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Volume 15 Issue 8 - May 2010

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Carol Ratzlaff leads the

Carol Ratzlaff leads the Viva! Youth Singers.programme. Concerts including a mixture of Broadway, opera andcabaret music are being given by the Toronto Sinfonietta (May 1),Alexander Singers and Players (May 6-7), the East York Choir (June6), the Harlequin Singers (June 4-6), and the Oriana Women’s Choir,in a programme centred around the music of George Gershwin (May8). Concerts focusing on the beloved music of Gilbert and Sullivanare given by Chorus Niagara (May 15-16) and the Etobicoke CentennialChoir (May 28-29).There are also many concerts of works from the classical canon.On May 2 the Toronto Classical Singers sing an all-Mozart concert.On May 8 the Burlington Civic Chorale does the same, in aprogramme that includes two masses as well as rarer Mozart choralworks. On the same evening the Peterborough Singers sing Mendelssohn’smajestic Elijah, and Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choirsing the Verdi Requiem. The Durham Philharmonic Choir’s May15 concert include’s excerpts from Hadyn’s Creation, and on thesame evening Orchestra London and Philharmonic Choir performBeethoven’s Missa Solemnis.From May 28-30 the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Grand PhilharmonicChoir and Children’s Chorus perform that perennial favourite,Orff’s Carmina Burana. Three concerts featuring works byBach are given by Orchestra London and Chamber Choir (May 5),Toronto Chamber Choir (May 16) and the St. Anne’s Concert ChoirSt. Anne’s Parish. On May 1 the Tallis Choir focuses on the music ofPurcell and his contemporaries, and on June 06 Unionville Symphon-Requiem and the Haydn Te Deum.And there are several of choices for modern and folk-based masssettings as well. The Amadeus Choir’s concert on May 15 includesRamirez’s Misa Criolla and Toronto composer Sid Robinovitch’sCanciones por las Americas. The Toronto Beach Chorale’s May 2concert includes Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia. Other multicultural offeringsinclude a concert by the University of Toronto Gospel Choir(May 1), Plamen Ukrainian Women’s Vocal Ensemble (May 2), theVictoria Scholars’ “Postcard from Around the World” (June 6), theToronto Jewish Folk Choir’s 84th annual spring concert (May 30)and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s “And Still We Sing,” featuring thesteel pan work Legacy, in a programme focusing on music of theCaribbean islands (May 26 and 29). many promising mixed end-of-season programmes by a wide varietyof choirs. See The WholeNote’s listings for more choral events.Benjamin Stein is a tenor and theorbist. He can be contacted MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.comBeat by Beat / Early MusicThunderbird LandsSIMONE DESILETSKevin Mallon and MarionNewman in rehearsal.The Aradia Ensemble has not been one to remain set in what’susually considered the “baroque music norm.” They’ve often inthe past reached out to collaborate with other traditions – for exampleIrish performers, Isadora Duncan dancers, Balinese gamelan.The fascinating combination of baroque music and First Nationsarts is the focus of their next presentation, “Thunderbird.” Intriguedto know how these two very different cultural expressions could beput together in one concert, I spoke to some of the performers involved.I can do no better than to offer their words:“The biggest thread that ties together baroque and Aboriginalculture would be the beat that music provides. It starts with theheartbeat, it moves to the drum, the instruments strike up, people’sfeet begin to twitch and danceis born. It may seem like acrazy thing to be combiningsuch forces, but in my heart andmind it makes perfect sense thatwe are doing this concert. Weall need music in our lives, nomatter where we came from.No matter what exact form thatmusic took during the early periods,we’ve always celebratedthrough song and movement.”These are the words of MarionNewman, whose two lives as a classically-trained mezzo-sopranoand a First Nations artist merge in “Thunderbird,” a concert centredaround a centuries-old legend passed down for generations throughthe Newman family. On stage to tell it will be revered members ofthat family: Marion herself, of course; her uncle George Taylor, arenowned drummer and singer of stories of his people; and his sonJason Taylor, who will dance the story using a Thunderbird maskcarved by master carver Victor Newman, Marion’s father.Also on the programme is a new work by West Coast composerDustin Peters, who explains how baroque and aboriginal elementsreside in it: “The piece is not written in a baroque style; rather,sound qualities of a baroque ensemble are heavily considered. Theuse of harpsichord and chamber organ, gut strings vs. steel strings,period instruments, employing little vibrato in the strings have allplayed an important part in conceiving the work and its ‘sound.’ Thetext (in Kwakwala, sourced and developed by Marion Newman) remainsthe fundamental inspiration. It should also be noted that thereis space for improvised contributions from the drummer and dancerwritten into the work.”Aradia’s artistic director Kevin Mallon tells of the choices for theother pieces on the programme: “The Thunderbird is considered a‘supernatural’ bird of power and strength. It is described as a largeexploration of birds in baroque music is fairly standard, so we havedecided to go more along the baroque Tempest way. Central to thebaroque element are two works: Matthew Locke’s Music for the Tempestwas written in 1674 for Shadwell’s Restoration version of Shakespeare’sTempest. Included in this incidental music is an extraordinary‘curtain tune’ which has as one of its markings ‘violent’ – thismovement certainly hits the mark with the idea of the Tempest! Theother baroque work is Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s La Muse del’Opéra. This is like a small opera – the music includes two dynamicstorms, roaring waves and the earth trembling.”This unique event takes place on May 15 in Glenn Gould Studio.More Concerts This chamber orchestraspecializes in music of the Baroque era performed on per-14 THEWHOLENOTE.COMMay 1 - June 7, 2010

