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Volume 12 - Issue 6 - March 2007

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World Viewcontinued from page 15six-member Hamavayan Ensemblein their first North American tour.The group includes instrumentalistsand both male and female singers.Also at the Toronto Centre forthe Arts, but at the Main Stage onMarch 24, the Canadian TurkishSufi Centre presents AhmetOzhan, Whirling Into Peace. Featuringa ten piece orchestra and thepoetry of Rumi and Yunus Emre,you are invited to "experience themysteries of the WhirlingDervishes ... with Ahmet Ozhan,mega star of the Middle East".York University is holding aFine Arts Festival this month, andwithin it is a World Music Festival(March 12-16), comprised ofnine concerts. These will featurethe music department's Caribbean,Celtic, Japanese, Balkan, MiddleEastern, Flamenco Guitar, Chinese,Klezmer, African drum, Cuban,Samba, and Korean drum ensembles.All events are free andtake place in the Accolade Eastbuilding. Please see the daily listingsfor details.March 13 at the Music Gallery,Toronto's favourite Arabic-Greekensemble Maza Meze performswith a couple of special guests: Dr.George Sawa, one of Canada'sleading Arabic music scholars andperformers, and the chief inspirationfor the ensemble years ago,when several of its founding membersstudied with him; and NabeelShehadeh, also a strong influenceon the band, team up to present asolo set, as well as join the bandin a musical journey through Arabicmusic from the 12th century topresent day Toronto.On March 16, part of a symposiumat U ofT "A Forgotten Past:Muslims, Christians and Jews inthe Middle Ages", the ChancellorJackman Program for theArts presents "Cross-CulturalMusic Currents: A musical celebrationof the history shared betweenMuslim, Christian & Jewishcommunities in MediterraneanEurope". Free, but advance ticketsrequired (416-978-4884).After a four year hiatus, Japan'sKodo Drummers return to MasseyHall on March 21 and 22.Known internationally since theirdebut at the Berlin Festival in 1981,Koda explore the gamut of traditionalJapanese drumming, fromthunderous pounding rhythms tosubtle pieces with delicate flute accompaniment.They will also performin Ottawa and Montreal justbefore and after the Toronto show.Also on tour this month with anew CD, Juno award winning Cubansinger/musician AlexCuba(Alexis Puentes) performs March23 at noon (First Canadian Place)and the same evening at the LulaLounge.And March 27, CBC OnStagepresents New Sounds I Ancient Cultures,at the Glenn Gould Studio.Toronto's Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble,and duo pianists ElizabethLaich Bergmann and Marcel Bergmannperform music for gamelanas well as composer/ethnomusicologistColin McPhee's transcriptionsof gamelan music for two pianos.Please be sure to check the dailylistings for details on all of theabove and more.Karen Ages is an oboist who hasalso been a member of severalworld music ensembles.She can be reached atworldmusic@thewholenote.com.Long & McQuade University in MarchFeaturingFREE clinics by· l isa Nelsen·Paul Brodie· J rlck DeKeyzer· Paula Shear· Bryan Varga s· Dean McTaggart· Vinny Appice· And More!, ~ _ Visi~ w~~.!f>pg-mcquade.com for all ofthe details.lml Long & McQuade= MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.EARLY Musicby Frank NakashimaThis month brings even more baroque music from Italy - two Stabat Matersettings, one by Pergolesi and the other by Vivaldi, performed by sopranoKarina Gauvin and contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, with Les Violons duRoy, one of Canada's finest chamber orchestras under the direction ofBernard Labadie (April 3). Website: www.roythomson.com"Location, location, location" isa phrase more often heard from realestate agents than composers or performers.But imagine being entertained asa guest of the King at a royal riverparty on the Thames, in July 1717,by the first performance of Handel'sjoyous Water Music. It wouldhave been a fantastic first date! Youcan hear the Tafelmusik BaroqueOrchestra perform this music(March 8-11, also 13, 14). Website:www .tafelmusik.orgSome of the world's most magnificentmusic, such as that ofGabrieli and Monteverdi, was inspiredby the ambience and beautyof San Marco in Venice. And ifyou've ever been there, you willunderstand why. I vars Taurins directsthe Kitchener-WaterlooSymphony in a program ofGabrieli,Vivaldi, and also Stravinsky(March 9).Also in Kitchener, the GrandPhilharmonic