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Volume 2 Issue 8 - May 1997

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4 may '97 wholenote

4 may '97 wholenote Musicians in our Midst: Portrait #1 - ARTURS JANSONS, violist "W?Jy me when there are so many musicians in Toronto better qualified than I am?" was his question when we suggested this portrait. Judge for yourselves. Born in Toronto of Latvian parents, Arturs Jansons started playing violin and viola at the age of 9, studying privately in Toronto with Pavel Zarins. He was a senior student at Bathurst Heights Secondary when Albert Greer became the music teacher there and started a chamber orchestra. Jansons went on to the Faculty of Music at U. ofT., where he studied with David Zafer and then continued his studies with Gerald Stanick in Vancouver. A stint in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra followed, including a long North American tour, after which he returned to Banff, where he had spent his summers as a student, to study with the legendary William Primrose. While in Banff he played for Lillian Fuchs, who invited him to come to the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied for two years, returning to Toronto in 1981. Since then he has been an active freelance musician and has worked with every major ensemble in the region. In 1989 he began an ongoing association with Livent of Canada, participating in a number of projects and recordings, including the recent recording of Ragtime, and tours to Alaska, Hawaii, Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently he is playing in the orchestra for The Phantom of the Opera. In addition to performing, Art is active in the Toronto Latvian Concert Association, which presents an annual concert series featuring Latvia's best musicians. Founded in the 1950s by the well-known Latvian-Canadian Toronto composer, Talivaldis Kenins, the Association's excellent programming is increasingly coming to the attention of the community at large. MUSICIANS IN OUR MIDST is photographed by Michael Shaw, ASHLEY & CRIPPEN PHOTOGRAPHERS 200 DAVENPORT ROAD. (416)925-222~ DALEY REQUIEM · Lydia Adams, conductor of the Amadeus Choir, has spoken enthusiastically about the compositions of composer, conductor, accompanist and church organist, Eleanor Daley. Sunday afternoon, May 4, will be an excellent opportunity to hear Ms. Daley's work, when the Armour Heights Church Choir performs her Requiem, commissioned in 1993 for the Elmer Iseler Singers and first performed at the Festival of the Sound in the summer of '93. SPRINGTIME FOR SCHUBERT We have heard much this · 200th birthday year about the short but productive life of Franz Schubert and the small circle of friends who recognized his genius and supported him as they were able. In his lifetime it was' the "Schubertiads", intimate gatherings at which his music was performed for listening and for dancing, for which he was best known. It is this music, written for piano duet, that Gloria Saarinen and Arnold Draper will perform in their concert, "Springtime in Vienna" on Monday, May 5 at the Glenn Gould Studio. The duo have recently recorded all of Franz Schubert's piano duets, which will fill nine· CDs. The first two have just been released as a set. Another splendid · opportunity to hear Schubert at the Glenn, Gould Studio (this time ~long with music by Benjamin Britten) is the Aldeburgh Connection's concert on May 8 with soprano, Ann 1\fonoyios, and tenor, Benjamin Butterfield. YOUNG TALENT Two of the city's most promising young artists will be performing this month. Pianist, Naida Cole (who is also, we hear, an excellent flautist) will be warming up for her Van Cliburn Competition appearance with a solo recital at the Royal Conservatory on May 9. And on May 10, Ani lmastounian, winner of the Wagner Society Scholarship, will be performing with the Toronto Sinfonietta at Bloor Street United Church~ (She is also doing a recital for the Wagner Society at the Arts & Letters Club on April 30) Other opportunities to hear young'musical talent are the Canadian Music Competitions, May 3-11 (See EtCetera File, page 9) and the Organ Futures noon hour concerts, Thursdays at 12:30 at Metropolitan United Church. CONCERT NOTES CONTINUES, PAGE 30 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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