iod instruments and in period style. They’ll present selections fromCharpentier’s David and Jonathan, Telemann’s Water Music, andLully’s Armide. a remarkable mezzo who is completing herdoctorate in vocal performance at the U of T, gives her DMA recitalin Walter Hall, singing solo alto cantatas by Bach and Vivaldi’s StabatMater. This free recital is one of many concerts of high artisticquality at universities, begging to be discovered. “2010 Springtime Handel Festival.”In this 4-concert festival at St. James’ Cathedral, some ofHandel’s great but lesser-known solo, chamber and vocal music is explored.Founded by harpsichordist/conductor Ashiq Aziz, this groupis committed to fostering new and talented performers, as well asgiving innovative and enlightened performances of baroque and classicalmusic. presents “Lutefest,” which youcan read about in this issue’s cover story. How fascinating to bringthree world lute traditions together on the same stage! presents another of Handel’slesser-performed but great works, his dramatic oratorio Athalia. “Musically Speaking” seriesdeserves to be better-known. In the serene, intimate setting of theChurch of the Holy Trinity, these one-hour concerts bring exquisitemusic and wonderful performances. The series continues with a programmeof late 16th-century Spanish and Italian repertoire, featuringsoprano Katherine Hill, gambist Joëlle Morton and harpist JuliaSeager-Scott. presents “A Molière Celebration.”Molière’s collaborations with two giants of French Baroqueopera of his time, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-BaptisteLully, are here celebrated in abridged versions (alive with vocal soloists,dancers, actors and baroque orchestra) of Le Bourgeois Gentilhommeand Le Malade Imaginaire. presents “The New Orpheus of OurTimes: A Celebration of Arcangelo Corelli.” This is a tribute to themusician whose virtuosity, compositions and teaching brought theviolin to new artistic heights. “Kaffeemusik: Bach and the GermanMotet.” The Choir’s afternoon Kaffeemusiks are mixtures ofinformative and entertaining commentary by music director MarkVuorinen and music sung by the choir, with goodies to follow. Inthis presentation they’re joined by a chamber choir from RosedaleHeights School of the Arts, the school with which TCC has an educationalpartnership. With intention to explore the sacred vocal music of the17th century, Capella Intima presents a reprise of their well-receivedprogramme “Celestial Sirens,” performing a mass and motetsby Cozzolani, Leonarda and others. presents Handel’s oratorio Israelin Egypt. As their press release states, “this is a tour de force ofchoral writing: Handel employs the choir to paint the vivid images ofthe Exodus on a musical canvas of massive proportions.” With their indestructable panache, I Furiosi and guests re-in “I (Furiosi) Declare War.” presents “Raise the Roof withBach.” Bach’s and works by Vivaldi will be offeredin a concert whose proceeds go toward repairs of historic St. Anne’sChurch. The domed ceiling and chancel of this beautiful buildingdisplay mural paintings dating from 1923, by ten Toronto artists, includingthree members of the Group of Seven.Finally, the musical world mourns the death of Kenneth Solway, cofounder(with his wife, the late Susan Graves) of Tafelmusik. Theirlegacy is one of the foremost early music ensembles in the world,right here in Toronto.Simone Desilets is a long-time contributor to The WholeNote inseveral capacities, who plays the viola da gamba. She can becontacted at: 1, 2010MARC GRAUWELS FlutistOne of the world's finest brings his magic to CanadaTURINA La oracion del toreroMENDELSSOHN Flute Concerto D minorANDONIAN A Longing for JoySUK Serenade2010-2011Glenn Gould Studio250 Front St. WestNov 12, 2010GIANCARLO DE LORENZO ConductorCECILIA LODA MandolinistIn Vivaldi’s time, the mandolin was as popularas the violin — hear why!DURANTE Concerto for StringsVIVALDI Mandolin ConcertosRESPIGHI Ancient Air and Dances Suite #3ALCEO TONI Preludio, Minuetto, Aria e BurlescaDec 10, 2010VICENTE CAMPOS TrumpeterThe trumpet’s golden tone,Schumann @200 and Dvorak’s lush melodiesSCHUMANN Spanisches LeiderspieleHUMMEL Trumpet ConcertoMOZETICH Songline to HeavenMOZETICH Dance to EarthDVORAK ‘American’ QuartetJan 21, 2011JUDY KANG ViolinistThe romance of singing stringsMOZART Quartet K157MOZETICH Affairs of the HeartFUCHS Serenade in EMar 11, 2011SARA BUECHNER PianistA brilliant pianist playsa dramatic female composerMOZETICH FantasiaTURINA Rapsodia SinfonicaKAPRALOVA Partita Canadian premiereBRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme of HandelApr 15, 2011ANDREA TYNIEC ViolinistThe only composer who resisted the regimesings defiance with the violin; Mozart healsSCHUBERT QuartettsatzHARTMANN Concerto FunebreMOZART Quintet in CMay 13, 2011ANDRE LAPLANTE PianistA Canadian legend interprets a masterworkALBINONI AdagioBEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2PALEJ Rorate CoeliSCHUBERT Quartet G MinorBuy online and save ! 9 adults, 9 seniors, 416 499 0403May 1 - June 7, 2010 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 15

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