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Volume 12 - Issue 6 - March 2007

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Choral Scenecontinued from page 1 7Glick's well-known pieces.March 23 sees another tribute concert,this time to the memory ofJohnWeinzweig, once known as the Deanof Canadian Composers, whopassed away last summer. The CBC,University of Toronto and the CanadianMusic Centre are presenting"The Radical Remembered" atthe Glenn Gould Studio. The Universityof Guelph ChamberChoir, conducted by Marta McCarthy,will offer some of John's distinctivechoral music.Two bambumers make up the programwhen the Jubilate Singers andthe Ensemble Tryptych ChamberChoir get together on March 24. TheFrench composer, teacher and organistTheodore Dubois wrote The SevenLast Words of Christ in 1867 andhas been known for it ever since. Itwill be paired with Charles Gounod'sMesse Solennelle, which hasreceived a few performances in theseparts in the last two or three years.Robert Cooper's Orpheus Choirof Toronto continues its fabulousprogramming with a double bill ofFaure's Requiem and the Torontopremiere of Nou Goth Sonne UnderWade (A Meditation on the Crucifixionof Christ) by Canadian composerAllan Bevan. The show takesplace on the evening of March 25 atMetropolitan United Church.Roy Thomson Hall presents theNathaniel Dett Chorale in concertat noon on March 26 (admissionfree) and the York University Men'sChorus offers a huge range of piecesat noon on March 27 in the brilliantnew music building at York.Tafelmusik begins a series of performancesof Bach's St. John PassionMarch 29, with Jeanne Lamonat the helm of Tafel and Les VoixBaroques, a small ensemble of singersfrom Montreal headed by theoutstanding countertenor MatthewWhite. Veteran English tenor CharlesDaniels evangelizes.Finally, March 30 is Universitychoir night in Toronto. The U of TChoirs join together for the Te Deumby Anton Bruckner at MacMillanTheatre, conducted by Agnes Grossman.The York University GospelChoir, under Karen Burke's direction,rocks out at York. The Universityof Western Ontario Choirshold an Alumni gala Concert at theGeorge Weston Recital Hall, withmany special guests. And the VictoriaUniversity Chorus holds itsAnnual Spring Concert in the IsabelBader Theatre.The Toronto WelshMale Voice ChoirWilliam Woloschuk, Artistic Directorpresents itscSAruuuit3fVWuf ~Wednesday May 2 at 7:30 pmEglinton St. George's United Church35 Lytton Boulevard (at Duplex)Tickets: .00Tel: 416-410-2254e-mail: twmvc.tickets@hotmail.comVisit us @ www.twmvc.comBAND Standby Jack MacQuarrieFall of '45In last December's column, discussing how band memberships havechanged over the years, I mentioned that, in the late 1940's, the Students'Administrative Council of the University of Toronto convened a specialmeeting to debate whether or not they would permit a girl to play in theuniversity band. A few weeks later I was delighted to receive a telephonecall from that pioneering lady. Not only did she confirm that she is still anactive member of a community band, but she offered to send me copies ofphotos and articles which appeared in at least two Toronto newspapers inthe fall of 1945. The photo to the right, reproduced here from a photocopy,shows Barbara Kissick (nee Barbara Dyment) surrounded by themen of the band (who don't appear to be the least resentful of her presence).Can you find yourself or a friend in this picture? I should be inthere, but am probably hidden in the rear.Cable concertIn last month's column mention was made of a concert in the CBC GlennGould Studio honouring Howard Cable. Since this featured The ElmerIseler Singers, conductor Lydia Adams and the True North Brass, it couldhardly be considered a concert band event. However, for a number ofreasons it warrants special mention here. First and foremost, the concertfeatured original works and arrangements by Howard Cable, the honouredguest of the evening. Howard stands head and shoulders above otherCanadians in his dedication to the enhancement of the concert band repertoirein Canada.Second, it may seem a stretch to extol the performance of a vocalensemble in a column devoted to concert bands and their music, but bandmusicians could learn much from performances such as the Iseler Singers'component of this concert. Their breathing, phrasing, tuning and overallimpeccable technique are all skills readily transferable to woodwind andbrass instrumentalists.Strangely, the vocal number which impressed me most was one I leastexpected to. Prior to the performance, as I perused the program, I askedmyself why they would include the mundane, tired, old "The Maple LeafForever" . Hadn't we outgrown that after being forced to sing it daily allthough elementary school? As the performance unfolded, I understood.The late famous accompanist Gerald Moore used to say that the hallmarkof a great artist is to be able to play the national anthem for the tenthousandth time and make it sound like an inspired fresh work receivingits first performance. Soloists Rebecca Whelan and Michael Thomas, ablyassisted by their fellow members of the Iseler Singers, transformed that"mundane" song for me. Featuring new lyrics by Vladimir Radian, thisstellar performance was a far cry from my