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Volume 12 - Issue 7 - April 2007

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18Women's Musical Club of TorontoAFTERNOON CONCERTApril 26, 1.30 p.m.Marion Newmanmezzo-sopranoGregory OhpianoWorks by Ernest Chausson, Gustav Mahler,Benjamin Britten, and the premiere of a new workby Barbara Croall, commissioned by the WMCT.Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building80 Queen's ParkTickets 416-923-7052Subscribe to rt/u:Jic in lhe-.A./ternoon110 th -.A.nni11er6ar'1 Sea:Jon2007-2008Thursday afternoons at 1.30 p.m.Six great concerts for the early-bird price of 5(Available to new subscribers May 1 - May 30th)Includes Pre-concert Lecturefor Subscribers 12.15 p. m.St. Lawrence String QuartetOctober 18, 2007Anton Kuerti, piano, & Teng Li, violaNovember 15, 2007James Ehnes, violinStewart Goodyear, pianoDecember 6, 2007Karina Gauvin, sopranoMarie-Nicole Lemieux, contraltoMichael McMahon, pianoFebrnary 7, 2008Shannon Mercer, soprano - March 6, 2008The Beaux Arts Trio -April 10, 2008Walter Hall, Edward Johnson BuildingFor more information or tosubscribe call 416-923-7052www.wmct.on.cawww.TH EWHOLENOTE.COMQuodlibetcontinued from page 17Another musician whose transformationinto a conductor manyof us will be watching with interestis horn player, James Sommerville,whose appointment as conductorof the Hamilton PhilharmonicOrchestra I wrote about lastmonth. We will not have to waitlong to see him on the podium: onApril 15 he will lead the HannafordStreet Silver Band throughan ambitious program, and beforethe concert we will have the opportunityto hear him in conversationwith one of the band's topbrass, Ray Tizzard.Orchestral MusicContinuing a little longer on orchestras,this issue is packed withorchestral music. For starters, theToronto Symphony Orchestra ispresenting the Orchestra Symphoniquede Quebec on April 11 ,the UBS Verbier Festival ChamberOrchestra with MaximVengerov on April 17, the NationalArts Centre Orchestra on April19 and the Orchestre Symphoniquede Montreal on April 21.A prominent theme in orchestralprogramming this month ismusic for film. The distinguishedItalian film composer, AlessioVlad, will be in Toronto on April26 to conduct the Toronto Philharmoniain a program of musiccomposed by him and by fellowItalian film composer, Nino Rota.Film music also figures prominentlyin the programs of the HamiltonPhilharmonic on April 14, ClarksonMusic Theatre on April 13,14 & 15, the Georgian Bay Symphonyand the River Run Centreon April 28 and the York SymphonyOrchestra on May 5 & 6.Music for film will also be featuredin the Wurlitzer Pops Organrecital on April 2 at CasaLoma and Opera in Concert' sApril 1 presentation is the operaDie Tote Stadt by Erich Korngold,best known as a film composer.Vocal RecitalsI have written much over the yearsabout our illustrious singers, evengoing so far as to claim that thenumber of vocal recitals going onwas an accurate reflection of a city'scultural health. One of the mostprominent Canadian singers thesedays is tenor, Michael Schade,who appears at least five times inour listings: solo recitals with pianist,Stephen Ralls, on April 16in Mississauga and April 19 in~n:i:tTIrz7i-~ ........ .-.... ~James SommervilleHamilton; with the Grand PhilharmonicChoir in Kitchener on April6; and with the Orchestre Symphoniquede Montreal, on April 21 atRoy Thomson Hall and on April22 at Centre in the Square in Kitchener.A singer closely associatedwith Schade is Russell Braun, whois doing a solo recital in Waterlooon April 4, which I also mentionedin last month's issue. The list goeson and on: please read the listingscarefully, as there are more concertsby masters of the art to befound there.Organ RecitalsSt. James' Cathedral's noon-hourrecital series is moving into thehome stretch of the 2006-07 season.The music director there,Michael Bloss will be giving a recitalas part of the series on Tuesday,April 17 as well as in the afternoonof Easter Day, April 8.One of my favorite organists isKevin Komisaruk, partly becauseof his wonderful recording, Tabulaturanova, of music by SamuelScheidt and partly because of experiencingthe depth of his understandingof baroque music as weprepared for Kaus Borealis' concertlast November. He will be givingthe noon recital at St. Jameson April 24. Just a heads up thatthe Organix Festival will be backfor a second time, beginning inMay . There are listings for it onMay 5 and 7, so that's where tolook if you're interested.Noon-hour concertsPerhaps it's a sign of the times,that we have noon-hour concertsin spades this month, with lots ofchamber music and solo recitals.Not only are they good for audiences, composed of people whoare often too busy to go to as manyevening concerts as they wouldlike; they're also a great opportunityfor musicians, who are tryingto transform themselves into bettermusicians, bringing us back fullcircleto where we began.A PRIL 1 - M AY 7 2007)>

