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Volume 13 - Issue 8 - May 2008

Includes the 2008 Canary Pages

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Festival, UK); invited international participants:Jarko Aikens, Muziekgebouw,Amsterdam) & David Lang (Bang on a CanFestival, New York). Edward JohnsonBuilding, 80 Queen's Park. 416-504-1282;to register: www.newmusicnetwork.ca; (CNMN members).• June 7 5:30: Canadian League ofComposers/soundaXis. Music, Texture,Material. A panel discussion focusing on thetheme of soundaXis '08. Participants includeLori Freedman, John Gzowski, Sharon Kanach,Linda Catlin Smith and James Harley. MusicGallery, 197 John St. 416-964-1364. Free.Followed by concert with Penderecki StringQuartet (see Section l ); closing with a recep·lion after the concert hosted by CLC and theCanadian Music Centre.MASTER CLASSES*May 4, May 18, May 25 & June 1, 2:00·5:30: Singing Studio of Deborah Staiman.Master classes in musical theatre/auditionpreparation, using textual analysis and otherinterpretative tools for the "sung monologue".Yonge & Eglinton area - please call for exactlocation. 416-483-9532,www.singingstudio.ca*May 10 & 18, 7:00: Vocalway Studios.Voice master class with Tom Schilling.Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Ave.,Hamilton. 905-546-5671,www.vocalway.com (participant),$ lO(auditor).*May 13 6:00: Vocalway Studios. Voicemaster class with Tom Schilling. CollegeStreet United Church, 452 College St. 905-546-5671, www.vocalway.com (participant), O(auditor).WORKSHOPS*May 3 9am-4pm: Claim Your VoiceStudios. World Songs Workshop. Facilitatedby Alan Gasser & Becca Whitla. Materials,refreshments, lunch provided. MacNeillBaptist Church, 1145 King St. West, Hamil·ton. 905-544-1302. , (if you bring afriend).*May 4 1 :30-4:00: Toronto Early MusicPlayers Organization. Workshop on earlymusic for winds & strings, including recordermaintenance. Led by Femke Bergsma, performeron recorder & vielle and instrumentmaker. Bring your early instruments and stand;music provided. Lansing United Church, 49Bogert Ave. 416-778-7777. , membersfree.*May 9 7:30-1 Opm: Recorder Players'Society. Opportunity for recorder and/orother early instrument players to play Renaissance& Baroque music in groups. Church ofthe Transfiguration, 111 Manor Rd. East.416-534- 7931. O(CAMMAC member),(non-member).*May 18-June 15, Sundays 12 noon·2pm: Worlds of Music Toronto. AfricanHand Drumming. Led by Waleed Abdulhamidof Radio Nomad. Trane Studio, 964 BathurstSt. 416-588-8813. each session, pay-asyou-play.*May 21 7:30: Toronto ShapenoteSinging from Sacred Harp. Beginnerswelcome. Music Room, Bloor Street UnitedChurch, 300 Bloor St. W. (at Huron). 416-922-7997 or pleasancecrawford@rogers.com*May 241 Oam-4pm: CAMMAC. KlezmerWorkshop. Led by Brian Katz. Elliott Hall,Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St.416-369-9564. (members), (nonmembers).*May 27 8:00: Toronto Folk Singers'Club. An informal group that meets for thepurpose of performance & exchange of songs.Audiences are welcome. Tranzac Club, 292Brunswick Ave. 416-532-0900.*May 29 1 :00: Canadian League ofComposers/SoundaXis 2008. Workshopon contemporary cello technique for composers& cello enthusiasts, presented by Frances­Marie Uitti. Edward Johnson Bldg, 80Queen's Park. To register: 877-964-1364;Information line: 416-925-3457.*May 29 7:30: Toronto Early MusicCentre. Vocal Circle. Recreational reading ofearly choral music. Ability to read music isdesirable but not essential. 212 Riverdale Ave.416-920-5025. (non-members), membersfree.*May 30 7:30-1 Opm: Recorder Players'Society. Opportunity for recorder and/orother early instrument players to play Renaissance& Baroque music in groups. Church ofthe Transfiguration, 111 Manor Rd. East.416-534-7931 . (CAMMAC member),(non-member).• June 11 :30-4:00: Toronto Early MusicPlayers Organization. Workshop on earlymusic for winds & strings. Led by KevinKomisaruk, singer & performer on recorder,harpsichord and organ. Bring your early instrumentsand stand; music provided. LansingUnited Church, 49 Bogert Ave. 416-778-7777. , members free.MUSICAL LIFESpring Concerts: When the Jointis JUinpin' .... Sparks Flyby ml buellOver the next six weeks young people in schools will performconcerts that represent months of preparation, and measurelessdevoted energy.I remember one I attended not too long ago, at an inner city highschool. There were junior and senior orchestras, bands, jazz bands,choirs, and chamber ensembles of various shapes and sizes : someexcruciating, some accomplished. The evening was memorable forthe amazing level of engagement of the young performers butadditionally by the disturbing fact there were significantly morepeople on stage, most of the time, than in the audience.If there'd been even one person in the audience for each studentin the concert the place would have been wall-to-wall packed,standing room only . A full house is itself a message to the performers,their mentors, the principal whose support can make or break ateacher's opportunities to inspire, and the administrators and funderswhose decisions affect the future of these programmes.Concerts aside, the front-line teachers know why they are there:"Going to school, especially middle school, is about manydifferent things for different kids. There will always be teacherswho think it's just about math or history. But being part of makingmusic with other kids , feeling involved in what's happening is a bigpart of it. There are kids who just keep showing up in the musicroom, because it's where they feel good. And then they still want tocome to school the next day ... " (L. Gilman, music teacher at LordLansdowne Public School)Arts organizations outside the school system continue to getinvolved in making musical experiences accessible to young people,with special initiatives to make concerts more accessible to childrenand youth: the TSO "tsoundcheck" programme, Tafelmusik's PWYCFridays are just two examples of this. Opera Atelier's "Making ofan Opera" programme brings young people out of school and intothe world of costume, rehearsal, swordplay and theatre crafts.And this past April 24, the Art of Jazz hosted Jumpin' at Roy'sat Roy Thomson Hall: the fruit of weeks of inspired shared learningMetropolitan United Churchpresents~@MPKIDS AT MET PERFORMINGDAY CAMP FOR THE PERFORMING ARTSAugust 25- August 29Ages 4-6 mornings,full days for 7 through teensSinging, instrumental music, drama, danceInformation: 416-363-0331 Ext. 2652WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM M AY 1 - J UNE 7 2008

