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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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2010.11CONCERTSEASONMore than 70 classical, jazz,pop, and world music concertsto choose from!ROYAL CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRACONDUCTED BY JOHANNES DEBUSFriday October 29, 2010 8pm Koerner HallJohannes Debus, Music Director of the COC, conductsthe RCO and 2010 GGS Concerto Competition winner,soprano Jennifer Taverner, in a performance of Fauré’sPelléas et Mélisande Suite, Barber’s Knoxville:Summer of 1915, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2in C Major.NATALIA SHAMAYEVA,HARPSun. Oct. 17, 2010, 2pmMazzoleni Concert HallShamayeva, former principalharp of Bolshoi Ballet inMoscow, will perform aunique all-Russian recital.Tickets & Packages ON SALE NOW! rcmusic.ca 416.408.0208273 Bloor St. W. (Bloor & Avenue Road) TorontoÁDÁM BANDA, VIOLINSun. Oct. 24, 2010, 2pmMazzoleni Concert HallHear the Toronto concert debutof violinist Ádám Banda fromthe Franz Liszt Academy ofMusic in Budapest, Hungary.BEETHOVEN AND YOUR BRAINWed. Oct. 27, 2010 8pm Koerner HallDaniel Levitin and Kitchener-WaterlooSymphony conductor Edwin Outwaterexplore what happens to your brain whenyou hear Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.HUGH MASEKELASat. Oct. 23, 2010 8pmKoerner HallSouth Africa's legendaryicon, "the man with thehorn," plays world-jazzwith his 6-piece band.X-Avant was originally conceivedas the Music Gallery’s season-openingcelebration, cuttingacross programming lines to showcasethe depth and breadth of itsmyriad annual offerings. Oh hastaken that intent to heart, bringingtogether a cross-section of artists,but in much more wildly unusualcombinations. Take for example thefestival-opening concert on October16, which pairs Detroit techno pioneerJeff Mills, whose electronic experimentsmeld with live acousticperformance and IRCAM inspiredsound collage, with Montreal percussionband Big Zang, whose repertoireis inspired by the sound ofDJ culture that Mills helped invent.It’s this type of cross-pollinationthat pervades X-Avant from beginningto end.On October 22, X-Avant presentsa madrigal ensemble, theRCM New Music Ensemble, andblues band Deep Dark United whowill all join forces to re-interpretSchoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Theclosing “Dance Dance Revolution”collides live choreographic projectsinspired by John Oswald’s Plunderphonics,George Aperghis’s dramaticmusic, and a virtual ballet createdfor a popular multi-player gamingenvironment. No convention issafe from Oh’s wild imagination, asyou’ll see at www.musicgallery.org.This is by no means all thereis to hear. For example, Esprit Orchestraopens its season on October17 at Koerner Hall with a longawaitedlocal premiere of ThomasAdes’ Asyla, among a stack ofother great works. So be sure to getin with the new via The WholeNoteconcert listings here and online atwww.thewholenote.com.Finally, I must end with a cor-my September column. First, thecorrection: one of the works appearingon Esprit Orchestra’s May15 concert is indeed by music directorAlex Pauk (not “Paul,” as print-despite its longevity, Les Percussiondes Strasbourg is a slightly rejuvenatedensemble. In the midto-late70s, the founding members“sold” the name to some of theirstudents. To be accurate, it is thesestudents and their successors whoare celebrating the ensemble’s 50thanniversary this year. Many thanksto percussionist Robin Engelmanfor supplying that detail.Jason van Eyk is the OntarioRegional Director of the CanadianMusic Centre. He can be contactedat: newmusic@thewholenote.com.18 thewholenote.comOctober 1 - November 7, 2010

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