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Volume 11 Issue 6 - March 2006

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SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER 947 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M4M 1J9 INSTITUTE (TBSI) Phone: 416-922-2912 427 Bloor Street W. Box 14, Fax: 416-922-5935 Toronto ON, MSS IX7 E-mail: admin Phone: 416-964-9562 x229 Website: Fax: 416-964-2782 Contact: Guillermo Silva-Marin or Jeff Chow E-mail: Founded in 1988, Summer Opera Lyric The- Contact: David Little, Administrative atre brings together young vocalists, pro- Coordinator fessional singers and teachers in a pro- June 7-20 2006,at the University of Toronto. gramme that combines learning and per- Join some of the world's finest musicians in forming in an environment reflecting the the field of baroque performance for this 14- professional operatic world of today. The day training programme in orchestral and 2006 workshop productions of Mozart's La choral performance practice. Classes are C1emenza di Tito, Offenbach's The Tales of offered in strings, woodwinds, brass (trumlJoffman and Puccini's La Boheme take pet), harpsichord, lute and voice. The lnstiplace June 11 to August 13 in To- - - - .-------,. ronto. Participants are assigned a role in one of the operas, which they prepare and memorize prior to June 11 so as to make best use of the rehearsals, lectures and masterclasses. The workshop culminates in a series of public performances. Call for audition information. Tafelmusik (right) tute also offers a programme for conductors and directors. Faculty includes Tafelmusik Music Director Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director !vars Taurins, members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, vocalists Ann Monoyios and Rufus Miiller, and Co-Artistic Directors of Opera Atelier, Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Zingg. Advanced students, preprofessional and professional musicians; Apply by March 24. THORNHILL CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE Phone: 905-764-1924 Website: Contact: Gretchen Anner Thornhill Chamber Music Institute celebrates its 15th anniversary summer programJuly 10th-21st. The two-week summer program accepts students from 8-17 and 18-24 for the apprenticeship program. A non-competitve family-like program is lead by professional musician-coaches. Daily activities begin with stretches and fitness in the beautiful outdoors. Small and large ensembles, composition, sports, singing, fiddling and concerts are included. Fees are 0. After June 15, 0 with spaces subject to availability. TORONTO SUMMER Music AcADEMY AND FESTIVAL (Shown above) 73 Queen's Park Cresc, Toronto ON, MSS IK7 Phone: 416-585-4464 E-mail: Website: Contact: Cecelia Paolucci, Administrative Director July 24 - August 20, 2006 The 2006 Toronto Summer Music Academy is a new program in music performance offering a series of one-week, intimate and highly focused workshops, individual master classes, chamber music coaching, percussion and opera workshops, and student performance opportunities. Led by Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann, and designed for young musicians (graduate level) at the threshold of their professional careers! Application deadline: April 1. Opera deadline: March IO (auditions held March 13- 25). Apply now at! TORONTO, ONT. Session 1: July 16-21 • Session 2: July 23-28 VANCOUVER, B.C. Session 3: August 14-19 Rock ALL AG ES WELCOME! Guitar Blues Jazz Acoustic 12- Adult CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS! Beginning, Interm ediate & Advanced Classical ON & OFF CAMPUS TUITION Songwriting Classes, Room & Meals or Classes O nly Bass Drums Keyboards Vocals TORONTO DIOCESAN CHOIR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS c/o 51 Harrison Ave., Aurora ON, L4G lE2 Phone: 905-727-9009 E-mail: Contact person: Tony Browning Toronto Diocesan Choir School for Girls is a two week residential summer programme for female choristers between the approximate ages of 8 and 18. The dates for 2006 are August 6 - 20 at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby. All inclusive fee: 0. The emphasis is on the preparation and performance of a wide spectrum of music for the Anglican liturgy. Although the emphasis is on choral singing, there are sports, crafts, a Rubber Duck Theatre night for parents, all within a framework of a caring Christian community. No auditions are held - the only requirement is an enjoyment of singing. WORLD SONGS VOCAL CAMP 1-182 Wright Avenue, Toronto ON, M6R IL2 Phone: 416-588-9050, x.2 E-mail: Website: Contact: Becca Whitla Weeklong residential camp, Aug 20-27, 2006, at The Lodge on Amherst Island (near Kingston). Adult campers will live, eat and sing together for a glorious and unforgettable week of song-raising. Applications available online are due by March 20 (early applicants get first choice of rooming arrangements). WorldSongs Vocal Camp is all about community singing. It is open to anyone who loves to sing, regardless of musical background. Participants will learn music from: South Africa, Georgian Republic, Appalachia, Gospel, Shapenote and West Gallery tunes. After a week of intensive rehearsing, the group performs two concerts, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. John Jorgenson John Knowles Duke Robillard Alex Lifeson ... AND MORE!! GUITAR WORKSHOP PLUS For a free brochure or more information Call 905.897.8397 or visit us online MUSICAL LIFE How I met my teacher PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON FORMATIVE RELATIONSHIPS will return after the March break! 64 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM M ARCH 1 - APRIL 7 2006

