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Volume 18 Issue 1 - September 2012

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115 T HA N N I V E R S A R Y S E A S O N1213MUSIC IN THEAFT E R NOONW O M E N ’ S M U S I C A L C L U B O F T O R O N T OARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SIMON FRYERWalter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, Museum SubwayOCTOBER 18, 2012 | 1.30 PMPAU LLEWISpianoTORONTODEBUTNOVEMBER 29, 2012 | 1.30 PMD U OCONCERTANTENancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, pianoFEBRUARY 14, 2013 | 1.30 PMT H E D U K EPIANO TRIOMark Fewer, violin; Thomas Wiebe, cello;Peter Longworth, pianoMARCH 28, 2013 | 1.30 PMT I P P E T TQUARTETJohn Mills, violin; Jeremy Isaac, violin;Julia O’Riordan, viola; Bozidar Vukotic, celloMAY 2, 2013 | 1.30 PM 115TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT KOERNER HALLJAMES RUSSELL CAROLYNEHNES BRAUN MAULEviolin baritone pianoKoerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and LearningThe Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street WestArtist's sponsor for James EhnesSun Life FinancialCommission sponsor of new workby John Estacio: Roger D. MooreConcert Sponsor:WMCT FoundationCANADIANDEBUTFive Concerts for $185To subscribe call 416-923-7052Single tickets for the May 2, 2013, concert will be available for sale after September 1, 2012,through the RCM box-office, 416 408-0208.All artists, dates, and programmes are subject to change without notice.Support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto ArtsCouncil is gratefully acknowledged.PRESENTED 416-923-7052Single tickets go on sale on September 1,2012,call Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-ARTS (2787)22 September 1 – October 7, 2012

Beat by Beat | Early MusicStrings the ThreadSIMONE DESILETSAsheaf — no, a barrow-full — of material has landed on mydesktop, documenting so many interesting events taking place,far more than seems usual for the month of September, the verybeginning of the season. Where to begin, how to tie it all together?An observation arises, prompted by a concert happening early inSeptember, that lute-like instruments make their gracious appearanceall through the month; you can follow them around in several differentsettings, played by some wonderful artists. That thought is thethread that weaves together this month’s column.Lutes, lutes, everywhere lutes: First, to the aforementioned concert.Entitled “Beyond the Silk Road,” it’s the inaugural concert of theLute Legends Ensemble, three musicians whose specialities are linkedby ancient traditions. Bassam Bishara plays oud, Lucas Harris playslute, and Wen Zhao plays pipa. Harris explains: “The oud is the oldestinstrument and the ancestor of the other two. We think that it traveledboth East and West on the ancient Silk Road, becoming the 4-stringedpipa in China and the medieval lute in Europe.“Each of us will be playing two instruments: Bassam will play hisregular 6-course oud as well as his new 8-course oud (evidence ofwhich was discovered in a very ancient manuscript about four yearsago). Wen will play her normal pipa with metal strings as well as hersilk-strung pipa. And I’ll be switching between a Renaissance lute andtwo different Baroque lutes (one will be in a Chinese pentatonic tuningthat I invented to play with Wen).”The concert will bring the three instruments together in “across-traditional experiment for the 21st century.” It takes place atTrinity-St. Paul’s Church on September 8.Then there’s the theorbo, described by performer MatthewWadsworth as “a giant lute” — it’s the formidable long-necked fellowwhose presence in any ensemble simply cannot be ignored, with apowerful, very resonant bass register. The instrument developed fromthe bass lute in the late 16th century, answering the growing need forsolid bass support for melodic lines.It seems that the theorbo’s first appearance this month is at theToronto Music Garden, where three superb musicians — baroque violinistChristopher Verrette, baroque cellist Kate Bennett Haynesand English theorbist Wadsworth — present a concert entitled “OneHundred Years of Venice,” performing works by Castello, Ferrari,Kapsberger and Vivaldi (who all lived and worked in Venice). We’reparticularly fortunate to be able to hear Wadsworth, widely consideredto be one of the foremost lutenists of his generation and ingreat demand as soloist, continuo player and chamber musician onboth sides of the Atlantic. This concert takes place on September 16.A theorbo will be in the capable hands of Benjamin Stein, as heleads a performance of the magnificent Monteverdi Vespers of 1610,sung one to a part by ten of Toronto’s top choral singers, accompaniedby a sparse band of instrumentalists. Stein remarks: “We’re keepingthe orchestration very spare, according to Monteverdi’s original score,hoping that the spareness of it allows people to hear the interweavingof voices, and the nature of the text setting, and also allows the continuoteam to play and embellish in a stylish manner.” This is the firstof this season’s Music at Metropolitan’s Baroque and Beyond series,happening on September 22.Theorbo and lute (played by Michel Cardin) make up one-half of LaTour Baroque Duo (the other half is recorder and harpsichord, playedby Tim Blackmore). You can hear this New Brunswick-based duo ina delightful program in a delightful setting, in their concert “The LastTime I Came O’er the Moor” — suites, variations and sonatas basedupon traditional and popular Scottish airs, by Scottish baroque composersand others — presented by the Toronto Early Music Centre atMontgomery’s Inn, the evening of September 29. And don’t forget40 ANNIVERSARYSEASON 2012-13thpresents~E TUDO|sOctober 19 & 20 at 8 pmWe launch our 40th Anniversary with Thomas Tallis’rarely-heard, magnificent 40-part motet Spem in alium.Members of Toronto’s Tallis Choir join the Consort forthis grand performance. Program also featuresmasterpieces from the English Renaissanceplus music from “The Tudors”.And don’t missJanet CardiffForty-Part Motetorganized by the National Gallery of Canadacoming to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, September 29.For Tickets call 416-964-6337 or order onlinewww.torontoconsort.orgTrinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. WestSeptember 1 – October 7, 2012 23

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