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Volume 17 Issue 10 - July/August 2012

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BEHIND THE SCENES

BEHIND THE SCENES continued from previous pageplay, how they communicate with their audience and if they have anystage presence at all!It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that King, Borys and Bernsteinare musicians themselves. King is a jazz pianist in his own right,Bernstein trained as one herself and founded the Community BaroqueOrchestra of Toronto, while cellist Borys is one-third of the GryphonTrio, with violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon and pianist Jamie Parker,who both also serve as advisors. They’ve all been where young musiciansare, striving to perfect their craft, looking for support, seekingtheir first appreciative audiences. So if there’s one belief that they allshare, it’s the role they play in providing a platform for Canadian performersto shine — and then some!“Right from the start, we were presenting Canadian artists on themain stage. That’s why, if there’s something good, I’ll find a spot forthem,“ says King. “So we focus on the best Canadian artists each year,and it’s pretty much been the same every year.”Borys is particularly excited about seeing so many young musiciansactively seeking and committing to careers in chamber music. “Fulltimeensembles need festivals and organizations to support them fromyear to year,” he notes.As teachers, he, Patipatanakoon and Parker are an integral part of acommunity that sources as well as provides referrals to an entire corpsof students, or friends and acquaintances of former students who findtheir way to them.“What’s chamber music but great ensemble playing?” he saysabout creating opportunities for younger players, and string quartetsin particular.Although Borys is proud of the international roster of performerswho play with the Canadian performers, he’s even more adamant aboutproviding a platform for Ottawa musicians.Like King and Borys, Bernstein’s view reflects her own openness todiverse experiences and her connection to her roots: “At the same time,I learn about new genres, and discover new performers and composerseach year, I strongly feel that the series needs to reflect the multiculturalismof the city, within the mandate of classical, traditional andnew music.”What’s more, taking a bird’s eye view of programming has taken ona perspective none would ever have assumed if each had remained amere performer.Little did he know when he first took that fateful phone call andbiked along the Martin Goodman Trail, looking for a suitable site. “Afternearly 25 years,” muses King, “it’s become a part of my history. I neverthought about it, but I’m very proud of how thousands of musicianshave been given the opportunity to launch or further their careers.” Hepauses to consider the likes of Michael Kaeshammer, Tyler Yarema andCarol Welsman, and then points out that the Beaches Jazz Festival isstill voted the number one summer event — “because it’s done in sucha classy way, people come out and have an amazing time. “Borys smiles when he admits that practising musicians are notoriousfor not attending performances. But now that he’s making key decisionsabout performances, he’s actually attending as many performancesas he can and meeting the audiences. “I’m actually enjoying themusical experience, having the critical ear and sharing the collectiveconsciousness. I really feel the shock of the music stopping at the endof a performance!”As for Bernstein, “I now know for sure that this kind of performanceevent — free, universally accessible concerts given by fantasticartists — gives a city its soul. I also know for sure now that there is noclassical music (from any culture) that the so-called general publicwon’t “get,” or won’t love. We’ve been packing in the crowds to hearstring quartets, musique actuelle, crazy 17th century baroque music.It’s all about the performers’ passion, and their ability to connect withaudiences — and their skill, of course!”And this happens because it’s all about the programmers’ passion, andtheir ability to connect with audiences — and their skills, of course.Rebecca Chua is a Toronto-based journalist who writeson culture and the arts.On the Roadcompiled by Ori DaganThis time last year, we planted an editorial seed that continuesto flourish this summer. We asked Canadian musicians of variousgenres and levels of experience what they were lookingforward to this summer as performers and audience members alike,and what they will be preparing for the upcoming season. Someof last year’s On the Road correspondents are back, and there areothers brand new to the feature.To view their full responses, where you’ll also find some videolinks, be sure to visit thewholenote.com/ontheroad. The onlineversion of this performers’ garden is expected to flower year-roundfor everyone to enjoy.JAN LISIECKI, PIANIST“I love how Stratford Summer Music workswith the Shakespeare Festival, so that theaudiences (and I!) can attend both. I will attendplays every day after performing concertsthere … performances with fabulous orchestrasin Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Warsaw… Festival de Lanaudière this July withYannick Nezet-Seguin, in preparation for atour in February 2013 with Yannick in Japan.”!!WEBSITE: janlisiecki.comFACEBOOK: facebook.com/lisieckipianoTWITTER: @janlisieckiCHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO, PIANIST“I attended Stewart Goodyear’s marvelousBeethoven marathon and I finished an extremelybusy year performing … I also teachfull-time and adjudicate so when summercomes I often like silence. If there is aBach concert or early music concert I will go.Otherwise, I listen to CDs, jazz, Gregorianchant, world music. When my grandchildrencome in the summer I usually take them to abig show at the theatre, anything with dance and singing … As for projects:seven new pieces by Constantine Caravassilis need to be recordedin July. New repertoire needs to be learned for future concerts. However,I do take a few weeks off in August to relax and spend time with family.”!!WEBSITE: petrowskaquilico.comSONDRA RADVANOVSKY, SOPRANO“I can’t even begin to tell you how far aheadwe prepare now … working on translating twooperas new to me, Maria Stuarda and RobertoDevereux, this past week and will not be singingthem for another one or two years. Reallylooking forward to singing Aïda in Barcelona,which will be my house debut! Great cast anda beautiful city and opera house. Summerplans, unfortunately, always change. Peoplecancel a lot in the summer time because they are tired or just wantsome time off. I am working on taking my summers off so that we canjust relax at home here in Toronto and see our friends.”!!WEBSITE: sondraradvanovsky.comFACEBOOK: Sondra RadvanovskyMATHIAS BOTHORPAVEL ANTONOV TIM LEYES10 thewholenote.com July 1 – September 7, 2012

