FOR OPENERS / COLIN EATOCKCanaries of Capistrano?Every year, swallows return to SanJuan de Capistrano. The event,which occurs punctually on March19, is cause for local celebration, andhas made the California town famousthroughout the world.Similarly, we in Southern Ontariohave cause to celebrate the annual re-The WholeNote’s “canaries” – the choirsthat populate our Canary Pages – havelows,which depart every year on October 23, we’re pleased to sayyear round, contributing to the musical life of our communities.This year our Canary Pages contain more than 130 choirs. We’ve publish our Canary Pages, as it’s an especially busy time for choirs.-happening this month.With the Canary Pages as your guide, it’s easy to learn moreabout a choir you might be interested in joining – and with so manychoral concerts happening this month, you’ll probably be able tohear that choir in concert some time in the next 30 days.While there’s much to celebrate on the choral scene this month,we also have cause to mourn. Our Choral Scene columnist, BenjaminStein, pays tribute to the late Deral Johnson, for two decades thedriving force behind choral music at the University of Westerngenerations of singers and conductors, including some of the most-modestly endowed with talent, was beneath his concern or beyondhis ability to instruct.)Also on the subject of vocal music, Christopher Hoile, who writesour On Opera column, points out that there’s been a curious shift inthe operatic calendar. While April has traditionally been the biggestmonth for opera in Toronto, May now wears the crown, with no lessthan ten staged and semi-staged operas on the boards this month.What else does May have to offer? As you’ll have no doubt noticed,both early music and world music are represented in our coverstory. David Perlman’s interview with Terry McKenna (lute), BashamBishara (oud) and Wen Zhao (pipa), sheds light on these relatedinstruments, and the musicians who play them. Beyond column is something that shouldn’t pass without comment: afree mini-concert at the Royal Conservatory on May 6, to which allWholeNote readers have been specially invited. We hope that many ofhear the Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble.Colin Eatock, Managing EditorThe WholeNote The Toronto Concert-Goer’s GuideVOLUME 15 NO 8 | MAY 1 – JUNE 7, 2010720 Bathurst St, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4MAIN TELEPHONE 416-323-2232FAX 416-603-4791SWITCHBOARD & GENERAL INQUIRIES Ext 21Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comManaging Editor | Colin Eatockeditorial@thewholenote.comEditorial Assistant | Nick Tortiwmieditor@thewholenote.comCD Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comEvent Advertising/MembershipKaren Ages | firstname.lastname@example.orgProduction Liaison/Retail & Classified/Educational AdvertisingJack Buell | email@example.comListingsColin Eatock | firstname.lastname@example.orgJazz ListingsOri Dagan | email@example.comWebsiteBryson Winchester | firstname.lastname@example.orgCirculation, Display Stands & SubscriptionsChris Malcolm | email@example.comPatrick Slimmon | firstname.lastname@example.orgProduction ManagementPeter Hobbs | email@example.comTHANKS TOTHIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORSBeat By BeatBANDSTAND | Jack MacQuarrieCHORAL | Benjamin SteinEARLY MUSIC | Simone DesiletsJAZZ | Jim GallowayNEW MUSIC | Jason van EykOPERA | Christopher HoileORCHESTRA & CHAMBER | Allan PulkerWORLD MUSIC | Karen AgesMUSICAL LIFE | mJ buellBOOKSHELF | Pamela MarglesFeaturesDavid Perlman, Ori DaganCD ReviewersKaren Ages, Alex Baran, Geoff Chapman,Daniel Foley, Jim Galloway,Janos Gardonyi, Richard Haskell,Tiina Kiik, Terry Robbins, Michael Schwartz,Bruce Surtees, Robert Tomas,Ken Waxman, Dianne WellsProofreadingSimone Desilets, Karen Ages, Nick TortiListingsColin Eatock, Richard Haskell, Ori DaganLayout & DesignVerity Hobbs, Brian Cartwright, Uno RamatSUBSCRIPTIONS per year + GST (10 issues)thewholenote.comUpcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Monday May 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Monday May 17Advertising Materials Due6pm Wednesday May 19Publication DateFriday May 28Next issue is Volume 15 No 9, coveringJune 1 – July 7, 2010WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibilityor liability for claims made for any product orservice reported on or advertised in this issue.Printed in CanadaCouto Printing & Publishing ServicesCirculation StatementApril 2010: 30,000 printed & distributed.Canadian Publication ProductSales Agreement 1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4COPYRIGHT © 2010 WHOLENOTE MEDIA, INC6 THEWHOLENOTE.COMMay 1 - June 7, 2010
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