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Volume 12 - Issue 9 - June 2007

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TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIRiiThis month's cover (2)LIFT OFF! GOING FOR BAROQUEOld Meets Fresh, Brave and New in Juneby mJbuellReady to fall in love with somethingold in brand new ways thismonth? You have three greatopportunities:(1) Ride wheels or a magiccarpet to The Montreal BaroqueFestival - du Ciel auxenfers (From Heaven to Hell)for a fifth innovative year in oldMontreal (June 22-25). Theopening performance is Monteverdi'sL'Orfeo, Favola inMusica, presented in the DarlingFoundry (truly an old foundry, not aconcert hall named after some richpeople!). Featuring La Bande MontrealBaroque; Charles Daniels, SamanthaLouis-I ean, NathanielWatson, Eric Milnes, conductor; andstage director Lawrence Cotton, it'sa first production for Montreal ofwhat's considered the first "real"opera (Mantua, 1607). Artistic DirectorSusie Napper: "This year ourparade takes Notre-Dame, which isa bigger street. We've kept lots ofnice little historical venues and gotsome new ones. There will be aconcert in the court of Maison Papineau,and another concert in a venuewe' II keep secret until the day."(2) "What better place for a Bacchanalethan a verdant farm on theedge of a forest, bird song and sy I­van fragrances wafting through theopen space of the former barn!",says bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson.The Grand River BaroqueFestival (June 15,16, 17), in Cambridge(an hour west of Toronto):offers 5 refreshing takes on earlyfare. The June 16th 8pm concert, forexample, presents Bach, RameauThe parade, Montreal Baroque Festivaland Purcell (17th and 18th centuryinnovators), juxtaposed with two newworks influenced by them (by MathieuLussier from Quebec), bringingtogether Nadina Mackie Jackson,trumpeter Guy Few, and the TorontoChamber Orchestra, conducted byKevin Mallon.(3) In Toronto the Tafelmusik BaroqueSummer Institute gets theyoung summer going. Four freeconcerts (June 2, 7, 11, 14) featurevariously: the Tafelmusik BaroqueOrchestra and Chamber Choir;many individual musicians in chamberand solo works; and ardent,young, international Institute participants.This year, three of the musiciansmentoring young performersare themselves graduates of the Institute- "pay it forward" baroquestyle.Violinists Julie Wedman,Aisslinn No sky, and Christina Zachariasare hardly what you'd callold hands, but they list a veritablewho's who among their own mentors,including Jeanne Lamon, andLinda Melsted. But run, don't walkif you are planning to attend theseconcerts - they fill up very quickly.SUMMER SURVEY CONTINUES ON PAGE62WHO'S READING WHOLENOTE?Visit us online, answer ourquestion (or two) of themonth, and earn achance to win twotickets to Vivaldi'sFour Seasons atFestival of theSound.LOG ONIN JUNETO WIN!12www .thewholenote.comWWW.THEWHOLENOTE. COM JUNE 1 -JULY 7 2007

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