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Volume 16 Issue 3 - November 2010

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Canadian Flute Association Flute ChoirMonday Rehearsals starting October 18Trinity-St. Paul's Centre B9 Fireside Room427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ONHoliday Concert on December 13The Louis Simao/Bill McBirnie DuoSaturday, December 4, 2010 at 7 pmWomen's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ONPay what you can! Happy Holidays!Dmitriy Varelas Masterclass and RecitalSaturday, January 15, 2011Masterclass 3 pm and Recital 7 pmWomen's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ONSecond Annual Flute Competition 2011Saturday, March 26, 2011Women's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ONRegister by Friday, March 4, 2011CFA Second Annual Gala ConcertSaturday, April 30, 2011 at 7 pmWomen's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON suggested donationwww.canadaflute.comcital program and how they shape it musically.What’s in it for the audience?At piano competitions you get the entire gamut of human emotions:fear, obsession, desire, triumph, happiness, living on the edge, lovecheer on the pianists for Toronto’s new international competition.Other Piano Events in NovemberLooking at other events featuring the piano in November I see thatthe month is particularly rich in piano concertos: Toronto pianistPeter Longworth performs Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with theOakville Symphony Orchestra on November 6 and 7. Longworthappears again in the listings on November 27 playing Saint-Saëns’Piano Concerto No. 2On November 13 and 14 Natasha Paremski will be the soloist withPiano Concerto in G Minor;Concerto No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony. The Unionville Symphonia’sRemembrance Day Concert (actually on November 14) willKwan, Jerrick Lo and Bjon Li.However, there seem to be fewer solo piano recitals than usual.Among them are Todd Yaniw performing Schumann’s Carnivalat the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on November 2, Olenaon November 7, and at noon the same day at the Royal OntarioGlenn Gould Prize NominationsThe Glenn GouldFoundation recentlyissued a public appealfor nominations for theNinth Glenn Gould Prize.This prize, named forCanada’s most celebratedpianist, carries a cashvalue of ,000.Like Gould, all previous winners have been musicians,of one sort or another (and three – Pierre Boulez, R. MurraySchafer, Oscar Peterson – have also found their way ontoWholeNote magazine covers). The prizewinners have beenremarkably diverse, and have demonstrated – if nothing else– that musicians are sometimes very remarkable people, bothon stage and off. The most recent winner was José AntonioAbreu, the mastermind behind “El Sistema” in Venezuela:the music programme that has helped about 250,000disadvantaged youth.But this year, the folks at the Gould Foundation expandedthe criteria beyond music – to also include people who have“enriched the human condition” through theatre, writing,film, architecture and technology. They’ve also shortened theaward cycle from every third year to every second. However,as has always been the case, any living person of anynationality who can lay claim to a “lifetime of extraordinaryachievement and innovation” is eligible.Nominations are open until December 31, and must bereceived electronically. For more information, or to submit anomination, go to http://glenngould.ca/about-the-prize. –CE18 thewholenote.comNovember 1 - December 7, 2010

Kingston Goes forBaroqueSIMONE DESILETSBeing a university town, Kingston, Ontario, attracts interestingpeople. One such person is David Cameron who, after his earlytraining in Toronto and the USA, has led a very busy musicallife in Kingston for over four decades as organist, choir director,teacher and composer. He founded the Melos Choir in 1984 – achoir which, even then, had its sights on producing an authentic baroquestyle (Cameron’s graduate studies had involved early music andperformance practice) in its execution of the major works of Bach,Handel and other composers of the era – but without the availabilityof period instruments or players to contribute to the authenticityto the sound.Things are changing now, though, and Cameron’s vision of apart-time but professional baroque chamber orchestra in Kingston ismuch closer to realization. In his words: “In recent years the arrivalin town of some early-music people, with replica instruments, anda broader selection of young players who had been exposed to earlymusic work in their training, opened up new possibilities. So webegan with a complete Messiah at A equals 415, with replica woodwindsand modern strings playing with baroque bows – and severalfurther events have led to the present attempt to establish a continuingbaroque chamber orchestra here. We can’t yet afford to buy replicastrings, but are seeking grants for that purpose; we have playerswilling to master them when they become available. So it’s a workin progress.” The hope for the long term is to establish a presence inthe city modelled after Toronto’s Tafelmusik. this month, assuming the role of accompanist to the choir and theorgan. On November 26 in Kingston, the Melos Choir and ChamberOrchestra and soloists present “In Praise of Music,” with Bach’sCantata 148 Bringet dem Herrn, Purcell’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day(a timely piece incidentally, as November 22 is the feast day of St.Cecilia, patron saint of music), Handel’s Organ Concerto in B FlatMajor, and, in recognition of Wesley’s 200th anniversary, his anthemAscribe unto the Lord. (In January, a further development: theof this event.)Meanwhile in Toronto, the model for Kingston’s new ventureis fully into its 2010-11 season. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra andChamber Choir presents (along with works by Rameau and Charpentier)Handel’s very spirited setting of Psalm 110, Dixit Dominus.This is Handel’s earliest surviving autograph, composed when hewas just 22 and living in Rome. It demands extreme technical prowessfrom all the performers, suggesting that (to quote John Eliot Gardiner)“this young composer, newly arrived in the land of virtuososingers and players, was daring his hosts to greater and greaterfeats of virtuosity.” Tafelmusik performs it four times, November 11through 14.Other November ConcertsYou never know how talentwill manifest itself. Sopranoand core member of I FuriosiBaroque Ensemble, GabrielleMcLaughlin, has just had ashort story published in PilotProject’s new Pilot Pocket Book7: Baroque. You have to readbegin to describe it here!) Butyou can get a copy (whichcontains as an added bonus: anthe launch party, complete with Gabrielle McLaughlin of I Furiosi.live performance and auction,on November 7 at Tequila Bookworm, 512 Queen Street West inToronto. (See Announcements Etc., page 53) As well, the group’stakes place on November 27.Some of the loveliest Bach is found in his chamber music, sacredand secular. If you desire to spend an evening listening to the moreintimate treasures of the master, go to the Academy Concert Ser-PETER MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.comSince 1959, Remenyi House of Music has been a proud supporter ofToronto’s musical community. Providing musicians at every level qualityinstruments and expert service to help them perform their personal best.Celebrating51 YearsIn Canadaand120Worldwidewww.remenyi.comNovember 1 - December 7, 2010 thewholenote.com 19

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