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Volume 17 Issue 10 - July/August 2012

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Music, as they serenade

Music, as they serenade you with Handel’s Water Music, starting at9:30am on July 8. Indeed, it’s Handel’s masterpiece performed as itwas intended to be heard, and just like it was originally performed inJuly of 1717 — on a barge travelling along the River Thames, accompanyingKing George as he listened from the comfort of the Royal Barge.Not to be outdone, Stratford Summer Music hosts an entire series onthe MusicBarge, a floating stage docked at the bank of the Avon River.Between July 19 and August 26, at 12:30pm and/or 3pm, “BargeMusic”offers up an amazing array of music and musicians, including theMétis Fiddler Quartet (July 19 to 21), the Canadian Guitar Quartet(August 2 to 4) and the Heavyweights Brass Band, who graced our Junecover last summer (August 23 to 25). Seating is BYOLCOB: bring yourown lawn chair or blanket.Back to the Canadian Guitar Quartet for a minute. Before they “takeup residence” on the barge, the CGQ — currently in residence at theUniversity of Ottawa — will be playing in a barn. On July 7, at 2pm,instead of your standard oinks, moos and baas, The Barn — primaryvenue for Westben’s Concerts at the Barn series in Campbellford (July 1to August 5) — will be alive with the sounds of Rossini, Gabrielli, Rouxand original compositions performed by the CGQ. (And once they’vebraved the barn and the barge, CGQ members Julien Bisaillon, PhilipCandelaria, Bruno Roussel and Louis Trépanier will perform in therelative safety of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, at OttawaChamberfest, August 8.)Additional barn alert: there’ll be Beethoven in The Barn, alongwith Mozart, on July 17; concerts held at Festival Alexandria’s FestivalBarn (July 8, 15 and 22 — see Beyond GTA listings) featuring works byDebussy, Gershwin, Corigliano, Delibes and others; and the Music inthe Barns Chamber Ensemble performing works by Oesterle, Godinand Mozart at Artscape Wychwood Barns Main Space, July 5.BEYOND THE BLACKBOARD: NOT YOUR TYPICALCLASSROOM MUSIC LESSONSI began by applauding the creativity of the “Classical IV: Strings” curatorialteam, and that’s where I’m going to end. This time they’vemoved from the ridiculous — the “good” kind, of Bach-friendly banjosand unifying ukuleles — to the sublime: The Hammer Band — FromViolence to Violins (THB).Renowned Canadian violinist Moshe Hammer, the driving forcebehind THB, told the Globe and Mail last month that it “started withToronto’s ‘Summer of the Gun’ in 2005, when it seemed like dozens ofDEBUT ALBUMCONRAD CHOW“PREMIERES”CD available online, at Remenyi House of Musicand other music retailers.www.conradchow.com18 thewholenote.com July 1 – September 7, 2012

Moshe Hammer in rehearsalwith students Brandon Lyand Ramya Varatharajah, atWestview CentennialSecondary School.Sharna Searle trained as a musician and lawyer, practised alot more piano than law and is listings editor at The WholeNote.SheCBSO_Ad_June2012can be contacted at6/18/12classicalbeyond@thewholenote.com.2:29 PM Page 1CBSOCATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA2012–2013 SeasonNORMAN REINTAMM artistic directorNovember 10, 2012 BRAHMSPiano Concerto no. 1 with soloist Peter LongworthSymphony no. 3December 15, 2012 TCHAIKOVSKYExcerpts from The Nutcracker | Symphony no. 2Waltz Scherzo & SARASATE Navarra with violin soloist Alex VolkovFebruary 2, 2013 BEETHOVENCoriolanus Overture | Symphony no. 6MOZART Piano Concerto no. 23 with soloist Ronald GreidanusMarch 16, 2013 MOZARTSymphony no. 38 | SMETANA Overture to Bartered BridePLUS… CLIFFORD POOLE VOCAL COMPETITION FINALSMay 25, 2013 MUSSORGSKYIntroduction and Polonaise from Boris GodunovPictures at an ExhibitionREINECKE Harp Concerto with soloist Andrew Chanwww.cathedralbluffs.com • Save 32% or more on theprice of all 5 SubscriptionSeries Concerts• Receive a FREE guest ticketwith each subscriptionThe Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agencyof the Government of Ontariokids were shooting each other almostevery day. I was losing sleep thinkingabout the young teens carryingweapons around. Then I thought ofthe fact that ‘violence’ and ‘violins’sound almost the same.”And from that “crazy idea,” THBwas born. Knowing music’s powerto change lives and develop one’ssensitivity, self-esteem, sense of accomplishment,and appreciation ofcommunity, Hammer and a dedicatedstaff have been providing freemusic lessons to at-risk kids from adiversity of backgrounds since 2007. Starting with two schools and 40students, THB now teaches about 300 students in 15 Toronto publicschools; it also provides the free violins. And while the program initiallyoffered only violin lessons, it now includes cello classes, a summermusic program and masterclasses!We’ll have the pleasure and privilege of experiencing the fruits ofthis extraordinary labour of love and commitment when THB students,joined by Cuban-born violinist Yosvani Castaneda, perform atHarbourfront Centre on July 29 from 4pm to 6pm.Curators Hollway, Brady and Higgins offer a thoughtful approach tothe weekend: “Be prepared to open your ears, drop your misconceptionsand discover new and ancient heartwarming resonances.” Whatcould be more inviting?So take time in July and August to explore the mountains of musichappening beyond the comfort zone of the concert hall. May you havea truly ear-opening, “Classical and Beyond” summer.• Save an additional offeach new subscriptionCall to subscribe 416.879.5566July 1 – September 7, 2012thewholenote.com 19

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