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Volume 15 Issue 9 - June 2010

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JUNE 9-15SUMMERCOURTYARDSERIESFeaturingWILLIAMBASINSKIFROG EYESGROUPERJULIA KENTPOCAHAUNTEDand more!8pm • - / all access series passPOCAHAUNTEDWILLIAM BASINSKITHURSDAY JUNE 17VANDERMARK 5Heavy jazz hitters from Chicago • Part of VTOtenLocation: SPK, 206 Beverley St.8pm • $15- / Advance tickets at Ticketweb.caTHURSDAY JUNE 24COMPOSEYOURSELF!A Fundraiser for the Music GalleryCelebrity non-musician composers create pieces for an improvising super-group!Featuring:BOYD DEVERAUX (HOCKEY PLAYER)JOHN GREYSON (FILMMAKER)CHRISTOPHER HOUSE (DANCE ARTIST)SHAWN MICALLEF (WRITER)CHARLES PACHTER (VISUAL ARTIST)KERRI SAKAMOTO (AUTHOR)8pm • / Advance tickets at Ticketweb.caBECOME A MUSIC GALLERY MEMBER AND SAVEON TICKET PRICES! Email info@musicgallery.orgThe Music Gallery • 197 John St. • Toronto M5T 1X6416-204-1080 • www.musicgallery.orgBeat by Beat / BandstandWomen of Brassjack macquarrieBrass week is coming to Toronto. As mentioned in last month’scolumn the International Women’s Brass Conference will beheld June 16-20 in Toronto at the Humber College LakeshoreCampus. All of the performances during the week are at the auditoriumof that campus. While the conference itself is restricted to thosefour days, organizers have planned a smorgasbord of musical eventsfrom serious academic sessions to whimsical anyone-can-join rompsin the park. Space considerations limit how much detail I can includehere, so I’ll try to highlight events of general interest. For registrations,ticket prices for performances, directions to venues and otherinformation visit the IWBC website, first of the public participation affairs has been billed as“The World’s Biggest Brass Event!” The plan is to make an attempt atthe world’s largest brass assembly ever. This will take place on Sunday,June 13, on the grounds of the Assembly Hall at Kipling Avenueand Lakeshore Boulevard, adjacent to the Humber campus. Rehearsalwill begin at 11am with the grand performance at 12 noon. Thiswill be open to men, women and children of all ages and abilities,and music will be available ahead of time online at with an instrument that’s made of brass and is capableof producing a musical scale will be eligible to participate. (Havingsaid that, yes, most saxophones are made of brass, but you won’tbe eligible to play along if that’s your chosen instrument.) Join theheadliner groups, True North Brass, Canadian Brass and HannafordStreet Silver Band for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to performin such a musical aggregation. Whether it be a French horn, Wagnertuba, mellophone, bass trumpet, contrabass trombone, helicon,saxhorn, flicorno or keyed bugle, get out your brass instrument andperform under the baton of distinguished Canadian conductor andcomposer, Howard Cable. (Personally, I haven’t decided yet whetherto take my bass trumpet or my Soviet Army rotary valve baritonehorn.) They need every able-bodied brass player in the Torontoarea, as the record to beat is 596 players. Let’s all try to help seta new Brass Event record. Remember, you too could be on Youtube!A minimum donation of is requested, and proceeds will go to theestablishment of a music programme for underprivileged youth inthe Lakeshore area, sponsored by Lakeshore Arts.June 14 and 15 are reserved for the 2010 Susan Slaughter InternationalBrass Competitions. Named for the founder of the IWBC,these competitions are for performers (both women and men) of allbrass instruments. It’s my understanding that these are now fullybooked, and that there are no further openings for competitors.While there are a wide variety of clinics, workshops and othersessions for conference delegates, there is a plethora of concertsopen to the public as long as tickets are available. Peforming ensembleshail from near and far. Local groups include the Weston SilverBand, the True North Brass, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band.From further afield we’ll have the Monarch Brass and the ViceroyBrass from the USA, the Japanese Ladies Brass Band, Bella Trombafrom the UK, and more. You’ll find details on all these concerts inSection A of The WholeNote’s listings.Another fun-for-all happening will be the “Brass Olympics,” Saturday,June 19 from 5 to 7:45pm on the east side of the Humber Collegegrounds. If you’re frustrated with your brass playing abilities,then perhaps you should test your athletic prowess with one of these.For the muscular macho types there is the Tuba Toss to see who canthrow a tuba the greatest distance out into Lake Ontario. There willbe a line attached to retrieve the instrument after each competitor’stoss. For those wanting a challenge requiring more finesse, therewill be the Horn Bell Frisbee Throw, the Trumpet Pin Game or theTrombone Balance competition. There will be prizes and fanfares,22 thewholenote.comJune 1 - July 7, 2010

