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Volume 14 - Issue 7 - April 2009

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made reference to a few bands in Southern Ontario which have inrecent years established "beginners' bands" for adults.Well , in my search for information on Silver Bands I stumbledacross an interesting organization in Alberta, the Lethbridge CommunityBand Society. They operate two bands; The Gold Band andThe Silver Band. "Gold Band is the original founding band . Whilepersonnel have changed over the years, the Gold Band takes onmore demanding music, soloist performances and more advancedliterature. Silver Band offers musical opportunities for adults whohave not played in many years, and wish to 'fine tune' their skills.Weekly rehearsals are held. Attendance and preparation are expected.Concert schedules and content are less demanding that the GoldBand, but the benefits and pleasures of music performance are justas high. "It's a model worth contemplating.Recognition: On March 10 the Mayor and Council of the Town ofMarkham held a special recognition ceremony to honour theMarkham Concert Band. In addition to congratulations for winningthe Ontario Band Association Gold Standard Award, special recognitionwas accorded band members for their continued contributionsin the planning of the town's proposed new recreation complex.Coming EventsI'm going to mention only one of well over a dozen events here:Sunday, May 3, 10:45 am The Metropolitan Silver Band underthe baton of Conductor Fran Harvey celebrates its 75th Anniversarywith a band prelude performance and worship service followed by aluncheon. Founded in 1931, and associated with Metropolitan UnitedChurch since 1934, the band invites alumni, current members,family and friends to join them. There will be special presentations,and displays of memorabilia. For details and/or luncheon ticketscontact band manager Michele McCall at 905-916-1808.Space constraints preclude listing other events in the magazine, butyou'll be glad to know that a more extended version of this articlecan be found on our website at www.thewholenote.comAND THE BEAT GOES ON •••. . . at thewholenote. cornQ. What do you call it when a magazine has fewer pages?A. Recession.As I said in the final paragraph of my "Opener" on page 6, we 'rehaving to do a bit of juggling each month to fit everything in. Thismonth it's the Beat by Beat writers feeling the pain. On the brightside, for those of you who use the internet, here are a couple morereasons to log on.In Beat by Beat: Early Music, Frank Nakashima writes:Michael Maniaci is a 32-year old male soprano. As far as we know,he remains the only natural male soprano on the operatic stage today.I ask if his vocal range is the same as a female soprano. "More orless," Maniaci replies, "I mean, my voice most naturally rests insort of a high lyric mezzo tessitura. I call myself a soprano becauseI'm not a countertenor and the roles that I sing are substantially higherthat what traditional countertenors can do." He adds, "If peopleare expecting to hear a countertenor, then I will be far from whatthey expect."He won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in2003, the same year he sang the role of Nerone in Monteverdi'sL 'incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Atelier. A few years later, in2006, he returned to sing an all-Mozart program with Tafelmusik, aswell as appearing in OA's production of Monteverdi's Oifeo. Hereprises the role of Nernne later this month."Having had a chance to grow up with this role has been such aunique experience. I feel like I'm coming back with the opportunityto find more depth, insight, and drama than I would have before.Working with Opera Atelier is one of those unique experiences thatevery artist hopes for throughout the course of a career.It's a thrill togo back into the arena with them and dive into the repertoire.(April 25, 26, 28, 20, May 1, 2)... Speaking of countertenors, Daniel Cabena and Richard Whittall,are accompanied by Joelle Morton (viola da gamba) and Sara-AnneChurchill (chamber organ) in a performance of Franc;ois Couperin'sexquisite Lerons de Tenebres which were inspired by the liturgy forHoly Week. These truly elegant settings of verses from The Lamentationsof Jeremiah are musical gems of radiant beauty. (April 18).For the complete April Early Music, including photographs, go toBeat columns in the Newsroom at www.thewholenote.comIn Beat by Beat: World View, Karen Ages writes:Sometimes I feel like I' m wearing too many hats ..... as advertisingcoordinator for this publication, as a freelance oboist. .. and thenthere's this column, dear to my heart, but not always given the timeand depth it deserves .... A "highlights in brief" summary is betterthan nothing! April 3, Roy Thomson Hall presents Scotland theBrave, ... Small World Music presents Bajofondo, an 8-piece electronica-infusedtango rock band whose members hail from Argentinaand Uruguay, April 5 at the Mod Club, ... and Alireza Ghorbani,one of Iran's top vocalists, .. . April 9 at Harbourfront's EnwaveTheatre . ... The Raag-Mala Society presents Milind Tulankar - Jaltarangin "The Ancient Art of the Indian Water Bowl" .. . April 19 ... . Ensemble Polaris performs music inspired by and features instrumentsfrom northern countries, in a program titled Viking VacationDestinations, April 24 at the Edward Day Gallery . .. . And YorkUniversity's Department of Music presents its World Music Festivalfeaturing its student ensembles ... April 30, and May 1 ....For details on all these and more, go to World View, under Beatcolumns, in the News Room at www.thewholenote.comDavid Perlman, editoreditorial@thewholenote.comWWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM A PRI L 1 - M AY 7 2009