Choir, under thedirection of Howard Dyck, performsBach's Mass in B Minor(April 6) with soloists Suzie LeBlanc(soprano), Daniel Taylor(countertenor), Michael Schade(tenor) and Peter McGillivray (baritone).For something a little more intimate,why not try some 16 1 h centuryItalian love songs? In theirconcert lngrato e Crudo Amore(Ungrateful and Cruel Love), theMusicians in Ordinary (sopranoHallie Fishel and lute nist JohnEdwards) perform Italian love poetryset to music in the 16th century(March 3). Among the composers,whose music won hearts atthe height of the Italian Renaissance,are Marco Cara, Orlandodi Lasso, Orazio Vecchi, FabrizioDentice and French-born PhilippeVerdelot. For more, see their website:www.musiciansinordinary.caAlso, there is a rare opportunityto hear the Requiem by 17 11 -centuryItalian composer Francesco Cavalli(April 6), a brilliant early Baroquemasterpiece scored for choir(in this case the Toronto ChamberChoir), soloists (including sopranoMichele DeBoer) and continuo.Website: www.geocities.com/torontochamberchoirPerhaps Leipzig in 1729 wasn'tprime real estate, but somethingthere must have inspired Bach'smonumental setting of the PassionAccording to St. Matthew. Thiswork requires soloists, double orchestra,double chorus, organ, andharpsichord. Arias and chorusescompliment the Gospel story toldby the Evangelist. Soloists SuzieLeBlanc (soprano), Sheila Dietrich(soprano), Daniel Cabena (countertenor),Nathaniel Watson (baritone),Lawrence Williford (Evangelist),Michael Colvin (tenor arias),The Elora Festival Singers,and The Festival Orchestra are conductedby Noel Edison (March 25).Website: www.elorafestival.comIn contrast, using only the forcesthat Bach used - 9 solo singersand orchestra - Tafelmusik BaroqueOrchestra brings youBach's St. John Passion, joinedby Les Voix Baroques from Montreal,including British tenorCharles Daniels as the Evangelist,as well as Dorothee Mields (soprano),Matthew White (countertenor),Colin Balzer (tenor), andStephen Macleod (baritone).~, -6--~---- www.T_H_ELW_H_O_LE-NO_T_E-.C-0-M~~~~~~~~~~~~~M~A-R C-H~l --A-P_R_I L-7~2 -00~7

(March 29-31, April 1, 3, and 4)Another fast-growing area is"Queen West" where the GladstoneHotel has become host to a widevariety of musical entertainment.Later this month, the Aradia Ensemble,under the direction ofKevin Mallon, performs Handel'sApollo e Dafne (Neil Aronoff, baritone;Deanna Hendriks, soprano)and also Concerti Grossi Op.6 nos.3, 5, 8 (March 25). A new settingfor a new generation.The Danforth offers a terrific locationfor shopping, and a greatvenue, Eastminster United, formore music by Bach; in particular,the Trio Sonatas, performed byPaul Meyer (violin), Nicolai Tarasov(oboe), Laura Jones (viola dagamba) and organist Paul Jenkins(Mar 31). For more information seewww .academyconcertseries.comThe voices of Studio Sixteenperform works from England' sgolden era of sacred choral musicin their program Orphei Britannici:Genius from the British Isles,with music by Robert Carver, RobertParsons, John Sheppard, ThomasTallis, and William Byrd. Thespacious setting of the Church ofSt. Mary Magdalene is a wonderfulplace to hear this music (MarchIO) .Downtown? One of Toronto' soldest churches, the Church of theHoly Trinity, is where the TorontoEarly Music Centre presents"A Tale of Two Lutes", March11, where the German 13-courseBaroque lute, played by Lucas Harris,meets the traditional Chinesefour-stringed pipa, played by WenZhou, face-to-face, in a "duel" recital.The Toronto Consort is proudto present Chris Norman, MaritimeCanada's virtuoso flute player andCHORAL Sceneby Larry Beckw ithIt is a month of fascinating repertoire,landmark celebrations andend-of-semester concerts in the universitychoral community, but thereis also a lot of activity outside ofthe halls of academe as well.This all begins on Thursday March1 when Soundstreams presents theTheatre of Voices under the renownedPaul Hillier's direction. Themain work on the program is therarely-performed Stimmung by KarlheinzStockhausen. This is an intriguingwork for six voices that is bothserial and tonal, both structured andimprovised and leaves a great dealof the actual "creation" of the pieceup to the performers. As a result, notwo performances are ever alike.Stimmung (meaning "tuning") waswritten in 1968. For a "primer" onthe piece, and to learn more aboutStockhausen,visitwww .stockhausen.orgThe following evening features twoconcerts of special note. The Universityof Toronto Master Chorale,conducted by Brad