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Volume 10 Issue 6 - March 2005

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BAND Stand by Merlin

BAND Stand by Merlin Williams presents A Festival of Brass Youth, community and the very best of professional music-making in joyous collaboration! Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13, 2005 A LA CARTE FESTIVAL MENU Rising Stars Friday, March 11, 8 p.m. Little Trinity Church, 425 King Street East (just east of Parliament) Tickets S15 Our Festival weekend begins with the Hannaford Street Youth · Band's Young Artist Competition. Listen as members of this vibrant ensemble directed by Larry Shields perform for the opportunity to be a soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band. This concert will also feature the Hannaford Street Junior Band and Oakville's own lntrada Brass, directed by Bram Gregson. Community Showcase Saturday, March 12, 12:1S - 5 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre, Tickets S10 Enjoy the sounds of the Metropolitan Silver Band, the Weston Silver Band, The Whitby Brass Band, and the Buffalo Silver Band as they perform concerts throughout the day. Collaborations Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre, Tickets S20 Under the assured baton of Curtis Metcalf, the Hannaford Street Honour Band will make its public debut. This ensemble will be made up musicians participating in this year's Festival from all participating ensembles. We are also pleased to welcome to the podium Elgar Howarth, one of the brass band movement's most celebrated personalities. Also featured will be the highly acclaimed Maple Leaf Brass Band of Ottawa Awakenings Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre, Tickets S30, S25, S20 The HSSB's event with the celebrated Guest Conductor, Elgar Howarth. Join us for our open rehearsal Sunday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Jane Mallet Theatre. Call the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 or book on-line at The City of Brampton Concert Band has an event coming up in May that is bound to sell out. so I thought I'd give as much advance notice as possible tO BandS.tand readers. World renowned trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti is performing in concert with the BCB on Saturday May 14th, 2005 at 8pm. The concert location is St. Paul's United Church, 30 Main Street S. in Brampton. Tickets are , and $10. Call 905-874-2800 for tickets. The band frequently packs the church for its regular concerts and trnmpet players of all stripes will be snapping up tickets, so buy yours early! The Etobicoke Community Concert Band continues to put on interesting pops programs. March 11 & 12, conductor John Edward Liddle and the band have singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley as their guest for a program entitled "Gospel 'n' Blues. Both concerts are at the Etobicoke Collegiate Auditorium; tickets are //. The Toronto Wind Orchestra is presenting a rescheduled concert on March 7, with special guests the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble. The TWO, led by Music Director Tony Gomes will present two major works: David Maslanka's A Child's Garden of Dreams and Gerald McBoing's Children's Tale. The UCWE, led by conductor Dr. Glenn Price will perform Sword and Crown Fanfare by Edward Gregson, Brazil 500 by Ney Rosaura, ... And the mountains rising nowhere by Joseph Schwantner, 0 Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, and Dance Movements by Philip Sparke. The concert takes place Monday, March 7th at 8pm at Laid- · Jaw Hall, Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Rd. (Avenue Road, north of St. Clair). Tickets are and $10, and are available at the door. 416-461-6681. For more information call The Hannaford Street Silver Band is presenting its ''Festival of Brass" on March I 2 & 13. Guests include the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army, the Hannaford Street Honour Band and lntrada Brass. The HSSB will play the closing concert on Sunday at the Jane Mallett Theatre with conductor Elgar Howarth. The concert, entitled "Awakenings" will present a musical history of the brass band. Howarth's concerto, "Stories for Saroyan" will be given its North American premiere by virtuoso euphonium soloist Curtis Metcalf. The HSSB will also be demonstrating historic brass instruments as part of the concert. A free open rehearsai on stage in the Jane Mallett will take place Sunday morning from 10 till 12 noon. At 2: 15 in the lobby of the theatre, HSSB co-founder Ray Tizzard will hold a pre-concert chat with maestro Elgar Howarth. The Hart House Symphonic Band is presenting a concert on April 2, 8pm at Hart House featuring music by Francis McBeth, Alfred Reed, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger and George Gershwin. Valentin Blamer will be featured with the band as piano soloist in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Make sure you check the complete listings - there are several more worthy band concerts on this month, as well as complete details on the ones I've listed above. Don't forget Long & McQuade's continuing "Heart of the Horn" series of free clinics as well. Check "Workshops" on page 66 for a complete list, or Woodwind doubler Merlin Williams is an Artist/Clinician for Jupiter Music Canada. If you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in the Bandstand column, feel free to contact Merlin by e-mail, merlinwilliams@sympatico. ea or phone 416-803-0275. 