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Volume 13 - Issue 8 - May 2008

Includes the 2008 Canary Pages

wholenote·The Toronto

wholenote·The Toronto Concert-Goer's GuideVolume 13 #8, May 1 - June 7, 2008Copyright© 2008 WholeNote Media, Inc.720 Bathurst Street, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4416-323-2232 info@thewholenote.com fax 416-603-4791General Inquiries: Extension 21Publisher: Allan Pulker, extension 27; publisher@thewholenote.comEditor: David Perlman, extension 28; editorial@thewholenote.comAssistant Editor: Catherine Muir, extension 21National & retail advertising:Allan Pulker, extension 27; publisher@thewholenote.comEvent advertising/membership:Karen Ages, extension 26; members@thewholenote.comProduction liaison/education advertising:Jack Buell, extension 25; adart@thewholenote.comClassified Advertising; Announcements, Etc:Simone Desilets, extension 29; classad@thewholenote.comListings department: extension 21; listings@thewholenote.comDavid Perlman, Colin Eatock, Richard HaskellJazz Listings: Sophia Perlman, extension 28;jazz@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & Subscriptions:Chris Malcolm, extension 33; circulation@thewholenote.comProduction: 416-351-7171; Fax: 416-351-7272Production Manager: Peter Hobbs, production@thewholenote.comLayout & Design: Verity Hobbs, Rocket Design (Cover Art)Systems Manager: systems@thewholenote .cornWebmaster: Colin Puffer, webmaster@thewholenote.comContributors:Discoveries Editor: David Olds, discoveries@thewholenote .cornBeat by Beat : Quod libet (Allan Pulker); Early (Frank Nakashima) ;Choral (Allan Pulker); World (Karen Ages); New Music (RichardMarsella); Jazz (Jim Galloway) ; Band (Jack MacQuarrie); Opera(Christopher Haile); Musical Life (mJ Buell) ; Books (Pamela Margles)Features (this issue): Pamela MarglesCD Reviewers (this issue): Seth Estrin, Daniel Foley, Janos Gardonyi , JimGalloway, Jon Keillor, Pamela Margles, Terry Robbins , Bruce Surtees ,Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman, Diane WellsProofreaders: Karen Ages, Catherine Muir, Simone DesiletsListings: David Perlman, Colin Eatock, Simone Desilets, Richard HaskellDATES AND DEADLINESNext issue is Volume 13 #9 covering June 1 - July 7, 2008Display Ad Reservations Deadline: 6pm Friday May 16, 2008Free Event Listings Deadline: 6pm Thursday May 15, 2008Advertising Materials Due: 6pm, Tuesday May 20 , 2008Publication Date: Thursday May 29, 20086~ QIQUTl'Ufl .MiJ:N ..... Patnm.oine Canadian . r::?71111.:.1 , ..,f#.,.,..,. ,.,.. canad1en Horitage torontr-arts :::o uncd ~musicwbrks>< Imperial Tobacco Canada FoundationRoger D. Mooreu1: 1 · ~ 1 IL t u-.J IIIll ~, tl' I ! I ,1WholeNote Media Inc. accepts noresponsibility or liability for claims madefor any product or service reported onor advertised in this issue.Circulation Statement,May 2008:30,000 printed and distributedPrinted in Canada by Couto Printing andPublishing ServicesCanadian Publication Product SalesAgreement 1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadianaddresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4www. th ewh o I en o t e .co mWWW. TH EWHOLENOTE. COM MAY 1 - J UNE 7 2008

Bindery pockets?FOR OPENERS •••Take it from me. When you're rummaging for i.d. (halfcocked, needless to say, or you wouldn't have made theillegal tum that's now necessitating your rummaging fori.d.), it's not the quantity of paper you're carrying thatdoes you in, it's the number of pockets.Same goes for a magazine. This magazine is a full 24pages shy of the fattest we've done, but it's got usfumbling and stumbling late into the night. Why?Bindery feed pockets. That's why. Six of them. Googlethe term, then count the various bits in this magazine,and you'll get my drift. Like herding cats, it's been ( orcanaries).Especially once you think you know the ropes, thedevil's in the details.But if the devil is in the details, so too is the delight. Inthe case of bindery pockets, it's the delight of finallybeing able to mix elements like this issue's two insertsand our annual Canary Pages in with our more usualfare.Speaking of delightful details, there's one I particularlywant to share. It was a tiny moment in conversation withAgnes Grossmann, architect of the closest thingToronto has had in my remembrance to a full-fledgedsummer chamber music series. She was filling me in onsome of the details of this year's event, which combinessummer advanced academic residencies for topflightstudents from around the world with a sparkling seriesof concerts by top flight artists. And a student opera,this year Strauss's Ariadne au/ Naxos.That was the detail that delighted. This particular opera,you see, is rooted in a very specific vocabulary ofgesture - commedia dell'arte in this case - as much soas the intricate productions of our own Opera Atelier.Stultifying, you say? Forcing singers to move andgesture in a particular stylized way? Not so, my friend.What it does is to take the drama out of the fussy stuff( or the livestock) and focus it where it belongs - backinto the music, back into the voice. Go hear Measha inJdomeneo this month and you'll hear what I mean.It's like the freedom that comes with wearing a schooluniform. (The things you have time to think aboutbecause of all the things you don't have to think about.)Unless of course the uniform has too many pockets.David Perlman, editor~ORGANIX08A Music l'

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