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Volume 13 - Issue 9 - June 2008

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Anton Kuerti, pianist~at are you doing this summer?I have a very busy summer, performing and giving master classesat Collingwood Festival, Festival des Hautes-Laurentides, Orford,Calgary's Morningside Music Bridge, Banff, Toronto SummerAcademy and Festival, Vermont Festival, Niagara InternationalChamber Music Festival, and the Chethams Piano Festivalin Manchester, UK.Is it a typical summer for you?This is more than I have usually done in the summer- usually Ihave taken August off entirely.How does music-making in the summer differ from the rest of theyear?Scenic locations, working intensively with groups of studentswhom I have not met before, performing with outstanding fellowartists, staying in one location for a whole week or more, and thepossibility of programming exotic repertoire.What are you looking forward to the most?Climbing some more mountains near Banff!Your most fond memory from a previous summer?Performing Hermann Goetz' wonderful Piano Quartet at Marlboro.Maryem Tollar, singer~at are you doing this summer?June 6 I'll be singing with the East Coast New World Orchestraled by Chris Church at the LuminaTO festival in Toronto. ThenI'm performing with Bharatanatyam dancer Lata Pada's company,Sampradaya Dance Creations, on June 10 at the CanadaDance Festival in Ottawa.The Maryem Tollar Ensemble performs with Alfred Gamiland Mohamed Aly from Cairo, Egypt on June 22 in Toronto, aconcert co-produced with Small World Music and the TD CanadaTrust Toronto Jazz Festival. Early July brings the ensembleto London, Ontario and Sunfest, while the end of the monthbrings the ensemble to Calgary, where we perform with Gamiland Aly again (July 25-27) as part of the Calgary Folk MusicFestival. Also as part of the Calgary festival, I teach a vocalworkshop on Arabic Music with Ernie Tollar. Then, in late July(28- 29), the Ensemble is performing at the Ottawa ChamberMusic Festival, and in early August (1-3) at the Blue Skies Festival.I am teaching a vocal Arabic workshop, Ernie is teachingsaxophone, Arabic Flute, and world ensemble workshops fromAugust 3-10 at a Music Camp through the Ontario Music Centreat Lakefield College on Lake Katchewanooka. And finally, fromCONTINUES ON PAGE 1412 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMALL-CANADIAN JAZZ FESTIVALSep 19 - 21 I Memorial Park,Port Hope, ON (Map D)The All-Canadian Jazz FestivalPort Hope highlights 13 ensemblesin a weekend celebration of the country'sbest jazz. Friday night's freeadmissionopener features theDanny Marks All-Star Blues Revue.Emilie-Claire Barlow plays theSaturday Night headline concert.Daytime concerts include MichaelOcchipinti's Sicilian Jazz Project,Laila Biali Trio with Guido Basso,CaneFire, AlexCuba, and Nimmons'n' Nine ... Now. In Memorial Park,downtown Port Hope, one houreast of Toronto; park is licensedand there are food vendors on site.905-885-1938www.allcanadianjazz.caASHKENAZ FESTIVALAug 26 - Sep 1 I HarbourfrontCentre and other venues, Toronto,ON(Map B)One of the largest and most prestigiousevents of its kind anywherein the world, Ashkenaz 2008 willonce again feature the best of theglobal Yiddish/Jewish culturescene, from traditional and boundary-breakingKlezmer and Yiddishmusic, to diverse offerings in theatre,film, visual arts, literature, familyprogramming, participatorydance workshops, and theAshkenaz Parade. Headliners include:Jewish funk supergroupAbraham Inc. (featuring Fred Wesley,David Krakauer, and Socalled);Argentinian Yiddish Tango divaZully Goldfarb; legendary mandolinist/clarinetistAndy Statman;Ukrainian brass band KonsonansRetro; Kosher Gospel with JoshuaNelson, Dave Wall , and KenWhiteley; Sephardic music withPharaoh's Daughter, Mashala, andFlory Jagoda; and much more!416-979-9901www. ashkenazfestival .cornBAYFIELD FESTIVAL OF SONGJun 7 - 8 I Town Hall, Bayfield,ON (Map C)The Bayfield Festival of Song,Town Hall, Bayfield, Ontario. OnSaturday, June 7 at 11 am StephenRalls and Bruce Ubukata present arecital of music for piano duet,Schubert in the morning. On June 7at 8 pm soprano Nathalie Paulinand mezzo Anita Kraus sing a programmeof songs, duets and operatichighlights. The Bayfield CocktailBook is Sunday, June 8 at 2:30pm, with singers Lucia Cesaroni,Kathleen Promane, Colin Ainsworth,Benjamin Covey and pianistsStephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukatain an eclectic and effervescent programme,including Liebesleid-Liederby Canadian composer JohnGreer.416-735-7982www.aldeburghconnection.orgBLUE BRIDGE FESTIVALJun 6 - 8 I Sutton - Jackson'sPoint and Lake Simcoe, ON(Map A)Chamber Music, Poetry, Songwriters,Choirs- and paddling Opera Singers!Brenda Muller, artistic director.Three concerts, 18 creative adventuresfeaturing chamber music, poetryand song. A canoe/kayak paddlewith opera singers, Children's Corner,historic horse-drawn wagontour, ferry ride and Strawberry Socialcombine with innovative concertprogramming to produce this remarkableevent. Festival hosts:Ardeleana(Elkinson, flute; Muller,cello; Maguire, piano), vocalistsWallis Giunta and Andrea Cerswell;poets Barry Dempster, Pat Keeney,and Travis Lane. Guests include:Yellow River Ensemble, TapestryChamber Choir, Marie-Lynn Hammond,Magoo, Robert Owen, ChippewaDrummers. Premiers: AliceHo (Chinese/Western Instruments),Jean Anderson (cello/piano).289-470-1099www. bluebridgefestival. cornBROTT Music FESTIVALJun 14 -Aug 21 I Hamilton, ON(Map C)Brott Music Festival celebrates its21 st season as Canada's largest orchestralmusic festival. And featuresclassical, jazz, recital, popsand education concerts in greaterHamilton. 2008 guest artists includeJames Elmes, Sophie Milman,Lara St. John, John Fanning, andValerie Tryon. The Orchestra-inresidenceis the National AcademyOrchestra, Canada's only professionaltraining orchestra- youngmusic graduates are paired withprofessionals, both on and offstage.2008 performances includeBeethoven's Pastorate Symphonyand Dvorak's New World Symphonyand Firebird (1919). Season finaleis Gustav Mahler's magnificentResurrection Symphony. ArtisticDirector is the charismatic andinnovative Maestro Boris Brott.Subscription packages available.J UNE 1 -J UL Y 7 2008

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