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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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... ANNOUNCEMENTS ETCETERA *October 21 7:30: Canadian Music Centre. Professional Readings Series. Public workshop featuring previously unperformed large ensemble and chamber orchestra works by Canadian composers. Featuring Aaron Brock, guitar soloist with Orchestra London Canada. Location tba (London ON). 416-961- 6601 x207. Free. *October 22 10:00am: Canadian Music Centre. Professional Readings Series. Public workshop with Orchestra London Canada, featuring previously unperformed large ensemble & chamber orchestra works by Canadian composers. Location tba (London ON). 416- 961 -6601 x207. Free. *October 2210:30am-1pm: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday. Composer/conductor workshop featuring the music of Mark Sirett, director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston. Cameron Hall, Yorkminster Park Church, 1585 Yonge St. Pre-registration: 416-598-0422 x24. . *October 22 3:30-5:30: Toronto English Country Dancers. Fearless Improvisation. English Country Dance music workshop led by Jeff Burke. If you have always wanted to try improvisation but haven't known where to start. this workshop is for you. Sheet music provided. Private venue at Pape & Danforth. Please phone ahead for more details & to reserve a place. 416-762-0598. . *October 23 1 :00: Erynn Marshall. Camp Mountain. Workshops by this old-time/bluegrass band in Southern fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice & dance. For info on venue or to reserve a spot: 416-516-3796, ,(st). *October 24 7:30: Toronto Early Music Centre. Vocal Circle. Recreational reading of early choral music. Ability to read music desirable but not essential. 12 Millbrook Gres. 416- 920-5025. Members free, (non-members). *October 25 8:00: Toronto Folk Singers' Club. Informal group that meets for performance & exchange of songs. T ranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-532-0900. *October 28 7:30: Recorder Players' Society. Opportunity for recorder and/or other ALEXANDER KATS A first class Russian-trained professional pianist/teacher is now accepting students for regular private lessons or repertoire coaching, from advanced (ARCT, university) to all grades of RCM. DOWNTOWN LOCATION Call: 416-340-1844 52 Back to Ad Index early instrument players to play Renaissance & Baroque music and be coached in small groups. Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Rd. East. 416-224-5830. *October 28-31: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Rejewvenation: The Futures of Jewish Culture. Academic workshop addressing six major aspects of contemporary Jewish culture: ritual, music, new media, visual arts, literature & performing arts. Venue TBA. 416-978- 7986. *October 30 1 :30-4:30: Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association, Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch. Baroque, Classical and Romantic Music. Workshop with pianist. adjudicator & examiner Clayton Ruby Scott. Christ Church United, 1700 Mazo Dr., Mississauga. 416- 742-6429. (non-member), (member). *November 6 1:30: Toronto Early Music Performers Organization. Workshop led by Katherine Hill, viol. All instruments welcome. Lansing United Church, 49 Bogert Ave. 416- 778-7777. , members free. *M-00/Toronto Tabla Ensemble Centre for World Music and Dance. North Indian Vocal Classes with Gauri Guha. Fridays 4:30- 5:30 DR 5:30-6:30. Beginning October 14. 50 Spa din a Ave. 416-504- 7082 ext.1. 0. *Worlds of Music Toronto. Autumn World Music Workshops. 10 weeks of 2-hour workshops in: Canadian Fiddling with Anne Lederman; Klezmer Music Ensemble wirh Eric Stein; Bellydance with Roula Said; Chinese Music Ensemble with John Gao, flutes & Grace Huang, erhu; Capoeira with Muiraquita; Georgian Singing (Polyphony from Sakartvelo) with Andrea Kuzmich & Shalva Makharashvili; Portuguese Fado Singing with Catarina Gardea/. voice & Mike Siracusa, guitar; Latin Jazz Ensemble with Luis Mario Ochoa; South Indian & Jazz Singing (from swaras to scat) with Suba Sankaran; Latin American Rhythms & Percussion with Rodrigo Chavez; African Drumming East & West with Waleed Abdulhamid; Greek Songs with Jayne Brown. Beginning late September or early October. Various locations. For details & to register: or 416- 588-8813 0, OOIU of T student) WITH SOME EXCEP­ TIONS. MUSICAL LIFE Solid B~ Beginnin~, Smooth Silver Finish Curtis Metcalf and the Hannaford Street Silver Band by mJ Buell CURTIS METCALF has the honour of being the very first readerstumper in Music's Children history (see page 32). None of our readers guessed! Foul, you cry! Who could imagine that tiny child holding an euphonium? (Bet you didn't know they used to make half sized euphoniums (euphonia?). Just goes to show that any musical opportunities provided to children, including seemingly trivial things like baby guitars, affirm the essential appetite for making music. Curtis "Presley"? Well no, as it turns out. But the droll little fellow in the photo, pretty serious in that moment, has made music the mainstay of his life. Food of love ... and food for thought! "How was your concert?" Ask anybody about a Hannaford Street Silver Band concert and the first thing they'll talk about is fine musicianship. They'll talk about the programme - maybe mention a special guest or a newly commissioned piece that was premiered. The music always comes first. Next they'll talk about how there's this core group that are the Hannaford, and how much they count on seeing them. They'll explain how relaxed and informal the concerts are. And they always mention founding member and all-round funny guy, Curtis Metcalf. Invariably