1HARKNETT Musical Services Ltd. MUSIC BOOKS BEST SELECTION OF POPULAR & EDUCATIONAL MUSIC Piano · Guitar - Instrumental '111" SCXAN I t'tm1lr11i11u /11 ,..1•11d11IH•11 SOCAN _, ........ :>< .. :. , . ... ....... : ... ... ._. (;•,-'); ('.·;: · !."\!.o.!f ::...h.s·¥-(: Ftn.:nd.Hion lorontda rtscouncil ···· -... -..... -._,._...,_ I iii - Long & McQuadl! Mu\kal l11stument1 Deloitte . 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Forward into March. JAzz Notes A look at some happenings on the home front. At the time of writing I don't know if March will come in like a lion, but I do know that we will be visited by a few lions of jazz during the month because on March 4 at Massey Hall, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Michael Brecker will return to the scene of former triumphs with their Direc1io11s /11 Music group. Herbie is the veteran of this particular pride but the three of them represent the creative process in jazz at ics highest level. It's a great way to get rid of the winter blahs. Then, on March 5 and 6 there is an event at Hugh's Room which, although more in the blues and folk vein, is worthy of mention. Odetta will be making a rare appearance in Toronto. She is a remarkable artist, a legend in folk rrlusic with a voice that rings out with passion. She has performed all over the world, has been ,honoured by the World Folk Music A sociation, with their Lifetime Achievement Award and received the Duke Ellington Fellowship Award at Yale University. Early in her career she wa referred to as the .. female Lead belly." and by Jim Galloway Pete Seeger was quoted as saying, "The first time 1 heard Odetta sing 'Take This Hammer' 1 went and told her how 1 wish Leadbelly was still alive so he wukl have heard her." Still in a traditional vein, on the l 9th. The Classic Jazz Society puts on another of their commendable traditional evenings when they present Clint Baker's Hot Five at Estonian jazz featuring tunes from the 20s and 30s and although they are called the Hot Five, this is a band of multiinstrumentalists playing 16 instruments between them! Another Toronto area endeavour that deserves mention is Amis du Jazz. It is a private jazz club run by James and Lynn MacDonald in the basement of their home in Sonya. But their home just happens to be a decommissioned Presbyterian Church, built in 1892! It was at one time St. Andrew's Church, and the largest Presbyterian church in the region. The basement is now the home of Amis du Jazz and the Mac­ Donalds put on regular concerts featuring some of the best of our home grown talent. This month it will be the Richard Whiteman Trio on the 6th, the Bruce Harvey Trio on the 13th and a week later York University Student Vocal Bash featuring the Sean Bellaviti Trio. Sonya is about an hour N. E. of Toronto and Amis du Jazz is well established as a home for jazz in the Durham Region. One or the immortal names in jazz is Thomas "Fats" Waller and one of his most famous songs has been u ed as the title of a show opening April 4 at the Bluma Appel Theatre. "Ain't lisbehavin "' with music by Mr. Waller will star Jackie Richardson. Ms. Richardson is yet another great and versatile talent we are fortunate enough to have in our city and, frankly, I can't think of anyone better to interpretate the songs of that master tunesmith. I'd pay money just to hear her sing scales! House on Broad view Avenue. They CONTINUES NEXT PAGE will present a programme of classic ...-.,.. .. ...... """ .. Featuring some of Toronto's best jazz musicians with a brief reflection by Jazz Vespers Clergy Sunday, March 20 - 4:30 DOUG RILEY TRIO Sunday, April 10 - 4:30 RUSS LITTLE - trombone with friends , . -S· :::-i ' music fiquality instruments & accessories to suit any budget - Woodwinds,. Bras , Strings & Fercussion YORK Expert Instrument Repairs in one of-North America's \argest and best-equipped facilities. Comprehensive Band & Orchestra Rental Program with'over 9;QOO instruments in inventory iazz FesTivaL UN 1YERS11 V MON. MARCH 21 12:30 & 5:30 pm - Jazz Ensembles directed by Frank Falco, Lorne Lofsky, Mike Malone.Anthony Michelli, Roy Patterson TUE. MARCH 22 12:30 pm - Jazz Ensembles directed by Michael Cado, Roy Patterson: 5:30 pm - jazz Vocalists & Choirs jazz vocalists from the studios of Rita di Ghent, Lynn McDonald and Sasha Williamson, directed and accompanied by Richard Whiteman and Bob Fenton Jazz choiFs directed by Bob Hamper and Mim Adams WED. MARCH 23 12:30 pm - jazz Choirs directed by Bob Hamper and Mim Adams , , 5:30 pm - jazz Ensembles (directors as Mar. 21 above) THURS. MRCH 24 12:30 & 5:30 pm - jazz Orchestra directed by Al Henderson jazz Ensembles (directors as Mar. 21 above)

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