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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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Back Beat: Readers

Back Beat: Readers respond, continued from page 9On truncated reviews and downtown biasesWilliam O'Meara and Gordon D. MansellArtistic DirectorsFor Detailed Information and Tickets, visit or callwww.organixconcerts.ca n 416-241-9785May 2006s M T w T F s1 2 3 4 II6 B 8 m 10 11 1213 14 15 ml 17 18 1920 21 22 gJ 24 25 ~27 28 29 m 31 DJuneSaturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.William Wright - organDeer Park United Church129 St. Clair Avenue W., (west of Yonge St.,near Avenue Rd.)Monday, May 7, 8:00 p.m.Simon GledhillCasa LomaOne Austin Terrace (north of Dupontsubway station)Wednesday, May 9, 6:00-6:30 p.m.Michael Barth - trumpetAndrei Streliaev - organSt. Andrew's Lutheran Latvian Church383 Jarvis St. (corner of Carlton & Jarvis,3 blocks east of Yonge)Wednesday, May 16, 6:00-6:30 p.m.Thomas Filches - organSt. Andrew's Lutheran Latvian Church383 Jarvis St. (corner of Carlton & Jarvis,3 blocks east of Yonge)Wednesday, May 23, 6:00-6:30 p.m.,Robert Hall - piano, William O'Meara - organ,John Ford - narratorSt. Andrew's Lutheran Latvian Church383 Jarvis St. (corner of Carlton & Jarvis,3 blocks east of Yonge)Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,Show and TellDeer Park United Church129 St. Clair Ave. W., (west of Yonge St.,near Avenue Rd.)Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.Finale Concert - Choir & OrganRachel Laurin - organThe Senior Choir of St. Michael's Choir SchoolJerzy Cichocki - conductorSt. James' CathedralCorner of King & Church Streets(3 blocks east of Yonge St.)I really don't think the publishers havegiven any thought to the readers. Whether therecord companies buy ads or not, I believemost readers still expect to find reviews of thelatest releases in the magazine. I know that'smy main reason for going out of my way topick up a copy. At the beginning of everymonth I grab the new issue at the World'sBiggest Bookstore, scan the reviews to findout what's new, then head over to HMV to seeif they're in stock. The idea of having to go online to read the reviews is simply absurd!LenSome friends and I were discussing it theother day and we all felt that fewer reviews(even slightly longer) but complete reviews ismuch better than the current idea of many"snippets" (especially if they are only printedin part).AnnetteAnd a second bogey (Toronto-centrism)reared its hoary head, but this time from asource far less remote than usual:I am writing to express my profounddispleasure with comments about YorkUniversity in the opening paragraphs of yourQuodLibet column in the March issue. Youmention there are many interesting recitalstaking place at York - and then in the nextbreath, you actively dissuade people fromattending. This is an astonishing approach for apublication that purports to support and reflectthe live music scene. IfWholeNote's missionis to promote music events in the GTA andbeyond, you have done not only York but alsoyour readership a great disservice. Thereasons you give for your "thumbs down" -geography and parking costs - are, I submit,specious. You say that the trip to York is"prohibitively long". (Yet, in the precedingsentence you mention concerts at WilfridLaurier and Queen's University. On mymap, the distance to Kitchener-Waterloo orKingston is considerably greater than thetrek from Bathurst and Bloor to North York.)You are writing from a clearly"downtown-centric" point of view - onethat seems counter-intuitive for a magazinewhose primary distribution area, according toyour marketing material, includes Port Perry,Keswick, Orangeville and Brantford, andwhose pages feature many events listingsas well as advertisers outside the 416 areacode. In fact York University is readilyaccessible, both by car and transit, for a verylarge segment of the Toronto population -not to mention the million+ residents in theburgeoning 905 region in our backyard. Forthose audiences, our location is far moreconvenient than Roy Thomson Hall, WalterHall, Harbourfront or the Four SeasonsCentre for the Performing Arts.Parking charges are of course a favouritecomplaint ofall Torontonians, includingmyself. However, having attended a meetingat the University of Toronto this week, I canconfirm that York's parking fees are in fact alittle lower than U ofT's (and our parking ismuch easier to find).But the main and most worrisome point iswhy you would use either of these issues todiscourage music lovers from coming out toenjoy our concerts. We offered more thanthree dozen events to your readership lastmonth. It is incomprehensible to me why youwould want to undermine the value of yourown publication and the efforts we at Yorkare making to build and support musicalculture and community.Phillip SilverDean, Faculty of Fine Arts, YorkHave your say by e-mailing backbeat@thewholenote.comor by mail to WholeNote Back Beat, 503-720 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON MSS 2R428 concertsChoirs, Orchestras,Pianists, QuartetsSEPTEMBER 21 fo,SEPTEMBER 30, 200770WWW. THEWHO LENOTE. COM

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 30 1 h ANNIVERSARY SEASONMONUMENTAL OPENINGTwo symphony orchestras,three choirs, and tenorSATURDAY, JULY 7, 2007 AT 8 P.M.The Quebec Symphony and theOrchestre MetropolitainYoav TALMI, conductorTCHAIKOWSKY: 1812 OvertureBERLIOZ: Te DeumPIANIST ALAIN LEFEVRE IN RECITALThe best of the romantic repertoireFRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007 AT 8 P.M.Celebrated pianist Alain Lefevre playsSchubert, Schumann and Rachmaninov.RECEIVE FREE SEASON BROCHUREAvailable May 8, 2007On our website: www.lanaudiere.orgContact us: 450-759-7636 orfestival@lanaudiere.orgALL 9 BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES -PAAVOJARVICONDUCTORFRIDAY, JULY 27 TO SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007From Bremen, Germany, the 60 musiciansof the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonieled by world-renowned conductor PaavoJarvi present all nine Beethoven Symphoniesover 3 days.KENT NAGANO AND THEMONTREAL SYMPHONYFRIDAY, JULY 20, SATURDAY, JULY 21AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 4Three fascinating programs. Detailsavailable in season brochure.TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATIONSTicket office opens May 8:call 1-800-561-4343For accommodations call Hotels Gouverneur1-888-910-1111

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