recollections.Finally, as a brass player, I was bowled over by the technical virtuosityand musical sensitivity of the True North Brass. This was particularly soin their breathtaking rendition of Howard's arrangement of the CalixaLavallee overture "La Rose Nuptiale" ("The Bridal Rose"). The composerof Canada's national anthem never sounded better.New Concert BandCongratulations are in order for the latest community band in Ontario. Wehave just received word that the newly formed Milton Concert Band isthriving and growing. This new community concert band, which beganrehearsing on Feb 1, 2007, was founded by several former members ofthe Etobicoke Community Concert Band who have recently taken up residencein Milton. The founders felt that the burgeoning population of thatcommunity should be sufficient to provide enough interested instrumentaliststo form a band and also to develop an audience and tangible communitysupport. Under the capable baton of Joseph Resendes, a PhD candidatein music at York University, the band has already secured its firstperformance date - June 9th at Milton's 150th Anniversary Street Festival.As soon as we receive all of the necessary information, the band will beadded to our Band Directory. In the meantime, here are the importantdetails. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 8 - 10 pm. Any interested partiesare encouraged to view the band website at www.geocities.com/miltonconcertband,telephone to 416-508-6106 or you can e-mailmiltonconcertband@gmail .com.18 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM M AR CH 1 - APRI L 7 2007

Barbara Kissick (nee Barbara Dyment) surroundedConductors WantedThe North Toronto CommunityBand is searching for a new conductorto assume duties commencingin September for the 07-08 season.This adult band rehearses inToronto on Monday nights nearLawrence A venue and A venueRoad. If you know of anyone whomight be suitable and interested, askthem to contact John Krongold byphone at 416-787-5193 or by emailkrongold@rogers.com. Deadline forapplications is March 31. They alsohave issued a secondary plea for percussionists.The Kitchener Musical SocietyBand are also seeking a new conductor.The band rehearses in Kitcheneron Monday evenings. Anyoneinterested should contact Paul Henderson,Chair, KMSB Search Committee.His email address ishenders@ist.uwaterloo.ca.Coming EventsAs for band events on the horizon,there is a plethora of performancesof note in the early part of March.The weekend of March 2-4 is dominatedby the Hannaford Band's "Festivalof Brass " extravaganza at Toronto'sSt. Lawrence Centre. Fridayevening's "Community Showcase I"includes performances by The OntarioCentral Reservists Band of theSalvation Army, The Weston SilverBand, and the Canadian Staff Bandof the Salvation Army.Saturday morning's "Rising Stars"features performances by all threebrass bands in the Hannaford YouthProgram. Here, the three finalists inthe solo competition will compete forthe honour of performing with theHannaford Street Silver Band in Sunday'sfinal concert. In Saturday afternoon's"Community Showcase II"six more all-brass ensembles are featured:The Orillia Silver Band, Toronto'sMetropolitan Silver Band,The Whitby Brass Band, The IntradaBrass of Oakville, Ottawa's MapleLeaf Brass Band and New YorkState's Buffalo Silver Band.On Saturday evening The NewYork Staff Bandof the SalvationArmy have thestage al 1 tothemselves as- featured guestartists. Sundayafternoon's"Heavy Metal"concert by TheHannafordBand featuresAaron Vander-Weele, EuphoniumSoloistwith the New York Staff Band.March 4 and onMarch 4 at 3pm sees the MarkhamConcert Band taking its audiencein the Markham Theatre on a musicaljourney from a stunning arrangementof Moussorgsky's Pictures atan Exhibition to the dazzling latinimages of Chick Corea Ole.March 4 at 3pm WellingtonWinds perform a concert inGrandview Baptist church in Kitchenerdevoted to the compositionsand arrangements of JohandeMeij.This concert will be conducted by Mr.de Meij himself, perhaps bestknown in band circles for his firstsymphony, The Lord of the Rings.March 9 at 8pm in Etobicoke CollegiateAuditorium, 86 MontgomeryRoad, Toronto, the Etobicoke CommunityConcert Band presents its latest"Rising Star" program, with "FlyMe to the Moon". With the help of itsyoung guest vocalist, Darryn de Souza,the band promises a melange of outof-this-worldmusic: Star Wars to Sinatrawith a stop along the way for avisit to Gustav Holst's Mars.March 27 in the evening, MusicAlive presents community concertbands at Newmarket Theatre. Establishedfifteen years ago, Music Alivehas grown from a project of the YorkRegion District School Board to a region-widefestival which includes communitymusical groups. This year'sfestival includes an evening with fourcommunity bands and one schoolband performing for non-competitiveadjudication. This year's adjudicatoris Elliot Del Borgo, a frequentconsultant, clinician, lecturer, andadjudicator in the United States andabroad. Mr. Del Borgo is an internationally-knownconductor of bandsand orchestras.March 28 We have just learnedthat Dr. Henry Meredith and thePlumbing Factory Brass Band ofLondon, Ontario have a concert thatevening. 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