DISG£:e' 1 - - !!!!!! ~ OPERA at Home by Phil Ehrensaft The VSOP Cognac of Historical Restorations: The Andante Collection A booming niche market for high tech restoration of historic classical recordings contradicts oft-heard loud laments about the purportedly st_agnant demand for art music. During a recent browse through the bms of the Julliard School of Music's exemplary student book and record store, the dominance of historical recordings in the CD bins stood out. That holds for both vocal and instrumental music. At one pole of this booming niche, Na.xos Historical has done yeoman service in offering high calibre restorations at budget prices. "High calibre" means two things: access to new technology like the CEDAR system created in Cambridge University's high tech belt; and retaining the services of rare people who combine the musical ears, patience, and technological mastery necessary to make difficult microsegment by micro-segment trade-offs. There is no free lunch in this business: capturing musical information competes with editing out the hisses, snaps, crackles and pops of the 78 era. The elegant Andante Collection occupies the other pole of the restoration market, and Naxos now distributes Andante in North America. This upscale historic recordings label was founded as one strand of, which aimed at becoming the international reference portal, online magazine, encyclopaedia and web broadcaster for classical music. The Andante label seeks out landmark recordings, applies leading-edge technologies to restore them to exceptionally high standards, and publishes the results with real-deal album notes. For recordings of the 78 era, "leading edge tech" means the "CAP 440" technology created at Art & Son Studio in Paris by an interdisciplinary team of musicians, musicologists and recording engineers. The team identified the highly varying playback speeds around the theoretical industry standard of78 rpm, causing warbling variation from true pitch, as the supreme challenge. Then came challenges of finding or creating styli appropriate to the varying material composition of master discs. Once these challenges were addressed, the very hard work of artful use of CEDAR technology could proceed. When I wanted to examine the proof in the pudding of all this hard work, my review procedure was to line up Andante opera titles in chronological order and listen sequentially. In general, the earlier the recording, the greater the challenge of digging out quality sound. In an Andante catalogue that is now approaching 100 titles, six are from the 78 era: from roughly 1915 (when discs reached a larger market share than cylinders), through 1947 (when the 33 1/3 rpm LP was invented at Columbia Records). The hi-fi mono LP era then bowed to stereo a FRENCH FARMHOUSE HOLIDAYS 2006 COURSES Yoga Retreat in France July 11 - 22, 2006 Explore yoga postures, breath, med itation and dialogue to bring a sense of lightness into your life. Painting & Drawing in the Auvergne July 25 - August 5, 2006 Join us in the wonderfully rustic French countryside to explore drawing and painting en plein air. All-inclusive workshop holidays from 50 604·737-1665 decade later. Here's my shopping list of Andante opera treasures in chronological order of performance. For the mono LP, stereo LP, and digital eras, the focus was on outstanding live performances. (Given the operatic character of Mahler's second and fourth symphonies, as befits the leading opera conductor of his time, I also included Andante's Mahler/Walter album!) i:~...:;r ':l [r.r

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