World Viewb y Karen AgesThis month's offerings from the world music scene are rich,varied and numerous as usual. I highlight a few of them below,and refer you to our da ily listings for deta ils on other events:Based in New York, Berkeley, Chicago and Berlin, the membersof internationally renowned Klezmer ensemble Brave OldWorld come to the Isabel Bader Theatre on April 7 and 8. Theprogram, titled Song of the Lodz Ghetto is named for their CDrecorded in 2005, featuring Yiddish songs composed between I 940-44in Poland's Lodz Ghetto, holding place of Europe's second largestJewish community prior to the second world war.The songs, which were collectedfrom holocaust survivors by Israeliethnomusicologist Gila Flam duringthe I 980's, paint a picture ofeveryday life. As the name suggests,this is Klezmer with a very"Old World" sound. Brave OldWorld is Michael Alpert (vocals,violin); A lan Bern (accordion, piano);Kurt Bjorling (clarinet); andStuart Brotman (multiple instruments).Incidentally, Bjorling playsan instrument made by RichmondHill clarinet maker Stephen Fox.Recently back from touring Indiaand western Canada, Toronto'ssensational Indian/Jazz fusion bandautorickshaw releases its thirdCD, So the Journey Goes, on AprilI 1 at the Lula Lounge (see CD reviewthis issue). I confess, I'm abit of a sucker for Bollywood, andthe track Aaj Ki Raat is one of myfavourites, s ung wonderfully byvocalist Suba Sankaran, with backupfrom members of the HannafordStreet Silver Band! T here's also aversion of Leonard Cohen's Birdon a Wire, a new traditional compositionby Suba's dad, mastersouth-Indian drummer TrichySankaran, and much more. Suba andtabla player Ed Hanley are j o inedby bassist Rich Brown and theband's new percussionist PatrickGraham, who replaces Deb Sinha(though Sinha is heard on the CD),and other guests.Alan Davis of Small WorldMusic prese nts the 2007 SouthAsian Music Festival, openingApri I 15 with Mushfiq Ensemble,mus ic of Afghanistan, at Harbourfront'snewly renamed EnwaveTheatre. This is followed by ShivkumarSharma (santoor) and ZakirHussain (tabla), two of India'sgreatest musicians, April 20 at theGeorge Weston Recital Hall; April29, Vancouver's Indo-jazz ensembleTandava perform s withStephen Kent (didgeridoo) at theLula Lounge; also at Lula, on May3 is Bollywood Fever, described as"a sizzling music and dance fundraiser";and on May 6, (also at Lula)the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemblepresents Sunda Songs,"songs of love, loss, longing anddevotion". These songs come fromSunda, (West Java, Indonesia), andwill be sung in English by guestvocalists Jennifer Moore (PirateJenny), the above mentioned SubaSankaran, and premier Arabic-Canadiansinger Maryem Tollar. Thefestival continues with more eventslater in May, so stay tuned.A few months ago I attended aconcert given by Cantores CelestesWomen's Choir, and wasquite impressed not only by thevariety of repertoire and the qualityof the sound they made, underthe able direction of Ke! ly Galbraith,but also by the size of theaudience they drew! Cantores Celestesis also unique in that a generousportion of their ticket sales aredonated to charity. Their concertBRAVE OLD WORLD (from left): Michael Alpert, Kurt Bjorling,Stuart Brotman, Alan Bernon April 28, at Runnymede UnitedChurch, titled Dances ofTime - TheSpirit of Africa, will feature guestmusicians including Ghanaian masterdrummer K wasi Dunyo, percussionistsRay Dillard and Andy Morris,coloratura soprano McKenzieMorgan and others, in a program ofworks by Canadian composers,British composer Karl Jenkins,works inspired by Iroquois, African,and game Ian music.$ I 000 wil Ibe donated to the Stephen LewisFoundation for AIDS in Africa.Please come and support this event.In the listings: April 4: tabla playerRavi Naimpally's South Asianworld-fusion band Tasa plays compositionsfrom their latest CD UrbanTurban (Trane Studio); April5: Worlds of Music Toronto, workshop ensembles recital (HartHouse); Paul Matthew Band,Gypsy music and dance (Bata ShoeMuseum); April 7: Anhai, singer/guitarist, extended vocal techniques,throat singing, animal sounds (HeliconianHall); RCM Faculty Associationconcert in support of studentscholarships, includes worldmusic (RCM, 90 Croatia St.);Malhar Group, Indian classicalmusic with Ustad Shahid Parves(sitar), Sandipan Samajpati (vocals),Abhijit Banerjee, SubhenChatterjee (tabla), Neelesh Nadkarni(harmonium), (Living ArtsCentre, Mississauga); April 15 :Khac Chi Ensemble, music fromVietnam (York Quay Centre, Harbourfront);Apri I 2 I : AcousticHarvest Folk C lub, I 0th Anniversarycelebration, 25 musiciansperform (St. Nicholas AnglicanChurch); April 28: Toronto ClassicaI Turkish Music Choir(Trinity-St. Paul's); Joanna deSouza, North Ind ian kathakdance, with tabla, sarangi (GlennGould Studio); London Pro Musica,Around the World in NarrativeSong, with Persian, Latin, Africanpercussion (Dundas St. UnitedChurch, London).Karen Ages is an oboist who hasalso been a member of severalworld music ensembles. 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