lots of fun, and a dinner at a nearbychurch.The conference wraps up with aconcert appropriately named “BrassBelles,” presented in conjunctionwith the Hannaford Street SilverBand at the St. Lawrence Centre.An array of brass band showpiecesby international composers will beperformed by an all-female cast ofsoloists and led by guest conductorGillian MacKay. Soloists includeCarol Jantsch, principal tubist of theConductor Gillian MacKay.Philadelphia Orchestra; Susan Rider,lead cornet soloist with the US Marine Band; Bonnie Denton, euphoniumsoloist with the US Coast Guard Band; Gail Robertson, euphoniumsoloist performing J. Scott Irvine’s Concertino; and JoanWatson, principal horn of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.To provide a taste of the talent level expected at these events, Iwas sent a CD of tuba solos by Jantsch. She’s the young lady whostartled the orchestral world by winning the prestigious tuba positionin Philadelphia, thereby beating out some of the finest playersin the world in a normally male-dominated position. After her firstperformance with the orchestra in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Carolhad to rush back to write her final examinations at the University ofMichigan.In her CD, entitled Cascades, she displays a virtuosity rarelyheard on a tuba. From the intricacies of a tango by Piazzolla, theallegro from a Khachaturian violin concerto and the ever popularClarinet Polka she displays a technique normally only expected ofmuch smaller instruments. She then shifts gears to a lyrical Adagioby Shostakovich where she showcases her tone and range. She willbe one of the soloists at the Brass Belles concert.On another front, we have news from Resa Kochberg. From timeto time we have mentioned Resa’s Pieces Concert Band, establisheda number of years ago by Kochberg. The stated philosophy of thatgroup from the beginning has been “to provide an opportunity forpeople to return to playing instruments that they had not touched foryears.” Now Kochberg is launching a new venture: the Resa’s PiecesStrings. The RPS will be launched in September and will be underthe directorship of Ric Giorgi, who will be welcomed into the Resa’sPieces “family.” Look for more information in a later issue of thismagazine, or contact them at: the meantime CBC Radio is producing a documentary onResa’s Pieces Concert Band. This is scheduled to be aired as partof “Sunday Edition,” which airs on CBC Radio One (99.1 FM) onJune 6 – just before the band’s concert that evening.Please write to us: bandstand@thewholenote.comDefinition DepartmentThis month’s lesser known musical term is: “CORAL SYM-PHONY”: a large multi-movement work from Beethoven’s CaribbeanPeriod. We invite submissions from readers.Coming Events Please see the listings section for full details.• Wednesday, June 16, 7:00: The Etobicoke Community Concert Bandpresent the first of their Twilight Concerts in the Park. There will bea community BBQ, 5:00 to 7:00. Admission is free.Down the Road• Between July 18 and August 21: The National Band of the Naval Reservewill be performing a series of concerts in various locationsthroughout Southern Ontario to commemorate the 100th anniversaryof the establishment of the Royal Canadian Navy.Jack MacQuarrie plays several brass instruments, and hasperformed in many community ensembles. He can be contacted & AccessoriesSales - Rentals - Lease to OwnBrass - Woodwind -String Instruments - GuitarBuy direct from the DistributorAUTHORIZED DEALER FOR:Armstrong, Artley, Besson, Buffet,Conn, Getzen, Holton, Jupiter,Keilworth, King, Noblet,Selmer, Vito, YanagisawaTORONTO’SNEWEST CLASSICALPRINT MUSICHEADQUARTERSHARKNETTMusical Services Ltd.MUSIC BOOKSBEST SELECTIONOF POPULAR &EDUCATIONAL MUSICPiano - Guitar - Instrumental905-477-11412650 John Street, Unit 15(Just North of Steeles)www.harknettmusic.comDedicated RCMexam requirementbook sections forTheory, Piano, Strings,Brass & Woodwinds.Diverse repertoire, method,& study selection for allinstruments.Full selection of electric andacoustic guitars,keyboards,drums,and accessories including amplifiers& public address systems/dj equipment.Band and string instrument sales.Ask about our teacher discount program.415 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A5store: (416) 593-8888 www.stevesmusic.comeducational@stevesmusic.comJune 1 - July 7, 2010 23

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