they describe his welcoming manner and wonderful sense of humour: how he can bring the house down with a single unscripted comment. Someone else is centre stage? Audiences watch for Curtis' reactions with nothing short of gleeful anticipation. (Then they hasten to assure you that he never goes too far. It's never "The Curtis Metcalf Show".) Here's where it gets interesting. Probe a little further, ask someone for a specific example - something he said or did that was particularly entertaining. They're puzzled, rack their brains, and say " .. . actually I couldn't tell you anything specific." Without exception. Ask Curtis to tell you something that caught everybody's funny bone off guard and he'll pause, think really hard, and then tell you with a chuckle that he can't think of a thing. "As a conductor I hope that what I do just reflects what Hannaford is." And that's the truth of it. His ability to make the audience feel like part of the experience, to encourage banter between the stage and the audience, to break down the conventional invisible wall of decorum between performers and listeners is a unique part of what happens. But it's only partly because of Curtis and so in the end, it's the show, not the showman that stands as a memorable whole. Love To Sing? JtJ Breathe new life ::r~ into your voice II with a unique and sensible kinesthetic approach to vocal pedagogy. 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Curtis's experience of music has always been inclusive, beginning with Salvation Army church services as a child. "Seeing and hearing 30 people performing at church services was, I suppose inspiring ... " The "I suppose" is not grudging but reflective and elicits a discussion about how ordinary people playing music together just seemed normal. At the age of eight he began playing euphonium. At the time, there was actually a kind ofhalfsize euphonium available - the same length of tubing, but rolled up into more coils. "Shorter and Curlis Metcalfe, front, ivith colleagues: (clockwise) Ian Cowie, Moe Wo::niak and Herb Poole fatter ... kind of like me, but at least you could get your hand around it. " says Curtis, laughing. The Salvation Army Junior Band in Sault Ste. Marie was directed by Mr. Bill Towers, who had played in armed forces bands during World War II. "It didn't matter how brutal he was ... he always took us to the Dairy Queen afterwards." Curtis was promoted to the adult band at the age of ten or eleven. His family moved to Orillia where he joined the Orillia District Collegiate Band while still in grade 8. The director, bassoonist Harry Spencely, was also a former armed forces band musician. Curtis remembers in particular a band trip to Germany and comments in passing that his wife, Valerie (nee Lovell), played trombone in the same band. "Of course ... she wasn't my wife then .... " "I went to Orillia Silver Band rehearsals as a teenager. Shortly after I graduated from high school they disbanded and put all the instruments in mothballs ... . " Last year, the instruments were unearthed, refurbished and this renewed community band is now in its second season. Curtis will join them as guest soloist in December, and they will be part of Hannaford's Festival of Brass in March 2006. "I played trombone in university because ... well ... there were no other euphonium players. " This year at the U of T where Curtis is teaching, there's a solid army of eight euphonium undergraduates. About last month's photo: "I have no recollection of that guitar. But I learned to play electric bass this summer so that I could accompany the kids at the school where I teach. So ... full circle in a sense with the guitar ... . " Full circle, but also ever onwards, laying down new foundations for the joys of collaborative music in the next generation. • CLAIM YOUR VOICE Organic and functional vocal training to gain access to your full range, resonance and vocal freedom. For singers, public speakers, teachers, clergy, or if you just want to enjoy using your voice! -------::) \' COSft'IO L music Fine quality instruments & accessories to suit any budget - Woodwinds, Brass, Strings & Percussion Expert Instrument Repairs in one of North America's largest and best-equipped facilities Comprehensive Band & Orchestra Rental Program with over 9,000 instruments in inventory York Region's Largest Music School serving over 1,200 students SALES • RENTALS • REPAIRS • LESSONS • PRINT MUSIC What has 11 heads and sings? Music for Young Children® (MYC®) classes motivate and empower parents and children, nurturing family bonds and delivering valuable and thoroughly enjoyable co-learning experiences. Since 1980, MYC has remained one of the world's leading music-learning systems-the only child-centered program to integrate keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, singing, ear training, sight-reading, music theory and composition . MYC helps enhance children's social development and learning skills, improve memory and expressiveness, and bolster confidence and self-esteem. If you're considering music education for your child, take a look at MYC - the music-learning system of choice for more than 24,000 students throughout North America, Asia and New Zealand. The Walmer Centre in The Annex Wednesdays Ongoing Registration Free Parking 416-483-6411 susan Sue Crowe Connolly Hamilton Studio 905-5441302 Toronto Studio 416-523-1154 **Gift Certificates Available** ' / -- WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM O CTOBER 1 - N O VEMB ER 7 2005 Back to Ad Index The high note in music learning'" To learn more, contact your local MYC teacher: Kimberly Crawford, BA, MBA, Certified MYC® Coordinator Tel/Fax: 905.780.6482 53

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