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Volume 11 Issue 3 - November 2005

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20 mSinfqnia 1oronlo Celebrating MOZART @250 NURHAN ARMAN MUSIC DIRECTOR IoLo.nto's_ PrernieLChamber Orchas_tra ETSUKO KIMURA, Violinist Saturday, Nov. 12 8 pm Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Rd. WIREN Serenade MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1 SHOSTAKOVICH Sinfonia op. 110 SHOSTAKOVICH 4 Preludes ,, 416 499 0403 or VIVALDI! THE FOUR SEASONS! GIUSEPPE LANZETIA, Conductor Saturday, Dec. 3 8 pm Walmer Centre 188 Lowther Av. VIVALDI The Four Seasons PENTLAND Holiday Suite MANFREDINI Christmas Concerto Christmas Carols , , 416 499 0403 or MICHAEL ESCH, Pianist Saturday, Feb. 4 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio MOZART Serenade STRAUSS Metamorphosen BRAHMS Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor arr. Arman , , 416 205 5555 4-concert 'Mozart in Jeans' Series Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Apr. 1, Apr. 29 & STRAUSS & SWING A Viennese Masked Ball Saturday, March 25, 2006 Arcadian Court 0 before Dec.25! Price includes dinner, wine and music by Sinfonia Toronto and Toronto All Star Big Band 416 499 0403 Back to Ad Index '~ ~, Gorchakova brings that same dramatic intensity to the smaller scale of songs. 'When a song is sorrowful and I sing the whole thing very softly, I try to concentrate the whole hall in this pianissimo. I think it's very interesting, especially after a bigforte, to go to pianissimo. l need to provoke people every minute.' Among favourite partners she names Placido Domingo. ' He is so nice, and a nice actor. He is a little bit old now, so it's more difficult for him, of course. But he is one of the very few tenors whose sound made me cry on stage. When he sang the famous arioso in Pique Dame to me I cried. These moments are so rare, and so valuable, you remember them all your life. ' 'Opera singers should want that interaction with their partner on the stage. It's very, very important that the partner can provoke tears - that he is very emotional and is passing the message directly through you as well.' According to Gorchakova, singers need to suffer. Being unhappy helps their careers. I wondered if this was a particularly Russian outlook. 'It's not only the Russian soul - it's I ife experience. Because most operas are tragedies, you need to feel tragic. If you have a light voice, you can sing Susanna (she sings a phrase from Marriage of Figaro) - but one, two, three, and that's it for happy people in opera. Most of the time you are singing about misery, loneliness and unhappiness, and for this you need to have these experiences in your life. !fl have a problem in my life, I can go on stage and show it. If I am singing Tosca, I try to be like Tosca - but illuminated.' (She was in fact on her way to sing Tosca with Minnesota Opera.) Next, with Orbelian, she is recording Rusalka, not Dvorak's well-known opera, but that of Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky, a friend of Glinka. 'This is a very interesting Russian opera, and not very often performed.' After we wrapped up, Gorkachova said, ' I would like to tell you that this will be the last interview for me. I think I need to stop giving interviews.' I was clearly taken aback, so she explained. ' I need to just sing, and do my job very well. I don 't feel so important in this life that l can give advice. l have come to the opinion no-one has the right to give directions that 'you should do this' and 'you shouldn't do that', and 'everybody should listen to this and not to that.' ' I'm burning myself up. I have no right to invite others to go with me, to lead the life. It's difficult.' But she can 't do it any other way, fortunately for her audiences. By taking her performances so close to the edge, she imprints them in our memories, unlike so many professional, attractive, undistinguished and thoroughly forgettable performances today. ' Professional singer with all the notes - for me it's not enough. They must move my heart and make me cry. I like so much when people from the audience come to my room after a performance with tears in their eyes and say, "I'm so happy because I heard your voice. It's so wonderful , l 'm crying when you sing". This is a very great compliment to me, and to my voice. But it's a very simple idea. That's it.' Svetlana Dvoretskaia's Show One Productions is presenting Russia's venerable Borodin Quartet on Nov.17 at 8.00 in the George Wi?ston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, performing Borodin, Shostakovich and Beethoven in a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert . .'/I " o - :t .,_ , N ick Roubas STRING INSTRUMENT SHOP Beautifully Hand-crafted Instruments Restorations Adjustments Expert repair on all string instruments 2 College St #207, Toronto ON MSG 1K3 416-927-8103 416-893-9788 www. viol uthier. com WWW. THEWHO LENOTE.COM N OVEMBER 1 - D ECEMBER 7 2005

presents The Spirit Soars Sunday, November 13, 2005, 3 p.m., Jane Mallett Theatre Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Guest Conductor Curtis Metcalf, Resident Conductor The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Guest Choir We are delighted to welcome Brainerd Blyden-Taylor and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in a concert that will celebrate that beloved form of musical expression, the spiritual. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Our concert will feature special arrangements combining the Nathaniel Dett and the HSSB. On its own, The HSSB will perform the young Canadian composer Gabriel Major Marothy's Urchins and In the Land of Spirits, a work co-composed by John Kim Bell and Miklos Massey. "Silver-plated music making all the way" William Littler, The TorontoStar Call the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office at 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 or book on-line at Visit us at toron toa rtscounc ii ........,,..,.,, .. ,.,c..... ,........ O~~-M,AHA L long &McQuade Mu~1cal lnstuments Deloitte, Thl' SOCAN Fou11datio11 la For1d,1tio11 SOCAN ,'fl, BE§;iON A Celebration of Vocal and Instrumental Music Featuring International & Canadian Artists Give the Gift of Music this Christmas! Festival Passes & Gift Certificates \__)~ \ Available \ \ N OVEMBER 1 - D ECEMBER 7 2005 Back to Ad Index For Tickets Call (416) 763-5 506 www. torontochambermusic. com WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 21

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