with jazz "poet laureate"86 year-old Jon Hendricks.Hendricks sangup a storm with the Artof Jazz CommunityVoices: 240 youngvocalists from 10elementary and middleschools from the TorontoJane/Finch area whowere involved in thisinitiative. Their familieswere there to be delightedand amazed, ticketsand busses provided. Andfamilies from theirschools whose childrenwere not involved wereenabled to attend ontickets provided by RoyThomson Hall ' s "Sharethe Music" programme.The young singers,dancers and drummerswere joined on stage byveteran jazzers DonThompson, ArchieAlleyne, David Virelles,Jane Bunnett, LarryCramer, Bonnie Lester,and the Toronto MassChoir, for an eveningof scatting and be-bop,gospel and generaljazzing around.The children's' own comments addedpoetry to the evening: heartfelt uncensoredwords like "music gives me something to livefor" and "I wish everybody could havemusic, always". And the Barry Harris' song"The Things We Need" gave some seriousfocus to what was mostly an explosivelyjoyful occasion ..With you by our side,we'll grow tall as a tree.Our roots deep and strongand our minds will be free.Our needs are so fewand we 're turning to youto give us the things we need ...Creative Sparks will fly on WednesdayMay 7 at the MaRS Centre (101 College St.at University). As part of Esprit Orchestra'sNew Wave Festival selected studentcomposers who have been part of Esprit'sCreative Sparks programme, will have theopportunity to premiere their pieces. CreativeSparks has made it possible for youngstudent composers and performers at fivediverse Toronto area schools (St. ElizabethCatholic High School; Claude Watson Schoolof the Arts; Rockcliff Middle School; NorthToronto Collegiate; Etobicoke School of theArts). Musical kids, who might not previous-MUSICMONDAY.... and Every Dayby ml buelli:52 Monday May 5th is the Coalition forz Music Education in Canada's fourth annual......-----------------~==-::-, Music Monday. Students and teachersTop: Getting ready for Art of Jazz's "Jumpin 'at Roy's"Below: Sparks will fly - composer mentor Scott Good at the doorway to theMaRS Discovery District (sw corner of College and University) which hostsEsprit Orchestra's May 7 Creative Sparks student spectacularfrom schools across the country will taketheir music outside to perform in the openair of their school grounds or in theircommunities. Some will perform on theirown; others will collaborate with localschools and community or professionalarts organizations and ensembles. Many!o...... individual artists across the country havechosen to involve themselves in Music~ Monday celebrations.~ The Coalition's website will best informm'.': you of the genesis and evolution of thisi project, and responses to it. Much of what-"---------~--~ R is said seems so obvious:ly have considered themselves composers hadthe opportunity to work directly with realliving breathing composer/mentors, and tosee their work through to public performance,in a shared concert with the likes ofCharles Ives, R. Murray Schaffer, and PhilipChasian. The mentors included Schafer,Chasian, Michael Colgrass, Scott Good,Douglas Schmidt and Esprit's own AlexPauk.Now they need an audience.So do the kids whose concerts will NOT beat Roy Thomson Hall, or the MaRs Centre.Use your heads, folks, and vote with yourfeet. Pack those concerts with familymembers, and friends who may not have orknow a school-aged child, but may havemusical or advocacy skills to offer. On theway out, thank the principal (usually hangingout by the auditorium door) for supportingthose teachers.School music teachers, and organizations thatprovide musical opportunities for the youngbattle for the credibility and viability of theirprogrammes every single day.You can afford one evening."The positive effects of music educationon children' s emotional and intellectualgrowth have been proven. Musiceducation demonstratively improvesstudent academic achievement, behaviorand attitude. Through music, kids learnhow to have constructive relationships withother people, how focus counts, howapplication produces results, how to dreamand most of all, how to feel true joy ... "(Bob Ezrin, 2004 Canadian Music Hall ofFame Inductee .)CONTINUES NEXT PAGETo Inquire and QuestionAs SeniorsTo Pursue Life's Greater PotentialAmong Seniors (55+)Join Uswww.ulyssean.on.ca416 410-1892M AY 1 - J UNE 7 2008WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM53

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