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Volume 18 Issue 1 - September 2012

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TEMC’s 28th annual

TEMC’s 28th annual Early Music Fair — a Culture Days event — happeningfrom noon to 4:30pm, also on the 29th at Montgomery’s Inn — youmight encounter lutes, viols and lots else!Another Toronto Culture Days mini-concert showcases the verybusy lutenist Lucas Harris, who will perform exquisite lute solosfrom 18th-century Germany, followed by a question and answer session(your chance to find out more about the lute). Part of the TorontoCentre for the Arts “Season Launch OpenHouse,” this performance takes place at theGeorge Weston Recital Hall on September 30.The Musicians In Ordinaryare back, with their builtinlute/theorbo player JohnEdwards. This duo bringsscholarly research to each oftheir performances. Their firstconcert of the season,” HisPerfections Like the Sunbeams,”commemorates the life anduntimely death of Henry,Prince of Wales, “the best kingBritain never had” accordingto Edwards; had he notdied of typhoid at age 18 andbeen succeeded by his haplessbrother Charles, history wouldhave been changed! The concert,taking place on October 6,features the latest avant-gardecomposers of the time, some of Henry’s favourites: Ferrabosco II,Notari, Coprario and Johnson. Performers include theorbist Edwardsand soprano Hallie Fishel with guests, violinist Christopher Verretteand gambist Justin Haynes.As for that other lute-related instrument, the viol, I’ll mentionLute Legend Ensemble.Left: Henry, Prince of Wales byRobert Peake (ca 1610).Below: Matthew Wadsworth.briefly that you can hear its lovely voice in the following concerts:Music Mondays presents The Cardinal Consort of Viols’ “Rest AwhileYour Cruel Cares,” with music by Dowland, Locke, Jenkins andPurcell (September 17). In Barrie, Colours of Music presents “Fit For AKing” — music by Purcell (both Henry and Daniel), Handel and C.P.E.Bach, featuring members of Baroque Music Beside the Grange and twobaroque dancers from Opera Atelier (September 26). And in additionto his performance with the Musicians In Ordinary,mentioned above, gambistHaynes will contribute asolo prelude by Marais in aconcert of the St. VincentBaroque Soloists — aprogram of vocal andinstrumental music from the 12thto 18th centuries (September 29).Lute-free zone: Other eventsnot including lute, oud, pipa,theorbo or viol (though I maywell be wrong about that insome cases):The vibrant English choralgroup the Tallis Scholars, celebratingtheir 40th anniversary nextseason, will visit UofT’s musicfaculty this month with a programentitled “Miserere: Sorrowsof the Virgin Mary.” It features theRenaissance repertoire for whichthey’ve long been famous — Allegri’s Miserere, and music by Victoria,Praetorius, Guerrero and others (September 12).Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s opening group of four concerts,“Bach Brandenburg Concertos,” is indeed “an exuberantseason opener,” with the grand sonorities of horns and oboes inSIAN RICHARDS24 September 1 – October 7, 2012

Brandenburg Concerto No.1, the showcasing of the strings in No.3and the rich world of solo harpsichord, violin and flute of No.5, plusa flourish of trumpets, oboes and drums in the Orchestral Suite No.4(September 21, 22, 23 at Koerner Hall; September 25 at George WestonRecital Hall).Glenn Gould would be celebrating his 80th birthday onSeptember 25. Unbelievable to think of; but consider this: by thattime, J.S. Bach would have attained the age of 327½ years. A concertpresented by the Royal Conservatory pays tribute to both these timelessand towering musical geniuses, with a program entitled “DavidLouie Celebrates Bach and Gould.” RCM faculty member and harpsichordist,Louie, performs Bach’s Italian Concerto, selections fromPartita No.4, and with the help of some fine musical colleagues, theMusical Offering. (September 23)As a preview to their 40th anniversary opening concerts in October,the Toronto Consort brings Janet Cardiff’s award-winning soundinstallation Forty-Part Motet to Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, as part ofNuit Blanche. This work, based on Tallis’s Spem in alium for 40 separatevoices, consists of 40 speakers arranged in a large room, each onerepresenting one voice of the Tallis motet (September 29).So there you have it, in a nutshell. Welcome, everyone, to the startof a new season!Simone Desilets is a long-time contributor to The WholeNotein several capacities who plays the viola da gamba.She can be contacted at 1 – October 7, 2012 25

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