ROSS BURNS, GYPSOPHILIAGypsy jazz, klezmer and original sounds. “Weare going to be passing through some amazingfestivals on our tour — Rochester Jazz Fest,Montréal Jazz Fest, Fesival D’été in QuébecCity, Halifax Jazz Fest — so we’ll get to takesome time away from playing and just be fansin some of those joyous crowds. It is hard tobeat a big summer festival audience experience— music floating over the streets, checkingout wicked acts you don’t usually get to see, sun shining, everyonewith a big smile on their face … we are playing a lot, travelling a lot, andhaving more fun than ever before. It is a pretty good life, eh?”!!WEBSITE: www.gypsophilia.orgFACEBOOK: GypsophiliaTWITTER: @GypsophiliaBandJuly 18 – August 12, 2012COLIN SHARPESUSIE NAPPER, BAROQUE CELLIST AND GAMBIST“Looking forward to the horse ballet, Le Carrouseldu roy, with the four dancing horses ofthe apocalypse accompanied by the the seventrumpets, fifes, hautboy, corneto, sackbut anddrum bands, at the Montreal Baroque Festival!… also the incredible grey-haired, beardedblues singer in the streets of Brussels nearthe Grande Place, whom I could listen to forhours … fantastic musician! … designing a newconcept in public musicking and working on how to reduce the separation,in classical music making, between musician and audience. Asummer of contemplation and inspiration.”!!WEBSITE: montrealbaroque.comRON DAVIS, PIANIST“Planning for the mixing and editing of mySymphronica project (symphronica.com)which fuses my jazz trio and the symphonyorchestra into a new sound. And there’s EspressoManifesto, Daniela Nardi’s fantasticnew, re-invented Italian music project thatI’m a part of … There’s so much going on inmy home city of Toronto … the TD Toronto JazzFestival, and the roster of artists at the greatjazz venues here — The Rex Hotel, Trane Studio, The Old Mill, WinchesterKitchen, and Harlem Restaurant.”!!WEBSITE: rondavismusic.comTWITTER: @RonDavisMusicWelcome to the 33 rdFestival of the Sound.We invite you to take partin our 10th Season at theCharles W. Stockey Centrefor the Performing Artsin Parry Sound —on beautifulGeorgian Bay.James CampbellArtistic DirectorFRANCESCO LASTRUCCIDANIELA NARDI, SINGER, COMPOSER“Working on touring plans for fall 2012 as wellas promotional plans for the US, for my recentrecording Espresso Manifesto – The Songs ofPaolo Conte … Really excited about playingshows in Montreal and New York. I also lookforward to doing a bigger show in Torontoin the fall and hope to bring back GabrieleMirabassie … working on getting over to Europe… Italy has a really interesting jazz sceneand I’d love the opportunity to tap into that.”!!WEBSITE: espressomanifesto.comFACEBOOK: Espresso Manifestowcontinued on page 39Call or visit the Festival of the SoundBox Office for tickets and information.42 James Street, Parry Sound705.746.2410 or 1.866.364.0061Or visit our website for online ticket sales.DO YOU TWEET?Follow us @thewholenote and share your summer musicfestival experience by using the hashtag #WNontheroad.www.festivalofthesound.caOnline Ticket Sales or Call 1.866.364.0061Where the world’sgreat musicianscome to play.July 1 – September 7, 2012thewholenote.com 11

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