WHOLENOTE LISTINGSSECTIONS 1-4: INTRODUCTIONWholeNote listings are arranged in four distinct sections:1) Concerts in Toronto & GTA (Greater Toronto Area)(page 25-42)2) Concerts Beyond the GTA (page 43-45)3) Jazz in Clubs (page 46-47)4) Announcements ... Etcetera (page 47-50)SECTION 1: Toronto & GTA covers all of the City of Torontoplus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. (Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4on the map below.)SECTION 2: Beyond the GTA covers many areas of SouthernOntario, outside Toronto and the GTA. (Zones 5, 6, 7 and 8 onthe map below.)There is a colour version of this map on our website atwww.thewholenote.com, showing the boundaries betweenzones. On the webside, all listing can be searched by zone aswell as by musical genre.LISTINGS: SECTION 1CONCERTS: Toronto and GTANote: Music theatre productions withextended runs appear in the daily listings onlyon their first performance of the month. Sub·sequent performance dates appear at the endof that primary listing. For show times, callthe phone number given in the listings.Listings for the following extended run produc·tions may be found on the dates below:Anne of Green Gables: May 7Dirty Dancing: Apr. 1Jersey Boys: Apr: 1The Sound of Music: Apr. 1We Will Rock You: Apr 1Wednesday April 01- 12:30: Yorkminster Park BaptistChurch. Noonhour Recital. William Maddox,organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.14011 :30 & 7:30: Mirvish Productions.The Sound of Music. Webber. Princess ofWales Theatre, 300 King St. W. 416-872-1212. -0. Also Apr. 2-5, 8-12, 15-19,22-26, 29-May 3, 6, 7 and beyond.- 2:00 & 8:00: Dan Cap Productions. JerseyBoys. Gaudio & Crewe. Eric Bates (TommydeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli),Andrew Rannells (Bob Gaudio), Steve Gouveia(Nick Massi), and others; Des McAnull, director;Sergio Trujillo, choreographer. TorontoCentre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-872-1111. -5.AlsoApr.2-5, 7-12, 14-19,21-26, 28-May 3, 5-7 and beyond.- 2:00 & 8:00: Mirvish Productions.Dirty Dancing. Bergstein. Royal AlexandraTheatre, 260 King St. W. 416-872-1212.-. Also Apr. 2-5.- 2:00 & 8:00: Mirvish Productions. WeWill Rock You. Music of Queen. PanasonicTheatre, 651 Yonge St. 416-872-1212. -. Also Apr. 2-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26, 28-May 3, 5-7 and beyond.- 2:00 & 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Swing! Swing! Swing/Music byEllington, Porter, Kern and Prima. Ann HamptonCallaway, vocalist; Jack Everly, guestconductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.416-593-4828. -(matinee); -(evening).- 8:00: Academy of Spherical Arts. HiddenSymmetries II. Music by Ades, Britten,Schubert and Haydn. Adam Sherkin, piano;Ivan lvanovich, viola. 1 Snooker St.. 416-532-2782. Free.- 8:00: Massey Hall & Roy ThomsonHall. Gabriela Montero, piano. Glenn GouldStudio, 250 Front St. W. 416-872-4255..50.Thursday April 02- 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Gryphon Trio. Works by Beethoven, includingOp.1 No. 2, and Op. 97 the "Archduke." RichardBradshaw Amphitheatre, Four SeasonsCentre for the Performing Arts, 145 QueenSt. W. 416-363-8231. Free.- 12:15: Metropolitan United Church.Noon at Met. Emma Elkinson, flute; FionaJane Wood, piano. 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331.Free.- 7:00: Toronto Secondary School MusicTeachers' Association. 5Bth AnnualI the MusicGall~rySECTION 3: Jazz in Clubs is organized alphabetically by club.SECTION 4: Announcements ... Etcetera is for lectures,symposia, master classes and other music-related events(except performances) that may be of interest to our readers.A general word of caution: a phone number is provided withevery WholeNote listing - in fact, we won't publish a listingwithout one. Concerts are sometimes cancelled or postponed;and artists or venues may change after listings are published.Please check before you go out to a concert.How to ListListings in the WholeNote in the four sections above are a freeservice available, in our discretion, to eligible presenters. If youhave an event, send us your information no later than the 15th ofthe month prior to the issue or issues in which your listing iseligible to appear. Please note, the next issue covers the periodfrom May 1-June 7, 2009, so listings must be received byApril 15.~WEDNESDAY APRIL 8AMIR ELSAFFAR'STWO RIVERS ENSEMBLEA stirring 21st century transfusion of traditional Iraqi music and contemporary American jazzFeaturing Rudresh Mahanthappa + Nasheed WaitsComing MAY 31, 2009THE MUSIC GALLERY'S 33% BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISERBECOME A MUSIC GALLERY MEMBER AND SAVEON TICKET PRICES! Email info@musicgallery.orgThe Music Gallery· 197 J ohn St.· Toronto M5T 1X6416-204-1080 · www.musicgallery.orgListings can be sent by e-mail to listings@thewholenote.com orby fax to 416-603-4791 or by regular mail to the address on page6. We do not receive listings by phone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27 for further information on listings.Canada Councilfor the ArtsConseil des Art5du Canadatoro ntdartsbounci II-*-I Ca"!adian...,... HeritageOfiTAIUO AltlSCOUNOlCONSlll l>UUT'S OE l.•Olf!AAI{)PatrimoinecanadlenA PR IL 1 - M AY 7 2009 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM 25

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