Ratzlaff,presents an evening of contemporaryNorth American choral music, featuringmusic by Holman and Lauridsen.And John Tuttle's ExultateChamber Singers tackle some ofthe more challenging secular madrigal,partsong and chanson repertoirethrough the ages, from Gibbons toHindemith.Two more concerts on March 3make for a tough choice: The BachChildren's Chorus is hosting a fundraiserfor the Stephen Lewis Foundation,featuring guests the TorontoChildren's Chorus, and the ElmerIseler Singers. Lewis himself willbe there and will speak about the val-piper, as he leads an ensemble of ~-----------guitars, harmonium, bass, percus- BOSLEYsion and vocals, with guest fiddlerDavid Greenberg (March 23, 24). REAL ESTATEIJOSLE Y H AL ESTATE l TCi .• I; EAL TCP.Perhaps this is really more folkmusic than "early music"? Anyway,these guys go both ways, andeither way, their toe-tapping happy-go-luckyperformance is irresistible.www.torontoconsort.orgFrank T. Nakashima(franknak@interlog.com) is thePresident of the Toronto EarlyMusic Centre, a non-pro.fit charitableorganization which promotesthe appreciation of historically-informedperformances ofearly musicwww.interlog.com/ - temcM ARCH 1 - APRIL 7 2007PETER MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.peterrnahon.comuable work that his foundationdoes in developingstrategies to end theAIDS pandemic in Africa.The Oriana Women'sChoir is also in actionthat night, with anevening of Canadianstandards by Schafer,Raminsh and Patriquinand newer works byDaley and Leungen.The Victoria Scholars performon Sunday, March 4. In a programentitled "Chant and Beyond'', they' llperform works by Durufle, ArvoPart and Penderecki.Two more great concerts are offeredon March IO: Agnes Grossmanis the guest conductor of theMacMillan Singers at the Universityof Toronto as they tackle someof the tougher German romantic choralpieces. The same evening, KevinKomisaruk's Studio Sixteen is inaction with a program of Britishworks of the late Renaissance in theideal setting of the Church of St.Mary Magdalene.I'm always happy to give moreexposure to choral concerts aroundtown each month by way of thiscolumn, but I am particularly glad tobe able to draw attention to the celebrationof my father's 8Qth birthday,taking place at Walter Hall at the Universityof Toronto on the afternoonof March 11. I find it staggering tocontemplate the role that John Beckwithhas played in Canadian musicon so many different fronts: as ateacher, administrator, performer,writer, critic, ambassador and, perhapsmost importantly, a composer.John Beckwith during rehearsals for New MusicConcens' Pioneers! 0 Pioneers! concen on theoccasion of John Weinzweig 's 90th binhday in 2003.The centerpiece of the March 11event will be choral music: a handfulof substantial examples of the craftand care Beckwith puts into his compositions.He is known for being"perhaps the most characteristicallyEnglish Canadian voice" in musicalcomposition, which is most certainlytrue. I think of him as approachingeach of his compositional projectsas a truly unique opportunity,though, to reflect his deep interest inthe world around him and to celebrateemotional and intellectual connections,both tangible and intangible.Wayne Riddell will be on handto conduct a choir made up of wonderfulprofessional choristers fromToronto and environs. Several soloistswill sing some of my father'ssongs and there will be some instrumentalmusic as well. There is noadmission cost. Please consideryourself invited to celebrate the birthdayof a great Canadian ... . my dad,of whom I am incredibly proud!March 11, in the evening, BethTikvah Synagogue hosts a concertin memory of Srul Irving Glick, witha high-powered collection of guestartists and Eyal Bitton's synagoguechoir playing and singing many ofCONTINUES~&u~~-CONCERTOF 100 CANDLES ·. •Friday, April 27, 2007 8:00 pmSt. Mary Magdalene Church (Manning and Ulster)World premiere of Lamentationsof Jeremiah, a new major work by Canadiancomposer and Juno nominee Peter Togni.With Special Guest: Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet*Tickets are regular and Seniors/Students,2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3K7 ~~~~~:aA~~uncll ~~~sae~~~=sArts torontdartsbouncil ........... ~c°""° ..'-=--""' An arm'slengthbodyoftheCltyo! Tornnto .,.,,...,cou ... uou.·.,.,_,CALL 416·217-0537 Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pmWWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM 17

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