshot Concrts embarks on its exciting new project around the end of tfle month, which is a presentation and recording of Michael Hynes' improvised suite ''Believe Everything You Hear." After two performances in Quebec in late November, Hynes and the Earshot Ensemble. joined by members of New Brunswick's Mocion Ensemble and others ' will perform and record Hynes work for release in 2005. Toronto performances are at the Music Gallery, 197 John St.. on Friday, December 3 at 8:00, with a pre-concert talk ar 7: 15. A second concert takes place at the Montreal Bistro, 65 Sherbourne St., on Sunday, December 5 ac 7:00. Right in between thes.e shows is Arraymusic's concert "The Composer Improviser". Arraymusic, with special guest clarinetisc Lori Freedman, will perform new works by Freedman, Robert W. Stevenson, Stephen Clarke, Cam McKittrick and John Abram. This concert takes place at the Music Gallery on Saturday, December 4, at 8:00. On December 9th, the U of T Percussion Ensemble performs a concerc at the Music Gallery featuring works by Kagel. Rick Sacks, Payton MacDonald, Eric Richards, and American master Lou Harrison. Now, most new music groups do not presenc concens in the few weeks surrounding Christmas. The year-end parties, the last-minute shopping, eighteen performances of Handel's Messiah, the endless rivers of eggnog, the sleep-inducing turkey, it's all too much! But, refreshed and revitalized, and resolved to pur yourself more in the cultural forefront in 2005, you march forward into a new year ... January is a busy month for New Music Concerts. At the Glenn Gould Studio on Sunday January 9th, NMC presents Japanese sho virtuoso Mayumi Miyata premiering works by Toshio Hosokawa, Kazuhiko Suzuki and John Cage. (The sho, for those of you who don't kn.ow, is one of a number of traditional Japanese flutes.) Ms. Miyata will be joined on stage by Robert Aitken, accordionist Joseph Macerollo and the Accordes string quartet. Later in the month, NMC presents Tim Brady's chamber opera "Three Cities in the Life of Norman Bethune" featuring baritone Michael Donovan and the Bradyworks Ensemble. The concert is rounded out with Tim Brady performing solo works for electric guitar by himself, Wende Bartley, R. Murray Schafer and Rene Lussier. Two performances of this chamber opera will be held at the Music Gallecy on Saturday and Sunday, January 22 and 23. Both performances start at 8:00. On January 14th, NUMUS presents the NUMUS Chinese Festival t the Music Gallery, featuring works by Chinese and Chinese-Canadian composers including Alice Ho, Richard Tsang, Xiagang Ye and Erhai Liang. 'fhe program will be performed by the Pentaedre Wind Quintet, the Penderecki String Quartet and others. On January 18th. Soundstrearns Canada presents Gravity and Grace, with Amici Chamber Ensemble and others performing a program of works by Canadian composer Allan Gordon Bell and Estonian composer Erk.Id-Sven Tuur. The concert is at 8:00, and is preceded at 7:00 by the Young Anist Overture. The Young Artist Overture series is a terrific initiative from Soundstreams in which young musicians and composers have the opportunity to perform repertoire in a concert before the 'main event'. Gravity and Grace takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio. 28 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM DECEMOER 1 2004 -FE8RUARV 7 2005

A T I T • Q • 0 " • • T II I M A R T Y R THE COMPOSER NOW: ON TOUR SERIES sat 12/11 morris palter sun 12/12 bradyworks BOTH@ 8PM, /$10/ EACH In December, The Music Gallery presents two exciting back-to-back concerts as part of our ON TOUR series, designed to bnng Canadian new music to a national audience. Former Torontonian Morris Palter is known to some as the drummer for the rock group Treble Charger. Others might have heard him as a member of the percussion group Redf1sh Bluefish, or as an acclaimed contemporciry solo percussionist While this concert will be about contemporary percussion, it will also have a rock/ragtime bent. Included in this program are commissioned works Broken Drum by Matthew Burtner and a newly commissioned piece by Canadian composer Scott Wilson, plus ?Corporal by Vinko Globokar (a wo!Y. performed on one's own bO

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